Protests in Juchitan against wind companies

Protests in Juchitan against wind companies
Assembly in Defense of Land and Territory
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Translated by Scott Campbell
For more than seven months, we, communal land owners from Juchitan de Zaragoza, Union Hidalgo and Xadani, have dealt with the irresponsibility of the civil judge of Juchitan de Zaragoza, Oaxaca, in front of whom we’ve placed more than 120 claims for the nullification of contracts we were deceived into signing with transnational wind energy corporations. Claims to which the judge has not given appropriate attention and with which he has filtered information to the transnational corporations so that they may visit the complainants at their homes in order to threaten them and offer them bribes to withdraw their suits.

In the face of this exaggerated legal delay and the open collusion between local judicial authorities and the transnational corporations, members of the Assembly in Defense of Land and Territory of the Isthmus decided to pay a “collective visit” on August 19, 2008, to this government employee who hasn’t taken action on the more than 120 claims for the nullification of contracts for the use of lands that the foreign and principally Spanish transnational corporations (Union Fenosa, Preneal, Gamesa, Endesa) through deception, were able to get the communal land owners of Juchitan, Union Hidalgo and Xadani to sign, leasing their land for the installation of wind energy parks. Upon becoming aware of the deception and the shameless plundering that it meant, the land owners decided, through existing legal channels, to fight for the annulment of these contracts.

On August 19, after waiting for an official response for more than seven months, in front of the civil judge we demanded that he keep his word and take action and demanded that on Friday, August 22, he present us with documentation verifying that the corporations are being notified of the claims for nullification which we first presented in December 2006.