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(en) Chile, periodico-solidaridad: Eight years after the murder of Matías Catrileo: impunity and forgetfulness (ca) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 7 Jan 2016 13:41:56 +0200

Although the Chilean government recognized "using unnecessary violence" in the crime of the Mapuche, the militarization of the Araucanía growing. Several organizations made an appeal to the commemoration in different parts of the country. ---- There are already eight years for the murder of Matías Catrileo, years in which justice has vanished into the hands of murderers, years where the mother of Mapuche, Monica Quezada and his sister, Catherine Catrileo have left no time to demand justice. ---- Waving their struggle and giving again displays her dignity and courage, last December, Monica and Catalina expressed their refusal to pay compensation of $ 130 million to be paid by the state after the Supreme Court upheld the decision that determined the responsibility of the State of Chile in the irrational act of Cape Walter Ramirez. "They will use this money because we believe that is stained with the blood of Matthias," they said.

Both women, since early January 3, 2008, when the Mapuche student aged 23 was killed by a shot in the back by an officer of the Carabineros, in a raid carried out as part of a process of territorial claim ( Fundo Santa Margarita, Jorge Luchsinger), have followed up, despite the injustices, have shown that the dignity transforms tragedy into courage.

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Six months after the death of Matthias Catrileo, his mother Monica Quezada gave a letter to La Moneda asking President Michelle Bachelet:

"(...) I feel I deserve an explanation. A 6 months after the murder of Matthew, I think there has been enough to pay attention to events and time demands of the Mapuche people. Matías so far only impunity. I feel as a mother, to shoot my boy, also they tore part of my body and no one from his government cared. In contrast to his death days we "threw the repression, in true dictatorial style (...)"

After a year and almost six months of investigation, the military prosecutor of Temuco, established that the policeman who percutó the weapon was responsible for the shooting that killed the student, ie, Corporal Walter Ramirez. But only in August 2010, the Martial Court upheld the conviction against the police officer three years and a day, and was granted probation, which allowed the condemned continue serving in the Carabineros. Only in January 2013, Carabineros de Chile decided to dissociate.

In November 2013, the mother of Matías Catrileo suffered attacks during the final campaign of Michelle Bachelet in Temuco, losing a tooth product blows. "We, with my daughter, when we heard coming Bachelet here, came as citizens in a theoretical democracy, to face her and I express like her in his Government had no move to assume political responsibility for the murder of my son" .

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