Labor exploitation, land grabbing and energy commodification are global mechanisms used by the financial and economic capital. This is reflected in all the countries that face similar processes.
The Panamanian government is imposing what indigenous movements call a “dam epidemic” after Law 8 to amend the Code of Mineral Resources was repealed. The law aimed to attract foreign investment in the sector. The mining threat gave way to the threat caused by big hydroelectric projects.
The Ascanio Villalaz hydroelectric Project in Panama directly affects the Kuna indigenous communities living in the border with Colombia. The residents are still waiting for a compensation since the works for the construction of the dam began in 1970.
Real World Radio interviewed Salvador Zuñiga, leader of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). He said that several Honduran communities are suffering increasing displacement and harsh repression since the coup d’état in June 2009.
“It is urgent that the international community expresses itself in favor of the respect of indigenous people’s right to land, their human rights and the physical integrity of the Rio Blanco communities”, said the Lenca feminist activist and leader of COPINH, Berta Caceres.