Our mission as Movement on the Road ’96 is to keep alive the permanent sit-in on Mount Albban, pursuing any form of serious and responsible dialogue both among the population of the villages that compose the Imider Municipality both with the authorities, the institutions and the silver mine company.
At the same time, in the frame of our Vision, we lead forms of peaceful protest to achieve our shared aims – human and basic rights, equality and social justice, care of our land, struggle against environmental pollution – also elaborating new paths and initiatives, according to the context, to share in the Agraw.
“When the last tree has died, when the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught, only then you’ll realize that you can’t eat money” (Native Americans).
To talk about sustainable development is no longer enough, it’s a word worn out and abused: from the great multi-national companies to the small factories it’s used as an alibi.
Today it’s necessary to point out that the limits of the so-called sustainability, in fact, can’t be imposed by external criteria to the social, cultural and environmental context in which this sustainability must, at the local level, be realized.
Today is necessary to create a direct and continual communication between the resources of the territory and the demands, at every level, of its inhabitants.
We, the Movement on the Road ’96 and the Imider’s people, we seek the balance, the eco-sustainability. In our vision a real and concrete eco-sustainable development is the fusion of different sustainability, all related to each other:
- Environmental, the capacity to maintain quality and reproducibility of natural resources, in respect of the territory.
- Economic, the capacity to generate income and employment for the sustenance of the population.
- Social and Institutional, the capacity to ensure welfare conditions (safety, health, education, democracy, participation, justice.) equally distributed by class and gender.
The eco-sustainability doesn’t foresees, therefore, that the natural heritage is damaged or plundered, it doesn’t accept the poverty as a condition of life, because it implies, in that way, an existence deprived of the dignity.
The sustainability of development is incompatible in first with the degradation of the heritage and natural resources (which are in fact exhaustible) but also with the violation of the dignity and the freedom, with the indigence and economic decline, with the lack of recognition of human rights and equal opportunities.
Our protest action strongly affirms that this is the direction we want to follow.
The existence of the silver mine on our land, its overexploitation without limits by the SMI, condemns, indeed, our territory and ourselves to the degradation and impoverishment, to the breach of our lifestyle, our dignity and our human, institutional and economic rights, to the marginalization and deprives us of equality and social justice.
And then, in our vision there is the space for the care and protection of those fundamental common goods like water, land, culture, local economies, basic rights: commons that must be accessible and shared in an equal way by everyone, because they are the basis of the life itself and of its continuity, in order to be capable of future. This is also the wide meaning of our protest action.
“The Earth is not an inheritance of our fathers, but a loan of our children” (Masai, Kenya).