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Being a peasant is not a crime

Being a peasant is not a crime

By Silvia Ribeiro

Listening to speak and transmitting they embrace, the experiences of colleagues like Alfredo Zepeda, at the foot of the radio since its inception, together with the singing voices of young peasant women and men who transmit in Tepehua, Nahuatl, Otomí, Spanish, while the peasants are in the cornfields or on the way to other tasks, the ladies put tortillas on the comal, the clouds that want to continue lying in the mountains stretch. Radio Huaya is a breath of encouragement and joy of being a peasant, at the same time that it is an essential denouncement of ignominy and abuses against the communities, their territories, their rights. It is a permanent affirmation of the many forms of resistance and creation that every day breathe in indigenous and peasant communities.

On July 18, Radio Huaya, with its sponsor Fomento Cultural y Educativo and the Human Rights Committee of the Sierra Norte de Veracruz, convened the communities of the region and other organizations to the forum The rights of the peoples in the Huasteca, a way more than remembering the 50th anniversary of Radio, as it has always been: with the communities, in the struggles, with the traditional peasant bands and trios that grow under the cover of the radio all the time. The community members of Zacacuautla shared their struggle there, bravely resisting loggers and gangs of thugs that they hire, community members from Tlachichilco and Texcatepec, fighting against a gas pipeline, wise men and community members from Oxeloco who care for peasant corn and resist transgenics , communities that have come together throughout the mountains against the contamination of the Autlán mining company, midwives from various regions who denounced how they are discriminated against and attacked, seeking to prevent the communities from continuing with their traditional ways of being born, living, planting, to be. As they want to tear us from the corn and the earth, the midwives said in their tongues, they want to strip us of our children, our seeds, our future.

Still resounding those words, on July 19, the Mexican Army murdered the 12-year-old boy Edilberto Reyes García, wounded Yeimi Nataly Pineda, six, and several other people, when they fired savagely at a store in Santa María Ostula, Michoacan. All to punish that indigenous community that protests the illegal detention of the community police commander Cemeí Verdia, who was fabricated crimes to block the defense of the community's territory and peasant ways of life and work. Official violence to give free rein to the private interests of mining companies and transnationals, traffickers, all actors - Army, drug trafficking, transnationals - with curiously convergent interests to appropriate the community's lands, waters, coasts and forests.

The forum also denounced and expressed solidarity with the resistance of the indigenous communities of San Francisco Xochicuautla against the construction of the Naucalpan-Toluca highway, which would destroy their forests and territories only to make way for the rich of Santa Fe and incidentally favor with the construction OHL and Grupo Higa (the same one from the scandal of the white house of the presidential family). This struggle that has been going on for more than eight years, with episodes of repression, invasion by authorities and companies, strategies of division and purchase of community members; had a brutal turn with a presidential expropriation decree on July 9, which, as detailed by Raymundo Espinoza, lawyer for the National Assembly of Environmentally Affected Persons, is illegal and unconstitutional, among other reasons, due to the invasion with the use of force and forged consultations, ignoring knowing that the community never asked for a consultation process, because it was opposed to the work since it became aware of the project.

During their participation in the forum, Gloria Ramírez, from Desinformémonos, and Ramón Vera, from OjarascayGrain, drew the red thread that unites attacks and struggles: a war of many intensities against peasants, against indigenous peoples, against communities and the possibility for all of us to define our own life. Not even in the Conquest, they affirmed, has such vastness, multiplicity and impunity of attacks been experienced, ranging from deception and bribery, engineering of conflicts to divide communities, use and manufacture of apparent but false legality (misuse of power called it the Court Permanent of the Peoples), to repression, forced disappearance and murder, where the Army increasingly acts, financed by the public, but to defend private interests with violence.

Ten months after the murder of three people and the forced disappearance of 43 students from the rural school of Ayotzinapa - another State crime with the participation of the Army - solidarity and the search from below does not cease, these young people, whose only crime is being children of peasants.

Faced with such an abyss, the fabric of information and relationships that Radio Huaya, Ojarasca, Desinformémonos (which has already passed its first million followers!) And other solidarity media, which remind us that the peasants feed and support the majority of humanity. and they take care of the planet of all, it is fundamental. !! Congratulations!!

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