The meme reads, "Chubut is mobilized since Mariano Arcioni managed to reject the Popular Initiative. After arrests on Route 3, 2,000 people demonstrated in Trelew on Sunday. The marches multiplied."
On May 6, Chubut's parliament ruled out by 13 votes against 12 and two abstentions the IP project, which had the signing of over 30,000 voters accredited before the Electoral Tribunal.
It is the second IP rejected by local lawmakers since a similar bill was presented in 2014. The initiative was aimed at prohibiting large-scale mining activity in all its stages to avoid the use of any polluting, toxic or dangerous chemical substance.
"Every mobilization showed rejection of the mining re-urbanization project. Lawmakers are more in favor of the companies than of the people... With this decision, the mining lobbies win, and we lose," Workers' Party member Santiago Vasconcelos said.
Chilean President Piñera is handing over 5,000 hectacres of the Patagonia National Park to the Equus Mining Company. pic.twitter.com/zvsWUZd09y