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Tipnis Victoria! Marchers freed/ Highway Stopped!

Bolivia’s Evo Morales suspends Amazon road project

Protesters clash with police officers in La Paz, Bolivia on Monday Allegations of police violence towards protesters triggered further protests in Bolivian cities

Bolivian President Evo Morales has suspended work on a highway being built in the Amazon, amid a national furore over the way opposition to the road has been handled.

On Sunday police fired tear gas and rounded up hundreds of activists staging a march against the road.

A minister quit in protest and Mr Morales condemned the action when he announced the project’s suspension.

He now says he will allow local regions to decide on the future of the road.

“There needs to be a national debate so the two provinces [Cochabamba and Beni] involved in this can decide… In the meantime the project is suspended,” said Mr Morales, according to Reuters news agency.

He did not specify how the two provinces would decide, but on Sunday he said a referendum could be held – though government sources say this could take six months or more to organise.

The issue triggered anti-government protests in Cochabamba, Beni and La Paz – where thousands of protesters, mainly college students, gathered around the Quemado government palace.

continue HERE  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-15072166

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España Contra Sistema: 50 manis jueves 29

MOVILIZACIONES 29S. “La lucha está en la calle. Hacia la Huelga General”

Spain takes to the streets

Convocatorias unitarias de manifestaciones que tendrán lugar en todo el estado en la jornada de lucha del 29 de septiembre, con el lema de “La lucha está en la calle. Hacia la Huelga General”.

Policia attack 1000k marcha in Paris

(English) The Take the Streets march from Spain to Brussels was viciously attacked by hysterical police in Paris when they held an Assembly with local activists in front of the Paris Stock Exchange. There were more than 50 arrests (finally released) and serious injuries. Despite all they camped in front of the Exchange and continued the long march.

…………….A les 18:30 hores les indignades i indignats van seure costat de l’edifici de France Press, davant de la Borsa de París, i sense deixar-se intimidar pel dispositiu policial que els envoltava, van començar l’assemblea que s’ha retransmès íntegrament per internet via streaming. Segons aquesta avançava, van anar arribant cada vegada més ciutadans, al mateix temps que s’anava formant un cordó policial. Davant l’arrest d’un d’ells per identificar (el motiu esgrimit per l’agent: “és una manifestació il·legal”), un grup de indignats va resistir pacíficament demanant la posada en llibertat del company. Els gendarmes van acabar detenint a un grup de més de 50 persones, que han anat sent alliberats al llarg de la nit. No obstant això, a les 2:30 hores encara es trobaven detingudes 11 persones. Finalment, els altres integrants de la Marxa van poder acampar davant de la Borsa de París……………

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Tipnis:Marchers blocked/Solidarity strike/Sign to support.

Show your support for the Indigenous Peoples of TIPNIS! Avaaz.orghas sponsored a petition in support of the ongoing march to defend the Isiboro Sécure Indigenous Territory and

Ya son 40 dias que dura la marcha

National Park (TIPNIS) in Bolivia.  Poster from “Salvemos al Tipnis” on facebook

If you haven’t already signed the petition, please do so now! Visit: http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_tipnis

Since August 15, 2011, Indigenous Peoples from the TIPNIS have been marching against a new highway that the government of Bolivia wants to build through the protected territory.

So far, more than 1,500 people have joined the 375-mile journey from the eastern lowlands of Bolivia to La Paz–a number that’s  growing by the day.

Sadly, President Evo Morales has responded to the march by labeling the protesters “enemies of the nation.” He is also trying to discredit the protesters by portraying them as being confused by NGOs. He even tried to denounce the march as another strategy of US imperialism.

As of late, this misleading rhetoric has turned into action. According to NACLA,

urgent 24 sept.police block march. No water...

“The government has sent in 450 federal police for the stated purpose of avoiding a confrontation. Rather than guarantee the marchers’ safe passage, the police have prevented them from advancing and, according to news reports, have impeded their access to water, while the colonists have blocked delivery of other supplies. The colonists contend, and the government agrees, that some of the indigenous groups’ demands ‘violate their rights,’ and should be dropped before the march is allowed to proceed.”

At this point, there’s no telling what will happen next. Sufficed to say, the international community should be on alert for the worst possible outcome.

UPDATES
For news and updates on the situation, visit: IsiboroSécure, TIPNISResiste, SomosSur, Fundación Tierra, CIDOB, and CEJIS and Bolivian Thoughts.

You can also find updates on facebook: TIPNIS en Resistencia“, “Amigos del TIPNIS” and Salvemos al Tipnis.

COB anarchist style union calls Tipnis solidarity strike Wed 28 sept 2011

LATEST NEWS: COB UNION CALL SOLIDARITY STRIKE WEDNESDAY

Tipnis-brutal-represion/gasgolpes/desaparecidos.. clic aquí  https://thefreeonline.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/tipnis-brutal-represiongasgolpesdesaparecidos/

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#OCCUPYWALLSTREET is Roaring Strong

#OCCUPYWALLSTREET

Saturday, September 24 2011 @ 12:54 AM CDT

#OCCUPYWALLSTREET is a week old and roaring strong. We, the people, are finding our voice, realizing that, yes we can revive our democracy. It is beautiful. It is an achievement. And it has the potential to grow into something even more wild and wonderful over the next few weeks and months. This Saturday at noon at the people’s assembly in Liberty Plaza there will be a celebration of our incredible first week. Last Saturday, 5,000 people flocked nonviolently to Wall Street … this Saturday there will be 10,000. And then in the weeks that follow, we will swell to 50,000 … and maybe even to 100,000+ by mid-October. Wouldn’t that be something!

#OCCUPYWALLSTREET this Saturday

Tipnis: marcha detenido/COB HUELGA/solidaridad masiva

Ya son 40 dias que dura la marcha

Dia 38 de la marcha por el Tipnis. 1000 marchistas por el Tipnis están ‘sequestrados’ por el bloqueo masivo de policias sin sombra y con poca agua, bajo un sol tropical peligroso.

El cordón de policías instalado en el puente del arroyo Chaparina permite el paso de las movilidades, que dejan una estela de polvo a los marchistas sentados o parados al lado del camino, donde sea que hubiere una mancha de sombra. “Aquí estamos totalmente incómodos, directamente al calor del sol. Desde que partió la marcha (de la ciudad de Trinidad el 15 de agosto pasado) siempre hemos enviado una comisión de avanzada que buscaba lugares con arboleadas para poder realizar nuestro campamento. Pero aquí estamos detenidos a la fuerza, estamos a la intemperie, porque la Policía está aquí enfrente y no deja avanzar a la marcha. Además, no permiten que pasen vehículos con donaciones para los marchistas. Incluso los bloqueadores retienen a los vehículos que nos traen alimentos, agua y medicamentos. Esto tiene que saberlo el mundo entero: el gobierno nacional está frenando el derecho de reclamar por el cumplimiento de nuestros derechos. Como pueblos indígenas clamamos justicia, porque en nuestro país pareciera que viviéramos en una dictadura”, sostuvo Vargas.

Ha habido manifestaciones de apoyo en todo Bolivia y en muchas lugares del mundo (incluso en Barcelona) además que una petición gigante hecho por Avaaz

COB iniciarán marchas si no solucionan conflicto de TIPNIS

Última Actualización Viernes, 23 de Septiembre de 2011. 06:57h.
El Comité Ejecutivo Nacional de Central Obrera Boliviana (COB) determinó ayer respaldar la marcha indígena del Territorio Indígena y Parque Nacional Isiboro Sécure (TIPNIS) y advirtieron con movilizaciones si el Gobierno no soluciona hasta fin de semana el conflicto indígena.

HUELGA PARA EL MIERCOLES….COB !

ultima noticia..La Paz, 23 Sep. (ANF).- La dirigencia Central Obrera Boliviana (COB) determinó, este viernes en su ampliado nacional, ejecutar un paro de 24 horas el miércoles próximo, en respaldo a los indígenas que marchan en defensa del TIPNIS. Los trabajadores exigen al gobierno que se instale el diálogo a brevedad posible.

Agencias.- El alcalde Luis Revilla anunció que se realizará una campaña de recolección de alimentos y vituallas en favor de los indígenas del Parque Nacional Isiboro Sécure (TIPNIS) que el 15 de agosto iniciaron una marcha en rechazo a la construcción de la carretera Villa Tunari – San Ignacio de Moxos y que pasaría por medio de este parque nacional. Asimismo, reiteró el apoyo que brindó la Asamblea de la Paceñidad a la marcha de los indígenas, a su derecho a manifestarse y a transitar libremente por el territorio nacional para hacer conocer su legítimo reclamo para la preservación del Parque Isiboro

”El presidente dijo en Estados Unidos que en Bolivia los pueblos indígenas quieren enfrentar a este gobierno, que queremos que este gobierno sea destruido, que estamos impulsados por la derecha, por las ONG y que estamos cometiendo el delito de conspiración –dijo Vargas-. Creemos que el Presidente debería hacer al revés, más bien debería decir que el gobierno nacional está en una franca conspiración para deshacer a los pueblos indígenas de la Amazonía, que conspira para deshacer a la Madre Tierra, para destruir al medio ambiente. Creemos que ese debería ser su discurso, para dejar de estar mintiendo al mundo entero y al pueblo boliviano”.
16:00 Viernes 23 | Sociedad

Rojas pide sancionar a policías por impedir a indígenas recoger agua

Medios radiales, televisivos y escritos registraron lo sucedido con los policías en Chaparina, que además de cerrarles el paso se opusieron a que los indígenas acceden a las aguas del arroyo existente en el lugar, para que se aseen y refresquen, ante las elevadas temperaturas que se registran en el lugar.

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Gay Rights ripple round World

gay Calcutta demo

A deep change of attitudes to Gays and Lesbians is slowly percolating through the Indian subcontinent. Now helped on by the new UN gay rights declaration.

In 2009, British colonial law dating back more than 150 years ago that held same-sex relationships as ‘unnatural’, was overturned by the Delhi High Court, responding to a clamour for change from gay rights activists and members of civil society.

“A level of dialogue around sexuality began after the Delhi High Court ruling,” Magdalene Jeyarathnam, founder-director of the Centre For Counselling in southern Chennai city, told IPS. “There has been a surge in the number of young people who have come out over the past couple of years.”

“I see this movement gaining power, strength and momentum with each passing day,” she added. Pawan Dhall, director of the Kolkata-based NGO ‘Solidarity and Action Against the HIV Infection in India’ which pioneered a sensitisation movement on gay rights in the late 1990s, said the country’s top campuses are in fact leading gay rights activism.
In Kolkata, a group called ‘Students against Campus Homophobia’ is active in the city’s Jadavpur University (JU), well known for its liberal ambience as well as academic excellence. JU already offers ‘Queer Studies’ as an optional subject at the post-graduate level in its English department.

Kolkata also hosted the first Gay parade in India in 2003. The ‘Rainbow Walk’ is now an annual feature and other metros like New Delhi and Mumbai have followed.

Gay rights activism and awareness followed the AIDS awareness campaigns that were launched in the country in the 1990s and quickly caught the imagination of the country’s vibrant media.
“We have been fighting for a rights-based approach and inclusiveness from the 1990s. Today, it is heartening to see some change coming our way,” says Malobika, founder-member of ‘Sappho’, a forum for lesbians in Kolkata. She had to flee the town with her partner in the 90s under family pressure.

Read Full IPS article HERE http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=104983

UN finally supports Gay and Lesbian Rights

GENEVA – The United Nations endorsed the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people for the first time ever Friday, passing a resolution hailed as historic by the U.S. and other backers and decried by African and Islamic countries.

The declaration was cautiously worded, expressing “grave concern” about abuses suffered by people because of their sexual orientation, and commissioning a global report on discrimination of gays. But activists called it a remarkable shift on an issue that has divided the global body for decades, and credited the Obama administration’s push for gay rights at home and abroad with helping win support for the resolution.

Gay rights percolating through Indian sub-continent

“This represents a historic moment to highlight the human rights abuses and violations that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people face around the world based solely on who they are and whom they love,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a statement.

Following tense negotiations, members of the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council narrowly voted in favor of the declaration put forward by South Africa, with 23 votes in favor and 19 against.

Backers included the United States, the European Union, Brazil and other Latin American countries.

Those against included Russia, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Pakistan.

China, Burkina Faso and Zambia abstained, Kyrgyzstan didn’t vote