Oaxaca: Harassment by wind-energy firm against residents of San Dionisio del Mar is denounced

On 19 April, the Assembly of Indigenous Peoples of the Tehuantepec Isthmus in Defense of Land and Territory denounced in a press release that on 18 April, workers from the Eólica Mareña Renovable firm and from subcontracted firms carried out topographical and preparatory work on land to construct the “Barra Santa Teresa” Wind-Energy park, in the Isla Barra Santa Teresa, which pertains to the San Dionisio del Mar community.  According to the denunciation, the workers “attempted to harass our observation commission by photographing them and asking for the names of the ‘leaders.’  Theyu were left clear that as legitimate owners of the Isla we have the right to demand that they immediately leave our Isla.”  In a press-release, the Assembly warns that if the workers “return the people will take the necessary measures to make the decision of the Assembly be respected.  We will not allow the Wind Park to be installed on our Isla because it endangers our forms of life.  We will defend our rights using all possible means.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia de la Asamblea de Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo de Tehuantepec en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio (19/04/2012)

Noticias Voz e Imagen: Implementan huaves vigilancia para impedir proyecto eólico (21/04/2012)

Noticias Voz e Imagen: Alistan en Oaxaca el mayor proyecto eólico(23/04/2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Detention and subsequent release of rights-defender Bettina Cruz Velázquez (7 March 2012)

Oaxaca: Communards of San Dionisio del Mar revoke contract for wind-farm (9 February 2012)

Oaxaca: Death-threats against human-rights defenders (4 November 2011)

Oaxaca: Indigenous individuals from the Isthmus denounce threats by Spanish firm in response to their opposition to planned construction of wind-plants (5 July 2011)

Oaxaca: Possible conflict regarding wind-energy projects in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (18 January 2011)

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