Method #159: The Fast
Also known as the Fast of Moral Pressure, Hunger Strike, or Satyagraphic Fast. As late as 2010, the Mapuche indigenous community in Chile was still subject to “anti-terrorism” legislation passed some 30 years ago under the brutal Pinochet regime, which allowed the government to try protestors in military, rather than civilian, courts. Estimates are that more than a thousand Mapuche had been convicted and sent to jail under this law. In 2010, in an attempt to publicize the suffering of their community and to call for an end to such trials, over 30 Mapuche prisoners carried out a well-organized and concerted hunger strike.