martes, marzo 06, 2012

Washington DC says "Flood" the Colombian Ambassador's Residence! / Washington DC dice "Inunda" la Embajada Colombiana

Washington DC mobilizes against the Quimbo Dam for a second time!!
Washington DC se moviliza en contra el P.H. el Quimbo por una segunda vez!!

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.

HELP US "FLOOD" the Colombian ambassador's residence (Dupont Metro-Q St entrance) with people power to tell President Santos and Ambassador Silva:

"The Quimbo Dam is a State Crime! Stop the Diversion NOT the Strike!"


==In the Last Week==
-- Colombia's Attorney General announced the beginning of an investigation into the dam - the Interior Secretary's brother, as it turns out, is the president of Emgesa
-- Bogota's mayor has ordered the city's electric company, a major shareholder in the dam, on a fact-finding delegation to ASOQUIMBO
-- the videographer who shot a video of the repression has been forced into hiding (
-- solidarity actions have been held around the world
-- private company Emgesa began diversion of the Magdalena River

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.


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