Chiapas/Oaxaca: #WeMigrantsAre132

From 12 to 14 June 2012, human-rights activists and dozens of undocumented Central Americans carried out a series of activities “with the intention of focusing national attention on the question of migrants, something that has not been profoundly examined by those aspiring to the presidency of the Republic.”  They took the train from Arriaga, Chiapas, to Ixtepec, Oaxaca, this route being one that unites the two cities that is one of the principal means by which undocumented workers enter Mexico.  Under the protection of security forces from the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, federal corporations, the Mexican Army, the CNHD, and the Beta Group, the protestors carried out a mobilization and march through the streets and train-tracks of Arriaga, the route of “the Beast” from Arriaga to Ixtepec, a stop in Ixtepec, and a meeting with the Coordination of #IAm132 Central Office of the Isthmus.

The human-rights defenders and Central American migrants created the movement #WeMigrantsAre132 and requested the support of the national movement #IAm132 so that the latter include the question of migration in its petitions to the presidential candidates.  Rubén Figueroa from the Mesoamerican Movement recalled that “More than 60% of the migrants who cross through Mexico are youth between 15 and 30 years of age, and they suffer persecution, abuses, murder, sexual exploitation, kidnapping, and rape at the hands of organized crime with the complicity of the authorities.  From this is seen the need for the vital energy of this movement of youth to adopt the cause of the migrants, both Mexicans abroad as well as those migrants who arrive here to Mexico, as central to the platform on human rights.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de prensa del Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano (15 de junio de 2012)

Protesta #YoSoy132 en Chiapas; se unen activistas e indocumentados(Milenio, 12 de junio de 2012)

Activistas piden a candidatos presidenciales pronunciarse sobre migración(CNN México, 14 de junio de 2012)

Crean en Chiapas el movimiento #LosMigrantesSomos132 (Proceso, 12 de junio de 2012)

Candidatos, sin abordar tema de migrantes (La Jornada, 15 de junio de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas/Tabasco: “The forgotten border” press-conference (13 December 2011)

Civil Observation Mission ends in Tenosique; migrants and rights-defenders in grave danger; caravan of Central American mothers searching for disappeared relatives arrives in Tenosique (14 November 2011)

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