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HRD Attack

30 Oct 2019

Defenders of the river Metlapanapa in Zacatepec, Puebla

Incident date
30 Oct 2019
Date accuracy
All Correct
Not applicable
Environmental concerns group
Intimidation & threats
Target: Group, Organisation or Institution
Location of Incident: Mexico
Other actors


Inhabitants of Juan C. Bonilla in Zacatepec, Puebla, Mexico have been protesting against the contamination of the River Metlapanapa due to the construction of industrial drainage. At least 20 companies intend to divert their toxic waste to the river Metlapanapa according to those who defend the river. On 30th October 2019, those protesting against the construction of the draining project were attacked by rubber bullets and tear gas by the militarised police force (Guardia Nacional). National organisations have appealed to the local and federal government to ensure the protection of those defending the river.