Before the visit of the governor of Chihuahua to Canada to participate in a mining fair and promote “economic development” in the state through mining exploitation, the Indigenous communities of the Sierra Tarahumara, one of the most diverse and wealthiest areas in cultural diversity, stated in advance their rejection of this destructive and irreparable activity:
“We have observed and listened to the experiences of fellow Indigenous communities in other parts of the country and world, who today bear witness of the struggle against the imposition of mining companies and the damages they cause. Thus, we anticipate the deals that the government might make with the mining companies and we demonstrate the most energetic rejection of mining in the state because, we want to care for our territories to continue living in them! We want our forests, canyons and natural resources! We want water for everyone!”
Meanwhile in 2017 more than 70 people were assassinated daily in Mexico. Disappearances and human trafficking continue, especially of children, women, and young adults, for profit. Migrants are objects of criminal organizations (an articulation of organized crime—legal and illegal—capital) submitting them to slave work, without remuneration. These migrants live beneath the constant threat of acts of terror, throughout the Western highlands and many states of the country. Journalists and communicators are continually threatened, exploited and assassinated. The criminal apparatus of the Mexican state represents dispossession, death and the insatiable enrichment of large capitalists and their local accomplices. In this electoral year which renews and re-legitimizes this criminal structure, there is an absence of real alternatives between a candidate who is said to be of the left, who both he and his party are now full of opportunists from the usual parties. This and much more happens with impunity (remember Ayotzinapa) while the people are systematically impoverished and the country is submitted to a regimen of military control increasing massacres, deaths, and disappearances. While they are plunging the country into terror and misery, the governors travel the world gifting what isn’t theirs, handing over territories, labor and riches, in order to receive personal benefits. This is what the ancestral inhabitants of the Sierra Tarahumara recognize and refuse to accept. Only organized resistance guarantees us a present and future against these fascists capitalist mafias!
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Chihuahua, Chihuahua- There has been a boom in mining exploitation in the Sierra Tarahumara with transnational and national companies affecting indigenous communities made invisible by caciques, ejidos and agrarian communities; Pima territories in Yépachi; Rarámuri territories of Guazapares, Urique, Uruachi, and Ocampo. These territories have suffered serious environmental aggression by mining interests without taking into account the well-being of the communities.
The mining exploitation in process and the projects being promoted, are a further misfortune for the peoples and Indigenous Communities of Chihuahua. The cause is an “economic development” whose principal beneficiaries are mining companies. Land and water will be contaminated in areas of development, leaving the peoples and Indigenous communities desolate.
Due to the above, and before the visit by the governor Javier Corral to Canada for the mining fair, Indigenous communities of the Sierra Tarahumara, as well as civil organizations of Chihuahua, declare:
Total disagreement with mining exploitation in the state of Chihuahua as a means to expand economic development. This mining exploitation means the devastation of the environment, the dispossession of territories of the communities and Indigenous peoples, the destruction of the historic and cultural patrimony, serious damages to the health of the people, contamination of water and many other negative consequences. Far from benefiting the economic situation of the people of Chihuahua, these actions diminish their patrimony and attack the people.
Although Chihuahua is a state with much mining potential, as has stated governor Corral Jurado, it is also one of the states with the most natural richness in its diversity of ecosystems and diversity of Indigenous peoples of the Sierra Tarahumara. Mining exploitation would only mean the devastation of that richness and even more damage to the forest—a living organism that is diminished year after year due to “legal” and illegal mining.
“We have observed and listened to the experiences of the Indigenous communities in other parts of the country and world, and today bear witness of the ordeal in which the struggle against the imposition of a mining company and others, against the damages that they cause, can be converted. Thus, we anticipate the deals that the government can make with the mining companies and we demonstrate the most energetic rejection of mining in the state because, we want to care for our territories to continue living in them! We want our forests, canyons and natural resources! We want water for everyone!”
Also, the small-scale agricultural producers of the state unite in defense of the environment and the natural resources, as the production of food to sustain our lives, is reliant upon them.
We do not want mining!
We want our forest!
We choose life!
Signed by representatives of the following communities:
Bosques de San Elías Repechique
Choréachi (Pino Gordo)
Coloradas de la Virgen
Cordón de la Cruz
And the civil organizations:
Alianza Sierra Madre
Centro de educación y defensa de los derechos humanos e indígenas
Consultoría Técnica Comunitaria
(That make up the network in defense of the Indigenous territories of the Sierra Tarahumara)
El Barzón de Chihuahua
Translated from the original here: http://pueblosencamino.org/?p=5601