National: Indigenous Organizations Mobilize to Demand Justice for Murder of Samir Flores

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As part of the “Day for Life, against Megaprojects and for our Brother Samir Flores”, the Nahuatl activist and main opponent of the Morelos Comprehensive Project (PIM), on February 19, 20 and 21, several demonstrations and other dislocated actions were carried out in different states of the country. 

In Chiapas, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) carried out mobilizations from their caracoles and Good Government Councilswhere men, women, boys and girls asked, with candles, cards and banners, for justice for the activist and expressed their opposition to “the neoliberal projects that kill.” They also said that Samir had been killed “only for organizing his people, defending his territory and his Mother Earth; for not allowing the construction of thermoelectric plants. The culprits of the three levels of government, they are the ones who ordered him to be killed; to this day his death remains unpunished.”

In Guerrero, the Indigenous and Popular Council of Guerrero-Emiliano Zapata (CIPOG-EZ) reported that indigenous inhabitants of Alcozacan, the municipality of Chilapa would march “against the megaprojects and in demand of justice for the murder” of Samir Flores. While in Morelos, members of the Peoples’ Front in Defense of Land and Water from Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala, marched to question the actions of the state government and demand truth and justice. 

In addition, the National Indigenous Council (CNI) reported in a statement at the end of January that the People’s Front in Defense of the Land and Water Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala is experiencing “the same megaproject war that our brothers and sisters are living all over the national territory”, where megaprojects such as the PIM “are imposed to mainly benefit mining companies, above the law, ignoring and violating protection resources, occupying the National Guard to specify the construction of the aqueduct and the imposition of indigenous consultations that violate our fundamental rights, the investigations into the murder of Samir, far from being clarified, show the relationship between the State Prosecutor’s Office and organized crime.”

For more information in Spanish:

#SamirVive Acciones por la vida, contra los megaproyectos y por Samir Flores(Educa Oaxaca, 19 de febrero de 2021)
Marchan indígenas en Chilapa por asesinato de Samir Flores (Quadratín, 21 de febrero de 2021)

Zapatistas se unen a movilizaciones de justicia para Samir Flores (La Jornada, 20 de febrero de 2021)

EZLN realizó en Chiapas manifestaciones en memoria del activista Samir Flores(Chiapas Paralelo, 21 de febrero de 2021)

Cuestionan actuación del gobierno de Morelos en caso Samir Flores (La Jornada, 19 de febrero de 2021)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National: “Second Global Action against the War against the EZLN, for the Peoples and for Life: Samir Lives” (September 16, 2020)
National: EZLN and CNI Hold Events on the First Anniversary of the Murder Samir Flores(February 25, 2020)
Chiapas/Mexico: EZLN, CNI and CIG Convene Actions in Defense of Territory and Mother Earth “We Are All Samir” (January 14, 2020)

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