National: Social organizations carry out “Disjointed National Mobilization” to demand release of political prisoners

July 14, 2014

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Photo (@EDUCA)

On 8 July, members of 38 social organizations organized a “Disjointed National Mobilization” involving roadblocks and protests in Mexico City, Yucatán, Chiapas, Veracruz, Puebla, Oaxaca, Morelos, and Chihuahua. The mobilization was organized to demand the release of Juan Carlos Flores Solís, Enedina Rosas Vélez, and Abraham Cordero Calderón, who have been imprisoned in Puebla state since April of this year for their opposition to the Comprehensive Morelos Project (PIM).

PIM, which is overseen by the Federal Electricity Commission, seeks to build two geothermal plants as well as an aqueduct and a gas pipeline to supply these plants; the additional infrastructure would cross the states of Morelos, Puebla, and Tlaxcala.  The construction works are being conceded to transnational firms, both Spanish and Italian.

Also during the mobilization, organizations demanded the release of Marco Antonio Suastegui, spokesperson for the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), who was detained in the state of Nayarit on 17 June.  The member organizations note in a communique that “we cannot allow the bad governments to continue imprisoning members of our people so that the conquistadores of today who own the large transnational corporations have all the ability to continue looting us of our land, polluting our nature, threatening our life, destroying our culture, and violating our rights.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado Mobilización Dislocada Nacional 8 de julio 2014 (Alianza Única del Valle, 26 junio 2014)

Exigen liberación de activistas y cancelación de megaproyectos (EDUCA, 8 de julio de 2014)

Protestas en 8 estados por el Proyecto Integral Morelos (La Jornada, 8 de julio de 2014)

Campesinos de Ixtapa anuncian movilización (Reporte Ciudadano, 7 de julio de 2014)

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Chiapas: 13 días de ayuno y oración de Alejandro Díaz Santis para pedir por su liberación (8 de julio de 2014)

Guerrero: Organizaciones exigen la inmediata liberación del vocero del CECOP, Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz (27 de junio de 2014)

Guerrero: Operativo policial detiene a opositor de la presa de La Parota(17 de junio de 2014)


Oaxaca: Communities opposed to the Paso de la Reina dam report harassment and intimidation of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE)

June 28, 2014
Demostration against the Paso de la Reina hydroelectric Dam (@SIPAZ)

Demonstration against the Paso de la Reina hydroelectric Dam (@SIPAZ)

Representatives of 42 communities in the coastal region of Oaxaca who oppose the construction of the Paso de la Reina hydroelectric dam have met with the Ombudsman of the Office for the Human Rights of the People of Oaxaca (DDHPO) in Puerto Escondido.

The purpose of the meeting was to inform him of the harassment and intimidation from the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) against the people and communities who are opposed to the construction of the dam.

Although the hydroelectric project is a federal one, community representatives consider that municipal and state governments should get involved to promote, protect, and ensure the human rights of the population that could be affected. They have denounced that the communities have been deceived by the CFE since the latter has concealed the consequences the construction of the dam might have, among them forced displacement, disruption of the water supply, damage to the Lagunas de Chacahua National Park, and so on. All this would jeopardize the lives of Mixteco, Zapoteco, Chatino and Afro-mestizo groups in the region.

Meanwhile, the DDHPO committed himself to follow up on the complaints and to take up actions to protect the rights of the people and communities who would be affected.

For more information (in Spanish):

Preocupa a Consejo de la DDHPO, proyecto de la presa Paso de la Reina (NSS Oaxaca, 15 de junio de 2014)

CFE intimida a comunidades opositoras a Presa Hidroeléctrica (Voces Oaxaca, 16 de junio de 2014)

Preocupan a Consejo Ciudadano de la Defensoría comunidades afectadas por presa Paso de la Reina (Noticias, 16 de junio de 2014)

Hostiga CFE a comunidades por oponerse a la presa Paso de la Reina, denuncian ante DDHPO (Entidad, 16 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: The Diocese of Puerto Escondido expresses its full support to the communities in resistance to hydro project Paso de la Reina (June 13, 2014)

National: National Program on Infrastructure presents projects with possible effects for the populace (May 16, 2014)

Oaxaca/National: Peaceful protest by COPUDEVER to mark “International Day of Action against Dams and for Rivers, Water, and Life” (March 28, 2014)

Oaxaca: COPUDEVER and EDUCA present report on “Paso de la Reina” (July 19, 2013)


Oaxaca/National: Peaceful protest by COPUDEVER to mark “International Day of Action against Dams and for Rivers, Water, and Life”

March 28, 2014

Protesta en Jamiltepec. Foto (@Sipaz)

Protest in Jamiltepec. Photo @Sipaz

On 14 March, to mark the “International Day of Action against Dams and for Rivers, Water, and Life,” the Council of Peoples United for the Defense of the Verde River (COPUDEVER) carried out a “funerary march” and peacefully occupied the offices of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) in the Santiago Jamiltepec municipality to protest the construction of the Paso de la Reina dam.  Another 16 communities from the Coast and union delegations from Section 22 of the National Coordination of Educational Workers (CNTE) also participated in the action.  With the slogan “Enough of imposing projects against the will of the people,” they denounced that the Paso de la Reina hydroelectric project will negatively affect indigenous peoples and their territory, culture, natural resources, and subsistence practices, due to the formation of the reservoir the dam would imply.  Moreover, they have reported as having their right to consultation violated in the process to date.

This same day there were carried out actions against dams and for rivers, water, and life in other parts of the republic and the world.  Furthermore, other cases such as the dams in Chicoasén II (Chiapas), Las Cruces (Nayarit), Atoyac (Veracruz), and Zapotillo (Jalisco) were similarly denounced.

For more information (in Spanish):

Copudever insiste en cancelación del proyecto “Paso de la Reina”; atenta vs los pueblos (Página3, 14 de marzo de 2014)

Con “marcha fúnebre” inicia Copudever toma simbólica de CFE en Jamiltepec (Diario Oaxaca, 14 de marzo de 2014)

Celebran en Oaxaca día en Defensa del Agua (NSS Oaxaca, 14 de marzo de 2014)

Marchan en Jamiltepec contra la presa Paso de la Reina (Pinodebate, 14 de marzo de 2014)

Elevado riesgo para la fauna de Nayarit con presa Las Cruces (La Jornada, 12 de marzo de 2014)

El agua del río Atoyac no se negocia (Zapateando, 25 de febrero de 2014)

En Chiapas se declaran territorios libres de represas y mineras (Derecho a la Consulta Previa, 3 de enero de 2014)

Municipios afectados por hidroeléctricas, sin riqueza ni prosperidad garantizada (Chiapas Paralelo, 2 de diciembre de 2013)

http://pasodelareina.org/

EDUCA: Galería de fotos y los videos: En Río Verde, Oaxaca, otra batalla por el agua (7 min.) y Presa Paso de la Reina ¿Desarrollo para Quien? (6 min.)

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: COPUDEVER and EDUCA present report on “Paso de la Reina” (19 July 2013)


Oaxaca: Peaceful protest by COPUDEVER on “International Day of Action against Dams and for Rivers, Water, and Life”

March 16, 2014

Protesta en Jamiltepec, marzo de 2014 (@EDUCA)

Protest in Jamiltepec, March 2014 (@EDUCA)

On 14 March, in observance of the “International Day of Action against Dams and for Rivers, Water, and Life,” the Council of Peoples United in Defense of the Verde River (COPUDEVER) carried out a “funerary march” and peacefully occupied the offices of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) in the Santiago Jamiltepec municipality to protest the construction of the Paso de la Reina dam.  Another 16 communities from the coastal region and union delegations from Section 22 of the National Coordination of Educational Workers (CNTE) also participated.  With the slogan “Enough of imposing projects against the decision of the peoples,” protestors denounced that the Paso de la Reina project would negatively affect indigenous peoples, their territory, culture, natural resources, and subsistence practices due to its creation of a reservoir.  Moreover, they have already seen how their rights to consultation have been violated.

Para más información:

Copudever insiste en cancelación del proyecto “Paso de la Reina”; atenta vs los pueblos (Página3, 14 de marzo de 2014)

Con “marcha fúnebre” inicia Copudever toma simbólica de CFE en Jamiltepec (Diario Oaxaca, 14 de marzo de 2014)

Celebran en Oaxaca día en Defensa del Agua (NSS Oaxaca, 14 de marzo de 2014)

http://pasodelareina.org/

EDUCA: Galería de fotos y los videos: En Río Verde, Oaxaca, otra batalla por el agua (7 min.) y Presa Paso de la Reina ¿Desarrollo para Quien? (6 min.)


Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment on the part of CFE in El Limar

December 17, 2013

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Photo @SIPAZ

On 7 December, the United People in Defense of Electrical Energy (PUDEE) published a denunciation regarding harassment targeting members of this movement in El Limar, Tila municipality, on the part of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).  The members of PUDEE protest the high electricity prices which they receive–from 5,000 to 10,000 per month–and so refuse to pay.  The public denunciation notes that ‘THE FEDERAL ELECTRICITY COMMISSION (CFE) HAS PRESSURED US TO PAY THE HIGH PRICE OF ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION.  WHEN THERE ARE PROBLEMS OF SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY, THEY BLAME US.  THEY DO NOT ATTEND TO PROBLEMS OF SUPPLY OR CHANGE OUR THE FLAWED TRANSFORMERS; THEY OFFER BAD SERVICE.  ON 13 AUGUST 2013, PERSONNEL FROM THE CFE ARRIVED TO THE COMMUNITY TO INSTALL NEW MEASUREMENT DEVICES WITHOUT OUR CONSENT.  THEY ARRIVED SCARED, REQUESTED THE SUPPORT OF THE EJIDAL COMMISSIONER AND DESIRED THAT MUNICIPAL POLICE ACCOMPANY THEM IN THE COMMUNITY TO PERFORM THE INSTALLATION.  BUT THE AUTHORITIES ABSTAINED.  THEY HAVE CAUSED US TO PROTEST, WE WHO RESIST PAYING FOR ELECTRICITY.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia pública del PUDEE (7 de diciembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces “climate of violence” generated by the CFE in the zone below Tila (15 April 2013)

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment and electricity cut-off by CFE (24 March 2012)

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment by the CFE (25 February 2011)

 


Guerrero: Sympathizers of La Parota dam injure two CECOP members with machetes

November 12, 2013

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Photo @SIPAZ archive

On 12 October, members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) denounced that two of their comrades had been attacked by machete-wielding sympathizers of the hydroelectric project which the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) seeks to build on the Papagayo River in the rural region of Acapulco.  Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz, spokesperson for CECOP, attributed the attack to the division of the community which has been “provoked” by the CFE in this region for more than 10 years, when it began with its attempts to erect a hydroelectric dam on the Papagayo River.

During a ceremony for the Day of the Raza, as organized by the Union of Indigenous Located in Acapulco (UIRA) in the esplanade of City Hall, the CECOP spokesperson noted that the attack had taken place on 11 October at 9am at the home of both CECOP members in the Huamuchitos community.  Some days later, Suástegui Muñoz spoke to the health status of the victims, explaining that Rodrigo León Jacinto had improved and could communicate, while Isidro Saligán Guadalupe’s recovery is going more slowly, and it is hoped that he not lose his right eye.

For more information (in Spanish):

Simpatizantes de La Parota hieren a machetazos a dos miembros del Cecop (La Jornada de Guerrero, 13 de octubre de 2013)

Omite el MP tomar declaración a los heridos del Cecop, acusan (La Jornada de Guerrero, 15 de octubre de 2013)

La Parota, agreden a machetazos a dos opositores de proyecto hidroeléctrico (Asamblea Nacional de Afectados Ambientales, 12 de octubre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Governor Aguirre Rivero will not support construction of La Parota (27 August 2012)

Guerrero: Federal tribunal confirms end to La Parota dam project (20 July 2012)

Guerrero: CECOP will initiate a series of mobilizations demanding the definitive cancellation of the La Parota dam (3 April 2012)

Guerrero: denunciations and declarations of the CRAC and CECOP (12 March 2012)

 


Guerrero: CECOP announces case against CFE over damages caused by La Venta dam

October 25, 2013

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Photo @Willy Hernández, hijosdelamadretierra.blogspot.mx

Members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) will promote a collective legal case against the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) over the damages suffered by the peoples living at the margins of the Papagayo River, given that they do not believe these to have been caused by nature but rather due to the construction of the La Venta dam.  The community of Venta Vieja, in the rural zone of Acapulco, which resides near La Venta (operated by the CFE), was completely destroyed by tropical storm Manuel.

Residents of the region related that the storm and concomitant increase in water levels, which increased 40 meters beyond normal, devastated approximately a hundred homes, in addition to a primary school and the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús church.  CECOP believes that the CFE is responsible for the inundation of Venta Vieja and the disasters seen in at least 16 communities belonging to the Communal Goods of Cacahuatepec.  This zone suffered losses of paths and hundreds of gardens, given that the dam’s evacuation measures were not adopted in a timely fashion.  For this reason, the water level overflowed the dam, leading to the destruction seen downstream.

For more information (in Spanish):

Fotografias sobre la situación actual de la zona del CECOP-Guerrero 3 OCTUBRE 2013 (Hijos de la Madre Tierra, 3 de octubre de 2013)

Acuerda el Cecop recorrer comunidades para sumar gente a querella contra CFE (Jornada de Guerrero, 8 de octubre de 2013)

Anuncia Cecop demanda internacional contra la CFE por abrir las compuertas de la presa (La Jornada de Guerrero, 6 de octubre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Humanitarian crisis caused by tropical storm Manuel continues in the Mountain (5 October 2013)

Guerrero: The situation continues to be dramatic for storm victims in Guerrero (4 October 2013)

Guerrero: Deaths and victims of tropical storm Manuel (4 October 2013)


Oaxaca: COPUDEVER and EDUCA present report on “Paso de la Reina”

July 19, 2013

Río Verde @ pasodelareina.org

On 28 June in Oaxaca City, there was presented the report “Paso de la Reina” by the Council of Peoples United in Defense of the Río Verde (COPUDEVER) and Services for an Alternative Education A.C. (EDUCA). Ana María García Arreola, member of EDUCA, indicated that the report highlights the human-rights violations (particularly of indigenous people) which have occurred since the 2006 announcement of the planned construction of the “Paso de la Reina” dam, as advanced by the federal government and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).  García Arreola emphasized that communards were never consulted about the project, nor were ejidatarios and citizens who would be affected by its construction.  Cenobio Chávez Quiroz, from the community of Paso de la Reina, noted that fishing, agriculture, and the water system of Chacahua would be negatively affected by the dam; he indicated that the communities of the region continue steadfast in their resistance to the project.

For more information (in Spanish):

EDUCA: Pueblos de la Costa “firmes en su resistencia” contra el proyecto Paso de la Reina: Copudever (01/07/2013)

Noticias Oaxaca: Presenta Copudever informe de “Paso de la reina” (28/06/2013)

Página del COPUDEVER

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: COPUDEVER mobilizes in defense of the Río Verde (20 March 2011)

Chiapas: National Meeting of the Mexican Movement of those Affected by Dams in Defense of Rivers (20 March 2011)


Oaxaca: 3 days of blockade against high electricity prices in the Isthmus

June 24, 2013

Foto @ Página3

Photo @ Página3

For the third consecutive day, on 10 June, indigenous people from the Tehuantepec Isthmus maintained their blockades in front of the office of the Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE) in the city of Matías Romero and the community of Estación Sarabia, Guichicovi, to denounce the excessive prices charged for electricity.  The Union of Indigenous Communities of the Northern Zone of the Isthmus (UCIZONI) reported in a communique that the CFE had suspended services to users, arguing that they are blockading the entrance to their offices, “which is untrue.”  UCIZONI noted that workers of the firm have been carrying out “actions of harassment and threats to those participating in the protest.”  Reportedly, CFE personnel from Juchitán and state police have been taking photos and asking who is at the head of the mobilization.  Furthermore, on 10 June, in the community of Sarabia, CFE personnel threatened the Mixe indigenous person Karina Francisco that she would suffer reprisals if she continued to protest.

The protestors noted that they receive electricity receipts ranging from 600 to 2,500 pesos, while their homes lack all electrical devices.  The electricity users noted their displeasure in light of this situation which predominates throughout the region, given that prices are ever on the rise, while “the services provided by the CFE are terrible.”

 

UCIZONI has made an urgent call to organizations and peoples who participate in the National Network of Civil Resistance to carry out protest actions against the CFE abuses, given that dialogue has not stopped the arrests, the massive service cuts, or excessive prices.

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa (Ucizoni, 10 de junio de 2013)

Indígenas istmeños siguen en plantón para evitar que CFE les quite el dinero con que sobreviven (Página 3, 13 de junio de 2013)

Inicia UCIZONI plantón frente CFE en Oaxaca por altos cobros (La Jornada, 11 de junio de 2013)

Se unen indígenas istmeños para luchar contra la CFE ante altas tarifas (Página 3, 11 de junio de 2013)

Se manifiestan contra altas tarifas de la CFE en la zona norte del Istmo (Romo Noticias, junio de 2013)

Urgente negociar tarifas justas de energía eléctrica (Heraldo de Chiapas, 13 de mayo de 2013)

Acusan a CFE de perdonar millonaria deuda a la Pepsi (El Heraldo de Tabasco, 20 de mayo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: National Network of Civil Resistance to High Electricity Prices denounces failures of Governance (20 March 2013)

Chiapas: harassment and threats from the CFE directed at organizations resisting high-electricity prices denounced (5 March 2013)

National: Mobilizations at the national level against high electricity prices (12 February 2013)

Mexico: National day of protests against high electricity prices (4 April 2012)

 


Chiapas: PUDEE denounces “climate of violence” generated by the CFE in the zone below Tila

April 15, 2013

@ SIPAZ

On 7 April, the organization United Peoples in Defense of Electricity (PUDEE) released a communique denouncing the behavior of personnel from the parastatal Federal Electricity Commisison (CFE), following its cutting of electrical energy to several residents of the Emiliano Zapata community in the zone below Tila.  PUDEE indicated that, beyond cutting electricity, a CFE worker entered the land of a PUDEE member without permission, and when the property-owner attempted to block his entrance, the worker “raised his hand with the intent of beating him on the head.”  Before the CFE workers left, they warned the residents that “soon we will return to continue [with] mass-electricity cuts,” perhaps accompanied by the police, and they “threatened arrest-orders and the carrying out of electricity cuts in the neighboring community of Paso Chinal and the communities below Tila.”  In the denunciation, PUDEE expresses that “the ejidal and communal authorities are worried,” because the CFE is creating conflicts.  PUDEE found the leaders of the three levels of government responsible for whatever may follow, denouncing that “it is they who now are reactivating paramilitary groups and sowing terror, fabricating crimes and harassment, and administering threats of arrest-orders against the people.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia íntegra de PUDEE (07/04/2013)

Cuarto Poder: Pobladores se resisten a liquidar tarifa de CFE (10/04/2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment and electricity cut-off by CFE (24 March 2012)

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment by the CFE (25 February 2011)

 


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