At the end of December the radio La voce di ARUTAM of SHUAR nationality, was shut down and its licence permanently retracted.
Thanks to this radio, active since 1972, news of indigenous struggles was spread over all the Ecuadorian Amazon area. The message is clear: the means of communication must not gather witness accounts of peoples threatened by the regime's projects of extraction.
This radio was the voice of the Shuar nationality who for some years have been opposing the interests of the transnationals that own thousands of hectares of mining claims backed by the government of Rafael Correa.
The shutting down of this radio is also a message for the other organised sectors that resist against the mining and oilfield projects. It is a clearly fascist act aimed at giving free reign to the mines by weakening all resistance.
There is no difference between Correa's 'socialist' government and Alan Garcia, the Peruvian president responsible for the massacre of the indigenous populations who opposed themselves to the projects of the exploitation of the Amazonian region. Both criminalise, repress, kill and censure the people who resist the projects of devastation with the object of favouring the access of the multinationals into the country.
Saturday, 16 January 2010
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