|November 8th of 2019
Chilean & Mapuche community in Holland in solidarity with protestors in Chile
The Hague, The Netherlands
Letter directed to President 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 & 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 of Constituents.
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 all the Mapuche political prisoners.
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.
The Chilean Community in the Netherlands
The Mapuche Community in the Netherlands
Mapuche Foundation | FOLIL