national government's decision to destroy 37 hectares of forest and indigenous communities' homes. Residents of Xochicuautla denounced that the land eviction benefits real estate company Grupo Higa, and other properties negotiated by members of the government. However, other groups joined the mobilization, protesting the murder of a 12 year old child from Michoacan state, and the arrest of self defense leader Cemei Verdia Zepeda. Tuesday morning it was announced that Zepeda would be released because of lack of evidence.

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Mexicans Protest Land Evictions and State Violence

Social and rural organizations against Mexico's policies of eviction, militarization, and criminalization of community police marched in Mexico City.

The march was originally called by San Francisco Xochicuautla commune members (comuneros) to express their opposition to the national government's decision to destroy 37 hectares of forest and indigenous communities' homes. Residents of Xochicuautla denounced that the land eviction benefits real estate company Grupo Higa, and other properties negotiated by members of the government. However, other groups joined the mobilization, protesting the murder of a 12 year old child from Michoacan state, and the arrest of self defense leader Cemei Verdia Zepeda. Tuesday morning it was announced that Zepeda would be released because of lack of evidence.

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"No to the war on indigenous peoples" Photo:Ivan Pavel Moreno
The mobiliziation in Mexico city on July 28
The mobiliziation in Mexico city on July 28 Photo:Ivan Pavel Moreno
Children hold placards saying Xochi (short for Xochicuautla) should not be sold.
Children hold placards saying Xochi (short for Xochicuautla) should not be sold. Photo:Ivan Pavel Moreno
The mobiliziation in Mexico city on July 28
The mobiliziation in Mexico city on July 28 Photo:Ivan Pavel Moreno
The mobiliziation in Mexico city on July 28
The mobiliziation in Mexico city on July 28 Photo:Ivan Pavel Moreno
People hold placards saying
People hold placards saying "no to the roads" and "Grupo Higa - Ecocide" Photo:Ivan Pavel Moreno
The mobiliziation in Mexico city on July 28
The mobiliziation in Mexico city on July 28 Photo:Ivan Pavel Moreno
The mobiliziation in Mexico city on July 28
The mobiliziation in Mexico city on July 28 Photo:Ivan Pavel Moreno
Published 29 July 2015
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