Yaqui Tribe Spokesperson Detained in Mexican State of Sonora

Mario Luna, Yaqui activist in the Mexican state of Sonora fighting for water rights. (Photo: RevolucionTresPuntoCerto)

Mario Luna, Yaqui activist in the Mexican state of Sonora fighting for water rights. (Photo: RevolucionTresPuntoCerto)

SIGN THE PETITION: http://redtdt.org.mx/2014/09/mario-luna-vocero-de-la-tribu-yaqui-detenido/

Mario Luna opposes the construction of an aquifer through the Yaqui river basin.

On Thursday morning, Yaqui tribal spokesman Mario Luna was whisked away in the City of Obregón in the Mexican state of Sonora by civilian-clothed officers who arrived in four unmarked cars. The officers were carrying out an apprehension order that was issued against Luna on June 14, 2013 by the Third Justice of the First Criminal Court of Hermosillo, Sonora.

Mario Luna faces trial where he is being charged with kidnapping and robbery for events that occurred on June 8, 2013 during a roadblock when a person drove through the barricade. The person was captured by the protestors and taken to the village station. However, Luna’s participation in this act remains unproven. His whereabouts are currently unknown.

On June 11, 2014, human rights organizations sent a letter to the Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior. The letter expressed concern that “this apprehension order masks the intent to misuse the criminal justice system in Mexico to persecute leaders of Yaqui tribal social movements in opposition to the hydraulic megaproject Independence Aquifer in the Yaqui riverbasin, half of which belongs to the tribe.”

According to a complaint filed by the civil society organization Peace Advisory Services (Servicios y Asesoría para la Paz), Luna’s detention comes in the context of a dispute over water in Yaqui territory flowing thorugh the Indpendence Aquifer to the state capital of Hermosillo. Luna was openly opposed to the construction and operation of the 172-km long aquifer slated to transport 60 million cubic meters of water per year across the basin.

A small victory for the Yaquis was won on June 9 when a eight District judge Octavio Bolaños Valadez refused to grant Enrique Martinez Preciado, owner of the State Water Commission in Sonora on June 9. The court decision came down “due to the fact that it is unclear which 50 percent of the water belonging to the Lázaro Cárdenas aquifier which flows to El Novillo belongs to the Yaqui tribe, Hermosillo shoudl be cut off from the water supply through the aquifer” said Judge Valadez in the ruling.

On Thursday morning, Yaqui tribal spokesman Mario Luna was whisked away in the City of Obregón in the Mexican state of Sonora by civilian-clothed officers who arrived in four unmarked cars. The officers were carrying out an apprehension order that was issued against Luna on June 14, 2013 by the Third Justice of the First Criminal Court of Hermosillo Sonora.

Mario Luna faces trial where he is being charged with kidnapping and robbery for events that occurred on June 8, 2013 during a roadblock when a person drove through the barricade. The person was captured by the protestors and taken to the village station. However, Luna’s participation in this act remains unproven. His whereabouts are currently unknown.

On June 11, 2014, human rights organizations sent a letter to the Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior. The letter expressed concern that “this apprehension order masks the intent to misuse the criminal justice system in Mexico to persecute leaders of Yaqui tribal social movements in opposition to the hydraulic megaproject Independence Aquifer in the Yaqui riverbasin, half of which belongs to the tribe.”

According to a complaint filed by the civil society organization Peace Advisory Services (Servicios y Asesoría para la Paz), Luna’s detention comes in the context of a dispute over water in Yaqui territory flowing thorugh the Independence Aquifer to the state capital of Hermosillo. Luna was openly opposed to the construction and operation of the 107 mile long aquifer slated to transport 60 million cubic meters of water per year across the basin.

http://telesurtv.net/english/news/Yaqui-Tribe-Spokesperson-Detained-in-Mexican-State-of-Sonora—20140911-0083.html

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