WAIMEA, Hawaii – Kaho’okahi Kanuha was found not guilty by Judge Barbare Takase at the Third-Circuit District Court in Waimea.
Kanuha was charged with obstructing Thirty Meter Telescope crews on the Mauna Kea Access Road on June 24, 2015. He was one of 12 arrested on the mountain that day. Kanuha was a leader in the effort to block construction of the TMT which was granted the right to proceed with the project by the state. The $1.4 billion observatory was set to be located on the northern plateau of the Mauna Kea summit, an area prized by astronomers for being one of the best spots in the world from which to observe the cosmos. The Hawaii Supreme Court later invalidated the telescope’s conservation district use permit, remanding the project back to the start of its permit process, effectively delaying construction for years. The high court ruled that the state did not follow proper procedure when it awarded the permit. Read the rest of this entry
Grassroots blockade against logging trucks north of Kenora, Ont. started on Dec. 2, 2002
By Jody Porter, CBC News, Dec 3, 2015
In the beginning, Randy Fobister of Grassy Narrows First Nation, in northwestern Ontario, disagreed with community members who were stopping logging trucks from entering their traditional territory, but 13 years later the deputy chief says “it’s really important the blockade is still there.” Read the rest of this entry
by subMedia.tv, Vimeo, Oct 22, 2015 Read the rest of this entry
by Rick Kearns, Indian Country Today, Sept 25, 2015
Indigenous people in Guatemala were in the front lines of anti-government protests in late August, just a week before the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina on September 2. Perez Molina was then arrested on charges that he participated in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme.
But indigenous activists, along with tens of thousands of other Guatemalans, had been protesting against many of his policies since the Spring, which culminated in three days of non-stop protests from August 25-27.
By Denise Titian, Ha-Shilth-Sa, September 15, 2015
A small group of fish farm protesters calling themselves Ahousaht Muuschim and supporters accepted an invitation to meet with Ahousaht leadership and other band members at the Thunderbird Hall Sept. 14.
Tyee Ha’wilth (head chief) Lewis Maquinna George extended the invitation after protesters blocked the installation of Cermaq’s salmon farm just north of Ahousaht.
Chief Councillor Greg Louie spoke to Ha-Shilth-Sa immediately following the meeting, which included employees of Cermaq who are Ahousaht members. Read the rest of this entry
by Alexandra Morton, Vimeo, Sept 12, 2015
People around the world have tried to protect their home waters from salmon farms for 20 years. On September 9, 2015 Ahousaht people stepped onto a fish farm as it was trying to anchor to their territory and told the crew to leave.
by CTV News/The Canadian Press, September 10, 2015
TOFINO, B.C. — Members of a Vancouver Island First Nation are vowing to risk arrest rather than allow an international fish farming company to anchor an open-net salmon farm north of Tofino.
Members of the Ahousaht First Nation say they set up a boat blockade Wednesday at the site of the new farm, owned by Norwegian-based Cermaq. Read the rest of this entry
by Telesurv.TV, sept 2, 2015
The Achuar communities say foreign oil companies pollute their lands and their clean water. They demand compensation and clean up of oil spills.
Peruvian indigenous protesters seized oil wells in an Amazonian oil block Tuesday to press the government to respond to demands for compensation due to the pollution caused by the petroleum operations.
The protesters from the Achuar indigenous communities said they also plan to halt output in a nearby concession. Read the rest of this entry
Russia Today, August 14, 2015
Clashes between protesters and security forces erupted as a rally against Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa swept the capital of Quito and several other cities Thursday.
After riot police tried to block around 10,000 protesters near the San Francisco Plaza, they fired tear gas while protesters threw sticks and rocks. More than a dozen police officers were reportedly injured.