On January 19th, with the support of Project Apache, the Zentropa community organised an event to raise awareness about the cause of The Karen resistance. Around 40 people gathered along with 2 special guests: Franco Nerozzi, president of the humanitarian group Popoli, and journalist Gabriele Adinolfi. After showing a film introducing the situation of The Karen people and the actions pursued by Popoli towards these persecuted people, the speakers stressed the exemplary nature of this identitarian struggle.
Far from being an “exotic” cause, aid for The Karen people is a natural extension of anti-globalization and pro identity commitments. It is as much the occidental multinational corporations as it is the Burmese army, that starves and slaughters The Karen. The cause represents an obstacle for international finance. It represents a people who dare to stand against mercantile globalisation, while continuing to live according to their own values and laws.
Franco Nerozzi who travels to the Karen territory with members of his association twice a year, reminded everyone of the ethical strength of the Karen freedom fighters who refuse resorting to drug trafficking in order to finance their guerrilla warfare.
He then presented the future projects of his association, which consists of creating on-site agricultural villages which will enable The Karen to achieve autonomy and self-sufficiency. This ambitious project can only be realised thanks to the generosity of all those who are sensitive to the need of defending the plurality of the world, as well as the honour, of those people in struggle.
In conclusion, Gabriele Adinolfi talked ironically about all the major detractors of globalisation, who are incapable of investing themselves towards people in utter destitution and near-total isolation, who’ve been in armed struggle for years .
Following the presentations, thanks to the generosity of the participants, 770 Euros had been collected and given to Popoli.
After kind salutations the participants left, keeping in mind that this event is not the last, but on the contrary, the beginning of more action in support of the courageous Karen people.