Friday, December 17, 2010

It's official - Tenacatita protest (day of camping) set for December 27

TENACATITA, Jalisco, Mexico - The people of Rebalsito and their supporters have made it official that Monday, Dec. 27 will be a day of protest - at the seized Tenacatita Beach.

Juan Frost of (Cyberpuebo link) sent an email invitation to hundreds of persons who have been supporting the repatriation of Tenacatita Beach and the Tenacatita oceanfront lots seized by armed forces under the direction of Jose Villalobos Aug. 4.

Juan Frost wrote:
"I am writing to invite you to a peaceful picnic at Tenacatita (fully supported by Rebalsito's town leaders) this December 27 at 9 AM starting from the town of Rebalsito. We will be entering Tenacatita through a back way and will be ferrying the public across a narrow stretch of the lagoon in undisputed territory and then march up the beach for a final gathering up by the restaurants. If the beach is open by then we will march up the road. People wishing to arrive by sea can join us. Foreigners who are a little apprehensive can show support by being in the bay with their boats."

In that armed takeover, nearly 800 persons were forcibly evicted from their homes and businesses, given virtually no time to pick up their possessions.

When they were allowed to return several days later, the people reported that homes and businesses had been looted by the State Police and/or security forces and that there was little to reclaim.

Protest march earlier this year
The peaceful protest is slated to begin at 9 a.m. in Rebalsito and will involve using boats to cross an undisputed portion of the mangroves to an area of the beach that is also not in dispute.

From there, persons in the demonstration are expected to march onto the disputed area - but only on the beach close to the water that is guaranteed to be accessible to all Mexican citizens by the Mexican constitution.

In the past week, several persons who have walked down the ocean beach - right at the tide line - have been turned back by armed guards and told they were trespassing on private land.

Protest organizers hope to get some attention from Mexican, American and Canadian media. But with the exception of one story published in a number of Canadian newspapers (Vancouver Sun story), non-Mexican media have largely ignored the story.

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