Oaxaca: Residents of Juchitan win motion to suspend construction of wind-energy park

October 25, 2015

Conferencia de prensa @ Cencos

Press-conference @ Cencos

On 12 October, representatives from the indigenous Binni’zaa (Zapotec) community from Juchitán de Zaragoza reported that, due to the legal motion they had submitted against the construction and the operation of the megaproject advanced by the Southern Wind-Energy Corporation on their lands, a judicial order has been made to suspend all the authorizations, permits, approvals, licenses, and land-use changes awarded by local and federal officials. The demand for the motion had been presented by 1,166 Binni’zaa indigenous people, and the suspension was approved on 30 September 2015.

“We demand that all the authorities and firms involved in the Southern Wind-Energy project observe with the demand made by the judge to suspend this work, meanwhile we wish to denounce that as a consequence of this judicial resolution, harassment has increased against the people who had advanced the legal motion,” they indicated in a press-conference. Beyond this, they added that “there was no public consultation, given that last January the project had been approved by the Regulatory Commission on Energy and the Environmental and Natural Resources Ministry, but it was not until June of this year that the consultation was carried out. In any case, it was mere simulation.” Beyond this, it was recalled that the Southern Wind-Energy Firm belongs to the same groups of capitalists that in 2012 comprised the Mareña Renewables firm, against which the indigenous had won a different legal motion two years ago. But it has returned now with another name.

For more information (in Spanish):

Pueblo indígena detiene megaproyecto eólico en Istmo de Tehuantepec (Cencos, 13 de octubre de 2015)

Ordena juez frenar obras de megaproyecto eólico en Oaxaca (Proceso, 12 de octubre de 2015)

Logran amparo para evitar construcción de parque eólico en Juchitán (El Imparcial Oaxaca, 13 de octubre de 2015)

Análisis de la Manifestación de Impacto Ambiental y del Resolutivo del Proyecto “Eólica del Sur” (Unión de Científicos Comprometidos con la Sociedad, agosto de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Indigenous Zapotecos mobilize themselves over grave violations to right to consultation (11 September 2015)

Oaxaca: Beginning of consultation regarding wind-energy park in Juchitán (12 November 2014)

Oaxaca: Various denunciations in the Tehuantepec Isthmus from community assemblies organized against wind-farms in their territories (6 September 2014)


Oaxaca: Beginning of consultation regarding wind-energy park in Juchitán

November 12, 2014

Consulta en Juchitán (@Gobierno del estado de Oaxaca)

Consultation in Juchitán (@state-government of Oaxaca Oaxaca)

On 3 November, a consultative process was launched in Juchitán de Zaragoza in comformity with the stipulations of Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (ILO).  This process will involve five phases to allow for the population to accept or reject a proposed project for 132 wind-energy plants that would be installed on a territory of 5,332 hectares in their jurisdiction.  This project would be owned by the Wind-Energy Firm of the South (formerly Mareña Renovables).  This is the same project that was rejected by the Ikojts people in San Dionisio del Mar and the Binnizá from Álvaro Obregón, near Juchitán.

For the present, the form of the consultative process is being defined.  The question has unleashed a number of reactions regarding the validity of said mechanism between those who believe it be a genuine and historical process, being the first consultation that is carried out, while others feel it is mere pretense.

For more information (in Spanish):

Se inicia en Juchitán consulta pública sobre parque eólico (La Jornada, 4 de noviembre de 2014)

Inicia en Juchitán proceso de consulta previa sobre proyecto eólico (Radio Formula, 3 de noviembre de 2014)

Modifican procedimiento del Protocolo de consulta eólica (Romonoticias, 4 de noviembre de 2014)

Protocolo para la Consulta en Juchitán

El parque eólico juchiteco: participación y preguntas(Quadratin Oaxaca, 30 de octubre de 2014)

Bodas de plata del Convenio 169 de la OIT: lo bueno, lo malo y lo feo (El periódico, 26 de octubre de 2014)

La consulta previa y los malabares del gobierno (Animal Político, 16 de octubre de 2014)


Oaxaca: “We agree to organize ourselves at the regional level to resist wind-energy projects, mines, and other megaprojects”: CNI Isthmus

April 10, 2014

Foto @ APIITD

Photo @ APIITDTT

On 29 March there was held the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) in the community of Álvaro Obregón, Juchitán de Zaragoza municipality, where the primary theme for discussion was the organization of communities to resist wind-energy projects in the Tehuantepec Isthmus.  National and international organizations and persons from the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Veracruz, and Mexico City were received by the communal council, the council of the elderly, and the communal police of Álvaro Obregón, “who continue stronger than ever despite the constant harassment we have suffered in recent months at the hands of the municipal and state governments, as well as due to the leaders of the COCEI-PRD-PT and the PRI of Juchitán,” as the closing statement notes.

During the meeting there was a discussion of challenges and commitments: “New constitutional reforms are coming in terms of agrarian matters, and there will be other laws to prohibit protests and social mobilizations.  They threaten us, they imprison us, they repress us […].  We commit ourselves to struggle for the strengthening of our autonomy as indigenous peoples, campesinos, and mestiz@s […].  We commit ourselves to the struggle of our  grandfather, comrade Ta’ Pedro Martínez Guerra, a communard from Juchitán, to recover his lands which find themselves being invaded by the Fenosa Natural Gas firm.”

Participants also made reference to other projects they are resisting, such as “the invasion and extraction of minerals for construction on the mountain of Santa Cruz Igú, a sacred site, historical and communal, that is part of the communal goods of Juchitán, and we pronounce ourselves against the construction of the mining project in Ixtepec, which will have strong negative consequences in terms of health, environment, and the way of life our all our communities.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Pronunciamiento del Congreso Nacional Indígena CNI – Istmo (Asamblea de los Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo de Tehuantepec en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio – APIITDTT, 31 de marzo de 2014)

Rechazo a proyectos eólicos, tema central en congreso de comunidades del istmo (La Jornada, 29 de marzo de 2014)

El paso de la resistencia a la autonomía en el Istmo de Tehuantepec(Desinformémonos, 31 de marzo de 2014)

Nuevo ataque de las eólicas en Oaxaca (Desinformémonos, marzo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Members of the communal police of Álvaro Obregón detained (30 March 2014)

Oaxaca: Denunciation of new attacks in Álvaro Obregón and organizational call for National Indigenous Congress in the Isthmus Region (28 March 2014)

Oaxaca: Opponents to wind-energy parks threatened with death in the Isthmus (2 March 2014)

Oaxaca: Denunciation of harassment and death-threats against human-rights defenders in the Tehuantepec Isthmus (9 December 2013)


Oaxaca: New harassment and threats over construction of wind-energy park denounced

February 14, 2014

(@La Voz del Anahuac)

(@La Voz del Anahuac)

The Popular Assembly of the Juchiteco People (APPJ) has denounced that, on 9 February, a group of masked persons, some of them carrying handguns, impeded passage to several neighbors from Juchitán who were traveling to the parcel of land on which is located the Guela Be’ñe’ temple, where local indigenous persons often go to worship.  The masked persons were indicated as being construction workers from the Bii Hioxho wind-energy park, which pertains to the the multinational energy firm Fenosa Natural Gas.

In this way was denounced the work of topographical measurement being carried out on what are claimed as communal lands on which are being built the wind-energy park.

On 10 February, the APPJ indicated also that workers from Fenosa Natural Gas had threatened the members and spokespeople of their organization Mariano López Gómez and María Isabel Jiménez Salinas by phone.

Given all this, the APPJ demands the cancellation of the Bii Hioxho wind-energy park, punishment of the Fenosa Natural Gas and Constructoral firms (the latter being a Mexican company which is engaged in the construction works), and it holds the Oaxaca state government responsible for the death-threats and rights violations that the firms have been committing against the APPJ and the indigenous territory of Juchitán.

For more information (in Spanish):

APPJ: Gas Natural Fenosa se apropia de sitios de pesca de indígenas zapotecas y amenaza a defensores comunitarios (Kaos en la Red, 11 de febrero de 2014)

Rechazamos actos de intimidación hacia la APPJ (Código DH, 11 de febrero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: A year of resistance is celebrated in the Álvaro Obregón community (13 February 2014)

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: A year of resistance is celebrated in the Álvaro Obregón community

February 13, 2014

Mujeres de Gui’xhi’ ro’ @ Asamblea de los Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo de Tehuantepec en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio

Women of Gui’xhi’ ro’ @ Assembly of the Indigenous Peoples of the Tehuantepec Isthmus in Defense of Land and Territory

On 2 February in the Álvaro Obregón community, Juchitán de Zaragoza municipality (Tehuantepec Isthmus), there was celebrated one year of resistance against the wind-energy park in San Dionisio del Mar, given the strategic location of the community, which connect to the Barra de Santa Teresa, pertaining to San Dionisio.  As a result of the resistance movement, the proposed project has been cancelled, and moreover the residents of the community have decided to revoke official governmental representatives in favor of a Council of the Elderly and a Communal Police.

Due to the ultimatum sent by Jonathan Davis, president of the Administrative Council of Mareña Renewables, the state government of Oaxaca and the State, Ministerial, and Banking Police “were sent to violate the rights of indigenous and fishing communities of the Isthmus on 2 February 2013.  By invading this territory, they violated the judicial order to suspend the works in the Barra de Santa Teresa, as dictated by the seventh federal judge of Salina Cruz on 7 December 2012, according to the public communique written by the Assembly of the Indigenous Peoples of the Tehuantepec Isthmus in Defense of Land and Territory.  Meanwhile, Samuel Gurrión Matías, the federal PRI deputy and member of the Commission on Energy and Renewables, rejected the idea that the Mareña Renewables firm had indefinitely retired its investments in Oaxaca and noted that they are seeking other communities in the region in which to install themselves.  In this way, he declared that “what the State and Federal governments should do is to punish those who led the charge against these investments and indeed throw them in jail.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Celebración del Primer año de Resistencia de la Colonia Álvaro Obregón(Blog de la Asamblea de los Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo de Tehuantepec en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio, 1 de febrero de 2014)

Mareña Renovable no ha dicho que se va de Oaxaca: Gurrión (Página 3, 3 de febrero de 2014)

Álvaro Obregón y el gran dilema (Romo Noticias, enero de 2014)

1 año de resistencia, 1 año en Álvaro Obregón (Oaxaca Tres Punto Cero, 4 de febrero 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: 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: 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)