Amazon Frontlines @amazonfrontlines
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We are a non-profit organization working with indigenous peoples to defend their rights to land, life and cultural survival in the Amazon
12 Posts
115k Followers
322 Following
We are a non-profit organization working with indigenous peoples to defend their rights to land, life and cultural survival in the Amazon
Stunning portraits and potent wisdom from brave indigenous leaders from Ecuador and Colombia who are fighting to protect what they love. - - “All of us leaders have experienced threats. We’re in danger constantly. People will call us and say, ‘You aren’t thinking about the development of the country; the petrol industry is helping to develop the country for everyone.’ That’s a lie—the petrol industry is going to bring death to my territory.” - Nemonte Nenquimo. - - “The world recognizes that issues like climate change have become trendy, but I don’t want what we’re doing to become a trend... We’re here today to tell the world that the Amazon people are here to fight and protect, but one day we’re going to be worn out without support.” -Sandro Piaguaje To read the full story go to vogue.com @vogue #indigenouspeoples #indigenouspeoplesday #indigenouswomen #indigenousrights #climatechange #globalclimatestrike #indigenousvoices
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On the evening of October 13th, 2019, the 11th day of nationwide indigenous-led mobilizations that paralyzed the country, Ecuador’s indigenous movement forced their government to pay heed to their demands over those of the International Monetary Fund, a monumental victory for indigenous organizing and a powerful blow to a 4.4 billion IMF-backed loan deal that seeks to restructure the Ecuadorian economy towards privatization, resource-extraction, and other severe neo-liberal economic reforms. This visual recap gives a brief glimpse into the events and emotions on the ground in Ecuador since the mobilizations began: (link in profile)
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At around 8:30pm last night in Quito, the city filled with the sounds of clanking pots and pans as people joined together through windowsills and avenues in the South American protest tradition called “cacerolazo”, derived from the word casserole. The spontaneous eruption of sound brought a moment of hope throughout the city, and across the provinces, in what has been one of the most tumultuous weeks in the last decade in Ecuador. The sounds of the “cacerolazo” have preceded protests across the region for over 50 years, and were last heard in Ecuador before citizens forced then-President Lucio Gutierrez out of office and out of the country. Indigenous peoples walled in last night by police and military at designated peace zones, thanked Quito this morning for its support and promised to stand firm with their demands in today’s scheduled dialogue with President Lenin Moreno. We hope the video below can give you a taste of the emotions of last night’s “cacerolazo”. #SOSEcuador #Cacerolazo #ParoNacionalEc
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Update on the Situation in Ecuador: (version español en comentarios) The protests in Ecuador now reach into a 10th day as the indigenous movement maintains its demands for the government to cancel agreements with the International Monetary Fund and the resulting austerity measures. The epicenter remains the capital city of Quito, but in the provinces and the Amazon roads are blocked and oil operations disrupted. As of 9am on October 13th, Ecuador’s Human Rights Ombudsman reported 7 deaths, 1152 people detained, and 1340 injuries. Yesterday marked a potential turning point. A day in Quito that began with indigenous women marching for peace turned violent once again, as police repression and deplorable acts of vandalism by unknown actors continue to jeopardize peace talks. The government and national press point the finger to ex-President and political rival Rafael Correa as the culprit behind the bands of vandals, and indigenous leaders continue to denounce acts of violence by infiltrating protestors that have no relationship to the indigenous movement and are causing damage to its cause. Around midday, the indigenous movement sent a letter to Ecuador’s president agreeing to meet directly and begin a dialogue towards solutions. Around 2:20pm, with tens of thousands of people on the street or far from home, President Lenin Moreno sent a wave of chaos throughout the country by announcing martial law and a 3pm curfew. Indigenous people rushed to universities and other “peace zones” and suffered for hours as fear swept through misinformation campaigns on social media and WhatsApp, stoking rumors of “imminent massacres” by military, police and bands of vandals. Continue reading in comments 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾 #SOSEcuador #par#paronacionalecuador #paronacionalec
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In the face of escalating violence amidst nationwide protests in Ecuador which are now into their second week, Indigenous Amazon Women Defenders release this new statement today, calling for peace: "We want to build a society and a country where our rights are respected [...] We women have come in peace but the State, as always, received us again with violence. WE DEMAND the Ecuadorian State act towards peace and listen to our demands. WE INVITE the country and the international community to exert all possible pressure so that this ends and the full rights of the Indigenous Peoples and the Ecuadorians are restored." Read full statement here: https://www.amazonfrontlines.org/chronicles/the-women-of-the-amazon-have-come-in-peace/?fbclid=IwAR0VsfogWcV8hFaE0QuOEO_rFZUIus3lciyf7m7iqqkon0HJgL32p64B2lc. #SOSEcuador #ParoNacionalEC
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The protests in Ecuador now reach into a second week. The indigenous movement has activated and mobilized, demanding the cancelation of agreements with the International Monetary Fund and the reversal of economic measures by the government. As of October 11th, we have confirmed at least 4 people have lost their lives, 929 have been detained, and at least 600 injured. The mobilization continues. The government response has been to declare a state of emergency across the country, within which they have exercised brutal repression and committed serious violations of human rights. Amazon Frontlines, as part of a collective of human rights organizations monitoring the situation in Ecuador, denounces the government violence and repression, and demand that the State guarantees human rights and due process at all times. Please support the campaign to provide humanitarian and legal aid on the ground in Ecuador: Link in bio! #SOSEcuador #par#paronacionalec #paronacional
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Over 500 indigenous people from the Ecuadorian Amazon arrived peacefully to the mountainous capital city of Quito today to join the heart of marches that have swept the country for over a week. Throughout the Amazon, indigenous mobilizations blocked roads, overtook government buildings, and occupied oil wells and infrastructure in response to escalating neoliberal economic policies and resource extraction. Amazonian leaders say that indigenous peoples and the country’s poor will not pay the economic, social and environmental costs of the government’s mounting international debt. With arrests nearing 1,000 and hundreds more injured, urgent humanitarian aid is needed on the ground. The Amazonian indigenous delegations were met with teargas and rubber bullets at today's march. Please support our efforts alongside @land__is__life and @amazonwatch to channel resources to CEDHU, an Ecuadorian non-profit with 40 years of experience, working on the ground to provide humanitarian and legal aid to those in need. Link in bio! #paronacionalecuador
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Yesterday, Ecuador’s Ombudsman, a government office dedicated to the promotion of human rights, issued a statement calling the state repression against the indigenous movement over the past seven days “without historical precedent.” 864 detainments, 266 injured, numerous deaths and police attacks on universities providing humanitarian aid. The Ombudsman called on the government to immediately refrain from violence and repression in order to “return the country to peace.” The High Commission on Human Rights of the United Nations as well as the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights also expressed concerns and called on the government to respect human rights of the protestors. We echo the call! #ParoNacionalEcuador
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