- Published on Saturday, 14 July 2012 06:45
Besides the international boycott of Paraguay’s illegitimate administration of former vicepresident Federico Franco, several organizations and social groups are holding solidarity missions in the country, where there is a permanent demand to reinstate Fernando Lugo as its legitimate president.
On June 2 and 7, members of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-Via Campesina) of Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia travelled to Paraguay in a solidarity mission.
The mission aimed to support the indigenous and peasant organizations, as well as the social sectors, and to receive testimonies and different impressions of the national situation after the recent incidents.
The peasant delegation was in contact with the National Coordinating Committee of Organizations of Rural and Indigenous Women Workers (CONAMURI), the Popular Agrarian Movement (MAP), the Coordinating Committee of Peasant Organizations (MCNOC), the Paraguayan Peasant Movement (MCP) and the Organization of Struggle for Land (OLT).
They also met with families of the victims of the Curuguaty massacre, with students, human rights lawyers and with the secretary general of Frente Guazu, the country’s Attorney General, some local authorities and President Fernando Lugo. Some of the conclusions of the mission are “the will power and determination of peasant and social movements to struggle for Lugo’s reinstatement and the defense of real democracy and the interests of the poor and the oppressed from national and transnational capitalism”.
- Published on Saturday, 14 July 2012 06:41
Call to actions. Starting with a march to parliament and occupation
Western Cap, July 3,2012
WE FORESTRY COMMUNITIES CAN NO LONGER TOLERATE SILENCE AND CONTINUED DISCRIMINATION. NOW WE ARE TAKING ACTION.
We the households and residents of isolated forestry towns in the mountain areas of the Western Cape (such as Hawequa, Nuweberg, Meerlust, Wemmershoek, Lamotte, Limietberg Lebanon amongst others) continue to be rejected and oppressed by our own government. We live under the yoke of oppression despite our well intentioned constitution, policies and laws that are supposed to improve the living conditions of all South Africans, including ours – the poor, landless, destitute and homeless.
We simply cannot afford to give up our precious time by leaving our places of work and families to go to Cape Town to remind the government of its constitutional responsibilities. We have no other choice but to mobilise and march, because we are experiencing continous discrimination. We are tired of phoning, writing, faxing, emailing, reminding and begging the government to listen to us. We are tired of lies and empty promises. We are angry and inflamed.
- Published on Thursday, 05 July 2012 16:26
Message of solidarity and indignation from the Africa Region 1 of La Via Campesina after our comrades Alberto Gomez and Fatimatou Hima having been expelled from the Kinshasa airport, DRC, respectively in the evening of the 29 th of June and 1st of July 2012
We, men and women, peasant leaders and members of La Via Campesina in austral, eastern and central african countries, specifically D. R. Congo, Mozambique, Angola, Tanzania, South Africa and Zimbabwe, gathered in Kinshasa from 27th of June to 4th July, to discuss key issues that being faced by peasants and landless people in the region, to define our struggle's strategies within the neoliberal landscape, and to define our role and future at the heart of the world's largest peasant movement, La Via Campesina, hereby express our indignation with the congolese migration authorities' expulsion of our great comrades and friends Alberto Gomez, a mexican peasant leader, and Fatimatou Hima, from the Plateforme Paysanne du Niger, both members of the La Via Campesina International Coordination Committee, upon their arrival at the Kinshasa airport in the evening of the 29th of June and of 1st of July. Alberto travelled for 24 hours to reach Congo, to bring his support and experience, on behalf of all the Via Campesina peasant leaders, to us the movement's african members. He was forced to return to Mexico in the same plane he has arrived in, without even being given the time to communicate with us or to rest, as well as the friendly methods used by the congolese immigration authorities.
- Published on Thursday, 05 July 2012 07:16
June 29: The All Nepal Peasant Federation (ANPFa) organized a massive rice plantation program in 35 districts of Nepal on Ashar 15 to celebrate Rice day. Ashar 15 is the auspicious day for paddy planting in Hindu culture where peasants start the day by planting rice and then follow up with a feast of curd and beaten rice (Dahi Chiura). Some of the notable celebrations took place in Kathmandu, Kailali, Jhapa, Dhading, Kaski, Nuwakot and Kavre. The Former Prime Minister of Nepal J. N. Khanal started the celebration of the peasant festival in Nuwakot. Peasants planted rice throughout the day and demanded that Nepal’s rice fields be protected from land grabbing and conversion, given that rice is the staple food crop of Asians and holds a deep cultural significance. They also demanded that only agroecological farming methods, or ecological agriculture based on biodiveristy (BEA) be promoted and the land be protected against hybrids and chemicals. The special program was attended by thousands of peasants as well as senior peasant leaders such as the former deputy prime minister of Nepal, Bam Dev Gautam, President of National Co-operative Federation, Keshab Badal, deputy general secretary of ANPFa Balram Banskota , and Secretary of ANPFa Hari Parajuli.