While we meet in Marseilles for water justice, we receive terrible news from Mexico. A water and mining activist of Oaxaca, Mexico, has been murdered. Please consider signing, sending to Mexican authorities and sharing broadly the following letter.
March 2012, Marseilles, France
participants of the World Alternative Water Forum, a space for organizing the struggles
for water as a commons of humanity and nature. We have learned of the terrible
news that in Mexico, Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez, community activist of the
Coordination of People's United for the Ocotlan Valley (CPUVO) and the National
Assembly of the Environmentally Affected people, has been murdered. In these
events, Arturo Vásquez Sánchez (Bernardo's brother) and Rosalinda Dionicio
Sánchez also activists for the collective right to water in the community of
San José del Progreso, Oaxaca, were wounded in hands of gunmen giving service
to the Canadian Fortuna Silver Mines (locally this company is called Minera
Vásquez's assassination is part of a series of aggressions by the municipal
authorities of San José del Progreso, which act in service of the transnational
mining corporation. The last one of these was the murder of another community
activist in San José, Bernardo Méndez Vásquez last January 19.
that in Mexico, the transnational mining industry - particularly the Canadian -
is characterized for operating in impunity, with disregard to law, promoting
authorities corruption (through careful conflict engineering), intimidating
communities and destroying the life conditions of communities where it works.
We also know that the authorities of the state of Oaxaca and the federal
government have for years unattended the demands of the communities of Ocotlan
Valley in Oaxaca to close definitively the operations of this criminal mine.
that the Mexican government undertakes a complete investigation of the case to
find the murderers of Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez and cancel once and for all the operation
of Fortuna Silver Mines as the community of San José del Progreso, Oaxaca
solidarity with the families of Bernardo, Arturo and Rosalinda, we will be
following what happens.