|English | Español||September 25, 2016 | Issue #67|
Canadian Mining Corporation Receives Permits in Mexican Indigenous Territory
Local Communities Reject Operations On Their Ancestral Land
By Fernando León
Furthermore, in early September Wixáritari communities gathered a council of elders who decided to reject any mining project on their land. The project would be developed in the Real de Catorce desert, where the ancient pilgrimage center of the Wixáritari is located. Along with the invasion of sacred ancestral territory, the mining would affect 3,500 residents living in 16 communities by polluting water springs, among other things.
According to a statement published on September 23, the affected communities are emphatically protesting against the entry of the mining corporation into the area, and are demanding that the permits authorized by the Mexican government be canceled. The statement ended in saying that the Wixáritari communities will “use all of the necessary resources to stop this devastating mining project, by utilizing all of the national and international legal resources at our disposal, as well as any peaceful actions of civil resistance that are necessary. ”
To make matters worse, last October the Canadian Parliament voted against bill C-300, which would have allowed for populations affected by Canadian mining companies to bring the abuses before the Canadian government by opening a legal case to look into the violations. The bill lost by six votes, validating the state of helplessness that many people in Mexico and Latin America are facing with the mining expansion. However, with the collusion between the Mexican government and the corporations many communities are organizing to defend their land, by launching mobilizations and making visible the destruction that the mining projects mean for them.
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