Easter Islanders fed up with immigrants

| 06/11/2009

(global post): They are the face of Chilean guidebooks: giant statues made of volcanic rock scattered across Easter Island. Constructed centuries ago, the figures are thought to represent ancestors or chiefs of the indigenous Polynesian population. It is their descendants who now inhabit the tiny triangular island nearly 2,000 miles off the Chilean coast. But they’re fed up with the hundreds of immigrants who keep flooding the island in search of fortune. These immigrants, they say, are destroying the ecosystem, taking their jobs and ruining the historical legacy of their ancestors. And so they’re fighting back in the hope of restricting residence on the island, known in the indigenous tongue as Rapa Nui.

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