Still from video by Peru's news program Cuarto Poder, featuring activist Hitler Ananías Rojas Gonzales. Gonzales, 34, was shot five times the morning of 28 December 2015 as he walked to his house. He'd been fielding death threats and insults for years for his activism against a hydroelectric dam project that would exploit the waters of the Marañón River, one of the most important in the Amazon basin. Photo: Cuarto Poder / mongabay.com

By Ruxandra Guidi
30th December 2015

(mongabay.com) – The year is ending on a grim note in Peru: yet another environmental leader that vocally opposed a dam project has been murdered in his home in the town of Yagen, in the country’s Cajamarca region.

Hitler Ananías Rojas Gonzales, 34, was shot five times the morning of December 28 as he walked to his house. He’d been fielding death threats and insults for years for his activism against a hydroelectric dam project that would take advantage of the waters of the Marañón River, one of the most important in the Amazon basin.

Speaking to Peru’s La Mula online news site, the country’s National Human Rights Coordinator (CNDDHH) said the murder of Rojas Gonzales follows those of “Alberto Roque Cconislla in Apurímac, Francisco Ariza Espinoza in Ancash and Ronald Núñez Valdez in Cusco. These crimes against environmental leaders all remain unsolved.”

According to the news portal Servindi, the residents of Yagen say Rojas Gonzales had sworn that he would defend the Marañón River with “his own life.” He is said to have staunchly opposed the construction of the 574 feet-high Chadín 2 dam because it would cause the displacement of around 1,000 people and a series of environmental impacts.

Chadín 2 is a project of Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht, currently embroiled in a major corruption scandal over contracts and money laundering. Currently, construction is on hold due to widespread opposition from nearby communities in the regions of Cajamarca and Amazonas, but when it is completed, Chadín 2 is expected to generate around 700MW of electricity, the equivalent of 10% of Peru’s national demand. Odebrecht has two other controversial dam projects under development in the region: Río Grande I and Río Grande II. [more]

Another environmental activist is killed in Peru over his opposition to a major dam project

2 comments :

  1. Anonymous said...

    The United States considers activists and environmentalists 'terrorists'. The ridiculous 'logic' behind this absurdity is astounding. Capitalism as practiced in the world today (Big Oil, Big Ag, Pharmecuticals, Etc.) has killed MILLIONS of people now. Environmentalists have killed how many?

    The propaganda in the States is so complete now that idiotic Americunts are crying about the EPA cleaning up the rivers, lakes and streams. It's pathetic and misguided.

    A healthy, clean, safe, sane environment is hated by the right-wing capitalists the world over. They want to exploit it all. They don't care one iota if they ruin it all, which is what will happen.

    South America and Central America has seen quite a few activists killed. These are terrorists activities by corrupt corporations. Nobody should stand for this.

    Everybody will.  

  2. Anonymous said...

    Now look at this insanity: Armed Group Takes Over Federal Building

    These stupid idiots don't even have a clue what they're protesting for. They're unable to articulate this to anyone, yet they're going to "stay as long as it takes".

    The arson was proven in a court of law. But they're being careful to not mention that their there for the convicts. They're there for the "Constitution" and "the land".

    These are the same people that want to rape and pillage. They don't give a damn about the environment, the refuge or anything other then themselves. They're selfish, ignorant pricks in other words. It's not about "jobs" or "economic opportunity" either. They're refusing to recognize that preserved places MUST be maintained and honored.

    These idiots need to be in jail, given lessons on the Constitution and what it really means, and several courses of ethics and economics. They're simply stupid fools with guns and give all gun owners a bad name.

    Why are these clowns ALWAYS on the wrong side each time they decide to act? It's amazing really. They're always picking the wrong sides. Complete fools.  

 

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