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Americas Program | Mexican Forest Defender Framed

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    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What s New at the Americas Program “A New World of Ideas, Analysis and Policy Options”
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 4, 2005
      What's New at the Americas Program
      �A New World of Ideas, Analysis and Policy Options�

      January 4, 2005

      New from the IRC's Americas Program:

      Supporters Say Another MexicanForest Defender Framed
      By Kent Paterson

      Dashing and handsome, Gabriel Soto shines as the ecological superhero of the
      currently hot Mexican soap opera Mujer de Madera. He is cast as Carlos G�mez,
      a passionate, young official of Mexico's Environment and Natural Resources
      Secretariat who risks his life battling gun-toting caciques (rural bosses),
      illegal loggers and psychopathic traffickers of endangered animals.

      But in real life Mexico, it�s most often citizen activists like Felipe Arreaga
      S�nchez who take on the forest predators -- and suffer the consequences. A
      decades-old veteran of timber wars in the southern state of Guerrero, the 55-year-old
      Arreaga has witnessed relatives murdered and been driven from his home on at
      least two occasions. Now he sits in a Zihuatanejo jail cell confronted with
      what his supporters say is a trumped-up murder charge. �The accusation lacks
      soundness and seems to be the re-initiation of a new wave of repression against
      forest defenders,� said members of the Zihuatanejo-based environmental group
      SOS Bahia.

      Kent Paterson is a freelance journalist based in Albuquerque, NM, and a frequent
      contributor to the IRC Americas Program (online at http://americaspolicy.org).

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