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LEADERS OF THE ITALIAN ORGANIZATION SAY AT A WORLD LEVEL THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEFENSE OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Press release,
Friday, August 25, 1017,
Santo Domingo, D.N.

 

The leaders of the Italian organization Re: COMMON visiting the country said that at the global level the fight against corruption is associated with the defense of the environment.

 

During the meeting held with the main activists of Marcha Verde, on Wednesday 23, at the Faculty of Juridical and Political Sciences of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, UASD, explained that the corruption that occurs in the construction of large Infrastructures and extractive projects, is related to strong impacts on natural resources and the environment.

 

“The surpluses in these projects or works are generally obtained at the expense of the budgets intended to prevent or mitigate the contamination of the same,” they said.

 

They also pointed out that as fossil fuels lose competitiveness against renewable energies, they ensure their continuity in the markets with corrupt practices, such as bribes.

 

The Italian leaders Luca Manes and Antonio Tricárico considered that corruption is structural with the conversion of nature into negotiable financial goods in the capital markets through great infrastructure or mining works, propitiated by the great world financial capital.

 

At the meeting, the leaders of Re: COMMON were presented by Enrique de León of the National Committee to Combat Climate Change, CNLCC, an entity that invited them to visit the country.

 

The leaders of the Italian civil society exemplified Punta Catalina in which corruption is closely linked to coal and its inherent and exclusive pollution.

 

They observed that the further the opposition to corruption deepens, the social movement becomes greener, that is, more environmentalist.

 

“For that reason, the manifesto that was read at the end of the Caravan Concentration at Punta Catalina last Sunday, claimed along with with the cancellation of the Odebrecht contract, the conversion of these plants to natural gas,” they said.

 

They said that social movements similar to the Green March in other parts of the world, have in common; a massive, civic and peaceful character.

 

“In Europe and North Africa, these movements occupied public spaces like squares, while here the Green Movement has taken to the streets of major cities through mass demonstrations,” they commented.

 

They argued that another common feature of these movements is the questioning of existing institutions that directly or indirectly guarantee impunity for corruption and corrupt rulers.

 

“Many of these movements have been forced to radicalize to the degree of posturing for the departure of corrupt governments and in many cases authoritarian and very repressive,” they reported.
They also analyzed that these movements similar to the Green March have questioned and invalidated the traditional leadership of the political parties and created a new leadership that is fresher, closer to society and alternative.

 

“In Italy the” Clean Hands “movement, although it sent to jail more than 4 thousand officials, opened the door to Silvio Berlusconi that ended up effecting an administration even more corrupt than the previous ones”, they clarified.

 

“In Spain the movement of the outraged has evolved into “Podemos” (We Can) wich is a movement that aims to reach the government at national level after having achieved great success in municipalities and regions,” they added.

 

They suggested that Marcha Verde should expand its social base, better structure its local organization and adopt approaches to replace existing institutions that are not exempt from complications with corruption.

 

They described the Green March as paradigmatic, both because of its massive character and because of its desire for a profound change in Dominican society with aim towards the end of impunity and corruption.

 

“From the analysis of all the social movements of this type since the 1990s to date, from Italy, Greece, Egypt, Spain and Guatemala, it can be assured that their presence has generated a new correlation of forces and in some cases have given way to new regimes of different signs, “they concluded.

 

They asserted that the success and depth of the change generated by these movements has depended on the extent of their social composition and the program they have carried out.

 

They pointed out that Marcha Verde is still a young movement that in a very short time is evolving towards new demands, especially environmental ones such as the replacement of coal by natural gas at Punta Catalina, and formulating proposals for institutional reforms linked to the original slogan of the end to the Impunity and corruption.

 

From the intervention of the leaders of Re: COMMON, a round of questions and interventions took place on the part of the activists of Green March present in the encounter.

 

COMITÉ NACIONAL DE LUCHA CONTRA EL CAMBIO CLIMATICO, CNLCC

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Meeting Re: COMMON and MV 3: From left to right, Enrique de León of the National Committee to Combat Climate Change, CNLCC, and leaders of the Italian organization Re: COMMON, Antonio Tricárico and Luca Manes.

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Meeting Re: COMMON and MV 4: Partial view of the participants in the exchange meeting between Re: COMMON and the main activists of the Green March.

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