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Advances in the Diaguita struggle

Published on: Tue May 6, 2014
Author: Edgardo Civallero*
Advances in the Diaguita struggle

 In the lands of the llastay  During the last decade, two battles were won by Diaguita communities in northern Chile. In 2006, they were legally recognized by the national government and achieved social visibility. And in 2013 they stopped a mega-mining project that threatened their livelihood. Great news in a world where these sort of victories are really scarce.  The Diaguita, the indigenous inhabitants of the Chilean Norte Chico and northwestern Argentina, used to believe that the high Andean…

Argentina – struggle continues for the Qom

Published on: Fri Mar 28, 2014
Author: Edgardo Civallero*
Argentina – struggle continues for the Qom

 Ancient owners of the arrows Plaza de Mayo. The very heart of Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires. It's March 17, 2014. In that square, which witnessed the struggle against the military dictatorship of that brave group of women known today as "the Madres", Qom communities are now demanding that their rights be respected. Their need and their despair are evident but, even though they are protesting in front of a noticeably fenced-in Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace), nobody seems to hear their voices…

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