May 21, 2013
16-year-old Qom member murdered
Police are investigating a second murder of a member of the Qom indigenous community in under a week, after a 16-year old died in a Formosa hospital yesterday after suffering for four days.
The victim’s parents reported the death to police, claiming it to have been caused by a “heavy beating,” and affirming the perpetrators were “foreign” to the indigenous community.
News of the death came days after a 12-year old Qom child was killed in Villa Río Bermejito, Chaco, and both have been linked to discrimination. Daniel Asijak, who died yesterday in Formosa Central Hospital, was found last Saturday next to his motorcycle and a severe “head wound” lying on the side of Route 86 in the town of La Primavera. His father, Pablo Asijak, a leading figure in the Formosa Qom community, affirmed: “This was not an accident, I do not believe that.”
Asijak directly contradicted a police report that suggested the young man had “managed to communicate to his mother that an accident had caused his wound,” and that a witness statement supported such testimony.
Laureano Sangachi, the second leader of the Formosa Qom community, revealed that doctors had said that Daniel had “suffered a beating and had a cranial fracture as result of a hard blow by a rusty piece of metal.”
The La Primavera Qom community has been demanding the return of land that was granted by the Gildo Insfrán administration to the National University of Formosa, while a communiqué was released after the murder expressing that the community does not know “how to look after” its members, and demanding “justice and peace.”
With regard to the Chaco murder, an element of ethnic discrimination was dismissed by Chaco Lieutenant-Governor Juan Carlos Bacileff Ivanoff, who affirmed “according to the argument of the arrested, a fight was the cause of death. There is no ethnic question here... indigenous populations live in peace with the rest of the community.”
— Herald with DyN