Mexico: Communal Landowners Respond to Attack From Shock Groups

Mexico: Communal Landowners Respond to Attack From Shock Groups

People of different communities from Atenco protesting against the New International Airport of Mexico City and injustices. Atenco, Mexico. September 11, 2018. | Photo: Twitter @AtencoFPDT The people belonging to the Peoples’ Front in Defense of Land came in defense of Acuexcomac when their partners were attacked in a protest.

Communal landowners from Acuexcomac, Atenco, were attacked by “gunshots and fists” and forced out of the camping spot they had maintained for months at a road in order to block vehicles transporting construction material into the New International Airport of Mexico City (NAICM), reported the Peoples’ Front in Defense of Land (FPDT).

Witnesses say that more than 100 people arrived in trucks and starting shooting and throwing rocks at the people protesting on Tuesday. The FPDT claims they belonged to shock groups financed by the Pinfra and CIPSA constructing firms, under the blessing of all levels of government, to liberate the road. About 15 people were injured during the attack.

The affected people then gathered at Atenco’s main square to demand that Mayor Andres Ruiz and Commissar Alejandro Santiago “show their faces, because both authorities were directly responsible for the invasion, the concessions and businesses with the tolls and roads since 2013.”

The FPDT and Campesinos of Atenco came to assist the people of Acuexcomac when they found out about the repression.

“Our attacked partners were the ones that sold their lands for the construction of the highway, but if there’s something about us is that we unite when there’s something going on,” said […]

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