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(en) LA anarchist Joaquin Cienfuegos: Report from Atenco, Mexico 06/19/06 and 06/20/06

Date Tue, 27 Jun 2006 09:09:19 +0300


North AmericaThe Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra
(FPDT) has continued to organize and take action. Along with the
people being detained there are 221 under house arrest. People
basically saw the attack as a form of terrorism. They attacked to
terrorize the community in revenge of their victory over their airport
plan -- and to scare people who are supporters, members, and
sympathizers of the FDTP, and the people who are neutral -- as to
show them, this is what will happen to you if you side with the
"macheteros" (what they call the FDTP, and they uphold with
pride). The government wants to get the message accross, that if you
stand up, if you speak out, if you organize your community for a
better life and to defend yourself, you are going to get killed, raped,
beaten, imprisoned, and tortured.

Report from Atenco, Mexico 06/19/06 and 06/20/06

"We carry our tools of work, which are our machetes, when we´re
marching, because the police are carrying their tools of work, their
guns and clubs. If they use their tools, then we use our tools."
-Hortensia Ramos of the Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra

The Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra (FPDT) has
continued to organize and take action. Along with the people being
detained there are 221 under house arrest. People basically saw the
attack as a form of terrorism. They attacked to terrorize the
community in revenge of their victory over their airport plan -- and to
scare people who are supporters, members, and sympathizers of the
FDTP, and the people who are neutral -- as to show them, this is
what will happen to you if you side with the "macheteros" (what they
call the FDTP, and they uphold with pride). The government wants
to get the message accross, that if you stand up, if you speak out, if
you organize your community for a better life and to defend yourself,
you are going to get killed, raped, beaten, imprisoned, and tortured.

The Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra, has no leaders, only
coordinators (who Ignacio del Valle is), and the coordinatnors lead
by example. One of the comrades from Atenco quoted Marcos on
why he feels horizontality is important, "If they want to destroy our
struggle, they have to build more prisons, hospitals, and cemetaries
to put us all in." The tactics of the state is to go after any formal
leadership hoping to destroy the organization, which is what they
intended to do with the FPDT. They are definately going to have
trouble doing that. The struggle is so deeply integrated into the
families that live in Atenco, that some of the compas I talked to are
2nd and 3rd generation organizers and coordinators with the Frente,
and they see organizing the youth as one of the most important tasks
(as community organizing). One of the compas, who is a student,
even said, if it wasn´t for my grandparents and parents who are
campesinos and know what it is to work the land and the ejido, I
wouldn´t be involved today.

In atenco they have what are ejidos, communal lands. Which have
been a way in which communities have sustained themselves in
Mexico for centuries and especially after the revolution in Mexico of
1910. These communities have been attacked today by imperialism
and privatization -- which is where the struggle in Atenco began.
Today women, youth, and families grow food cooperatively in the
ejidos of Atenco. Some of the most common food they grow is corn,
beans, wheat, and asparanto. The community upholds the land and
live off of it. Most everyone in atenco has some connection to the
ejido and this is why the struggle there has deep roots with families
and the community.

More on Atenco later...
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