Members of an indigenous community in Oaxaca, southern Mexico have been threatened by security staff from a wind farm construction company. The company has been building on their land. Two human rights defenders have also received death threats. Their lives are a risk.
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Iberdrola is alleged to have broken a contract between itself and the ejidatarios who hold rights to the land, according to Bettina Velázquez, who helps lead opposition to wind-power development in the region.
During the months of November and December, a press agency from the Netherlands (www.noticias.nl ) has been travelling for a project called LA Ruta. The project's intent is to report on the MillenniumGoals from the perspective of the civil society and social movements. In this important video, LA Ruta visited Juchitán, Oaxaca, Mexico to report on the conflict between the farmers and wind-energy firms. Click here for more information on the situation in Juchitán. Duration: 4 minutes 12 seconds
There were contracts drawn up for the farmers so they could lease their land for transmission, wiring, generators and windmills to provide. The contracts were in Spanish, but the wind company "forgot" that the majority of the population could not read or write. Those that could, conversed in Zapotecs, a pre-Hispanic language. Many farmers signed, trusting in the promises of the government and the Spanish companies. The farmers gave away use of their land for next to nothing so the wind farm could be constructed. For the La Ventosa wind farm, which were inaugurated in early 2009, farmers received between 25 and 100 pesos per hectare. The company had promised 30,000 pesos a year.