Thursday, September 13, 2012
HUNGER STRIKE MAPUCHE POLITICAL PRISONERS WENTE WINKUL MAPU PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER 5
HUNGER STRIKE OF MAPUCHE POLITICAL PRISONERS FROM WENTE WINKUL MAPU
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER 5
The political prisoners of the community Wente Winkul Mapu of Lof Chekenco: Paulino Levipan Coyan, Daniel Levinao Montoya, Hector Ricardo Nahuelqueo Nahuelqueo, Rodrigo Montoya Melinao and their spokesman Eric Montoya Montoya.
We wish to inform the national and international public opinion that:
Today September 12 we salute all who have followed and supported our struggle and especially to our people the Mapuche nation and all indigenous peoples of America and the world.
We are five young people who are fighting for justice and truth for our People in their just demands for land and freedom. Although the state has been unable to find an answer and only thinks of intensifying the repressing even more against the struggle of the communities.
We also disclose our state of health for those who are interested since the first weeks of the strike begin to show the discomforts in our bodies: We feel cramps, much dizziness, headaches, stomach pain, exhaustion in the eyelids we are pale, emaciated but with our strength intact, we know that these symptoms are uncomfortable but bearable for what is at stake.
We will continue with this strike step by step because we believe that the territory and freedom for every Mapuche and the whole Nation are well worth it. As young people, being in jail is like being dead, because we are used to walking in the countryside and to feel free, that freedom has been taken from us to protect the rights of the rich and the forestry companies directly responsible for razing the natural resources and water in our countryside. The state insists on defending them and makes them appear as victims to the media, leaving us as real poachers and criminals. This strategy is the one that has always been used by the invader to enter into our communities repressing and violating our families, persecuting us, killing and imprisoning us as it does with us now. What is the crime for a young person born Mapuche and belonging to a People with centuries of struggle? The answer is clear: being Mapuche for the state is being born into a nation of warriors willing to give their lives to regain their land and dignity.
If you see our mothers and our fathers, tell them not to suffer, tell them they have to be proud of their children and the fight they are giving. Tell them that we are only following the councils and the stories that were told by our grandparents and who today we are honoring by continuing to fight despite the imprisonment. Tell them that we fight because we were born Mapuche.
Because neither imprisonment nor death will stop our struggle for freedom and territory of our Mapuche Nation.
Mapuche Political Prisoners of Wente Winkul Mapu
INFORMATION ON THE STATE OF HEALTH OF THE STRIKERS
Today September 12, 2012
STRIKER Starting weight August 2
Paulino Levipan 67,800 60,500
Rodrigo Montoya 64,100 57,000
H. Ricardo Nahuelqueo 63,400 56,400
Erick Montoya 65,400 59,200
Daniel Levinao 63,700 54,900