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Over 80 people were violently evicted on March 27 from a community in La Arenera in Colombia, in Antioquia department on the shores of Cauca River, in an area affected by the hydroelectric project Hidroituango. The people displaced by the mega dam are currently in Ituango municipality, and expect to return to their homes.
In December they had been threatened with eviction, which in addition to driving them away from their ancestral houses and ways of living, it puts their livelihoods at risk: extraction and separation of gold from the sand using traditional methods, fisheries and traditional farming.
Forces of the Anti-Riot National Police (ESMAD) were present at the eviction mandated by authorities at the request of EPM, the company that owns Hidroituango. There were several inconveniences. The community members did not accept an individual displacement and requested to be transferred collectively. However, this measure angered the authorities, who let the people displaced stranded in the middle of the road and threatened leader Isabel Zuleta, of the Rios Vivos Movement, with filing a criminal lawsuit, accusing her of instigating the people affected to not accept individual transfers.
There were also conflicts with the outlet Teleantioquia, because according to community members, journalist Wilson Cartagena insisted on filming the faces of the people affected.
La oposición a la minería debe entenderse como la lucha por los derechos que esa actividad no respeta, pues “cada derecho que se le otorga a una empresa, es un derecho que se le resta a una comunidad”, asegura el coordinador del Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina (OCMAL), César Padilla.
En Argentina un joven está desaparecido por la represión estatal a una protesta mapuche; en Guatemala indígenas denuncian la violación del Convenio 169 de la OIT. Viajamos también a Costa Rica, Honduras y Venezuela, por otras demandas y agresiones a los pueblos.
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