Heavily armed petro-chemical armed forces have murdered, threatened and forcibly removed from their homeland oppressed Indigenous men, women and children in Brazil. Over the past 19 days, an estimated 800 people have been attacked in ongoing raids spear-headed by the oil giant, Repsol YPF SA (Respol).
Federal police and hired gunman are responsible for the recent murders and other violence on the native land that Respol wants for oil exploration. This latest assault was on the Terena indigenous people of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil's west-central state.
"Police, heavily armed and equipped with dogs and tear gas bombs, made no distinction and assaulted, including elderly, women and children," according to Indigenous People's Resources and Issues.
The village Chief Juarez Babassu stated, "We were more afraid when the police started shooting with guns and bombs."
Survival reports that "Another subterfuge sponsored by this group is the use of intimidation, discrimination and violence against indigenous people fighting for their legitimate rights.
"Indigenous organizations and the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of the Pantanal (Arpipan) and Aty Guassu (Grand Assembly Guarani Kaiowa), along with partner organizations like the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI), have denounced the crimes to authorities without any action being taken by police or by the courts of the state."
Big Oil kills oppressed people globally
After Repol recently announced it plans to cut 454 kilometres of seismic lines and build 152 heliports in the remote Peruvian Amazon, protesters outside its Madrid offices held signs reading ‘Repsol: extinction threat for uncontacted tribes.’
Survival International director, Stephen Corry, said that "Repsol’s work in northern Peru violates the uncontacted tribes’ rights under international law and makes a mockery of the UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights.
"It is endangering the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people, not to mention Repsol’s own workers, and the company cannot operate there safely or ethically. We urge it to abandon its plans to work there."
Respol claims uncontacted tribal people do not exist.
Respol and its partner, Royal Dutch Shell have recommended a proposal for early production of Iran's South Pars gas field phase 13 and 14 according to Energy Business Review.
For non-sustainable oil, Mayan direct decendants in the lacondon Jungle if Chiapas, Mexico are among thousands of Indigenous Peoples suffering and dying. (See Dupre, Biofuels and Indigenous Human Rights, Examiner, 2010)
So that Westerners can continue destroying the planet by filling their tanks with fossil fuel-based gas, the petro-chemical-military-industrial complex leaves no oppressed, resource-rich Peoples behind in its carnage, including Louisianians.
More apropos than "Spill baby, spill" is "Kill baby, kill."
Photo: Indigenous People's Issues and Resources
Deborah Dupré holds post-graduate science and education degrees from U.S. and Australian universities. She has been a human rights advocate and environmentalist for over 25 years in the U.S., Vanuatu and Australia. She has worked in remote, Least Developing conditions with Australian and . Pacific Aborigines for almost 10 years and is in the movie FUEL. Support her work by subscribing (free). Dupré's Vaccine Liberty or Death book and over 100 life-changing DVDs in the Compassion Film Project are available at DeborahDupre.com.