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(en) Chile: 46 days of hunger strike. Public statement by the Prisoners' Collective [ca]

Date Sat, 02 Jul 2005 16:00:34 +0300

PUBLIC STATEMENT -- On Wednesday 22nd June, in a new development regarding this action, the
----------------Senate's Human Rights Committee discussed our Bill regarding freedom. Present
at that session were the Catholic Church, in the person of Monsignor Alfonso
Baeza, and the Government, represented by Jorge Correa Sutil, together with
lawyers connected to our fight and family members. The Bill was preliminarily
approved, with the final vote of the Committee postponed until Tuesday 5th
July, after some reports were requested in order to perfect the Bill.
Although this step is an advance towards our objective of immediate freedom,
there are obstacles along the way that leave a certain amount of doubt as to
future scenarios. In particular we refer to the attitude of the Right,
translated into the insertion of a reservation about the constitutionality of
the Bill, introduced into the discussions also within the Constitution,
Legislation and Justice Committee, where the Right is in a majority.

The government has made a step forward in this process with its presence at the
Human Rights Committee and, we hope, they will adopt a more active role. In
particular, we ask the government to hold to its commitment to treat the matter
with the greatest urgency before the Constitution, Legislation and Justice
Committee and in the final discussions of the Bill, both to be carried out in
the Senate. We ask the senators of the governing coalition to continue in their
support of the Bill and to hold to their political commitment to bring to a
close this chapter of imprisonment for political reasons in Chile. Furthermore,
we hope that the senators of the Right who have indicated their intention to
resolve the matter favorably will also meet their public commitment.

Considering what we have said above and in the knowledge that freedom is near,
though not yet definitively won, we hereby announce our decision to continue
with our hunger strike for freedom. We do this in order to seek an immediate
resolution of our situation. We are aware of the risks that are implied in
continuing the hunger strike, especially to our health, but we are certain that
the moment is now and no other to put an end to the political imprisonment that
we have endured for the last 13 years on average.

We call on all those who support our legitimate, dignified and beautiful
struggle to continue to publicize the reasons for our freedom on the streets
and on the walls. This final stage that we must go through in order to be
victorious requires multiple expressions of solidarity. We trust that such
solidarity will be expressed through propaganda, mobilizations and that it can
break through the walls of media. We also recognize especially the support
shown by exiles' groups, trade unions, political organizations and human rights
organizations, beyond the seas, deserts and mountains. We know that this is
where a great part of our strength lies, in the collectives and organizations
who have taken to our cause as part of their fight for a better world.

We remain firm in our decision, our desires and our dreams.



Colectivo de Prisioneros Políticos "CONVERGENCIA POR LA LIBERTAD"

26th June 2005

Translation by FdCA-International Relations

From: Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici <internazionale@fdca.it>

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