Two Encampments in the Socanusco to Stop the Mining Activity in Chiapas
Acacoyahua, Chiapas, Mexico
October 4th, 2016
The families that make up the Popular Front in Defense of the Soconusco 20 of June (FPDF) exercise our right to a healthy environment and water, to protect our land and the patrimony of our sons and daughters.
On September 26h, we decided to guard the roads where the excavation and transport machinery passes for the mining project “Casas Viejas”. As the proprietors of the road that the mine’s use as transportation, in a collective manner we decided it necessary to care for the reserve of El Triunfo, the rivers of Cacaluta, Cintalapa, and Doña Maria, as well as the coastal mangroves against the mining of titanium. In a peaceful manner, with the feeling of unity and solidarity, we organized ourselves to maintain two encampments to stop the looting and polluting of our nature.
The mining project “Casas Viejas” (in the ejidos of Cacoas, Magnolia, and Satélite Morelia) is part of five projects that have been established in the last 15 years. Just in the year of 2009, 49,000 tons were exploited by the “Christina” project and, during the last five years, they have concessioned 21 titles in the municipalities of Escuintla and Acacoyagua. The companies Male S.A. od C.V, Puntal S.A. of C.V., Tristán Canales Reyna y Socios, Honour Up Tranding S.A of C.V., Sociedad Cooperativa Unidad Piedritas y Servicios S.C.L. of C.V. have taken over our territory and put our future in risk.
The families of the FDPS make effective the Declaration of Municipality Free of Mining signed by the municipal president and aldermen of the town of Acacoyagua and make the commitment that: the representatives of the ejidos and communities of Acacoyagua declare no mining projects will be allowed to return, no underground jobs (neither of exploration or exploitation), no machines on the roads, no visits by the Chinese businessmen, nor the promises of sustainable mining. Because our territory deserves clean rivers, people without sickness, dignified work, and land for the future generations.
The members demand: clean communities, free rivers, land to plant and the future for our children.
Water yes, mining no!
Water for life, not for the mines!
Frente Popular en Defensa del Socunusco 20 de Junio
Red Mexicana de Afectados por la Minería (REMA)
Translated from the original here: http://hijosdelatierra.espora.org/dos-campamentos-en-el-soconusco-para-detener-la-actividad-minera-en-chiapas/