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The 14th edition of the continental youth camp of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-Via Campesina) took place in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, from November 20-23. The organization celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014.
A cross-generation view and the commitment to food production on a continent where foreign direct investment and infrastructure works, in addition to serious environmental conflicts, displacement of thousands of rural community members on a daily basis, were key elements of the event.
Far from being discouraged, in their “Commitment Letter” agreed on at the event, the young peasants expressed their unity, organization and their will to transform the conditions they are experiencing.
The camp was a preamble for the young people’s assembly scheduled to take place in Argentina in April, 2015 in the framework of the Sixth CLOC-VC Congress .
“We understand that the forces of capital are affecting the lives of young people, taking over our chances to dream, to produce knowledge and to fight. By dividing us, they are keeping us away from socialization of life, from humanization. Capital production and reproduction means alienate us and turn us against each other”, said the peasants in their letter.
In the video below you can watch different moments at the camp and the activities that were held. The participants also occupied a piece of land blonging to a large-estate owner, where GM maize is planted, and as a direct protest action, they destroyed this plantation.
Agribusiness as the expression of capital in agriculture, with the genetic engineering of species to turn them into crops that resist biocides patented by the same corporations, represents a strong threat to the continuity of young people in the countryside.
The Letter also highlights the commitment of young Latin American rural leaders in the anti-imperialistic fight and in the “defense of human life and the biosphere, to protect it against capital profit that commodifies, violates and destroys it”.
El 16 de abril, tras los anuncios por parte del presidente nicaragüense Daniel Ortega de reformas al Instituto Nicaragüense de Seguridad Social (INSS) que suponían nuevas tasas de aportes al seguro social, cientos de personas salieron a las calles para manifestarse en contra de la medida. La represión policial causó la muerte de varios estudiantes y se profundizó una crisis sin precedentes para los tiempos de este gobierno sandinista. Ya se cuentan más de 170 personas asesinadas, tanto de los opositores como de quienes apoyan al oficialismo.
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