- Published on Saturday, 16 June 2012 02:27
Farmer loses life at BJP office during agitation
Farmer Kartar Singh, a senior citizen, from Bhora kalaan, Muzaffar Nagar, became a martyr during the agitation by farmers of Bhartiya Kisan Union today at BJP office. Police personnel were present in large numbers. Ironically water cannons were already deployed, but not water tanks, so that people may drink water. Kartar Singh lost his life due to non-availability of water in the scorching sun and an untoward scuffle with policemen. More than 50 thousand farmers had assembled at Jantar Mantar road early this morning. The farmers demonstrated their solidarity with their brethren of Annupur district, Madhya Pradesh, who have been jailed for protesting against forcible land acquisition. Hordes of farmers have reached from far and wide places like Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. They are demanding immediate release of arrested farmers by the Shhivraj Singh Chauhan led BJP state govt of Madhya Pradesh, and also a fair compensation for their land, after following due procedures of land acquisition.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi reached the office and held brief negotiations with Naresh Tikait, however did not give any concrete assurance. The farmers will continue to stay put at the BJP office at Ashoka road.
- Published on Friday, 15 June 2012 15:41
(Rio de Janeiro, 14 June, 2012) About 3000 people from around the world will mobilize to say NO to the commodification of life and nature at the Peoples Summit for Social and Environmental Justice and in Defense of the Commons.
The peoples Summit is a space for discussion, debate and construction of alternative proposals by the global civil society, social movements and peoples collective organizations. La Via Campesina has been actively participating in the construction of this activity in order to denounce the false solutions of the same failed economic model that is now being dressed in green under the name “green economy”. La Via Campesina is instead promoting peasants sustainable agriculture as a true solution to the global climatic and environmental crises.
The delegation of La Via Campesina will participate in various plenaries as well as the global mobilization that will take place on the 20th of June concentrating at the junction of the roads Av. Rio Branco and Av Presidente Vargas in Rio de Janeiro. La Via Campesina has been actively participating in the planning of the Peoples Summit that will take place as a parellel activity to the UN conference on Sustainable Development or Rio + 20. This meeting marks the twentieth aniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio 92 or Eco 92).
- Published on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 23:22
Hinche, June 5th 2012
DECLARATION OF LA VÍA CAMPESINA HAITI AND ALLIES
For World Environment Day on June 5th 2012, we, the member organizations of LVC: MPP (Farmers' Movement of Papaye), MPNKP (National Farmers' Movement of the Congress of Papaye), TK (Heads Together of Haitian small farmers) and our allies from social movements, met at the National Training Center for Farmer Executives of the MPP in Papaye on June 4th 2012 to discuss the great crises that rock the planet, a few days before Rio + 20 and the Peoples' Summit, where industrialized countries will promote a new form of capitalism under the name of GREEN ECONOMY.
This "green economy" consists in an ever more systematic pillage of natural resources under the direction of transnational corporations (TNCs), who tamed the Organization of the United Nations and use it against the majority of the populations of the planet.
20 years after the Rio de Janeiro conference in 1992, industrialized countries with their TNCs will return to Rio with the goal of transforming Life, the common goods of humanity and all natural resources into commercial goods. They bring with themselves a series of false solutions to the crises that they created and that are wrecking havoc on the planet: the food crisis, financial crisis, environmental crisis, and climatic crisis. It's a systemic crisis – a crisis of a model of production and consumption that has already surpassed acceptable limits.