Archive for the 'Repression and Prisoners' Category

From Rights Action: On March 5, people tried to kill Maria Santos, seriously attacking her, her 12-year old son Paulo, and her husband Roque, with machetes. Maria is a vocal leader in the struggle in Rio Blanco and member of the Indigenous Council. Maria has received numerous death threats because of her vocal opposition to […]

from Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands: Following over a month inside the Ingham County Jail after a guilty verdict by a jury, the MICATS 3 were sentenced to 13 months probation by Circuit Judge William Collette “Though my heart aches for moments I will miss, I regret nothing,” wrote Lisa Leggio from her cell in […]

Canada-Honduras FTA Will Deepen Conflict Although the FTA has not yet been implemented, Canadian investments are already contributing to social conflict in Honduras, particularly in the mining, export manufacturing and tourism sectors. The Canadian government provided technical assistance and support for the General Mining and Hydrocarbons Law, passed in January 2013. Notably, the new mining […]

Panama: Indigenous communities face imminent eviction Having fought tirelessly against the unlawful Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam, the indigenous Ngäbe communities on the banks of Panama’s Tabasará river are today threatened with forced eviction at the hands of Panama’s notoriously brutal security forces. … Facing the threat of inundation, the Ngäbe have now established blockades and […]

From Weekly News Update on the Americas: In mid-January the Canadian-US mining company Tahoe Resources Inc. announced that its El Escobal silver mine, located in San Rafael las Flores municipality in the southeastern Guatemalan department of Santa Rosa, is now in commercial production. “Our Guatemalan team has done a terrific job in delivering this world-scale […]

Revealing the destructive logic of extraction-driven models of “development,” Peru is pushing ahead with (at least) two highly controversial, highly destructive megaprojects: Peru natural gas project approved despite concerns over uncontacted tribes The long-contested expansion of Peru’s main natural gas field has won final regulatory approval despite U.N. concerns that it could endanger Amazon tribes […]

Tsilhqot’in and Supporters Protest New Prosperity Mine Tsilhqot’in community members and supporters demonstrated [Dec 13] outside of Taseko Mines Ltd.’s Vancouver office with traditional and modern song and dance to protest the company’s  New Prosperity [gold and copper] Mine. Updates from Monday Megaload Blockade All 15 people arrested blockading a tar sands megaload on Monday, […]

EF!ers Charged with Felony Terrorism for Hunger Games Banner, Glitter After an action that involved dropping a glitter-fabulous banner from the second story rotunda of the Devon Tower in Oklahoma City, Moriah Stephenson and Stefan Warner were arrested on charges of Terrorism Hoax, Trespassing and Disorderly Conduct. Kalamazoo Activist Could Face Federal Charges for Enbridge Pipeline […]

The criminalization of Ecuador’s indigenous and environmental movements continues, as the Correa government prioritizes extraction at all costs. From World War 4 Report: Ecuador’s government ordered closed the environmentalist Fundación Pachamama Dec. 4, with the Interior Ministry saying it was “affecting the public peace.” The Environment Ministry issued its own statement accusing of the organization of […]

A new guerilla group in the Mexican state of Guerrero has promised armed support for social movements, including the struggle against La Parota Dam. Two days after announcing its formation via online media, the Revolutionary Armed Forces-People’s Liberation (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias-Liberación del Pueblo, FAR-LP) released a video of one of its leaders, “Comandante Camilo,” warning […]

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