Chiapas: Peaceful march for the release of opponent to wind-energy park in Arriaga

Imagen @ Escrutinio Público

On 30 January close to a hundred residents of the Arriaga community, led by Heymán Vázquez Medina, a priest and director of the migrant home Place of Mercy, and members of non-governmental organizations like Pro-Migrant, marched to demand the release of the owner of the land known as El Brillante, César Octavio Blanco García.  On El Brillante are located nine of the sixteen wind-energy plants that were closed down on 14 January by ejidatarios who have been affected by the wind-energy park that is the property of the Dragón firm, a subsidiary of the Salinas Group.

Blanco García has been held in prison no. 13 in Tonalá since 22 January, accused of the crime of looting, after he and twenty others closed down the wind-energy park to protest the violation of contract and environmental damage suffered by ejidatarios and small property owners.

Heymán Vázquez requested that the state governor, Manuel Velasco Colleo, respect the state of right and that the authorities not act in the interests of the powerful.  During the rally at the end of the march, the priest said that Blanco García was no paratrooper but rather owner of land where new wind-energy plants have been installed to produce electricity, and that he was merely exercising his rights.  The priest also added that the Catholic church, social organizations, and the people of Arriaga demanded his immediate release, given that working people cannot be held behind bars.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de Heymán Vázquez Medina (30 de enero de 2013)

Exigen libertad de líder que se opuso a empresa eólica de Grupo Salinas en Arriaga (Blog Escrutinio Público, 30 de enero de 2013)

Exigen liberar a opositor a la empresa Dragón, en Chiapas (Milenio, 30 de enero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Displacement of campesinos who were protesting a wind-energy park in Arriaga (29 January 2013)

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