Indigenous peasants of Oaxaca stop works of the Trans-Isthmus Train on their lands

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In June 2020, in a general assembly, the ejidatarios of Mogoñé Viejo agreed to prevent the topography work and change of rails and sleepers on the 56-kilometer stretch from Mogoñé to Nuevo Ubero, by the company La Peninsular

Juchitán.— More than 100 peasants from the Mogoñé Viejo ejido, which belongs to the Mixe indigenous municipality of San Juan Guichicovi, stopped the rehabilitation work of the Trans-Isthmus Train in the section that crosses their lands from seven in the morning on Thursday. North zone of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

A couple of hours later, the ejidatarios retained a truck carrying personnel from the construction company La Peninsular and new concrete sleepers that are being used along the 202 kilometers of the trans-isthmian route, to replace the wooden ones.

The peasants of the Mogoñé Viejo ejido have demanded since last year that the authorities of the state company Ferrocarril del Istmo de Tehuantepec (FIT) and the Inter – Oceanic Corridor of the Istmo de Tehuantepec (CIIT), report on the impacts on the environment by the works.

In June 2020, in a general assembly, the ejidatarios of Mogoñé Viejo agreed to prevent the topography work and change of rails and sleepers on the 56-kilometer stretch from Mogoñé to Nuevo Ubero, in charge of the La Peninsular company, owned by Carlos Hank Rhon.

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In the middle of the tracks of the Trans-isthmian Train, which is being modernized as part of the Program for the Development of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec to transport merchandise from Salina Cruz, Oaxaca to Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, peasants from other Mixe communities of San Juan Guichicovi arrived.

Through a statement, the advisor of the Union of Indigenous Communities of the Northern Zone of the Isthmus (Ucizoni), Carlos Beas Torres, said that after learning about the new resistance against the FIT, dozens of peasants from El Zarzal, Paso Real, and Palomares, they showed solidarity with Mogoñé Viejo.

Shortly after noon, commissions from the Nuevo Progreso Palomares ejidos, owned by Matías Romero; Encinal Colorado, Guichicovi and the Res de Resistencia Civil.

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The Ucizoni also expressed solidarity with the peasants of the Santa Cruz Tagolaba neighborhood, belonging to the municipality of Tehuantepec, who have maintained a blockade on the Pan-American highway since yesterday, preventing the passage to the Oaxacan capital from the Isthmus.

The community members of Tagolaba, said Beas Torres, are protesting because the FIT is threatening to evict settlers who live near the Trans-isthmian Train tracks. “There are many disagreements against the modernization of the railroad that runs from Salina Cruz to Coatzacoalcos,” he said.

Source: oaxaca.eluniversal.com.mx

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