Eyes on Mexico: Indigenous Communities Facing Down Foreign Extractive Industries

Mexico's new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, center, participates in a traditional indigenous ceremony at the Zocalo, in Mexico City, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. Mexicans are getting more than just a new president Saturday. The inauguration of Lopez Obrador will mark a turning point in one of the world's most radical experiments in opening markets and privatization.
Mexico's new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, center, participates in a traditional indigenous ceremony at the Zocalo, in Mexico City, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. Mexicans are getting more than just a new president Saturday. The inauguration of Lopez Obrador will mark a turning point in one of the world's most radical experiments in opening markets and privatization. Marco Ugarte / (AP Photo/)
Mexico's new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, center, participates in a traditional indigenous ceremony at the Zocalo, in Mexico City, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. Mexicans are getting more than just a new president Saturday. The inauguration of Lopez Obrador will mark a turning point in one of the world's most radical experiments in opening markets and privatization.
Mexico's new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, center, participates in a traditional indigenous ceremony at the Zocalo, in Mexico City, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. Mexicans are getting more than just a new president Saturday. The inauguration of Lopez Obrador will mark a turning point in one of the world's most radical experiments in opening markets and privatization. Marco Ugarte / (AP Photo/)

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.