"Samir didn't die, the government killed him"
That's the call as thousands march on Mexico City
following the murder of Samir Flores Soberanes environmental activist
and journalist who was shot twice in the head in his home in
Amilcingo, south of Mexico City, on Wednesday.
A member of The Peoples in Defense of Land and
Water Front, Samir was a chief opponent of the Proyecto Integral
Morelos (PIM), a development project in the state of Morelos that
includes two new thermoelectric plants and a 93 mile gas pipeline and
had attended a meeting about the project days before his
assassination and challenged government representatives who were
pushing flesh ahead of a vote on the PIM project.
been attacked numerous times before and a letter was left with his
body, which the police have refused to release the details off. It
seems clear in these times of struggle, he was executed for defending
his community, the environment and indigenous autonomy against the
corrupt state, a state who have immediately began laying the blame
for this murder on organised crime. Given that is 2017, according to
Global Witness, 15 environmental activists were murdered in Mexico
you can be sure that organised crime is the blame, those responsible
sit in the Palacio Legislativo de San Lázaro and Palacio
This part of an
ongoing trend across South America and indeed the world with at least
207 land and environmental defenders killed last year. Thats 207
indigenous leaders, community activists and environmentalists
murdered trying to protect their homes and communities from corrupt
states, mining, agribusiness and other destructive industries.
Rest in Power Samir and all who die defending this
planet from parasitic capitalists bent on destroying it for their own
Demand justice for Samir Flores.
Demand the respect of indigenous communities.
Solidarity with all who continue the fight. ■