ORGANIZATIONS AGREE ON A PLAN OF ACTION IN DEFENSE OF LAND AND AGAINST THE REFORMS
By: Javier Salinas Cesáreo, Correspondent
San Salvador Atenco, Mexico, August 17, 2014
Representatives of some 100 campesino, union and social organizations, defined a plan of action in defense of land, water and against the dispossession of the towns and the structural reforms approved, in which mobilizations during the national days of Corn and of the Electric Industry stand out, as well as upon commemorating 100 years of the meeting between Zapata and Villa.
It also includes the integration of a front of resistance and the formation of a legal strategy starting with the recent constitutional modifications, as well as the promotion of collective protective orders against the reforms.
One of the first actions will be a march this August 22 from San Salvador Atenco to the Texcoco courts, which the Peoples Front in Defense of Land (FPDT, its initials in Spanish) will lead, to participate in a hearing, after the provisional suspension that a judge granted against the assembly of the town of Atenco’s ejido commission, held last June, in which it approved the change of land use of more than one thousand hectares of common use land to full dominion to be able to alienate them.
This approval signifies the first step for the sale of lands to the federal government so that it can carry out the Future City Projects on them, with the construction of highways, a zone of mitigation, the rescue of Lake Texcoco and the building of an alternative airport for Mexico City.
During Saturday and Sunday, some 400 activists participated in the National Gathering Workdays in Defense of the Land, Water and Life, and through five work groups, they defined the action plan and formed commissions to follow up on it.
“Dispossession is a daily reality that we all suffer: dispossession of land, water, air, biodiversity, our wisdom, family and community patrimony, of the common wealth, individual and collective rights. It is not something new, but in the times of neoliberalism dispossession has intensified. Megaprojects are imposed without consent of the communities. Mining projects, dams highways and ducts dispossess us.
“In the last 30 years, institutional and behind the scenes powers have presented a systematic dismantling of the State and of the legal framework in Mexico. A series of reforms to the Constitution and laws of a structural character have been imposed, as well as ratification and deepening of free trade agreements, which have destroyed the norms that permit the peoples to defend the social fabric and community life.
“The most recent demonstration of this assault is the avalanche of reforms the government of Enrique Peña Nieto impelled. This entire package of modifications places the country and everything in it up for sale,” the meeting’s final declaration exposed.
Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada
Translation: Chiapas Support Committee
Monday, August 18, 2014