Indigenous peoples reject to be “criminalized, attacked and threatened for deciding to defend life against mega-projects of death”
Oaxaca de Juárez.- The Puente Madera Community Assembly ratified its rejection of the construction of an industrial park in its territory as part of the Interoceanic Corridor on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (CIIT), Oaxaca.
This project, they denounced, represents violent environmental, social, and cultural impacts for their communities and for the region. “Our fight is a fight against the climate crisis and industrialization, the main responsible for innumerable environmental hells, ecocides and the eco-systemic deterioration of the planet”, they pointed out.
After the arrest and subsequent release of David Hernández Salazar, one of the opponents of the construction of the industrial park, spoke out against the arrest warrants against more of his colleagues and the threats against those who live in this community and his regional organization, the Assembly of the Indigenous Peoples of the Isthmus in Defense of Land and Territory (APIIDTT), who are being watched at their homes and offices in Juchitán by armed persons.
“It is not fair that for defending our land, territory, human rights and as indigenous peoples, we are criminalized, attacked and threatened for deciding to defend life against their mega-projects of death.”
The Community Assembly warned that if the municipal, state and federal governments want to kill them for imposing an industrial park, history will continue to be written “with the blood of the people.”
In addition, he made it clear that whether from the center, left or right, “if they emerge from business or political lineages, if they grew up in the movement believing themselves to be social fighters, those who aspire to be representatives of the bad government are representatives of death, dispossession and looting against native populace”.
Finally, they announced that next Thursday, February 9, starting at 10:00 a.m., actions will be carried out in solidarity for the struggle of the towns, communities, ejidos, neighborhoods, and inhabitants of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec against the imposition of the Interoceanic Corridor, militarization and megaprojects.
Source: El Universal