27
Sep
2005

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:


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
//www.survival-international.org/news.php?id=1051

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


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
//survival-international.org and //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 their outrage - 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
//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 as a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, as defined by several international agreements, most prominently the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.


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