Indigenous and Campesinos Rally in Mexico Against Canadian Miners
Mexican Indigenous want the government to stop giving Canadian mining companies permission to extract resources in their lands. | Photo: Reuters
Indigenous and campesinos from six southern Mexican states are due to arrive in Mexico City tomorrow to protest against mining companies.
A massive Indigenous rally is on its way to Mexico City to protest against mining concesions that the Mexican government is handing out primarily to Canadian companies, La Jornada reported.
About 12 days ago caravans of Indigenous activists, campesinos and supporters departed from six southern Mexican states towards Mexico City to protest against the environmental damage and other unfair practices and procedures that mining companies put in place affecting a huge population of Indigenous and campesinos.
The caravans are from Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Puebla, Veracruz and Tlaxcala, La Jornada added.
The six groups will arrive this Sunday and join the encampments already in place outside the Ministry of the Interior in Mexico City, Francisco Jimenez, leader of the Plan of Ayala National Movement, said.
He said that to date, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio has “refused” to meet with an Indigenous and Campesino Front of Mexico commission to begin talks and seek solutions to the problems they face because of unregulated mining practices that affect them and their lands directly. “We call on the Ministry of the Interior to not act with authoritarianism,” and to accept talks with the Indigenous and campesino movements.