Chile expectant and concerned over Mapuche leader's health
Santiago, Chile, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) The situation of Mapuche leader Celestino Cordova, who's seriously ill, keeps the country expectant on Friday, after the Chilean Supreme Court refused to meet his demands.
On Thursday evening, the respected Machi (spiritual advisor) announced through one of his spokespersons that he will start a dry hunger strike -which would accelerate a death- if in 24 hours (this Friday) the government does not respond to the requests made by him and 26 other Mapuche prisoners on hunger strike.
Cordova announced that extreme decision after the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an appeal presented by his defense team so he could serve in his community total house arrest, a part of the 18-year sentence imposed in 2014 for the death of a married couple.
Cordova and his colleagues are on hunger strike to demand that the government complies with the provisions of the International Labor Organization (ILO)'s Convention 169, on Indigenous Peoples, of which the State of Chile is a signatory.
On Thursday, President Sebastian Piñera said that 'everything necessary will be done to protect the lives of the persons who are on hunger strike and we will always do so while respecting our laws, respecting the international treaties we have signed and respecting our Rule of Law.'
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