Indigenous People and Environmentalists Organize March in Boquete

Saturday, February 25 2012 @ 04:53 PM UTC

Contributed by: Don Winner

Boquete, Chiriqui. Environmentalists and indigenous people from the district of Boquete are organizing and preparing a march through the main streets of this region. The march will be in support of their colleagues in Panama - who are participating in the dialog over mining - so that the government hears them properly and meets their demands on this topic. The activity is scheduled for Sunday, 26 February 2012, at noon. The point of concentration will be the José Domingo Médica park in Boquete.

Ezequiel Miranda, president of the Association for the Conservation of the Biosphere, said the fight is not only for Cerro Colorado, but for all regions where there is the possibility of mining. "What we want is that the government does not grant more concessions, for Cerro Colorado not to be exploited, so that the environment is not affected, because we do not want to have more affectations, nor for the health of Panamanians to be the losers in this mining activity," he said.

Meanwhile, Cristian Carpintero, a spokesman for the Indians, said they are already organizing the march. "And the government knows there is a large group that is not fooled by anything or anyone," he said.

On Monday 27 February the dialog will be resumed over the amendments to the Code of Mineral Resources in the National Assembly, which adjourned for Carnival on 17 February. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: I love it when these guys pull down their pants, expose their ass, and finally tell the truth. The don't want any mining, anywhere in the country. This argument is not over Cerro Colorado or mining in the indigenous region, but rather the environmentalists are using and exploiting the Indians in an attempt to promote their larger agenda - they don't want any mining to occur, or hydro electric power facilities to be built, anywhere in the entire country, or the world for that matter. And unfortunately, the Indians are allowing themselves to be manipulated. It's simply sad.

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