- Posted January 28, 2014 by
Hanga Roa, Chile
EASTER ISLAND autonomy for the Rapa Nui people.
The RapaNui people are for more than 100 years under a lot of social, economic and political pressure. Although the RapaNui are exclusively of Polynesian descent and have no Chilean blood, they are ruled by the Chilean government and exploited as touristic attraction, robbed of their rights as true owners of the island and robbed of the charities and funds they receive and are necessary to maintain, study and practice their cultural heritage.
When a Japanese-funded UNESCO project offered to Easter Island 7 Million USD for preservation work on the island, the Chilean government kept $ 6 Million and only passed 1 Million to the island's administration.
United Nations has been long ago informed that the RapaNui want to be listed for de-colonialization and end Chile's colonial rule.
The 1888 Chile - RapaNui treaty was at that time written in Spanish and a version of the local language. In the Spanish version it was mentioned that Easter Island will become a part of the Chilean State that will become sovereign.
However, the RapaNui translation only describes Chile as a friend of the land, with no mention of sovereignty. Soon after signing the treaty, the last RapaNui king was assassinated while crossing the ocean on a trip to mainland.
The Chilean Government insists that this plea for de-colonialization is pointless and with no legal basis. As a reaction to this, even Petero Edmunds the mayor of Easter Island himself received many life threats for speaking out and trying to save what remains of this ancient culture and its true creators, the RapaNui.
To these days, the only way the RapaNui can share their pain and try to be heard by the world is through their songs.
The truth has to be told and spread in the world: Easter Island is not just a paradise place for those who can afford an expensive vacation to see the Moai.
Known as RAPA NUI to the natives, it has a much deeper culture of Polynesian descent, that is exploited by Chile for turistic purposes and without providing a solid infrastructure and funds for the very people who created the monuments and are still living here and on voluntary basis preparing and presenting the marvelous TAPATI Festival every year in February.