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The ‘Organizacion de Solidaridad’ with the community of Mapuche Gulamtun
of Malmo, Zweden; the Organisation of Kimeltuchefe Mapuche
Professors wish to communicate the following to the international community:
This week – from the 17th to the 21st of September  one of the
most relevant and important events in the European Political calendar
will take place. It will bring 22.000 representatives and activists
from various syndicates, civil and environmental organisations and
representatives from numerous indigenous communities together.
Considering the grim situation that the Mapuche community finds itself
in under the current neoliberal government of Michelle Bachelet – which
continues to over-exploit natural resources, the European Forum requested that Mapuche Pichun attend the event.
Lonko Pascual Pichun has long struggled alongside the Mapuche community
and political allies to improve the territorial, economic, social and
cultural rights of the Mapuche. As a result of his activism Pascual
Pichun was accused, arbitrarily prosecuted and sentenced to five years
of prison under anti-terrorist law applied by current Chilean State
actors and members of the business and finance sector.
We denounce the evident racist, hegemonic, excluding and antidemocratic
character of the Chilean State, most apparent in their dealings with
political authorities from the Mapuche community. We denounce this
behaviour for as long as it continues with its persecution style
politics – as long as it abuses the rights of participation and movement – refusing to return Lonko Pichun his passport – a document they held
all morning of Monday the 15th September  in the Registry office
in Santiago – only returning it to him hours after the plane that would
take him to the European Forum in Zweden, had taken off.
Using methods such as this, the Chilean Government endeavours to isolate
the Mapuche movement from international forums – as such, preventing the
criticism of civil and human rights violations which Chilean indigenous
communities suffer at the hands of the Chilean State itself.
We urge the Chilean Government to assume responsibility for this
political act. We ask them to, immediately reissue lonko Pascual Pichun
his ticket in a manner that is unconditional and that will allow him to
travel and participate in the European Forum, where his presence and
participation of lonko is expected.
We call upon the Mapuche community and social, political, student and
professional organisations from within Chilean society to harshly
condemn this event. We call upon them to persist in putting a stop to
these political persecutions – to put a stop to the criminalization of
the Mapuche movement and to restore political and land rights that
belong to the Mapuche community-nation.