Communities threatened and affected by dams, social movements, environmental and human rights organizations of Latin America will meet from October 6 to 12 in Retalteco, Peten department, Guatemala to participate in the 5t Meeting of the Latin American Network Against Dams and For Rivers, their Communities and Water (REDLAR). The meeting takes place amid a situation of vulnerability suffered by social activists who defend their territories in the region.
The meeting aims to discuss issues such as the region’s energy policy, the right to public consultation to the people threatened by the projects and the value of community consultations. Besides, the meeting will follow up on the plans for integration and it will denounce the criminalization of resistance.
Nicolas Vazquez is part of the groups resisting the building of dams and the installation of mining megaprojects in the Bariloche ski resort, Rio Negro province, Argentina. They were inspired by the groups that organized in response to the country’s economic crisis in 2001. Read more
Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina played a key role in the dirty war against the insurgents and especially against the country’s indigenous population. This is clearly seen in his actions as President. Read more
Despite being one of the main “engines” of the expansion of hydroenergy foreseen by the Guatemalan government in the next fourteen years, the organized resistance of the q’eqchi Mayan communities has prevented the beginning of the works of Xalala project in Coban and Quiché departments. Read more
The 5th Meeting of REDLAR ended on Saturday 12 October in Las Cruces municipality, Peten department, Guatemala. The meeting agreed on the plan of action for the next three years and the participation of 18 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. See gallery
Despite the threats to “foreigners” by Otto Perez Molina administration for participating in social demonstrations in Guatemala, the members of the Latin American Network of People Affected by Dams marched on Sunday, October 6th in different regions of the country. The demonstrations marked the kick-off of the 5th meeting of the continental network held in Las Cruces municipality, in Peten department. Read more
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