Chiapas: Ejidatarios from Tila announce a caravan and march against the SCJN in defense of their land and territory

Ejidatarios of Tila during the press-conference. Foto @SIPAZ

On 19 July, at the Fray Bartolomé Center for Human Rights in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, there was held a press-conference in defense of the right to land and territory of the ejidatarios from the Tila municipality.  At the press-conference, the ejidatarios said:

“We are really very worried because the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation [SCJN] will on 2 August hand down its resolution regarding the problem of the Tila ejido [...].  The government of the state, instead of clearly reinstituting the rights of the ejido, seeks to compensate us with money, but our land is not for sale.  As the government does not want to observe this law, now it is up to the [SCJN], which is about to ask the state government, the state congress, the municipal authorities, and the public ministry for property and commerce to respect ejidal lands; either this, or it will violate the constitution and remove from us our lands which pertain to us legally and legitimately as ejidatarios and ejidatarias and as Ch’ol people.”

At the press-conference, the ejidatarios announced that they will launch a caravan to Mexico City on 30 July and march there from the Monument to the Revolution toward the SCJN on 1 August.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de los ejidatarios de Tila (19 de julio)

Caravana de Ejidatarios de Tila al DF: 1 de agosto 2012, SCJN (19 de julio)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Tila ejidatarios reject compensation and request that the SCJN respects their right to territory (14 February 2011)

Chiapas: Authorities of the Tila ejido denounce negation of their right to land; their lives are threatened (9 September 2010)

Chiapas: ejidatarios march in Tila in defense of their lands (27 April 2010)

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