Hydro Dam Project in Guatemala Defeated After Eight Year Struggle

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from Intercontinental Cry with thanks… After eight years of struggle, communities in Santa Cruz Barillas, Guatemala, are celebrating a decision by Spanish company Ecoener-Hidralia to leave Guatemala and start the “process of extinction of Hidro Santa Cruz S.A”.

The Dec. 29 announcement signals the end to a tragic legacy of political persecution and imprisonment, criminalization of resistance, threats and the murder of social leaders.

The aggressiveness of the hydro dam’s proponents reached its highest point with the murder of community leader Andrés Pedro Miguel, attributed to security officers hired by the multinational company. Legal authorities, even in light of undisputed evidence, decided to keep this crime unpunished.

Police repression - Police repression even during funerals of the community's leaders. Source: http://bloglemu.blogspot.be/2013/10/represion-y-criminalizacion-de-las_4.html Police repression – Police repression even during funerals of the community’s leaders. Source: http://bloglemu.blogspot.be/2013/10/represion-y-criminalizacion-de-las_4.html

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