Category Archives: indigenous

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.

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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

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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

URGENT: Ecuador Shuar Warriors in desperate fight for Mother Earth


The Shuar warriors fight police in an earlier confrontation
The Shuar warriors fight police in an earlier confrontation

BY EMIL SIRÉN·MARTES, “The military came with thirty trucks and two helicopters that shot at us. I’ve been told one of us is injured but I don’t know anything about the others. Everyone ran off to the forest”, says an indigenous person who was a target of the helicopter shooting [1]

On the 15th of December, the Ecuadorian government sent troops, tanks, and helicopters against an indigenous community in Ecuador. The civilians got shot at from two helicopters with automatic weapons while fire bombs were dropped on houses and crops that the indigenous people feed on. The president of Ecuador refused to have a dialogue, in contrary, he threatened with even more violence.

Background:

The indigenous people in Ecuador have a long history of conflict with the government, which mercilessly has invaded their territories to exploit natural resources, violating their constitutional rights. For example, the heavily criticized company Lundin Gold operates large scale mining operations in areas nearby to the current conflicts.

Por milenios, los shuar fueron los únicos habitantes de la selva amazónica y de esa forma desarrollaron una visión propia del universo, idioma, gastronomía, mitos, música, danza, sistemas productivos sustentables y costumbres, en estrecha relación con la naturaleza.
Shuar family ritual…Por milenios, los shuar fueron los únicos habitantes de la selva amazónica y de esa forma desarrollaron una visión propia del universo, idioma, gastronomía, mitos, música, danza, sistemas productivos sustentables y costumbres, en estrecha relación con la naturaleza.

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OVER 160 HURT AS POLICE ATTACK WATER PROTECTORS WITH RUBBER BULLETS, TEAR GAS AND WATER CANNONS

daplPosted on November 21, 2016 by  .. Via Unicorn Riot:

Cannon Ball, ND – Water protectors attempting to clear two damaged military trucks from Highway 1806 were met with a militarized response by law enforcement working to ensure the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Sunday evening. Police used tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, concussion grenades, and more crowd control munitions.nodapl-riots

By midnight of November 20th, injuries to over 160 people were reported, as medics also confirmed that a 13-year-old girl was shot in the face by law enforcement, two people suffered cardiac arrests, at least one person is in critical condition, and many contusions and damage to hands from rubber bullets. Many people were also experiencing hypothermia from the water cannons and have lung and eye irritation from tear gas and mace.

Unicorn Riot reported live on and off through the night as the standoff lasted over six hours.

TheFreeThoughtProject.com provided the following report on the attack:

Witnesses on the scene say police are employing tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, mace, LRAD sound cannons, and other weapons, as they moved to encircle the crowd trapped on the bridge — and at the mercy of merciless police.

Police began this assault on the captive group amid a total media blackout — a single Facebook Live video filmed by Kevin Gilbertt is the only live feed of events unfolding, as the already spotty internet availability has also been cut by law enforcement repeatedly during similar clashes. Continue reading OVER 160 HURT AS POLICE ATTACK WATER PROTECTORS WITH RUBBER BULLETS, TEAR GAS AND WATER CANNONS