13 Aug Easter Island’s indigenous leaders want to sever link with Chile (The Guardian)
Prominent families would rather be considered part of
Would-be separatists resent what they say is an uncontrolled influx of tourists and settlers to
Community leaders on Easter Island have threatened to secede from Chile and transfer allegiance to Polynesian states in a row over land rights and immigration.
Prominent families from the indigenous Rapa Nui population have told the Pacific Islands Forum, an inter-governmental body, that they wish to renounce Chilean sovereignty and be considered part of Oceania rather than the
Easter Island is a remote speck in the Pacific 2,300 miles west of
Leviante Araki, head of the Rapa Nui “parliament”, an advocacy group for indigenous people who comprise half the 5,000 population, requested secession in a letter this week to the Pacific Island Forum and