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(en) Stop the silent genocide of the communities and the miners in Peru! - call by Libertarian Socialist Union (USL) (ca) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 11 Apr 2010 00:08:02 +0300


The artisanal/clandestine miners strike ---- Given the recent Stop by miners in the south in response to the enactment of DU 012-2010 that violated its economic productivity and against ignorance of the subject, the Libertarian Socialist Union addresses the national and international public opinion to state the following: "As an organization we declare ourselves in solidarity with the struggles of peasants, artisanal miners and indigenous communities against this new onslaught of the repressive forces of the Peruvian State, acting as a faithful guardian of the interests of big capital and imperialism. Therefore we call on all revolutionary and proletarian forces, to exercise that class solidarity and support strong and active struggles of peasant communities, and natives, and social activists - to prevent the killing of them with impunity, and stop the silent genocide of the FTA.

Artisanal/Clandestine miners are really poor peasants thrown into poverty and the lack of profitability of agriculture, almost broken by neoliberal policies and even more so by the implementation of FTA with U.S. (NAFTA) have seen in the mining an alternative activity to survive.

Contrary to the false preaching of the government and the neoliberal right, artisanal clandestin miners want formalized and therefore call for the enactment of a statute formalized, more than 9 months. Also argue that the concessions that are idle the vast majority (nearly 99%) must pass into their hands. The State's response has been the enactment of an Emergency Ordinance (DU 012-2010 from January 18, 2010), allegedly to "rearrange" mining in Madre de Dios. The rule established exclusion zones for artisanal/clandestinal mining of gold and suspended the transfer of new concessions.

In addition, artisanal/clandestinal miners are also demanding the repeal of legislative decrees 1010 and 1040, promulgated by the government to implement the FTA with the United States. The rules have changed the general mining law to promote investment in barren lands and mineral resources, giving priority to large-scale mining, and imposing a series of difficulties for the legalization of clandestinal mining (ASM).

It should be noted as another point of miners' claims to non construction of the Hydroelectric Inambari (which has already generated intense protests in Puno and south of the country), which only benefit the Brazilian state the cost of missing over 40 thousand hectares of native forest communities.

Over the protests of the miners, the State gave the dialogue between May and June 2009 to draft a new bill. Thus arose the bill 2306, for the strengthening of Formalization of Small clandestinal Mining, approved by the Committee of Energy and Mines of Congress and submitted to the plenary in June 2009. Yet again the machinery of state will make fun of the expectations of employees and today, still not debated or voted on the floor of Parliament, the law expected

The National Farmers Federation Artisanal Miners of Peru (FENAMARPE) decided against this, in December last year, convene an indefinite nationwide strike, which was ratified on March 3.

The big mining transnational and state capital since then unleashed a campaign of demonization of artisanal mining activity and protest. Even unable to Environment Minister Antonio Brack dared to "denounce" the artisanal miners in the Mother of God had a plan to "grab" the airport.

In this context, the April 4, 2010, unos300 thousand miners began an indefinite nationwide strike has been felt with great force across the south of Peru, particularly in the departments of Arequipa, Ica and Madre de Dios, where response from the State through its repressive forces has been the bloody slaughter of some 10 miners, even having about 20 missing, scores more injured and 28 arrested, 27 protesters also released on Monday.

Now, in its statement of claims, the miners had joined other demands immediate dismissal of the minister as Brack, the freedom of all artisanal miners unjustly prosecuted and detained and the cessation of the persecution of the leaders of the FENAMARPE.

Given this, we declare ourselves as an organization in solidarity with the struggles of peasants, miners and indigenous communities against this new onslaught of the repressive forces of the Peruvian State, acting as a faithful guardian of the interests of big capital and imperialism.

We denounce the government's overbearing attitude of repeating the same mechanisms of repression and authoritarianism in any social upheaval caused in our country. As recalled in the tragic events of Bagua, with dead by Amazon and now killed by police bullets in the ranks mining.

Several analysts have agreed on what policy nefarious APRA to issue decrees without prior consultation or agreement, and then put down the protests with blood and fire. The story is repeated again and again while intensifies the criminalization of protest.

The government has cleverly managed to use arguments such as the interference of international mafias operating in areas such as Mother of God, where there is strong artisanal mining activities in support of this Emergency Ordinance, as it must respond to the pressures of large transnational mining companies that have contracts with the Peruvian and do not allow competition from other minority sectors.

Meanwhile, also argued that the peoples of the south, with its strong support for the protest of the miners, have shown what is Active Solidarity, which is currently the only alternative to stop the onslaught of state and capital imperialist, who continue their feast of concessions that have been cut apart more than 80% of the country, making the deep Peru Peruvians to "strangers" in their ancestral territories.

We note therefore, as libertarians, that only through direct action, which intuitively and in exercise of the oppressed class instinct, artisanal miners are exercising and fighting people, is that victory will be achieved and the state to its knees.

Therefore call on all revolutionary and proletarian forces, to exercise that class solidarity and support strong and active struggles of peasant communities, native to prevent further killing with impunity and social activists to stop the silent genocide of the FTA.

Down with the criminalization of protest!

Above the fighting!


08 de abril del 2010
Libertarian Socialist Union

Related Link: http://www.uslperu.blogspot.com
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