Land Defense Repression

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

Land Defense Repression

Spanish wind energy companies claim life in Oaxaca

To the peoples of Oaxaca
To the peoples of México
To the peoples of the world

The voracity and greed of the rich have no limits, and the rich don’t hesitate to spill the blood of campesinos and workers in order to impose their interests. The rebellions against capitalist greed are now spreading throughout the whole world, from Egypt to Chile, and from Greece to the United States, where people are now joining forces with the long, ancestral resistance of the original peoples against colonialist capitalist invaders. Yesterday, October 28, 2011, in Oaxaca, México, the struggle against transnational wind energy companies on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec resulted in the loss of yet another life and in wounds inflicted on 20 people. In some cases, the wounds were very serious.


2nd Gathering of Our Voices of Struggle and Resistance in the Isthmus of Oaxaca

“What giants?” said Sancho Panza.
“The ones you see over there,”
answered his master.
“Look, your grace,” Sancho said,
“those things we see over there aren’t giants. They’re windmills.”
“It’s plain to see,” Don Quijote replied,
“that you know nothing about adventures: They’re giants,
and if you’re afraid, get out of my way and start praying
while I engage them in fierce and unequal combat.”

— Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

They came offering development and jobs in exchange for our lands, our water, our wind, our territory; the Mexican State, in its lust to attract international finance capital, volunteers to be a pawn of capital that clears the way for them with the help of its institutions and allows capital to take over our territory without asking us, without consulting with us, and without giving us any information at all about how such investments affect our lives, which have been constructed down through many millenniums in this geographic space.

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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.