Mapuche prisoners denounce conditions in jail
The attacks are attributed to the Mapuche people's cause of territorial claims. The members of the community are often accused without any concrete evidence.
Mapuche prisoners' spokesperson in Temuco jail (Chile), Juan Pichun denounced the conditions in which Mapuche political prisoners are kept.
"Authorities have decided to look the other way while political prisoners in the Araucania have been on hunger strike for over two months," Pichun said.
The statement came shortly after Chile's Interior Minister Victor Perez visited the Araucania region to address the violence, especially arson attacks, that have occurred in the area in recent months.
These attacks are attributed to the Mapuche people's cause of territorial claims. The members of the community are often accused without any concrete evidence.
"Our prisoners are on hunger strike, Mr. Minister. We want you to know that there are not only political prisoners here, there are also murders and torture going on against members of the Mapuche community," Pichun denounced.
Among the political prisoners, there is the Mapuche Spiritual Advisor (Machi) Celestino Cordova, who is on hunger strike for 90 days.
Pichun's statements came just hours after white supremacists attacked with sticks and stones Mapuches who were occupying five mayoral offices in Malleco province since last Monday.
With the support of right-wing groups and the Chilean police (Carabineros), the attackers evicted the Mapuches who were demanding freedom for their political prisoners.