A message of solidarity from Cordillera Peoples Alliance, Philippines

October 21, 2009

Dear Comrades and Friends,

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance for the Defense of the Ancestral Domain and for Self Determination, an independent federation of progressive peoples’ organizations, mostly grassroots-based organizations among indigenous communities in Northern Luzon Cordillera, Philippines, hereby endorses the statement against the Indian government’s plans for launching an unprecedented military offensive by army and paramilitary forces in the adivasi (indigenous people)-populated regions of Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Orissa and West Bengal states.

We are in solidarity with the indigenous peoples and movements opposing this plan which would result in massive human rights violations and oppression of the advasi and democratic sectors if this plan is pushed through. What is happening there in India especially in indigenous territories is very real here as militarization and military terrorism in indigenous communities in the Philippines and political repression continue under the US-Arroyo regime’s Oplan Bantay Laya (“operation plan defend freedom”) resulting in the killing of more than a thousand activists and human rights advocates, hundreds of victims of enforced disappearance, and thousands of people and communities affected. Our situation is the same, hence, our solidarity has become more urgent and strengthened.

We are with you in your struggle against state terrorism and fascism.

In solidarity,

Mr. Windel Bolinget
Secretary General, Cordillera Peoples Alliance