“Now they want to sell the lithium, but at the cost of contaminating the salt pans and poisoning our people,” denounces an indigenous leader. The indigenous communities oppose a constitutional reform that they consider violates their rights.
Indigenous communities from the province of Jujuy, in northern Argentina, demonstrated in Buenos Aires to defend their lands and natural resources, and denounce that their rights are being violated.
The march takes place in the midst of a turbulent political climate in Jujuy after the approval of a constitutional reform, promoted by Governor Gerardo Moraleswhich according to its detractors, criminalizes the right to protest and curtails indigenous land rights amid exploitation plans to obtain lithium.
“Now they want to sell lithium, but at the cost of poisoning our peoples”
“They sell gasoline, diesel, and now they want to sell lithium, in the name of clean energy, but at the cost of contaminating the salt flats, destroying the highlands, the valleys, Jujuy, and poisoning our towns,” denounced the indigenous leader. Willy Suvelza.
In the mobilization, in which civil society organizations also participated, the communities demanded the annulment of the constitutional reform approved in mid-June in Jujuy.
“We do not have justice in Jujuy. We have been fighting for two months now, that is why today We come to demand from the Nation the annulment of the constitutional reform. We ask for justice and that the laws be respected. We are defending good living, water and nature,” said Erika Cañari, a member of the Third Malón de la Paz.
“We make this march for our rights, for our landsfor our waters, for our natural resources,” said Juana Coria, another indigenous leader who participated in the demonstration.
A hundred indigenous communities took part in the march, which has covered more than 1,300 kilometers on foot and by bus from Jujuy, on the border with Bolivia, to Buenos Aires.
The indigenous communities together with civil society organizations have filed an unconstitutionality action before the Supreme Court of Justice of the province of Jujuy against the reform of the provincial Constitution and, in addition, have requested a precautionary measure to suspend the application of the new provincial magna carta.
This precautionary measure has already been rejected by Jujuy Justice.
The protests against the reform focus on certain articles that establish prohibitions to social protest and legislate violating environmental principles.