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Volume 18, Number 1
January 9, 2012
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Studies manipulated to dispossess a community
by the April 10th Movement in Defense of the Tabasara River (M-10)

The inhabitants of the area directly and indirectly affected by the Barro Blanco project assert our rights publish the decision about possession of the reservoir area of the Barro Blanco project:

1. The inhabitants of Rio Tabasara were never informed prior to the environmental impact assessment in the area.

2. After having completed the environmental impact study, 6.68 hectares, which are owned by seven members of the community who are responsible for the collective use of land, were added.

3. The landowners are now aware that these 6.68 hectares are included in the environmental impact study, but have no knowledge of the area that the project will occupy for the reforestation area.

4. The execution of the project without informing the residents, leaving the population unaware, violates the principle of Law 10, which created the Ngäbe-Bugle Comarca.

5. The forum held by that company was not in the ​​impact area.

6. We have seen the proposals from the promoter for compensation for our land, which in our opinion are laughable and a mockery of the Earth that nourishes life.

7. With the revision of the environmental impact study submitted to the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) --- an addendum increasing the project from 19 to 28 megawatts and the reservoir from 36 to 43 meters in height --- the analysis of the elevation of the affected area as approved can not be maintained.

8. The ANAM and ASEP resolutions approving the environmental impact study were for the benefit of the company, without prior investigation about whether the resolutions could affect the environment of the area of the comarca.

9. Furthermore, this proposal ignores the female members of the community and discriminates against the presence of children.

10. The cost of our land goes beyond that which the company has proposed.

11. At the first meeting between ANAM, the Barro Blanco company and government it was discovered that the environmental impact study was manipulated.

12. Landowners, who are being asked, believe that with the latest technology in power generation such as solar panels, wind and tidal power it is not necessary to install the company's dam on indigenous land.

13. ANAM, ASEP and the government are bundled together in a single blanket and they care very little about violating the rights of indigenous peoples.

14. Adequate time was not given to the comarca authorities to discuss the Barro Blanco project with the General Congress, and these authorities now find out about the contentious issue in our area, with the company taking advantage of the low awareness of our authorities about the project.

15. In the construction of the Barro Blanco project our rights to be free and protected by law are overturned.

16. Constitutional rights, Law 10 and other basic principles such as the Universal Declaration on Indigenous Peoples do not allow the government or the Barro Blanco Company and its promoters to impose their business without the consent of the population.

17. The company would not only affect the land, but also all other forms of natural and cultural life in our environment, including all living beings.

18. We believe that the Earth is not a commodity, so we do not know how much the price can be, because the land is priceless and not a business.

19. For these reasons and others we, the owners of the fincas, do not agree to any course of business that we believe is not profitable for us and our families.


Pablo Carpintero 4-709-1197 finca #30
Luis Jiménez 4-PI-14927 finca #26
Cecilio Jiménez 4-PI-1-2685 finca #30
Manolo Miranda R. 4-P1-14-720 finca #28
Manolo Miranda hijo 4-713-1091 finca #28
Rubén Jiménez 4-PI-7-889 finca #24

General opinion

Since 1492 upon the arrival of the Spanish in our land, the politicans and economic powers have always used their laws to invade us and to undermine our people's knowledge. Central America was not conquered by economic means but through the slaughter of our people. The international background for the companies to suppress indigenous peoples appears in the story of 1492. It is not over. Let's be clear: the inhabitants and owners of the land and the April 10th Movement will do no business with and will not welcome any company that opposes our self-determination and our rights.







    

Also in this section:
Editorials: Volume 18; Thug rant; and Arnulfo's bones and Floyd's
Harrington, Annus Horribilis
Waters, Occupy
Thurston, Comparing two Panama Cities
Wiese, The sensei
Inter-American Press Association, Freedom of the press in 2011
Bloice, Obama's ominous arming of despots in the Gulf
Lara, Martinelli lashes out at media owners for reporting about corruption
Frente Amplio por la Democracia, About the election laws
Keller, Antisemites and kindergartens
Shah, Put Baby Doc on trial
Gandásegui, Martinelli and the business dinosaurs
Baker, Budget balancers and global warmers
Valencia, Chávez's illness: is the left all right in Venezuela?
Human Rights Foundation, Three years in jail and $40 million fine for journalist
Bruce, First in the Nation
Payne, Panama president tries to silence the press
Beale, Peace Corps safety measures
Perkins, Policy to kill emerging countries' economies
Jackson, An astounding environmental mockery
Zamora, Military maneuvers in the country without an army
Mast, Amanda
April 10th Movement, Barro Blanco promoters' bid to dispossess a community
Sirias, A hero from the Golden Era
Letters to the editor


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