Chileans stormed the British Museum’s talks demanding the return of two Moais to Easter Island

The museum has had to disable the language on some of its posters due to the violence of the posters.
The museum has had to disable the language on some of its posters due to the violence of the posters.

(From Santiago, Chile) When Chilean social media users set up, they can be very dangerous. The singer of the North American band Maroon 5 knows it, Adam Levinewho later spoke harsh words against the Viña del Mar Festival and its residents, yes “trolled” in such a way that he had to close the message on his Instagram account. And now they know it inside British museumWell, thousands of words They saturated their social networks Please come back from of Moses from Rapanui (Easter Island), Steal in the 19th century by English expeditionaries.

And as the British newspaper pointed out Guardian, “Since January, Chilean social media users have flooded the museum’s Instagram account, as well as its social media accounts. YouTube and Facebook”

For this reason, the school had to close the message on many of its publications, including one dedicated to the free work. “The Youth Project”where according to the museum spokesperson, they prioritized the “safety and security” of the youth involved.

“We agree with those the debatebut maintain a minimum security decision,” the spokesman told the Observer, referring to aggressiveness on some ads.

Although the request of Moses is centuries old, it is more serious later influencer Haitian in Chile, Mike Milfort, you. with a million followers on Instagram, will call his audience to attack the museum of social relations: one of his latest videos on the subject of existing masses 14.7 million views.

The campaign went viral even the president Gabriel Boric: do you want more followers? In an interview with Radio Chiloé, he joined the call.

“When we introduce Chile to the world, Torres del Paine will appear, Moai will appear –Let the English give us back the Moai!– Atacama Desert and Chacao Bridge will also appear,” he said at the time.

However, Rapanui officials seem to disagree with the request. “President Boric should not politicize something that is true, spiritual side and culture is important to us,” complained those the mayor at the meeting of Easter Island, Pedro Edmunds: do you want more followers?According to a report from BíoBíoChile.

For Edmunds, everything depends on the agreement reached with the British representatives of the main Moai, called Hoa Hakananai, or “Stolen Friend” in the language.

“We do not consider that friends can live in London like us well cultural ambassador“But we need it to be confirmed that its real owner is the Rapa Nui culture,” the mayor concluded.

The mayor of Pascual Island, Pedro Edmunds, said however that they are willing to let both moais continue in the museum.
The mayor of Pascual Island, Pedro Edmunds, said however that they are willing to let both moais continue in the museum.

In the middle of an argument, a spokesperson of the British Museum explained to EFE that the institution “is subject to a 1963 law that prohibits it, by lawremove the item from the collection. “

The organization says it holds “nice and open relationship with colleagues from Rapa Nui” and recall that members of the community received fellowship in November 2018, then another trip took place in June 2019, in which the staff of the British school visited the cultural centers of the island.

In addition, the school received a new visit to its collection in August of that year from the staff of the Anthropological Museum of Rapa Nui, Father Englert, the and in 2022 and 2023 several Rapanui colleagues and partners have been invited to various initiatives.

Importantly, Hoa Hakananai moai, with a small ‘moai’ called “Air”, was given to those Queen Victoria in 1869 by the captain of the ship “Topaz”The leader Richard Powelland the king put them in the museum.

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