Thursday, February 2, 2012

Occupy Freeport Friday Feb 3

Statement for Phoenix Occupy Freeport DemonstrationFriday, February 3, 2012

Freeport's Grasburg mine in West Papua
The East Timor and Indonesian Action Network (ETAN), in conjunction with the Industrial Workers of the World and Occupy Phoenix will be protesting the Freeport-McMoRan Corporation at their headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday, February 3, from 4-6 p.m. We are acting in solidarity with the people of West Papua to bring attention to Freeport's egregious human, labor, and environmental rights problems.  

In New York, ETAN will hold an Occupy Freeport event Friday from from 6-7:30 p.m., 60 Wall Street Atrium in Manhattan an important meeting place for OccupyWallStreet.

From the statement issued in support of these events:
We believe that Freeport-McMoRan must be held accountable for its atrocious record. We also believe that Freeport should listen to its West Papuan workers' demands for better working conditions and pay, and should be required to clean up the grave environmental damage it has caused in West Papua. While Freeport is not responsible for all of the political turmoil in West Papua, we are convinced that its actions are making the situation worse. Token payments to West Papuans and increased royalties to the central government are not substitutes for genuine control by Papuans over their resources.
Read the full statement here

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