21 Aug 2010
There is a slogan that goes 'Another World is Possible'. Well I reckon the border between the world we have, based on injustice and ecological destruction, and a world that works, just and sustainable, exists somewhere in the Amazon of Peru and Ecuador, where the indigenous show signs of winning victory and making the necessary also the possible.
Its easy to forget the struggles in Peru and Ecuador are crucial for our climate and much else besides, I must must must regularly post stuff on this, very easy to get caught up in ones politics and forget that this is absolutely crucial stuff.
Aidesep the inter ethnic association of Peruvian Amazon are calling massive demonstrations for 12th October in protests by the Congress to discuss a 'law of the forests' that would recognise their rights and against attempts by the government to split the indigenous.
This is the google translate from Aidesep's webside, viva Aidesep and look out for Hugo Blanco when he tours Britain soon who can tell us about this first hand.
The video is from last year.
AIDESEP, August 20, 2010. After Congress decided not to discuss the opinion on the Law of Indigenous Peoples Consultation, whose original version was observed by the Executive, the National Confederation of Communities Affected by Mining (CONACAMI), the Peasant Confederation of Peru (CCP) and Interethnic Development Association of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP) announced a national march in against this attitude to the 12th of October this year.
AIDESEP President Alberto Pizango Chota, reiterated that the government intends to divide communities by sponsoring organizations that have no parallel representation as the case of the "Coordinator Awajun" unusually whose representatives left in the last military parade of July 29 and "apologized" to the National Police by the facts of Bagua of June 5, 2009.
"It is unfortunate that the government still within indigenous peoples to use them against splitting and favor large corporations. We understand that the president of the Organization for the Development of Border Communities Cenepa (ODECOFROC) Zebelio Kayapo, is being threatened by this group of supposedly Coordinator Awajun "he said.
For his part, representative of CONACAMI, Mario Palacios, expressed his rejection of text search of the Plebiscite Law, drafted by the Constitutional Commission, and requested that Congress correct its "mistake" and return the text back to this committee that is subjected to a more thorough debate. The leader announced that the country's indigenous peoples will join in a massive march on October 12 at the national level to reject the comments of the Executive Law of Indigenous Peoples Consultation.
Posted by Derek Wall at 4:05 pm