PortandTerminal.com, June 23, 2020
Conflicts date back to 2012 when a consortium of companies tried to build a huge, 396-megawatt offshore wind farm planned for a narrow spit of land in a lagoon near San Mateo.
MEXICO CITY – The municipal government of San Mateo del Mar, in Oaxaca, Mexico, reported Monday that an armed group killed 15 people, including two women, after torturing and burning them alive. The victims were killed as the result of a longstanding feud over a wind-power project.
Associated Press (AP) reports that local government officials say that the victims were killed in an attack by a group of dissident townspeople on Sunday night.
But dissidents who successfully opposed wind power projects in the largely Indigenous area say the mayor’s followers ambushed them at a coronavirus checkpoint and began shooting. The dissidents said “several” people were wounded but did not provide an exact figure on those wounded by gunshots.
The prosecutors office in the southern state confirmed the figure of 15 dead, and said a detachment of four detectives, 80 state police and 39 National Guard members had been sent to the scene of the killings.
It was not clear whether the confrontations Saturday and Sunday in San Mateo del Mar began at one of the “sanitary” checkpoints that have sprung up in recent months to stem the spread of coronavirus.
The area has been coveted for its open, windy coast, and the two sides have been feuding for years. The conflicts date back to 2012 when a consortium of companies tried to build a huge, 396-megawatt off-shore wind farm planned for a narrow spit of land in a lagoon near San Mateo.
The opponents managed to block the project, arguing it would affect their fishing, farming and sacred spaces.
Many residents belong to the Ikoots Indigenous group, sometimes known as the Huaves.
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