Leer nuestro communicado: http://www.catapa.be/es/noticias/339
Read our press release: http://www.catapa.be/en/news/340
Lees ons persbericht: http://www.catapa.be/nl/nieuws/338
The conflict - see article below - between the Peruvian government and the Amazon people is escalating. The army fired on the pueblos amazonicos and the rondas campesinas which were blocking the road. At least 25 Amazon indians were killed and more than 100 were injured. Some say 84 people have already been killed.
Read the Spanish declaration of the Archbishop of Trujillo, Monseigneur Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte.
See pictures taken by our volunteers in Peru.
Farming communities all over the world are experiencing how the arrival of mining companies is accompanied by social unrest and disintegration. Multinational corporations instruct local affiliated companies and their accomplices to use ‘divide and conquer’ strategies such as bribery, threat, violence and blackmail in order to break the resistance of local communities who oppose to the taking of their land.
Gold, silver, coltan, copper: metals and minerals are processed in all sorts of ways into products we daily use and because of that are massively extracted by the mining industry from Northerns countries. These natural resources are mainly found in the South, where governments do not regulate strongly and the financial climate is beneficial for mining activities. Hence, investing in mining is enormously profitable, moreover as global demand for raw materials keeps increasing, so do prices. More on globalisation, free trade and mining here.