24 May 2006

GOVERNMENT PERPLEXED BY MAPUCHE HUNGER STRIKE

(May 24, 2006) Senator Alejandro Navarro will travel to Araucanía in southern Chile on Thursday to figure out what went wrong with a government negotiated agreement that ended a 63-day hunger strike of four Mapuche prisoners. The strikers resumed their protest last Saturday criticizing the government for failing to hold up their end of the bargain (ST, May 21).

“We are in a very critical situation and I want to know who has given [the strikers] their information about these events,” said Navarro. “What we have done…is exactly what we said we would do, we have kept our side of the agreement to the letter.”

All four strikers are currently under medical supervision and their condition is considered critical because of the prolonged fast. Wednesday marks their 67th day without food.

SOURCE: LA TERCERA