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URGENT PRESS RELEASE –RAPANUI (EASTER ISLAND) UPDATE 9/7/10 9:30AM


Armed Chilean police forcibly removed the unarmed Rapanui Hito family from the Hanga Rao Hotel in the wee hours of the morning. The Hito family are currently being charged with criminal trespass on their own lands and terrorism.


They are imminent danger of being removed from the island to prisons on mainland Chile.
Over a month ago the Rapanui people throughout the island reoccupied their grandparents lands which had been given to non-Rapanui interests. Under Chilean law it is illegal for a non-Rapanui to own land on the island.


The Chilean government set up a 60 day period for negotiations.  Clearly this is a breach of that time table.
Ironically,  yesterday the Chilean corporation, the Hotelera InterAmericana, which was illegally sold the Hanga Roa Hotel by the Chilean government, had offered to meet with the Hito family later this week to negotiate terms of a settlement.


In the last  election the leadership of  Chilean government was won for the first time since 1990 by Pinochet’s party, Pinochet’s brutal military dictatorship was ousted in 1990.


PRESS CONTACT:
Santi Hitorangi (845) 596-?5402
Susana Hito (845) 596-5403
tepitoproductions@mac.com
saverapanui.org

 

 

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