Monday, March 11, 2013

Irregular transfer of Mapuche Political Prisoners to Concepción, Chile

March 7, 2013

During this afternoon at least three Mapuche community members were violently taken from the module of Mapuche Political Prisoners of the prison of Angol. These are Daniel Levinao of Wente Winkul Mapu, Camilo Tori Quiñinao of Autonomous Temucuicui and Hector Llaitul, who were transferred to the prison El Manzano in Concepción at about 19:30.

Regarding the reasons for this surprising move, the only thing clear is that at least Hector Llaitul should be treated in Concepción for a medical checkup, but for Camilo Tori and Daniel Levinao there was no prior pretext to justify their departure from Angol prison.

On the streets of Concepción both the surveillance and effective presence of troops from the GOPE of the militarized police was reinforced along the route provided for the passage of the security unit of the Gendarmes, as well as on the outer perimeter of the prison El Manzano, where the arrival of Daniel Levinao and two other community members was confirmed by the prison institution.

New illegal transfer of Mapuche Political Prisoner


March 8, 2013   

Omar Huenchullan Cayul, a member of the Autonomous Community Temucuicui , during a massive operation of the special security forces of the gendarmes, was taken from the prison of Angol, as yet we not have any confirmation of the prison whence he was taken.

Moreover, traditional authorities of the community are going to the prison El Manzano to know the state of Camilo Tori Quiñinao, who was taken along with Daniel Levinao of Wente Winkul Mapu and Hector Llaitul to the prison of Concepción yesterday.

Both the transfer of today as those of yesterday, are a clear example of the confrontational and therefore provocative attitude of the Chilean state against the communities, which despite being strongly suppressed, remain firmly maintaining the productive recoveries of their usurped territory. 

The order issued by the Ministry of Interior, besides being a provocative action, is arbitrary and illegal especially since according to the Convention 169 of the ILO on native people, certain conditions must be respected at the time of confinement. In this case, the prison of Concepción does not meet these requirements, which the prison of Angol does meet. 

Note: Omar Huenchullan Cayul was also transfered to the prison El Manzano in Concepción.

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