Chiapas: Urgent Action in case of aggressions against families who sympathize with EZLN by PRI group from the Banavil ejido and arbitrary detention of Zapatista support-base

On 19 January 2012, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) published an Urgent Action in reference to a case in Banavil, Tenejapa where on 4 December 2011 a group of some 50 members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) used firearms to assault four families who sympathize with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN).  The CDHFBC reports that “the aggressions resulted in the following: the death of Pedro Méndez López, the forced disappearance of Alonso López Luna, the forced disappearance of four families accused merely of being Zapatista sympathizers, the detention of Lorenzo López Girómn who was injured by gunshot wound and accused of assault, the arbitrary detention of Francisco Santiz López, Zapatista support-base (BAEZLN), who found himself in a place other than that of the site of the act, as well as injuries to six other persons.”

Regarding the antecedents of the case, the CDHFBC explains that “since 2009 there has been harassment by the PRI group against families sympathizing with the EZLN, due to their opposition to arbitrary actions committed by PRI-affiliated caciques, for example their looting of lands, illegal logging, imposition of arbitrary taxes and cooperative work, harassment, physical assault, denial of right to education, among other things, all of which has been denounced by victims before appropriate governmental institutions that have failed to act.  To date there exists no efficient investigation nor punishment  of those responsible, and the authorities do not intervene to resolve the situation, guarantee juridical or social security in the Banavil ejido.”

For more information (in Spanish):

- Demanda el Frayba detener las agresiones sistemáticas de priístas contra indígenas (La Jornada, 20 January 2012)

- Acción Urgente del Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas sobre el caso (19 January 2012)

- Matan a indígena y lesionan a 5 por conflicto en Tenejapa, Chiapas(La Jornada, 5 December 2011)

- Investiga Procuraduría de Chiapas incidente con saldo de una persona fallecida en Tenejapa (La Voz del Sureste, 5 December 2011)

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