Filed under: Incarceration, Indigenous, Repression
Communique from the People’s Front in Defense of Land and Water, Morelos-Puebla-Tlaxcala following the release of Miguel López Vega.
Yesterday, at around 9 pm, our compañero Miguel López Vega, Indigenous media worker and land defender, was released from prison. Five days earlier Miguel López Vega had been arrested and unjustly accused of the crimes of attacks on public thoroughfares and transportation, along with the obstruction of public works. The possibility remains that he be being officially charged with attacks on public thoroughfares.
The systematic attacks and criminalization against the People’s Front in Defense of Land and Water, Morelos-Puebla-Tlaxcala, since its formation in 2012, has not changed in the so-called fourth transformation. On the contrary, it has increased with the assassination of our brother Samir Flores Soberanes.
Almost a year after his murder, there is no justice for Samir and the people of Amilcingo. That is why today, since 9 am, we have protested on the 21st century highway in Morelos to demand justice for Samir. We have also protested on the federal highway Puebla-Mexico in Zacatepec, Puebla, to demand the cancellation of the project that seeks to dump industrial water into the Metlapanapa river.
We denounce that the judicial harassment and the threat of prison continues with the active arrest warrant against our compañero, Alejando Torres Chocolatl, of Zacatepec. Furthermore, the threat of more arrest warrants exists.
We demand an end to the criminalization and attacks against land defenders. We demand justice for Samir and the cancellation of the projects of death including the Integral Project of Morelos and the dumping of the industrial water of Ciudad Textil into the Metlapanapa river. We also demand respect for our right to self-governance as Indigenous peoples by means of our customs and traditions.
We are thankful for the solidarity of all of the goodhearted people, communities, and organizations who have never abandoned us and who more and more walk toward unity and the reconstruction of our communities. We also hope, of our nation. Different protests will be held today demanding an end to the repression, cancellation of the projects of death, and justice for Samir. We are heading toward February 20 with a greater national and international mobilization.
Long live Samir and Zapata, the struggle continues!
Never more and Mexico without us!
T`neki tlalle uan atl para tenochti, amo timikiske por tumi-
We want land and water for all, not to die for money.