Oaxaca:Press Conference – IT’S NOT DEVELOPMENT, IT’S DISPOSSESION! Indigenous Peoples, Megaprojects and Criminalization


On the morning of December 13th, the Oaxacan Assembly in Defense of Land and Territory held a press conference in front of the former convent of Santo Domingo de Guzman, called IT’S NOT DEVELOPMENT, IT’S DISPOSSESSION! Indigenous People, Megaprojects and Criminalization in Oaxaca. The Assembly ruled against the installation of megaprojects in Oaxacan territory due to the “serious environmental, social and political consequences that this entails for the communities that live there.”

The press conference was attended by the Cambiemosla Ya collective, which brings together people from communities, civil organizations, movements, academics, and which seeks reforms of the Mining Law. Cambiemosla Ya already reported on the process carried out on December 10th and 11th in which in Regional Assemblies in the Zapotec communities of Santa Catarina Minas, Ocotlan and San Dionisio Ocotepec and Tlacolula, before more than 2,500 people, the No to Mining for a Future for All Front ratified its rejection of mining in its territories. In this vein, Cambiemosla Ya denounced that the deputies Azael Santiago Chepi, Angel Dominguez (el Andariego) and Yeidckol Polevnsky favor the interests of the Canadian company Fortuna Silver Mines.

On the other hand, it denounced the problems in the Tehuantepec Isthmus due to the claim of the government and private companies to carry out megaprojects in the territories of indigenous communities that have not been informed or consulted in this regard; They also denounced the constant violations of the rights of the defenders of their land and territory and the serious effects on the environment and the social fabric.

For more information in Spanish:

NO ES DESARROLLO, ES DESPOJO! Pueblos Indígenas, Megaproyectos y Criminalización en Oaxaca (EDUCA, 13 de diciembre de 2021)

Conferencia de prensa – NO ES DESARROLLO, ES DESPOJO! Pueblos Indígenas, Megaproyectos y Criminalización en Oaxaca (GPS Noticias, 13 de diciembre de 2021)

Misión de Observación de la Consulta Comunitaria de Valles Centrales de Oaxaca en torno a la minera Cuzcatlán (Cambiémosla Ya, 12 de diciembre de 2021)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: Zapotec Communities Hold Consultation on Mining Based on Uses and Customs; Total Rejection Ratified (December 14, 2021)

Oaxaca/Chiapas/National: Presidential Agreement Will Make Action of Armed Forces against Protests against Megaprojects Easier (December 3, 2021)

Oaxaca: It’s not Development, It’s Dispossession! (November 25, 2021)

Oaxaca: Rechazan consulta sobre expansión de la minería en Oaxaca (November 30, 2021)

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