HUNGER STRIKE MAPUCHE POLITICAL PRISONERS WENTE WINKUL MAPU
PUBLIC STATEMENT NUMBER 9
The political prisoners of the community Wente Winkul Mapu of Lof Chekenco: Paulino Levipan Coyán, Daniel Levinao Montoya, Rodrigo Montoya Melinao and their spokesman Eric Montoya Montoya.
We wish to inform the national and international public opinion the following:
Today October 7th we want to salute all our peñis and lamieng(brothers and sisters) who joined us yesterday uniting their rebel yell for justice and freedom to ours. We also welcome the werkén of other communities who came in solidarity with our just demands, and all the people who have continued to support this strike that reaches 42 days of a dignified resistance.
In these 42 days on hunger strike, we have spoken out against the Chilean state for its unfair and repressive ways in which they have treated our people throughout the history of theft and usurpation of their land. We are 4 young men in Angol and 5 in Temuco that are fighting for justice and truth in the court cases, but also in support of the demands for territory and freedom longed for by our people.
Look at us, until recently we played in the middle of the countryside, we helped our parents in their gardens, with the animals... and today we raise our wuiños(bend sticks) with dignity, honoring those who we learned from and who taught us in this long history of resistance of the Mapuche Nation.
Pu Peñi, Pu Lamieng we do not fight only for a fair trial, we fight because we understand that prison is also where we show the courage to believe that we are not wrong in what we long for THE RECOVERY OF THE TERRITORY. From here we encourage and we make our people aware, this is what should unite us and make us walk together.
- not the projects, not the political posts, not the crumbs that fall from the table of the rich. -
We are young people who understand that we can not give up the path marked in history by weichafe kuifi (ancient warriors) and therefore aim to the reconstruction of our nation, a free nation and to move forward in an organized and conscious way. Where our thoughts, attitudes, and the value of the word will be respected.
We, the young people, have understood the importance of having land... But we aim at something greater that will enable us to continue as Mapuche today, tomorrow and always... THE TERRITORY.
The yearning of our cona(youths) and weichafe(warriors) who defended their political, economic and cultural autonomy against the invader with their own lives like we do today.
Because we were born Mapuche, and neither persecution, nor imprisonment, nor death will stop our fight for freedom and territory for our Mapuche Nation.
Mapuche political prisoners Wente Winkul Mapu
INFORMATION ON THE HEALTH STATE OF THE STRIKERS - Today October 8, 2012
STRIKER START WEIGHT CURRENT WEIGHT
Paulino Levipan 67,800 56,100
Rodrigo Montoya 64,100 54,500
Erick Montoya 65,400 56,600
Daniel Levinao 63,70 51,100
PUBLIC STATEMENT OF THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE POLITICAL PRISONERS ON HUNGER STRIKE
COMMUNITY WENTE WINKUL MAPU.
We want to thank every community that was present at the march in Angol, thank all our people in organizing marches in support of the young Mapuche on hunger strike, all the peoples that have manifested along the embassies to pressure the Chilean state, to all parents who have given us their support and strength in these difficult days. We especially thank the hospitality of the Methodist Church in Angol, who are in charge of the boarding and its pastor Hugo Marillàn who sheltered us from the rain facilitating what was needed to spend the night in good condition and the concern of the Franciscans of Angol.
We also want to inform the public opinion of the great concern we have for each of our children, as they went on strike without any preparation and underweight, which today has them at risk of serious consequences especially those with heart problems such as is the case of Rodrigo Montoya who in March of this year was a full night in the emergency room for a heart problem and Daniel Levinao who already has these symptoms.
As mothers, fathers and brothers of the Mapuche on hunger strike: "We accuse the Chilean state of inhumanity against our children for not listening to their requests, we accuse the Chilean state as a violator of human rights by using the slander and lies to accuse them, we accuse the Chilean state of genocide because it not only kills Mapuche in the back but it also starves them. We call upon all our people, we call on all those who fight for human rights, we call on the parents who have raised their children with values and who now see them fight for their dreams, to put pressure on the state, to commit ourselves to their struggles, to break the information blockade that has been imposed on the media and communications and we call on all young people to continue to fight for a fairer society and we demand of them as their parents to not stop dreaming.
FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE MAPUCHE PRISONERS ON HUNGER STRIKE IN ANGOL
COMMUNITY WENTE WINKUL MAPU.