“For us, air not only represents life, it also carries loved ones who have died. When one dies, their spirit becomes air and returns to the people.”
By Jaime Quintana Guerrero
January 20, 2016
Translated by Scott Campbell
Bi, in the Binnizaá or Zapotec language, means “air”, means “spirit.” “For us, air not only represents life, it also carries loved ones who have died. When one dies, their spirit becomes air and returns to the people.”
The struggles against the wind farms that abound throughout the state also, then, contain this element: “They want to change the path of the wind, of the air, of our spirits, of our loved ones.”
Carlos Martínez Fuentes, a member of Radio Totopo in Juchitán, Oaxaca, is the one who explained the above. Radio Totopo, with its nine years transmitting together with the spirits in the air, also belongs to the Popular Assembly of the Juchitecan People.
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On March 2, community members assembled in Álvaro Obregón to defend the decisions of their general assembly. Around 2:15 PM, gunmen opened fire.
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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This documentary shows the conflict generated by the intention to establish the San Dionisio del Mar Wind Park on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.
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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Indigenous peoples on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec defend their land against corporate plunder.
Qui ziuu di’tu (You won’t take one step forward!) was the watchword on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec when the festive, combative Caravan in Defense of the Land and Territory got to the Álvaro Obregón community on the afternoon of February 17 in a show of solidarity with the Binnizá (Zapotec) people.
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Strengthening the Struggle to Defend Territory on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec
[ 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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