INTERNATIONAL CALL TO DENOUNCE THE CHILEAN STATE’S BRUTAL REPRESSIVE CAMPAIGN AGAINST MAPUCHE COMMUNITIES IN THE MOUNTAINS OF LONKIMAY
Lonkimay, January 16, 2020
Today, we make a call to the national and international community, to our people, to the mobilized Chilean society at large, to advocates of the human rights of Indigenous peoples in Wallmapu (Mapuche territory) and around the world, to all students, workers, scholars, artists, and people who stand in solidarity with us to denounce a recent repressive practice of the Chilean state against the Mapuche nation. Over the past couple of days, militarized police have set fire to the homes and belongings of children and members of the Mapuche communities Camargo-Millaleo, Caciana Ñanco, and Pelan Mawida, who are exercising their territorial rights in the Mallin del Treile lof (ancestral territory) in the Lonkimay region.
[URGENTE] Carabineros, la policía chilena ha incendiado las construcciones de los mapuche enclavados en la cordillerana localidad de Lonquimay.Acción criminal del Gobierno de PIÑERA que llamamos a ser repudiado por todos los medios.
— ATM (@PuLofMapuXawvn) January 15, 2020
Chilean society has witnessed and experienced the criminal actions of militarized police over the last months – therefore, they know what we are talking about. We also appeal to everyone’s conscience, inviting people to understand our struggle and to support the idea that the Mapuche nation is doing nothing more that exercising its territorial rights, which were stripped away and extinguished through blood and fire, something that continues happening today.
To conclude, people on the affected territory appreciate all forms of support and solidarity that have taken place, both within the territory and beyond. As we agreed at our last Koyagtun (gathering) on January 10-12 this year, this solidarity will allow us to move forward our process of territorial control and reconstruction with more strength as a nation, as opposed to just operating as a collection of individual communities.
We also announce the presentation of all pertinent legal actions in our power in order to demand justice. Therefore, we extend an invitation to all interested people to stand with us this coming Monday, January 20 at 12:30pm in front of the Temuco Court of Appeal, where we will file a writ of protection.
From Mapuche-Pewenche territory,
Comunidad Camargo Millaleo
Comunidad Caciana Ñanco
Comunidad Pelan Mawida
Mapuche Territorial Alliance (ATM)