PRESS RELEASE - LASC has learned of an escalation of violence against the community in Pitalito, Colombia, over its ongoing land dispute. On 3rd December, a human rights delegation that went to Pitalito to assess the damage inflicted against the crops planted by the community were intimidated by workers of the Agribusiness boss Juan Manuel Fernández de Castro. Shots were fired against members of the community and against the lawyer and human rights defender Rommel Durán. They were also fired at Italian journalist Bruno Federico and a member of the Platform of Human Rights in Colombia of Valencia (Spain).
I´m writing to see if anyone, or anyone you know, would like to participate in sending videos or photos (videos preferred) with a message of solidarity for the people of Cajamarca, Celendin and Hualgayoq-Bambamarca in Peru. For a year and a half they have been fighting against the Conga mega mining project (the majority of which is owned by the American mining company Newmont, 5% by the World Bank). Actually, Cajamarca has been fighting against Newmont for the last 20 years, against the Yanacocha project (the largest gold mine in South America), of which Conga is an expansion (2nd largest gold mine in the world). 20 years of heavy metals contaminating the water (mercury, cyanide, lead, arsenic, uranium...), artificial rivers running from tubes, dead rivers. Rising rates of stomach cancer. It goes on and on....(a mercury spill in Choropampa, June, 2000...)
Demonstration this evening: Yes to Water and Life, No to Cyanide and Mercury: No to La Colosa mine in Tolima
DEMONSTRATION THIS EVENING, 5TH JUNE! Where: South African Embassy (Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2) Time: 17:30-18:30
These excellent websites are created by a LASC supporter working in Peru. They contain information on the struggle in Peru (extractive industries, human rights abuses and ecological issues), as well as info on travelling and volunteering:
Where: The Pearse Centre
When: 15:00 - 16:00, Saturday 17th November.
LASC's Research Officer, José Antonio Gutierrez, will discuss the ongoing peace talks in Colombia. This event will take place at the last hour of LASC's annual AGM. It is open to AGM participants and non-participants.
LASC Conference - From Colombia to Ireland: The dire consequences of unsustainable natural resource governance
Date: 14 November @ 6pm
Venue: Wynns Hotel , Lower Abbey Street
Argemiro Bailarín, Colombian Indigenous Leader
Richard Boyd Barrett, Dún Laoghaire TD
Danilo Rueda, Colombian Human Rights Defender
Louise Winstanley, Programme and Advocacy manager ABColombia
Maura Harrington, Rossport Activist
Source: Latif Serhildan, Kurdistan Solidarity Ireland
Kurds in Ireland are going on Hunger Strike outside Irish Parliament in support of their Kurdish combrades in Kurdistan.
Hundreds of Kurdish prisoners are now taking part in a hunger strike which they have declared is to be indefinite.
Source: Antonio Carmona, The Bullet
After years of strategic dialogue and an arduous process of electoral inscription, Puerto Rico can now count on an organized alternative, a political party that is committed to defending the interests of the working-class and marginalized sectors of the island's population. On November 6, 2012, the new Working People's Party (Partido del Pueblo Trabajador, PPT) will run 71 candidates, from governor to members of the municipal legislative assembly. "Breaking the electoral barrier" and "Puerto Rico should be governed by those who sweat for it" are the slogans that the PPT brings to the 2012 elections.