Court Rules Monsanto Construction is Unconstitutional in Malvinas, Argentina

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Excellent news from Malvinas Argentina! The Chamber of Labor has issued a court ruling today upholding an injunction that was filed in September 2012 by Malvinas Lucha por la Vida effectively paralyzing construction on the new Monsanto plant.

Photo by: ECOS Cordoba

Photo by: ECOS Cordoba

The Chamber of Labor ruled that Monsanto must suspend all construction operations on the new plant until the results of the environmental impact study are reviewed and also called for a referendum to see if local inhabitants are in favor or against the Monsanto venture. Today’s court ruling declared the ongoing construction of the new GMO seed plant unconstitutional.

Attorney Federico Macciocchi reading the sentence Photo from: Malvinas Lucha por la Vida

Attorney Federico Macciocchi reading the sentence
Photo from: Malvinas Lucha por la Vida

Representatives from Monsanto say they will appeal the decision to the High Court and issued the following statement:

“We consider our right to build legitimate since we have complied with all legal requirements and have obtained authorization to build according to the regulations”.

Monsanto claims they have already presented the environmental impact study and that it is in the process of evaluation by the provincial Secretary of the Environment. The study has not been made available for public review.


Monsanto also said the following about the Malvinas protesters who have been camped at the blockade for 113 days and counting:

“It’s been more than three months that Monsanto employees and contractors cannot exercise their right to work due to the actions of extremists that block the entrances of the property, exerting violence and systematically disregarding judicial decisions”.

"Violent" protesters at blockade Photo from: ECOS Cordoba

“Violent” protesters at blockade
Photo from: ECOS Cordoba

We reported in October that legal proceedings were underway to stop the construction of the new Monsanto plant in Cordoba province. The project was initially approved by the CTI (Technical Interdisciplinary Commission). Attorney Raúl Montenegro for Malvinas Lucha por la Vida stated in October:

“We have filed a criminal complaint to inform the prosecutor of certain irregularities in violation of environmental law that have occurred in the heart of the Ministry of the Environment which is involved with authorizations of projects.”

 

The ongoing blockade has served to halt ongoing construction while they wait for the legal system to take its course. Today’s outcome is a victory in the right direction but Sofia Gatica representing Madres de Ituzaingo Anexo has said the blockade will continue now that they have advanced their claim while they wait for the results of the environmental impact study and public referendum.

Video of protesters receiving news of today’s verdict:

Source: http://www.cba24n.com.ar/content/amparo-favor-de-asambleistas-paraliza-la-obra-de-monsanto

Photo by: ECOS Cordoba

Photo by: ECOS Cordoba

 

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