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Solidarity with Mapuche political prisoners

January 21 @ 12:00

They are our frontline in the struggle against the capitalist destruction of nature! They are fighting for us, and we must stand with them!

Ten imprisoned Mapuche leaders have been on hunger strike since 27th November. Now more than 40 days in, their protest has reached a dangerous and crucial moment.  

Since Europeans began colonising Latin America the indigenous Mapuche people of southern Chile have resisted racist violence and devastation of their beautiful land (which they call Mapu, ‘Mother Earth’). Both got much worse after the 1973 military coup, carried out by the CIA, helped by Britain.

The Pinochet dictatorship handed Mapuche land to Chile’s richest families—and sent the army to crush resistance. Pinochet handed power to civilians in 1990, but Mapuche land remained in the hands of Chile’s richest families. They’ve made vast fortunes from deforestation and destruction of biodiversity—and the army remains, to this day, violently repressing continuing Mapuche resistance.

The Mapuche struggle has many parallels with neighbouring Peru, where police have shot dead 50 protesters, and injured hundreds more, since December 2022 when our right-wing coup toppled President Pedro Castillo, an indigenous leader elected to office in 2021.

The struggle between poor farming communities (many of them indigenous), and powerful capitalist corporations (many of them headquartered in the UK!) is at the heart of struggles rocking Colombia, Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America—and across Asia and Africa too! They are our frontline in the struggle against the capitalist destruction of nature! They are fighting for us, and we must join with them!

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