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FORCED EVICTION ‘CANNOT EXTINGUISH THE FIRE THAT STANDING ROCK STARTED’

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Official Statement From Tom Goldtooth, of The Indigenous Environmental Network:

We are appalled by today’s forced evacuations of indigenous people at the Camp at Standing Rock, they are a violent and unnecessary infringement on the constitutional right of water protectors to peacefully protest and exercise their freedom of speech. It hinders the camp clean up process and creates confusion and chaos that puts the Missouri River at risk of pollution from construction and camping debris.

Today’s expulsion is a continuation of a centuries old practice, where the U.S. Government forcefully removes Indigenous people from our lands and territories.

see also: Activists Occupy Pipeline in North Florida

We urge supporters of the water protectors to continue to resist this travesty by organizing mass mobilizations, distributed actions, speaking out against the violations of the Treaty rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation, and continuing to source up the capacity for litigation and grassroots organizing against the Dakota Access pipeline.IEN release
Our hearts are not defeated. The closing of the camp is not the end of a movement or fight, it is a new beginning.

They cannot extinguish the fire that Standing Rock started. It burns within each of us. We will rise, we will resist, and we will thrive.

We are sending loving thoughts to the water protectors along the banks of the Cannonball River, today. May everyone be as safe as can be. #noDAPL

see also…How to Stop a Pipeline: Trump, DAPL and the Power of Mass Action 

and… Update on Getting the Sabal Trail Pipe-Sitters out of Jail 

Stop the imminent Standing Rock Eviction

 

Indigenous Rising Media

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URGENT.

Militarized law enforcement have now surrounded their camp. In less than 24 hours, at 2pm on THIS WEDNESDAY Feb. 22, law enforcement will try and raid the camp and arrest any water protectors who attempt to remain.

THIS IS NOT OK. This is their treaty land. This is their water at stake.

Water Protectors are asking media, supporters and those who can come to come NOW. Right now. Please pay attention & share their truths. Come if you can. This is the front line in the battle against #TrumpTyranny.


ALSO:

Survival • Self Determination • Liberation

This is why we march. Stand with us. Organize a caravan.
March 7- 9 : Native leaders and organizers will erect tipis on the National Mall and for three days they will hold space to make our voices and presence heard. They will also lobby in the halls of Washington D.C. to protect Indigenous Rights.
March 10 : Native Peoples and their allies will gather for a march through Washington D.C. On this day we will stand together by the thousands making our demands known and collectively we will tell the new administration they can no longer disrespect our rights, our ancestral lands and the sacred water that gives us life.
#NativeNationsRise
#NoDAPL
#NoKXL
#ProtectChaco
#SaveOakFlat
#NoNewLeases
#IndigenousRising
#StandWithStandingRock

INDIGENOUS WOMEN OF STANDING ROCK ISSUE HEARTBREAKING PLEA FOR HELP AHEAD OF EVACUATION | MIC

Indigenous women of Standing Rock issue heartbreaking plea for help ahead of evacuation | Mic – Monthslong demonstrations at Standing Rock are scheduled to end Wednesday; the United States Army Corps of Engineers and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum have issued an evacuation order for the morning of Feb. 22, according to the official website for the Oceti Sakowin camp.

Peaceful protesters gathered there seemed to score a victory in early December, when the Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit that would have allowed construction of the Dakota Access pipeline to continue along its previously planned route, under Lake Oahe. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe opposed the pipeline on the grounds that it threatened ancient tribal lands and could pollute a crucial water source, the Missouri River.

Ethnicide: Rosa, the last Resigaro Language Speaker Decapitated.

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The last female speaker of the Resígaro language has been murdered in Peru. Her body was found decapitated at her home in the Amazon rainforest. Here you can listen to Rosa singing the last song in Resígaro.. about a talkative girl at a fiesta...

Rosa Andrade, 67, lived with the Ocaina tribe. Her father was Ocaina and her mother Resígaro. Continue reading Ethnicide: Rosa, the last Resigaro Language Speaker Decapitated.

Amazon Uprising against Oil Pollution in Saramurillo (Peru) wins Agreement

The indigenous peoples of Saramurillo (Peruvian Amazon) have held an Uprising for four months to stop the destruction of the environment and constant spills from the Petroperu pumping plant and the obsolete Norperuano Oil Pipeline. (en castellano abajo)

Children join the 4 month long river blockade in Saramurillo, Oct 2016
The whole community joined in the 2 month long river blockade in Saramurillo.

by Marc Gavaldà, (Amazon Alert) and Sergi Rugrand (Krasnyi Collective), 

There is a corner of the Amazon where the environmental devastation generated by the oil industry have left all passivity behind. This place is called Saramurillo. Since the beginning of September 2016, there has been a rebellion and mobilization of the indigenous peoples affected by the consecutive spills suffered in their territories.

They left their communities and occupied the Petroperú pumping plant. They moved there to prevent their environmental exile, a destination that seemed to be written for them. After months being ignored, the Government agreed to a dialogue with the Resistance Platform. But the negotiation looked complex and tortuous.

Continue reading Amazon Uprising against Oil Pollution in Saramurillo (Peru) wins Agreement

Hydro Dam Project in Guatemala Defeated After Eight Year Struggle

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from Intercontinental Cry with thanks… After eight years of struggle, communities in Santa Cruz Barillas, Guatemala, are celebrating a decision by Spanish company Ecoener-Hidralia to leave Guatemala and start the “process of extinction of Hidro Santa Cruz S.A”.

The Dec. 29 announcement signals the end to a tragic legacy of political persecution and imprisonment, criminalization of resistance, threats and the murder of social leaders.

The aggressiveness of the hydro dam’s proponents reached its highest point with the murder of community leader Andrés Pedro Miguel, attributed to security officers hired by the multinational company. Legal authorities, even in light of undisputed evidence, decided to keep this crime unpunished.

Police repression - Police repression even during funerals of the community's leaders. Source: http://bloglemu.blogspot.be/2013/10/represion-y-criminalizacion-de-las_4.html
Police repression – Police repression even during funerals of the community’s leaders. Source: http://bloglemu.blogspot.be/2013/10/represion-y-criminalizacion-de-las_4.html

Continue reading Hydro Dam Project in Guatemala Defeated After Eight Year Struggle

MEXICO: ANARCHIST PRISONER LUIS FERNANDO SOTELO RESENTENCED


From Enlace Zapatista  Translation submitted to It’s Going Downfreedom-fernando-sotelo

The modification enacted by the Superior Court of “Justice” on the sentence of our compañero Luis Fernando Sotelo is a joke. The reduction of the sentence to 13 years [from 33 years], is not to serve justice, but is a mockery of it. The irregularities in the process have been denounced innumerable times. Evidence doesn’t exist to incriminate him and during the trial the only eyewitness, the driver of the metro-bus, said he did not recognize our compañero.

Why is he still in prison? It is not for judicial reasons, but political ones. It is punishment for social protest. They want to keep him imprisoned as an example. Our compañero is detained under the command of the government of Mexico City, lead by Miguel Ángel Mancera. Or perhaps also the rumors of corruption of the Fourth Chamber of the Superior Criminal Court are more correct?libertad-sotelo1

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Standing Rock ‘Water Protectors’ dig in for the Winter and Trump Attack

A Native American leader asked thousands of protesters to return home, but many protesters chose to stay, sceptical of government’s decision to refuse permission for the controversial oil pipeline project. [Avery White/Al Jazeera]

As winter rages over the Dakotas and temperatures plummet below freezing, NoDAPL protest movement members hold ground.

    by    Standing Rock Indian Reservation,      When word came down from the Army Corps of Engineers to the Oceti Sakowin camp that the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) had been denied the final easement to drill below the Missouri River, residents of the camp celebrated the victory with hundreds of veterans who had come to protect natives and their allies.While 21-year-old Sarah seeks refuge from the cold in her tent, she reflects on her life before Standing Rock. ‘I had no purpose before this. I was a walking zombie. Here, I actually feel alive, like I’m living. Once you come to Standing Rock, you can’t just go home to your regular life, watch TV, eat supper, go back to work.’ [Avery White/Al Jazeera]

The excessive force used by authorities in recent clashes near the drilling site had spurred a public outcry on behalf of the unarmed occupants, who call themselves “water protectors”, of Oceti Sakowin, and many veterans saw it as a call for action. For the veterans, native and non-native alike, of every age and from every war, travelling to Standing Rock was an extension of their lifelong commitment to serving the country.  Continue reading Standing Rock ‘Water Protectors’ dig in for the Winter and Trump Attack