MEXICO CITY, Apr 30, 2010 (IPS) - A violent incident in which two activists were killed in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca has raised fears among human rights groups of a return to the unrest and severe clashes between protesters and police that virtually paralysed the state in 2006.
Last friday, april 9th, the promoters of a local legislative initiative officially handed over their 1051 signatures in support of this initiative to the local authorities.
Today, while those in power wage a campaign of media disinformation to prepare the scene for the 2011 presidential elections, peasant communities of Ayabaca, Piura continue to fight multinational mining corporations. With government support, these companies continue to explore for and exploit mineral deposits, ignoring residents’ concerns about the environment and the water supply.
Several peasant, indigenous and environmentalist organizations from Guatemala are demanding the government to comply with a resolution of the International Labour Organization to immediately suspend some of the mining activities carried out by Cementos Progreso and Montana Exploradora in Guatemala.
Oxfam International launched 2 movies on the planned Río Blanco mining project in Northern Peru, focussing on the possible environmental impact of the project and human rights violations.