Monday, August 13, 2012

Chilean court sentences Mapuche youths from Wente Winkul Mapu to over 11 years in prison

Chilean court sentences youths from Wente Winkul Mapu to over 11 years in prison Aug 13, 2012


Daniel Levinao and Paulino Levipan were condemned by the Chilean courts to 11 years in prison, amid the political onslaught and repression of the Chilean state and capitalist interests in the Mapuche territory.

It is 10 years for "attempted murder" against the general of police Ivan Bezmalinovic and 541 days for "carrying a firearm."

The sentence was announced this Monday in the Oral Tribunal of Angol, where the whole community came together with representatives of other communities in struggle, whose leaders warned that the protests will increase and the prisoners will not be left outside the struggle for territory.

The prisoners do not even rule out starting a hunger strike.

Daniel Melinao, werkén (spokesperson) of Wente Winkul Mapu, said this new aggression against communities contrasts with the commemoration of the 3 years after the murder of peñi (brother) Jaime Mendoza Collío at the hands of police, whose murderer remains free.

All this happened in Angol, while in the area of Ercilla, people rallied cutting roads and announcing that the struggle for the restitution of Wallmapu will continue with even more force.

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