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Indigenous Group Claims Ecuadorian Government Complicit in 'Genocide'


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Cal
- 1603 days ago - news.mongabay.com
Ecuador's paramount indigenous organization has filed a legal complaint against the government, including President Rafael Correa, for allegedly participating in 'genocide' against indigenous people in the Amazon



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Barbara Erdman (63)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 11:20 pm
Good !!!! something should be done :-0 thanx Cal
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 4:42 am
thank you Cal
 

Lindsey Williams (234)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 5:47 am
Wow! crazy stuff. Thanks Cal.
 

Hope Sellers (25)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 1:29 pm
On the site referred to article on Chevron not paying 8.2 billion awarded for damages:

"But today in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, after 18 years of an often-dramatic court case, Chevron was found guilty of environmental harm and ordered to pay $8.2 billion in damages, however the oil giant says it will appeal the ruling. The lawsuit was filed by indigenous groups in the Ecuadorian Amazon who argue that poor environmental safeguards from Texaco in the 1970s and 80s led to widespread oil contamination and high rates of diseases, including cancer, among the populace. In 2001 Chevron purchased Texaco and inherited the legal fight. For its part, Chevron has dubbed the ruling "illegitimate" and with an appeal will drag the case on longer.

So you think this is over? The problem is even if we stop buying Chevron products, they will only sell them elsewhere. How do we stop these abuses of not only the people, environment, etc. but also the legal system.
 

Hartson Doak (34)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 3:48 pm
No one listens? With the world so small now, there is nothing that can not be told and no place for these atrocities to be hidden.
 

Dianna M. (16)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 3:51 pm
The government was complicit? What a surprise. If you have enough money, buying a government is small potatoes.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 8:12 pm
It's the same old story. Wherever there's a drop of oil to be had, the big oil companies descend like locusts. Once they've paid off the unsophisticated and/or corrupt government of the country that has the oil, they're able to take whatever they want and, like locusts, leave nothing but destruction in their path. The native people and their way of life need to be protected! Greed holds nothing sacred.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday April 8, 2011, 7:27 am
It doesn't surprise me the government would want to get rid of the native people and let the oil, lumber and mining companies rape the land and destroy the land, air and water.
 

Samantha Hodder (2)
Friday April 8, 2011, 8:17 am
I read a lot about what has happened in the Amazon in Peru over the past couple of years, and have spent some time there myself recently as well. It's horrible what the government has gotten away with. The people in the Amazon are trying to protect one of the most beautiful, biodiverse areas in the world, and the government and oil companies shouldn't be able to destroy the land or kill the people trying to protect it
 

wendy sheridan (0)
Sunday April 17, 2011, 2:09 pm
Doesn't it make you wonder how these people sleep at night.
 
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