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Campesinos of Asoquimbo Liberate Lands under Control of Emgesa-Endesa-Enel

26 Apr

ImageCross posted from Polinizaciones

On April 14th, after closing the ballot boxes of the irregular elections for governor of the Department of Huila, the “Voto en Blanco”, the option against the regional political class received 80,000 votes compared to 128,000 votes in support of the candidate Carlos Mauricio Iriarte. Iriarte had a campaign of hundreds of thousands of Colombian Pesos, while the “Voto En Blanco” did not have a budget and was a success in the regions of the department where there are struggles against different mega-development projects.

That same evening, peasants from the Association of Affected Peoples of the Quimbo Hydroelectric Project-Asoquimbo from across the region impacted by the dam have taken over the farms “la Guipa” and “La Virginia” (highway from La Jagua to Tarqui, in the Municipality of Altamira) as an act of territorial defense and to pressure the state to suspend the project and create a Peasant Reserve. Continue reading

In the Path of the Mining-Energy Locomotive–Resisting Colombia’s Quimbo Hydroelectric Project

9 Feb
By: Entre Aguas

While the tone of Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, is much more diplomatic than his predecessor, Alvaro Uribe, the state policies of militarizing territories to facilitate resource extraction under the guise of economic development and counter-insurgent security have not changed. The forced displacement of inhabitants that it spurred has also not abated.

Santos, the Minister of Defense under Uribe, assumed the presidency in August 2010. He kicked off his administration by naming four focus areas as the “locomotives” of his government´s economic development, one of these being mining-energy generation.

Already inhabiting the projected path of this “locomotive” are thousands of Campesino and Afro-descendent populations, over 100 distinct First Nations as well as some of planet Earth´s most scarce and vital sources of fresh water, cultivable land and endemic species.  In the wake of this locomotive´s “development” is a mass of open pit mines laden with toxic chemicals, hundreds of thousands of hectares of agro fuel plantations, and environmentally disastrous oil and gas extraction. The latter has created a web of pipelines that divide ecosystems and communities. Finally, there are the hydroelectric dams that create colossal reservoirs and kill rivers and the communities that rely on them.

Nationally, this collection of extraction projects is part of the prior government´s neoliberal Colombia 2025 project, which details the timeline for selling off the country piece by piece starting in the early 2000s through the end of the first quarter of the 21st century.  Internationally they are part of the continental mega infrastructure projects of Project Mesoamerica and the South American Regional Infrastructure Initiative (IIRSA). Continue reading