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On Sunday, Ukraine saw its biggest protest since the 2004 Orange Revolution. At least 300,000 people took to the streets of Kiev, the capital city, to call for the resignation of president Viktor Yanukovych.
Songs connected to Liberty, Freedom, Nations United and the riot20 experience
Beach House: Real Love
One of the living space options was a 4/5 bedroom flat on Ipanema Beach. This was code-named the ‘Beach House’ and perhaps using these words brought this song to mind many many times. So much so that it remains the definitive riot20 theme Song…
The Irrepresibles: In This Shirt (Royskop remix)
This genius song is one of the central themes to my entire 2012 experience. As always, it soundtracked several bus trips and early morning solo missions. Also a guiding light for me during my ‘street days’ in Rio
The Bright Eyes: Lua
This track firmly became my ‘Depature’ Song for 2012 at Afrika Burns, walking past fallen tents on the way past Twanka Dam and deep into 6 o’clock.
This also became the JungleHouse2.0 departure tune.
The Jungle Book: I wanna be like you
Sitting in Stellenbos in the middle of beautiful pink crystal mountains and hackers ,the Jungle Playlist was created. A simple ‘jungle’ search in My Music brought up this legendary track, a true riot20 anthem
The Pixies This Monkeys Gone to Heaven
As a South African in South America, this song became part of my daily routine. This was the stand-out theme for our visit to the Christos Statue, in the clouds with Jesus watching.
Mark Ronson: Toxic
Just for the awesome brass stabs and the aweso mely fun nature of this song. Soundtrack to some early evening JungleHouse Office sessions
Manu Chao: Clandestino
There was this magical moment when we were at a live performance event at the Cupula Dos Povos. We still had to find the rest of the riot20 squad and head over to the Youth Territories, we might even have stopped over at the Ocupa site on the way to the Federal University. As we got the front of the stage eager to find the EYES squad and the various satellite elements of riot20, the band breaks out in this track and bam, next thing we’r right in front of the horns dancing truly to this song
Ursula Rucker: Circe (Jazzanova Mix)
In the search for the Sao Paulo soundtrack, we encountered the SP Wig Girl and the quest became the soundtrack to her street artivism missions. The search for clarity of beat and simple clear clicks brought this song.
Burial: Stolen Dogs
This breeze of a song was the second stanza of the ‘SP Wig Girl’ movement. The SP Wig Girl was the anonymous street artist character who we spent some time with in the Sao Paulo leg of the journey. The clean crisp beat and sounds matched the feeling of riding the massive metro system and cruising through the streets dodging options and searching for vegetarian food.
Adele: Rolling in the Deep (Jamie XX Shuffle mix)
How can any playlist from this year not have something that the XX is crafting. From their library, this song captured a few special moments in Lapa and around riot20
João e Maria – Chico Buarque e Nara Leão
A song firmly rooted in the days living with the vegan anarchist punks of Sao Paulo.
Manu Chao Politik Kills
Take back our robbed future
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, has just came to an end, and so have our hopes and trust in this theatre dominated by corporate power. We are young people from Earth sharing the same outrage towards the indecisiveness and the lack of commitment of state leaders, government representatives and UN officials with regards to the environment and our communities. These old structures do not correspond to today ́s social dynamics.
Those in power pretended to reach a global agreement on “the future we want”; However, they took a tremendous step back and further discredited the promises made in 1992, eroding the principles of social and environmental justice. This is not the future we want.
We are young people that came to Rio with different motivations and expectations. Some of us directly took part in the official process and final negotiations. Some of us gathered at the People’s Summit for Social and Environmental Justice. Others occupied the streets of Rio. Despite the diversity of our political and ideological backgrounds and levels of action, we all share the same outrage towards the outcomes of Rio+20.
We understand that the youth must fight for a social and environmental justice based on diversity, respect for the communities and the genders, without marginalization of poor and criminalization of social movements, in order to build a road to a fairer, more democratic society. We also know that the corporate media treats us as vandals and subversive, but we will continue expressing and exposing the problems of this system in crisis.
When the Eco-92 was initiated, many of us were not born and others were only children. The decisions taken then were aimed at creating a future for us. Now, as youth, we realize that they didn’t walk their talks. Today, twenty years later, this is explicit. Our leaders do not believe in people but in a wealthy minority.
We came here not only to protest against the undemocratic nature of a decision-making process that values profits more than people, but also to together formulate visions, solutions, and pathways towards the future we really want and need. A future that respects and preserves the Earth, empowers our communities through food sovereignty, access to water and sanitation, a solidarity based economy and, above all, that provides emancipatory and accessible education for everybody.
It is up to us to take charge and build sustainable alternatives for us and for the future generations allowing for inter-generational equity. Therefore we call to youths from all around the world, to gather and act on the construction of the future we want to live. We will take back our future!
RIOt20 and young friends from Earth
Indigenous Peoples’ statement on the coup in Paraguay
Federation for the Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples - FAPI
Legally registered under Decree No.508410
FAPI Statement on the current political and social situation in Paraguay
Following the dismissal of President Fernando Lugo through an abrupt and traumatic process for all of us, and given the present political situation in Paraguay, FAPI, a body that unites several indigenous peoples’ organisations of the western and eastern regions of the country, wishes to inform the national and international communities that:
1. Our Indigenous Peoples’ Organisation demands that the Government installed by Congress respect Indigenous People’s human rights and our territorial rights over which we have sought recognition for many years. In particular, we call for respect for the rights of our brothers in voluntary isolation, including the Ayoreo people in northern Paraguayan Chaco, and the Mbya Guarani in the Tekoha Guazu Traditional Territory located in San Rafael National Park Reserve. We demand that the Paraguayan State cancels its historical debt to the Mbya Guarani and Ava Guarani peoples stemming from the construction of the Hydroelectric Dams of Yacyreta and Itaipu, respectively. Indigenous Peoples need legal guarantees for tenure rights to our ancestral and traditional territories, and we reject the statements made by the Acting President, Federico Franco, arguing that “the country’s problem is not the land, but to provide income and create jobs”.
2. We are deeply concerned about the comment made by a person in the Executive, in a statement made to the international press saying: “who is responsible for guaranteeing that civil war will not break out (sic)…”*. So far, the international community is witness to the fact that that all expressions in favour or against the person to assume the Presidency have been peaceful and non-violent. These unjustified statements, stemming from a person that holds the position of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, could generate an unnecessary state of alert among the police and armed forces, and these words could become the cause of violent and reprehensible actions. It seems that these statements have no basis in fact and are directed against those of us exercising our freedoms and defending and demanding our rights. On this point we affirm that dissent is a fundamental right in a democracy.
3. Indigenous communities and their settlements have frequently been victims of violence, especially at the hands of the National Police who have no justification other than the illegal defence of properties under fraudulent possession by third parties. These properties are in lands legalized by the State in favour of indigenous peoples, including lands titled and registered in the Public Registry of the General Directorate. In this way, the police actions are in violation of the Constitution and the law. We trust that these illegal actions will not be repeated, not only because of the harm they may cause, but also because they will further add to the illegitimacy attributed to the origin of the executive power of the government.
4. We have heard repeatedly from Mr. Federico Franco that Brazilians and so called brasiguayos will be privileged under this administration, and that they will receive ‘legal security’ over their productive resources, including land. We believe that indigenous peoples, peasants and all Paraguayans deserve the same commitment to security. We demand that the Executive power urgently abandon the historic practice of discrimination, and that the same guarantee for rights that it mentions be given in relation to our territories, rights that have been violated innumerable times under a dense blanket of impunity in both the Eastern region and in the Western Chaco region of the country.
5. Finally, we reiterate our hope that our collective and individual rights will not be violated during the time that your government will be in power, expecting that vigilance of human rights will not be affected by the serious democratic crisis in Paraguay, and that the authorities will fulfil their duty and obligation to respect the equality of everyone that inhabits the Republic of Paraguay, without distinction or privilege.
Context to Bolivian Repression
When the Bolivian government overturned the law outlawing the construction of a road that was signed at the end of the first march to protect the TIPNIS by signing into law a “prior” consultation with indigenous communities (despite having signed contracts for the construction of the road in 2008) the main indigenous organizations of both the lowlands and highlands decided to march again, starting at the end of April (http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/ultimas_noticias/2012/04/120427_ultnot_bolivia_tipnis_carretera_evo_fp.shtml). They have now marched peacefully more than 600km from the Amazon to the Andes in 62 days, enduring great hardship and vulnerability, provoking serious health problems which eventually to led to the death of a baby on arrival in La Paz (http://www.lostiempos.com/diario/actualidad/economia/20120629/de-luto-por-una-bebe-dejan-acciones-para-hoy_176718_372949.html).
Pro-government groups sought to undermine the march from the outset, by blocking the routes to the planned starting point (http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/ultimas_noticias/2012/04/120426_ultnot_marcha_indigenas_bolivia_bd.shtml ), and then threatening the march and preventing access to water and other provisions in specific locations along the route.
Despite these adverse conditions, the march arrived in La Paz on Wednesday 27th June and again received great support from the population of La Paz. However, the government is doing everything it can to undermine the credibility of the march and divide and weaken the movement. Specifically it has done the following:
- Accused the march of plotting a coup d’etat before it arrived in La Paz. (http://www.paginasiete.bo/2012-07-03/Nacional/Destacados/5Nac00303-04.aspx http://www.paginasiete.bo/2012-06-25/Nacional/Destacados/Tipnis-rechaza-golpe.aspx)
- Did not provide fair conditions for dialogue in good faith during the march and continuing up until now.
- Promoted conflict with pro-government mobilisations, creating high risk of physical confrontations (http://www.plataformaenergetica.org/content/3376)
- Criminalized leaders and activists, for example by jailing two young people from the environmentalist anarchist movement who had a strong presence in the mobilizations around the first march. (http://www.bolpress.com/art.php?Cod=2012053101)
- Accused the leaders of the march of being connected to narcotraffic and being funded by opposition political parties. (http://www.paginasiete.bo/2012-07-03/Nacional/Destacados/5Nac00303-04.aspx)
- On Saturday 30th June signed an agreement with a false leader of one regional indigenous organization and under this agreement offered marchers $150 and the air fare to return to their communities. (http://www.erbol.com.bo/noticia.php?identificador=2147483960678)
- On Tuesday 3rd July signed an agreement with 45 community authorities, of which only 18 are from the TIPNIS and the rest are from a coca-growing area outside the TIPNIS boundaries. (http://www.erbol.com.bo/noticia.php?identificador=2147483960837)
- Bribed communities to accept the consultation by giving them motors and telecommunications equipment.
Through these tactics the government is weakening support for the movement and clearly aiming to exhaust the marchers in order to avoid effective dialogue for long enough to get to the start date of the “prior” consultation, scheduled for 29 July. We are now at a tipping point because the march has not achieved open dialogue with the government despite having been in La Paz for one week, and if nothing happens before that date then it will become impossible to stop the project. Considering the Bolivian government’s good relationship with grassroots and activist movements, an urgent international outcry against this illegitimate consultation process could make the difference and tip the balance in favour of the indigenous peoples’ demands.
By updating and re-launching this petition, we can show Evo Morales that the world wants him to “walk the talk” after being named “Defender of Mother Earth” in 2009. This is not simply an internal political issue: the protection of the Amazon rainforest is vital for the future of our planet and if this project is allowed to go ahead then it will set the pace for others to follow. Equally, the illegitimate “prior” consultation violates the article 32 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that sets out: “States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources.”
Following our friends in Bolivia, is fresh news that police has used teargas and water cannons to repress the Ninth March.
The Ninth March, made up of some 1,500 indigenous marchers and their allies, arrived in La Paz on June 27, after a 62-day, 580-kilometer trek from the Amazonian lowlands to protest the government’s proposed highway through the Isiboro-Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park (TIPNIS). Just hours before the march arrived in the capital, President Evo Morales settled a National Police mutiny that had seen six days of street clashes in the city. Morales had darkly warned that the mutiny was part of a plot by conservative opposition forces to set the stage for a coup d’etat. Vice President Alvaro García Linera attempted to link the Ninth March to the supposed plot, saying the government had evidence of a “Plan TIPNIS” to destabilize the Morales government. Esteban Urquizu, governor of Chuquisaca with Morales’ Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), cautioned, “both the police mutiny and the indigenous march are seeking violence or confrontation, as well as deaths, in order to blame the government.”
TIPNIS indigenous leader Fernando Vargas was quick to refute the charge. “Our mobilizations were never [intended] to overthrow the government but, on the contrary, have been to redirect government policies that have gone astray,” he stated. (NACLA News, July 2; La Razón, June 27)
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An anonymous source in Bolivia, caught in the repression had this to say:
…a dodgy translation of the description i wrote out yesterday on a private message list:
What I have seen: those that were in the march shouted to let us into the Murillo Square, then went to the vice presidency and we kept shouting there. There several people joined our group, men and women, both people from the vigil and citizens in general. Some people (I don’t know exactly who) started throwing things like fruit at the police, then suddenly someone started to hit the shield of a police officer with a flag pole. This was enough for the police to justify launching tear gas and we all started running to escape the gases, including children who were with their mothers. From where we stopped half a block, I saw that people were still throwing things at the police. They continued releasing even more gas, so the streets became unbearable but several people continued there and I saw people throwing sticks at the police. I can not say who threw them. The police then began with the Neptune water cannon, sending high pressure water at the tents of the vigil. And I saw people fighting the police with wooden sticks. They continued releasing more gas, one person even told me that you could feel the gas 5 blocks away.
It would be interesting to know the story of someone else who was there, but for me the key question is who was the person who started to hit the shields with a stick? Someone told me it was a man and a citizen off the street, not one of the march, and he had seen the same person in other manifestations doing the same. We must find out who is and whether supports the movement and has an anger problem or if someone infiltrated that seeks to create confrontation. What is clear is that this person is to blame for generating violence and cause the police to react … On the other hand, is not justified in the police launch so much gas at a march of women and children just because ONE person showed them violence.
We must denounce this.
What the international community can do is to watch, comment and use our position to help our sisters and children and brothers. As fellow citizens of the spaceship Earth, we have an obligation to do what we can and not continue to turn a blind eye to things we feel we have right to ignore.
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