viernes, 2 de marzo * friday, march 2nd * 6:00p
Colombian Ambassador's Residence 1101 17th St NW Washington DC
After several years of organizing, members of ASOQUIMBO in Huila, Colombia have organized a regional general strike for several weeks in 2012 to stop construction of the Quimbo Dam. The strikers were violently assaulted by riot police on Feb. 16, and pressure has been building on the Minister of the Environment Frank Pearl and President Juan Manuel Santos to halt the dam's construction.
Join us at the Colombian ambassador's residence (Dupont Metro-Q St entrance) to send a message to Santos being heard in cities around the world, and in advance of land restitution demonstrations March 6th:
"The Quimbo Dam is a State Crime! Stop the Diversion NOT the Strike!"
The Quimbo Hydroelectric Project is the first dam to be built in Colombia entirely by a multinational corporation, Emgesa - an affiliate of Endesa-Enel - as part of the policies of creating investor confidence that have been imposed by recent presidents. This policy gives all the guarantees and support to the private corporations in detriment of the communities whose rights are violated.
The Quimbo Hydroelectric Project will inundate about 20,400 acres stretching over 34 miles within its reservoir, some of the region's most fertile land. This will destroy the food security of hundreds of communities that rely on small-scale fishing, coffee, tobacco and cacao, and artisanal miners and transport workers, among others that interact with the Magdalena River.