Oaxaca: Protests continue in the Tehuantepec Isthmus

Photo @ Diario Marca

On 30 October, members of different non-governmental organizations from the Tehuantepec Isthmus, state of Oaxaca, blocked the La Venta-Unión Hidalgo highway at the entrance to the “Piedra Larga” wind-park being built by the Spanish firm Demex, so as to protest “the looting and [human-rights violations]” of the people “due to the imposition” of wind-energy parks without adequate information, and lacking the obligation to carry out previous, free, and informed consultations to the indigenous possessors of the land, declared the protestors.  The blockade occurred during the visit of the Mexican president, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, who inaugurated a wind-energy park that was built by the Bimbo transnational corporation.

Members of the Assembly of Peoples of the Isthmus in Defense of Land and Territory (APIIDTT) in San Dionisio and San Mateo del Mar, as well as from the Union of Indigenous Communities of the Northern Zone of the Isthmus (Ucizoni), protested at the site where state police, together with units from the presidential guard, impeded their passage to the public act.  The more than 100 protestors, hailing from places like San Dionisio, San Mateo, and San Francisco del Mar, Huamúchil, Santa María Xadani, Juchitán, Salina Cruz and Unión Hidalgo, held their positions for five hours.

Karina Martínez, member of Ucizoni, affirmed that the wind-energy park in San Dionisio del Mar would signify ethnocide, because it would affect “more than 5,000 families of Zapotec and Ikoots fisherpeople.”

Beyond this, the Mexican Alliance for the Self-Determination of Peoples reported that on 31 October it would hold interviews in Holland with directors of the Dutch pension fund PPGM, so as to inform them of the protests of the Ikjoots indigenous peoples of San Dionisio del Mar in light of the construction of a wind-energy park in Santa Teresa, as is being built by the Spanish firm PRENEAL Mareña Renewables, which is being financed in part by this fund.  And Ucizoni reports that it has sent a request to the Mexican representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (BID) for a work-meeting on 7 November regarding the wind-energy park of San Dionisio del Mar, which the BID is approving on credit.

In other news, the APIIDTT denounced that on 1 November members of the state police of Oaxaca displaced the sit-in in which had been participating 60 communards and ejidatarios from the municipal agency of Álvaro Obregón, Juchitán municipality, which for 15 days had sought to impede that Mareña Renewables construct the wind-park in Santa Teresa.

Similarly, Rodrígo Flores Peñaloza from APIIDTT reported that on said day a commission of communards, ejidatarios, and fisherfolk from the aforementioned indigenous community, accompanied by members of international and state human-rights organizations, including Sara Méndez de Código de Derechos Humanos (CodigoDH) y members of Peace Brigades International (PBI), carried out a protest in Alvaro Obregón in the place where Mareña Renewables would like to begin its investment.  There they encountered eight workers who were planning to plan the work of engineering and clearing of the area.

For more information (in Spanish):

La Asamblea de Pueblos del Itsmo denuncia la incursión de la policía estatal para abrir paso a las empresas eólicas (Enlace Zapatista, 4 de noviembre de 2012)

Acusan comuneros del Istmo desalojo de plantón contra parque eólico (La Jornada, 1 de noviembre de 2012)

Protestan por el despojo de tierras (La Jornada, 31 de octubre de 2012)

Protestan indígenas en el Istmo de Tehuantepec contra parques eólicos (La Jornada, 30 de octubre de 2012)

Protestan por parques eólicos en Istmo (Nss Oaxaca, 30 de octubre de 2012)

Bloquean ONG´s parque eólico Piedra Larga en Unión Hidalgo (Diario Marca, 30 de octubre de 2012)

Anuncian protestas en el DF y Holanda contra patrocinadores de parque eólico (La Jornada, 12 de octubre de 2012)

Audio-Video:

Mujeres Ikotjs contra Megaproyecto Eólico (Youtube, 30 de octubre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Threats from shock-groups in San Dionisio del Mar; alternative plan for wind-energy in the Tehuantepec Isthmus (26 October 2012)

Oaxaca: entry of Caravan of Solidarity impeded to San Dionisio del Mar (15 October 2012)

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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