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Members of the Mapuche community demonstrate in Chile in support of a detained leader who has been on hunger strike for 100 days

Hundreds of members of the Mapuche community demonstrated this Monday in the center of Nueva Imperial in southern Chile to support leader Celestino Córdova, who has been imprisoned and has been on hunger strike for more than 100 days to protest the conditions under which he and thirty other inmates of indigenous origin are present.

The demonstration was moved from the city center to the Imperial Intercultural Hospital of Nueva, where Cordova is being hospitalized because of his fragile health due to the hunger strike.

Córdova, who was sentenced to prison in 2014 for a fire that killed two people, spent 106 days without food in protest to demand compliance with Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Members of the Mapuche community demonstrate in Chile in support of a detained leader who has been on hunger strike for 100 days
Members of the Mapuche community demonstrate in Chile in support of a detained leader who has been on hunger strike for 100 days

The Machi, along with about thirty imprisoned community members, have asked the government to honor the agreement that obliges signatory countries to impose alternative sentences on people of indigenous origin so that they can celebrate their rituals and ceremonies.

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