Message from the CIPOG-EZ Indigenous and Popular Council to the Mapuche Political Prisoners in Chile

Published July 30, 2020

Message from the CIPOG-EZ Indigenous and Popular Council to the Mapuche Political Prisoners in Chile

To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

To the National Indigenous Congress

To the Indigenous Government Council

To the towns of Guerrero

To the peoples of Mexico and the world

To the sixth national and international

To the networks of resistance and rebellion

To the IGC support networks

To the honest media

Pie de Tierra Blanca, Guerrero, Mexico to July 27, 2020.

We, grandmothers, grandparents, boys, girls, men and women, are from the Indigenous and Popular Council of Guerrero- Emiliano Zapata CIPOG-EZ, members of the National Indigenous Congress, CNI, and the CIG Government Indigenous Council, made up of the Na Savi, Me pháá, Ñamnkue, Nahua, Afro-Mexican and mestizo, from the state of Guerrero, with many affection we salute you from the south of the high mountain of the State of Guerrero and we also salute the different experiences of resistance that day by day they struggle to build a different, just and dignified world.

In particular, we express our support and respect for the dignified resistance of the Mapuche Nation People during these 500 years of colonial violence, which has increased under Chilean neoliberalism and the democracy of the powerful. We express our repudiation of the daily militarization of the communities in struggle, to the different types of harassment suffered by children and women in the territories, and to the systematic criminalization that hundreds of Mapuche have lived to defend their ancestral territory.

At the same time, we express our solidarity with the families who are currently seeking the freedom of Mapuche political prisoners.

From our territories, we see with indignation the indifference that the Chilean authorities have had in the face of the demands of the Mapuche political prisoners, who today have spent almost 80 days on a hunger strike putting their lives at risk to seek freedom. We are concerned about the health of MACHI Celestino Córdova, a Mapuche spiritual authority, and that of more than 30 prisoners in the Temuco, Angol, Mulchén and Lebu prisons who, in addition to risking their health with the hunger strike, are also exposed to becoming infected with COVID-19 due to prison overcrowding conditions.

In this way, we demand that the Government of Chile respect and regulate the indications set forth in ILO Convention 169 and that it guarantee the change of precautionary measures for political prisoners linked to Mapuche causes, who are dying in Chilean jails.

FREEDOM, TERRITORY AND AUTONOMY! FREEDOM FOR MAPUCHE POLITICAL PRISONERS AND FAIR APPLICATION OF ILO CONVENTION 169! FREEDOM FOR THE PRISONERS AND POLITICAL PRISONERS OF THE CHILEAN REVOLT OF OCTOBER!