Eyes on Mexico: Indigenous Communities Facing Down Foreign Extractive Industries
The human rights and lands of Mexico’s indigenous communities have come under threat from international mining and agricultural companies in recent years. In just one example of the tension between these groups, activists have been fighting against the proposed Morelos Comprehensive Project, which would include two thermoelectric plants, a gas pipeline to supply the plant with natural gas from Tlaxcala state and an aqueduct. Local indigenous communities have raised serious concerns about health and safety, and an anti-pipeline activist was killed last month, just days before a scheduled referendum on the energy project. To discuss, we are joined in studio by Mexican attorney Jorge Fernandez Mendiburu, who works with Mayan communities.