- Published on Friday, 27 April 2012 07:36
Press release, Rome, 25th of April 2012
European Coordination Via Campesina
We, farmers, gathered in General Assembly in Rome this 24th and 25th of April, express our support and solidarity to all people struggling for the preservation of land, the access to land and to the profession. We are opposing the vague of privatisation of public land:
- in Mali, where farmers were arrested for working the land of which they were expelled after land-grabbing;
- in Honduras, where, since the 17th of April, 1200 ha were occupied;
- in Andalusia, where, since the 4th of March, landless farmers are occupying in Somonte a public farm of 400 ha, which was put on speculative sale;
- in France, where 2 farmers and a political representative are on hunger strike to refuse the expulsions started for the construction of an airport in Notre-Dame des Landes;
- In Italy, in the Souza valley, where farmers are resisting the expropriation caused by the construction of a high –speed train line Lyon-Turin.
- Published on Thursday, 26 April 2012 15:53
On Tuesday 17 April 2012, Reciprocity (www.reciprocity.com.au) , in conjunction with Food Connect (www.foodconnect.com.au) organised the first event ever to be held in Australia to commemorate La Via Campesina’s International Day of Peasants’ Struggle.
This special event was held in Brisbane at the Food Connect Homestead in the suburb of Salisbury. Over 20 Food Connect staff and farmers came along to learn about La Via Campesina and find out how Australian family farmers can become a part of this amazing international organisation that campaigns to put the power back into the hands of the farmers.
The morning started with the traditional LVC mistica, where participants divided into groups and wrote versus to form a poem that expressed the values and ideals important to them for the continuation of Australian small scale farmers and their rural life. As an expression of solidarity, each person in the group stood up and read out their verse, and the poem finished with the last verse being spoken by all.
- Published on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 18:07
CNOP, UACDDDD, CAD, LJDH and AOPP Against Land Grabbing
(Bamako, 24 April 2012) Since 2009, men and women peasants of the Office du Niger in Mali, in particular those from Sanamadougou, Saou and Sansanding are being treated unfairly by certain investors. The targeted wrongs include bastonnades, or beatings with sticks and other weapons, arrests, the destruction of seed and seedlings, field grabbing and the grabbing of water supply sources. Dozens of families are now living from the solidarity of the other villages, having been unable to cultivate for three years, due to the lack of fields.
In spite of numerous attempts by the villagers to contact and engage with the authorities at all levels, the situation remains unchanged.
In the run-up to the agricultural campaign, the peasants of Sanamadougou and Saou began preparing on 23 April 2012. They were very surprised when four of their leaders, including the village chief, were arrested and taken to the Brigade de gendarmerie in Markala.
- Published on Monday, 23 April 2012 21:11
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