Today, March 21, 2018, the General Assembly of the Peoples, Neighborhoods, Communities and Pedregales of Coyoacán carried out a series of demonstrations in the center of Mexico City demanding the cancellation of the development project at Aztecas 215. The assembly first organized an action at the entrance of SACMEX (System of Waters of Mexico City)—the governmental body in charge of managing the services and infrastructure of drinking water, drainage, and the recycling and reuse of waste water in Mexico City. With banners, photos and a physical presence, members of the assembly blocked the entrance to the building, while making clear their disgust with the ongoing removal of millions of gallons of fresh water, being pumped from the construction project at Aztecas 215 directly into the city drainage system.
From SACMEX, members of the assembly took the street marching the five or so blocks to the building of SEDEMA (Secretary of the Environment)—the governmental body in charge of formulating and enacting policy regarding the environment and natural resources in Mexico City. There, members of the assembly again maintained their physical presence to exemplify their rejection of the ecocide being carried out at Aztecas 215 in the Pedregales of Coyoacán. Music, food and rebellious speech were shared maintaining a spirit of creative and communal resistance.
Through these series of actions, the assembly has again made clear how the governmental bodies set up to supposedly protect and sustainably manage water and natural resources in Mexico City are doing nothing more than serve the interests of the capitalist class—in this case the owners of the real estate development company, Quiero Casa. While the actions carried out today were more symbolic than not, the ongoing movement of the General Assembly of the Peoples, Neighborhoods, Communities and Pedregales of Coyoacán, serves as an example of a resistance movement grounded in communal self-organization. While tomorrow March 22 marks World Water Day, we can guarantee the General Assembly of the Peoples, Neighborhoods, Communities and Pedregales of Coyoacán will continue self-organizing and resisting the capitalist-driven destruction and gentrification of their neighborhood.