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Megaprojects militarization

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Slides from the Chiapas Support Committee's presentation at the US Social Forum 2010 Workshop on "Megaprojects and Militarization in Mexico"

  • These slides are from the Chiapas Support Committee's presentation during the workshop 'Megaprojects and the Militarization of Mexico' held at the U.S. Social Forum in June 2010. For more information, see Chiapas-Support.org.
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Megaprojects militarization

  2. 2. TWO RELATED INITIATIVES <ul><li>The Merida Initiative (Plan Mexico) - U.S. Government funding Mexican militarization under the guise of the “War on Drugs” and “protecting our border” </li></ul><ul><li>The Mesoamerica Project (Plan Puebla Panamá) - a regional “development” plan to build the infrastructure for implementing “free trade” agreements (NAFTA and CAFTA) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Map of Mexico and the Maya World (outlined in red)
  4. 4. 2001, SAN SALVADOR ATENCO; 1st resistance to a PPP Megaproject: a new airport for Mexico City
  5. 5. REVENGE ON SAN SALVADOR ATENCO: Police Terrorism on May 3 and 4, 2006
  6. 6. People’s Front in Defense of Land (FPDT) Mobilizes: Demands Release of 12 Political Prisoners
  7. 7. GUERRERO: La Parota Dam; a megaproject to supply electricity to hotels in Acapulco
  9. 9. Eastern Chiapas (outlined in yellow)
  10. 11. WHAT’S BEHIND “DEVELOPMENT”? <ul><li>Tourism (including “eco-tourism”, “adventure tourism”, “archeological tourism”, and “cultural tourism” - not Zapa-tourism) </li></ul><ul><li>Mining (gold and other minerals) </li></ul><ul><li>Monocrop agriculture for conversion to biofuels (African palm plantations, pinion trees) </li></ul><ul><li>Oil </li></ul><ul><li>Water (fresh, sweet water for bottling and hydroelectric power) </li></ul><ul><li>Precious woods </li></ul><ul><li>Bioprospecting (pharmaceuticals, cosmetics) </li></ul>
  11. 12. MEGAPROJECTS: Puente Chiapas (Chiapas Bridge) over the Malpaso Dam
  12. 13. MEGAPROJECTS: Puerto Chiapas (Port Chiapas)
  13. 14. MEGAPROJECTS: Puerto Chiapas (Port Chiapas)
  14. 15. MEGAPROJECTS: Puente San Cristóbal
  15. 16. MEGAPROJECTS: New Chiapas Airport
  16. 17. MEGAPROJECTS: Chiapas Dams
  17. 18. TWO CURRENT PROJECTS <ul><li>San Crist óbal to Palenque superhighway </li></ul><ul><li>Ruta Maya (Maya Route) ecotourism project </li></ul>
  18. 19. San Cristóbal de las Casas, a Colonial Tourist City
  19. 20. San Crist óbal Tourism
  20. 21. TierrAdentro, a Zapatista Space in San Cris
  21. 22. TierrAdentro, a Zapa-Space in San Cris.
  22. 23. The Palace at Palenque, a Ceremonial Center of the Ancient Maya
  23. 24. Agua Azul Cascades: attacking the Zapatistas to make way for a “World Class Resort Destination”
  24. 26. Agua Clara, a Swimming Spot Next to Agua Azul
  25. 27. Misol Ha Waterfall
  26. 28. Mitzitón and Flores Magón Communities Announce Protest of New Palenque Highway
  27. 29. Murder of Aurelio Hernández, July 2009. Mitzitón Protests and Blocks Road
  28. 30. Across the Highway from Mitzitón
  29. 31. Mitzitón and Flores Magón Communities Announce Protest of Palenque Highway
  32. 35. CHIAPAS: Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve; evicting the Maya to make way for the “Ruta Maya”
  33. 37. Deep in the Cañadas (Canyons) East of Ocosingo, one part of the Lacandón Jungle
  34. 38. Upper Jataté River Flows Through the Cañadas
  35. 39. Bonampak Ruins Yaxchilán Ruins
  36. 40. Maya Ruins of Yaxchilán
  37. 41. Getting to the Yaxchilán Ruins – Crossing The Usumacinta River