According to the group, on Saturday six trucks of armed men arrived at the community in Bajo Hondo, which for years has been defending its territory from encroaching business interests.
MOCASE-VC says that the group was led by Manaos owner Orlando Canido, who claims possession of the land.
“After threatening the families and while one group pointed guns at the women and children of the community, another group set fire to two houses and the animal pens, destroyed drinking containers, and threw poison and rubble into the only potable water hole in the community,” read the MOCASE-VC statement released earlier this week.
Yesterday morning, another armed group arrived, this time holding an order from a local judge to evict the community.
“We hoped that the provincial courts had come to inspect the material damage the community suffered [on the weekend],” read another statement release yesterday by MOCASE-VC. “However, in this alternative reality, this morning a ‘mob’ came with an order from Judge María L. Martinez Llanos to evict the families and give possession of the land to Orlando Canido and his band of 40 or 50 men.”
The armed group reportedly set up camp in the territory, threatening to kill anyone from the community who tried to reenter. However, at around 7pm, police arrived with instructions to annul the eviction order, remove the armed men, and allow families back in to their community.
According to MOCASE-VC: “before leaving, the men burned the family homes right in front of the police. During the day they had slaughtered cows, pigs, goats, chickens, and destroyed other family belongings that have not yet been counted.”
“We denounce Manaos owner Orlando Canido for the attempts to appropriate our lands with armed groups who attack our families, destroy our homes, shield bulldozers as they clear our fields, and try to evict us at gunpoint.”