The Network of Intellectuals, Artists, and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity condemns the illegal detention of 9 Bolivian civil servants, 7 custom officials and 2 members of the Armed Forces, by the Chilean national police force (carabineros) while they were performing their duties in the fight against smuggling on the border between Bolivia and Chile.
This kidnapping suspiciously occurred just hours before the Bolivian demand was presented before the International Court of Justice in The Hague for its claim for maritime access. The detentions can only be seen as a provocation seeking to cover the just claim by Bolivia for an exit to the sea that is well within their sovereign rights. The claim is based on the 400 kilometeres of coastline rich in natural resources that was stolen in an invasion led by the Chilean government and the transnational corporate elite. This event also took place to cover up numerous scandals shaking Chilean politics and being defended by a diplomacy that is falling to apart.
The Government of Chile, with its vocation of aggression against Bolivia, continues to prove to be a bad neighbor.
The Network in Defense of Humanity condemns what happened and demands the immediate release of the 9 Bolivian and Latin-American compatriots, solidarity with the Bolivian demand and the process of change led by our companero Evo Morales Ayma.
Executive Secretariat of the Network in Defense of Humanity, March 28, 2017
Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity (REDH)