JOINT COMUNIQUE 5
The Movement 10 of April for the defense of the Tabasará River
Against the ill-disposed actions of the government and the company GENISA, whose only intention is to impose on the popular will of the Ngäbe Bukle people and peasants, the Barro Blanco Hydroelectric project in the Tabasará River, before the same, we want to reiterate our opposition before the face of the country.
That the National government, through Vice-minister of government and Justice Luis Ernesto Carles, mocked the good intentions of the Ngäbe Bukle people, entertained the indigenous leadership and applying the dirtiest Machiavellian strategies to delay the conflict, arose from the dialog table, breaking the agreements of conversations; in this way it obtains that the National Police invades violently the site of the project, so that the company GENISA initiates the construction of the Hydroelectric project, against the wishes of the true indigenous authorities of the Ngäbe Bukle people.
As they do not obtain any agreement with the legitimate leaders of the M-10 Movement, the government and GENISA company, maneuver after they break the dialog with the communities; renegotiates under the table with the pseudo leader of the Congress by delegates of the Kadriri Region , Ercilia Mendoza, the same that was imposed by the National Government with less than the ten percent of the vote of that electoral farce organized by the electoral tribunal in October of year 2010; these spurious elections ignore the authentic traditional leadership led by agronomist engineer Celio Guerra chosen by overwhelming majority that is characterized by his vehement opposition of such inconsult hydroelectric and mining projects to the detriment of the Ngäbe Bukle Region.
In this same sense the Ngäbe Bukle people, as the peasant population show its rejection to these supposed renegotiations initiated by the company GENISA promoter of the mentioned project with this self denominated leader Ercilia Mendoza with accomplice approval of the National Government (to see the news”Ngäbes will renegotiate project Barro Blanco” by Flor Bocharel appeared in La Prensa of the day Wednesday 6 of July of 2011).
The government in association with the Kadriri Congress by delegates, favors the interests of the company GENISA, to ignore the collective property of the land, rivers and other resources of the Ngäbe Bukle people; as well, as the government desperately renegotiates the project with a puppet congress organized and funded by the same state, because its leadership only looks for personal and familiar and particular benefits with groups like CODICO SA, and the complicity of the opportunists: Candido Tugri, Guillermo Jiménez and Máximo Saldaña.
We make a call to the international community, to the Panamanian people, the Ngäbe Bukle people and peasants, to the national organizations of indigenous peoples, national social organizations, so that they express its solidarity with the M-10 Movement of the Tabasará, and participate in the different future actions against this ominous project, that will only enrich a few entrepreneurs to the detriment of the Ngabe Bukle people and peasants.
Given in the Ngäbe Bukle and peasant region, on the day 13 of July, 2011
President Movement 10 of April
XI General Congress Ngäbe Bukle