National: XI National Meeting of the Mexican Movement of Those Affected by Dams and in Defense of Rivers (MAPDER) in Olintla, Puebla

September 15, 2014

Marcha en Olintla, Puebla (@Boca de Polen)

From 29 to 31 August, the XI National Meeting of the Mexican Movement of Those Affected by Dams and in Defense of Rivers (MAPDER) took place in Olintla municipality, Puebla, with the participation of more than 600 persons pertaining to 80 organizations hailing from the states of Puebla, Chiapas, Tabasco, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Mexico City, Mexico State, and Coahuila, as well as other countries.  At the event, participants share their experiences, struggles, and dreams.

In the final Declaration, conference-participants denounced that, “since the [time of the] approval of the structural reforms promoted by the government of Enrique Peña Nieto, […] we have confronted a meticulous and systematic dismantling of all the legal mechanisms used by the people in defense of their lands.  The right to consultation, communal property in land, free municipalities, the–already weak–environmental regulations: all of this has been weakened so as to open the door to investment in megaprojects.”  They warned that “to close the pincer-grasp of the counter-reforms that have battered the country for three decades, the government of Peña Nieto is preparing to place the cherry on the cake with the announced agrarian reform, which seeks to consolidate the plan to plunder campesino lands begun in 1992 by Carlos Salinas de Gortari. Amidst this latest attempt to attack our rights, they have said that they come for our lands and territories.  We tell them: ‘Here we await you.  You will not pass!'”

Conference-goers also indicated that the government “employs all power in the security forces and military to repress communal defenders and to demobilize struggle by criminalizing social protest […].  The murder of Noé Vázquez, the illegal arrest of our comrade in struggle Marco Antonio Suástegui (CECOP), [and] the imposition of arrest-orders against dozens of MAPDER members are demonstrations of the war strategy to loot our peoples.”

They closed by stressing that “we will continue to advance our own communal ways of life, and we struggle for an alternative energy project in Mexico and Latin America.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Declaración de Olintla y Acuerdos del XI Encuentro Nacional del MAPDER(MAPDER, 31 de agosto de 2014)

El rechazo a reformas, entre las demandas del Mapder (La Jornada de Oriente, 3 de septiembre de 2014)

Audio de Boca de Polen: http://bocadepolen.org/web/?p=12994

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: Murder of MAPDER member in Veracruz (20 August 2013)

National: IX National Intercultural Meeting of MAPDER in Presidio de los Reyes (15 October 2013)

Chiapas: Regional Forum in Defense of the Land, the Territory and Natural Resources held in Ejido Costa Rica, frontier municipality of Comalapa (9 March 2011)

Chiapas: pilgrimage against “death projects” (3 December 2010)

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Mexico: Murder of MAPDER member in Veracruz

August 20, 2013

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One of the organizers of the X Anniversary of the National Meeting of the Mexican Movement of those Affected by Dams and in Defense of Rivers (MAPDER), which began on 2 August, was murdered by stoning in the municipality of Amatlán de los Reyes, Veracruz.

The communal defender Noe Vázquez Ortiz, 30 years of age, had been a member of the Collective in Defense of Green Nature Forever and a member of MAPDER.  He was murdered while he was preparing the ceremony to begin the meeting.

Once knowledge of the murder had spread, a contingent of units from the Secretary for Public Security (SSP) encircled the municipal head of Amatlán de los Reyes, and police arrived to the place where the tenth meeting occurred.  The conference was not cancelled, but instead held and dedicated to the memory of Noé Vázquez.

For more information (in Spanish):

Sepelio de ecologista lapidado en Veracruz; amenazan a otros, La jornada, 4 de agosto de 2013

Homicidio de Noé Vázquez, parte de una campaña de intimidación hacia activistas, La Jornada en Veracruz, 4 de agosto de 2013

ASESINAN A INTEGRANTE DEL MAPDER DURANTE EL FESTEJO DEL X ANIVERSARIO, Mapder, 3 de Agosto 2013

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: IX National Intercultural Meeting of MAPDER in Presidio de los Reyes (15 October 2013)

Chiapas: Regional Forum in Defense of the Land, the Territory and Natural Resources held in Ejido Costa Rica, frontier municipality of Comalapa (9 March 2011)

Chiapas: pilgrimage against “death projects” (3 December 2010)


Chiapas: the International Day against Dams is celebrated

March 24, 2012

San Cristóbal de Las Casas @ SIPAZ

On 14 March was celebrated the Internatinal Day of Action against Dams and for Rivers, Water, and Life in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, to reiterate the “total rejection of hydroelectric dams in the state of Chiapas and throughout the country,” as expressed the organizing groups MAPDER Chiapas, Otros Mundos Chiapas, and Friends of the Earth.  “It is now known that this type of infrastructure is not sustainable environmentally, economically, or socially, and that it generates grand profits for a handful of people, destroying rivers, harming the majority of us, and directly affecting indigenous and campesino communities who have their human rights violated with the imposition of these projects,” indicates MAPDER’s communiqué.

“In the present case of our state, we demand the definitive cancellation of the 5 dam projects that the Federal Electricity Commission has planned for the rivers Usumacinta, Boca del Cerro, Tenosique, Tabasco, and the other four on the Guatamela-Mexico border,” as was read during the day by MAPDER Chiapas, as supported by the organization Otros Mundos Chiapas.  Continuing, they noted that “We express at the same time our total rejection of the planned dam Chicoasén II that is planned for the Grijalva river.  This waterway is already an example of one that has been destroyed by large dams, so the new project will only bring with it more environmental degradation to the region, displacing people who were previously affected by Chicoasen I.”

Other organizations at the event read their communiqués, including some members of Las Abejas of Acteal, who expressed that “The Guardians of Mother Earth, who are we of Las Abejas say: the land, water, energy, rivers, the lakes that Western people know as natural resources, which we call Mother Earth, are not for sale, because these are not commodities.  For this reason they cannot be used as we would desire, as they are not objects or products for profit-making, though rich Western people see them in this way.  In the earth they see riches and for this reason they exploit it to make wealth.”

For more information (in Spanish):

14 de marzo en San Cristóbal de Las Casas: Día Mundial contra las Represas (Otros Mundos Chiapas, 14 de marzo de 2012)

Comunicado Las Abejas 14 de marzo de 2012 (Blog Las Abejas de Acteal, 14 de marzo de 2012)

Exige el Mapder la cancelación de proyectos de presas (Cencos, 15 de marzo de 2012)

Página Web de MAPDER

Día Internacional de Acción Contra las Represas (Proyecto Ambulante, 10 de marzo de 2012)

Día internacional de lucha contra las presas, por los ríos, el agua y la vida (Pozol Colectivo, 13 de marzo de 2012)

Hoy: día de la lucha contra las presas, por los ríos, el agua y la vida(Centro ProDH, 14 de marzo de 2012)

Actividades del Movimiento Mexicano de Afectados por las Presas y en Defensa de los Ríos (Mapder) por el 14 de marzo, con motivo del Día internacional de lucha contra las presas, por los ríos, el agua y la vida(Zapateando, 12 de marzo de 2012)

Convocatoria a marcha – caminata Por la Libertad, la Justicia y el Desarrollo 140312-1 (Movimiento Campesino Regional Independiente-MOCRI CNPA MN)

Audio and video:

14 de marzo, el Mapder en lucha… (Koman Ilel, 14 de marzo de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Testimony of COPUDEVER shared in Costa Rica (7 October 2011)

VI Mesoamerican Forum of the Latin America Network against dams in Pacuaré, Costa Rica, 27 September 2011

Oaxaca: COPUDEVER mobilizes in defense of the Río Verde (20 March 2011)

Chiapas: National Meeting of the Mexican Movement of those Affected by Dams in Defense of Rivers (20 March 2011)


VI Mesoamerican Forum of the Latin American Network against Dams in Pacuaré, Costa Rica

September 27, 2011

From 22 to 25 September, those affected by dams, river pollution, and other Mesoamerican megaprojects will meet in the communities of the Pacuaré River in Costa Rica to celebrate the VI Forum of the Latin American Network against Dams and for Rivers, their Communities, and Water (REDLAR).  A 19 September press-bulletin from the Mexican Movement of the Affected by Dams and in Defense of Rivers (MAPDER) mentions that “the Mesoamerican Forum is a meeting to exchange experiences, information, solidarity, caring, and hope among peoples separated by borders bu united by ideals, struggle, and the defense and promotion of our rights.”  To arrive at the meeting there left a caravan from the city of Tapachula in Chiapas on 19 September, which is to pass through El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, with the goal of promoting interchange of experiences among communities in resistance.  The bulletin continues: “Representing the Mexican delegation, we participate in struggle and organizations that oppose the contruction of the following dams in the country: Paso de la Reina in Oaxaca, La Parota in Guerrero, El Zapotillo and La Yesca in Jalisco, Las Cruces in Nayarit, Itzantún and Chinín in Chiapas, Pantanos de Zentla and those affected by flooding in Tabasco, in addition to more than 112 dam projectsin the state of Veracruz.”

For more information (in Spanish):

boletín de prensa (MAPDER, 19 September)

Afectadas y afectados por la construcción de presas recorren Centroamérica para reunirse en el VI Foro Mesoamericano de la Red Latinoamericana contra de las Represas REDLAR en Pacuare, Costa Rica. (Paso de la Reina, 19 September)

Mesoamérica se reúne en Pacuare: VI Encuentro en Defensa de los Ríos y las Comunidades (MAPDER; 14 September)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: COPUDEVER mobilizes in defense of the Río Verde (20 March 2011)

Chiapas: National Meeting of the Mexican Movement of those Affected by Dams in Defense of Rivers (20 March 2011)

Oaxaca: Assembly cancels the authorization given to the CFE in project “Paso de la Reina” (31 July 2009)


Chiapas: National Meeting of the Mexican Movement of those Affected by Dams in Defense of Rivers (MAPDER)

March 20, 2011


From 10 to 13 March was held the 8th National Meeting of the Mexican Movement of those Affected by Dams in Defense of Rivers (MAPDER) in the municipality of Huitiupán, in northern Chiapas.  Attending the meeting were 441 indigenous delegates from a dozen Mexican states as well as representatives of organizations from Guatemala that also struggle against the construction of dams in their country.  The meeting concluded with a march of more than 500 people in the settlement of Simojovel, a municipality that neighbors Huitiupán.

The meeting’s final declaration reports that the residents of more than 30 communities and of the town of Huitiupán have declared themselves to be in civil resistance until the project of constructing two hydroelectric dams  in the municipalities of Itzantún and Chinín be cancelled; these are projects that they claim the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) plans to re-initiate after 26 years.  They also denounced that, if these projects were to be permitted, some 11,800 hectares would be lost, with the residents of between 30 and 35 indigenous communities subsequently losing their lands.  The plan would also affect dozens of communities from six neighboring municipalities that benefit from the Santa Catarina River.

The assembled also rejected the construction of the Tenosique dam (Boca del Cerro) in Tabasco, all those planned to be constructed on the Usumacinta River, in addition to La Parota in Guerrero, Paso de la Reina in Oaxaca, and Las Cruces in Nayarit.  They also requested reparations for those affected by projects in Jalisco, Nayarit, Oaxaca, and Sinaloa.

For more information (in Spanish):

Anuncian ONG resistencia civil contra embalses, (La Jornada, 14 March 2011)

Exigen cancelar proyecto a CFE (Cuarto-Poder, 14 March 2011)

14 de marzo, Guadalajara se suma a día internacional contra represas, (Milenio, 14 March 2011)

No más presas hidroeléctricas en Chiapas: Comunidades de la zona Norte, (Chacatorex, 12 March 2011)

Seguirán rechazando a la represa Itzantún, (Cuarto-Poder, 1 March 2011)

Exigen cancelar obras hidroeléctricas (Proceso, 14 March)

DECLARACIÓN DE HUITIUPÁN: Aprobada en el VIII Encuentro del Movimiento Mexicano de Afectados por las Presas y en Defensa de los Ríos (MAPDER) (14 March 2011)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):


Oaxaca: “Rivers for Life, Not Death”

February 10, 2010

The VII Meeting of the Mexican Movement of Those Affected by Dams and in Defense of Rivers (MAPDER, Movimiento de Afectados por las Presas y Represas en México y en Defensa de los Ríos) took place Paso de la Reina in the municipality of Jamiltepec, Oaxaca between February 5 and 7. The final declaration of the meeting celebrated the temporary suspension of the construction of the Arcediano and La Parota dams and reaffirmed their opposition to the project known as the “Paso de la Reina Multiple Uses Hydraulic Exploitation” in Oaxaca, “El Zapatillo” in Jalisco and the Manzanillo Liquid Natural Gas Terminal at the lagoon in Cuyutlan, Colima. The organization denounced the construction of dams which has always signified the “historic and systematic divestment of natural resource, traditions and the ways of life of indigenous, campesino communities and original peoples of the country,” in addition to the social and environmental damages incurred by such construction that cannot be compensated for.

The declaration emphasized the organization’s rejection of the “process of privatization of water, energy and land; the criminalization and harassment of social movements in defense of territory; the imposition of high tariffs on the electricity consumption of rural communities throughout the country; the financing and interference of the World Bank that promotes such supposed development models,” and demanded the “definitive cancelation” of those projects that have been suspended. The document concludes with a call for “food and energy sovereignty from the people and for the people.”

For More Information:

Declaration of the VII Meeting of the Mexican Movement of Those Affected by Dams and in Defense of Rivers (in Spanish)


Oaxaca: The Gathering of Our Voices of Struggle and Resistance

November 24, 2008

On Novermber 15 and 16, 2008, SIPAZ attended a gathering titled “Our Voices of Struggle and Resistance” at the Ecological Center in Juchitán de Zaragoza located in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca. The 200 participants included various organizations such as the the Tepeyac Human Rights Center of the Isthmus of Tehuantpec, the June 14 Educator and Popular Collective, the Assembly for the Defense of Land and Territory, the Solidarity Group of La Venta, the Mexican Alliance for the Self-determination of the People, the Mexican Movement of those Affected by Dams and in Defense of the Rivers (MAPDER), the Mexican Anti-mining Network (REMA), the Union of Indigenous Communities in the Northern Zone of the Isthmus (UCIZONI) and Oaxacan Voices Constructing Autonomy and Liberty (VOCAL), as well as members of various communities in the region.

The themes that were discussed in the meeting included: Struggle and Resistance in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec; The Mesoamerican Project and its components (including the Wind Energy Project and super-highway infrastructure); Agrarian Deregulation such as the Program of Certification of Ejidal Rights (PROCEDE) and the constitutional rights being violated; the Economy of Deprivation and Mega-projects; the Ecological Debt. On the second day of the meeting the participants visited the La Venta II and La Venta IV wind farms.

The meeting ended with a final declaration in which they stated “We pronounce a clear NO to the highway, dam, mine, and transnational wind energy projects, because they do not contribute to the development of our communities, instead they displace us and deprive us of our land … they only bring economic benefit for businesses and the government”.

Below is audio (in Spanish) of Teodosio Ángel Molina of UCIZONI discussing the history of resistance in the area and his analysis to date.

For More Information (In Spanish):

Declaración final del Encuentro de Nuestras Voces de Lucha y Resistencia (16/11/08)

Página web de la UCIZONI