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Issue No:62
  • :0973-1121
  • :July
  • :2012
  • :English

 It is a fabulous place: when the tide is in, a wave-churned basin,
creamy with foam, whipped by the combers that roll in from the
whistling buouy on the reef. But when the tide goes out the little
world becomes quiet and lovely. The sea is very clear and the bottom
becomes fantastic with hurrying, fighting, feeding, breeding animals.

—from Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

 

Chile : Fisher Leader

Rebel with a Cause

In this interview, Honorino Angulo, a fishermen leader from southern Chile, talks about his battle for the rights of coastal commmunities


 This interview was conducted by Patricio Igor Melillanca (patricio@ecoceanos.cl) of Ecoceanos, Chile. It was translated by Brian O'Riordan (briano@scarlet.be) of ICSF


In March 2012 he was charged with inciting violence. In June, he was bestowed a human-rights award. Meet Honorino Angulo, a fishermen leader from southern Chile, who has long battled the dictatorial measures imposed in the Pinochet era, which still prevail.

In awarding him the Helmut Frenz medal, the Ethical Committee against Torture commended Angulo for his struggle against the privatization of fishery resources and for defending the right of coastal communities to food sovereignty.

Angulo was one of the leaders subjected to the Internal National Security Law, a law created under the Pinochet regime, for leading last summer's people’s protest in Patagonian cities, styled as “Aysen, Your Problem is My Problem”, which demanded that the valuable natural resources of the southern region be exploited sustainably for the benefit of citizens.

Angulo's response: “I am not a delinquent. I am a social leader and I will...

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