On October 20th, around 400 indigenous Mixes (Ayuuk) closed the facilities of the coordinating center of the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples (INPI) in San Juan Guichicovi, Oaxaca, in solidarity with the Otomi people (Hñöhño) who took over the offices of the same agency, INPI, in Mexico City on October 12th.
In addition, those who closed the offices in Oaxaca demanded the immediate release of human rights defender Kenia Hernandez, who was detained for the second time on October 19th.
They condemned the action of the head of the INPI Adelfo Regino, for “the simulation of the consultation to impose the Interoceanic Corridor megaproject”, the Union of the Communities of the North Zone of the Isthmus (UCIZONI) reported.
On another note, the newspaper “El Universal” reported that also on October 20th, a letter written by municipal and agrarian authorities of different Mixe municipalities was released that expressed annoyance at the takeover of the INPI, an entity that they consider to be an “ally of the indigenous peoples.”
The protesters indicated that they will continue to occupy the facility indefinitely.
More information in Spanish:
Mixes clausuran oficinas del INPI en el Istmo, en solidaridad con otomíes (Educa Oaxacam 20 de octubre)
Pueblo Ayuujk toma oficina del INPI en Oaxaca para apoyar a otomíes de CDMX . (El Universal, 20 de octubre)
Otomíes toman instalaciones del Inpi (La Jornada, 12 de octubre)
Con toma del INPI por indígenas otomíes, suman 3 edificios federales ocupados (Animal Politico, 21 de octubre)
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