English · Español
Descargar: MP3 (1.8 MB)
On April 7, hitmen hired by landowner Sandino Ponce, of Alta Verapaz department, Guatemala, shot against q´eqchies community members of Nueve de Febrero, injuring 5 of them. Last Sunday, April 20, one of them died due to the injuries.
Both Sandino and his father, Leonel Ponce Ramirez, are linked to the Hidro Santa Rita S.A. project, whose implementation in the area of Monte Olivo, Coban municipality, has been resisted for over two years.
The resistance by the communities to the hydroelectric project, that started with popular assemblies, has been met with repression, persecution and murders against the inhabitants. In an interview with Real World Radio, Juan Humberto Botzoc, of the Mayan Association for Integral Community Development (ASOMADIC) said that the first actions taken by the company to silence the resistance were “accusing community leaders of different crimes, from robbery to promoting illegal activities”.
But this escalated to extreme violence: in August 2013, hitmen hired by the company to murder community leader David Chen, ended up killing two children of the community. In November, 2013, security officers of the landowners mentioned above opened fire against the community members, seriously injuring one of them. In the following month, four young people were injured after a new attack.
The State has not responded for these crimes, and on the contrary, as Juan Humberto
said “far from the authorities taking actions against this project (…), the governor has been saying on the radio that “these communities are problematic, these communities do not want development”.
RENACE, another hydroelectric project tainted with blood
“Guatemala is suffering many problems related to the defense to life, water and territories”, said Juan Humberto with reference to another hydroelectric dam that will be built in Alta Verapaz department. This is RENACE 3, a project that would impact eight communities of the San Pedro Carcha municipality.
Through COCODE (the Community Development Council), the communities have expressed their rejection to the implementation of RENACE 3. As a response, COCODE´s secretary, Carlos Vicente Chub was threatened in the past weeks, and in the evening of April 21st he was attacked and shot in one of his legs.
“This is part of what the Mayan community is suffering in the framework of their defense of life and the territory” said Juan Humberto.
El 5 de octubre un grupo de campesinos que protestaban pacíficamente contra la erradicación forzada de los cultivos de coca en la localidad colombiana de Tumaco, departamento de Nariño, fueron atacados por fuerzas policiales. Según los habitantes de la zona, al menos diez campesinos fueron masacrados.
El programa de hoy transcurre a horas de que empiece el nuevo Encuentro Nacional del Movimiento de Afectados por Represas de Brasil (MAB), por lo que iniciamos con ese tema, que nos tendrá realizando una cobertura especial desde este domingo.
Vía Campesina Internacional a través de Rodolfo González y Amigos de la Tierra en la palabra de Diego Cardona analizan los avances para las organizaciones sociales registrados en el contexto del trabajo de negociaciones con los estados sobre el documento de bosques que analizara el Comité de Seguridad Alimentaria Mundial, en Roma esta semana.
Radio Mundo Real 2003 - 2017 Todo el material aquí publicado está bajo una licencia Creative Commons (Atribución - Compartir igual). El sitio está realizado con Spip, software libre especializado en publicaciones web... y hecho con cariño.