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Atenco asks for help

London Mexico Solidarity are calling for action in the UK against architect Norman Foster and engineering consultant ARUP, involved in plans to build a six-runway international airport near Mexico City.

This was last tried in 2001 – and successfully resisted by the indigenous common landholders of San Salvador Atenco. The Atenco farmers were then punished for their resistance in May 2006, with an extremely brutal police attack. Two young people were killed, and 26 women raped by the military police. Nine Atenco leaders were sentenced to over 30 years in prison, but freed in 2010, after an international campaign.