Wielding sticks and machetes, the farmers of Atenco, Mexico, captured the attention of the world in 2011-2002 when they successfully rose up against plans to expropriate their land for an airport

Wielding sticks and machetes, the farmers of San Salvador Atenco, Mexico, captured the attention of the world in 2001 when they successfully rose up against plans to expropriate their land for an airport

From Upside Down World:

Written by Clayton Conn

In 2001 and 2002 townspeople and ejidatarios of San Salvador Atenco, Mexico successfully halted a plan proposed by then President Vicente Fox to expropriate more than 1,100 hectares of their farmland and territory for the construction of an International Airport. Now in 2013, the deceased plan has been revived to haunt and threaten them.

“This is worse than before,” says Jorge Oliveros, ejiditario and longtime member of the People’s Front in Defense of the Land (FPDT), the grassroots organization that successfully lead the opposition campaign in 2001- 2002. “If the previous project was outrageous, than the current one is even more so. In 2001, 90 percent of our territory was included [in the project], now its 95 percent but with the same strategy of division, threats, repression and death.”

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