The displaced of Primero de Agosto report escalation of harassment, death threats and evictions


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December 23 marked ten months since the forced displacement of the inhabitants of the village of Primero de Agosto, who are still receiving threats to this day. In a public statement they made known the latest acts of harassment, which happened between December 28, 2015, and January 5, 2016. On at least three occasions, their encampment was approached by ejidatarios (communal landholders) from Miguel Hidalgo and members of the organization Historical Independent Centre of Agricultural Workers and campesinos (CIOAC-H) in order to threaten the inhabitants. They fired shots at ten metres and on January 5 “C. Carmelino Pérez López forced down, tried to physically injure and threatened to kill and kidnap” one of the representatives of the inhabitants. According to the statement, regarding the people in general, the man said […] go and tell your compañeros or whoever that if you don’t accept what we want and what the government says, we will kill you, your father, your representatives […] and for the ejidatarios that are with you…let it be clear that one of these days we will enter to evict them, we will rape their wives and all the women who are in their plastics [plastic makeshift tents] and we will rob your homes like we did the last time, we have weapons of all calibres, we have grenade launchers.”

Given these serious accusations, they demand from the three levels of the Mexican Government: “1. The immediate fulfilment of the minutes of the special agreement of February 25, 2015, the fair distribution of the land in Primero de Agosto. 2. A prompt return to our village. 3. The material and intellectual authors of the crimes be brought to justice immediately. 4. Full reparation for the damage caused on May 9, 2014, December 17, 2015 and February 23, 2015. 5. The authorities of Miguel Hidalgo leave our village alone.

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