Communiqué of the FPDT Atenco Against the New Illegal Incursions in Our Communities

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Communiqué of the FPDT Atenco Against the New Illegal Incursions in Our Communities

The Earth is not for sale, it is Loved and Defended

We denounce that today, May 23, 2016, around 8 am, workers of the airport group illegally entered the territory of Nexquipayac, escorted by more than 200 members of the federal, marine, state and municipal police. This was carried out with the intention to trace the fence to mark the perimeter of the airport that the government of Enrique Peña Nieto is trying to impose, flagrantly violating the court-ordered injunction brought by the communities affected. We express our total rejection of this work of death, and furthermore of the damages to the ecosystem of the Ribera of the ex-lake of Texcoco.

In this new illegal incursion there were also ejidal representatives of Ixtapan, Nexquipayac, Atenco, La Colonia Francisco I. Madero and Tocuilo who without consulting their assemblies nor their respective peoples, gave consent for this advancement of dispossession being carried out.

We also denounce the presence of the group of thugs made up mostly of people affiliated with the PRI, the same that participated in the destruction of the mural in Atenco, symbol of the struggle and defense of land. This group was similarly in the ejidal assembly of June 1st, 2014 and in the Agrarian Tribunal of Texcoco, all of these led by Andrés Ruíz Méndez who serves as municipal president of Atenco and at the same time as commissary de facto of the ejido of Atenco and Alejandro Santiago López, alias “el Oaxaco.

These illegal incursions are acts of provocation that the government is mounting to stir up the people and justify the repression against the communities and members of the the Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra.

With these actions, the lies of Enrique Peña Nieto are reiterated, since he reactivated the construction of the airport in September of 2014, he assured that our lands would not be taken. However, the perimeter of lake Texcoco that today they call federal zone is also part of our territory of which they are already destroying.

The utilization of workers for the airport come from our own towns using this as a tactic to divide the people and make us fight amongst each other, something that we have constantly rejected.

In this situation we have called upon the National Commission of Human Rights firstly, and also to the national and international independent organizations of human rights, as officials that can protest for the respect of life, of which we are defending and safeguarding in our territory.

We demand the cancellation of the new international airport of Mexico City and respect to the will of our people to exercise their right to self-determination.

We demand that they retire all types of military, federal and marine police bodies in our territories.

We name the three levels of government—federal, state, and municipal—responsible for the wrongdoings that continue against our community life and the risk they have imposed on us to be criminalized and repressed trampling our human rights.

The earth is for for sale, it is loved and defended!

Zapata lives, the Struggle Continues!

Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra

Poorly translated from the original here: http://atencofpdt.blogspot.mx/2016/05/comunicado-del-fpdt-atenco-ante-nueva.html

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