The Newsletter of
A Center for Coordination
Moscow, Russia -- Special Issue January 24, 2005
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URGENT ACTION! SUPPORT THE INDIGENOUS BLOCKADE ON SAKHALIN!
Pacific Environment proposes the way of easy support for the protesters!
As we have already reported, the indigenous peoples of Sakhalin Island,
Russia are taking direct action, and demanding that Big Oil address their
As you read this, about 40 protesters are blocking the entrance to
shoreline production complex on Sakhalin's Chaivo Bay in a tense stand-off.
They are holding their ground despite sub-freezing temperatures and the
presence of local and
federal police. According to the latest reports, there is a line of at least
100 fully loaded trucks stopped in their tracks on the road leading to the
site. The protesters are having an impact!
The protesters urgently need the help of the world community. You can
support these brave activists by sending an email message to the heads of
ExxonMobil, Shell, and the Governor of Sakhalin. Just follow this link, and
with a few easy clicks, you can show your support in their struggle:
The Nivkh, Uilta, and Evenki of Sakhalin have seen their livelihoods and
their subsistence economy diminish under the crushing presence of companies
such as Shell, ExxonMobil, and Mitsubishi. Oil and gas development has led
to massive fish die-offs, and the construction of a 500-mile pipeline
threatens the island's pristine salmon habitat. The pipeline also crosses a
sacred indigenous burial site, and construction noises have disturbed the
reindeer herding that is crucial to the local economy.
After years of failed negotiations with the oil companies and with the
public banks that back the projects, they are asking that the companies take
immediate action to improve their practices, and to establish an
independently managed indigenous peoples' compensation fund. They won't back
down until this action is taken.
Please, click here to take action now:
It is crucial that these companies and Sakhalin's Governor know that the
whole world is watching!
We are updating our website frequently with news and photos from the protest
site. Please visit www.pacificenvironment.org to get the latest.
Please, pass this message on to your friends!
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