Give the Nobel Peace Prize to the indigenous people who marched to save the TIPNIS rainforest in Bolivia.

Jacqueline Patiño
Posted August 11, 2012 from Bolivia

The TIPNIS (Territorio Indigena Parque Nacional Isiboro Secure) is the most beautiful rainforest you can imagine. Its original dwellers, the Yuracaré, Tsimane and Moxeño tribes, are being forced to divide it with an unneeded road, by the Bolivian president E. Morales (EM), who is also the president of coca leaf growers (cocaleros) who need the land to plant coca, main igredient of cocaine . EM vows that cocaleros will not advance, but they have already invaded one third of the rainforest. EM proposed that the colonizers make indigenous women pregnant, so that they will not complain anymore. He failed. Then the epic march of 600km began. EM stopped it many times, aiming to kill them. The action of relentless activists avoided such nightmare.Bolivian people gave the marchers and impressive reception in La Paz, on October 18th, 2011, and EM reluctantly released a law prohibiting the road, but making the territory intangible, so that dwellers cannot use the wood, or bring tourists or lead the lives that they have known for centuries. After the tribes left La Paz, he released another law stating that the road was a national priority and as such, needed to be consulted. The indigenous dwellers marched again, with cocaleros shouting at them through their path. This time when they got to La Paz EM did not receive them. They slept on the streets in the cold winter, and when they protested, EM sent a water car that wiped out their tents leaving them out in the cold, wet, and wounded by tear gas. Most of them got ill. Children began to die. During the first and second march, a total of 6 indigenous young leaders died. When a six month old baby died, they decided to go back home and resist there. As of August 6th, 2012, the military has been sent to their territory, to help "consulting brigades" dialogue with the resisting tribes.These heroes deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for leading us in the path of nature preservation. Let's stop genocide. Let`s raise our voices.

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