Thursday, September 27, 2012

Werkén of Wente Winkul Mapu is released but facing new trial


Sep 26, 2012

Daniel Melinao, werkén of the community Wente Winkul Mapu and spokesman for the Mapuche prisoners on hunger strike, was released after spending a day arrested by police, following demonstrations against the arrival of the minister of health to Ercilla.

The leader along with other members of the community were formalized by the Chilean justice for the alleged crimes of "damage and public disorder", staying with a fortnightly signing injunction for the duration of two months set for the investigation of what he is accused of.

The families of Lof Chequenco came to the ceremony of the Government in Ercilla on Tuesday to face the government authorities, including the Health Minister Jaime Mañalich, for the lack of response to the hunger strike carried by four Mapuche political prisoners in Angol prison and that already takes 32 days.

In retaliation to the embarrassment of the rulers, police arrested several villagers and werkén Daniel Melinao, who must now face this new trial, whose research is in the hands of the prosecution and the police.

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