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The Popular Assembly of the Juchiteco People (APPJ) denounced on 23 September that the Spanish firm Fenosa Natural Gas and the Constructoral S.A. de C.V. have threatened to displace the peaceful camp which had been installed in the highway to the municipal agency Playa Vicente, in opposition to the construction of the wind-energy park on communal lands.
An APPJ spokesperson said that a representative from the Spanish corporation and one from the construction firm attended the protest to attempt to convince participants to suspend the blockade, but when they received no response, they threatened to displace them by force the following Monday, 30 September.
In a communique, the APPJ demanded that the construction at the Bii Yoxho wind-energy park be suspended until the legality of the work be established. Similarly, it reported that the homes of residents of Playa Vicente still find themselves flooded by the rains which took place 15 days previously; no governmental authority has come to attend to the victims.
It should also mentioned that Fenosa Natural Gas has been accused of intimidation, harassment, death-threats, and murder of communal leaders in Guatemala.
For more information (in Spanish):
Eólicas amenazan con desalojar a opositores (Noticias Net, 29 de septiembre de 2013)
Comunicado de los habitantes de Playa Vicente ante las recientes amenazas de la empresa Gas Natural Fenosa (Chacatorex, 27 de septiembre de 2013)
Comunicado de prensa del centro de Justicia y Derechos Humanos Robert F. Kennedy que envia una carta al Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto por la ola de violencia a los Defensores y Defensoras de los DDHH en el estado de Oaxaca (Blog Tierra y Territorio, 1 de octubre de 2013)
El Grupo Gas Natural-Unión Fenosa atropella y asesina a dirigentes comunitarios en Guatemala (Red Betances, 3 de octubre de 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Oaxaca: “The Isthmus at the Crossroads” Seminar (20 August 2013)