Rebellions! Worldwide: Brazil, Hong Kong, Ecuador, Haiti and more

By staff |  Fight Back News  August 17, 2019
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 Hong Kong demonstrators carrying U.S. flag.

There’s a tendency among progressives in the United States to support big crowds of people protesting in other countries. No doubt, the corporate media assists in this process by labelling certain movements ‘pro-democracy’ or ‘freedom fighters.’

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By Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Célia Xakriabá, an indigenous leader and activist,

Célia Xakriabá, an indigenous leader and activist, stands for a portrait with bodypaint that reads “stop the genocide” in Portuguese at the Free Land Camp protest in Brasília, Brazil. (Photo: Pablo Albarenga/picture alliance via Getty Images)

In an open letter to Brazilian society and right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, a group of experts warned that a “genocide is underway” against uncontacted tribes because of Bolsonaro’s efforts to strip away Indigenous peoples’ rights and lands and open up more of the Amazon rainforest to agribusiness and mining.

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‘The drone revolution’: Ecuadorians revolt against repressive US-backed President Lenin Moreno’s neoliberal policies

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Ecuador’s workers are rising up against the IMF-mandated neoliberal economic reforms of President Lenin Moreno, a close ally of Washington who calls them “drones,” or drone bees.

By Denis Rogatyuk  The Greyzone  October 7, 2019

“The zanganería is over” – “The zanganería is over.”

With these words, uttered on October 4, Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno proclaimed the end of a 40-year policy of fuel and petrol subsidies, which had traditionally benefited his country’s working-class population.

Zángano, the Spanish word for a male honey bee, otherwise known as a drone, is a slang term traditionally used by rich, elite parts of society to refer to workers and the poor, who they denigrate as “mindless” or “uneducated.”

The use of the term by Moreno, a close ally of Washington , reflected the president’s resentful attitude toward ordinary Ecuadorians.

In short order, Moreno’s opponents transformed the slang into a buzzword. They began using it with pride about their movement, dubbing it, “the revolution of the drones,” or the revolution of the drones.

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As thousands of Indigenous people arrive in Quito to join protests, Moreno flees capital

By Peoples Dispatch October 08, 2019

After days of intense protests across Ecuador, Lenín Moreno announced the shifting of the government from Quito to Guayaquil, Meanwhile, thousands of people are on their way to the capital to join protests.

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QUITO (Reuters) – An indigenous group in Ecuador that has led protests for more than a week against a law that ended fuel subsidies said on Saturday it has accepted direct talks with President Lenin Moreno, the first sign of a possible breakthrough in the dispute.

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Also of note:

Argentina: Largest Women Gathering Despite The Weather

Photo: Prensa Latina

Telesur  October 12, 2019

City of La Plata, in the province of Buenos Aires, hosts the 34th National Women’s Encounter which the organization expects to be the most massive, pending the strong thunderstorms that hit the country and forced the suspension of the inaugural act.

With the fight still for the right to abortion and also the pain for the constant femicides and other issues that affect them, the 34th National Women’s Meeting took place in La Plata, capital of the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The organizers expected 200,000 people to go to the city during the three days of the meeting despite the inclement weather, which forced the first act to be suspended but will not put the rest of the program at risk, which mostly develops in enclosed spaces.

Hundreds of women from all over this southern nation and from above gathered from this Saturday until Monday in a massive act where they claimed for their rights, a space that has gained strength in these years.

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Tens of thousands march in European cities to protest against Turkey’s continuing Syria offensive

Organisers said ‘more than 20,000 people’ took part in the demonstration in Paris after Ankara stepped up its assault on Kurdish-held border towns

People hold pro-Kurd flags and banner in Paris on October 12. Photo: AFPPeople hold pro-Kurd flags and banner in Paris on October 12. Photo: AFP
Thousands of people, some shouting “Erdogan terrorist”, took to the streets of Paris and other European cities on Saturday in protest at the Turkish assault on Kurds in Syria.

Protesters marching under the Kurdish green, red and yellow flag waved placards reading “Trump = serial killer” or “the true leader of Daesh”, referring to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Organisers said “more than 20,000 people” took part in the demonstration in Paris after Ankara stepped up its assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria on Saturday, defying mounting threats of international sanctions.

The Turkish offensive began on Wednesday after US President Donald Trump ordered American troops to pull back from the border.

Trump has faced a firestorm of criticism for abandoning a loyal ally in the US-led campaign against the Islamic State group.

Protest also took place in Cyprus, Belgium, Sweden, and Cologne and are planned in Athens. Kurds in Iran also held multiple demonstrations.

Finland, Germany, Norway and The Netherlands have already announced that they are stopping arms exports to the country, as now have France and Germany.

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Editor’s Note: It’s rather sad they were evidently manufacturing and selling arms in the first place!  It is really sad that so many people would object to Trump’s and Turkey’s actions, but are not opposed to war altogether. If only so many people would march against the morass of the war in Syria and call on all parties involved for an immediate end.

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