Note: Industrial hydroelectric power is yet another false solution to climate change. Across the world, from northern Quebec to Mexico, from the Amazon to the Mekong basin, mega-dams displace Indigenous Peoples, fisherfolk and peasant farmers, often via military-backed violence and forced displacement. Widespread destruction of vital ecosystems is inevitable, as massive swaths of forest and farmland are flooded.
And, as the all-too frequent story below shows, the most outspoken local leaders against these projects are often targets of assassinations, usually paid for by the companies building the dams.
When environmentalists lend broad support to the development of hydroelectricity, they are lending broad support to murder, ecocide, massive land grabbing and forced evictions.
-The GJEP Team
August 4, 2013. Source: Weekly News Update on the Americas
Mexican environmental activist Noé Salomón Vázquez Ortiz was murdered the early afternoon of Aug. 2 in his hometown, Amatlán de los Reyes, in the eastern coastal state of Veracruz. The killing came one day before the town was to host the Tenth National Meeting of the Mexican Movement Against Dams and in Defense of Rivers(MAPDER). Vázquez Ortíz and a minor were gathering flowers and seeds for a floral tribute to be used at the conference when a group of men appeared, ordered the minor to leave and began stoning Vázquez Ortíz. His body was found later with the hands and legs bound and the throat slit. State police arrested four men the day of the murder; they reportedly said they had personal differences with the murdered man.
Vázquez Ortíz, a construction worker who also painted pictures and created handicrafts, started doing environmental work while in high school. During the last two years he was active with the organization Green Defense: Nature Forever and fought against construction of a local dam by Hidroeléctrica El Naranjal SAPI de CV, a company owned by Guillermo González Guajardo. Vázquez Ortíz also worked in opposition to another hydroelectric project, the Bandera Blanca Project.