Indigenous resistance is the new ‘terrorism’


Manuela Picq has the following to say on “terrorism” in Ecuador at Al Jazeera:

If you thought there was anything romantic about environmental activism or indigenous rights, think twice.  Socialist ideas about nature – such as keeping water a pubic good – can get you facing charges of sabotage by a leftist government. In the land of the Incas, if you protect the pachamama [“Mother World”], you might just be a “terrorist”.

It’s becoming tricky to identify “terrorists”, at least in Ecuador. They are not members of criminal organisations, they don’t spread fear or target civilians, nor have a politically motivated agenda. According to President Correa, “terrorists” are those opposing Ecuador’s development. So today’s “terrorism” might just look like indigenous peoples peacefully taking over the streets, with their ancestral knowledge and values, to demand environmental and social rights.

In Ecuador, “terrorists” are indigenous peoples from the Amazon and the Andean highlands fighting to preserve access to water in their communities. Old penal codes written in times of dictatorship are being revived by leftist presidents to repress indigenous activists. As “terrorists”, they are labelled as enemies of the state, and arrested – by the very president that claimed leftist credentials and staged his inauguration in overtly ethnic style.”

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  1. This is how Indigenous people and peaceful environmental activists were treated by the government of Western Australia this week – riot police were sent in against them to break up their blockade of a proposed gas processing refinery about to be built on a pristine wilderness next to a whale breeding ground.

    Please join or the Save The Kimberley facebook page for regular on the ground updates and also vote to support the suggested campaign against the refinery via Get Up!

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