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Hunger strike

Hunger strike

Four Chilean lawmakers joined Thursday a hunger strike by 34 jailed Mapuche Indians who claim they are political prisoners and should not be regarded as terrorists.
The indigenous Mapuche prisoners are demanding that the government strike down anti-terrorist laws they say have been applied unfairly to their claim to ancestral lands.
President Sebastian Pinera introduced on Thursday a bill to ease the law's treatment of the jailed Mapuches, but they refused to back down demanding further reforms and talks with the government.
The Roman Catholic Church has offered to mediate in the conflict and the four lawmakers who joined the protest move have asked the government to begin formal dialogue with the strikers.


Updated : 2021-06-17 11:45 GMT+08:00