- Published on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 05:57
European Coordination Via Campesina supports the protest “Wir haben be satt ! “ this Saturday, January 19th 2013, in Berlin.
European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) lends its support to the German demonstration taking place on January 19th 2013 in Berlin, in favor of sustainable family farming. This event is co-organized by AbL, a German member of ECVC, and “Meine Landwirtschaft”, a German coalition of civil society organisations.
In all European countries, we have had enough of an agricultural policy which continues to eliminate thousands of peasants, whilst access to quality food is far from being ensured for all European citizens, and the environment continues to be harmed.
Within the context of the serious financial and social crisis that Europe is experiencing, the CAP post 2013 reform proposal must be more ambitious in terms of creating employment, supporting local agriculture, shortening food supply chains, and “peasant innovation”. To that end, this must include the implementation of a ceiling for subsidies, in addition to support for small farms and agro-ecology.
- Published on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 13:11
To the Government of Mexico
To the news media in Mexico and the World
To the National Union of Autonomous Regional Peasant Organizations of Mexico (UNORCA)
Monday, January 28, 2013
As the global coordinator of La Via Campesina, the world farmers and peasants movement, I write to give my total support to my fellow peasant leaders of the UNORCA in Mexico, who are protesting to stop the imminent approval by the Mexican government of large-scale commercial GMO maize plantations. Since, Wednesdat 23rd, they are sitting-in and carrying out a hunger strike at the Angel Monument in Mexico City, which commemorates Mexican independence from Spain. They are now struggling against a new form of colonialism.
- Published on Monday, 28 January 2013 20:13
Thursday, January 24, 2013, Mexico City. - Today dawned the fasters and their supporters for the second day of the hunger strike and sit-in against the approval of large scale commercial planting of transgenic maize in Mexico.
The strikers are under strong supervision of the police forces. Whereas they're facing cold weather, they are resolute in their struggle and call for all people to join the sit - even for an hour - and that sign on the Maize manifesto.
- Published on Thursday, 24 January 2013 11:05
(January 23, 2013, Mexico City) Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa, head of government of the Federal District, has betrayed the peasants of UNORCA mounting anti-riot police operation at the Angel of Independence. It had been negotiated with the City yesterday, an agreement to allow a peaceful sit-in and hunger strike against the imminent commercial release of transgenic corn planting on a large scale in Mexico (see link below for more information) . Despite the alleged agreement, when hundreds of farmers of 20 states of the republic came to settle, they found hundreds of riot police with shields preventing access to the monument, in what is being called a betrayal and a "pre-eviction. "
Alberto Gómez Flores, a leader of the UNORCA and coordinator of Via Campesina North America, said: "it's very symbolic because they are preventing people of this country from being in front of the Monument of Independence from Spanish colonialism, and thus they are really serving their current masters, the new colonialists of Monsanto, DuPont and Pioneer. "He continued, "here we are a few meters from the U.S. Embassy, which also serves the same masters." And " we will stay here in camp, as close as we can be to the Monument, and if they come to evict us we will sit peacefully in resistence . They will not take us away from here."