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UPDATE: The Chilean Senate passed new reforms to the controversial anti-terrorism law this week, but they are not enough to end the Mapuche hunger strike that enters its 83rd day today. When the Chamber of Deputies approves the reforms they will be come law. Changes include limiting the use of anonymous witnesses and lowering penalties for arson, two points the hunger strikers had pushed for. “We hope to offer to the country a solution for this problem, which has gone on for many days and has distressed millions of Chileans,” Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter continue reading »
President Sebastian Pinera has asked the Catholic Church to help negotiate an end to the nearly two-month hunger strike. The Mapuches claim that the anti-terrorism laws that the government uses to prosecute them are unfair. Some specific examples they site are that the out dated law permits masked witnesses -which allow anonymous testimony to be heard and recorded, extended time that the Mapuches can be held in custody with out any communication and double prison sentences. continue reading »