Guerrero: the State Government pressures to build the La Parota dam

March against the La Parota Dam (@International Rivers)

March against the La Parota Dam (@International Rivers)

In a statement, the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) reported the increased pressure exerted by the Guerrero state government for the project of the hydroelectric dam La Parota to be built in the basin of the Papagayo river. It mentions that “the State Government seeks at all costs to complete the project, on top of our rights as peasants, on top of our freedom, and including on top of our lives.”

The CECOP stated that many economic interests are at stake in this project and claimed that these are the source of reprisals, arrests, and assaults suffered by the members of the organization due to their opposition to the construction of the dam. However, they affirmed that “this does not deter them to keep fighting; instead, it gives them more strength and reasons to keep up with the social movement.”

They also denounced the attempted manipulation of the media by the state government so that “for the people who don’t live here we may look like we are criminals, when our greatest crime is to defend the land, the water, and the whole environment.”

The statement concluded: “We know it is worth fighting for our rights, and it is our duty as citizens to keep civil society informed of what is going on, for them to take their position, for them to check the information they have access to, for them to investigate. So that, fully knowing what is happening, they can speak out in favor of the environment and justice. Because that’s what we want: to respect the law and the right, but even more justice.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado urgente del CECOP (Mapder, 02 de junio de 2014)

El gobierno de Guerrero insiste en realizar proyecto hidroeléctrico “La Parota” (Sididh, 03 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

Guerrero: Several injured after attack on communal police of CECOP near Acapulco (April 23, 2014)

Guerrero: CRAC accepts 48 new communities from Acapulco (11 de marzo de 2014)

Guerrero: CECOP announces creation of Communal Police in Cacahuatepec communities (22 January 2014)

Guerrero: Sympathizers of the La Parota dam injure two CECOP members with machetes (12 November 2013)

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