Tuesday, November 2, 2010

99. International Day of Action to Cancel Zapotillo Dam Project, November 10

The following call is issued by the International Rivers.  KN
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We urge you to join in solidarity on November 10, 2010 to stop the Zapotillo Dam. On this day, we are asking communities and NGOs to organize actions at their nearest Mexican Embassy to demand the cancellation of this destructive project.

The Zapotillo Dam is being constructed on the Verde River in Mexico's Jalisco state to provide water to the neighboring state of Guanajuato. The project is proceeding without the consent of dam-affected communities. In addition, the appropriate environmental impact, cultural heritage and land use permits have not been granted.

We urge you to join us on November 10 and demand the cancellation of Zapotillo.

If you plan on organizing an action in your country, please email kross@internationalrivers.org,noalzapotillo@gmail.com and salvemostemaca@hotmail.com. If you are located in the United States, please sign our petition which will be posted shortly.

Suggested actions for International groups
  • Hold a demonstration at the Mexican Embassy in your country.
  • Ask for a meeting with the ambassador or consul general of Mexico and present a petition to the Mexican President urging him to cancel the project.
  • Take photos of your action. Include a sign that says “Los Ojos del Mundo Estan Puestos en Temaca.”
  • Publicize your actions in your local media.
Suggested actions in Mexico:
  • Join the protest in front of CONAGUA, the National Comission for Water
  • Present a protest letter to the regional representative of CONAGUA, calling for the cancellation of the Zapotillo Dam.
  • Make your own petitions to CONAGUA and CFE, calling for the cancellation of dam projects and compensation and reparations for those affected.
  • Take a photo in an emblematic place in your city, holding a sign whih says: Los Ojos del Mundo Estan Puestos en Temaca.”
  • Publicize your actions in the local press. 
Email Kate Ross at kross@internationalrivers.org.

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