Mexico is ours, not the Government’s!
This is our place, this is our land, these are our hills, these are our rivers, this is our people, this is our heaven, our parents are buried here and our children were born here.
Mexico is ours!
Yes, we want to legalize, because our movement is constitutional, that’s why we will demand to be legalized as National Guard, a force which is civil, democratic, federal and Constitutional; as it exists in all democratic countries, as it exists in countries in which you cannot be killed with impunity, not by the Government, nor by criminals.
We’ll make ourselves heard internationally, we ask for the minimum, fundamental rights: right to live, to work, to have a family!
Is this too much to ask? Can we be guaranteed that?
Then do not deny us the right to form Autodefensas.
We are the worthy people rising and defending Michoacán, not all want to be policemen, but we all consider ourselves according to our constitutional law, soldiers of the National Guard!
Brothers and sisters remember: we do not have a return path!
We still have two paths: self-defense or sacrifice!
Mexico is ours!
there’s so much more to this excellent post from BorderlandBeat, especially for those of you unfamiliar with the history of mexico and the people’s heroic efforts to cast away the shackles of the conquistadors, and their offspring and bootlickers.
the end of the mexican revolution of 100 years ago resulted in the most far-ranging reform of a society ever attempted, but interference from extremely wealthy foreign interests have meddled in mexico’s affairs constantly, always attacking the gains promised by the constitution so many ordinary mexican people gave their lives to create.
throughout mexico’s insurgent history, there has been one constant theme: betrayal of the people by the government.
We have lived the oppression under two parts: one by action on the part of the Caballeros Templarios and the other by omission on the part of the Government.
Despite this, oppression develops. We have the right to oppose, we coordinate with the authority and then we sat at their tables, they called us allies, were advancing together, photos were removed with us that were seen around the world in an effort to distort, while trying to convince public opinion that Michoacán was already controlled.
Both publicly and privately they called us valid partners, called us members of the Council of self-defense, investigated us and told us we were honest and reliable people.
They gave some protection, but they wanted one change, silence. When I was injured and convalescent, the Secretary of the Interior publicly exonerated me from any suspicion, (Chong) but when I spoke my opinion they left me lying in bed and at the mercy of murderers.
Is this how friends act? Is this how allies act?
Hipólito Mora, now a prisoner, recognized by all as the founding leader and a friend and ally of the Government, but when pressure was applied there was a breach of all agreements by the Government.
So now they are efficient and have charged Mora with 35 complaints including looting, robbery, extortion and murder. And now they come for us; they want to intimidate us, they want us annihilated.
I wish I could retire, hopefully I could live in peace, and hopefully the Government had control of the territory, hopefully, hopefully.
But not so, Caballeros Templarios rule Michoacán. Everyday life has changed, but worse now the Caballeros Templarios, the Government, the army, Navy and all the police persecute us.
Hipolito Mora, a leading citizen self-defense groups La Ruana. / P. COMPANYS
A week ago the Commissioner was sitting at Hipólito side and knew nothing of the allegations; three days later Hipólito is a criminal. How very sad; they are very misguided, what a grand error on their part.
If the imprisonment of the leaders of the Autodefensas or our colleagues addressed the reality of the Michoacán, warmly we would willingly go to jail. Either way, we are condemned to death.
But it is not so. Although the leaders disappear, reality does not change. The Michoacán population, territory, has no Government much less any justice.
That is why brothers and sisters, we’ve been brave, if we know our destination. I summon you to unite and to not give up, or you will pay with your life.