Chilean Mapuche leader's health worsens due to long hunger strike
Santiago, Chile, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) The health condition of Mapuche Spiritual Advisor Celestino Cordova is increasingly precarious due to a hunger strike has reached day 100 on Tuesday, his closest friends, who said they fear for his life, informed.
Cordova and 26 other prisoners in several jails in La Araucania region, in central Chile, are on hunger strike so that the government complies with the provisions of the International Labor Organization (ILO)'s Convention 169 and allows them to pass part of their conviction in their respective communities.
So far, the few meetings between the government and the spokesmen of the inmates have not had concrete results, even though President Sebastian Piñera said on Sunday that La Moneda was open to dialogue as a way to calm the growing tensions in La Araucania.
Analysts warn that due to the lack of a quick and successful dialogue and the worsening of health condition of Machi Celestino Cordova and other inmates, if any of them dies, violence would be increased in La Araucanía, already worsened in the last few weeks.
The Court of Appeals in Temuco expected on Monday to check an appeal presented by Cordova's defense team, but due to the disqualification of one of the judges, it was postponed for today, reports from the regional capital stated.
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