From the United States: Declaration from Malú Huacuja del Toro in support of the Sexta Bachajón
Week of Worldwide Action in Solidarity with the Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón from 4th to 10th December 2016
A message to the courageous men and women guardians of our planet:
I write to you from the financial capital of the Empire, now ruled by a multimillionaire, racist, sexist hotel-tycoon, who has shown absolute disregard for the life and human rights of anyone who does not have a great fortune. Nor does he believe in climate change, or that it is caused by the destructive, capitalist system. His aim is to continue to destroy the planet.
With the new Orange Devil as Emperor, Donald Trump, we can expect more building plans, for more arrogant towers, and more casinos that will attract drug trafficking, crime, prostitution and militarization, all while stripping small-scale farmers of their land and forcing them to become hotel employees. A day doesn’t go by without me thinking about you even though I have not met you. I simply know that you are the protectors of the natural resources of the planet and the lands of my country. From here I enjoy the image I have of the Agua Azul Waterfalls that you defend with your life. I cannot thank you enough for your collective resistance, courage and sacrifice. In your work to preserve nature, some of your comrades have lost their lives, and the bad government under the orders of corporate greed has tried to divide you, to buy you off, to create confusion with tangled stories criminalising you and muddying the waters to gain the greedy, upper hand.
I am indignant to see how the mass media, in the service of the Big Money, most of the time keep silent or lie about the attacks on Bachajón and the agreements the government has made with the hotel industry; and how they continue trying to evict you, while you promote a tourism responsible and respectful of nature that gives us and the planet life, a place which is our home.
But in this threatening panorama they have not been able to annihilate you. From Standing Rock to Bachajón, the original peoples of America defend the water: the Sioux people have just won a battle against the construction of an oil pipeline that would poison water, and the town of Bachajón continues to prevent large tourism consortiums from seizing the blue pools of the Agua Azul waterfalls. Thank you for being the guardians of the planet that we inhabit, compañeras and compañeros. I listen from a distance to the music of the waterfalls that you defend and I will keep resisting so others hear it too.
Malú Huacuja del Toro