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Battle against brewery continues in Mexicali

Opponents block shipment of huge tanks to construction site

Opposition to the construction of a brewery in Mexicali, Baja California, continued this week with the blockade of six huge tanks that were en route to the construction site.

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Members of Mexicali Resiste and sympathizers have blocked the shipment of the 30-tonne containers on the Mexicali-San Felipe highway in another chapter of the months-long battle.

The tanks were bound for the new Constellation Brands brewery, whose construction has triggered concerns over the effects the plant might have on the local water supply.

The tanks remain parked at the side of the highway, where the project’s opponents have set up a camp.

A spokesman told reporters that after preventing the advance of the containers they discovered the transportation firm didn’t have the necessary permit.

“They’re breaking the law,” claimed Jesús Galaz Duarte.

A second group of Mexicali Resiste members set up a camp at the entrance of the construction site, effectively stopping vehicles from coming and going, while a third camp is located on the eastern side of the site overlooking a farm irrigation system whose water, the protesters claim, was being illegally used in the construction.

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The organization has filed a formal complaint.

One member of Mexicali Resiste told the Tijuana newspaper Zeta that envoys from the state government, led by Interior Secretary Francisco Rueda Gómez, met with them yesterday in an attempt to convince the protesters to leave the site, charging that they were obstructing traffic.

The activists in turn asked for all the documentation and permits that allowed the brewery to be constructed site but there was no official response issued.

The state leader of the National Farm Confederation (CNC) also joined the protest. Rigoberto Campos González complained that federal authorities had not acted against the firms that were transporting the large containers, despite the fact they exceed cargo size limits.

He said it was the second time containers of that size had been transported to the brewery. Last March, he said, people’s appliances burned out after the power lines were cut.

This week, he continued, power was cut once again although residents were warned one hour ahead. But “a newborn baby and a child needing a nebulizer had to wait because Señora Constellation had to come through with her tanks.”

Constellation Brands, the third largest beer maker in the United States, filed a formal complaint before the state Attorney General’s office “for attacks on roads and means of transportation.”

The Mexico Resiste camps have been joined by Federal Police officers who are keeping watch over the entrance to the construction site.

Police said in a report that “18 people continue to protest peacefully at the entrance . . . spending the night on the site and installing tents without blocking the road.”

In Decemberejidatarios, or community land owners, also protested the construction of the brewery over water concerns.

The brewery’s capacity will be 1 billion liters annually and its water requirements are estimated at 15 million cubic meters per year, or close to 6% of the state’s annual consumption.

Source: Reforma (sp), Zeta Tijuana (sp)

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  • Mike S

    Boycott these huge international brewers and their piss water. Buy local micro brewery brands….so much better beer and better for Mx economy.

    • jessie

      Corona,dos xx, tecate, Modelo especial,and of course our beautiful tequila are 10x better than foreign beer ? ,so why build a plant??, Maybe it was the $$$$ millions in corruption money that these American company offer Mexican “local” authorities, should Trump administration stop these companies by continue to abuse Mexican labor? Or these astrocytes are not included in his famous wall????

      • cruz_ctrl

        hahaha, all those ‘Mexican’ beers that you cited are owned by Belgian company Anheuser-Busch InBev and Heineken International.

        • Ode García

          No, they are owned by Constellation Brands. Also, Lagunitas. There’s a lot of corruption in that deal.

          • Ode García

            They could not open their brewery in the US because they didn’t pass the regulations particularly in regards of pullition. So, they bought their way to Mexicali. What they were not expecting was that early this year, the governor of Baja California and city representatives of Mexicali were caught scamming people by charging them additional fees and taxes, the people protested and closed government buildings. No one was paying taxes, tags, etc. The people movilized and began to pay attention to news like this one, something that has never been seen from an apathetic community. At the same time, the news about the brewery spread, they told the people about the injustecess Constellation is doing specially against ejidarios, so then, it became a bigger movement. I wish them the best! And yes, boycotting those beers is essential.

        • jessie

          Come laugh at my face, I bet it wount be the same as hole

        • Vic M

          not so!!!!

        • Vernon King

          Tecate is owned by one big fat company and Modelo (Corona) is owned by another big fat company.

        • Janice Russ Story

          constellation brands include the following:
          Wine brands include Robert Mondavi, Wild Horse Winery, Clos du Bois, Franciscan Estates, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Ruffino, and The Prisoner. Constellation’s beer portfolio includes imported brands such as Corona, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo, Pacífico, as well as Ballast Point. Constellation Brands – Wikipedia
          Mexicali has many issue and water is at the top of the list. There are two river that run north from Mexico into the Saltine Sea about 50 miles north of Mexicali. Both rivers are highly polluted, sounds as though this might add to that pollution.

        • W.F. DePriest

          and they all taste like watered down beer

  • jessie

    Keep contalation Brewer American imperialism out of Mexico

    • cruz_ctrl

      too late! all major Mexican breweries are owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev and Heineken International.

      • jessie

        Totally not true

      • Vic M

        talking out of your arse again

  • Vickie Rama

    Money Talks !!! The same thing happens in the HOUSE, But that’s a lot of water in an area where they already have to be careful with water… SAD

  • william wallace

    EL PODER ECONOMICO DE LAS EMPRESAS ES VORAZ Y PUEDEN COMPRAR A CUALQUIER FUNCIONARIO QUE TIENE HAMBRE DE RIQUEZA Y EN BAJA CLIFORNIA SON LA MAYORIA. MAS LOS TRAICIONEROS PANISTAS QUE PROMETIERON EL CAMBIO Y ESTAN PEOR. MAS PORQUE ESTAN ESPECULANDO PARA ENCARECERLA PARA SAQUEAR RECURSOS

  • Vic M

    By opposing multi-nationals in Mexico, you actually help Americans who are also victimized by the corpotatocracy

  • Peter Maiz

    The leaders of Mexicali Resiste are most likely looking for money to stop their “movement”. Foreign investment is good for Mexico in the long run. It creates jobs and exports. We Mexicans don’t want to end up like Venezuela without medicines or food. Venezuela can’t even export oil because no one will lease it tankers and the ones they have are leaky and are not allowed into ports. Leaky oil tankers pollute ports and they are, therefore, banned from any port in the U.S. and the world.
    Ejido leaders are also looking for their “cut” when things are swirling. However, how it could affect the water supply could be a legitimate concern, so maybe all these groups may have a point. But the Mexican PRI has secret “bribe funds” to make the river flow more smoothly. Like Alvaro Obregon, as president of Mexico once said, “there is no opposing general in Mexico that won’t settle down with a large cannonade of pesos”.

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