Thursday, August 16, 2012

Defense to Appeal Sentence Imposed on Two Mapuche youths

"Indigenous organizations rejected the ten year jail-time sentence imposed on two Mapuche Communers from Aracauinia. Family members qualify the sentence as arbitrary and racist."

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.

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