Chiapas/National: March in solidarity with the San Francisco Xochicuautla community

September 10, 2015

(@Sin Embargo)(@Sin Embargo)

Residents of San Francisco Xochicuautla, Lerma municipality, Mexico State, mobilized themselves on 28 July in Mexico City of defend their sacred forest Otomí. The action was organized to protest the expropriatory decree imposed by the federal government that removes part of their territory from their control in favor of the construction of the Toluca-Naucalpan highway.

Present at the march were many representatives from other social processes, including from the Nahua community of Ostula, Michoacán; Ayotzinapa, Guerrero; and San Salvador Atenco, Mexico State, among others.  The march expressed its solidarity with the Santa María Ostula community, which is struggling to exercise its right to autonomy as an indigenous population, and who have recently suffered an attack on the part of the Army that killed a girl and left ten others injured.  There were also demonstrations of solidarity with the demand for justice for Ayotzinapa.

It should be recalled that San Francisco Xochicuautla is an Otomí-ñatho community that for eight years has resisted the planned construction of the highway in question.  Recently, the central government published a decree expropriating 37 hectares to carry out the project, which would plunder the locals’ land.  The concession for the construction and maintenance of the highway was made in 2009 by the former Mexico State governor and current president, Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN), to a firm associated with the Higa group.  The clear links between the head of state and this corporation have been made clear, as the firm has carried out projects involving millions of pesos during EPN’s administration in Mexico City.  In this way have been clarified its links with the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), for it also built the polemical “White House” in the Chapultepec hills in Mexico City.

The expressions of support for the community of San Francisco Xochicuautla have been forthcoming through pronunciations and events.  In San Cristóbal de Las Casas there was planned an event to raise awareness and express solidarity to include projections of videos and talks about the attacks on the Xochicuautla and Ostula communities, as well as against the Autonomous Rebel Zapatista Municipalities (MAREZ).  As organized by adherents to the Sixth Declaration, it was to take place on 31 July in El Paliacate Espacio Cultural, starting at 5pm.

For more information (in Spanish):

Realizan manifestación en defensa de Xochicuautla (SIDIDH, 29 de julio de 2015)

Comuneros se movilizan en el DF contra “el despojo” de tierras para autopista Higa (Sin Embargo, 28 de julio de 2015)

Xochicuautla Abraza y Convoca a Marchar por sus Hermanos Indígenas de Ostula. (Frente de Pueblos Indígenas en defensa de la Madre Tierra, 27 de julio de 2015)

Embestida del ejército contra la comunidad nahua de Santa María Ostula (SubVersiones, 20 de julio de 2015)

Pobladores de Xochicuautla rechazan decreto expropiatorio por construcción de autopista (Aristegui Noticias, 10 de julio de 2015)

La casa blanca de Enrique Peña Nieto (investigación especial) (Aristegui Noticias, 9 de noviembre de 2014)

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Nation: Denunciations of new attacks against indigenous community of Santa María Ostula, Michoacán (10 June 2015)

National: Inauguration of the First World Festival of Anti-Capitalist Resistance and Rebellion (30 December 2015)

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Mexico: The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity begins worktables with federal government

July 29, 2011

Javier Sicilia y Francisco Blake @ La Jornada

Javier Sicilia and Francisco Blake @ La Jornada

In observation of the dialogue between the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity and the federal government, on 22 July there were initiated five worktables between both parties, in accordance with the agreements resolved on 23 June in the Chapultepec Castle.  While the first worktable will address coordination of work, the other four will be thematic: coverage of justice cases; system of attention to victims; wholesome revision of the national security strategy with emphasis on the strengthening of the social fabric; and impulse of mechanisms of participatory democracy and the democratization of the media.

As permanent guests in the worktables will be President Felipe Calderón and Javier Sicilia; in the Joint Commission on Ties will be Juan Marcos Gutiérrez González, sub-secretary of Governance in the Ministry for Governance, and Emilio Álvarez Icaza as representative of the Movement.  To the ceremony for the formal installation of said worktables in the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City attended Javier Sicilia, Julián Lebarón, Araceli Rodríguez, Emilio Álvarez Icaza, and representatives from each of the tables on the part of the Movement.  On the government side, Francisco Blake Mora, Secretary of Governance; Alfonso Lujambio Irazával, Secretary of Public Education, and Marisela Morales Ibañez, head of the Federal Attorney General’s Office.  According to journalistic sources, the worktables are to begin on Thursday 28 July.

In his comments at the formal inauguration of the worktables, Javier Sicilia had the following to say regarding the violence gripping the country: “We understand that the question is a complex one, regarding social and political order–even human or spiritual.  We do not believe that to point fingers or demand heads would be a serious solution.  We prefer to unite our energies in favor of fraternity and not for confrontation.  We will not renounce dialogue with anyone and we will seek it with all, because the cause of peace is born from the recognition of the humanity of the other, and to recognize her humanity implies listening to her words and being disposed to exchange ideas and agreements in the interests of all Mexicans.”

For more information (in Spanish):

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):