Archive | Isthmus of Tehuantepec

Gunmen attack assembly in Álvaro Obregón

Fuera de la Barra Santa Teresa By Scott Campbell

For more than a year, the indigenous Binnizá community of Álvaro Obregón, in the Isthmus of Oaxaca, have defended their lands against the imposition of a wind park by the multinational Spanish firm Mareña Renovables. As part of that struggle, “the community became aware that the parties and political leaders have only used them for political and personal ends.” In August of 2013, the community held an assembly and decided to return to the traditional indigenous usos y costumbres form of governance, where community leaders are selected via general assembly, without the participation of political parties.

With 1,236 people participating, the general assembly to select the community’s leaders was held on December 8, 2013. Yet on February 8, 2014, Saúl Vicente Vázquez, the Municipal President of Juchitán, which includes Álvaro Obregón, announced that new elections, involving political parties, would be held in Álvaro Obregón on March 2, ignoring the popular and expressed will of the people. Ironically, Vicente Vázquez until recently served as an expert on the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

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New documentary. We are the Wind: Resistance on the Isthmus to Mareña wind park

No a las Eólicas This documentary shows the conflict generated by the intention to establish the San Dionisio del Mar Wind Park on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, focusing on the realities and opinions of the inhabitants of the region and giving voice to people who don’t appear in the commercial media. The film also shows the logic of the wind parks in a more global vision, briefly explaining what lies behind corporate promises of “green energy” and “clean development”.

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Constructing a community police in the town of Álvaro Obregón

Strengthening the Struggle to Defend Territory on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec

March in Álvaro Obregón. February 10, 2013

March in Álvaro Obregón. February 10, 2013

by Daniel Arellano Chávez

Today, February 10, 2013 is certainly a watershed in the struggle for the defense of the land and territory on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. After the successful resistance against the repression ordered by Oaxaca state governor Gabino Cué to shield Mareña Renovables, the peoples of the Isthmus are at a decisive moment in their struggle to defend their territory. The Assembly held today and the sizeable march in Álvaro Obregón has provided the ideal setting for announcing townspeople’s decisions, expelling false political leaders and their political parties, and beginning the construction of a Community Police.

At the old General Charis military quarters, the scene of the historic resistance of February 2, men and women from San Dionisio del Mar, San Mateo del Mar, Xadani, Emiliano Zapata, San Blas Atempa, Unión Hidalgo, and Juchitán, among other communities, came together in the morning to ratify their total rejection of the wind projects in the region and demand the immediate expulsion of Mareña Renovables from the territories of the Isthmus.

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San Dionisio del Mar: Indigenous communities under police siege for resisting imposition of wind park

San Dionisio del Mar

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Indigenous peoples on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec are resisting a new police offensive to impose the construction of a mega wind park by the Spanish transnational Mareña Renovables in the Barra de Santa Teresa of San Dionisio del Mar. This wind park, the largest in Latin America, would completely do away with the habitat, natural resources and food supplies of the fishing and farming families of the Barra and would also destroy their sacred sites. Moreover, the project is a direct violation of their human rights as an indigenous people.

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Immediate and unconditional freedom for Bettina Cruz Velázquez

Today Wednesday, February 22 at approximately 4:00pm, indigenous human rights defender and member of the Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Defense of the Land and Territory, Bettina Cruz Velázquez, was arrested as she left a meeting with the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). There, she was accompanying and monitoring the case of a person who had been run over by CFE workers. A member of the Assembly and the Civil Resistance Movement, he has NOT paid his light bill in Santa María Xadani. She is being held in the city of Matias Romero, Oaxaca under federal charges. We demand the live presentation and immediate freedom for Bettina Cruz Velázquez.

We ask your solidarity in spreading the word about the case in all possible media, and we ask that you write to the following officials to demand the immediate freedom of Bettina Cruz Velázquez as well as the adoption of measures to guarantee her safety and physical integrity.

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