Oaxaca: San Dionisio del Mar marks four years in resistance against wind farm

February 9, 2016

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On January 29, the community of San Dionisio del Mar on the Tehuantepec Isthmus, Oaxaca, marked four years of resistance in its struggle against the installation of a wind farm on its territory. Pedro Orozco, member of the People’s Assembly of San Dionisio del Mar (Asamblea del Pueblo de San Dionisio del Mar – APSDM), stressed that they celebrated this day because they managed “to stop the wind farm at Mareñas. The achievement of this resistance was that public opinion could clearly see that it was not a political conflict between the PRI and PRD but that it was resistance against the pillage of territory; that we were an assembly of campesino fishermen citizens who were defending their lands. We managed to break the media siege.”

San Dionisio del Mar was the first indigenous community on the Tehuantepec Isthmus that achieved the suspension of the wind farm project. Orozco also mentioned that the wind farm companies on the Isthmus “advanced for a long time without any resistance, the people didn’t know about consultation – which should be prior – that’s why the companies could buy land rights.” The APSDM representative, Elmi Gallegos, recalled that four years ago the then municipal president Miguel Lopez Castellanos tried to cheat them by giving the use of the land over to the company Mareña Renovables. “Then the general assembly of communal landholders decided not to allow this deceit and we began a campaign of struggle which led us to investigate everything related to this kind of project to defend our territory.” He lamented the fact that the company Mareña Renovables had divided the community in San Dionisio. “There are families, relatives, godparents who are in conflict; in these three years the municipal authority hasn’t been designated, there is a tense calm in the municipality, but the majority is convinced that our struggle is just and is for our children.”

During the planning of the fourth anniversary of their struggle, they confirmed in their assembly that neither money, nor political pressure, nor corruption of the authorities will change them. “We don’t want a free, prior and informed consultation to which we are entitled, because we know that the businessmen will buy the people’s votes, so, no to wind farms, to mining and to consultation.”

For more information in Spanish:

“¡Sí! a mar y tierra; ¡no! a eólicas en Oaxaca” (Noticiasnet, 8 de febrero de 2016)

San Dionisio del Mar celebra 4 años de resistencia (Código DH, 1 de febreo de 2016)

San Dionisio del Mar, Oaxaca, festejará el triunfo contra parque eólico que afectaría a pescadores (Desinformémonos, 26 de enero de 2016)

Cumple San Dionisio del Mar 4 años en resistencia (Noticiasnet, 25 de enero de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ

Oaxaca: Pobladores de Juchitan ganan amparo para suspensión de obras de parque eólico (14 de ocutbre de 2015)

Oaxaca: Tercer aniversario del movimiento contra los proyectos eólicos en San Dionisio del Mar (30 de enero de 2015)

Oaxaca: Conflictos por elecciones extraordinarias en San Dionisio del Mar (19 de diciembre de 2014

 


Oaxaca: State meeting of communities and organizations in resistance to mining projects

February 6, 2016

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Authorities of the communities that attended the meeting @ SIPAZ

On January 29 and 30, representatives of 48 communities, 30 social organizations, two research centers, and three community radio stations took part in the State Encounter of Communities and Organizations against Mining (Encuentro Estatal de Comunidades y Organizaciones contra la Minería), in Cerro de Las Huertas community, in the municipality of Ejutla de Crespo. The meeting had the aim of generating a space for reflection at a state level on the advances and challenges of movements against mining, strengthening the resistance and defense of communities and organizations in Oaxaca, analyzing how to improve movements in struggle against mining projects, and the coordination of activists to confront foreign companies. In a statement agreed by the participants in the event, they demanded the cancellation of all mining projects in state by the state and federal governments. There are more than 400 mining concessions in the territory of Oaxaca, “none of which was subjected to consultation.” They recalled that apart from environmental violations and effects, the companies create internal conflicts in each location. The participants in the encounter showed the close relationship that exists between mining magnates and federal and state government representatives to strip the peoples and indigenous communities of their territories.

In their statement they emphasized that, “They are violating the people’s right to information as there are already mining concessions given by the government without the consent of our community assemblies. The mining companies violate our rights using a range of strategies and mechanisms to divide and confront communities, while on the other hand the federal and state governments make legislative and institutional changes to benefit the interests of the transnational companies, such as Fondo Minero, and these changes have as their aim taking territories away from the indigenous peoples and communities. At the same time, the work of defenders of territory is criminalized, they are persecuted, imprisoned, and in the worst of cases their lives are taken away.”

Those gathered called on communities, peoples and organizations to defend land and territory against “death projects” and declared July 22 of each year as “State Day of Resistance against Mining”.

For more information in Spanish:

Exigen cancelación de 400 concesiones mineras en Oaxaca (Desinformémonos, 2 de febrero de 2016)

La Minuta de EDUCA con audios del evento (EDUCA, 2 de febrero de 2016)

Comunidades y organizaciones exigen cancelar proyectos mineros en Oaxaca (La Jornada, 1 de febrero de 2016)

DECLARATORIA DE CERRO DE LAS HUERTAS EJUTLA DE CRESPO OAXACA (EDUCA, 30 de enero de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Encuentro Chiapaneco de afectadas y afectados por represas y minería (2 de febrero de 2016)

Oaxaca: Ejidos y comunidades de Valles Centrales declaran sus territorios libres de minería (4 de diciembre de 2015)

Oaxaca: En la Costa declaran el rechazo a proyectos hidroeléctricos y de minería (18 de noviembre de 2015)

Oaxaca: A 3 años del asesinato de Bernardo Vásquez, Fortuna Silver espera mayores ganancias (26 de marzo de 2015)

 


Chiapas: Meeting of those affected by dams and mining

February 4, 2016

On January 21 and 22, more than 70 delegates from 20 municipalities, representatives of 12 organizations, movements and parishes of the state met in Boca del Cielo, Tonala, Chiapas, at the seat of the Regional Autonomous Council of the Coastal Zone of Chiapas to share experiences in the “Chiapas Meeting of the Affected by Dams and Mines.” At the meeting, called by the Mexican Movement of the Affected by Dams and in Defense of Rivers (Movimiento Mexicano de Afectados por las Presas y en Defensa de los Ríos – MAPDER) and the Mexican Network of the Affected by Mining (Red Mexicana de Afectados por la Minería – REMA), they defined a strategy of common defense in the face of the multiplication of mining projects, dams and other infrastructure projects imposed in the state “without consulting the people.”

In the declaration that the participants produced, they voiced their analysis of the “grave situation that the country and the campesino communities, fishermen and indigenous of Chiapas are passing through due to the imposition of a development model and projects that threaten land and territory.” They denounced, “the advance of mining projects, with irreversible costs to the environment and the health of the people, imposed by cheating, buying out authorities, community division, among other tactics.” On another note, they condemned “the imposition of green capitalism which is reflected in wind farm projects, projects of Reduction of Emissions caused by Deforestation and Destruction of Forests (REDD) and payment for environmental services.” They assured the strengthening of “the organization and resistance proposing alternatives to the model of commercialization of life and corporate appropriation, despite the criminalization and persecution experienced by the defenders of land, territory and human rights” of the peoples, ejidos, organizations and movements who were present.

They called on the people to participate in a state-wide campaign in defense of water, against the privatization of water and dams, and for free rivers which will be held from March 14 to 22 under the banner “Rivers for life, not for companies.” They also invited people to “continue to create local and regional organization processes to confront the imposed projects, inform about the consequences of the model, protect land and territory, and defend all those forms of life which continue to give us sustenance and permanence on Mother Earth.” According to Otros Mundos A.C., “the role which violence plays is fundamental to understanding the imposition of mining projects and the control of territory.” In an interview, Gustavo Castro, a member of Otros Mundos, explained the complexity of extensive mining in Chiapas, saying that, “violence increases in the measure that communities decide to defend their territories […] movements in defense of territory not only have to confront the state or the companies, but they also have to deal with drug traffickers. It appears that we are in an armed dispute for territory.”  

For more information in Spanish:

Declaratoria del Encuentro Chiapaneco de Afectad@s por Represas y Minería (Otros Mundos Chiapas, 25 de enero de 2016)

Declaratoria del Encuentro Chiapaneco de Afectados y Afectadas por Represas y Minería (Centro de Medios Libres, 26 de enero de 2016)

“En minería, la utilidad pública es un título perverso porque esconde la utilidad privada” (Otros Mundos Chiapas, 27 de enero de 2016)

Declaratoria del Encuentro Chiapaneco de Afectad@s por Represas y Minería (MAPDER, 28 de enero de 2016)


Chiapas: Community of Faith pilgrimage to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of jTatic Samuel

January 30, 2016

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Foto @SIPAZ

On Monday, January 25th, some three thousand members of Community of Faith (Pueblo Creyente) of the diocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas held a pilgrimage to remember the struggle and path of jTatic Samuel Garcia, ex-bishop of Chiapas, who died five years ago. They reiterated their identity as Catholics and their defense of land, autonomy and social justice. In their pilgrimage they carried banners with texts rejecting structural reforms, the privatization of electricity, mining, dam building, the San Cristobal-Palenque motorway, and they recalled the disappearance of the 43 student teachers from Ayotzinapa.

Before mass, which was held outside the Cathedral of San Cristobal, some members of Community of Faith read out a letter sent to Pope Francis in which they asked him to join the project for life of the communities: “Above all we want to ask you that you continue to pray for us, for the State of Chiapas, that you do not abandon us as the indigenous people of Chiapas, that you do not tire of supporting the poor, that you continue to encourage and give hope to the community of faith, that you continue to denounce injustice, that you go forward, that you continue to drive and motivate us in the struggle for the poor, that you do not forget your indigenous brothers and sisters. We also ask that you engage in dialogue with the government so that it is aware and that it is capable of seeing the extreme poverty in which the people live and that it stops deceiving them.” Community of Faith and the priests of the diocese of San Cristobal preached and practiced the teachings that over 40 years Samuel Ruiz left, and for whom the point of evangelism was not just to announce the Gospel, “but to build a new community, a new community where we live in justice and peace.”

For more information:

Miles de indígenas integrantes del Pueblo Creyente, realizaron una peregrinación (Expreso Chiapas, 26 de enero de 2016)

Marchan en el V aniversario Luctuoso de jTatic Samuel (Prensa Libre Chiapas, 25 de enero de 2016)

VIDEO de la peregrinación (Koman Ilel, 25 de enero de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Pueblo Creyente de Simojovel sigue en defensa por la “vida, paz, justicia, libertad y democracia” (13 de noviembre de 2015)

Chiapas: Finaliza en Tuxtla Gutiérrez Peregrinación del Pueblo Creyente después de 4 días de recorrido (27 de marzo de 2015)

Chiapas: Peregrinación del Pueblo Creyente en el marco del cuarto aniversario luctuoso de Don Samuel Ruíz (26 de enero de 2015)

 


Chiapas: Roberto Paciencia reports lack of food and denial of visits

January 29, 2016

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Roberto Paciencia’s letter. Photo: @Kolektivo Zero

This January, Roberto Paciencia Cruz, unjustly imprisoned in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, has reported a scarcity of food as well as denial of visits. Through his first letter he reported that the accountant of the Center for Social Reinsertion (CERESO) No. 5 “has never cared about the welfare of the prison population, we lack our blessed foods, the meals which they gave us before have been progressively reduced.” According to Paciencia’s letter, the prisoners have protested this lack to the accountant, who has promised improvements that haven’t materialized. On the same note, “He says that if we complain, it could be worse in another center, as happened to Alejandro Diaz Santiz, who was transferred to another prison for simply telling the truth.” On another note, he made it known that a commander and a guard of the prison did not allow his visitors to enter. “They didn’t take into account the time, money and the efforts of my visitors. As poor indigenous people, you totally humiliate us”, he reported. He also demanded that his case be analyzed, that the government take note of the issue of the officials named and he invites independent organizations to continue to demand freedom for persons unjustly imprisoned.  

For more information in Spanish:

Denuncia Pública de Roberto Paciencia Cruz, preso injustamente en el CERESO No 5 (Radio Zapatista, 14 de enero de 2016)

Denuncia pública de Roberto Paciencia Cruz preso injustamente, tras haber sido negada la entrada al penal a sus visitas (Red contra la Represión y la Solidaridad, 25 de enero de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: 11 aniversario de la fundación de La Voz del Amate (13 de enero de 2015)

Chiapas: Preso de San Cristóbal, Roberto Paciencia, denuncia que le fabricaron su delito (28 de agosto de 2015)

 


Chiapas: “Armed group of CIOAC-H attacked” community in the municipality of Las Margaritas

January 29, 2016

 

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@Periódico Enfoque

On January 15, members of the Historical Independent Center of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos (CIOAC-H), led by Andulio Hernandez Hernandez, son of the leader of CIOAC-H, Luis Hernandez Cruz, entered the November 20 ejido in the municipality of Las Margaritas. According to sources, “The events occurred due to the non-fulfillment of agreements by a minority group of women from CIOAC-H, who refused to carry out health-related activities, included in the ‘Prospera’ program of SEDESOL, resulting in the application of a sanction used in the community as practices and customs.” The residents of the ejido specified that, “some hundred members of CIOAC-H from the village of Justo Sierra entered on November 20 in Toyota trucks with firearms […] They fired their weapons in the attack and Aquiles Jiminez Luna was shot down.” Ten other people were injured, seven of them seriously, who had to be transferred to the public hospital in Altimirano, a neighboring municipality of Las Margaritas. Another of the wounded died on Saturday as a result of the violent incidents.

It is noteworthy that for a number of decades CIOAC-H was a campesino organization that fought for the rights of this sector. Now the organization “has split, and it violently disputes transport rights and social programs with other social groups.” The National Committee of the Independent Center of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos Jose Dolores Lopez Dominguez (CIOAC-JDLD) condemned the actions and demanded in its statement “respect for the agreements, for practices and customs, we reject any intervention by violent groups and murdering leaders in the communities and ‘ejidos’ of the state of Chiapas and the country in general.” Finally, members of CIOAC asked the authorities for the immediate installation of a dialogue table to deeply revise and solve the persistent problems in a number of communities, as is the case in the November 20 ejido.

For more information in Spanish:

Responsabilizan a CIOAC por los hechos violentos en Las Margaritas (Péndulo de Chiapas, 20 de enero de 2016)

Condena CIOAC-JDLD irrupción de grupo armado en Chiapas (Chiapas sin censura, 17 de enero de 2016)

Se enfrentan militantes del EZLN y la Cioac-H, un muerto (Oro Negro, 17 de enero de 2016)

Grupo armado de la Cioac ataca comunidad en Chiapas (Chiapas Paralelo, 15 de enero de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ

Chiapas: Desplazados del Poblado Primero de Agosto denunciaron escalamiento de hostigamiento, amenazas de muerte y desalojo (7 de enero de 2016)

Chiapas: Denuncian hostigamiento militar a la JBG zapatista de La Realidad (13 de marzo de 2015)

Chiapas: Agresión contra Bases de Apoyo del EZLN deja un muerto y 15 heridos zapatistas (6 de mayo de 2014)


Chiapas/National: Xochicuautla community condemns highway project and expresses its solidarity with the indigenous peoples of Chiapas who face eviction

January 24, 2016

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@Resistencia indígena otomí (Miguel Ángel Xenón)

On February 12 at a press conference at the offices of Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC, better known as Frayba), authorities of the Otomí-Ňätho indigenous community of San Francisco Xochicuautla, located in Mexico State, and members of the Indigenous Peoples’ Front in Defense of Mother Earth condemned the “illegal imposition  of the Toluca-Naucalpan highway project by Enrique Peña Nieto and the Higga Group.” They stated that the project would destroy 3,900,000 square meters of Bosque Sagrado. Xochicuautla community, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation and part of the National Indigenous Congress, also condemned the constant aggression suffered by the community “from the State: political prisoners, persecution, attacks, death threats, military encircling of the community and the continuation of works in spite of the protection orders that oblige the company to stop.”

They also expressed their solidarity with various struggles in defense of land and territory in Chiapas. They condemned “the murders of indigenous Tsotsisl and Tseltals in Bachajon”, in Chilon municipality, “with the objective of imposing a tourist complex” at Agua Azul waterfalls. Moreover, they demanded the immediate release of Santiago Moreno Pérez, Emilio Jiménez Gómez y Esteban Gómez Jiménez from San Sebastián Bachajón, “political prisoners” and adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle. They recalled that San Isidro Los Laureles community, in Venustiano Carranza municipality, that decided to reclaim some 165 hectares of their land “as is their right, in accordance with that stipulated” under Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries of the International Labour Organization.The greeted Las Abejas de Acteal,  were recently victims of an ambush against three of its members in San Joaquin community, Pantelhó municipality, on December 29, 2015, and the attack resulted in the murder of Manuel López Pérez. “The thirst for justice of our people is a channel that waters and keeps our hearts moist”, they added. Finally, they acknowledged “the efforts for autonomy” of “our sisters and brothers in Tila”, who in their search for freedom had decided on the autonomy of their ejido and “their right to govern themselves.”

They called on “indigenous and campesino communities, students, teachers, feminist organizations, and in general, the collectives of Mexico and the world to declare themselves against the ecocide in San Francisco Xochicuautla.

 For more information in Spanish:

Comunidad de Xochicuatla se solidariza con pueblos indígenas de Chiapas que enfrentan despojo (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 13 de enero de 2016)

Exigen indígenas suspender autopista Naucalpan-Toluca (La Jornada, 13 de enero de 2016)

Xochicuautla, en solidaridad con los pueblos indígenas de Chiapas (Desinformémonos, 14 de enero de 2016)

Xochicuautla, pronunciamiento por la memoria, verdad y territorio (Ke Huelga Radio, 13 de enero de 2016)

Comunidad de Xochicuautla denuncia proyecto carretero y se solidariza con las luchas en Chiapas (Radio Zapatista, 13 de enero de 2016)

 

 


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