FOR Peace Presence February Monthly Update

Crónica del Desalojo del Espacio Humanitario El Mirador

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Escrito por Thomas Power y Sophie Duval

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Espacio Humanitario El Mirador

El 30 de noviembre de 2015, cuando Maresz y Sophie del equipo de FOR Presente por la paz (FORPP) llegaron al Tamarindo para el acompañamiento mensual, estaban lejos de imaginarse que los habitantes del Espacio Humanitario El Mirador acababan de recibir el anuncio de un nuevo y último desalojo, que atropellaba una vez más a lxs campesinxs de Asotracampo (Asociación de los Trabajadores del Campo) luchando por sus derechos a la tierra desde hace más de 8 años. En las palabras que intercambiaron con el equipo de FORPP, la sorpresa se mezclaba a un cierto grado de desespero, frente al recién anuncio pero también a todo lo que les había tocado vivir en esos últimos años.


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FOR Peace Presence February Monthly Update

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Environmental Public Hearing

We started February accompanying Tierra Digna to the environmental public hearing on February 5th on the expansion of Prodeco (Glencore)’s mine Calenturitas in the department of Cesar. It was an important opportunity for the community to tell the national environmental licensing authority as well as Prodeco how mining activity in the area has affected them and raise their concerns about an expansion of such activity. Community members came prepared with signs, protesting the loss of fish in the rivers, contamination in the air and the water crisis in the area. In their intervention, Tierra Digna was able to bring to the attention of the authorities serious structural problems with the studies and the environmental management plans of the companies. At the end of the month we once again accompanied Tierra Digna to Cesar, this time for the monthly meeting in Boquerón on the resettlement as well as for a series of workshops on rural development. Community members had the opportunity to brainstorm problems that face Boquerón today as well as possible solutions for overcoming them.


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