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The Movement of People Affected by Dams of Latin America (MAR) is calling to participate in a mobilization this March 14, International day of Action against Dams and for Rivers, Water and Life. In some countries, the actions started on Monday. For instance, in Brazil, approximately 300 people occupied the headquarters of the Minas Gerais Electricity Company, organized by the Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB).
MAR invites people to march together "in defense of the rights of communities affected by dams, for the defense of rivers, for the building of a peoples´ energy model and for the strengthening and building of alternative societies to commemorate the 21st International Day of Action against Dams and for Rivers, Water and Life", according to their statement. The text was signed by movements of people affected by dams of Brazil, Colombia, Honduras, Cuba, Guatemala, Bolivia, El Salvador, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Chile and Panama. It makes reference to companies in charge of building the dams, the governments and companies around the world that continue to take over rivers and destroying lifestyles related to basins, in addition to displacing millions of communities under the pretext of development and clean energy.
The occupation of the Minas Gerais Electricity Company aims to exert pressure on the state government for it to hear the demands of the people who are suffering with the building of these large hydroelectric power plants, states the MAB in its website. There are several dams that are currently affecting people. One of them is UHE, a state power plant launched in 2006, which, according to those affected, has caused water pollution and the extinction of fish species, even compromising fishing activities.
The MAB denounces that Brazil "is experiencing the attacks of transnational corporations that want to take over natural and energy resources", and highlights that the energy issue "is one of the main reasons behind the coup of 2016". The movement warned that in the past days it was announced that the price of electricity would increase by 11 per cent for Brazilian families, while a 20 per cent cut of a tax charged to hydroelectric companies is expected to be implemented. "This cut, together with the rising prices of electricity for people, implies the economic growth of hydroelectric companies, most of them of multinational origin", stated the MAB. On the other side, it will cause a reduction of State revenue. These issues, among others, will be addressed at the seminar "Energy and rights: current situation and perspectives".
Luego, en Argentina, siguen los atropellos a las organizaciones y movimientos sociales, aunque hubo una linda noticia en las últimas horas en la lucha por verdad, memoria y justicia. En Brasil hay huelga de hambre de integrantes del Movimiento de Pequeños Agricultores contra la Reforma de la Seguridad Social, y terminamos con la misión de verificación de Vía Campesina de los acuerdos de paz en Colombia.
Al término de la II Misión Internacional de la Vía Campesina, se realiza este programa de balance, representando una nueva edición del programa conjunto de la Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Organizaciones del Campo (Cloc-Vía Campesina) y Radio Mundo Real (Amigos de la Tierra)
En ese mismo momento y desde el estudio de radio montado en el Velódromo Municipal, sede de las actividades de la Jornada, integrantes de la Convergencia de Medios Renata Moreno y Sayonara Tamayo hacen un balance de los que fue la comunicación colaborativa durante los preparativos y el desarrollo del evento.
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