Chile is using criminalization and violent evictions as a matter of policy. Since September, violent evictions with disproportionate force have been carried out.
The Chilean executive branch is operating unilaterally.
In support of the Hitorangi claim:
• Chile’s Congressional Commission of Foreign Affairs and the Human Rights Commission of the House of Representatives have denounced Piñera’s policies.
• A recent Chilean Supreme Court decision has rejected an eviction against the Hitorangi clan.
• The U.N. Special Rapporteur reported that Chilean forces continue to brutalize peaceful Rapa Nui individuals, including unarmed women and children.
Private and transnational hotels want to continue with their development plan of Rapa Nui and have a vision to build Easter Island up as a casino destination. The Rapa Nui receive little of what investors and shareholders profit. Gambling on this island will undoubtedly bring further corruption, prostitution, drugs, and violence. It will also lead to further environmental degradation and resource depletion to an environment of which the Rapa Nui have created and sustained for over a thousand years, of which they are the best stewards.
"A casino would mean the instantaneous destruction of this island as we know it, in which our livelihood is based on a kind of cultural tourism found nowhere else in the world," said Mario Tuki, a fisherman and schoolteacher who is a member of a council of elders. "If people want to gamble, let them go somewhere else, like Las Vegas or Monaco." NY Times
The Hanga Roa Hotel is central to this fight, and the "owners" of the hotel-- the Scheiss family-- are pressing for the government to resolve this situation in their favor.
Time is of the essence to defend the Rapa Nui people on February 8th. Rapa Nui civilization is a patrimony to humanity and our moai are part of the collective conscious. We need you help to prevent our culture and people from being lost forever.
Your donations will help to pay for the legal protection of the Hitorangi clan and ensure the protection of the Rapanui people from the heavy-handed assault by Chilean police on an unarmed population.
Our goal is to raise $6,000 by Febraury 5th. Even a small donation of $10 will help protect the rights of Rapa Nui.