PEMON INDIAN LEADER ADDRESSES PROTESTERS IN CARACAS
Pemon Indian leader Jose Luis Gonzalez, surrounded by national guards, addresses protesters in front of The Venezuelan Congress building in central Caracas July 3, during a protest of enviromentalist groups against government's plans to turn the huge forest reserve of Imataca,near the Guyanese border into a gold mining project. ?mataca is our house. The mining plan ignores our rights as human beings, we want legal recognition of our land rights" he said. At least 500 protesters including barefoot Pemon Indians asked Congress to revoke the decree.