Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Today was murdered the Werkén Rodrigo Melinao Lican, young Mapuche of the community Rayen Mapu, Ercilla, Chile

The mountain Chiguaihue is once more covered by Mapuche blood

Posted on August 6, 2013
By Martin Correa

Today, August 6, 2013, has been murdered Rodrigo Melinao Licán, young Mapuche of the community Rayen Mapu, within the estate Chiguaihue, in the commune of Ercilla, in a highly militarized zone, near the Special Forces checkpoint of Pidima, and where in the night only the police vehicles pass, as denounced by the Mapuche families.

Rodrigo Melinao Licán was sentenced last 24th of July to 5 years and one day for the crime of forest arson, and 541 days for damage to two buses and a truck tank, facts that took place in 2011 in the sector Chiguaihue, 
in a process that was led by anti-Mapuche Prosecutor Luis Chamorro and characterized by the communities as irregular and the result of a setup, which is why Rodrigo Melinao had decided to resist in clandestinity.  

Communal Memory teaches that the deaths of Mapuche on the slopes of Mount Chiguaihue are nothing new, although the official history may strive to delete them. There Carlos Collío was murdered in 1962, by shots fired by then Chiguaihue estate owner Ignacio Silva Correa, who was held in custody for only four days.

There Alex Lemun was also killed, on November 7, 2002, by the police Major Marco Aurelio Treuer Heysen, there, on the slopes of Mount Chiguaihue, on August 12, 2009 was killed Jaime Facundo Mendoza Collio, 24, by the staff member of the Police Special Forces of Santiago, Patricio Jara Muñoz, and both police officers are free today.  

Today the Mapuche families of Chiguaihue have lost one more of their brothers, a story that repeats itself and which is the result of the repression and militarization of the territory.

 We send to them feelings of grief and solidarity, and the deepest respect. 

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