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"To Get the Gold, They Will Have to Kill Every One of Us First" Tribal Leaders Fight Gold-Hungry Investors


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Cal
- 428 days ago - alternet.org
Ecuadorian officials want to sell gold-laden land to China, but not without a fight from the legendary Shuar tribe.



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Brian M. (142)
Monday February 11, 2013, 3:38 pm
If the government of Ecuador is so greedy and inhumane that it would try to sell the land out from under the people, then maybe the people ought to start considering regime change.
 

Mike M. (53)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 5:53 am
Well it a good as gold they will be killed off in some manner what china wants china gets and Ecuador will sell its soul for the "officials" to have some pocket change
 

Michael Kirkby (82)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 6:45 am
Genocide? What's a few indigenous people to a mining firm when maximum short term profit is not being achieved or Mammon serviced? Mammon is the god of this world and it must be served. I'm waiting for the day that the planet says it's had enough of mankind.
 

Kip Mapes (28)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 7:58 am
Won't be the first time, we did the same thing here in the USA before.
 

Gloria picchetti (279)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 8:02 am
The Shuar are not without an alternative plan. They say they can develop the region sustainably with agriculture, small-scale ranching, dairy, and regulated small-scale traditional mining. “Industrial mining is not sustainable,” said Ankuash. “The gold and the copper will be gone in a few years, leaving behind nothing but poisoned earth for our people. We can have an economy here without destroying nature and the culture. We are open to the world. Let the people come here and see the native way — the bears, the monkeys, the trees, the cascades.”
 

Anna M. (18)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 8:11 am
Cree Prophecy
When all the trees have been cut down,
When all the animals have been hunted,
When all the waters are polluted,
When all the air is unsafe to breathe,
Only then will you discover
you cannot eat money.
 

pam w. (187)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 9:48 am
Good luck to them! BIG MONEY usually wins out over bows & arrows.
 

Edo R. (69)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 10:53 am
Thank you
 

Carol D. (98)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 11:37 am
Its about time that people realised that land and trees with the oxygen they bring will be worth more in the future than gold
Noted Thanks
 

Deanna B. (0)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 1:07 pm
This is terrible how can the world let this happen. These tribes have a right to this land, the government has to right to sell it out from under them. What is he thinking - he is greedy - and disgusting he is willing to ruin the land for dollars that will disappear quickly and offer no long term solutions to their problems. He is wrong so very wrong. I hope the Indians are strong enough to defend their land and keep it from being ruined. The greedy that want the minerals of the land will destroy it either with their mining or by war the land still loses and so does the world and the Indians. I pray that God stands with Indians and stops the tresspassers in their tracts in any way they can.
 

Marlene Dinkins (225)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 3:25 pm
notato Cal grazie!!!!!
 

Birgit W. (135)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 3:41 pm
Thank you
 

Glenville J O. (0)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 4:15 pm
Having your land stolen and destroyed from under your feet is always going to be a painful experience. I wish the Shuar tribe every success in getting the Ecuadorian government to reverse its decision. Many years ago the UK government here fooled the British people into signing away our freedom to rule our own country by joining the undemocratic EU when we thought we were signing up to a free trade agreement only. We've been paying for it ever since, and it is only recently we've been given a vague promise by our government of an in-out referendum in four or five years time...maybe.
 

Mary M. (24)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 5:09 pm
I am with the tribe.I remember a few years back that the Navajo let the Big Coal into the reservation to mine and oh! by the way it was on the Hopi sacred mtn. and the Hopi Elders Had to be relocated to a Nuclear waste dumping site.............greed just goes round and round......
 

Tim C. (1520)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 12:28 am
tks
 

Ludger W. (72)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 6:06 am
done
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 7:28 am
noted, thanks Cal
 

Dave C. (204)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 8:09 am
power to the people
 
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