Statement from El Sur Resiste Caravan against the repression and eviction of the «Tierra y Libertad» camp in the Mogoñe Viejo community, Guichicovi, Oaxaca
Early this morning, the Mexican Navy, the National Guard and the Oaxaca State Police have evicted the Tierra y Libertad Camp (Land and Freedom), which the Mixe indigenous community of Mogoñé Viejo had maintained for 61 days, on the railroad tracks, which is part of the megaproject called «Interoceanic Corridor». Starting Thursday night, around 10:38 p.m., the National Guard surrounded theTierra y Libertad Camp and detained six compañeras: María Magdalena Martínez Isabel, Fernando Hernández Gómez, Adela Severo Teodoro, Esperanza Martínez Isabel, Elizabeth Martínez Isabel and Eliodoro Martínez Isabel, whose whereabouts we still do not know.
Furthermore, compañera Adela Severo was beaten by elements of these military groups. The attack has violated a space made up mostly of indigenous women who are defending the territory. This is a violent, misogynistic, classist, racist and patriarchal attack for which we hold the three levels of government (municipal, state and federal) responsible. It is the act of a totalitarian and repressive military government that responds to ecocidal interests.
We repudiate this criminal action of detention and physical repression of women. It is a patriarchal action that seeks to dismantle those who are giving strength and dignity to the struggle for life and the defense of Mother Earth against death projects.
Yesterday, Thursday, April 27, we traveled as a Caravan «El Sur Resiste» through the territory defended by the sisters and brothers of Mogoñé, they told us about the tension they were experiencing due to the threats of eviction by the federal government. We as Caravana have experienced the harassment that implies the constant presence of the Navy, the National Guard and the officials of the National Institute of Migration, who have recorded and monitored us during our journey.
We demand an end to the repression and persecution of the compañeros who defend the territory. Stop the intimidation of the Caravan and the struggles of the peoples who resist the Interoceanic Corridor, the Train misnamed Maya and all the death projects of this bad government.
We demand the immediate appearance of the detained compañeras and compañeros.
We hold the Federal Government headed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador responsible for the climate of tension and the violence generated against our comrades and against all the organizations that confront their death projects.
If they touch a community, we all respond!
Know well that they do not intimidate us, as our sister Betty Cariño teaches us, who yesterday turned 13 after being assassinated in a criminal act of the State against a humanitarian Caravan, similar to the one experienced today in Mogoñé Viejo: they are afraid of us because we are not afraid of them.
National and international caravan “El Sur Resiste”