Protests and artistic interventions in accesses to Mar del Plata to reject oil exploitation « Diario La Capital de Mar del Plata

Different social and socio-environmental organizations protested in three accesses of Mar del Plata against oil exploitation on the coast of the city.

In full tourism replacement, the demonstrators showed up on routes 2 and 11, where they reduced the roadway and, with artistic interventions and distribution of brochures, sought to make tourists aware of the environmental consequences that seismic exploration could generate with which the national government intends to advance.

“Honk the horn against the oil companies”, was one of the slogans for visitors during the protest that took place on route 2, at the height of the La Tapera stream bridge. Other similar actions were carried out on Route 11, in the northern area near Scaglia, and in the southern area, on 515th Street.

With flags and posters, the protesters made their claim visible, while with a megaphone and different chants they made their position known. “Neighbor, neighbor, don’t be indifferent, they install oil companies in the sea that belongs to the people” and “We don’t want oil companies, oil companies in the sea, if they manage to dig a well, what a mess it’s going to be,” were some of the comments songs that were heard at the protest sites.

In the demonstration that took place on route 2, the member of the Free Sea Assembly of Oil Companies, Fernanda Genoa, commented in dialogue with THE CAPITAL that the actions carried out had the objective of telling “those who are entering the city that the installation of oil platforms on the coast of Buenos Aires is promoted by the national state and that this will generate damage to the marine ecosystem and to the economies regions of coastal cities”.

In this sense, Genoa considered that the arguments presented by the officials who spoke in favor of this project were “quite poor in that there are no chances of accidents or spills and that it does not generate any pollution that damages the marine ecosystem. or reach our shores.”

“In a statement, we reported many accidents that occurred in the world and we also presented research work from universities that demonstrates the level of contamination that exists on the Argentine Patagonian coasts as a result of oil activity,” he said.

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The member of the Free Sea Assembly of Oil Companies, Fernanda Génova.

“What they tell us from the national government does not give us any security”added Genoa and explained that the Assembly is made up of “self-convened neighbors and socio-environmental and political organizations.”

It should be remembered that the mayor Guillermo Montenegro presented this Wednesday an appeal for amparo to stop oil exploration, authorized at the end of last year by the national government.

However, Genoa pointed out that “there are still political sectors that are trying to take off tepidly”, but that in this framework “It is necessary to establish a forceful position so that this does not take place”.

In the protest on Route 2, a artistic intervention in which a young woman in black personified oil, which touched and left dying different species, interpreted by people painted white.

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After this new day of protests, the first and for the moment the most massive had been on the Rambla, the activists plan to carry out another mobilization on Tuesday, which would be replicated in other coastal cities. In Mar del Plata, the new point chosen for the concentration will be the Anses offices located in Luro and Jara, from where they will march again towards the Rambla.

Finally, and when asked how they will act in the event that the oil exploitation project continues to be carried out, Genoa advanced: “We will continue fighting and being in the streets because there is a firm decision of society not to go backwards and not to give any space for this to advance”.

“What they are about to do is seismic exploration and this has an impact on marine fauna. In this first process there is already an impact and that is why the time to stop it is now”, he concluded.

The Federal Justice requests the
administrative actions

Federal judge Santiago Martín asked the national government for the administrative actions through which he authorized oil exploration in the Argentine Sea, just over 300 kilometers from the coast of Mar del Plata, and ordered the accumulation and connection of all related causes.

The decision to request reports from the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Nation was made based on the request of an individual with the aim of considering the possibility of granting the precautionary measure.

Attached to this file were the amparo action presented by Mayor Guillermo Montenegro, that of self-summoned environmentalists who invoked the right of whales to “freedom of movement” and that of Greenpeace.

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