Oaxaca: Magdalena Teitipac on alert in light of new mining threat

Asamblea en Magdalena Teitipac (@La Jornada)

Assembly in Magdalena Teitipac (@La Jornada)

The Oaxacan Collective in Defense of Territory has denounced the notification released by Vicente Jesús Aranda Vásquez, from the Secretary of Tourism and Economic Development, to the municipal authorities of Magdalena Teitipac which announces the visit to the community of the General Direction on Mining Regulation to verify the relative observance of the 2012 report on mineral exploration and exploitation.  In response to this notification, municipal and communal authorities cited the previous communal decision in assembly to expel the mining company Plata Real and to prohibit all exploratory and exploitative work with regard to the natural resources of the municipality.

Following these events, on 28 November, Guillermo Espinoza Aranda, Subsecretary for Development and Economic Growth, called the mayor of Magdalena Teitipac on two occasions, toward the end of pressuring him to receive the delegation of the General Direction on Mining Regulation, threatening that “in any case we will arrive to do our work tomorrow, even if you do not wish us to do so.”

In light of this situation, the community holds the state government responsible for whatever violent confrontation that may result from the announced and undesired visit, indicating the rights to self-determination and free, prior, and informed consent are not being respected, as stipulated in national and international law.

For more information (in Spanish):

Responsabilizamos al gobierno de Oaxaca por cualquier acto de violencia que pueda suscitarse en la comunidad indígena de Magdalena Teitipac, Oaxaca (Colectivo Oaxaqueño en Defensa de los Territorios, 28 de noviembre de 2013)

Minería amenaza de nuevo a la comunidad de Magdalena Teitipac en Oaxaca (Sididh, 29 de noviembre de 2013)

Alertan de posible brote de violencia en Magdalena Teitipac, Oaxaca (Radio Fórmula, 29 de noviembre de 2013)

Gobierno de Cué presiona, amedentra y amenaza a las autoridades de Magdalena Teitipac (Diario Oaxaca, 29 de noviembre de 2013)

Acción Urgente Magdalena Teitipac. Responsabilizamos al gobierno de Oaxaca (Educa, 29 de noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Plata Real mining company retires its machinery from the Zapotec community of Magdalena Teitipac (10 August 2013)

Oaxaca: Zapotecos expel Canadian mine from Magdalena Teitipac (5 March 2013)

Oaxaca: Canadian and U.S. trade unionists demands laws and sanctions against mining firms (26 February 2013)

Oaxaca: Close of meeting “Yes to Life, No to Mining” with declaration (24 January 2013)

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