Pronouncement Against the New “Atenco Law”
Declaration against the new “Ley Atenco” (Atenco Law) which violates the right to freedom of expression and free social protest
22nd March, 2016
The Digna Fuego states its position about the #LeyAtenco
Faced with the approval of so-called #LeyAtenco the people, towns and organizations that make up el Fuego de la Digna Resistencia (the Fire of Dignified Resistance), declare the following:
We denounce the opacity with which the local congress of the State of Mexico conducts itself. No political party dared to make the bill public until the very moment of its approval, just before the Easter holidays. This initiative was kept secret to try, naively, to stop anyone from doing anything to counterbalance the law.
It is clear that the object of this absurd law is to repress with impunity the peoples, towns, and organizations of the State of Mexico who are defending the land, territory, natural resources like the water and the forest, indigenous autonomy, and human rights in general against the structural reforms and the megaprojects. However, it should also be clear that we are those who, while continuing to defend what we defend now, will do away with these authoritarian and repressive attacks.
We have asked the Zeferino Ladrillero human rights centre to carry out a detailed study of the #leyatenco to enable a better understanding of its scope and our denunciation of what it implies. We know that if we let such a law pass in the State of Mexico, it would permit its introduction across the entire country.
We will hold a consultation and internal discussion about this new law in our decision-making spaces, but we announce now that it will be Monday March 28th, 2016 when we make public our overall position, as well as legal, political and social actions that we plan to carry out in the future. Therefore, we ask the mass media and the free and alternative media to remain attentive as to the place and time of the press conference we will carry out.
El Fuego de la Digna Resistencia
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Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra – Atenco
Administración Autónoma del Agua Potable de Coyotepec A. C.
Alianza Única del Valle
Apaxco Comunidades por la Vida
Coordinación de Pueblos Unidos en Defensa de la Energía Eléctrica
Delegación Indígena Otomí San Francisco Magú
Frente de Pueblos Indígenas en Defensa de la Madre Tierra San Francisco Xochicuautla
Frente de Pueblos Indígenas en Defensa de la Madre Tierra San Lorenzo Huitzizilapan
Frente de Pueblos Indígenas en Defensa de la Madre Tierra San Lorenzo Ayotuxco
Frente Popular 9 de Junio en Defensa de los Recursos Naturales A. C.
Magisterio Mexiquense Contra la Reforma Educativa – CNTE
Sistema de Agua Potable de Tecámac A. C.
Vecinos Unidos del Poniente
Translated by Palabras Rebeldes
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