On April 24th, the Caravan for Water and Life: Peoples United against Capitalist Dispossession, made up of organizations and groups from Puebla, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Mexico City, Morelos, Mexico City, and others, ended. It was within the framework of the International Water Day and a year after the Bonafont company facilities were taken over that the groups and organizations undertook the journey that lasted 34 days, visiting communities in resistance to projects whose main effects are on water.
From the PIM (Morelos Comprehensive Project) to the CIIT (Tehuantepec Isthmus Interoceanic Corridor), passing the iron foundry Hylsa S.A in Puebla, and the sit-in of the Otomi people in Mexico City, the Caravan sought to highlight and bring together the struggles of the members of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and other communities that are part of these processes. A delegation from Germany, Italy and Switzerland, who also spoke about the struggles in their countries, accompanied the Caravan on its journey.
SIPAZ participated as observers of the activities in the community of Puente Madera, in the Tehuantepec Isthmus. The caravan was received at the Mirador known as La Mata, where communities and member organizations of “The Isthmus Is Ours” were waiting for them. There, a welcome was given: “We welcome Our Brothers of the Caravan for Water and for Life to meet, share, listen and weave our rebellions, resistance and struggles for life”, they said.
Later, the Caravan went to the community of Puente Madera where a ritual was performed on Mount El Pitayal, threatened by a CIIT industrial park. Then, they went to the meeting place where they denounced “the repressive escalation of dispossession and looting” of the indigenous communities and Mother Earth. The Isthmus is Ours recalled that communities resist the day-to-day consequences of industrialization, dispossession, looting and the accumulation of capital by companies, the government and organized crime “at the cost of ecological, social, political and economic bleeding of the peoples and territory where they are inserted.”
For more information in Spanish:
Caravana por el agua y por la vida hará visible las luchas de México (Avispa Midia, 21 de marzo de 2022)
Caravana por el agua y la vida, pueblos defienden sus derechos (Educa Oaxaca, 15 de marzo de 2022)
México | Una caravana “por el agua, por la vida y contra el saqueo capitalista” recorre el país y sus luchas (Radio Zapatista, 12 de abril de 2022)
Pueblos del Istmo reciben a la Caravana por el Agua y la Vida(Desinformémonos, 22 de abril de 2022)
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