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The Chilean capital, Santiago, witnessed on Wednesday the launch of the activities of a first-of-its-kind Palestinian-Chilean week. The activities include organizing seminars, lectures, and arts and culture galleries in a number of cultural, political and social institutions.A number of Palestinian-Chilean institutions will be taking part in the activities such as the Palestinian social club “Palestino” and the Palestinian Federal Group in addition to Palestinian and Arab activists and journalists who traveled from several Arab and Western capitals to attend the Palestinian week.
A court in the Chilean capital, Santiago, has lengthened by one year sentences already imposed on three Germans found guilty of forming a criminal organization at “Colonia Dignidad,” a German colony located in the Andean foothills.The three men – Kurt Schnellenkamp, Gerhard Mücke and Karl van den Berg – were among the leaders of the commune, now called “Villa Baviera,” where systematic child abuse took place between 1961 and 1997. They have now been sentenced to five years and one day in prison.The 15,000-hectare (37,066-acre) settlement, sealed off from the rest of the world, was also used as a secret detention and torture center for political prisoners during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet from 1973-1990. Several opponents of the Pinochet regime were murdered there. Paul Schäfer was arrested in Argentina in 2005The court also handed down similar sentences to former Chilean intelligence agents Fernando Gomez and Pedro Espinoza. Four other defendants were released.”Colonia Dignidad” was founded in 1961 by cult leader Paul Schäfer, an ex-Nazi corporal, who fled Germany for Chile with 250 followers after authorities in his home country began to investigate him for sexual abuse of children.Schäfer was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2006 for his role at the “Colonia Dignidad,” and died in prison in 2010, aged 88.
Last week Manuel Guerrero Antequera, son of one of the slain, said the former agents “committed the worst crimes, not helped justice, they lowered penalties. They have special jail. Serving sentences and leave us alone. ” On Thursday, hearing parole granted to “Pegasus”, charged that Chile breached international human rights law and again criticized the famous mass. “Some say that such gestures are disinterested, gratuitous, deep and genuine repentance. False, they are pure instrumental rationality. With this action, all terrorist conspiracy that operated from the State in the case Degollados is free. ” The year that the five officers committed this crime, ’85, Manuel was 14. The school from which kidnapped his father, who worked there, it was also his high school: he witnessed the arrest of Manuel father to three meters away and ran after the helicopter monitored the entire operating until the school door. Just the Supreme Court issued the “comply”, the murderer of his father will released.TAGS: CHILE , AGAINST HUMANITY , PAROLES , APOLOGYANTONIA ORELLANA GUARELLOJOURNALIST.-
The union headed by Villarroel represents 35 fishers who mainly catch the Chilean blue mussel (Mytilus chilensis), Chilean abalone (Concholepas concholepas), the hard clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) and the surf clam (Mesodesma donacium). All of these have been contaminated by the red tide. In previous outbreaks, “the seaweed hadn’t been contaminated, but now it has been. We’ve never seen that before,” Villarroel said. He believes the salmon companies “have destroyed the marine system and seabed.” The protests, which have included the burning of tires and clashes with the police, worry the government of socialist President Michelle Bachelet, which offered 1,100 dollars indemnification each for 5,500 artisanal fishers, to be paid in four installments, subject to the evolution of the red tide. The compensation, which also included a basket of basic foodstuffs worth 37 dollars, was rejected by union leaders, who argued that the amount was too small and that it wasn’t being paid to all of the affected fishers. In a new 28-point list of demands, they demanded the payment of 2,650 dollars in six installments, cancellation of their debts, and the declaration of a large part of Chiloé as a “disaster zone”. They also called for greater regional control of local natural resources, lower fuel prices, a special regional minimum wage, guaranteed public health coverage, and a regional university. Most scientists blame the red tide on climate change, which drove up water temperatures and caused an increase in algae and toxins.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday that the mosquito-borne Zika virus is expected to spread to all countries in the Americas – with the exception of Canada and Chile.Speaking in Geneva, Director General of the WHO Margaret Chan said she was “very concerned” by the outbreak and by the possibility that it could lead to “neurological syndromes” – although she gave no further details.
A Chilean judge has charged ten former military officers with the killing of folk singer and political activist Victor Jara. The popular singer was killed days after dictator Augusto Pinochet came to power in 1973.