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May 17, 2015

Caravan from Yaqui Nation in defence of water arrives in San Cristóbal

Filed under: caravan, water — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 3:56 pm

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Caravan from Yaqui Nation in defence of water arrives in San Cristóbal

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 On 12 May the National Caravan for the Defence of Water, Land, Work, and Life arrived in San Cristóbal de las Casas Chiapas, having been organized by the Yaqui people of Sonora, Mexico.  Via three different routes (northern, north-western, and southern), Yaqui have been touring the country to raise awareness about their struggle against megaprojects.

About 50 members of the Southern Caravan marched in San Cristóbal de las Casas, together with constituent members of other social processes in favour of the right to water, neighbours from Cuxtitali, defenders of wetlands, and female members of the Movement in Defence of Land and Territory, which struggles for the participation of women and their recognition within decision-making processes, among other goals.

It should be stressed that the indigenous Yaqui people, who have for 3 centuries striven to defend their autonomy, territory, and right to water, have two of its members politically imprisoned: Mario Luna and Fernando Jiménez, both of whom are charged with kidnapping and robbery during the protests against the Independence Aqueduct, which transfers water from the Yaqui River to Hermosillo.  This outcome was based on the violation of the indigenous peoples’ right to prior consultation.

The three routes of the caravan will continue their paths toward the Mexican capital, where they plan to arrive on 22 May in a joint concluding action.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/chiapasnational-caravana-from-yaqui-nation-in-defense-of-water-arrives-in-san-cristobal/

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