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Mexico. Statement of solidarity with the victims and the people detained after the inauguration of Enrique Peña Nieto.


Sunday, december 9, 2012,

On December, 1st, the Federal State and Federal District security forces fired rubber bullets from point-blank range and threw tear-gas, injuring dozens of people, among whom at least two still are in a critical state. Mexico city inhabitants took to the streets to protest against Enrique Peña Nieto being sworn in as Mexico's new president. At daybreak they had to face an uncommon police repression. As the state of Mexico's former governor, Enrique Peña Nieto had made himself responsible for the police violence in San Salvador de Atenco, in 2006, during the demonstrations against an airport project. His fraudulent election in July foreshadowed the coming back into power of the PRI, Institutional Revolutionary Party. This party had been ruling Mexico for 70 years, until 1989, using corruption and violence.

Freedom of expression and freedom of demonstrating in the public space are fundamental rights of the people needing to express their social ills. However, gates and metal walls had been erected all along the way to the Zocalo (main square of Mexico city). Students, teachers, housewives, workers and anarchists were taking part into the demonstration, and they have been harassed by 6000 riot control policemen, standing nearby the Legislative Palace of San Lazaro. Those disproportionate measures made the people angry as they saw in them a shackle to their freedom of movement.

Thus the new power's answer to a population sick of their everyday struggle against poverty and corruption was made of brutal attacks, massive arrests and torture acts in custody. 67 people are still imprisoned and are liable to jail sentences up to 10 to 30 years for the offence of "attacking the public peace and the State stability". The disorder forces used rubber bullets, which are prohibited in Mexico and about which the ONU stated that they should not be fired at distances under 30 meters. The wounds provoked include the loss of an eye and a severe head injury. People who were only passing by in the area of confrontation and were not taking part in the demonstrations were also arbitrarily arrested. The goal is clearly to divide, terrorize, discourage and break up any social resistance.

At the height of deceit and cynicism, Mexico city's « chief of government », Marcelo Ebrard, is now trying to stigmatize anarchists. He claims to hold them responsible for the confrontations, whereas they were merely defending themselves at the side of the people. Organizations such as the Anarchist Students Coordination, Yosoy132 and the Anarchist Black Cross, openly against any criminalization of social protests and of youth, are being made Federal government's scapegoats. The persecution and defamation campaign against anarchists is not new but is growing as the mass media, accomplice of the fraudulent election, are disseminating it. One may remember how 300 anarchists had been surrounded on last May, 1st, in front of the Revolution Monument.

The Anarchist Federation expresses its strongest solidarity with the victims of the injuries made by the henchmen of power and is present on the side of all the ones fighting against the State and its violence, in Mexico and everywhere else.

Immediate release of the detainees and dropping of the charges against them !

International relations of the Anarchist Federation

France. Notre-Dame-des-Landes, Zone defense. Statement

Notre-Dame-des-Landes, Zone defense.

The information circulated over the past few days : the socialist-environmentalist government mobilized troops and riot police (hundreds of CRS) using backhoes to remove occupants that are installed almost everywhere on the holding zone made of groves and farmland, designed for the constrction of the future international airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, Loire-Atlantique.

For the moment, occupants are considered as illegal by the courts, proceedings are underway to evict homeowners, tenants and farmers of the area concerned.
This place has been renamed " Defend Zone" (ZAD) by resistants opposed to the capitalist development of the country, a ruinous project that does not meet the needs of the population, but political and financial ambitions and would devastate the environment. 40 years ago the first expropriations began with the beginningof the project.

This area to defend belongs legally to the multinational Vinci, responsible for building and then manage the airport as part of a public-private partnership, very beneficial for the financial group. Indeed, local authorities undertake to compensate for any losses that may occur ... for 55 years !

But this ZAD has also become for over 3 years, a very interesting place of alternative experiences and self-managing for more than one hundred people living there and thousands who have passed through, enjoying the creativity collectively vegetable cleared land , construction of huts, bread ovens, collective kitchens, meetings, exchanges of knowledge (from off serigraphy to explore wild edible plants), free price concerts, local radio (Radio Horn), a journal (Lese concrete).

The airport project is particulary carried, by the current Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (former Mayor of Nantes and former MP, Councillor of Nantes and Community Advisor of Nantes metropolis) since June 21, 2012, which makes a personal matter of this, likely to leave his glorious name in the history of "major projects". No one can be surprised of the massive deployment of forces to meet the interests of a local potentate, political parties officially allies on this case (PS and UMP) and those who are as EELV, co-managers for the Government and Parliament. The so called environmentalists EELV, once again, return the vest despite their pre-election bluster against the airport, that for the comfort of some departments.

Thus, Tuesday, Oct. 16, the forces of the state began early in the morning, to dislodge ZAD heads, destroying houses, others be walled. Pretentious and shifted reality, the prefect announced, at 10 h 30, that the mission was accomplished. However, if some settlements were demolished and closed, resistance continues unabated and receives more and more support !

The Anarchist Federation expresses full solidarity with the struggle of resisters to the airport and to the frozen world of Capital and the State, in a word : Power. The Anarchist Federation provide all the help she can to the best of its ability, to ensure that those who live there can continue to enjoy this area to defend.

French Anarchist Federation, Secretariat for External Relationships.