On June 8, PBI-Mexico posted: “On Saturday, May 29, PBI accompanied a mobilisation of the indigenous communities of Mogotavo, Bacajípare and Huetosachi, of the Sierra Tarahumara for the defense of life and ancestral territory.”
PBI-Mexico further highlights: “These Indigenous communities are at risk for dispossession of their lands.”
Among the groups accompanied by PBI-Mexico that day was the Sierra Madre Alliance (ASMAC) which is based in Chihuahua.
On May 31, PBI-Mexico had also tweeted: “Team in Chihuahua observes the mobilization of indigenous communities affected by the tourist projects in Barrancas del Cobre, who defend their territory.”
Equipo en #Chihuahua observa la movilización de comunidades indígenas afectadas por los proyectos turísticos en Barrancas del Cobre, que defienden su territorio. #PBIacompaña @ASMACChihuahua @DEELAYUUK https://t.co/SMfz2lQABe
— Peace Brigades International-México (@PBI_Mexico) May 31, 2021
That followed a tweet from ASMAC that noted: “The peaceful protest of the Mogótavo community continues in the company of 10 other Odami and Rrámuri communities in defense of their territories.”
Defensa Tarahumara had also tweeted: “Entrepreneurs intend to deprive their territory of 80 Rarámuri families. For this reason, a peaceful march is being carried out where the communities of the Sierra Tarahumara are asking for respect for their territories and their human rights.”
Empresarios pretenden despojar de su territorio a 80 familias rarámuris
🗣️ Por está razón se está llevando a cabo una marcha pacífica donde las comunidades de la Sierra Tarahumara están pidiendo respeto a sus territorios y a sus derechos humanos ✊🏽 pic.twitter.com/xv9emRQulH
— Defensa Tarahumara (@DefensaTarahum) May 29, 2021
In their Facebook post of June 8, PBI-Mexico shared this article in Raichali that explains: “A group of 5 businessmen … denounced for dispossession of some 154 hectares to the Rarámuri community of Mogótavo … [are] looking to develop a large tourist complex.”
“Recently, the Agrarian Superior Court ruled against the community because it allegedly did not respond to a lawsuit of which it was not notified and determined that the owners of that territory are the [five] businessmen.”
That article adds: “After the ruling, the businessmen sued the community representatives for dispossession.”
PBI-Mexico has accompanied ASMAC since 2018.