Last Sunday, Ricardo Arturo Lagunes Gasca, a lawyer specializing in human rights, and Professor Antonio Díaz Valencia, leader of the indigenous community of the aforementioned municipality, were forcibly disappeared after leaving a meeting in the communal hall of the municipality of Michoacán, Aquila. The vehicle in which they were traveling to Kolyma was found with bullet wounds, but the occupants were not.
In Aquila, there is a fight against mining companies whose activity is detrimental to the collective interest and in many parts of the country criminal groups are often used to threaten, kill, kidnap and assassinate social leaders. Lagunes Gasca has a long history in defending collective rights and ezdals and communal lands against megaprojects, evictions and human rights violations, and community member Díaz Valencia is a candidate for presidency of ezdal commissioner of Aquila and its protector. Huh. Environment environment.
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In the general context of criminal violence and impunity in the country, an important sector relates to journalists, human rights defenders and activists protecting community rights over land, water and natural resources. Various academic voices draw attention to incidents of attacks by alleged members of organized crime (CO) against those who organize and defend communities against extractive projects, particularly miners. As if the label of that CO has been used by corporate interests to remove obstacles to their evolutionary plans.
The issue of the continuing nexus of politicians, businessmen and officials to give way to mining companies (especially foreign) and harmful projects has been updated after the recent summit of North American leaders. Yesterday, President López Obrador said he told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the case of Cerro de San Pedro, the symbolic municipality of San Luis Potosi where a company (New Gold Inc. The plunder led (Cerro de San Pedro, represented in the unit’s coat of arms, until it disappeared).
Vigorous social resistance against such oppression was overcome through premeditated moves by then-President Vicente Fox and then-Governor Marcelo de los Santos, who came to power through national action.
In San Luis Potosí itself, people are currently living under the threat of real estate developers looking for ezdals and communal lands for their housing and industrial projects, in addition to announcing that they will end the López Obrador administration. Waiting for” overruled the decree declaring a part of the Sierra de San Miguelito a protected natural area.
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In Sinaloa, to give another example, the direct residents of Oahueira Bay continue to protest against the construction of an ammonia plant, a project that is harmful to the environment of the place that years ago promoted PRI and “independent” Tried to give Politician. And which is now taken over by President López Obrador, Governor Ruben Rocha Moya and Municipal President Gerardo Vargas Landeros.
Another worrisome chapter opens on the issue of lithium, whose regulation sought to strike an epic tone almost akin to oil extraction, but which has now been announced to be on the table for a deal with Canada and the United States especially with the latter, so private investors provide the technology and take charge of commercializing this strategic material; Yes, to “respect” Mexican laws and own the country’s goods that other countries and interests are willing to take advantage of. see you tomorrow!
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Editing: Emilio Gomez