December 30, 2010

Chileans use violence on Easter Island




BREAKING NEWS - PRESS RELEASE FROM RAPA NUI
December 29, 2010

Today, December 29th just before 7 PM, an contingency of 200 armed police began violently dislodging the Rapanui Parliament from their headquarters in the
enter of the town of Hanga Roa, Rapa Nui. The police have beaten dozens of Rapa Nui with clubs, including children and women. They have arrested at least
two dozen people.

This action was a unilateral decision made by the Regional Indendent, Raul Celis. The operation was directed by the Police Commander,
Oscar Salazar who confirmed, "Celis gave the order."

Lola Tuki, who was there said that it was "unbelievable to see the degree of violence and inhuman treatment and prejudice. The police were
cursing at the women calling them, "Goddamn indian bitches", and grabbing them violently.

Many of the people taken from the Tuki and HIto clan were defending the President of the Rapa Nui Parliament, Leviante Araki.

This is a developing story.

CONTACT:

Lola Tuki 011 569 62144264
Santi Hitorangi 845 596 5402

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

From the video that I have seen it looks more like the Rapanui are abusing the police. How about some news on what the other 4000 Rapanui people think? Maybe if the Rapanui are looked at in their entirety this group of 200 would be considered radicals and free loaders.

Muggins said...

@ Anonymous

I invite you to post up a URL for the video you've seen. Please establish a handle, and not post up anonymously. I'm not certain how much you've looked into the situation on Rapa Nui, but I'm interested to know what you've learned.

About your freeloader charge, there is an issue of the Chileans not paying for land they've taken from the Rapa Nui people. Freeloaders may just apply to the Chileans.

There is also the issue of police using clubs to roust the Rapa Nui squaters in the wee hours of the morning. There are non-violent ways of handling these types of standoffs, and clubbing people, using racial slurs, and other abuses are not them.

Why does the Chilean police not let the Rapa Nui people have political gatherings? In free countries, people are allowed to have political meetings.

And isn't it ironic that the Chileans support the Palestinians but at the same time suppress the Rapa Nui people?

I'm certain that there are differing opinions on the island, probably spanning a whole spectrum of politics. But, you have to factor in that some people are native to the Island, while others are transplants from Chile. I've been on the Island and spoken briefly to people on both sides. They need mediation to settle the problem, not strong armed violence initiated by the Chilean police.

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Muggins said...

Be sure to visit
http://saverapanui.org/
with news updates including a visit to the Island by the Red Cross, and what's going on at the U.N.

And here's a statement from the UN:

http://www.indianlaw.org/content/un-special-rapporteur-expresses-concern-rapa-nui

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