- Published on Sunday, 17 June 2012 07:00
(Rio de Janeiro, Saturday June 16th, 2012)
It’s because social movements and organizations have convened in the Peoples Summit for Social and Environmental Justice, which began June 15th with a platform of struggle. Until the 23rd of the month, Aterro de Flamengo, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is the center of convergence against green capitalism and the mercantilization of life. The Articulation of Social Movements towards ALBA unites this process of resistance, debate and mobilization.
The People’s Summit for Social and Environmental Justice began June 15th. Flamengo Park, in the center of Rio de Janeiro, has been gradually filling up with representatives of organizations and popular movements, environmentalists and social activists who propose alternatives to the mercantilization of life, a process that is taking hold within the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in the discussions around the green economy. Two decades after Eco92 – during which environmental conflicts have intensified and deepened the consequences of the systemic crisis of capitalism – the protagonists of a long process of resistance are coming together to advance common proposals that they have been building against the new predatory and unequal strategies being proposed.
- Published on Saturday, 16 June 2012 02:27
Farmer loses life at BJP office during agitation
Farmer Kartar Singh, a senior citizen, from Bhora kalaan, Muzaffar Nagar, became a martyr during the agitation by farmers of Bhartiya Kisan Union today at BJP office. Police personnel were present in large numbers. Ironically water cannons were already deployed, but not water tanks, so that people may drink water. Kartar Singh lost his life due to non-availability of water in the scorching sun and an untoward scuffle with policemen. More than 50 thousand farmers had assembled at Jantar Mantar road early this morning. The farmers demonstrated their solidarity with their brethren of Annupur district, Madhya Pradesh, who have been jailed for protesting against forcible land acquisition. Hordes of farmers have reached from far and wide places like Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. They are demanding immediate release of arrested farmers by the Shhivraj Singh Chauhan led BJP state govt of Madhya Pradesh, and also a fair compensation for their land, after following due procedures of land acquisition.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi reached the office and held brief negotiations with Naresh Tikait, however did not give any concrete assurance. The farmers will continue to stay put at the BJP office at Ashoka road.
- Published on Friday, 15 June 2012 15:41
(Rio de Janeiro, 14 June, 2012) About 3000 people from around the world will mobilize to say NO to the commodification of life and nature at the Peoples Summit for Social and Environmental Justice and in Defense of the Commons.
The peoples Summit is a space for discussion, debate and construction of alternative proposals by the global civil society, social movements and peoples collective organizations. La Via Campesina has been actively participating in the construction of this activity in order to denounce the false solutions of the same failed economic model that is now being dressed in green under the name “green economy”. La Via Campesina is instead promoting peasants sustainable agriculture as a true solution to the global climatic and environmental crises.
The delegation of La Via Campesina will participate in various plenaries as well as the global mobilization that will take place on the 20th of June concentrating at the junction of the roads Av. Rio Branco and Av Presidente Vargas in Rio de Janeiro. La Via Campesina has been actively participating in the planning of the Peoples Summit that will take place as a parellel activity to the UN conference on Sustainable Development or Rio + 20. This meeting marks the twentieth aniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio 92 or Eco 92).