Over 500 years of solitude / Mais de 500 anos de solidão


Ken Saro-Wiwa
While Shell, afraid of public exposure, avoids courts by agreeing to pay 15,5 million dollars to the Ogoni people of Nigeria for the infringement of human rights facilitated through bribes given to governmental and army officials, oil and other corporate crimes continue to receive the thumbs up of the ‘civilised world’.
Peru protests Peru is on the news; or at least in the alternative news I watch. From Survival International to Democracy Now (see links on the right), I learnt that the indigenous people of the Peruvian Amazon were peacefully protesting in the town of Bagua against government concessions to foreign economic interests. And so the establishment sent in the army who triggered happy from the ground and the air. 30 indigenous massacred, an official number not counting the many bodies thrown in the Marañon river to hide the actual murder count.
In 100 years of solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, inspired by a really life event in the history of Colombia, talked about the massacre of strikers whose bodies were dumped into the ocean. All over the world, dictatorships throughout history made inconvenient people disappear. In ‘democratic’ Peru the establishment follows this old tradition.
While the indigenous leader Alberto Pizango was exiled to Nicaragua, the Peruvian president Alan Garcia referred to the indigenous people as barbarian and second class citizens. Pizarro reincarnated, this non-barbarian civilised first high class citizen, seems determined to maintain the children of the Amazon, and the legitimate heirs to that land, condemned to now over 500 years of solitude.

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Enquanto a Shell, com medo de se expor públicamente, evita os tribunais concordando pagar uma indeminização de 15,5 milhões de dólares ao povo Ogoni da Nigéria por violação de direitos humanos facilitada pelo suborno a membros do governo e exército, os crimes do petróleo e de outras indústrias multinacionais continuam a receber o ok do ‘mundo civilizado’.
Peru está nas notícias; ou pelo menos nas notícias alternativas que procuro. Da Survival International ás noticias que via internet diáriamente me chegam através do programa DemocracyNow (ver links à direita), fiquei sabendo que os povos indígenas da Amazónia Peruana estavam pacificamente protestando na cidade de Bagua contra as concessões governamentais feitas a interesses económicos estrangeiros. E assim o regime mandou avançar o exército que disparou alegremente do chão e do ar. 30 indígenas massacrados, um número meramente oficial que não inclui os vários corpos lançados no Rio Marañon para esconder o real número de mortos.
Em 100 anos de solidão, Gabriel Garcia Marques, inspirado por acontecimentos reais da história da Colômbia, fala de um massacre de grevistas cujos corpos foram lançados no oceano. Por todo o mundo, ditaduras ao longo da história fizeram desaparecer pessoas inconvenientes. No Peru ‘democrático’ o regime continua seguindo esta velha tradição.
Enquanto o líder indígena Alberto Pizango foi exilado na Nicarágua, o presidente Peruano Alan Garcia referiu-se aos indígenas como bárbaros e cidadãos de segunda classe. Pizarro reincarnado, este não-bárbaro civilizado cidadão de primeira classe alta, parece determinado a manter os filhos da Amazónia, e os herdeiros legítimos daquela terra, condenados a agora mais de 500 anos de solidão.

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2 responses to “Over 500 years of solitude / Mais de 500 anos de solidão

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    […] It was this image of a living jungle, a gigantic entity crying out stop, that brought back to my mind Wifredo Lam’s painting. The image reflects for me that interconnection between nature, humanity and culture. Today, as I write these words, the cry of the forest is being launched by the indigenous voices protesting against the construction of a hydro-electric dam by the Xingu river – a protest that has only made it to mainstream news because Avatar star director James Cameron joined those voices and visited Brazil to show his support. The case is only one among the many struggles that indigenous peoples all over the world have to fight against a  westernized globalization that continues to treat our home planet as a mere resource for quick financial gain by goverments and multinational corporations.  […]

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