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Nicolas Vazquez is part of the groups resisting the building of dams and the installation of mining megaprojects in the Bariloche ski resort, Rio Negro province, Argentina. They were inspired by the groups that organized in response to the country’s economic crisis in 2001.
Vazquez travelled to Guatemala to participate in the 5th Meeting of the Latin American Network Against Dams, for Rivers, their Communities and Water, held in early October.
During his presentation, Nicolas explained how their struggle against megaprojects is inspired in the Peruvian experience against gold mining, and how it led to the passing of legislation that stopped the extractive industry in Rio Negro and other provinces.
Since 2011-2012 there has been a new “offensive” by mining corporations in several provinces of the Cordillera. “Today, we have been able to stop almost all projects that began in 2012 and we believe that the struggle of our grassroots movement has been successful in Argentina”, said Nicolas.
The group is called Unión de Asambleas Ciudadanas (UAC) and it comprises dams in the Uruguay river, movements such as Malvinas Argentinas Lucha por la Vida in Cordoba province, as well as in the south, in Rio Negro.
A two-and-a-half year process of work which resulted in a meeting with several thousand Brazilian peasants; “a process that didn´t start now, and that won´t end here”, said Itelvina Massioli, national leader of the peoples´ struggle for land, agrarian reform and food sovereignty, in interview with Real World Radio after the 6th Congress of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST).
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