Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

June 6, 2017

Germany and Switzerland -- Standing Rock Water Protectors Shut Down Credit Suisse, Support Coal Mine Resistance

Switzerland -- Standing Rock Water Protectors Shut Down Credit Suisse

Water Protector Rafael Gonzalez being dragged out of Credit Suisse during divestment shutdown today. Photo by Nataani Means

Article by Brenda Norrell
Photos by Waste Win Young, Nataani Means and Rachel Heaton
Censored News
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

GENEVA, Switzerland -- Water Protectors from Standing Rock camps led the shutdown of Credit Suisse, a primary investor in Dakota Access Pipeline, during their 11 country tour in Europe, urging divestment and clean energy, and standing up for the water.
In Geneva today, the four member team -- Waste Win Young, Dakota Lakota from Standing Rock; Rachel Heaton, Muckleshoot; Nataanii Means, Dine' Lakota; and Rafael Gonzalez, Dakota -- led the shut down of Credit Suisse bank and are now at the United Nations Human Rights Council to speak.
Many European allies joined the shutdown, and chained themselves together inside the bank.
Nataanii Means said, "We did a bank shut down today at Credit Swiss which is leading the European banks with their investments into pipelines on turtle island ($1.4 billion) Rafael Gonzalez (Tufawon) was dragged out of the bank with many others.
"We demanded they divest their money and get out of investments that directly contribute to the continued genocide of our people, the environmental racism, and the destruction of our Mother Earth."
"Now we're at the UN attending and speaking at the Human Rights Intervention, Rachel Heaton and WastĂ© Win Young specifically."
Nataani, son of Gloria Grant Means, Dine' Omaha from Chinle on Navajo Nation, and Lakota Russell Means, said, "My pops did a lot of traveling to the UN on behalf of our people. It's surreal being here."

NOW! Waste Win Young, Dakota Lakota from Standing Rock, in Switzerland, said, "Shut down of Credit Suisse. The main financier of Dakota Access. $1.4 billion." 

Watch Credit Suisse action video on Facebook: 
Standing Rock Water Protectors Rachel Heaton, Muckleshoot, Nataanii Means, Dine' Lakota, Waste Win Young, Dakota Lakota, and Rafael Gonzalez, Dakota Demand Divestment, Read Statement at Credit Suisse Shut Down!
Credit Suisse is contributing to genocide of our people!
Credit Suisse is called out for financing Dakota Access Pipeline, which led to militarized police, and counter terrorism groups such as TigerSwan, engaged in massive human rights violations during the 10 months of water resistance at Standing Rock camps. Credit Suisse is called out for "financing a planet wide disaster" by investing in fossil fuels.

Waste Win Young

Nataanii Means, Dine' Lakota, and Rafael Gonzalez, Dakota at Credit Suisse now

Resister being arrested at Credit Suisse now



Geneva, Switzerland

Waste Win Young said just now, "The mayor of Geneva approved to put this in front of the UN this week while we are here. We will be addressing a UN panel during the Session on Human Rights this week. Rachel will speak today and I get to speak on Thursday."
"So the U.S. may pull out of the human rights commission here at the United Nations based on the UN resolutions supporting Palestine. Yeah, uncle Sam don't pay attention to the indigenous people on turtle island and the human rights abuses you are complicit in. No problem. We forge on," Waste Win Young said now in Switzerland.
Reuters reports that the United States will warn the United Nations of withdrawal from the Human Rights Council

                  Germany: Bonn and Koln
In Germany, Water Protectors from Standing Rock supported resistance to a coal mine, and the mining that is now threatening a forest.

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