Since 2009, Hidralia Energia, through its subsidiary Hydro Santa Cruz, has been planning a series of dams on the Q’am B’alam river that surrounds the town of Santa Cruz Barillas. The proposed project would be installed in an area used by the community for ceremonial, recreational, and agricultural purposes. The project will also have significant impacts on the already fragile natural environment. This talk will focus on a recent campaign to stop a hydroelectric dam in the Mayan community of Barillas, Huehuetenango in Guatemala, and how it relates to a broader trend towards neo-liberalism and militarization by the government there.
Danielle DeLuca is originally from the Boston area but has been living in Guatemala for the past three years, working with Indigenous Peoples on different programs through Cultural Survival.