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Botswana launches war against First Nations of Bushmen (fwd)

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  • Tony Castanha
    *fyi ... Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 02:35:43 +0300 From: ECOTERRA Intl. Reply-To: UNIQUE_PEOPLES@ecoterra.net To: undisclosed-recipients: ;
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      Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 02:35:43 +0300
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      Subject: Botswana launches war against First Nations of Bushmen

      *- please distribute far and wide (incl. media)
      - INTERNATIONAL BOYCOTT AGAINST BOTSWANA -
      - ISOLATE THE TSWANA OVERLORDS -** **
      *
      *WE, THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY OF HUMANITY,
      MUST BEAT BACK THE BOTSWANA TERROR REGIME!
      **- see _Call for Action_ below these horrible news:*
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      *BOTSWANA LAUNCHES FULL-SCALE CRACKDOWN ON BUSHMEN:
      LEADERS IMPRISONED, CHILDREN ARRESTED, RESISTERS SHOT AT*
      26 September 2005

      The leaders of the Bushman organization First People of the Kalahari
      have been arrested and imprisoned. They were among a group of 28
      Bushmen, including seven children, who were seized by police as they
      tried to enter their ancestral homeland, the Central Kalahari Game
      Reserve. Their fate is now uncertain.

      The Bushmen were attempting to highlight the plight of their relatives
      still inside the reserve. With the reserve sealed off, all hunting
      banned, their radio transmitters confiscated, no water allowed in and
      armed wildlife guards in every Bushman community, those Bushmen still
      holding out in the reserve have little means of survival.

      The last message sent by the Bushmen in the reserve read, 'They are
      firing over our heads, they are beating us, we don't know if we can hold
      out.'

      At least two Bushmen have reportedly been shot at; one is recovering in
      hospital, and one has since been arrested.

      The government has banned journalists from entering the reserve. A group
      of Americans probing allegations of repression in the reserve, including
      the Chair of Human Rights Watch, report that they were followed,
      questioned, intimidated and harassed for three days by Wildlife
      Department officials, and finally escorted out of the reserve by armed
      guards.

      This repression is the culmination of the government's crackdown on all
      Bushman resistance to their forced relocation. It comes despite the fact
      that the court case to establish whether the Bushmen's eviction was
      lawful is still going on.
      Rafael Runco, Chair of Survival International, said today, 'Botswana's
      government seems to have gone totally off the rails. Faced with
      criticism from all quarters, it's simply lashing out at the easiest
      targets - the Bushmen who it's been persecuting for so long. What it's
      doing now is coming perilously close to genocide - a systematic attempt
      to destroy an ethnic group.'

      SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE
      To read this press release online, visit
      http://www.survival-international.org/news.php?id=1051

      For more information contact Miriam Ross on (+44) (0)20 7687 8734 or
      email mr@...

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      *ECOTERRA Intl. CALLS FOR ACTION*

      *TAKE ACTION

      - BOYCOTT BOTSWANA -
      - ISOLATE THE TSWANA OVERLORDS -

      1. TELL all your friends and associates about the atrocities the state
      and corporate terrorists of Botswana commit against the indigenous
      peoples of the Kalahari - send them the
      http://survival-international.org and http://www.khoisanpeoples.org for
      references.

      Warn them from the spindoctors, like _Clifford Maribe_, who publish
      their blurs of deceit on the government website of the state or through
      the paid mainstream media. Clifford Maribe, the propaganda mouthpiece of
      the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Botswana has close family links to
      still-President Festus Mogae and is a self-styled adversary to Survival
      International and other international Human Rights Organizations, who
      stand beside the first peoples of southern Africa in the defence of
      their rights. Maribe, who can not possibly disassociate himself from the
      ruling elites of today's Botswana, politically as well as concerning his
      own family relations, must be compared to Goebbels, the propaganda
      minister of Adolf Hitler, in their struggle to exterminate another human
      race. But unlike Goebbels, who claimed to have a vision, Maribe does it
      purely for blood-money and "because it is my job!"*

      Be aware that the churches are deeply entangled in the oppression of the
      spirited traditional peoples of the southern African wildlands.

      2. BOYCOTT EVERYTHING BOTSWANA. Don't buy anything from Botswana, don't
      spend your vacation money in Botswana, cancel all business contracts
      with the oppressors. Boycott especially all companies, like de Beers,
      who profit from the suffering.

      3. COMBAT the sale of blood diamonds from Botswana. Demand from the UN
      and the international diamond cartel that all diamonds from Botswana are
      classified as blood-diamonds and their trading is banned. Stop going out
      with people who buy, sell or wear diamonds from Botswana - throw them
      off your party! _Name them and publicly shame them !_

      4. DEMAND from your own government a very clear boycott of the present
      Republic of Botswana in every respect: Any political or economic
      support, any co-operation with governmental officials or aid to the
      present Botswana governance under FESTUS MOGAE, the governance puppet of
      the Tswana Paramount Chief - styled /Kgôsikgolo/ -, must STOP NOW! Not a
      single tax Dollar, Euro or Yen shall be given from the pockets of
      citizens of free nations to this terror state governance. Governmental
      and church officials from Botswana must be banned from all international
      bodies and meetings, incl. the UN and the AU, like it was done with the
      Apartheid regime of former South Africa.

      5. CONTACT your nearest Botswana High Commission (their Embassy), demand
      freedom for the traditional bushmen (San and Khoi peoples) and tell them
      what you already did and are going to achieve with your boycott. Isolate
      the Botswana oppressors. They are just a phone-call away from you -
      hopefully they will tape what you have to say, so use a public phone.*

      For those who again want to express
      *For those, who again want to express their

      *Write to:
      The Hon F G Mogae
      President of the Republic
      Private Bag 001
      Gaborone
      Botswana
      Fax: + 267 3956 086

      and, if possible, copy to:
      Mr Nicky Oppenheimer
      Chairman
      De Beers
      17 Charterhouse Street
      London EC1N 6RA
      UK
      Fax: +44 (0)20 7404 4730**

      * All these actions must continue until the oppression of the first
      peoples of southern Africa is stopped, until all their rights are
      re-instituted and specifically their right to self-determination as well
      as to their lands and natural resources is guaranteed - once and for all!

      Crack down on the Botswana overlord governance and their corporate
      stirrup holders wherever you find them!

      BOYCOTT - BOYCOTT - BOYCOTT and CUT BOTSWANA BUSINESS AND THEIR PRESENT
      GOVERNANCE OUT FROM ANYTHING AND WHEREVER YOU FIND THEM ! - Until they
      stop the ethnocide and genocide against the First Peoples of the Kalahari !

      KICK THE PRESENT BOTSWANA REGIME OUT OF THE UN, since they do not listen
      to the findings of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights and his
      Special Rapporteur anyway!

      BOTSWANA is not a signatory to the International Labour Organisation
      (ILO) Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples, but the Tswana
      overlord governance is persistently violating these internationally
      agreed standards - see
      http://www.khoisanpeoples.org/indepth/ind-ilo-no-169.htm

      And like in Namibia and South-Africa, i.e. in compliance of and in
      complicity with European and other Northern World interests in natural
      resources exploitation as well as together with the massive proselytism
      by the churches, the overlord governance in Botswana is guilty of
      genocide and crimes against humanity, which must bring them and their
      corporate allies in crime before the International Criminal Court of
      Justice.

      The International Criminal Court (ICC) was established in 2002
      <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002> as a permanent tribunal to prosecute
      individuals for genocide <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genocide>, crimes
      against humanity <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimes_against_humanity>,
      and war crimes <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_crime>, as defined by
      several international agreements, most prominently the Rome Statute of
      the International Criminal Court
      <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rome_Statute_of_the_International_Criminal_Court>.*


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