Photos by Catherine Wendlandt
A hole for a pipeline remains in the San Antonio area of Guacimal. Construction froze when members of the local community began to protest the project, meant to take water from the Vera Cruz River. Photo by Catherine Wendlandt.
Protesters talk among themselves while waiting for SENARA, the government agency overseeing the project, to arrive. Community members formed a blockade to halt construction. Photo by Catherine Wendlandt.
An official from SENARA meets with the protesters midmorning to discuss the situation. Photo by Catherine Wendlandt.
A police officer looks on as the discussion between the protestors and SENARA becomes heated. Protesters called the police to the scene because SENARA did not have a permit to dig the pipeline. Photo by Catherine Wendlandt.
A man observes the scene as protestors talk with SENARA. Several members of the crowd shouted “mentiras,” Spanish for “lies,” when the official spoke. Photo by Catherine Wendlandt.
“Its an irrigation project that wants to take water out of the Vera Cruz River and the community of Guacimal is opposed to this happening because it would go to another district that’s not here,” protestor David Villalobos said. “And also it causes rivers to dry out, which has happened to the Acapulco and Aranjuez rivers.” Photo by Catherine Wendlandt.
Coffee and food for the protesters sit atop a car up a hill beyond the crowd. People had been blocking SENARA’s construction since 4 a.m. on Thursday. Photo by Catherine Wendlandt.
One protestor passes around a hat to raise money to buy lunch for the group. Photo by Catherine Wendlandt.
Several signs surround the scene. Meant to support the protest, many of the signs incorporated images of the river. Photo by Catherine Wendlandt.