Zapatistas disembark in Vigo and rename Europe Tierra Insumisa, Unsubmissive Land
Editorial Desk of Desinformémonos Photo: Vanessa García Blanca June 23, 2021
In a historic event, the delegation of seven Zapatistas disembarked today in Europe, after sailing for 50 days. Squadron 421, made up of Marijose, Lupita, Carolina, Ximena, Yuli, Bernal, and Darío, was received amidst a festive atmosphere in Playa de Carril, in Vigo, Galicia by dozens of activists.
Institute of Indigenous Peoples Condemns Assassination of Yaqui Leader in Mexico
June 22, 2021 - 2:57 PMJune 22, 2021 - 2:57 PM
Mexico City, Jun 22 (EFE) .- The National Institute of Indigenous Peoples (INPI) condemned on Tuesday the murder of Yaqui activist Tomás Rojo Valencia and warned of the resurgence of violence against this group in recent weeks.
The Traditional Authority of Vicam hosted international gatherings of the Zapatistas, upholding Indigenous rights.
Vicam Pueblo is located on Yoeme (Yaqui) ancestral land in the state of Sonora, near the Pacific Coast of Mexico, about a six hour drive southwest of Tucson.
(Above) Yaqui Water Protectors Agustin Valdez, Luis Urbano and Tomas Rojo.
AP: Mexican police identify corpse of Indigenous activist
June 21, 2021 11:46 p.m.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in the northern Mexico border state of Sonora said Monday tests have confirmed that a badly decayed corpse is that of an Indigenous rights leader who disappeared almost four weeks ago.
The office said DNA tests and fingerprints were used to identify Tomás Rojo Valencia, a leader of the Yaqui indigenous community. His body was found last week near the Yaqui town of Vicam, Sonora.
Rojo Valencia disappeared May 27 following tensions over Yaqui roadblocks protesting gas ducts, water pipelines and railway lines that have been run across their territory without consulting them or giving them much benefit. Rojo Valencia served as the Yaquis’ spokesman during past conflicts over land and water rights.
The confirmation came on the same day a 25-year-old Yaqui woman was reported missing after she left her home in Vicam to go to work, but never arrived. She was last seen June 17.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has made it his special project to bring justice to the Yaquis, who he has described as Mexico’s most persecuted Indigenous group.
In February, the conflict over the highway blockades came to a head with the death of an Indigenous man killed when a trucker plowed through a Yaqui roadblock, hitting a member of the group.