Chiapas: Communique by Las Abejas of Acteal in observation of the Acteal massacre

On 22 May, in observation of the monthly commemoration of the Acteal massacre, the Las Abejas Civil Society remembered the 45 persons who died in 1997 by celebrating mass and publishing a communique.  In light of impunity, they affirm that “We as human-rights defenders have now lost our fear and despite the murders, death-threats, and unjust incarceration committed against social activists, we continue to break the silence because we know in our hearts that death does not come when one ceases to breathe but rather once one stops dreaming.  It is in this way that our martyrs continue to live, accompanying us now in all moments of our struggle, given that the dream that they had for which they gave their lives was so that peace may flourish, continue existing in those of us who defend life, justice, and peace.”

Regarding the immediate context, marked by the beginning of electoral campaigns at the state, federal, and municipal level in Chiapas, they make the following comments: “We ask the candidates of all the parties for election in 2012.  How can you build peace, if you yourselves are the ones who impose injustice and impunity?  How can you listen to and attend to the people if the only thing you know how to do is to listen, respond, and attend to the interests of the neoliberal economic system, in particular via its television, radio, and newspaper firms?  The most aberrant question is how you can be so bold as to call for voting if you now know already who will be president?  It is an atrocity and a lakc of respect for the dignity of the people.  It should be mentioned that the ‘Las Abejas’ organization expects for nothing from the elections.  The prevailing reality throughout the country is based in the action of the political parties from above, which historically have charged themselves with applying economic policies that guarantee the reproduction of capital.  One example of this is the neoliberal policies with which it is now attempted to deny the people one of their fundamental rights, which is the right to free expression and free self-determination.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado completo de las Abejas de Acteal, (22 de mayo de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Pre-audience of the People’s Permanent Tribunal (22 March 2012)

Permanent Tribunal of the Peoples – Mexico Chapter (14 November 2011)

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