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Monday, June 15, 2009

URGENT Native Youth Arrested in British Columbia/Natives in Peru being Killed By Goverment

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Continúan las protestas en solidaridad con los indígenas en Perú
Dos nativos de la amazonia peruana protestan en una rueda de prensa. | AFP

Diez indígenas muertos y 61 desaparecidos
DPA | Lima
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Varias vías de comunicación siguen bloqueadas en Peú en solidaridad con los indígenas de la Amazonia, y en demanda de que se aclaren los hechos en que murieron al menos 34 personas hace nueve días en las inmediaciones de la ciudad de Bagua.

El jefe de emergencias de un hospital del departamento andino Apurímac, Waldo Altamirano, denunció en la radio CPN que una mujer que iba a dar a luz perdió a su bebé porque no pudo llegar a tiempo.

Los campesinos de Apurímac bloquean desde hace tres días las carreteras que comunican con el vecino departamento Ayacucho. Asimismo, mantienen tomado el principal aeropuerto de la zona,

Entretanto, miles de indígenas y campesinos mantenían cortada como desde hace cuatro días la carretera entre las provincias Chanchamayo y Tarma, en la zona donde confluyen selva y Andes en el departamento Junín, lo que genera problemas de desabastecimiento.

Dirigentes de Chanchamayo coordinan con otros de la selva central para extender hasta esa zona la huelga indígena que se cumple desde hace 66 días en cinco departamentos amazónicos en demanda de que se deroguen decretos que los nativos consideran perjudiciales.

También hay bloqueos en la provincia Canchis, en la parte andina del departamento de Cuzco.

Más bloqueos
En los departamentos en huelga indígena, entretanto, la situación más crítica seguía en el bloqueo de la carretera entre las ciudades de Tarapoto y Yurimaguas, dos de las más importantes de la Amazonía.

La alcaldesa de la provincia Alto Amazonas -en la que está Yurimaguas-, Juanita Tuesta, dijó que se llegó a un acuerdo con los nativos para que suspendan el bloqueo los lunes y los viernes.

Entre los al menos 4.000 indígenas apostados en la carretera hay tensión por rumores de que la Policía supuestamente pretende desalojarlos a la fuerza. Una operación similar desató los hechos en Bagua, en los que murieron 24 policías y diez civiles, aunque los nativos insisten en que su número de víctimas fatales es más alto.

El presidente del Consejo de Ministros, Yehude Simon, trata de allanar el camino al diálogo con participación de la Defensoría del Pueblo y la Conferencia Episcopal Peruana, pero hasta ahora no hay avances concretos.

Por lo pronto, Simon retrocedió en su intención inicial de vetar la presencia en el diálogo de la Asociación Interétnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana (Aidesep), colectivo de 1.350 comunidades al que se considera el más representativo de la Amazonía, pero visto desde el gobierno como un obstáculo por su su supuesta intransigencia.

Los nativos aseguran que los decretos, adaptados por el Ejecutivo bajo facultades extraordinarias entregadas para adecuar las leyes al Tratado de Libre Comercio con Estados Unidos, vulneran sus derechos para favorecer a las transnacionales, lo que niega el Gobierno.

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This massacre is a direct result of an abusive implementation of policies
included in the US-Peru Free Trade Agreement, by Peru’s president Alan
Garcia who used it as an instrument of corporate corruption and collusion in the
genocide of the Indigenous peoples.

The Peruvian government is presenting this tragedy as if it was caused by the
Native peoples, which is not truth. Amazonian peoples protested without violence
for almost 2 months, until the Police attacked them. All the casualties are
unjustified and should have never happened.

The Peruvian media which is mostly biased and controlled by the government and
corporate interests, is reporting that Police officers were kidnapped and
massacred by the Indigenous peoples, but is not reporting about the abusive
attack on civilians, and snipers and helicopters shooting at civilians including
children. Witnesses have said that dead bodies were burned down and thrown to
the rivers, and that police prevented civilians from rescuing injured
protesters.

In the last 56 days, Amazonian Indigenous peoples of Peru are fighting to
protect their territories, as the government of Lima has passed decrees that
lease 73% of the Amazon forest and allow extractive industries corporations to
take over their land, without previous consultation. The Amazonian peoples are
requesting especifically for Lima to repeal those decrees.

Indigenous peoples do not oppose progress and private investment. They want to
protect their land, their families and the environment, they want for
corporations to respect their traditions and ways of living.

There have been years of protests since the signing of the Peru FTA by then
presidents George W. Bush and Alejandro Toledo. Indigenous peoples have tried to
dialogue, but the Lima government refused to listen and even prevented a
national referendum in 2006.

As a way to protest and demand to be heard, the Amazon Indigenous peoples
started popular strikes, oil facilities takeovers and road blockades in 8
regions of the country. This was replied by the Garcia administration by sending
police and military forces to repress the protesters violently. People in Bagua
responded burning down government buildings and lootings have also occurred.

Indigenous peoples value the land as a part of a our system of life, we don't
own the land but we belong to it. There will not be a way for the government of
Peru to impose its corporate benefiting laws because Indigenous people will
defend their territories.

After the recent bloody attack, violence has slowed as today Sunday June 7. The
military has taken over control of the region in conflict, but Lima has issued a
warrant arrest for Alberto Pizango, the most prominent leader of the Amazon
Indigenous peoples and his whereabouts are unknown at this moment.

Unfortunately, other leaders are also being prosecuted by the government and
there is a possibility of future attacks of the military on other Indigenous
communities. WE MUST ACT NOW!

Peru Emergency Fund

Donate to Amazon Watch, a non profit that is working directly
with the Indigenous peoples in strike. This fund will be used for medical relief
for the wounded, media campaign led by indigenous organizations, and legal
defense for those being charged.

Forward this to all your contacts, we are trying to spread the word and create
awareness.


In defense of life, human rights and our mother earth we demand respect for the
rights of the Indigenous peoples and for the preservation of our planet!

Contact the government of Peru

Demand to cease the State of Emergency and martial laws that are a threat to
other communities that are still protesting. Demand the end of violence against
Indigenous peoples of the Amazon and Andean regions, to restore peace and to
restart dialogue so that Indigenous peoples can keep their lands and the
environment can be protected.

Send a Message to the President of Peru

Send a message to President of the Council of Ministers of Peru, Yehude Simon
Munaro or Fax +51 1- 716- 87-35



Embassy of Peru in Washington, DC:
Telephone: (202) 833-9860 to 9869
Fax: (202) 659-8124
Ambassador Luis Valdivieso Montano
Emails:
lvaldivieso@embassyofperu.us
mtalavera@embassyofperu.us

Consulate General of Peru in Los Angeles
Telephone: (213) 252-5910
Emails:
jsanchez@embassyofperu.us
conperla@mpowercom.net


Request for the Obama administration to take a stand in defense of human rights
in Peru and for the government of Peru to stop using the U.S.-Peru Free Trade
Agreement FTA as a legal tool to attack the Indigenous communities.

Tell president Barack Obama, Congress members and State Secretary Hillary
Clinton, that this is not the way to promote trade and progress, and that Peru
must comply with the labor and environmental rights regulations included in the
Peru FTA, which president Obama praised during his campaign.

ontact President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden

Contact U.S. Senators

Contact U.S. House Representatives

You can Contact the U.S. State Department in any of the following ways:

Main address:
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

Main Switchboard:
202-647-4000
TTY:1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay Service)

Public Communication Division:
PA/PL, Rm. 2206
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20520
202-647-6575

Contact the UN and OAS human rights organizations:
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Subject: NYM Warrior Arrested. Free Shark! Urgent!

SPREAD FAR AND WIDE! NO SURRENDER!

NATIVE YOUTH MOVEMENT

STATEMENT TO THE PEOPLE

May 24rd, 2009

NYM Warrior arrested and held on 7 year old charges for Defending the Land!

On Thursday May 21st, a Warrior from the Native Youth Movement Warrior Society was arrested and detained in Halkomelem Territory (near so-called hope, british columbia, kkklanada).

Shark is a 27 year old Father of 5 Secwepemc children, from the Ohlone & Chumash Nations. He is currently being held for ransom in the Kamloops Regional Correctional Center (KRCC), facing charges stemming from protecting Secwepemc mountains, Skwelkwek'welt. These Sacred Mountains are being destroyed by Japanese company, Sun Peaks Resort Corporation. The governments of “British Columbia and Canada” are illegally selling Native Land to foreign invaders, and companies. These companies develop mass destruction to the land water, in turn killing the original, natural habitat of these mountains, including the Secwepemc People.


Since 2000, Secwepemc people have been taking direct action to stop Sun Peaks from destroying Skwelkwekwelt, their Hunting, Berry Picking & Medicine Mountains. The People left the Indian Reserve to take back their traditional territory and stop Sun Peaks expansion.


In 2001, the Secwepemc formed a chapter of the Native Youth Movement. They called other Native Warriors to help Defend the Land for the Future generations. Shark was one of those who responded to the call.

From May to December 2001 there were over 50 arrests made of Secwepemc People & their Allies, among them were 74 and 78 year-old women. Since then, there has been targeting of Native Youth Movement and Skwelkwek'welt Defenders. Many have been arrested in connection with Taking Back The Land at Skwelkwekwelt.


We are asking all those who support the struggle for the Land and Indigenous Autonomy to make a donation & spread the word to Free Shark. Those who put themselves between the Invader and the People must be protected. A Warrior is a special person who understands that their willingness to protect women, children, land & water, may result in incarceration, injury or death, but they do it anyway knowing that Truth & Mother Earth are on their side.


Send donations ASAP to help Free Shark to:

Miranda Dick

Royal Bank (in the midst of switching to climate friendly banking)

Shuswap Ave., Chase, BC

Transit # 00880

Account # 5055447





FREE SHARK! FREE PELTIER! FREE JOHN GRAHAM! FREE MAPUCHE WARRIORS! FREE WARRIORS OF ATENCO & OAXACA! FREE JACABO & GLORIA! FREE MUMIA! DROP ALL CHARGES ON POCC MOI JR. VALARY!

NO OLYMPICS ON NATIVE LAND! NO MINING! DOWN WITH SUN PEAKS! NO SKI RESORT IN MELVIN CREEK! DOWN WITH THE TAR SANDS! NO INDEPENDENT POWER PROJECTS (DAMS). NO RAILWAY & HIGHWAY EXPANSION!


IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE MAYAN ZAPATISTA, THE MAPUCHE, THE KUNA AND ALL THE MILLIONS OF WARRIORZ FIGHTING THE ENEMIES OF THE EARTH WORLDWIDE. IT'S NOT OVER UNTIL WE WIN! TAKE BACK THE LAND!

NATIVE YOUTH MOVEMENT

:
Native Youth Movement (NYM)
Ofic. Tel.#: 1-(604) 682-3269 x7845 (Ofic.)
E-mail: nymcommunications@hotmail.com
Miranda Dick
Royal Bank
746 Shuswap Ave.
Box 320
Chase, BC VOE 1M0
Canada
Tel.#: 1-(250) 679-3215
Fax#: 1-(250) 679-8113
Web: www.rbc.com
Free Shark
Transit #: 00880
Acct. #: 5055447
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