People’s Organizations Agree on Plan of Action in Defense of Their Land and Against Reforms

Javier Salinas Cesareo
La Jornada, 18th August 2014


San Salvador Atenco, State of Mexico – Representatives of about 100 farmers, unions and social organizations defined a plan of action in defense of the land, water and against the dispossession of peoples and the adopted structural reforms. It includes mobilizations during the national Days of Corn fo the Electrical Industry and to commemorate 100 years of the encounter between Zapata and Villa.

It also includes the formation of a front for resistance and the formation of a legal strategy against the recent constitutional amendments, as well as the promotion of collective injunctions against the reforms.

One of the first actions to be taken will be a march on August 22 from San Salvador Atenco to the courts in Texcoco [east of Mexico City], which the People’s Front in Defense of the Land (Frente) will lead, to participate in a hearing following the provisional suspension granted by a judge against the assembly of the ejido of the village of Atenco, held last June, in which there was an approval of the change use of over 2,470 acres of land now in common use to private property in order to sell it.

This approval is the first step towards selling the land to the federal government so it can carry out the Future City project, road construction, the area of water ​​mitigation, the rescue of Lake Texcoco and the building of a second airport for the Mexico City.

Final Declaration

During Saturday and Sunday, some 400 activists participated in the Meeting and National Conference in Defense of the Land, Water and Life, and in five working groups, they defined an action plan and formed committees to monitor it.

The final declaration of the meeting stated: "Plundering is an everyday reality that we all suffer: the dispossession of land, water, air, biodiversity, of our knowledge and our family and community assets, common property, and individual and collective rights. It is not something new, but in these times of neoliberalism, the plundering has intensified. Megaprojects are imposed without the consent of communities; mining projects, dams, roads and pipelines strip us.

"In the past 30 years, government and the powers that be have been systematically dismantling of the State and the regulatory framework in Mexico. A series of amendments to the Constitution and structural laws have been imposed, as well as ratifications and deepening of free trade agreements that have destroyed the laws allowing people to defend the social fabric and communal life
"The latest manifestation of this attack is the flood of reforms driven by the government of Enrique Peña Nieto. This whole package of amendments has put everything in the country up for sale."

Translated by Reed Brundage


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