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Latino Daily News

Wednesday November 17, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: 33 Chilean Women Start Hunger Strike and Make Demands (BILINGUAL) (VIDEO)

The new group of 33 Chileans buried in the depths of a mine by their own making, have started a hunger strike, refusing liquids and urging bishop Ricardo Ezzati to represent the church in mediating talks with the government.

Here’s the letter the women sent to government authorities:

“We’re a group of 33 women from Lota and the Bio-Bio region, we represent the 12,600 men and mostly women, mothers, heads of household, who during several months following the earthquake, became workers of the Military Work Corps, and took jobs related to dealing with the aftermath of the disaster, like cleaning debris, installing emergency housing, and such.

Today, after the government terminated the employment program, we have filed paperwork with diverse authorities, we have marched to Concepción, Santiago and Valparaíso and we have not been heard.

The termination of our contracts not only affects the economy of our homes, but also the affects the economy of our communes and our region already shaken by the earthquake.

Today, in view of this situation and the desperate circumstances we find ourselves in, we have decided from this moment on to stay inside the mine called “El Chiflón del Diablo” in the commune of Lota, with the objective of sensitizing the government and parliament officials into approving the necessary resources to reinstate these 12,600 jobs.

Not too long ago, every Chilean cheered when the government, the president Sebastián Piñera, made available all resources of the estate to save the lives of the 33 miners in the north of the country. Today we want to ask the government and parliament officials to, with the same drive, use the country’s economic resources to keep these jobs.”

Hopefully president Piñera will make as big a deal out of this letter, as he did out of the now famous and copyright protected “The 33 of us are fine in the shelter” note.


En Español

“Somos un grupo de 33 mujeres lotinas y de la Región del Bio-Bio, que representamos a las y los 12.600 hombres y fundamentalmente mujeres, madres, jefas de hogar, que durante varios meses después del terremoto, asumimos labores como trabajadoras del Cuerpo Militar del Trabajo, desarrollando trabajos relacionados con la emergencia, como son limpieza de escombros, instalación de viviendas de emergencias y otras labores.

Hoy después de que el gobierno terminara con estos empleos, hemos realizado un sin numero de gestiones con diversas autoridades, hemos marchado a Concepción, Santiago y a Valparaíso y no hemos sido escuchadas.

Nuestros términos de contratos no solo afectan la economía de nuestros hogares, también afecta la economía de nuestras comunas y región tan golpeada por el terremoto.

Hoy ante esta situación y la desesperación que nos encontramos, hemos decidido a partir de este momento, permanecer al interior de la Mina del Chiflón del Diablo, en la comuna de Lota, con el objetivo de sensibilizar al gobierno y a los parlamentarios y aprueben los recursos necesarios para darle continuidad a estos 12.600 empleos.

Hace un tiempo atrás todos los chilenos nos alegramos, que el gobierno, el Presidente de la Republica, dispusieran todos los recursos del Estado, para salvar la vida de los 33 mineros del norte del país. Hoy le solicitamos al Gobierno y a los parlamentarios, que se pongan la mano en el corazón y con la misma decisión, dispongan de los recursos económicos, para mantener estos empleos”.