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Purépacha indigenous leaders begin caravan to Mexico City

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Purépacha indigenous leaders begin caravan to Mexico City

Mexico, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) Community leaders from 65 indigenous peoples of Michoacan kicked off in Morelia a Purépecha National Caravan bound for the Zócalo of Mexico City to ask for support from President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
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The leader of the Supreme Indigenous Council of Michoacán (CSIM), Pavel Guzman, commented that they will demand structural works and that 300 Purépecha indigenous authorities from a number of peoples will participate in the march.

The demonstration will traverse a number of zones of the capital, with rally held later on in front of the National Palace, accompanied by organizations such as the Ecatepec Colony Coordinator and groups from the National Indigenous Congress.

The Purépecha leader said that they will demand the guarantee of that the human rights of the indigenous communities, as 20 percent of the native peoples do not have drinking water or drainage.

They will also ask for a million pine plants to reforest the indigenous regions, “because the forestry authorities have told us that this year they will not have that support, we also ask for helicopters to fight forest fires,” Pavel Guzman said.

He said that another of his demands is the creation of work groups for the defense and restitution of territories in the face of the invasion of transnational corporations that rent land in the Purépecha areas for the cultivation of berries, avocado and potatoes, but later aim to appropriate the land.

The CSIM leader said that they also ask for respect for the autonomy process, because the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples takes up to three months to deliver the certificates of indigenous community, which delays the delivery of the direct budget to the communities.

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