Tuleños cierran filas contra el Gran Canal | La Prensa Noticias
Tuleños close ranks against the Grand Canal
“What do the countryfolk want? That the Chinese are gone!” shouted residents of El Tule, San Miguelito yesterday.
About two thousand people, including farmers, producers and people from communities and counties that would be affected by the construction of the Grand Interoceanic Canal in El Tule, jurisdiction of San Miguelito, Rio San Juan, joined protests against the mega project.
“The people of El Tule and producers demand respect for private property. No Canal. In the municipality of San Miguelito we are not sellers of land,” read the banners that led the long march that began yesterday at around 10:00 am and walked about four kilometers to go around the town and crossed the river bridge Tule, which traced the route of the controversial Canal.
On foot and horseback wearing the blue and white flag, banners, signs and amidst a torrential downpour, protesters arrived from the villages of El Roble, El Dorado I, II and III, Quebrada Seca, El Fajardo, La Tigra, El Naranjo, La Conquista, El Monge, El Tamboral, Los Portreros, Las Marias, Aguascalientes, El Congo and Las Raizones.
I started following this topic recently, as the whole Canal project is just possibly the biggest and from some perspectives, the best thing ever for Nicaragua. It could also end up being a half-dug ditch with all the environmental damages done but no funds to mitigate the damages. If the project is completed, if is not constantly maintained, no income will be there to fund mitigation efforts.
Decide one of two things: whether this is just a plain land grab of these poor campesinos but no actual Canal being built, OR do the project right and make sure it will be properly maintained going forward.
It appears I’m at the point of just hoping one of the worst-case scenarios does not come to pass…
Nicaraguan Insiders say yes, this project WILL HAPPEN but I urge caution as a World Bank representative recently said on an interview show here in Nicaragua that they have received no environmental, feasibility, route, financing, basically ANY data on this project. We’ll just have to wait and see…