Since the beginning of 2017, a new military pact is being developed between the United States, Mexico, and Central America to increase the presence of the US Southern Command on the border of Guatemala and Mexico. This means that for the first time in recent history there would be official operations of the United States Army in Mexican territory. So far there is very little public and official information about it, however, the sum of the available information allows us to conclude that it implies a new wave in the historical military and economic interventionism of the United States in Latin America.
In the face of this, as cross-border people we resist and strongly oppose the dispossession of our territories and our bodies via military occupation, an in turn we also defend life, dignity, and our integrity.
Currently there are two events of great concern that require us to mobilize:
1) On the one hand the message during the Central American Security Conference, CENTSEC 2017, held on April 25, which announced the installation of a Task Force of the US Southern Command in the border department of Petén, in collaboration with the armies of Mexico and Guatemala, to operate along the border.
2) On the other hand, the announcement of a forthcoming high-level conference on security and economics for Mexico and Central America to be held June 14-16 in Miami, Florida, where part of the conference will be held within the military base of the Southern Command of the United States, in which the Alliance for Prosperity Plan is expected to be mutated to be given a primarily militaristic and reinvestment approach to private capital in the region.
Read the full statement signed by 300 organizations and groups from Mexico, the United States and Central America: