Mapuche Leaders Arrested: Student Kidnapped
Bristol, 25th April,
The Comite Exterior Mapuche
wishes to bring to the attention of all humanitarian, social, political
and human rights groups, and of governments and churches, criminal acts
perpetrated by the Chilean military junta against the Mapuche people of
have learned that, on the 22 of April, the following Mapuche leaders were
arrested by the repressive forces of General Pinochet: Aurelio Huaiquiñir;
Jose Huenchual; Jose Luis Huilcaman; Rosamel Millaman, Juan Neculqueo;
Maria Lucy Traipe; Vilma Painequeo: all leaders of the Association of Small
Farmers and Artisans Ad-Mapu, with its headquarters in Temuco. In addition,
a number of Mapuche people 'disappeared', and the authorities later revealed
that these people had been sent to the north of the country, which constitutes
a form of exile and serves as a measure of intimidation against the whole
of the Mapuche community. Amongst those removed from their own land are:
Jose Santos Millao, president of Ad-Mapu, and Domingo Jineo Antinao, treasurer
of the organisation. There are also orders to arrest several other Mapuche
the 23rd of January, Manuel Melin Pehuen, a student, was kidnapped on his
way from his community, near Nueva Imperial, to Temuco.
Four days later, a sergeant from the Almagro police station informed his
parents that he was dead and that his body was in Traiguen hospital. A
clandestine right-wing commando claimed responsibility for the murder.
Several days after this tragic event, a funeral wreath was sent to the
Ad-Mapu headquarters with 21 letters addressed individually to Mapuche
leaders and threatening them with a similar fate to that of Manuel Melin.
A few days later, Jose Huenchual was attacked in the headquarters of the
Association by individuals carrying truncheons, and was left seriously
the 27th of March a meeting arranged at Tirua District and attended by
numerous Mapuche people from local communities was interrupted by approximately
100 police who violently attacked the people present, many of whom were
beaten and injured, others shot with automatic weapons, including a boy
of eight years.
object of these attacks is to try to stop the Mapuche people fighting
for their autonomy, political independence, independent economic development
and the right to self-determination and to live in their ancestral lands.
The Mapuche also demand the revocation of Decree 2568, a law, arbitrarily
imposed on the Mapuches, in order to divide up for private sale the land
they have traditionally held communally.
are asking for letters to be sent to Presidente Augusto Pinochet, the Ministro
del Interior, Sergio Onofre Jarpa and the Intendente de Temuco, Mario Alfonso
Navarrette, as well as the Chilean Embassies in other parts of the world,
demanding the release of those arrested and an enquiry into the death of
Manuel Melin Pehuen, so that those guilty of his murder can be brought
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