Our friends at La Furia de las Calles in Mexico City just sent along this intense new Atenco poster. Click continue below the poster for a letter by Atenco political prisoner Gloria Arenas Agis:
THE GOVERNOR WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT; WE WANT JUSTICE
The Governor of the State of Mexico wants to be President.
His campaign is in full swing.
His image is promoted on TV and the people foot the bill.
To win the business vote (the one that counts), he has to show that Fox
couldn’t grab the lands of the people of Atenco, but that he can.
Dispossessing poor people of their lands and resources to hand them over
to the richest of the rich (preferably the foreign monopolies) is the
first requirement for being the Manager…excuse me, the President,
accepted by the owners of capital and global wealth.
The Governor ordered the ASE attack against the people of Atenco and
called in the PFP. He was satisfied with the brutality used to comply
with his order. He’s proved this is true by guaranteeing impunity for
There’s no doubt that an iron fist policy and the payment of political
debts with impunity are also requirements for being a presidential
The Governor has complied with another requirement: violating laws
without being punished, subordinating the executive and legislative
branches to the executive and to political interests. All this in the
name of the State of Law.
The Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico has exonerated him of all
criminal responsibility for the deaths of a child and a young man, the
mass rape of women, torture, warrantless house searches, property
damage, and other crimes, all committed during the repression he
ordered. Needless to say, he was also exonerated of intellectual
authorship, complicity, cover-up, and all other possible ways of
participating in these crimes.
To qualify as a presidential candidate, it’s not necessary to govern by
respecting the law and complying with it. All you have to do is impose
terror at gunpoint, jail people, persecute them. This is what’s called
The sexually tortured women were jailed or expelled from the country.
The police and those in command never set foot in jail.
An ASE agent fired his weapon at a 14 year old boy.
The boy died and the police has never even been indicted.
No police was punished for firing a tear gas canister directly at
Alexis’ head, mortally wounding him.
8 minors (including one young woman) were beaten and tortured for
several days in the juvenile detention center.
206 people were tortured and unjustly imprisoned.
Several social activists were pursued, and three years later they’re
still being pursued.
The criminals are free.
The campesinos and social activists are in jail.
Two campesinos from Atenco and a law student have been locked up in
maximum security prison for three years with sentences of from 67 to 112
years. This reveals that peaceful, social struggle is more heavily
penalized than kidnapping or drug trafficking, especially if the
struggle gets in the way of a politician who wants to be president or in
the way of a party that wants to recover the presidency.
América, Nacho del Valle’s daughter, was studying pedagogy when her
father and brother were jailed and the family home searched and wrecked.
She is now a politically pursued person.
For her, being pursued means losing three years in her studies. Not
being able to visit her father in prison. Not being able to live with
her mother or her brothers. Not seeing her people. Not being able to use
herown name. Being pursued wears a person out. Being pursued means being
forced to live in semi-clandestinity.
The persecutors bet on debilitation, the persecuted learn to resist, to
draw strength from impotence.
The Atenco political prisoners are not delinquents.
They are social activists who’ve been unjustly held in prison for three
Politicians and governors are mistaken in their calculations for the future.
The more offenses they commit, and the more serious they are, the more
rebelliousness they produce.
Mockery and impunity generate anger.
Atenco’s wound is our own, and their struggle, too.
Nacho, thank you for being invincible, for your letters from prison, for
the freedom, encouragement, and force that you transmit.
Felipe and Héctor, thank you for resisting in one of the worst places in
Italia, Norma, Mariana, Valentina, Cristina, thank you for your courage,
your dignity, your perseverance.
Magdalena, thank you for your example.
América, thank you for your light, your integrity, and your courage in
spite of the political persecution you are withstanding.
Atenco, thank you for your tremendous solidarity with our struggles.
Political prisoners in Molino de Flores, ex prisoners, percecuted
people, to all who lived and live in Atenco, thank you for your example.
FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR ATENCO
May 3, 2009
Gloria Arenas Agis