Marches in India, Bolivia and occupied cities – not our concern?

Am I my brother’s keeper? 

Reading about events in Bolivia on a sister site, a Mumbai reader wrote: “Thanks but this is not in my domain.”

Geographically that is true: Bolivia is far removed from Mumbai, but events worldwide show the growing unrest amongst the less-favoured of the world 

The post to which he referred, Fostering social harmony: Evo Morales has listened to his people, recorded that, following protests, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales had announced, earlier this month, that plans for a road project going through a reserve in the Amazon rainforestrich in energy, timber and other resources – will be set aside.  

A parallel with unrest & protest in India was drawn

Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, blogged in October: “Today, around one hundred thousand landless people and families in India have started on a march to Delhi, covering three hundred kilometres in thirty days. Their call is for access to land, food and the right to security. The march is organised by Ekta Parishad, a mass movement focused on non-violent activism.” 

Searching our database we see similar marches recorded from 2007 and recently the news of the fast against corruption and other initiatives by Anna Hazare to fight against an entrenched elite. 

500,000  worldwide have signed the Avaaz petition and more are adding their names

Avaaz — meaning “voice” in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages — was launched in 2007 with a democratic mission: to organize citizens of all nations to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want. 

Currently running a petition to be presented at the G20 meeting they point out:

“Politicians take money from corporations for their campaigns, make policies that reward them when in office, and then take high-paid jobs with them after they leave. It’s corruption, plain and simple”. 

Their intention: to “persuade summit President Nicolas Sarkozy to cancel the sponsorship” – and hundreds of thousands have signed the petition at: http://www.avaaz.org/en/occupy_g20/?vl  

The search for alternatives 

Since October 26th the posts on another related site focus on street protest in many countries and the Occupy movement whose anger and frustration – as power over policy is in the hands of thinktanks and lobbyists in collusion with ministerial staffs – is described by historian and writer Sir Simon Jenkins

There is a search for alternatives also being highlighted in the same site – one being put forward by the New Economics Foundation.  These should be disseminated and seriously considered.

 

Will the protest and marching have greater effect this year than former protests?

We fervently hope for beneficial change and a rebalancing of power.

 

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