On the day of Pachamama, more than 3,000 people gathered on the Rosario-Victoria bridge, on the Rosario side, and there was also a demonstration in the city of Entre Ríos, to protest against the burning of the islands of the Paraná delta and to demand a law. of wetlands that protect that ecosystem. They asked for sanctions for those responsible for the ecocide that generates irreversible damage, with more than 55,000 hectares burned, a figure that increases day by day with new outbreaks of fire. A large number of people arrived on bicycles, there were also those who were on motorcycles and a few others on public transport. The organization asked for respect for social distancing at all times. “We are in a particular situation, we ask you to take care to wear the chinstraps and try not to share the mate,” one of the protesters, who took the megaphone before the start of the assembly, begged, evaluating how to continue the protests. The decision of the assembly was to cut the bridge again next week, in the absence of concrete responses to the most pressing request: that the cease fire.
“Pachamama is crying,” said a handwritten placard carried by a protester next to the Whipala flag. The demonstration began with a ritual of invocation to mother earth, performed by the couplets of the Paraná. A large number of artists came to express themselves, and that is why all afternoon the head of the bridge had a festive and colorful tone, although framed by the anger against the irreparable loss of flora and fauna.
The caravan of bicycles and other vehicles left the Flag Monument and reached the head of the bridge, over Rondeau. “We are many and we are here because of the wetlands law,” one of the protesters harangued before the start of the assembly, and asked that “everyone participate”, considering that “this is a giant voice that has to be heard and has to be heard.” to make it happen. ”
From the Assembly, and while the provincial deputy of the Social and Popular Front Carlos Del Frade spoke, Rodo Martínez assured that “there are many people in the surroundings, who do not want to get too close to the assembly because of the pandemic, but they are showing your support”. At the same time, a demonstration of about 60 people cut off the route on the other side of the Bridge, in Victoria.
For his part, Del Frade considered that yesterday’s mobilization was “something historic”. “You are very young, but those of us who have been involved in ecology for more than thirty years have never seen such an extraordinary mobilization in Rosario to defend the environment,” said the provincial deputy in the assembly that evaluated different measures to stop the destruction of the wetland. And he proposed an Interprovincial Environmental Assembly between Entre Ríos and Santa Fe.
“Every minute that passes is land that is burning down to maintain the same logic of production that they have had until now. We ask ourselves until when, what is the limit of all this. If it is possible to think of another type of development, with food, with a humanity that feels part of the environment and not outside, to dominate it, “said Martínez, who is a member of the Chair of Water at the National University of Rosario.
It is the third Saturday that the Rosario-Victoria Bridge is cut to make visible the social satiety with the burning in the Paraná Delta. “We are all the wetland,” was one of the banners carried by a protester. Each homemade poster contributed its own, such as “livestock is equal to ecocide” or “Wetlands yes, extractivism no”.
Among the proposals of the Assembly was evaluated to cut again next weekend. “We do not want more slaughterhouses, we do not want more ecocide,” a woman held up a yellow poster, written with a fibron.
There was also a mobilization on the Victoria side, where “a Multisectorial in Defense of Wetlands was formed – said Ana Fiol, a member of that organization -, in which different concerned and already organized sectors converged and other sectors were organized, with a huge commitment to the river and the ecology of the river, with an environmental commitment and to diversity. ” Also in Victoria there was a majority of young people. “A permanent guard was made all week in front of the Municipality,” said Fiol, who said that “the articulation with Rosario is permanent.” There were also drums in Victoria, and a decision to cut off traffic intermittently, so as to speak to the drivers to explain the situation. “We are peaceful and not very confrontational, that is why the demonstration was very festive, calm, in the Entre Ríos, outdoors, all with masks and distance. Here in Victoria we take care of ourselves and there are no cases. Still we go and claim for what it is ours and the future, “said Fiol.