Chiapas: Women march against militarization

Photo @SIPAZ

On 11 May around 400 persons, a majority of them women, carried out a march from the Teopisca municipality to Amatenango del Valle to protest against militarization, high electricity-prices charged by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), and mineral exploitation.

The members of different organizations and municipalities denounced that on 2 February, members of the Secretary of the Navy and the Army took ejidal lands to install a camp without authorization from the owners in the Madronal neighborhood of Amatenango del Valle.  They met in a rally in the central park of Amatenango, where they read several communiqués, one of which notes that “We do not understand what you are doing; you have entered our homes seeking arms and at night you patrol other communities; you take our lands and do not know what you are doing there; we do not need the Army to come care for us.  What we demand is that our autonomy, languages, and cultures as indigenous be respected.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Marchan en Chiapas contra militarización y tarifas de CFE, La Jornada, 11 de mayo de 2012

Marchan en Chiapas contra tarifas de la CFE (El Universal, 11 de mayo de 2012)

Convocan a marcha y mitin contra militarización en Amatenango del Valle, Mirada Sur, 10 de mayo de 2012

Colectivos de mujeres de La Grandeza, Aguacatenango, La Merced, El puerto y Napité denuncian militarización en comunidad del Madronal, Enlace Zapapatista 13 de mayo de 2012

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