Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Today's Video: Noe Vasquez

We continue our videos highlighting violence against Latin American environmentalists with a quick look at Noe Vasquez.

The 30-year-old had campaigned against the construction of a hydroelectric dam in eastern Mexico that critics claimed would affect the water supply to local communities. On August 2, 2013 he was scheduled to speak at the start of a meeting of other Mexican environmental activists.  Yet he was murdered while trying to gather flowers for the beginning of the conference.  Investigators believed he was kidnapped by three assailants, had his limbs bound with rope and was stoned to death.

"His death leaves us with hunger for justice, but also strength because his death came as a shock to us," said Gabriela Sainz, a colleague of Vasquez.

"We are not at ease, we want to continue fighting for the cause he defended and to find out what really happened to him....We have to keep fighting", added Sainz days after Vazquez was killed.

Below the page break is a brief Spanish-language video showing an exhibition of artwork by Vazquez in his native Veracruz and held days after he passed away.

YouTube source - user José Antonio Aranda Ruiz

Online source (English) - Radio Mundo Real

Online source (Spanish) - La Jornada

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