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Indigenous Solidarity in Latin America

Published: June 13, 2009, Author: MHirch

It is beautiful to see solidarity happen. Indigenous peoples throughout Latin America most of who have experienced similar exploitative endeavors by their national governments are supportive of the indigenous peoples’ fight for their ecosystems against exploitation by energy companies in the Peruvian Amazon.

Despite aggressive advertisement campaigns by energy companies and the Peruvian government which intent to manipulate the population into believing that the indigenous peoples’ cause is wrong the majority of the population in the tropical forest seems to totally stand behind the indigenous protests. Saying that „La Selva no se vende“ (the forest is not for sale).

This paradise on earth has to be preserved at all costs. Most recognize the immense value of this unique ecosystem and are ready to fight for it. In many cities people went on strike starting this Thursday to express their solidarity. Inconveniences and immediately felt negative effects of ongoing indigenous road blockades such as power and gas shortages as well as higher prices for foods do not quell the protest against a government that is perceived as completely disconnected from the people on the gound and higly corrupt. General support for those people standing up to save the Amazon therefore is high.

When I went on a tour today to a beautiful blue lagoon in the province of San Martin, Martin the tour guide felt it to be his responsibility to inform us in most detail about the background of the current conflict, NAFTA, legal issues and land rights. Reminding everyone of the importance of our natural surroundings and that there are strong people out there ready to protect our green treasors and the world’s clean lungs with their own dear blood.

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