Oaxaca: entry of Caravan of Solidarity impeded to San Dionisio del Mar

On 10 October, some 80 individuals blockade the path of the Caravan of Solidarity with the Resistance of the Ikjots People of San Dionisio del Mar, comprised of 13 vehicles and approximately 150 representatives of indigenous, social, and human-rights organizations, in support of indigenous persons who oppose a wind-energy park on their territory.  The members of the caravan related that “some 80 individuals, many of them drugged and drunk, were carrying sticks, rocks, barrels of gasoline, machetes, and even firearms, using these violently to impede the passage of the caravan.”  The members of the caravan affirmed that the saboteurs are linked with the PRI city hall and financed by the Mareña firm.  The PRI militants threw rocks at the activists, though no one was injured.  State police and Rodrigo Velásquez García, representative of the General Secretary of Governance, intervened and the PRI militants suspended the attack, but they continued to impede passage.  For this reason, members of the Caravan returned to Unión Hidalgo.

For more information (in Spanish):

Atacan priístas caravana de ONG en Oaxaca (La Jornada, 11 de octubre de 2012)

Impiden ingreso de caravana humanitaria a comunidad oaxaqueña (Proceso, 10 de octubre de 2012)

Comunicado de prensa de organizaciones civiles y sociales: Impiden con violencia ingreso de caravana humanitaria a San Dionisio del Mar, Oaxaca. (10 de octubre de 2012)

Ver video: Frustran priístas Caravana de Solidaridad (2 min.).

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Meeting for resistance in San Dionisio del Mar, and new threats (21 September 2012)

Oaxaca: Ikoots community denounces invasion by private firm and “rigged” assembly in San Dionisio del Mar; invitation to a Meeting for Resistance (19 September 2012)

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)

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