Chilean Justice Affirms Conviction against Mapuche Youth on Hunger Strike

Posted on November 16, 2013

justicia chilena

November 14th, 2013

The Chilean Supreme Court rejected an appeal that sought to annul the trial that convicted two Mapuche Youth in Ercilla, whom have been on hunger strike for almost 30 days in Angol Prison.

Fernando Millacheo and Cristian Levinao of the of the Newen Mapu and Rayen Mapu Communities respectively, were convicted to 15 and 10 years in prison, allegedly for events regarding land reclamation in the area of Chequenco, in the township of Ercilla.

Families and supporters of the Mapuche movement reacted by shouting and chants inside the Superior Court, protesting against the final verdict and refused to leave the premises.

The verdict of the Highest Court in the country was divided between 2 votes against 3, rejecting the appeal presented by the Defense for the Mapuche community members, who were convicted of assaulting field workers in 2012.

The close to 20 protesters were removed by Prison Guards and handed over to Police that waited outside the courtroom, to then be transferred to Santiago’s Third Police Division.

Source: The Women’s Coordinating Committee For a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]

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