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

Indigenous peoples on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec are resisting a new police offensive to impose the construction of a mega wind park.

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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.

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Dozens of migrants attacked and kidnapped in Oaxaca

by Scott Campbell
December 30, 2010

On December 16, a freight train left Arraiga, Chiapas, with 300 migrants from Central America riding on top of it. While passing through Oaxaca the train was stopped twice. First, around 100 people were detained at an immigration checkpoint. Twenty minutes later, those remaining on the train were attacked by a gang of armed men, presumably Zetas or Maras, two groups known for preying on migrants and robbing or kidnapping them. Kidnapped migrants are usually held for ransom or forced to become gunmen or drug mules. The Zetas are likely responsible for the massacre of 72 Central American migrants in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas on August 24 of this year.

During the attack, at least 40 migrants were kidnapped and have not been heard from since. Of the 300 people to depart from Chiapas, only 20 made it to Ixtepec, Oaxaca, a common layover stop where a Catholic-run migrant shelter is located. A short video with testimonies from some of those who survived the events is posted on YouTube. I translated it and added the subtitles, so any errors in those departments are mine.

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Wind industry takes over Zapotecan lands

Wind power projects on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southeastern Mexico harm land of Zapotecan farmers.

During the months of November and December 2009, journalists from the Netherlands traveled for a project called LA Ruta. The intent of the project is to report on the Millennium Development Goals from the perspective of the civil society and social movements.

In this important video, LA Ruta visited Juchitán, Oaxaca on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southeastern Mexico to report on the conflict between Zapotecan farmers and wind energy firms.

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Winds of Resistance on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec

On the Ulises Ruiz – Felipe Calderón visit at La Ventosa

The same winds that softly blow through the graceful, green grasses of this Zapotec land on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec are the very ones that move the cogs of the windmills, while the electricity that they generate, in turn, moves the perverse machinery of the world capitalist system.

The same winds that fuel the ambition of government rulers and transnational companies and brought the voracious, destructive advance of the capitalist, neoliberal North to these lands has also brought forth the millennial resistance of this deep, spiritual, communal, indigenous South ––the winds of resistance of the peoples of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

On January 22, while Ulises Ruiz and Felipe Calderón attended the inauguration of one of many projects that make up the mega project for wind-based electrical energy generation, two rages –maybe more– came together in a repudiation and protest action on the Trans-Isthmic Highway, the narrow waistline of this region.

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