(Editor’s Note: This communique comes from REMA—the Mexican Network of Those Affected by Mining—congratulating the Popular Front in Defense of Soconusco for their three-year anniversary of struggle against mining interests in the Southwest corner of Chiapas. The original communique in Spanish can be found here.)
Congratulations to the Popular Front in Defense of Soconusco June 20th
Dear brothers and sisters of the Popular Front in Defense of Soconusco June 20th.
Before anything else, receive a strong congratulatory embrace in recognition of the grand resistance work you all have carried out in your territory since your organization sprang to life, three years ago.
As REMA, we are proud that you have organized to defend life and territory against the threats of the predatory mining extractive model. The persistence of your struggle is already a point of reference both in Chiapas as well as in Mexico as a whole. We recognize your contributions, your teachings, and your capacity to not stop, to not be afraid of the state, much less the bosses of the mining companies.
We have listened to your voices in Guerrero, Zacatecas, Morelos, Mexico City, Puebla, as well as in various regions of Chiapas. Voices that have left us with teachings and reflections that have been incorporated into the struggle of REMA. We are sure that to defend life requires courageous and committed men and women such as those born in Acacoyagua, Esquintla and in each one of the towns that make up the region of Soconusco.
With great joy we join your celebrations, your achievements, the intimate joy of sharing a new territory free of mining.
Greetings brothers and sisters. Many more years for each one of you, for the citizens, for the ejido members and for the community members that have dared to mobilize, leaving the hammock aside and fighting for human dignity.
Many congratulations for the three years of being with us!
Red Mexicana de Afectados por la Minería (REMA)
The Mexican Network of Those Affected by Mining