Azqueltán Denounces Police Harassment to Defend Disposal and Privatization of Communal Land

Published June 26, 2020

Azqueltán Denounces Police Harassment to Defend Disposal and Privatization of Communal Land

To the National Indigenous Congress

To the groups of the sixth national and international

To the IGC support networks

To human rights organizations

To the media

Last Saturday, June 20, by instructions of the general assembly, the community members of San Lorenzo Azqueltán, municipality of Villa Guerrero, Jalisco, we went to the place called Sabino Quemado, which is a property for common use of our community, where we have been putting up a fence that protects said surface against the attempted privatization of a supposed small property, work that we finished on Wednesday, June 24.

However, we denounce the harassment carried out by elements of the municipal police in the course of these works last Sunday, June 22 at 11:00 am, who arrived at the scene and threatened to arrest the authorities of our community for ensuring that they did not we had to carry out those actions and that it brought “the order of a judge”, which he never showed.

Since it is not the first time that the municipal police exclusively serve the interests of caciques who aspire to keep our territory, with the shameless and illegal support of the municipal government, our community decided not to stop the work that was agreed by our highest authority, that is, the general assembly.

Once again, the police quickly appeared to attack and threaten the community members and try to defend the thieves. Whereas when, for defending communal property, they beat us, threaten us, try to murder us, steal our land and spread terror, there is simply no government for us.

That is why we honor our autonomy and, with our heads held high, we will not take a step back in the defense of the territory. Fearless because our existence as a native people is at stake and once again, the bad government shows that it only exists for them, those who are committed to turning the land into a commodity and thus taking it from us. For us they have repression, dispossession and violence.

Sincerely,

As of June 25, 2020

Traditional and agrarian authorities of the autonomous indigenous community of

San Lorenzo de Azqueltán,

Municipality of Villa Guerrero, Jalisco