- Published on Friday, 27 November 2015 14:23
La Via Campesina and Çiftçi-Sen Press Release
(Izmir, Turkey, November 18, 2015) The Turkish government hosted the G20 Summit that took place on the 15th and 16th of November in Antalya. As the host country, Turkey was responsible for deciding the Summit’s agenda, which, rather than containing initiatives to respond to the multiple global crises, instead promoted the further transfer of public wealth to the private sector, under ‘Public Private Partnerships’ (PPP), as well as investment in coal and other polluting energy sources. This approach will exacerbate the climate crisis. The Turkish Government appeared to be using the hosting of the G20 summit to cover up its own destructive policies.
According to Abdullah Aysu of Çiftçi-Sen “Public Private Partnerships are nothing more than the low-priced transfer of farmland to the private sector. Mega construction projects, highways, and other large-scale infrastructure investments destroy valuable agricultural land, and millions of dollars in public funds are transferred to private companies. Industrial investments lead to the eviction of peasants and small farmers from their land, obliging them to move to the cities where they become a cheap labour force.”
- Published on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 18:40
(Harare, November 25, 2015) On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25th, La Vía Campesina will be mobilizing to strengthen the struggle and resistance around our capitalist, patriarchal system. Taking into account how this system endangers the lives of women, how it treats them as objects, how it exploits women and removes them from their homes, creates wars and militarizes civilian territories, it is urgent to build new human relationships that are founded on gender justice and equal rights.
La Vía Campesina is reaffirming its commitment to the "Global Campaign to End Violence Against Women" undertaken in 2008 as a tool for debate and education within the peasant movement. Additionally, it aims to call out the structural violence in society that threatens women around the world. This violence manifests itself in every arena, including the physical, psychological, economic and the political one and it is reinforced daily as if it were something natural and normal.
- Published on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 18:23
(Seoul, November 24, 2015) The Korean peasant movement organised and mobilised a big protest on the 14th November. Over 30,000 peasants were among the 130,000 people gathered in central Seoul to protest against rice imports among other issues and called for the resignation of South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
The police used water cannons against the protesters. They also used barricades to stop the protesters. Many people were hurt, some arrested. The attack with the water cannons left a peasant brain dead. Because of this people did a vigil and lit candles.
The Korean peasant movement is planning one more struggle 5th December.
- Published on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 14:44
La Via Campesina's electronic newsletter, November 2015 edition, is now available. As La Via Campesina joins the rest of the world to denounce any form of violence against women on the International Day of Action Against Violence Towards Women, November 25th, we share two articles on the situation of rural women in Thailand and the Dominican Republic. A selection of videos, audios, postcards denouncing gender violence that women face in a capitalist and patriarchal system are included. Other articles highlight on-going struggles in the different regions of our movement against many forms of injustices and policy bias against small family farms and peasants. We share also an interesting new publication on Agroecology “Peasant Agroecology for Food Sovereignty and Mother Earth, experiences of La Via Campesina”. This publication comprises 10 articles reflecting a range of experiences on agroecology within our movement. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!