Oaxaca: Camp on communal lands of Juchitán once again destroyed

February 5, 2014

Foto @ APPJ

Photo @ APPJ

The Popular Assembly of the Juchitán People (APPJ) has denounced that during the early morning of 28 January, “hitmen” from the Fenosa Natural Gas company burned down the resistance camp in opposition to the Bii Hioxho wind-energy park for the second time, located on the communal lands of Juchitán de Zaragoza in the Tehuantepec Isthmus.  According to the APPJ, these acts were performed “on the orders of Óscar Toral, Héctor Guillén, and Ricardo Morales,” all involved in the construction project.  The first attack took place on 15 October 2013.

In other news, the priest Alejandro Solalinde, a mediator among the APPJ, the Energy Ministry (Sener), Fenosa Natural Gas, and the Oaxaca state government, has warned that there could be a “bloodbath” resulting from the “aloofness” carried out by the firm and official authorities, given that the APPJ Zapotec indigenous people will defend their lands with their lives, given that even the state government representative, Javier Jiménez, has requested that agrarian conflict not be brought up in the negotiations.  Solalinde noted that Javier Jiménez, whom the APPJ does not recognize as a mediator, has a “conflict of interest” because he was an official under Ulises Ruiz, while he also “legalized the change in the status of communal lands to being private property, even though he had no jurisdiction to do so […].  Fenosa Gas has now called itself the owner of the land and with this has justified all that it has done, without consultation.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Incendian por segunda vez campamento de opositores a eólica en Juchitán, Oaxaca (La Jornada, 29 de enero de 2014)

AU Exigimos seguridad para la APPJ ante la quema de su campamento en Juchitán (Comité de Defensa Integral de Derechos Humanos Gobixha – Código DH, 29 de enero de 2014)

Nota y comunicado de la Asamblea Popular del Pueblo Juchiteco – APPJ(Kaos en la Red, 29 de enero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Closing off of communal paths and police operation over construction of wind-energy park (9 December 2013)

Oaxaca: The Popular Assembly of the Juchiteco People denounces attack on wind-energy camp (26 October 2013)

Oaxaca: New threats of displacement from Playa Vicente (25 October 2013)

Oaxaca: Death by gunfire of opponent to wind-energy projected promoted by multinational Fenosa Natural Gas (20 August 2013)

Oaxaca: “The Isthmus at the Crossroads” Seminar (20 August 2013)

Oaxaca: Attacks on those opposed to the wind-energy park in the Tehuantepec Isthmus (4 August 2013)

Oaxaca: judge concedes motion against wind-energy project in San Dionisio del Mar (21 December 2012)


Oaxaca: Closing off of communal paths and police operation over construction of wind-energy park

December 9, 2013

Entrada del parque eólico cercado con maya ciclónica. Foto @Tierra y Territorio

Entrance of the wind-energy park. Photo @Tierra y Territorio

Members of the Popular Assembly of the Juchiteco People (APPJ) have confirmed that the communal pathway used on 30 November during the annual pilgrimage carried out by the Guela Be’ñe’ chapel has been closed by the Constructoral firm, which is carrying out the construction of the Bii Hioxho wind-energy park on the orders of the energy multinational Fenosa Natural Gas.  During the pilgrimage taken on that day–always on communal lands–pilgrims were harassed by state police and the firm’s private security forces, according to a denunciation made by the Gobixha Committee for the Comprehensive Defense of Human Rights (Código DH).

“During the pilgrimage that crosses communal pathways from which could be seen the seashore, giant wind-energy towers belonging to the Bii Hioxho project are being built in a polygon of 2000 hectares of communal lands […].  This year, the Constructoral firm which is building Bii Hioxho for Fenosa Natural Gas did not allow the vehicles making up a pilgrimage to pass, […] and the pilgrims were surveilled by the private and state police,” notes the APPJ in the communique released for that occasion.

According to Código DH, the people and communities have a right to their identity, and to “manifest, development, and show their traditions, customs, and spiritual and religious ceremonies, and to protect their religious and cultural spaces,” as is stipulated in article 12 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and it demands “the cessation of harassment, criminalization, and legal accusations against communal defenders and the denial of governments to recognize indigenous lands and territories.  The residents of the Seventh Section of Juchitán have the right to maintain their customs, to say NO to the wind-energy park, and to travel freely through their communal lands.”

In the middle of December, there will be held a new annual pilgrimage to the chapel of Guuze Benda, another sacred place for the residents of Juchitán that is located on the communal lands which the APPJ denounces as having been usurped for the construction of the Bii Hioxho wind-energy park.

For more information (in Spanish):

Peregrinación de la Santa Cruz Guela Be’ñe’ (Estero Lagarto) un recorrido por nuestras tierras comunales Binnizá (Tierra y Territorio, 2 de diciembre de 2013)

APPJ en defensa de su identidad y costumbres (Código DH, 3 de diciembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: The Popular Assembly of the Juchiteco People denounces attack on wind-energy camp (26 October 2013)

Oaxaca: New threats of displacement from Playa Vicente (25 October 2013)

Oaxaca: Death by gunfire of opponent to wind-energy projected promoted by multinational Fenosa Natural Gas (20 August 2013)

Oaxaca: “The Isthmus at the Crossroads” Seminar (20 August 2013)

Oaxaca: Attacks on those opposed to the wind-energy park in the Tehuantepec Isthmus (4 August 2013)

Oaxaca: judge concedes motion against wind-energy project in San Dionisio del Mar (21 December 2012)


Oaxaca: The Popular Assembly of the Juchiteco People denounces attack on anti-wind energy camp

October 26, 2013

Daños en el campamento. Foto @APPJ

Damages at camp. Photo @APPJ

The Popular Assembly of the Juchiteco People (APPJ) has made public a communique denouncing the attack it suffered at the resistance camp which the organization had maintained since 25 February in Juchitán against the construction of the Bii Hioxho wind-energy park.

According to the communique, during the night of 15 October, some infrastructure and materials of the camp were burned.  Eye witnesses affirm that at this time a truck was circulating through the zone, being linked to other acts of harassment and violence perpetrated against opponents to the megaprojects being developed in the Tehauntepec Isthmus region.

Furthermore, the APPJ denounced the attacks and death-threats to which two sympathizers of the organization have been subjected by the multinational firm Fenosa Natural Gas, which is responsible for the development of the Bii Hioxho project.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado urgente APPJ: Gas Natural Fenosa y Constructoral incendian campamento de resistencia de la APPJ y en días pasados intimidan a integrantes de la Asamblea en Juchitán (Proyecto Ambulante, 16 de octubre de 2013)

Atacan campamento de la Asamblea Popular del Pueblo Juchiteco(Revolución tres punto cero, 16 de octubre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: New threats of displacement from Playa Vicente (25 October 2013)

Oaxaca: Death by gunfire of opponent to wind-energy projected promoted by multinational Fenosa Natural Gas (20 August 2013)

Oaxaca: “The Isthmus at the Crossroads” Seminar (20 August 2013)

Oaxaca: Attacks on those opposed to the wind-energy park in the Tehuantepec Isthmus (4 August 2013)


Oaxaca: Activists opposed to wind-energy denounce new attack from Fenosa Gas Natural

September 13, 2013

Parque eólico en el Istmo de Tehuantepec @ La Jornada

Wind-energy park in the Tehuantepec Isthmus @ La Jornada

On Sunday 25 August, members and sympathizers of the Popular Assembly of the Juchiteco People (APPJ) who were carrying out a survey of communal lands in Juchitán de Zaragoza to assess the damages caused by the construction of the Bii Hioxho wind-energy park in the area were attacked by firearms by a group of men identified as hitmen hired by the Fenosa Natural Gas corporation to protect the construction works.  During the incident, beyond opening fire, the armed group threatened the group members with death and took their photographs.  Sara López, one of the members of the assaulted group and a member of the APPJ, succeeded in repelling an attempted stabbing thanks to the rapid intervention of those who were accompanying her.

According to denunciations made by APPJ members, patrols of the State Police and the Auxiliary, Banking, Industrial, and Commercial Police (PABIC) joined the group of hitmen to pursue and attempt to capture those they had attacked.  After a period of high tensions, the observers luckily managed to retire from the region with no injuries or arrests.

Mariano López Gómez, member of the APPJ, accused the Spanish firm Fenosa Natural Gas of the violence that is gripping the region, and she requested that the construction works of the wind-energy park be suspended until it is clarified whether the lands on which the works are being performed are in fact communal.

In a communique regarding the acts, the APPJ demands an investigation of the acts and punishment for the aggressors.  Moreover, it holds the municipal, state, and federal governments and the corporation responsible for whatever could take place during the subsequent days to the members and sympathizers of the organization.

For more information (in Spanish):

Activistas de Oaxaca denuncian agresiones de empresa eólica (La Jornada, 25 de agosto de 2013)

Ante asedio anti eólicos se enfrentan con “sicarios” de Gas Natural Fenosa en el paraje “Chigueeze” (Realidades, 26 de agosto de 2013)

Comunicado urgente de la APPJ: Sicarios de la empresa Gas Natural Fenosa agreden a balazos a integrantes de la APPJ que realizaban un recorrido por tierras comunales (Tierra y Territorio, 26 de agosto de 2013)

Exigimos seguridad para integrantes de la APPJ ante nuevas agresiones (Código DH, 26 de agosto de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Death by gunfire of opponent to wind-energy park promoted by multinational Fenosa Natural Gas (20 August 2013)

Oaxaca: “The Isthmus at the Crossroads” Seminar (20 August 2013)

Oaxaca: Attacks on those opposed to the wind-energy park in the Tehuantepec Isthmus (4 August 2013)

Oaxaca: Denunciation of wave of attacks against journalists and activists (21 July 2013)

Oaxaca: Meeting of Peoples in Resistance for the Defense of Territory in the Tehuantepec Isthmus (17 May 2013)

Oaxaca: Confrontation over supposed “approval” of wind-energy park in San Dionisio del Mar (8 January 2013)

Oaxaca: judge concedes motion against wind-energy project in San Dionisio del Mar (21 December 2012)


Oaxaca: Death by gunfire of opponent to wind-energy project promoted by multinational Fenosa Natural Gas

August 20, 2013

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Photo @SIPAZ

Héctor Regalado Jiménez, opponent to the wind-energy projects and sympathizer of the Popular Assembly of the Juchiteco People (APPJ), died on 1 August in the city of Juchitán de Zaragoza as a consequence of the injuries he sustained due to the six gunshot wounds he received on 21 July.

According to a denunciation from the APPJ, Héctor Regalado and other members of the organization were fired upon by hitmen working for the multinational energy firm Fenosa Natural Gas, being accompanied also by units of the Auxiliary, Banking, Industrial, and Commercial Police (PABIC), a police institution that has been contracted by the firm to safeguard the construction work of the wind-energy park Bii Hioxho.

Weeks before the attack, persons identified as hired gunmen threatened Héctor Regalado with death and warned him that they would fire on the APPJ camp on the Playa Vicente access road, which is the location of the site where the multinational is building the Bii Hioxho wind-energy park.  Furthermore, days after being threatened with death, Héctor Regalado warned that representatives of the multinational had attempted to coopt him by offering him work, in exchange for his abandoning the APPJ campaign.On 24 February, indigenous residents and Binniza fisherfolk founded the APPJ in the fishing village near Juchitán de Zaragoza.  This organization asserts as its principal objective the struggle against the construction of megaprojects on their lands and territories.  As a first action, APPJ members blockaded an access road in Playa Vicente so as to impede the movement of workers and vehicles owned by Fenosa.  The residents denounce that the rented lands are of communal use, and that the contract signed between them was illegal.Since its founding, the APPJ has denounced the constant death-threats and attacks suffered by its members at the hands of the state police and private hitmen hired by the firm.The APPJ “holds the state government of Oaxaca and the State Attorney General’s Office responsible for the wave of death-threats and aggressions that we as members and sympathizers of the [APPJ] constantly suffer.”For more information (in Spanish):

Fallece opositor a proyecto eólico que fue baleado por sicarios de Gas Natural Fenosa (Kaos en la Red, 06 de agosto de 2013)

Comunicado Urgente: Sicarios de Gas Natural Fenosa asesinan a simpatizante de la Asamblea Popular del Pueblo Juchiteco (APIITDTT, 05 de agosto de 2013)

Muere simpatizante del movimiento en resistencia de la APPJ (Informativo, 02 de agosto de 2013)

Con sicarios se busca imponer proyecto eólico en Oaxaca, denuncian (Proceso, 22 de julio de 2013)

Comunicado urgente: Agreden a balazos a tres simpatizantes de la APPJ (APIITDTT, 22 de julio de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: “The Isthmus at the Crossroads” Seminar (20 August 2013)

Oaxaca: Attacks on those opposed to the wind-energy park in the Tehuantepec Isthmus (4 August 2013)

Oaxaca: Denunciation of wave of attacks against journalists and activists (21 July 2013)

Oaxaca: Meeting of Peoples in Resistance for the Defense of Territory in the Tehuantepec Isthmus (17 May 2013)

Oaxaca: Confrontation over supposed “approval” of wind-energy park in San Dionisio del Mar (8 January 2013)

Oaxaca: judge concedes motion against wind-energy project in San Dionisio del Mar (21 December 2012)