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)
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)