The Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) called the federal government’s consultation «to impose» the Mayan Train project and hand over the indigenous territories to the great industrial and tourist capital as a «simulation».
«The evil federal government pretends to consult peoples, supplants our collective will by ignoring and offending our forms of organization and decision-making, as is the vulgar deception to what he called ‘Consultation’, whose goal is none other than to forcibly impose the evil called Tren Maya, he pointed out in a pronouncement.
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In a joint statement with the Indigenous Government Council and the National Indigenous Congress he noted that the government seeks to benefit multinational capital and not communities.
In addition, they said that «bad government is committed to the dismantling of community fabrics, by encouraging internal conflicts that stain violence to communities, between those who defend life and those who decided to put a price on it, even at the cost of selling future generations for the million-dollar benefit of a few corrupt, to which armed groups of organized crime serve.»
They indicated that in the Totonacapan region and up to the Huasteca, the Texas-Tuxpan, Tuxpan-Atonilco and Tuxpan-Tula pipelines are installed, «along with the lies of the Neoliberal government of AMLO, hydraulic fracturing is propped up and operated to extract hydrocarbons, transfers are made to take water from rivers and put it in the hands of private peoples, threatening the lives of the Tenek, Nahuatl, Totonase, Otomi and Tepehua peoples, as well as the increase in organized crime groups.»
In their pronouncement they named each and every one of the leaders, activists and human rights defenders who have fallen in defense of land and territory, among them the indigenous Popoluca of the CNI, Joshua Bernardo Marcial Campo; samir Flores Soberanes, from the Nahua people of Amilcingo, Morelos; Julián Cortés Flores, from the Mephaa village of the Justice House of San Luis Acatlán, Guerrero, and Ignacio Pérez Girón, from the Tzotzil village of the municipality of Aldama, Chiapas.
According to the results of the popular consultation, 93 thousand people (92.3%) voted for the work to be done and 7,517 citizens (7.4%) they chose not to take place.
Next January the first tender will be made and in March the works of the Maya Train will begin.
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