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Colombia: U'wa people reject oil exploitation in Kera Chikara (english)
09 Mar 2003
Modified: 11:27:14 PM
COMMUNIQUÉ TO THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN RESPONSE TO THE DISCOVERY OF PETROLEUM IN OUR ANCESTRAL TERRITORY KERA CHIKARA
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COMMUNIQUÉ TO THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN RESPONSE TO THE DISCOVERY OF PETROLEUM IN OUR ANCESTRAL TERRITORY KERA CHIKARA
On March 3, 2003 the highest U’wa Council of the Traditional Authorities of 17 indigenous U’wa communities, leaders, and general public received official word from the President of Ecopetrol, Isaac Yanovich, regarding the discovery of petroleum in Gibralter I of the Samoré block. The U’wa community, by way of our highest council, would like to make their position known.

The U’wa have suffered abuse, and been deceived and mocked by the national government and multinational companies since Jan. 11, 1995 when OXY informed us of their intention to explore and exploit the hydrocarbons in our territory. The U’wa, in accordance with our Traditional Authorities, high councils, professors, organizers, leaders, elders, and women, have taken the position of not permitting exploitation of petroleum in our territories for reasons well known in the nation and the world.

Today, March 4, 2003, we are here to remind Ecopetrol, the national government, Occidental Petroleum, and the world, that we will never change our position. The U’wa will never negotiate or sell our mother earth, nature, the environment, our culture, our history, and our higher laws. For the U’wa, all of this is not to be sold. It represents our right to live, which takes preference over any right, be that economic, social, or political.

The events of March 4, 2003 leaves it clear that Ecopetrol, the national government, and OXY have been and continue to be directly responsible for the destruction, and gradual and forced disappearance of our history and culture that is part of our ancestral heritage as a people. All we are demanding is our healthy territory, peace, and tranquility in order to live in harmony with nature and in this way follow the laws our God Sira gave us.

If the Colombian government together with Ecopetrol continues with this project, they will have to respond to the Colombian people and the world regarding the natural and ecological disasters this project is generating. Moreover, they will be responsible for the increase of violence and social and cultural imbalance that it represents.

Communities with principles have no price.

U’wa People

Luis Tegria Tegria
Vicepresident, Cabildo Mayor U’wa

Cubará, Colombia
March 4, 2003
See also:
http://www.uwacolombia.org
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Only thing in the middle of the road is Dead (english)
09 Mar 2003
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The U'Wa are wonderful, as are the communities of peace in Colombia, but they are terribly misguided if they are sincere. Unless the elite in COlombia are driven from the country forever there will be no U'wa and no peace in Colombia. Colombia is the scene of the greatest effort at non-violence in the history of the western hemisphere and pronbably the world - over 300,000 people have died - don't believe the numbers put out by timid human rights groups like HRW. Non-violence in Colombiua had been a dismal and dumbingly deceitful failure.

For anyone to continue to send peace, labor and human rights workers to their death is a crime. Only violence could ever have worked in Colombia at least since Galan was defeated in 1982 - and then killed by the US-backed Carlos Castano in 1988.

The liberal and alternative news media in the US and UK are to blame for the deaths of thousands of people because they are too brainwashed and oportunist to support the FARC and ELN guerrilla groups. Forty percent of the leftwing guerrillas are women and about a quarter are indigenous - almost all the fighters are poor peasants. Where are the women's groups, the pesant groups and the indigenous groups who should be backing the guerrillas - if not recruiting and joining them???

Labor unions in the US are so corrupt and evil that they don't hardly raise a wimper at the fact that more union people are killed in Colombia each year than in the rest of the world - no wonder many US unions support the rightwing unions in Venezuela too!

The Farc and the ELN are the greatest heros of the western hemisphere and they will onedy win. Activists who ignore reality are traitors and just plane trash. Check out the guerrilla struggle - soon we all will be fighting the USA Empire and its death squads - then we will be sorry that we were duped for so long - long Live the U'wa and long live the revolutionary indigenous guerrillas who fight for a new Colombia!
See also:
www.rebelion.org