Chile, respect freedom of expression!
Since October 18, 2019, mass demonstrations have been taking place in the streets of Chile in response to the price increase for metro tickets. Chileans are furious about the high cost of living and inequality. The President of Chile has declared a state of emergency and has set a curfew. The army was deployed to keep demonstrators under control. At least 15 people have already died and 1,400 people have been arrested, including minors and dozens of peaceful demonstrators.
November 8th of 2019.
Chilean & Mapuche community in Holland supporting protestors in Chile.
The Hague, The Netherlands.
Letter directed to President of the Republic Sebastián Piñera and the Ambassador Maria
Teresa Infante, representative of the government in the Netherlands.
The Chilean community and the Mapuche community who reside in the
Netherlands are demonstrating our support to the citizens of Chile, who
have exercised their legitimate right to protest for their justified and
historic demands for equality and social justice, and we categorically
reject the repressive actions of the government. Through the testimonies
of our family members, friends and social organizations, we have
witnessed how human rights are systematically violated in today’s Chile.
The thousands of videos that show the brutal repression and figures
submitted by human rights organizations provide evidence which
demonstrates that Chile is not a democratic country and that the police
continues to act as it did in the times of the Dictatorship.
We demand that the government changes its policy of repression and heeds
the legitimate demands of the people that does not want noncommittal
measures but real change in the system and above all a new Constitution.
A pluri-national Constitution that is in accordance with the times, and
that does not only consider the family as the fundamental core of
society, but that also includes all citizens; that also includes the
autonomy and self-determination of the Mapuche nation.
It is very evident for the entire world that Sebastián Piñera’s
government has not been able to manage this social outcry and that he is
not interested in listening to the demands of the people. Now it is time
to step aside and recognize that it is necessary to create an Assembly
We demand justice of the victims and that the Inter-American Commission
on Human Rights investigate the human rights violations that have
occurred during these last weeks, and we also demand freedom for Mapuche
We demand an investigation into and the deep reform of the Police and
the Armed Forces so that stop practices such as torture and learn to
respect human rights. Furthermore, we demand an end to the
militarization of Mapuche communities.
We demand the respect of and the compliance with international treaties,
which include the respect of democratic principles and human rights.
Chilean community in The Netherlands:
Mapuche Foundation | FOLIL The Netherlands: