Venezuelan Social Movements Converge on Supreme Court, Demand Injunction Against Mining Arc

Venezuelan Social Movements Converge on Supreme Court, Demand Injunction Against Mining Arc

Originally published by Venezuela Analysis on 05/06/16. Activists from grassroots organizations protested outside the Venezuelan Supreme Court Tuesday to demand that the body put a halt to a controversial mega-mining project spearheaded by the Maduro government. The demonstration was organized by the Platform for the Nullity of the Mining Arc,...

Ye’kwana, Sanema and Pemon Peoples’ Declaration Against Orinoco Mining Belt

Ye’kwana, Sanema and Pemon Peoples’ Declaration Against Orinoco Mining Belt

Statement originally published on VenezuelaAnalysis.com on 17/05/16. This declaration was written by the legitimate authorities of the 49 Ye’kwana and Sanema communities participating in the Kuyujani Organization’s 20th Ordinary General Assembly. KUYUJANI is an Indigenous community based organization composed of ancestral indigenous peoples, whom agreed to this declaration during this...

Venezuelan Indians attacked amidst mining mayhem

Venezuelan Indians attacked amidst mining mayhem

Originally published by Survival International on 15/02/16. Venezuelan Indians attacked amidst mining mayhem Yabarana Indians in the Amazon region of Venezuela were violently attacked at the end of January by armed miners working illegally on their land. Yabarana leader Benjamin Perez, who heads the Yabarana organization OIYAPAM, was badly beaten...

Venezuelan Social Movements Rally Against State Coal Mining Decree

Venezuelan Social Movements Rally Against State Coal Mining Decree

Originally published on venezuelanalysis.com by Lucas Koerner.   Activists from diverse social movements gathered outside Venezuela’s Ministry of Energy and Mining in Caracas this morning to demand the repeal of a controversial presidential decree authorizing coal mining in the country’s northwestern Perija mountain range located in Zulia state. “In Revolution, we...

Venezuelan tribes protest against violent mining gangs

Venezuelan tribes protest against violent mining gangs

Originally published by Survival. The Hoti in Venezuela and other Amazon Indians depend on the forest for their survival. But their forests are being destroyed by illegal mining (photograph taken in 2014). © Eglée Zent/Survival Venezuelan Indians blocked the landing strip of Canaima National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,...