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The United Nations Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples pleads for collective rights in the new Constitution of Ecuador

Artículo en español más abajo después de la versión en inglés. El Relator de Naciones Unidas sobre los Pueblos Indígenas aboga por derechos colectivos en la nueva Constitución del Ecuador
Translated from Spanish by Martin Allen
By Mario Melo
On 28th and 29th May of this year, James Anaya, the new United Nations Rapporteur on the rights and freedoms of indigenous peoples, visited the Constituent Assembly of Ecuador. In his recently-released report on this visit, the Rapporteur pleads for inclusion in the new constitutional text of plurinationality and prior informed consent.
With regard to recognition of the plurinationality of the Ecuadorian State, a historic proposal of the national indigenous organization CONAIE, Anaya emphasizes that in essence it corresponds with the normative framework developed at international level. For him, “acceptance of plurinationality in the framework of the constitution would reinforce Ecuadorian Society’s commitment to recognize indigenous nations and peoples and to the ‘pluricultural’ State already reflected in the 1998 Constitution”. He also rejects concerns that plurinationality would involve dangerous tendencies towards fragmentation of the country, for which reason he has told the members of the Constituent Assembly that these concerns “are without foundation and can and must be overcome”.
On the right to free, prior, informed consent, the Special Rapporteur considers that inclusion of the debate (more…)

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July 9, 2008 at 4:02 pm 1 comment

People’s Summit Linking Alternatives III Declaration

People’s Summit Linking Alternatives III Declaration (13-16 Mayo 2008 -Lima)


Environmentalists got access to Macchu Picchu for a controversial protest. As the heads of state of Europe and Latin America meet in Lima, Greenpeace asked for the end of biofuel production in the region.

Ecologistas acceden al Machu Pichu para singular protesta. En el marco del encuentro de mandatarios de Europa y América Latina [en Lima], Greenpeace pidió el cese de producción de biocombustibles en la región.
Fotografía por InfoBae. Mayo 2008.


Social, political and popular movements, workers, migrants, indigenous and campesino communities, women’s, youth and trade union movements from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, gathered in Lima for the People’s Summit, Linking Alternatives III, declare the following :

Cooperation and integration of our peoples is created by constructing a system in which economic, political, social, cultural and environmental rights of the majority are given priority and form the very substance of governmental policies. As a result we reject the project of Association Agreements proposed by the European Union and backed by diverse Latin American and Caribbean governments which only aim to deepen and perpetuate the current system of domination which has caused so much harm to our peoples.

The European Union strategy “Global Europe : Competing in the world” pushes for the deepening of policies of competition and economic growth, the implementation of multinational companies’ agenda and the entrenchment of neoliberal policies, all of which are incompatible with the discourse of climate change, poverty reduction and social cohesion. Despite trying to hide its true nature by including themes such as international aid and political dialogue, the core of the proposal is to open up capital, goods and services markets, to protect foreign investment and to reduce the state’s capacity to promote economic and social development. This has implications for both regions :

For Latin America and the Caribbean, this strategy reproduces the framework of Free Trade Agreements which the majority of countries in the region have signed with the United States and goes further than the WTO policies that we reject. European multinationals are responsible in large part for the indiscriminate exploitation of natural resources of these countries, displacing entire countries, devastating biodiversity, exhausting water sources, and impoverishing the workforce. Latin America has been a victim for many years of looting by multinational companies. Now as democratic advances stimulate some countries to seek their own development and integration paths in order to benefit peoples, other governments who continue with free trade recipes are involved in fragmenting the region and causing national and international confrontations.

In Europe, the Lisbon Treaty, one of the biggest threats to democracy, justice, peace and ecological balance, is currently being ratified by elites without consulting the population. We reject this Treaty as we have done before. This treaty reinforces a neoliberal Europe, increases militarisation, exclusion, inequality and commoditisation, as well as hardens repressive, security policies. This is reflected in growing precarious employment, a general attack on social rights, in particular on former labour conquests. At the same time, it is accelerating the construction of a “Fortress Europe,” which implies the closing of frontiers, violation of asylum rights, and the criminalisation of migrants and social movements, creating virtual and real walls which are no different from those constructed on the frontiers of North America.

The Association Agreements which the European Union has signed with Mexico and Chile have deepened inequalities and demonstrate what will happen to those who sign similar agreements in Central America, the Community of Andean Nations and MERCOSUR whose negotiations they want to resuscitate. For the Caribbean nations, these agreements, recently signed, will increase the vulnerability and dependence of these economies, whilst also breaking down the dynamic of sub-regional integration.

At a time in Lima when governments talk of social cohesion, climate change, and poverty reduction, it is important to remember that the principal cause of inequality, social polarisation, environmental degradation as well as discrimination, is the placing of the market above people’s rights and the granting of guarantees by complicit governments to corporations that eliminate the state’s capacity to define national development projects. Multinationals have double standards, benefiting themselves from the asymmetries that Association Agreements tend to reinforce. The discourse of International Aid and Political Dialogue is merely the sweetener to hide the real interests of these corporations.

In the face of the food crisis which is affecting many countries, we denounce the hypocrisy and policies of multilateral institutions (WTO, IMF, WB, IBD, EIB) who try to hide the real causes : the redirection of countries’ production towards exports, the loss of the State’s role in food regulation, the conversion of foods into a source of financial speculation, all of which are results of “free trade” policies. It is therefore unacceptable to propose more liberalisation and deregulation as a solution to the crisis. The massive production of agrofuels is also worsening the difficult living conditions for millions of people. We reject again this false solution to the energy and climate crisis.

Confronting this situation, the organisations which make up Linking Alternatives, reiterate that it is possible to create a different integration based on the free determination of peoples, respect for the environment, respect for human rights, and for the democratic processes led by some governments who are moving away from neoliberalism and looking for equal relations between peoples of the world. This will involve the strengthening of cooperation in all areas between peoples, the re-strengthening of solidarity, the end of all forms of discrimination, and the end of policies that violate a country’s sovereignty. As we have shown in the 2nd Permanent People’s Tribunal, we are asking for justice and reparations for the offences, harm and damage done by European companies, and the redefinition of relations with these companies in which they take responsibility for their social and environmental liabilities.

We salute the actions of nationalisation of strategic companies and natural resources for national development, resources which belong to the people not multinationals, such as for example the nationalisation of the Bolivian telecommunications company, ETI/ENTEL. We call on governments who promote progressive policies to join in with the process of transformation that we are pushing. We reject the defiant interventions of the US and the European Union against the sovereignty of the peoples. The European Union must take responsibility for the historic debt with the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean, in particular with indigenous peoples. We call attention to the dramatic situation in Haiti, result of decades of plunder, worsened by the current military occupation. Similarly we denounce the acquiescent European Union policies towards the Colombian government.

The only solution for the Latin American, Caribbean, and European peoples is to unite together in defence of wellbeing and strengthen resistance and mobilisation against neoliberal policies. We can inspire ourselves with the involvement of women, indigenous and campesino and other social forces, who via their massive presence in the Social Summit, have given an example of the combativeness and the elaboration of alternatives in search of progress based on harmony with nature, human rights and the elimination of all forms of discrimination.

We call on governments to respond effectively to the demands of peoples to construct another type of relationship between regions, based on overcoming a market model. We call on the population not to continue being tricked by authoritarian governments which try to criminalise just civil protest. We call on all peoples of Latin America, Caribbean and Europe to join the ever-growing number of organisations who are looking for a better world for everyone, and to be take on the challenges which today face humanity.

We ask all social and popular movements from both continents to start preparing for the next People’s Social Summit, Linking Alternatives IV, which will take place in Spain in 2010.

Versión en español

Declaración de la Cumbre de los Pueblos Enlazando Alternativas 3 (13-16 Mayo 2008 -Lima)

Las organizaciones sociales, políticas y populares, de trabajadores y trabajadoras, de migrantes, las comunidades indígenas y campesinas, el movimiento de mujeres, de jóvenes y sindical de América Latina, el Caribe y Europa, reunidos en Lima durante la Cumbre de los Pueblos, Enlazando Alternativas III, declaramos :

La cooperación y la integración de nuestros pueblos pasan en primer lugar por la construcción de un sistema en el cual los derechos económicos, políticos, sociales, culturales y ambientales de las mayorías sean prioridad y razón de ser de las políticas gubernamentales. Por lo mismo, rechazamos el proyecto de Acuerdos de Asociación propuesto por la Unión Europea y avalado por diversos gobiernos latinoamericanos y caribeños que solo buscan profundizar y perpetuar el actual sistema de dominación que tanto daño a hecho a nuestros pueblos.

La estrategia de la Unión Europea “Europa Global : Competir en el mundo”, supone la profundización de las políticas de competitividad y crecimiento económico que buscan implementar la agenda de sus transnacionales y profundizar las políticas neoliberales, incompatibles con el discurso sobre el cambio climático, la reducción de la pobreza y la cohesión social. A pesar de que se pretende velar su naturaleza incorporando temas de cooperación y diálogo político, la esencia de la propuesta es abrir los mercados de capitales, bienes y servicios, proteger la inversión extranjera y reducir la capacidad del Estado de promover el desarrollo económico y social. Esto tiene implicaciones en ambas regiones :

Para América Latina y el Caribe, esta estrategia reproduce el esquema de los Tratados de Libre Comercio que han suscrito la mayoría de países de la región con Estados Unidos y van más allá de las políticas de la OMC que rechazamos. Los recursos naturales de estos países están siendo explotados indiscriminadamente, desplazando a comunidades enteras, devastando la biodiversidad, agotando las fuentes hídricas, y pauperizando a la mano de obra, y en ello tienen mucha responsabilidad las multinacionales europeas. América Latina ha sido víctima secular del saqueo de las transnacionales y, ahora, cuando avances democráticos estimulan la búsqueda de caminos propios de desarrollo en diversos países y de formas de integración al servicio de los pueblos, varios gobiernos que siguen las recetas del libre comercio estimulan la fragmentación de la región, los enfrentamientos nacionales y las contradicciones entre ellos.

En Europa una de las grandes amenazas para la democracia, la justicia, la paz y el equilibrio ecológico, es el Tratado de Lisboa, que está siendo ratificado por las élites sin consultar a la población y que rechazamos como ya lo hicimos en el pasado. Este tratado refuerza una Europa neoliberal, aumenta la militarización, la exclusión, las desigualdades y la mercantilización, así como endurece las políticas securitarias-represivas. Ello se refleja en un aumento de la precariedad, un ataque generalizado a todos los derechos sociales, en particular a las conquistas laborales. Al mismo tiempo, se acelera la construcción de la “Europa Fortaleza”, lo que implica cerrar las fronteras, violando el derecho de asilo y criminalizando los migrantes y los movimientos sociales, creando muros virtuales o reales, que no se diferencian con los que construyen en la frontera al Norte de América.

Los Acuerdos de Asociación que ha firmado la Unión Europea con México y Chile han profundizado las desigualdades y muestran el camino que seguirán quienes firmen estos Acuerdos en Centro América, la Comunidad Andina de Naciones y el MERCOSUR cuyas negociaciones se quiere resucitar. Para los países del Caribe, estos Acuerdos, recientemente firmados, aumentarán la vulnerabilidad y dependencia de sus economías, al mismo tiempo que fracturan la dinámica de integración subregional.

En el momento en que en Lima los gobiernos hablan de cohesión social, cambio climático y reducción de la pobreza, conviene recordar que la principal causa de desigualdad, polarización social, degradación ambiental y discriminaciones, es la primacía del mercado por sobre los derechos de las personas y el otorgamiento de todas las garantías a las corporaciones que eliminan la capacidad estatal de definir proyectos nacionales de desarrollo con la complicidad de los gobiernos. Las transnacionales actúan bajo un doble rasero apoyándose en las asimetrías que los Acuerdos de Asociación tienden a reforzar. En consecuencia, el discurso sobre Cooperación y Diálogo Político es la carnada que esconde el anzuelo de los intereses de esas corporaciones.

Frente a la crisis alimentaria que afecta a decenas de países, denunciamos la hipocresía y las políticas de las instituciones multilaterales (OMC, FMI, BM, BID, BEI) que pretenden esconder sus verdaderas causas : direccionamiento de la producción de los países a la exportación, pérdida del papel del Estado en la regulación alimentaria y conversión de los alimentos en fuente de especulación financiera, todo ello como resultado de las políticas de “libre comercio”. Por lo mismo, es inadmisible que se proponga, como salida a la crisis, más liberalización y desprotección. La producción masiva de agrocombustibles agrava las ya difíciles condiciones de vida de millones de habitantes. Rechazamos una vez más esta pretendida salida a la crisis energética y climática.

Ante esta situación, las organizaciones que hacemos parte de Enlazando Alternativas, reiteramos que es posible una integración distinta basada en la libre determinación de los pueblos, el respeto al medio ambiente, a los derechos humanos y a los procesos democráticos emprendido por aquellos gobiernos que se alejan del neoliberalismo y buscan para sus pueblos relaciones de igualdad con todos los países del mundo. Esto supone el fortalecimiento de la cooperación en todos los ámbitos entre los pueblos, el reforzamiento de la solidaridad, el fin de toda forma de discriminaciones y la superación de prácticas violatorias de la soberanía de los países. Como ha mostrado la II Sesión del Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos, exigimos justicia y la reparación de los agravios, daños y perjuicios, provocados por las empresas europeas, y el replanteamiento de las relaciones con estas empresas, de tal forma que asuman los pasivos sociales y ambientales en que incurren.

Saludamos las acciones de nacionalización de empresas estratégicas para el desarrollo nacional y los recursos naturales, que pertenecen a los pueblos, no a las transnacionales, como por ejemplo la de la empresa boliviana de telecomunicaciones ETI/ENTEL. Llamamos a los gobiernos que promuevan políticas progresistas a sumarse al proceso de transformación que impulsamos. Rechazamos las desafiantes intervenciones de EE.UU. y la Unión Europea contra la soberanía de los pueblos. La Unión Europea debe asumir su deuda histórica con los pueblos de América Latina y el Caribe, en particular con los pueblos originarios. Llamamos la atención sobre la dramática situación de Haití, resultado de décadas de expoliación, agravada por la actual ocupación militar. Así mismo denunciamos la política complaciente de la Unión Europea con el gobierno de Colombia.

La única salida de los pueblos latinoamericanos, caribeños y europeos es unirse en torno a la defensa de su bienestar y fortalecer la resistencia y movilización contra las políticas neoliberales. Ella debe nutrirse de los aportes de mujeres, pueblos originarios, campesinos y demás fuerza sociales que, con su presencia masiva en la Cumbre Social, han dado ejemplo de combatividad y de elaboración de alternativas en búsqueda de un progreso sustentado en la armonía con la naturaleza, los derechos humanos y la eliminación de todas las formas de discriminación.

Exigimos a los gobiernos atender efectivamente las demandas de los pueblos por construir otro tipo de relaciones entre las regiones, basadas en la superación del modelo de mercado. Hacemos un llamado a la población a no dejarse engañar más por gobiernos autoritarios que pretenden criminalizar la justa protesta civil. Instamos a los habitantes de América Latina, el Caribe y Europa a sumarse a la fuerza cada vez mayor de organizaciones que buscan un mundo mejor para todos, y así estar a la altura de los desafíos que hoy enfrenta la humanidad.

Invitamos a todas las organizaciones sociales y populares de ambos Continentes a preparar desde ahora la próxima Cumbre Social de los Pueblos, Enlazando Alternativas IV, que tendrá cita en el Estado Español en el año 2010.

June 3, 2008 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

Oil Company asks Mapuches to prove their indigenous status

Compañía petrolera pide a Mapuches que prueben su estatus indígena 

Translated from Spanish by Martin Allen 

Check also this website and support the hunger strike of  the Mapuche political prisoners in Chile

Mira también esta página web y apoya la huelga de hambre de los presos políticos Mapuvhe en Chile 

Versión en español al final del comunicado en inglés

The Mapuche and the Oil Company in Neuquén.  No agreement made.
by Newen Antv from Neuquén

Wednesday 26th December 2007.
The Mapuche Community of Wenxu Xawel Leufu in Argentina returned to its territory to continue with resistance and to try to prevent the oil industry invading its territory.   The agreement claimed to have been made is today broken.   As yet, there has been no other proposal from the provincial government of Neuquén.
As continuation of the dialogue begun last Saturday between the Mapuche Community of Wenxu Xawel Leufu, the Neuquén Mapuche Confederation, representatives of the governments of Neuquén Province and Picun Leufu locality, and the oil company Piedra del Águila S.A., the parties reassembled again today.
The oil company did not attend and delivered a note, addressed to the Minister of Government through his intermediary the Governor of Neuquén, expressing doubt that the Curruhuinca family was a Mapuche community and that Mapuche rights should be considered in this matter.


To gain time

In what seems more like a ploy to gain time, the oil company says it accepts that three universities should be asked to “determine whether the Curruhuinca family are members of an originally aboriginal people which has lived as a community in the area of oil exploitation since before the creation of the National and Provincial State”.  In this way the oil company, through its appointees, is ignoring the current regulations for determining who is a member of an Original People in Argentina and in Neuquén Province.

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January 10, 2008 at 10:35 pm Leave a comment

Bolivia: will the Media win the battle once more?

Enncuentra este articulo en español después de la versión en inglés
Death and Sedition in Bolivia .Four deaths in Sucre intensify the confrontation

Muerte y Golpismo en Bolivia. Cuatro muertos en sucre agudizan la confrontacion

Looking at the picture below itt seems the right wing oposition in Bolivia has found inspiration in the incident between the King of Spain and Hugo Chavez during the last Ibero American Summit, where the former told the president of Venezuela “why don’t you shut up” . (“porqué no te callas”)

Mirando a la foto de abajo parece que la oposicion derechista en Bolivia ha encontrado inspiración en el incidente entre el Rey de España y Hugo Chave durante la última cumbre Latino Americana, donde el Rey le dijo al presidente de Venezuela “porqué no te callas”

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Bolivian demonstrators simulate cutting the throat of an effigy symbolising Bolivian President Evo Morales during a demonstration in Santa Cruz city, November 26, 2007. Morales lashed out at his rightist opponents on Monday after violent protests against his constitutional reform plans killed three people in one of the worst crises to hit his government. Violence exploded on the streets of the southern city of Sucre over the weekend after Morales’ leftist allies pushed through a draft of a new constitution under military guard

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Bolivian indigenous workers converge on La Paz after hiking 200 km (124 miles) in ten days to demand that Congress pass a law allowing the payment of the Renta Dignidad, or a bonus for senior citizens, in La Paz November 26, 2007. Morales led the march that also supported the new constitutional draft that was approved by the Constituent Assembly last Saturday, amid violent street protests in which three people were killed.

Luis A. Gómez
November 25, 2007
La Paz –
It’s possible that it all began in March 2006 when the Evo Morales government negotiated the Constituent Assembly’s representative base. The right-wing parties—defeated from almost every angle by the social movements over the past few years—were allowed new breathing room and maintained, together with the governing party, its monopoly of the political representation in Bolivia.

Or maybe it began in July of last year when the Assembly delegate elections left Evo’s MAS without their hoped for two-thirds majority. At this moment, it was clear that this new body—charged with creating a new carta magna to represent the Bolivia that had risen from the streets and its recent struggles—would become hostage to the country’s rightwing minority via its political parties.

Either way, one thing is clear: the blame for the deaths yesterday and today in the city of Sucre goes to both the right and to the government, perhaps in equal measure.

Wasted Time

Months of deliberation spent on securing procedural measures that no one even respects. Months of debate, physical beatings, screaming matches, marches and vigils in favor of and against. The result? After a full year of work, not a single article, not one solid agreement was made between the government and the opposition regarding the country’s new constitution. Thus, it was decided that the Assembly’s sessions be extended until December 14th of this year. Nothing has been achieved since.

The struggle around whether articles ought to be approved by simple majority or two-thirds of the delegates’ votes allowed the rightwing to consistently block and blackmail. The opposition party PODEMOS took charge of impeding the Assembly’s every step—at times with a solid right hook to the chin of a fellow delegate. More recently, they found another stalling mechanism: the semi-colonial Capital Wars, putting the question of whether La Paz or Sucre was to hold the honor of seat of government forever.
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November 26, 2007 at 11:49 pm 1 comment

Australia: From The Holocaust to Recolonization of Aboriginal People

Call for Solidarity with Aboriginal People in the Northern Territory
Stop the Invasion!
Published by Lauredhel October 26th, 2007

For more information go to Intercontinentalcry

International Day of Action, November 17th

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Image depicts Australian Federal Parliament flagpole atop Uluru

In June this year, the Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, announced that there would be a ‘National Emergency Response’ to combat child abuse in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. The measures announced included the quarantining of half of all welfare payments, the abolition of the Community Development Employment Program, the appointment of managers for 73 prescribed communities, compulsory sexual health examinations of children, and the abolition of the permit system, amongst other things.

These measures are a violation of human rights, and is obviously racist and authoritarian. The passage of the Emergency Response legislation is dependent on the suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act, and the Northern Territory Native Title Act. Federal police and the military have been sent into the NT to enforce these measures.

Aboriginal people that work through the Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) manage their own wages and money. Abolishing CDEP will push people onto welfare and the welfare income management system that allows for quarantining and tight control of how people’s money is spent. Many people running businesses on CDEP in remote outstations are already being forced to move into larger regional towns. The extraordinary measures give the Federal Government power to seize lands and property without compensation. The owners of those lands and properties have no right of appeal. Lands will be leased for five years, but the government has plans to extend these measures for 99 years. It is entirely up to ministerial discretion whether rent is paid on those lands or not.

The Federal Government has appointed non-Indigenous business managers to the ‘prescribed’ communities. These managers have the power to decide who lives in a community and who must leave; they can observe any meeting of an organisation working at the community, they can change any local programme. Many Aboriginal communities consider these measures, often being administered by under-prepared military personnel, as an invasion rather than an intervention.

These measures return Aboriginal people to the days of mission stations, where life was tightly controlled by authoritarian managers. It is a return to times of colonial control on Aboriginal life, and the complete absence of any autonomy or self-determination. The removal of basic property rights as enjoyed by all other Australians, with the abolition of the permit system, is a gross violation of human rights. Even the Northern Territory police oppose this measure, for the likely adverse effect it will have on crime. (more…)

November 13, 2007 at 11:40 pm Leave a comment

Indigenous peoples of America favour continental unity

Pueblos indígenas de América, a favor de la unidad continental. Artículo en español al final de la página después de la versión en inglés.

Translated by Martin Allen
(REDAMAZON sympathiser)

Sunday 14 Oct 2007

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It is 515 years since European colonists arrived in the lands of the original peoples, offending against those peoples’ communal organisation, against their world view, against their culture, against their collective memory … today the conquest is continued by the conquerers known as trans-nationals and mega-projects, which manipulate the legal framework in order to do away with peoples, as has happened in recent years in Chiapas, Oaxaca, Atenco and elsewhere.

Delegates of various original peoples of America are meeting on 11th-14th October at Vícam, in Yaqui territory, to talk, analyse and propose peoples’ resistance, away from politicians, away from the oppressors known as governments.  They are meeting, also, to form an anti-capitalist movement from below and from the Left.

Summary of the conference

National boundaries are losing their rigidity among ethnic groups, the meeting declared.

Vícam, Sonora.  The Conference of Indigenous Peoples of America, being held in the Mexican state of Sonora, is a meeting of organisations and peoples in favour of continental unity, the organising committee said on Sunday.
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October 23, 2007 at 10:45 pm 1 comment

A new future for Ecuador, an uncertain future for the Indigenous People

UN NUEVO FUTURO PARA ECUADOR, UN FUTURO INCIERTO PARA LOS PUEBLOS INDIGENAS
Artículo en español más abajo

Check also Che: the struggle continues.

Article translated by Martin Allen (REDAMAZON sympathizer)

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Ecuadorian women getting ready to vote
Mujer ecuatoriana preparándose para votar

The Ecuadorian people have renewed their support and confidence in his president, the economist Rafael Correa, and his political party ALIANZA PAIS, during the Constituent Assembly election that took place on the 30th September 2007. Official results will be available later today. Provisional figures indicate they have got 72 of the 130 seats of the Constituent Assembly. This new Latin American constitutionalism, that started in Colombia and expanded later on to Venezuela, Peru, or Bolivia, is a genuine, democratic and progressive process which main goal is to increase the participation of the people in the design of a new Constitution and regulations. The Ecuadorian president announced before the elections that he will resign from his post if his party did not get the necessary support.

Article below by Nidia Arrobo

Fundación Pueblo Indio del Ecuador

1st October 2007

On this first day of October we awake with the joy of a resounding, overwhelming, historic triumph of democracy. We congratulate our beloved Ecuadorian people and the government of Rafael Correa, because we have given the world a lesson in public spirit, participation and cohesion. We have completed a historic day’s work in which our Ecuadorian people have shown their determination to advance unswervingly towards change.

For decades we had been struggling and fighting for radical change in the rules of play in our country, dominated by the corrupt rule of a party abasing itself before the dictates of the “American Empire” and its transnationals and governing solely according to its selfish interests while subjecting our peoples to the most abject misery, compelling millions of our brother citizens to emigrate to the countries of the north in order to provide for their children the bread denied them by the State.

We acknowledge with enthusiasm and gratitude that, nine months into the present government’s tenure, our country has come back to life! The commands and requests we have made as citizens are fulfilled. All the campaign promises are being kept. The ‘barbarous’ mandate to call and formalise a national constituent assembly, with full powers, is a fact; and finally we count on the certain expectation that the new ‘Magna Carta’ will deliver the perceived needs of our ‘sacred land’.

We thirst for justice, equality, freedom, self-determination and economic, political, territorial and nutritional sovereignty, and urge respect and love for our mother Nature. And now these are within our reach. We have everything, we have enough votes to make complete change a reality. The triumph of winning more than 72 seats (a provisional figure; there will certainly be more) in an Assembly of 130 members guarantees that the popular mandate is assured.

Resto del articulo en inglés y versión en español al final del documento haciendo click en MORE

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October 9, 2007 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

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