17 April: international day of peasants, AMP to
demonstrate in Lahore
Anjaman Mozareen Punjab (Tenant Association Punjab) will
organize a protest demonstration in Lahore on 17 April at Shimla Pehari
Lahore. 17 April is an international day of peasants and the call to
organize this date came from Via Campesina, an international network of
peasants. The AMP will demand the land rights from Government of Punjab
and an end of corporate control over food and agriculture system.
Peasants and tenants and their representatives from Lahore, Okara,
Depalpur, Renala Khurd, Kala Shah Kakoo, Pakpattan, Rahim Yar Khan,
Khanewal Sarghoda and other districts will participate in the
commemorate the International Day of Peasant Struggle on April 17th 2010,
the international peasant movement La Via Campesina has called upon
member organizations, allies and supporters to unite against
transnational corporations (TNCs), which seek complete control over food
and agriculture systems around the world.
nineteen landless Brazilian peasants who were defending their right to
produce food by demanding access to land were massacred by the military
police. Since the massacre at El Dorado dos Carajás in Brazil, every
year on this date, actions are organised around the world by farmers’
organisations, communities, student groups, non-governmental
organizations and activists, in order to demand food sovereignty and
peasants’ rights to produce food and land rights.
2009 ended with three international summits: the Food and Agriculture
Organization World Summit on Food Security in Rome, the World Trade
Organisation Ministerial Conference in Geneva and the United Nations’
Climate Summit in Copenhagen. At each event, TNCs displayed their
intention to control food and agriculture systems, markets, lands, seeds
and water—indeed all of nature—worldwide. TNCs such as Monsanto Company,
Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland and Nestlé deployed armies of lobbyists
at these events to shape policies to their benefit.
reality is that Monsanto and other TNCs are some of the primary
contributors to climate change and other environmental crises, because
they promote an unsustainable model of industrial agriculture.
Additionally, TNCs exacerbate poverty and economic recession, worldwide.
As they consolidate their control over lands and agricultural markets,
TNCs expel small farmers and peasants from their lands and reduce
employment opportunities in rural areas, thereby swelling urban slums
with even more desperate and unemployed families.
making huge profits while hunger and poverty are on the rise. Our
movement envisions a world in which TNCs such as Monsanto, Cargill,
Carrefour and Walmart, and their destruction of nature and humanity,
will cease to exist. To replace them will be billions of peasants on
small and medium-sized farms, producing healthy food for local and
regional markets, preserving biodiversity, protecting water aquifers,
sequestering carbon and revitalizing rural economies.
upon all the social organizations, trade unions, political activists and
youth to participate in our struggle for land rights and against the
multi national companies in agriculture business.