Friday, March 29, 2013

Mapuche Communities Vicente Reinahuel and Painepe have begun reclaming ancestral territory in "Fundo Las Vertientes", Chile

Through a public statement the Mapuche communities of Panguipulli, integrated in Lof Vicente Reinahuel and Lof Painepe, make known that they have begun with a Nguillatun and Palin Weichan the reclaiming of a former territory (Fundo Trafún lote1 of approximately 13,000 hectares) which today is usurped by the company "Las Vertientes SA" owned by Eduardo Elberg and partners.

In the message the communities pose that they perform said action under the customary law protected by the Law 19,253 and the ILO Convention 169. In addition they ensure a Rewe and an ancestral Paliwe are located there, therefore they will resist any eviction attempts by police.

They end by repudiating the political persecution and imprisonment of the Machi Millaray Huichalaf ka Machi Tito Cañulef, Mapuche spiritual authorities who should not be imprisoned, because the confinement threatens their lives and the health of their communities.

Public Statement

The Lof Vicente Reinahuel and Lof Painepe represented by their respective ancestral authorities communicate to the Mapuche nation and the national and international public opinion the following:

By making use of our customary law protected by the Law 19.253 and the ILO Convention 169. We have started with a Nguillatun and Palin Weichan to reclaim our ancient land (Fundo Trafún lote1 of approximately 13,000 hectares) which today is usurped by the company "Las Vertientes SA" owned by Eduardo Elberg and partners.

Kiñe- We make public that our Lof have already begun the process of buying land under Article 20 letter b of the Conadi with date June 18, 2012.

Epu- We denounce the repeated police harassment suffered by our lof who in four opportunities have tried to evict the ceremony, an eviction that thet could not realize because our pu Kona ka pu Weichafe been successful in preventing it, defending the Lofche.

Küla- We make it clear that our Lof does not intend to leave the place in conflict as there is located our Rewe and Paliwe, and the last time that the Lof made use of the Rewe it was destroyed and burned by police.

Meli- We manifest our rejection of the intervention and plunder our territories and Sacred natural resources suffer from the state, Chilean private companies and transnational corporations, and that the only thing they do is destroy and impoverish our people.    

Kechu- We express our solidarity with the different Lof that are in conflicts and reclamation processes of our ancient territories, because we know that the reclaiming is the only way to rebuild our Mapuche Nation. 

Cayu- We repudiate the political persecution and imprisonment of our Machi Millaray Huichalaf ka Machi Tito Cañulef, Mapuche spiritual authorities who should not be imprisoned because the confinement threatens their lives and the health of their communities.

Regle- We call to maintain the Mapuche Resistance to continue with the recovery of our territory and to maintain our People alive.

Purra- Lastly we call to denounce and punish the yanakona who betray and destroy the brotherhood of our People.

Lof Vicente Reinahuel
Lof Painepe
Parliament of Koz Koz-
Pu Lof Pilmaiken
Lof Llascawe

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mapuche Political Prisoner Ramón Llanquileo starts new LIQUID HUNGER STRIKE, Chile

Wednesday March 27, 2013

Ramón Llanquileo Pilquiman, Mapuche Political Prisoner of the CAM, is punished by the Chilean Gendarmes. He is held in a state of isolation in tower 10, of the prison for high security, that is to say, in the Concessioned Prison El Manzano II. Probably together with highly dangerous common prisoners or in solitary confinement.
It should be noted that in the Public Prison El Manzano I the Gendarmes installed a special module (10) similar to the one in Angol, for those community members and Mapuche political prisoners already convicted, where they should have taken Llanquileo, however, he was punished for breaking with his parole measures by not returning from his weekend in liberty, a decision he made in order to denounce the unjust sentence that affects the Mapuche political prisoners.

In the Public Prison El Manzano I there is also another module (9) where the common prisoners with good behavior, which were not transferred to the Concessioned Prison El Manzano II, after the earthquake and fire of February 27.

Finally note that, with the arrival of the community members and Mapuche political prisoners, the headquarters of the gendarmes of the Center for Correctional Enforcement (CCP) of Concepción was completely restructured, including change of Warden, Operating Chief and Internal Chief, conducted by three commanders. The new leadership has indicated that it "will not make differences between prisoners in Chile because there are no political prisoners".
This led to a series of conflicts with family and visitors of the community members because of the constant harassment and violation of agreements on visitation and treatment.

Collective in Support of Mapuche political prisoners-CAM Concepción

PUBLIC STATEMENT by Ramón Llanquileo Pilquiman, Mapuche Political Prisoner of the CAM 

To the national and international public opinion, to my Mapuche Nation

1. As is known to all, these days I have had to return once again the political prison, this time isolated and silenced in
the prison CCP-Bio Bio. All produced by political pressure from the executive branch of this fascist government that does not hesitate to assume the defense of the interests of large economic groups and transnational oligarchies of which they are lackeys and agents.

2. With their actions, they also seek to silence and delegitimize our just, historical demands for territory and autonomy, and in my case, they are seeking to break my will to fight and silence my voice.

3. In the wake of all this, today, once again I have started a liquid hunger strike of an indefinite nature, demanding my transfer to the prison of El Manzano I in Concepción, where there is a module for community members and Mapuche political prisoners.

Ramón Llanquileo Pilquiman  
Mapuche Political Prisoner of the CAM

Monday, March 25, 2013

Forestry Mininco would be behind the persecutions and arrests in Collipulli affecting the Mapuche family Ancalaf, Chile


A son and a niece of the leader Victor Ancalaf were arrested after a violent raid on the Community Choin Lafkenche, who will be charged with an alleged crime involving the interests of the forestry company Mininco. The repression and criminalization has also spread to neighboring communities leading to new detainees. Remember that the Werkén Ancalaf has been the victim of persecution by the company within the framework of the complaints and reclaiming of land by the communities.

The son of Victor Ancalaf Mapuche leader, Heriberto Ancalaf Prado (20) with his cousin Camila Ancalaf (19) will remain in custody until Monday after being arrested as part of an investigation into "armed robbery", published soychile. cl.

The measure was adopted by the Court of Collipulli following the request by the Prosecutor Luis Chamorro, who also investigates a possible link with an ambush suffered by forest brigade members this past March 3 in Collipulli.

The two cousins ​​were arrested on March 21 at 11 o'clock in the morning, after a violent raid carried out by police in the community Choin Lafkenche.

In the research diligence, militarized police stated that that they seized a shotgun, a gun firing blank ammunition and elements used by forest brigade members, including a protective mask with a filter and a chainsaw, elements whichas noted by the "official" sources, belong to the group of forest brigade members of the company Mininco that would have been shot at in Collipulli, according to their reports.

Two more arrests

Collipulli chief prosecutor, Luis Chamorro, confirmed the arrest of two other people on Friday March 22 as part of the so-called "armed robbery to forest brigade members".
These are Enrique Tori Malian, Lonko of the community Antonio Paillacoi and Cesar Panitro Werkén of the community Lonko Mawida Alto. 

The prosecutor said that in this instance also will be requested the extention of the detention so that the formalization is performed on Monday to the four detainees, reported Radio Bio Bio.

Meanwhile, the defense of Heriberto Ancalaf and Camila Ancalaf will not have access to the investigative file until Monday because it was decreed secret of the investigation, said the medium.

A history of persecution

Victor Ancalaf was sentenced to five years and one day in prison for the case called "terrorist arson attack" with the application of this aberrant Act inherited from the military dictatorship, within the framework of the conflict over the construction of the Ralco hydroelectric dam in the upper reaches of the Bio Bio with the transnational "ENDESA".

However a series of events of conflict with the company Forestry Mininco preceded this, which included trials and persecution against him directly and indirectly, denoting the clear attempt by the company to criminalize him.       

In March 2000, fourteen Mapuche were detained by the militarized police, including the Werkén Victor Ancalaf, after occupying the Court of Collipulli in the context of a peaceful demonstration to protest the arrest of three members of Mapuche communities of the territory in the framework of conflicts arisen with the company Forestry Mininco. 

The protesters closed the Court for approximately two hours because of the repressive police deployment in the vicinity, being inside the Minister of the Court of Appeals of Temuco and the Court judge. 

The community members were immediately arrested on charges of "kidnapping" after they surrendered. A visiting Minister was appointed to the case and in late April, Judge Julius Caesar Grandón lifts the charges of the Mapuche, except for Victor Ancalaf, to whom they added charges of contempt and kidnapping for the peaceful occupation which took place on March 28 in the Court of Collipulli, at which time the Minister Lenin Lilloy and the Court Judge were inside. 

As a result of it being a "crime of public criminal proceedings," the forestry company became part of the charges in this process and the leader was imprisoned five months and while this was happening, on April 25, 2000, while he was in jail , a new and cowardly attack by unknown assailants on the home of the Werkén was registered, through repeated stoning and breaking of glass resulted unharmed his five children and their mother. From the community they stated also: "We have repeatedly viewed the passage of trucks in the area belonging to Forestry Business Brigades, therefore its authorization is presumed. The action adds to others in which there even have been used firearms ... ", they stated.

What is the position of the leader Victor Ancalaf in the territorial conflict with the forestry companies? 

Victor Ancalaf, in an interview conducted by Mapuexpress in the year 2000, stated on the economic groups of the forestry companies that "They are the ultimate power in the region, they have been a stumbling block for the Mapuche and their territory. These companies currently occupy Mapuche territory, surrounding and closing in on the communities with their forest plantations. Forestry companies in Chile, organized in the so called "CORMA", have called the protests for land reclamation Rural Terrorism ". 

At another point he stated: "The damages caused by their activity have been incalculable. Environmentally, they have burned thousands of hectares of native forests to make way for their plantations of pine and eucalyptus, working with a number of harmful chemicals, and due to the large water absorption of these exotic species, they have dried up rivers, streams, estuaries and aquifers, leaving virtually no water for the Mapuche communities ... "and he adds:" the bad neighborliness that they have had with the Communities has been traumatic, they bring workers from other places, with different customs causing serious differences with the community members, among other fatalities "....

With regard to the practices of the company in the context of the rights of communities and the land claims and the progressive escalation of the conflict, the leader stated: "All this has been further exacerbated by the behavior of the companies regarding the demands made by communities for the reclamation of land, which together with a campaign of vilification and racist qualifications, have sought to undermine the attention to the underlying problems that exist with the Forestries ".... and in this context, he denounces: "We have vented to the public opinion several cases of setups, sabotage and bribery by companies, including legal actions, payments to workers and laborers to blame us and to set forest fires... "  

The collusion of political and national and international economic power

In this regard, the Werkén Victor Ancalaf in his interview broadcasted from the prison of Temuco, stated: "What is inconceivable is that in addition to the complicity that these companies have  in our country through political power, there also exists a protection and international complicity of several countries. It is inconceivable that " Developed" Countries with major advances in legislative matters, today are importing Chilean wood from these companies, carrying on the processed ​​woods the blood and suffering of all the Mapuche people through its history... "

On the free trade agreements implemented by governments, he mentioned the following: "Today, Chile has signed treaties at all levels, has allowed free trade of products such as pine and eucalyptus, but the strange thing is that countries with a supposed sense of respect for diversity and which are very rigorous in environmental controls, are buying this kind of stuff "... he continues," Perhaps the time has come to call on these governments to understand what they are Importing and under what conditions. These changes are tasks of Everyone "....

Lastly the leader left the following message: "Today the task is: No more Pine and Eucalyptus, to stop the brutal ethnocide and environmental damage, otherwise the consequences will be irreparable, not only for the Mapuche people, but for the Chilean people." 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Statement by the Mapuche Confederation of Neuquén on the demise of Lonko Cristina Lincopan, Argentina

Zapala, March 15, 2013

Mari mari pu lamgen,
Mari mari pu peñi,
Pu wehvy,

To all the Mapuce communities, 
To the whole population:

We communicate with deep sorrow and great indignation the death of our Lonko Cristina Lincopan, of the Lof Gelay Ko.
March 14, 2013 at 8 am, our lamgen ceased to exist physically as a result of a pulmonary hypertension which she had in her last days waiting for a lung transplant.

Cristina was only thirty years, but her health was very poor in recent years, as well as that of her entire family, in a place surrounded by oil companies where there is no longer any drinking water, and there is a permanent pollution of air and land . She dedicated her young life to protect her health and that of her people from the abuse of ambition that oil companies are generating in the center of the Province of Neuquén.

Mother of four girls, Lonko Cristina Lincopan regained her community, and since assuming her role of Mapuche authority, has led the fight to defend the territory against the Apache Oil company, and the new methodology of Hidro-fracking. It was in her community (Gelay Ko) where they constructed the first well with this methodology that is destroying the province. And it was thanks to her fight that in her territory they did not return to drill any more wells.

That is her legacy.The defense of Waj Mapu, the water and health of the whole population.

We demand urgently clarification of the cause of death of our
Lonko, today we filed a complaint with the
Prosecution of Zapala for this reason.

We urge that the health of her daughters and the families of that territory be protected, that there be performed examinations to determine already the implementation of the much-promised medical treatment for the population of the communities affected by the oil industry.  

That the contamination be stopped of the community territories, of the Zapala aquifer, the rivers and of the whole population of Neuquén.

This is our main demand to the oil companies and the state.

Today more than ever we will make
our knowledge happen. For every one that falls ten will rise ...

Marichi wew! Ten times we shall overcome!
Cristina Lincopan lives tenfold!

Lonko Elias Maripan

Mapuche Confederation of Neuquén