Communiqué of the FPDT Before the Provocation of Companies and a Choque Group in the Ejido of Tocuila
To the solidarity organizations
To the people of Mexico
We denounce the federal government for insisting on invading and plundering the land of our peoples. Today they returned in violation of suspension ordered by the judge’s injunction 349/2016- III dated July 26th, 2016. As the ejido members of Tocuila we oppose, as do many of the dignified campesinxs, the sale and plundering of our land. We denounce the following:
For a long time we have seen the presence of heavy machinery in the ejidos of Tocuila which had remained inactive until a few hours ago. Around four in the afternoon our compañerxs alerted to the advance of the machinery along with a microbus full of unknown people, in the majority young, and to our surprise lead by the ejido commissioner of Tocuila, Humberto Elizalde.
The compañerxs that were in the encampment tried to explain to them that they could not advance since the land is not for sale and because it is protected by an injunction (349/2016-III). However, the explanation didn’t have effect, and the group advanced. When they arrived to the encampment, the ejidal commissioner, Humberto Elizalde, gave the order that the compañerxs abandon the place showing some papers that presumably were the checks paid for the sale of the land. The youth who made up the choque group got off the microbus and immediately destroyed and dismantled the tarps and the truck cab that has served as refuge and the point of resistance since April 11 intensifying the threat of dispossession. The machine also advanced and began to tear into the earth as if they were leaving a warning in the eyes of our compañerxs that until the last moment maintained cautious. It is obvious that the federal government would have liked a provocation to take place to give justification for repression, but the whole time the people that were defending the land remained contained.
It should be noted that after more than two hours of provocation, the choque group and the machinery were removed and positioned in the highway Peñon-Texcoco. As such, the compañerxs could return to and rebuild the encampment.
In addition to this act, we add two notes that are important to consider:
- Sunday August 14, an ejidal assembly took place in the community of Tocuila. This was imposed on the community similarly as to what occurred in Atenco June 1, 2014. As on that occasion, the commissioner Humberto Elizalde, manipulated the participants, transporting people in, not permitting the compañerxs that defend the land to talk. In these conditions of heavy tension and pressure, he approved the sale of the communal land (roads and bridges) for 1000 pesos per square meter.
- Wednesday August 17th, the Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México (GACM) and the Cámara Mexicana de la Industria de la Construcción (CMIC) announced an agreement to create jobs in the construction phase of the airport, addressed to the habitants of the municipalities of Atenco and Texcoco.
Before this emergency situation and the governmental threat through the escalating provocative actions and repression:
We invite on all our brothers, the solidarity organizations, collectives and media, to the press conference that will take place in the reconstructed encampment. The date will be Friday August 19th to begin at 9 in the morning in the Plaza of Tocuila, to go to the camp and begin at 10am.
The land is not for sale, it is loved and defended!
Frente de Pueblos en Defense de la Tierra-Tocuila
Poorly translated from the original here: http://atencofpdt.blogspot.mx/2016/08/comunicado-del-fpdt-ante-provocacion-de.html