Think Chevron + Ecuador= $19 Billion in Damages that Chevron refuses to pay.
For more interesting information about Chevron’s dealings with Indigenous people visit Amazon Watch http://amazonwatch.org/
Gee, I’m not wondering why the people of Pungesti are riled up about Chevron coming to frack in their farmlands. Democracy Now! reported that Chevron had ceased operations as a result of Saturday’s protest–a protest that has been ongoing since October. http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/9/headlines#12911
But apparently Chevron, being Chevron, has started right back up–again.
According to IW, Industry Week, Chevron has resumed its fracking operation in Pungesti in spite of six weeks protest by hundreds of local people. Chevron has even managed to get policeman posted outside the homes of the villagers. I suppose that’s part of an effort to attempt prevent them from returning to their protest camp field. The usual things are being done to discourage the people from further protest–destruction of the on site protest camp, arrests and the tried and true ploy of, “Oh, look what we found. You are bad people.” Pick the illegal whatever object of your choice.
According to Investment Watch the people of Pungesti are now basically under house arrest. http://investmentwatchblog.com/s-o-s-pungesti-romania-people-under-terror/
Yes, it is worth the effort to search the web for images in order to get a look at who is protesting in Pungesti—no, it’s not those crazy guys in black, it’s everyone from the grandmothers to the grandchildren.
Battle In Pungesti, Romania and Fight to save the Earth http://www.popularresistance.org/battle-in-pungesti-romania-and-fight-to-save-earth/
More coverage from RT http://rt.com/news/chevron-fracking-protest-clashes-884/
Nasul TV coverage http://www.nasul.tv/
If anyone else following this protest has any new information sources with English subtitles or coverage in English, please share. Thank you.