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HRD Attack

24 Mar 2023

Union of Indigenous Communities of the Northern Zone of the Isthmus (UCIZONI)

Incident date
24 Mar 2023
Date accuracy
All Correct
Unión de Comunidades Indígenas de la Zona Norte del Istmo (UCIZONI)
Not applicable
Indigenous peoples, Human rights group
Beatings & violence
Target: Group, Organisation or Institution
Location of Incident: Mexico
Ferrocarril del Istmo de Tehuantepec S.A de C.V. Mexico Transport: General, Railroad
Other actors


Civilians accompanied by Oaxaca state police attacked the UCIZONI encampment, which had been permanently and peacefully blocking the Mogoñe Viejo-Vixidu railway line for 24 days. The attacks left two people injured. This blockade has been one of UCIZONI's forms of resistance to the project to build the Mogoñe Viejo-Vixidu section of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec railway on indigenous territories without their free, prior and informed consent. This project also includes the eventual development of a commercial-industrial corridor, the construction of commercial ports, a network of primary and secondary roads, digital connectivity networks, a gas pipeline, as well as ten industrial parks. The project also plans to connect with another large-scale investment project, the "Tren Maya". These works pose a risk to the livelihoods of the 12 indigenous communities living in the area, as well as to the preservation of their territory and environment.