Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Damn the Dam! A Photo Essay.






There's a tale to be told here! On Tuesday afternoon the main road in Zona Dorada was blockaded by women whose homes are to be removed for a federal project. As I understand it, casas in 6 villages and small towns have been purchased by the government as part of eminent domain for the building of a dam. Women from these villages were protesting both the project and the unfair, small amount of remuneration they received for the abandonment of their homes and property. Spokeswomen were there handing out information about the protests. Most motorists in the long lines were sympathetic, but one woman was visibly angry and tried to bull her way throught the blockade...to no avail and to the jeers of the crowd. Other motorists used the opportunity to use their cell phones, probably to inform friends and family about the situation in which they found themselves. The bystanders watching the protest supported the women as far as I could tell.

7 comments:

Olivier said...

te voila journaliste, beau photo reportage. Je comprends que ces femmes se battent pour sauver leurs maisons.
journalist, nice photograph report veiled you. I understand that these women fight to save their houses.

Abe said...

Oh my goodness, Kate. My mouth is watering after reading your post about your neighbors and how good she cooks. I haven't had real Mexican food since 1952 in Tucson, Albuquerque and Houston. That's far too long. KFC don't have really good Mexican style food. It is like a Mcdonald's hamburger not measuring up to those my wife prepares with a large slice of onion and some mustard. Oh my.

Those are the actual colors of the eggs you saw in the nest. I took on a footstool and held up a mirror and took the picture in the mirror.

Saretta said...

How awful to be evicted and poorly recompensed to boot!

Nancy said...

How sad for these people. I admire these women for protesting. Please keep us updated.

Miss Mexico - we used to go to Baja alot but are afraid to with all the recent violence.

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

very interesting.

photowannabe said...

Sad to hear of the families being evicted and small remuneration. I would hate to have that happen to me.

Carraol said...

Hi Kate, great piece of photo journalism, this kind of blockades are sadly quite often in the cities of our country. Bad politics.