March 11 2010
Chile: Public Statement of the Political Mapuche Prisoners.
Lebu prison.

In light of the difficult situation being carried out in Lebu prison, the Political Mapuche Prisoners of Lebu, deprived of our freedom due to continual attacks and photographic set-ups on the part of the Chilean State on our Peoples and Communities, wish to express the following to the national and international human rights groups, the Red Cross and the community at large:

The Crisis situation that we are living in Lebu prison are deplorable, stressing and agonizing, especially considering that Lebu is one of the most affected cities by the earthquake, where since it hit we have had no electricity, running water or food, and have been completely abandoned by the authorities. There is an emergency sanitary situation, where bread and food is being rationalized. Due to the continued seismic aftershocks, we are sleeping in the backyard on mattresses. Moreover, information is continually being denied of information of what is happening, without having access to the press, news, etc.

Plus, these last few days have been particularly alarming, since there is no bread or food left in the city, nor in the storage areas of prison security. This has been worsened by the continual threats made by prison security, of a natural rising of water that has formed alongside the river that threatens the city.

From Lebu Prison
Political Mapuche Prisoners from Arauco.
Distributed By: The Women’s Coordinating Committee Chile-Canada