Former President Michelle Bachelet was intercepted on public roads by a woman who recorded her and questioned her in her role as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights due to the situation that Mapuche prisoners in Chile are experiencing today. The woman, identified as Giovanna Tafilo, shared the record on her Facebook account.
The moment she was approached, Bachelet argued that she was in a hurry to a meeting and that she could not stay in dialogue or be accompanied, as the woman suggests. However, with the passage of minutes, the exmandataria ended up responding to the summons that were being carried out.
“I know that there is no equal justice for the Mapuche than for the rest. I have seen it everywhere in the world: with the peoples of the world there is generally a lot of prejudice,” said Bachelet. “But you can do more,” the woman demanded. “I am going to try to do more. I can do as much as I can, but do not ask me to release the prisoners, because it is not in my hands,” replied the former head of government.
Asked about the state of the Mapuche prisoners in Chile, Bachelet said that she is unaware that some of the community members are conducting a hunger strike in the Angol Prison. “When I have time, I go to El Mercurio and other Chilean newspapers and nothing comes of this. I have few moments to find out,” he argued.
Bachelet explained that from the UN they have insisted on not meddling in depth in the issues that affect Chile, so as not to lose the objective of his position.
In any case, the former president of Chile assured that she will still review the situation but warned: “The only ones who can liberate is Justice, not even governments. I can do as much as I can, but do not ask me to release prisoners, because I do not I can ”, he sentenced.
Video via Facebook: Giovanna Tafilo