Government thuggery on Rapanui: Chilean Parliamentarian reactions

2010/12/05
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“Government thuggery on Rapanui: Chilean Parliamentarian Reactions”
by Grant McCall

Whilst some scholars may question the division of the Pacific into Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia, there can be no doubt that the region firmly is separated linguistically into Anglonesia, Franconesia and Hispanonesia!

So, my posts about the government thuggery on Rapanui at the moment. People are writing to me from Chile and I am following events as reported in the online Chilean press in Spanish, of course.

As soon as the bloody events were known in Chile, Chilean Parliamentarians rushed to condemn the heavy-handed actions by police, presided over by staunch rule of law advocate, the Minister of the Interior. Some of their motivation may be due to scoring political points, but the ones I quote here are quite sincere and have appeared before advocating greater freedom for the Rapanui.

Senator Carolina Tohá, President of the “Democracy Party (PPD)” declared that the repression on Rapanui was typical of the current government who sought always to enforce their opinions, rather than argue them.

Senator Juan Pablo Letelier, Socialist Party, visited Minister of the Interior Hinzpeter to declare that a government never should take measures against their own population. Senator Letelier is President of the Latin American Commission for Human Rights (ALDHU)”.

Communist Party Deputy (Congressman) Hugo Gutiérrez condemned the police actions on Rapanui, saying that he is going to urge his chamber to conclude an autonomy statute for the island with an eye to resolving the disputes. Such an autonomy statute has been formulated and debated in the Chilean Congress since 2008, but yet to be enacted. The Congressman said that some sources were saying that 14 police were injured during the forced removals, although no details have been published. The Congressman said in a press statement that he doubts these reports of police injuries.

Instead, there is a list of 21 Rapanui who were shot, two of whom are being taken to hospital on the Mainland. For those of you who followed the link I posted of photographs of the injuries:

http://www.mercuriovalpo.cl/prontus4_noticias/site/artic/20101203/pags/20101203170656.html

Here are the names to put to those bloodied bodies:

* Marco Antonio Tuki
* Claudio Tuki
* Pía Vargas Saavedra
* Rodolfo Hito
* Pedro Hito
* Enrique Tépano
* Benjamín Cadinali
* Teresa Tuki
* Moisés Tépano
* So Araki
* John Tuki Huke
* Mata Atan
* Manuel Riroroko
* Maori Pakarati
* Leviante Araki
* Ricardo Tépano
* Gaspar Tepihe
* Rodolfo Hito
* Sita Hito

Regards,

Grant

Grant McCall — Anthropology & Pacific Island Studies
Social Sciences & International Studies
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
University of New South Wales
Sydney NSW 2052 — Australia
Telephone: (61+2) 9385 2408 — FAX: (61+2) 9385 1824
Skype: grantmccall

One Response to Government thuggery on Rapanui: Chilean Parliamentarian reactions

  1. DCRapaNui on 2010/12/06 at 12:23 pm