Oaxaca: Red alert for communities in the Isthmus and for civil society

February 5, 2013


According to information from the Assembly of Indigenous Peoples of the Isthmus in Defense of Land and Territory (APIIDTT), since 30 January the secretary of governance of the state of Oaxaca (SEGEGO) has sent delegates to negotiate the situation of blockade that has been seen since 29 October in the Álvaro Obregón community so as to inhibit the entrance of Mareña Renewables into Barra Santa Teresa, given that a court order exists which prohibits its entry.  These officials from the SEGEGO have been accompanied by state police.  The response, as related by an APIIDTT communique, was that “if they wanted dialogue, that Gabino Cue or the head of SEGEGO come to negotiate, for they will not accept representatives, because everything that would be signed and discussed would merely be rubbish.”  The APIIDTT denounced that on the night of 1 to 2 February there were seen several confrontations between the more than 400 armed state police and the communards from Álvaro Obregón and other communities in the region.  The last confrontation had to do with the fact that “later the state police arrested three fishermen who were on their way to go fish.”  These fishermen were then released on 3 February.

For his part, Jonathan Davis Arzac, president of the Council of Administration of the Mareña Renewables firm, warned that the wind-energy project for San Dionisio del Mar would merely move itself to another state if guarantees were not secured for the investment.

The most recent APIIDTT communiques have denounced the situation of some human-rights defenders who oppose the wind-energy park, “such as Bettina Cruz Velázquez and Rodrigo Flores Peñaloza, who have had to leave the region given that the hired killers have been harassing their homes, but they nonetheless continue actively to resist.  Mareña and the state government attempted directly to buy off the integrity of different people in the movement, as with the fisherman Jesús Gutiérrez.”

It should be mentioned that the communards from San Dionisio del Mar have obtained a motion from the Seventh Judge of the District (headquarters in Salina Cruz) that demands the suspension of all activity undertaken by Mareña Renewables in the Barra Santa Teresa community.  It should also be noted that Mareña has complained about this decision, claiming that it had been overruled now twice by a local judge.  Similarly, the communities of Santa María Xadani, San Mateo del Mar, Colonia Álvaro Obregón, San Francisco del Mar, San Dioniso del Mar, Juchitán de Zaragoza and Unión Hidalgo have submitted a complaint before the Independent Mechanism for Consultation and Investigation (MICI) against the Mareña Renewables wind-energy project, which is financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, among other sources.

For more information (in Spanish):

COMUNICADO URGENTE: Triunfo de la Dignidad Indígena de los Pueblos del Istmo frente a la Violencia y Corrupción suscitadas por Mareña Renovables y Gabino Cué (Frontera Sur, 4 de febrero de 2013)

Disuelven con violencia asamblea de opositores a parque eólico en Oaxaca (La Jornada, 3 de febrero de 2013)

Reprimen bloqueo en Álvaro Obregón, urge solidaridad con los pueblos ikoot y binniza (Frontera Sur, 1 de febrero de 2013)

México: Álvaro Obregón y San Dionisio del Mar se encuentran rodeadas de policías (Kaos en la Red, 1 de febrero de 2013)

Mareña Renovable anuncia posible cancelación del proyecto eólico en San Dionisio del Mar (NSS Oaxaca, 31 de enero de 2013)

Boletín de la Oficina Ecuménica por la Paz y la Justicia sobre situación en el Istmo (Frontera Sur, 1 de febrero de 2013)


Testimonio de compañera de álvaro obregón (Blog de la APIIDTT, 4 de febrero de 2013)

Mareña Renovables y gobierno de oaxaca: represión policial en Alvaro Obregon 2.2.2013 (Blog de la APIIDTT, 4 de febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

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

Oaxaca: confrontations between PRI militants and opponents to wind-energy park in San Dionisio del Mar (7 December 2012)

Oaxaca: Threats from shock-groups in San Dionisio del Mar (26 October 2012)

Oaxaca: entry of Caravan of Solidarity impeded to San Dionisio del Mar (15 October 2012)

Oaxaca: Meeting for resistance in San Dionisio del Mar, and new threats (21 September 2012)

Oaxaca: Ikoots community denounces invasion by private firm and “rigged” assembly in San Dionisio del Mar; invitation to a Meeting for Resistance (19 September 2012)

Oaxaca: Detention and subsequent release of rights-defender Bettina Cruz Velázquez (7 March 2012)

Oaxaca: Communards of San Dionisio del Mar revoke contract for wind-farm (9 February 2012)