Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

March 8, 2022

Zapatistas: 'Stop the Repression Against the Indigenous Peoples in Mexico'

Throughout Mexico, the corporations and cartels, aided by the Mexican military, bolstered by U.S. dollars and weapons, seek to seize the land and water of Indigenous People, the guardians of the land.

Members of the Indigenous Council destroy the statue of Fray Antonio de San Miguel after it was pulled down as they said it was promoting racism and discrimination during a protest in Morelia, Mexico, on Feb. 14, 2022.Calli Alejandra / Reuters

The Pueblos Unidos group, which is made up of 20 communities from the Cholulteca region of the state of Puebla, took over the facilities of the Bonafont company, since March 2021, accusing it of looting the water from the wells in the area of ​​the Juan C. Bonilla municipality.

The Mexican National Guard and other security forces guard the entrance to the plant that had been run by Indigenous people on February 15, 2022, in Puebla, Mexico.TAMARA PEARSON Article

In honor of Francisco Vázquez Domínguez, our struggle is for life over profit. (2022)


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To the people of Mexico,

To the peoples of the world,

To the Sixth National and International,

to the media

We denounce that on February 15 at around 1:20 a.m., the repressive forces of the bad government, made up of members of the National Guard, the state police of Puebla and the municipal police of Juan C. Bonilla, invaded and dismantled the spaces of resistance and organization of the Casa de los Pueblos Altepelmecalli, an autonomous cultural and political space that until March 22, 2021 was the physical plant of the Bonafont company, a transnational company that has stolen and overexploited the aquifers of the Cholulteca region for years.

We strongly condemn the repressive escalation, which comes from the bowels of the government of capital, which calls itself 4T, against the resistance and the struggle for the lives of our sisters and brothers from Pueblos Unidos of the Cholulteca Region and the Volcanoes. that, upholding the defense of collective life, turned this hotbed of death into a meeting and exchange space, in the midst of the determination to impose the Morelos Comprehensive Project in Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala, which crosses a gas pipeline through the territory of the peoples of the volcano, from where hope germinates made of rebellion and old and new forms of organization.

We declare ourselves on alert before the possible persecution of the brothers and sisters of the Casa de los Pueblos Altepelmecalli, holding the federal government responsible for using its armed group called the National Guard to intensify the war of money against life. We make it responsible for protecting the businesses of the Bonafont company, which dispossesses, monopolizes, privatizes and profits in an immoral way with the water of our towns, where we suffer the emergence of sinkholes and the drying up of wells, springs, rivers and streams; Such is the case of the Metlapanapa River, which the Peoples' Front of the Cholulteca Region and the Volcanoes has defended against exploitation and contamination for the benefit of industrial corridors.

We denounce the repressive offensive of the Mexican neoliberal bad government against our compañeras and compañeros who, from their geographies, raise the flag of the organization below to summon us to fight for life, WE CONDEMN:
The murder of comrade Francisco Vázquez, president of the vigilance council of ASURCO, who raised his voice against the theft of water from the ejidos of the Ayala region for the operation of the Huexca Thermoelectric Power Plant, Morelos.

The criminalization of the Otomí people and of comrade Diego García by the head of that obscure institution of the bad government that they call INPI, which has served as a replicating body of indigenism and for patronage control in our towns; institution that one day had its offices in what is now the Casa de los Pueblos Samir Flores Soberanes.

The persecution against the Supreme Indigenous Council of Michoacán, given its recent mobilizations against contempt, racism and dispossession and for the removal of the outrageous monument known as Los Constructores in Morelia, Michoacán.

The indifference and criminal complicity of the National Guard in the face of violence in Guerrero, while the drug cartels attack the communities of the Indigenous and Popular Council of Guerrero-Emiliano Zapata that oppose the extractive megaprojects and denounce the complicity of the governments with the narco-paramilitary groups, murdering and disappearing our brothers.

The militarization of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec to impose the Salina 
Cruz Coatzacoalcos Interoceanic Corridor megaproject, as well as the illegal occupation of the lands of our communities for said project, as is the case with the Binnizá community of Puente Madera, belonging to the communal property of San Blas Atempa, Oaxaca.

The use of the National Guard and the armed groups of the states and municipalities to repress the normalist students of Ayotzinapa, Tiripetío and Mactumatzá, in their demand for justice and conditions for their normal schools.

We hold the federal government of Mexico responsible for this repressive escalation against our peoples and we demand that the actions of the National Guard and the police forces against those who oppose the exploitation-destruction of nature and the dispossession of the territories cease. and of the community heritage of the original peoples to impose the death projects promoted by the Mexican State.

We call on the indigenous peoples, nations and tribes of Mexico, as well as allied organizations and groups, to be alert to this wave of neoliberal repression announced by the capitalist government of this country through the agreement published in the Official Gazette of the Federation on 22 of November 2021, which declares the projects and works of the federal government of public interest and national security as a pretext to use its armed forces against those peoples who oppose the unprecedented dispossession and destruction of Mexican territory.

We call on the people, groups, collectives, organizations and movements in the territories of SLUMIL K´AJXEMK´OP (also known as "Europe") to mobilize and speak out against the transnational Bonafont-Danone  -- based in France -- and the representations of the current Mexican federal government in Europe.

For Life!

Solidarity and support for the native peoples of the National Indigenous Congress!


February 16, 2022

For the integral reconstitution of our peoples

Never again a Mexico without us

National Indigenous Congress-Indigenous Governing Council


Sixth Commission.

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