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Breaking news: Video on Police abuse in TIPNIS march

Many of you may not understand the language, but an image is worth a million words.

Please watch:

http://eju.tv/2011/09/imgenes-sobre-la-violenta-represin-policial-a-la-m...

from a local TV station: PAT

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Stella Paul's picture

Sorry But

I watched the first few mins (its too long for web watching) and I didnt see any police brutality. The first footage of woman - the police just carried her and put her in a van. Whats so violent about that?

In the next 2 clips of 2 youngmen..I could clearly see them attacking on the police with a stick. Thats not a non violent way of protesting! Its like provoking!

Could you tell me what I am missing?

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

jap21's picture

Hi stella

The legal definition of genocide, by the United Nations includes:

Definition of genocideArticle 2 of the Convention defines genocide as

...any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
— Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Article 2[3]

Article 3 defines the crimes that can be punished under the convention:

(a) Genocide;
(b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
(c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
(d) Attempt to commit genocide;
(e) Complicity in genocide.
— Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Article 3[3]

As can be found in: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convention_on_the_Prevention_and_Punishment...

We are informing about the happenings, trying to be objective. But it is very difficult to see that an indigenous group, living in the jungle, and trying to preserve their home, the TIPNIS, has been halted in the march for their territory by the police, who have not allowed them to freely walk in the road, for more than two weeks now. The police has also been strong and violent dissolving a blockage from other indigenous people group, the guaranies, who were blocking another road in support of the TIPNIS march. They have used tear gas and bullets that don´t kill but hurt a lot. They did not show the same firmness, though, with the blockers that belong to President Morales' political party, who were blocking the TIPNIS march right after the police lines, threatening that TIPNIS marchers would die if they tried to pass (you dialogue or you die, was their line). Police never broke that blockage. It is a clear intention to stop the march and not allow it to go further.

And in the 42nd day of their journey, when they were resting, not marching, when they were preparing their food, at least three parts of the genocide definition were filled:

(a) Killing members of the group; (indigenous have a list of 7 dead, and a baby girl was the first to die)

(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (they intervened the march when it was peacefully eating, causing terror in the women and children, taking away the babies and the children from their mothers, so that many kids had to flee into the forest to save their lives, and many others were violently kept away from their parents). This happened on Sunday, and by Monday night, kids were still wandering in the forest, looking for something to eat. One of the leaders who escaped from the massacre, said in TV to the president: "Plese sir, come and take me, I will not flee again, but bring the mother back because their children are crying".

(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (The government, in this 6 years of office, has allowed the colonization of the forest by coca leaf growers that are part of the president´s political party, even though it was illegal to do so in a protected indigenous land. If the road is built, as the coca growers want, they will take over the land, and as the president ordered some time ago, they will "make the TIPNIS women fall in love" so that they will not oppose the road anymore).

Dear Stella, I want to inform the world only. But my heart does not allow me to "just inform" and not take the side of my indigenous brothers and sisters, who, in century XX!, have the right, because of human advancements, to have education and life in their own terms, without their basic rights to live being violated. So yes. I am guilty of being in tears every time I see this video.

Also, would you not try to defend yourself if the police come to your home and try to take you away and take your babies away from you, in the middle of supper?

It is not an easy issue. The road has not complied with the norms stated in the Constitution, even though it is the government´s Constitution, completely tailored by them. It is already financed, although there is no previous planning, or environmental permission.

Around 500 million dollars are the problem, as I can sense. Former Brazilian presiden Lula's brother, is the owner of the construction firm that is receiving that money. The OAS (construction firm), has other roads in the country that it has never finished, with outrageous extra costs that the government is overlooking in order to build the TIPNIS road. What is going on? We don´t know. But we raise our voices to stop genocide.

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

nasreenamina's picture

Es tremendo!!

Pero es que estos no se cansan de reprimir a la gente? hasta cuando en América Latina vamos a soportar un yugo detrás de otro? Comparto el video en mi facebook https://www.facebook.com/vrdelafuente

One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion

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jap21's picture

Hola Nasreen

Ojalá que muchos tengan tu mismo corazón, y puedan transmitir esta información para que dejemos de ver, calladamente, el exterminio de los yuracarés, chimanes y otras pequeñas etnias en el departamento del Beni de mi amado país.

Gracias.

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

nasreenamina's picture

Hola Jaqueline

Pues y mas encima en el Beni que es reserva una reserva ecologica! no es acaso el ser humano y sus costumbres y su historia sobre como se ha adaptado al medio que le rodea, parte de la ecología? no es eso tb digno de ser preservado? que pasa con el concepto de estado plurinacional?

One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion

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