The Coconut Revolution

Oct 28, 2023 | Environmental, Videos

The incredible story of how the native people of Bougainville fought and won against the Western colonial power of Rio Tinto Zinc (RTZ) is now a modern-day legend. This Pacific island rose up in arms against giant mining corporation RTZ when they decided to step up production at the Panguna Mine, despite a military occupation and blockade.

The people of Bougainville were determined to protect their environment and way of life from damage caused by RTZ’s unrestricted mining activities. Through an inspiring display of strength, courage and unity, these natives managed to keep their homeland safe despite overwhelming odds. Although they faced immense danger, they never gave in or stopped fighting until their victory was secured.

This true story is now being featured in an inspiring documentary that shows how the fight for independence achieved by this native tribe was possible. Through interviews with survivors, experts, and locals, viewers will gain an insight into this remarkable turn of events – as well as newfound respect for a community that refused to give up and risked everything just to ensure their future generations could live in freedom and safety.

We encourage everyone to watch this inspiring documentary about one people’s brave stand against colonialism and exploitation! By understanding what happened on Bougainville Island we can better appreciate the ongoing struggle for human rights all over the world – and be inspired by what it takes for a group of individuals to resist powerful forces working against them.

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