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Rapanui (Easter Island) Under Fire By Chilean Troops

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posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 05:39 PM
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Rapanui (Easter Island) Under Fire By Chilean Troops


www.pasthorizons.com

Early this morning armed Chilean troops opened fire with rubber bullets on Rapanui civilians. The police started shooting and tear gassing as the Rapanui people gathered in solidarity.

Now there is blood on the streets.

Leviante Araki, the President of the Rapanui Parliament was shot twice in the region of his hip and rib cage and is being air lifted to hospital. A young man, Richard Tepano, was shot at short range in his right eye and is now in critical condition.
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posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 05:39 PM
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I haven't seen nor heard of this in the MSM and I believe we need to highlight any such struggle for freedom.

For Chile, Colossal Trouble On Easter Island



The monumental statues of Easter Island draw tourists from around the world. But the modern-day descendants of the people who made those ancient figures, the indigenous Rapanui, have a conflict with the Chilean state. They want to recover ownership of their island.

But the modern-day descendants of the people who made those ancient statues, the indigenous Rapanui, have a conflict with the Chilean state.

When Chile took over in the late 19th century, the Rapanui were pushed off their lands. Several thousand Rapanui still live on Easter Island, but they say outsiders now control the island, including its lucrative tourism industry.


The Islanders tried to stop the influx of Chileans back in 2009:

Easter Island to curb immigrants


The inhabitants of Easter Island in the South Pacific have voted to restrict immigration amid overpopulation fears.

More than 90% of those who voted in this weekend's referendum said they were worried about an influx of residents from Chile.

Chile has administered the remote island outpost, famous for its carved stone statues, since the 19th century.

The referendum was organised by the Chilean government, which says the island is struggling to cope.


Although the troops were using plastic bullets, this is still outrageous. These people are the rightful owners of the island and are descended from those who built the Maoi.

May these people gain strength in their struggle!

All the best, Kiwi


www.pasthorizons.com
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posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 06:06 PM
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Nice find, s&f. I wish we could do more to help them achieve their independence.



posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 06:56 PM
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S&F. Seems like all you need to do is open your eyes to see an oppressed people these days. My heart goes out to the Rapanui in their struggle and of course for all of us in our fight for freedom as well.



posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 07:25 PM
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Originally posted by sonofliberty1776
Nice find, s&f. I wish we could do more to help them achieve their independence.



No you don't.


There are 16 countries on the UN Decolonization list which still have to be set free.

The United States is master of several of them right now. (illegally). The hypocrisy in America kills me some times.



posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 07:28 PM
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Please explain further. What's the decolonization list, and what countries are on it?



Originally posted by Pervius

Originally posted by sonofliberty1776
Nice find, s&f. I wish we could do more to help them achieve their independence.



No you don't.


There are 16 countries on the UN Decolonization list which still have to be set free.

The United States is master of several of them right now. (illegally). The hypocrisy in America kills me some times.



posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 07:32 PM
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and you know what's the worst about this situation? NOTHING on the msm. Nothing. All the info we have here in continental Chile is from foreign newspapers and independent press. The goverment doesn't want to talk about Rapa Nui and the big problem they have there (it's all about land usage. Rapa Nuis owns all the ground where the gobernamental buildings are, they're there just by concesion, and Rapa Nuis want a monetary arrange with the goberment for the usage of the land, that's theirs by law)

And then we wonder why Rapa Nuis hates "contis" as us are... I love their culture, and when you cross the barriers of being from the continental Chile they're so lovely and wise. If you ask me, I'll let them being independant from us.


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posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 07:56 PM
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16 Nations on the UN list, with only 3 attributed to the US. They are:

US Virgin Islands

Politics of the United States Virgin Islands takes place in a framework of a presidential representative democratic dependency, whereby the Governor is the head of the local government, and of a multi-party system. The United States Virgin Islands are an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States, administered by the Office of Insular Affairs of the United States Department of the Interior. Executive power is exercised by the government. The judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature.

Virgin Islands residents are U.S. citizens but cannot vote in United States presidential election and cannot elect voting members of Congress. However, in the U.S. House of Representatives, they are represented by a Delegate, who can vote in congressional committees but not in the House itself. Virgin Islands residents can vote fully in all elections if they become a resident of one of the 50 U.S. states.


American Samoa

Politics of American Samoa takes place in a framework of a presidential representative democratic dependency, whereby the Governor is the head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system. American Samoa is an unincorporated and unorganized territory of the United States, administered by the Office of Insular Affairs, US Department of the Interior. Its constitution was ratified 1966 and came into effect 1967. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in the two chambers of the legislature. The party system is a copy of the United States party system. The Judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature.

There is also the traditional village politics of the Samoa Islands, the "faamatai" and the "faasamoa", which continues in American Samoa and in independent Samoa, and which interacts across these current boundaries. The Fa'asamoa is the language and customs, and the Fa'amatai the protocols of the "fono" (council) and the chiefly system. The Fa'amatai and the Fono take place at all levels of the Samoan body politic, from the family, to the village, to the region, to national matters. The "matai" (chiefs) are elected by consensus within the fono of the extended family and village(s) concerned. The matai and the fono (which is itself made of matai) decide on distribution of family exchanges and tenancy of communal lands. The majority of lands in American Samoa and independent Samoa are communal. A matai can represent a small family group or a great extended family that reaches across islands, and to both American Samoa and independent Samoa.


Guam

Politics of Guam takes place in a framework of a presidential representative democratic system, whereby the Governor is head of government, and of a multi-party system. Guam is an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States with policy relations between Guam and the US under the jurisdiction of the Office of Insular Affairs.


The bulk remains with Britain. And while you act discusted over our "hypocrisy" these territories can hold referendums any time they wish to determine their self governance, as all US territories / commonwealths can do. All 3 have representation within the US Federal Government, are US citizens and enjoy all the benefeits of it without the entanglements of being a state.

So before we go down another moral road about the US and history, put it in perspective and maybe learn a little before leturing.

Easter Island was annexed in 1888 by Chile , with the word to note being annexed.The reaty that annexed the island is called into question by the indiginous people on the Island, which explains the issues being reported in the paper.
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posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 08:26 PM
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The people with the $$$ wanting to make more $$$ feeling that they should be allowed to do so without regard for the common man -- a story repeated throughout the world.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if these islanders could be one of the first to actually stop it.!!! Easter Island of all places should not be plastered with casinos and garish hotels. The locals have got my vote, for what its worth.



posted on Dec, 5 2010 @ 12:59 AM
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That's very sad for them. I pray they win their independence and their land back.



posted on Dec, 5 2010 @ 01:22 AM
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They don't want to be fully independant. They want to be treated like a separated region of the country. If we're realistic, they can't even handle being an independant nation, they're fully dependant of the main goberment... The goberment have been very disrespectful with them and well, they have their pride.



posted on Dec, 5 2010 @ 01:27 AM
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Well that's very unfortunate then! Would they be able to take over the tourism industry to support themselves and eventually become independent, or would they even want to?



posted on Dec, 5 2010 @ 01:28 AM
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I never commented on any of the recent posts about Chilean miners rescue being some sort of ritual, but I did wonder about the degree in which Chile was almost being deified by the MSM. I found that slightly suspicious, almost as if Chile were being 'welcomed to the fold' of the NWO as it were.
Chiles violent revolutionary past was frequently brought up in news articles & quickly followed by 'but it's not like that anymore'. I wondered if this was a publicity stunt to herald their integration into the agenda. At the time of the rescue, I made a mental note to self to keep an eye on Chile in the future to see what they got up to... & lo & behold, we have this. There'll be more to follow, you watch!
As for Easter Island, there's more to this than tourism or question of ownership. God help the Rapanui.



posted on Dec, 5 2010 @ 01:53 AM
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they don't want to. Mostly because of logistics like garbage removing (all the junk produced in the island is moved to the continent), planes and the like. I've talked with some Rapa Nuis and yeah, they want to stop being a part of the V region and be a new region but not stopping of being chilean (well, they call themselves Rapa Nuis", not chileans).
The conflict they're facing now is because they're owners of the land and the goverment doesn't want to "pay the rent" of the lands they use for the goverment buildings. The real owners of the lands had take over the buildings and doesn't want to move away. They have all the right to do it.

Kinda off topic, I think that Chile is now involved in bigger things than in the past. We're not an under developement country anymore (well, in numbers we still are) and our goverment is into something right now. Changing from a left winged gverment to a right winged one had some implications, worldwide talking. I think it's OK to keep an eye here, I'm becoming more and more paranoid every day because a lot of things seems and smell fishy right now. I can keep all of you informed, count on it



posted on Dec, 5 2010 @ 06:46 AM
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The first thing I thought of when originally reading this story were the tunnels found on the island recently.

Unexplained Mysteries - 6km Tunnel Network Discovered on Easter Island

Curious.



posted on Dec, 5 2010 @ 11:57 AM
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What is happening on Easter Island is not any different than what we have done repeatedly throughout our history.

Before you get so high handed about history, maybe you should dig a little deeper. We are not innocent babes full of justice and righteousness when it comes to colonization. I'm not so sure places like the US Virgin Islands are so happy about everything going on. I remember reading about unrest over this, but I can't find any links on the internet.

But you neglect to mention Hawaii:

... The US is trying to mask a deception it engineered in 1959... the illegal “annexation” of Hawaii in 1898, which resulted from the illegal invasion and usurpation of the sovereign independent nation of Hawaii in 1893.

You see, after World War II Hawaii was included on the UN list of Non Self-Governing Territories (NSGT). Alaska too! It’s true! Apparently whoever compiled the UN list considered Hawaii and Alaska not integrated into the US and listed Hawaii and Alaska as NSGTs to be prepared for decolonization and self-determination, just like the Micronesian islands, the African and Asian colonies. So what happened? Why was there no educational program in Hawaii to inform Hawaiians or in Alaska to inform the Alaskans of the self-determination options as required by the UN Charter? Why did the US not even mention to Hawaiians or Alaskans the option for independence?

It was simply because the US was unwilling to give up Hawaii and Alaska — Hawaii for its militarily strategic location and Alaska for its vast natural resources. To avoid a required assessment (progress report) on the status of NSGTs due in 1960, the US hurriedly bundled Hawaii and Alaska together and made them into “states” of the United States in 1959, then reported to the UN to remove Hawaii and Alaska from the NSGT list prior to the 1960 assessment. The UN never questioned or monitored the US’ “statehood” process. The UN simply accepted and adopted the deceptive report filed by the US, not aware that every one of the requirements for decolonization had been ruthlessly violated and co-opted by the US. And certainly the people of Hawaii and Alaska were kept completely in the dark by the US’ machinations.

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This is nothing compared to what we did to the Native American tribes here on the mainland. Treaty after slaughter after treaty. We never really followed any of the treaties we signed.

Basically we are just as big a bully as the next nation, but we try to pretend our farts don't stink.

We have a wonderful Republic, for now. I would not want to live anywhere else on this world. But there exists a much colder and less black and white world than most American's want to believe. Our history is full of pain and suffering perpetuated our own populous like the Trail of Tears, Tuskegee experiments, and project MK-ULTRA.



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posted on Dec, 5 2010 @ 12:24 PM
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Fine for these indigenous people to try and reclaim their land, but I wonder how many of you supporting them would also recognise the rights of indigenous Europeans to maintain ownership of their own lands!? Hmmm
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posted on Dec, 5 2010 @ 12:42 PM
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Originally posted by Cythraul
Fine for these indigenous people to try and reclaim their land, but I wonder how many of you supporting them would also recognise the rights of indigenous Europeans to maintain ownership of their own lands!? Hmmm
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What exactly is an indigenous European?

Land has changed hands in Europe so many times in the last three thousand years, the goths, visigoths, angles, saxons, vikings, romans.. et cetera, that I doubt there is any group who can legitimately claim to be "indigenous".

Clearly, the aborigines of Australia, the American "indians" of north and south america and the eskimos, inuit and such tribes, and the Rapanui have a clearer claim to being indigenous than any European.



posted on Dec, 5 2010 @ 12:46 PM
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BTW Kiwifoot, starred and flagged. Thanks!



posted on Dec, 5 2010 @ 12:49 PM
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Originally posted by Pervius

Originally posted by sonofliberty1776
Nice find, s&f. I wish we could do more to help them achieve their independence.


No you don't.

There are 16 countries on the UN Decolonization list which still have to be set free.

The United States is master of several of them right now. (illegally). The hypocrisy in America kills me some times.

No reason to get snooty, Pervius. sonofliberty1776 was simply stating his heart felt good wishes for those people using a figure of speech.

And for you to snap back with a childish "No you don't" was a cheap shot. Quit trolling.






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