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Mapuche Protesters Demand Hunger-Striking Leader Be Released

HeadlineAug 18, 2020

In Chile, protests continue in solidarity with Celestino Córdova, an Indigenous Mapuche spiritual leader who has been on a hunger strike for over 100 days demanding he be transferred from prison to house arrest due to the coronavirus pandemic. The United Nations high commissioner for human rights recently sent an investigative unit to the region of Araucanía to visit Córdova, who is currently hospitalized in critical condition. He is serving an 18-year sentence for his alleged role in the arson death of two landowners in 2013, but his defenders say the charges are politically motivated.

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