Chile experienced a massive social upsurge starting in October last year, initially by students against the increase in transportation but later it became widespread and mobilized millions of Chileans questioning the model inherited from the Pinochet dictatorship and demanding, among other things, a new constitution.
The capitalist government of Piñera responded to the protesters with a repression that left thousands injured, mutilated, dozens of sexual abuses and torture, thousands of arbitrary arrests and dozens of murders. The participation of the repressive forces in assemblies and provocations was also documented. To date, around two thousand five hundred (2,500) people, including dozens of minors, are still being held in Chilean prisons for having exercised their right to protest, under a “preventive detention” that has extended, in many cases, beyond the time of a possible sentence.
From the Caribbean and Central America we join the voices in Chile and around the world demanding FREEDOM FOR POLITICAL PRISONERS and warning about the risk to which prisoners are deliberately subjected, crowded into unhealthy prisons, in the context of the covid pandemic19. Piñera’s message is that anyone who protests can be killed, tortured or exposed to the pandemic indefinitely in Chile’s prisons. With the unity of the Chilean working people and the peoples of the world we will defeat this criminal intention of Piñera.
In order to promote awareness of this just cause, we will seek united action from the organizations and individuals who have signed this declaration.
FREEDOM FOR ALL CHILEAN POLITICAL PRISONERS!
Socialist Workers’ Movement (IWU-FI)
Revolutionary Socialist Militancy (MRS)
Hugo Cedeño, former president of the Federation of Associations of Teachers of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (FAPROUASD)
Wagner Gomera, President of FAPROUASD
Miguel A. Jorge L., President of the ADP teachers union Section – Santiago
Manuel María Mercedes, President of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH)
Pastor de la Rosa, Secretary of Union Affairs of FAPROUASD
Ingrid Luciano, teacher at UASD
Marcos Adames, socialist activist
Rafael Capellán, mathematician and teacher
Carlos Feliz Cuello and Archibal Catalina, Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR)
Jaime Rodriguez, lawyer
Evelio Santos, agronomist, Chispa Socialista
Héctor Turbí, economist and activist
Máximo Rafael Almonte, activist
Juan Bison, activist
Tobías Fernández, teacher and lawyer, in charge of the Labor Area of the CNDH. Directive member of the Base Committee of the Benito Juarez High School, of the ADP
Jacques Charlemagne, Reseau des Organisation de la Zone Ouest (ROZO)
Tomás Andino Mencía, Center for Political and Social Studies
Atlantic Farmworker Coordinator
Costa Rican Housing Coordinator
Socialism and Freedom Group (GSL)
Orlando Barrantes, leader of the Workers’ and Farmers’ Movement (MTC)
David Morera Herrera, sociologist, member of the Central Committee of the Revolutionary Workers’ Party (PRT)
Giovanni Beluche V., doctor
Adrián Jaén Spain, sociologist, university professor at UCR and ITCR, member of the Revolutionary Party of Costa Rica
Patricia Ramos Con, attorney in the Office of Gender Equity at ITCR
Miguel Barrios Gutiérrez, retired construction worker, member of the PRT EC
Antonia Tellez, Committee in Defense of Migrants Grace Serrano, leader of the Urban Popular Action Movement and the CC of the PRT
Marvin Marin, secretary of conflicts of the General Central of Workers
Rafael Barrantes Bonilla, Communications Collective La Voz
Manuel Sandoval Coto, Director of Sinpae union
Víctor Segura, organizational secretary of the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia
Socialist Proposal (IWU-FI)
Priscilla Vázquez, President of the Social Security Employees Association
José Ángel Garrido Pérez, linguist and professor of Spanish language and literature; Trotskyist activist