Paraguayan social movements are mobilising against the corrupt judicial system and for an integral land reform.

[img_assist|nid=245|title=Mobilisation of FSP in Caaguazu, 10-08|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=150|height=113]Thousands of campesinos will mobilise all over Paraguay demanding the destitution of the Judicial Power which represses and criminalises them.
Social sectors demand a stop to the detentions of mobilised campesinos and a concrete answer to the severe situation in the countryside through the means of an agrarian emergency plan. There will be mobilisations and road blocks on the national highways on more than 10 core points around the country.

videoreport on the mobilisations

(Spanish)Results and victories of the mobilisation
(Spanish)Wednesday 5- Repression against campesinos en Asunción (with photo report)
(Spanish)Mobilisations in Ciudad del Este (with photo report)
(Spanish)Comunicado de la CONAMURI, en relación a los hechos sucedidos hoy frente a la Fiscalía general del Estado
(Spanish)Diez verdades en contra de la impunidad en el campo y un llamado a la paz
(Spanish)News of the mobilisations of march 4

Video news from Paraguay: fumigations, land struggle and the agro-export model.

[img_assist|nid=364|title=Cover Video News Paraguay|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=150|height=116]During the 2008-09 soy season, tension and conflicts increased in Paraguay. Within the new political context, social movements increased pressure for what they have been fighting for, especially land reform and food sovereignty. Changes were visible, such as the change in the direction of the national land reform institute, INDERT. Nevertheless repression and criminalisation of the campesino movement continues, as the violent evictions of land occupations and the assassination of campesino leader Bienvenido Melgarejo on October 4th prove.

An international team of LaSojaMata was filming and documenting various events during October 2009 and january 2009. The made video news, reflects this new political conjuncture and the seize of conflicts in Paraguay. The video reports are listed below and include testimonies on fumigations, land struggles and other relevant issues. A compilation DVD was made in Spanish. English, Dutch and German follow

Film clips of blockade of soy trader Cargill in Ghent

Solidarity with campesino struggle in Belgium:

17th of April 2008, international day of peasant struggle... the blockade lasted all day long and was the initiative of activists of SEVEN European countries. Más:

Action against the Third Round Table on Responsible Soy

[img_assist|nid=149|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=150|height=113]Wednesday April 23, 2008, Buenos Aires:During a plenary session of the 3rd conference of the Round Table on Responsible Soy, a group of representatives of organisations signing the declaration denouncing the RTRS, made an intervention expressing their rejection of the greenwash caused by the RTRS. "Responsible soy is an unresolvable contradiction and in no way a viable option". Watch video clip from protest below.

Documentary on the social impacts of soy expansion in Paraguay

Islands surrounded by land. Ben Brown and Jessica Weisberg are editing a documentary about the social impacts of soy expansion in Paraguay. They follow the mother of a ten year old boy Silvino Talavera, who died in 2003 after being sprayed by agrochemicals while walking past the soy fields that border his family's house. They also speak with people from the community of Tekojoja, where inhabitants tried to halt the invasion of a soy field in their community, and suffered several violent police raids as a result of their protests.

Here is a short clip from the documentary:

Human blockade at World Biofuels Markets in Brussels

[img_assist|nid=117|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=112|height=150]In the morning of March 13 2008 the activist group 'Agrofools' blocked the entrance of the World Biofuels Market in Brussels. Visitors to the World Biofuels Market were met by activists, a group of international drummers, banners, and flyers entitled "Agrofuels – No Solution for Oil Addiction".
The human blockade was a protest against the blatant promotion of agrofuels by the World Biofuels Market and the corporations taking part in it. "Massive expansion, reaching into many millions of hectares, of monoculture plantations will cause further damage to biodiversity, human rights and livelihoods", says activist Remy de Boer.
Watch the videoclip of the action

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Effects of soy expansion in Paraguay

Paraguayan Film Looks at Dark Side of South American Soy Production
ASUNCION, Paraguay, Nov. 8, 2007 -- (IPS/GIN), by David Vargas:
A sea of green stretches as far as the eye can see on both sides of the dirt road leading to the Paraguayan communities of Lima, Capiibary and Guayaib¡.The huge fields are planted with genetically modified soy, Paraguay's leading export product.
As it takes over more and more land, the crop is leaving sick people, displaced communities and trampled rights in its wake, according to the documentary "Soberan¡a violada," which means "Violation of Sovereignty."

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