On Sunday, June 5th, family members of the four Mapuche prisoners whose case was decided by the Supreme Court last Friday (June 3rd) announced that they would hold their own hunger strike to show their support for the prisoners as well as their dissatisfaction with the Court’s decision. According to Millaray Garrido, a spokesperson for the community members, the hunger strike will begin today, June 6th, and will be located in an encampment set-up outside Victoria Hospital. The families called on others to show their support and for the Chilean Government to take steps to find a solution to the problem.
The four Mapuche prisoners have been on hunger strike themselves for more than 84 days. According to recent reports, they are all in delicate health, but at this point none of them are experiencing life-threatening symptoms. The four prisoners had their sentences reduced by the Chilean Supreme Court on Friday, but were asking to have their trial thrown out completely on grounds that their rights to due process were violated. They have stated that they intend to continue their strike until the violation of those rights is remedied. As such, they have also indicated their intention to take their case to international forums.