In December 2020, 143 Triqui families were displaced by paramilitary groups from their communities in Tierra Blanca Copala, Oaxaca. Since then, they have held a sit-in in Mexico City to highlight the situation and demand that the government intervene to guarantee security and thus be able to return to their lands.
Initially they were in the Zocalo but they were relocated in front of the Palacio de Bellas Artes, a place from which, after more than 15 months without a response, at dawn on April 25th they were evicted by elements of the police and transferred without their consent to a “supposed hostel” located in the Venustiano Carranza mayor’s office.
The next day, a group from the Triqui community, accompanied by members of the Caravan for Water and Life who were trying to go out to demonstrate over the eviction, were kettled by a group of approximately 200 grenadiers, who, they denounced, “persecuted and beat various members of both the community and the caravan.”
Given what happened, various organizations have demonstrated against what they point to as an “act of repression that violates the rights of the families in the camps”, they also denounced that “the eviction was carried out with violence and some people were injured with material losses” and called on the authorities to guarantee their rights.
For his part, Martí Batres, secretary of the government of Mexico City, declared that “the reason for relocating the Triqui camp was complaints to the Human Rights Commission of Mexico City in which they asked to guarantee the security conditions of the boys and girls who inhabited this space.”
For more information in Spanish:
Desalojan campamento triqui el centro de la CDMX; organizaciones acusan de represión (Aristegui Noticias 25 de abril de 2022)
Con cientos de policías el gobierno de la CDMX desaloja el campamento triqui en Eje Central ( Rompeviento tv 25 de abril de 2022)
Policía encapsula a triquis que protestan por desalojo de campamento en CDMX (Aristegui 27 de abril de 2022)
Mujeres triquis desplazadas de Tierra Blanca rompen cerco policiaco y llegan a Casa del Estudiante (Educa 27 de abril de 2022)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Oaxaca: denuncian impunidad en asesinatos de indígenas triquis (December 16, 2020)