Category Archives: communique

Mapuche prisoners of Ercilla call for courage and continued reclamation of land

from paismapuche.org

PUBLIC COMMUNIQUE FROM FERNANDO MILLACHEO AND CRISTIAN LEVINAO

To the national and international public, political prisoners of Angol prison Fernando Millacheo and Cristian Levinao declare the following:

We spent over two years in preventative prison and today we are sentenced to 15 and 10 years in the montaje “the Chiguayhue case”, in which we are accused of the supposed robbery with intimidation and aggravated homicide of small landowners in the region.

We as mapuche aware of the struggle that our communities re engaged in, declare that we are against these types of accusations, since the struggle is not against the small landholders but against the latifundistas and the forestry investors who invade and exploit our land.

We believe that these types of montajes are a maneuver of the ruling government to tarnish the just struggle for land, since they seek only to divide and debilitate the movement and the just demands of the mapuche people.

An expression of the above, are the exclusive prosecutors who are set on this type of case because rather than seeking the truth, these are political judgments, since they seek to scare the youth away from struggle.

One of their hounds is the prosecutor Chamorro, who in addition to evidence tampering and undermining his own legality by using anonymous witnesses, has been charged with imprisoning and persecuting those who have the consciousness to fight. It is thus that the judicial system, together with the police, is are no more than an element of repression from the dominant class and that it overall defends forestry companies, imperialist investments and all the latifundistas.

We strongly express that prison does not intimidate us, nor persecution, nor bullets, we are aware of the process that we are undertaking, we are prisoners for the land, it is for this that we call on our communities and especially the youth not to be intimidated by these enemies of the people who have mired our people in exploitation and oppression, their hands are stained with mapuche blood!!

We call on the conscientious people and especially on our communities to carry on with the just land reclamations of our people.

AMULEPE TAIN WEICHAN!!
MARRICHIWEW!!

March, 2014.

Letter from Mexican political prisoner Fernando Barcenas

Letter from Mexican political prisoner Fernando Barcenas

Fernando Barcenas is an 18 year old political prisoner from Mexico who has been detained since December 13, 2013 for allegedly setting the Coca Cola tree in Mexico City on fire during a protest against transportation fair hikes. Fernando economically supports his mother, so his incarceration has affected his family’s ability to  make ends meet.

To donate to Fernando, please wire donations to Banco Azteca: 78731304951452 to the name  Ana María Castillo (Fernando’s mother). Below is a translation of an open letter he wrote from prison.

December 27th, 2013

To the student community
To all freedom fighters who fight with heart
To the people of Mexico .

I am writing this communique as a cry for help,  amidst all the injustices . It’s been 14 days since my detainment and I am still cloistered between the four  walls of this cell that represents my current situation. I have been removed from the short term entry area , which bring me increasingly further away from  fighting for my freedom . Reconnecting my situation to the larger social framework is to realize that I am I am crucified by the system that is increasingly oppressive.

I call for gestures of solidarity  to emphasize my situation as a political prisoner of the state, as well as  to communicate my  full support of the struggle towards freedom that imprisoned comrades of October 2nd  are undertaking, who also find themselves  incarcerated in seclusion.

Being imprisoned is like being  living dead, as one’s life is kept underground  via  false accusations and fabricated grievances that profile us as  criminals.

That is why with this statement I pronounce that I am a free student, a  social warrior, and above all a humanitarian.

I appreciate the support of all those still in struggle against the injustices of the system and all the people who have not left my side.

 

Thank you so much

To your health and freedom,

Political Prisoners to the streets !
Down  with  the prison walls !

Fernando Luis Barcenas Castillo

Werkén Daniel Melinao from Angol prison: “The unity of our struggle is the strength we have to resist”

from paismapuche.org

Angol prison, December 16th 2013

I, Daniel Melinao Melinao, Werken of the Community of Wente Winkul Mapu, Mapuche Political Prisoner, to the Mapuche people and the public in general:

Kiñe: I thank all the peñi and lamngen who stood in solidarity today by participating in the march in the city of Angol for the beginning of my oral trial. The unity of our struggle is the strength we have as mapuche to resist.

Epu: I want to express all my solidarity with the brothers and sisters detained, beaten and repressed by the police forces of the State of Chile. This is one more display of discrimination and violence against those who rise up to defend our rights as the Mapuche People-Nation.

Küla: Hoping everything turns out alright in the trial begun today, I hope to prove my innocence and keep resisting after 8 months of unjust incarceration.

Meli: However, we do not trust in chilean justice since we have constantly seen mapuche brothers convicted without evidence in the racist courts, especially at the command of of the antimapuche prosecutor Luis Chamorro, and with the lies of the police officials paid to defend the interests of big business.

Kechu: The Political Prisoners held at Angol prison call on the Mapuche People-Nation to keep mobilizing to control our ancestral territory and defend our Ñuke Mapu from capitalist exploitation. Especially to drive out forestry and all corporations who profit from preying on our territory.

¡¡Autonomy and Territorial Control!!

¡¡¡Marichiwew!!!

Daniel Melinao Melinao
Mapuche Political Prisoner
Werken, Wente Wingkul Mapu Community

Sabotage against trucks in response to the conviction of youths of Chekenko

from paismapuche.org

A new action of sabotage against capitalist interests was carried out by unknowns in the vicinity of Collipulli. They burned two trucks in the estate of the Prosecutor and according to press information would be linked to the sentencing of mapuche youths from Chekenko last week.

Let us remember that the peñi turned themselves in after finding out that they were being accused in the death of landowner Gallardo Aillapan in order to prove their innocence. This act of good faith did nothing in the face of the racist antimapuche prejudice of the chilean justice system which convicted them in spite of a shortage of evidence against them and the contradictory evidence presented by the prosecutor.

This action against chilean interests in Wallmapu comes to demonstrate the rage of the mapuche of the region in the face of this new outrage against mapuche dignity and the good faith of the convicted youths.