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Statement: The assassination of indigenous defender in Mexico, Samir Flores Soberanes, and the role of european corporations





On February 20, Samir Flores Soberanes, a Náhuatl indigenous activist and community organiser in Morelos, Mexico, was assassinated. We, organisations and collectives, mourn his death and our thoughts are with his family, friends and compañeros.


After numerous threats, Samir Flores was the victim of a political murder to silence his fight against the construction of a gas pipeline and gas power plant, the Proyecto Integral Morelos (PIM). He was part of a broad resistance of campesino movement fighting for water, land, dignity and autonomy.


The Spanish companies Elencor, Abengoa, Enagas and Italian company Bonatti are the promoters and constructors of the project. French company Saint-Gobain is one of the main beneficiaries.


The corporations involved in the project are based in Europe. They are ruthlessly betting on more fossil fuels, disregarding communities, their environment and our global climate on their path to more profit.


We will hold these companies accountable and we ask them to immediately step out of the project until a due process of justice has delivered a credible outcome.


We stand by the communities of Morelos in their demands for justice from the state and federal authorities who have alienated the movement rather than engage in real dialogue. We reject the recent manipulated consultation of the project conducted by the federal government.


We acknowledge that the death of Samir Flores is not an exception. Indigenous defenders in Mexico have been threatened, killed and subjected to violence with increasing regularity over the last years.


There is an urgent need for protection of defenders in Mexico. We reaffirm the responsibility and role of Western and European companies in violating human and indigenous rights and the necessity for our organisations, politicians and activist networks to fight corporate impunity.





The Gastivists Collective, 

Friends of the Earth international – 

Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity ( – and

Friends of the Earth Europe – 

Coordination Climat Justice Sociale (Genève),

Leave it in the Ground Initiative LINGO,

Ekologistak Martxan,


Ecologistas en Acción,

Reclaim the Power, (UK)

NoTAP Belgium,

Amis de la Terre France/Friends of the Earth France, 

ceccam, Peter Rosset, 


Ashish Kothari, Kalpavriksh, (India)

Plataforma Algarve Livre de Petróleo,

Friends of the Siberian Forests (Russia),

Bristol Rising Tide (Bristol, UK),

Biofuelwatch (UK) 

Ambiente, Desarrollo y Capacitación, Jorge Varela,

Institute for Policy Studies, (USA Washington D.C.), Manuel Pérez-Rocha,  

Trenzando Ilusiones, (La Paz – Bolivia), Elizabeth Peredo Beltrán

Plataforma Ciudadana Zaragoza sin Fractura,

Asociación de Cultura Popular Alborada (Gallur),

NOAH Friends of the Earth Denmark,

NoTAP Italy, 

Limity jsme my (Czech Republic),

Agroécologie et Environnement Vert (Tunisia),

Collectif BreakFree Suisse,

Amigos de la Tierra España, Héctor de Prado

KRUHA People’s Coalition for the Right to Water, (Indonesia)

Nodo Cantabria PX1NME.

Сenter for Civil Liverties (Ukraine)


Frack off London –

Frack Free Sussex –

Frack Free Surrey –

Weald Action Group –

Nonprofit civic initiative NAŠ Jadran (Croatia) –

Re:Common –

YouthStrike4Climate Parents group –


Justiça Global, Brasil –

Observatorio de Multinacionales en América Latina (OMAL) – Paz con Dignidad,

Pilar Ortega Marcelo-

TierrActiva Colombia –

Corporate Europe Observatory –

Fossilgasfällan –

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Rogue Climate (Oregon, USA) –