Indigenous Bolivians March Against Amazon Road

Photo: Isiborosecure.com

Photo: Isiborosecure.com

A large group of representatives from three native groups in Bolivia begin their march through 375 miles of land today in hopes of keeping a highway from being built through their land. Via NACLA (North American Congress on Latin America):

On August 15, representatives of three indigenous groups and their supporters will begin a 375-mile trek from Trinidad in the Bolivian lowlands to the highland capital of La Paz, to protest the government’s plan to build a highway through their ancestral homeland known as the TIPNIS (Isiboro-Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park). The march opens a new chapter in the increasingly conflictive relationship between leftist president Evo Morales and the social movements that brought him to power.

The TIPNIS is both a national park and a self-governing territory, that combines indigenous autonomy (granted under Bolivia’s 2009 Constitution) with environmental protection.  Legal title to the land and resources in this 3,860 square mile preserve is held in common by the Yuracaré, Moxeño, and Chimán people.

This unique model had its origins in an earlier cross-country march organized in 1990 by lowlands indigenous organizations, which Morales accompanied as leader of the Chapare coca growers union federation.

[Continues at NACLA]

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Morales doesn’t seem to understand that industrialism and modernization and environmentalism and indigenous rights do not not mix.

    • Anarchy Pony

      do not mix, I don’t know why I typed “not” twice. Needs an edit button.

      • Jin The Ninja

        i concur. when he was on democracy now for the summit, amy asked him outright “what do you say to your critics who say that resource extraction is environmentally harmful and hurts indigenous people?” his response was typical neo-liberal BS. disappointing.

        • Hadrian999

          indigenous people don’t pay the bills, when it comes down to indigenous people or industrialization governments will almost always favor industrialization, the deeds to that land are only as good as the government that backs them and considering i have socks older than that particular government i wouldn’t any word or agreement from it particularly stable.  they’ll end up like the native american nations in the U.S.A., hounded until they are planted on the most useless barren  piece of earth their government can find

          • Anarchy Pony

            Which is why global industrial civilization needs to what? That’s right, be totally destroyed.

          • Hadrian999

            how? it’s fun to say we need to do this or we need to do that but how exactly when the industrialists hold all the cards?

          • Anarchy Pony

            Use your imagination. The industrial infrastructure is far more fragile than it seems and is woefully undefended. Look to the peak oil transition movement for divorcing people from industrial dependency. Discard your preconceived notions, and then learn how to encourage others to do the same.

          • Hadrian999

            you are kidding yourself if you think making small scale attacks on infrastructure will spark a world wide anarchist revolution, this Hollywood logic, countless would be saviors with countless manifestos have tried to spark massive change in this way from McVeigh to Breivik and for the most part if anyone notices the perpetrators are branded nutjobs. A majority of the people are on the side of industrialists, many things would have to happen first.

          • Anarchy Pony

            Well then I guess you and I get to die of asphyxiation or starvation. Which ever comes first. Or perhaps our descendants.

          • Anarchy Pony

            Or maybe from one of the various forms of cancer caused by industrialism, or perhaps outright poisoning.

          • Hadrian999

            or maybe we could be realistic

          • Anarchy Pony

            Realistically do what? Nothing? Okay. 

          • Hadrian999

            do things that weaken the system and aid it’s collapse, not juvenile action movie fantasies, the first thing that must happen is destroy the illusion of democracy, not just in small groups and conspiracy theory chat rooms but across large portions of the populace. until that happens any revolutionary action will be at best impotent and at worst reinforce the systems power. once that happens you need to build a parallel system that the populace turns to instead of government. clinics, schools, food supply. co opt those things that give the system power over people. think of they way Hezbollah has been slowly but steadily taking power in Lebanon, in many parts of that country they are the government.

  • Wanooski

    Morales doesn’t seem to understand that industrialism and modernization and environmentalism and indigenous rights do not not mix.

  • Wanooski

    Morales doesn’t seem to understand that industrialism and modernization and environmentalism and indigenous rights do not not mix.

  • Wanooski

    do not mix, I don’t know why I typed “not” twice. Needs an edit button.

  • Anonymous

    i concur. when he was on democracy now for the summit, amy asked him outright “what do you say to your critics who say that resource extraction is environmentally harmful and hurts indigenous people?” his response was typical neo-liberal BS. disappointing.

  • Hadrian999

    indigenous people don’t pay the bills, when it comes down to indigenous people or industrialization governments will almost always favor industrialization, the deeds to that land are only as good as the government that backs them and considering i have socks older than that particular government i wouldn’t any word or agreement from it particularly stable.  they’ll end up like the native american nations in the U.S.A., hounded until they are planted on the most useless barren  piece of earth their government can find

  • Wanooski

    Which is why global industrial civilization needs to what? That’s right, be totally destroyed.

  • Hadrian999

    how? it’s fun to say we need to do this or we need to do that but how exactly when the industrialists hold all the cards?

  • Wanooski

    Use your imagination. The industrial infrastructure is far more fragile than it seems and is woefully undefended. Look to the peak oil transition movement for divorcing people from industrial dependency. Discard your preconceived notions, and then learn how to encourage others to do the same.

  • Hadrian999

    you are kidding yourself if you think making small scale attacks on infrastructure will spark a world wide anarchist revolution, this Hollywood logic, countless would be saviors with countless manifestos have tried to spark massive change in this way from McVeigh to Breivik and for the most part if anyone notices the perpetrators are branded nutjobs. A majority of the people are on the side of industrialists, many things would have to happen first.

  • Wanooski

    Well then I guess you and I get to die of asphyxiation or starvation. Which ever comes first. Or perhaps our descendants.

  • Wanooski

    Or maybe from one of the various forms of cancer caused by industrialism, or perhaps outright poisoning.

  • Hadrian999

    or maybe we could be realistic

  • Wanooski

    Realistically do what? Nothing? Okay. 

  • Hadrian999

    do things that weaken the system and aid it’s collapse, not juvenile action movie fantasies, the first thing that must happen is destroy the illusion of democracy, not just in small groups and conspiracy theory chat rooms but across large portions of the populace. until that happens any revolutionary action will be at best impotent and at worst reinforce the systems power. once that happens you need to build a parallel system that the populace turns to instead of government. clinics, schools, food supply. co opt those things that give the system power over people. think of they way Hezbollah has been slowly but steadily taking power in Lebanon, in many parts of that country they are the government.

  • Hadrian999

    do things that weaken the system and aid it’s collapse, not juvenile action movie fantasies, the first thing that must happen is destroy the illusion of democracy, not just in small groups and conspiracy theory chat rooms but across large portions of the populace. until that happens any revolutionary action will be at best impotent and at worst reinforce the systems power. once that happens you need to build a parallel system that the populace turns to instead of government. clinics, schools, food supply. co opt those things that give the system power over people. think of they way Hezbollah has been slowly but steadily taking power in Lebanon, in many parts of that country they are the government.

  • Hadrian999

    do things that weaken the system and aid it’s collapse, not juvenile action movie fantasies, the first thing that must happen is destroy the illusion of democracy, not just in small groups and conspiracy theory chat rooms but across large portions of the populace. until that happens any revolutionary action will be at best impotent and at worst reinforce the systems power. once that happens you need to build a parallel system that the populace turns to instead of government. clinics, schools, food supply. co opt those things that give the system power over people. think of they way Hezbollah has been slowly but steadily taking power in Lebanon, in many parts of that country they are the government.

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