Chiapas: Authorities hand over land in dispute to Catholics in Puebla Colony. “This is not the priority solution for the displaced,” note Las Abejas

March 2, 2014

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(@Radio Pozol)

On 26 February 2014, there was held an act to hand over the land on which was found the chapel of the Puebla ejido, Chenalhó municipality, as performed by the ejidal commissioner, Agustín Cruz Gómez, transferring it to the San Cristóbal de Las Casas diocese, as represented in the event by bishop Enrique Díaz Díaz.  This came after the General Direction of Religious Associations of the Secretary of Governance decided that the land under dispute “is federal property in use and administered by the San Cristóbal de Las Casas diocese.”

It should be recalled that the dispute over this land between Catholics and Evangelical residents led by the ejidal authorities led to the displacement of 17 families (98 persons) who have taken refuge in the Acteal community since August 2013.

At the event was also present Secretary of Governance Eduardo Ramírez Aguilar and Subsecretary for Religious Affairs Víctor Hugo Sánchez Zebadúa, who considered themselves witnesses of honor.  The Secretary of Governance decalred that the Evangelicals and Catholics “are here to do good,” such that he called on the Evangelical community to respect the decision made by the Secretary of Governance.  He affirmed that the state government will continue working to resolve the pending issues.

On that same day, 26 February, the Las Abejas Civil Society (to which the majority of the displaced pertain) challenged in a communique that the government “does not speak of justice.”  It noted that “the human-rights violations began with torture, harassment, displacement, robbery of possessions, destruction of the chapel, burning of houses, fabrication of crimes regarding the poisoning of the water, accusing 3 people (Juan López Méndez, Mariano Méndez Méndez, Luciano Méndez Hernández, son of Mariano Méndez Méndez), who were transferred to the Public Ministry to be arrested without any evidence that the water had in fact been poisoned [...].  Comrades from civil national and international organizations, this is not the priority solution of the displaced.  They lack other things such as the construction of the chapel, reparation for the burned houses, and compensation for robbed possessions, in addition to the application of justice for the presumed responsible persons who committed these rights-violations.”

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Determinan autoridades que ejido Puebla, en Chenalhó, es propiedad federal (La Jornada, 27 de febrero de 2014)

Boletín del gobierno del estado “Entregan evangélicos predio a católicos de Puebla, Chenalhó”(ICOSO, 27 de febrero de 2014)

Entregan evangélicos de Chenalhó predio a católicos que expulsaron (Milenio, 26 de febrero de 2014)

Comunicado de la Sociedad Civil Las Abejas (26 de febrero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Those displaced from the Puebla Colony, Chenalhó return to Acteal (13 February 2014)

Chiapas: Those displaced from the Puebla ejido do not find conditions for return (3 February 2014)

Chiapas: those displaced from the Puebla ejido return to their community to harvest coffee (22 January 2014)

Chiapas: Those displaced from the Puebla Colony announce return for coffee harvest (15 January 2014)

Chiapas: Solidarity requested for those displaced from the Puebla Colony (16 September 2013)

Chiapas: After attempting to return, the displaced of the Puebla Colony transfer themselves to Acteal (13 September 2013)

 


Chiapas: Those displaced from the Puebla Colony, Chenalhó return to Acteal

February 13, 2014

Colonia Puebla, Chenalho (@SIPAZ)

Colonia Puebla, Chenalhó (@SIPAZ)

On 7 January, the 17 families displaced from the Puebla Colony, Chenalhó municipality, returned to the Acteal community, given their conclusion that the necessary conditions which would allow for their stay in their community of origin do not exist.  Displaced in a conflict with Evangelicals over land on which they had been building a Catholic chapel, the 98 persons had been in the Puebla ejido for 20 days (since 17 January) to harvest and dry their coffee crops.

In a communique, those displaced from the Puebla Colony, the Parish Council of San Pedro Chenalhó, and the Las Abejas Civil Society explained that “the necessary conditions for us to remain in Puebla with peace and tranquility are absent.  Perhaps some believe that because some government officials have visited the community (including Governor Manuel Velasco), the problem has been solved.  The conditions for our return we have already explained to the government; these include the recognition of our property in the land on which is located the Catholic church, the recognition and reparation of damages incurred (both communal due to the destruction of the chapel and of communal houses), in addition to the personal damages we suffered due to robbery and degradation of the homes of the displaced.  We also ask that the various crimes to which we have been subjected not remain in impunity [...].  We would like to believe that the visit of the governor is a reflection of his will to resolve the problem, but, as with President Enrique Peña Nieto in Michoacán, it is not enough to take a photo and make promises to resolve problems, while they in fact desire to solve everything with promises of support but they do not make justice.  As long as this is the case, there can be no solution.”

The groups denounced verbal aggressions and stoning to which they were subjected during their 20 days in the ejido, particularly as directed against Juan López Méndez, “who they greatly dislike, since, not being Catholic, he chose not to support the attacks on Catholics.”

In conclusion, the groups noted that “we would like to have peace and reconciliation in Puebla, as in all other communities.  We are open to dialogue, but what we cannot accept is impunity and the repetition of crimes, because we have seen that it was in this way that we were displaced in 1997.  Once again this happened in 2013, and all because of the same people, precisely because they have not been punished.  If they continue not to be, there will continue to be displacements.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Desplazados de la Col. Puebla Municipio de Chenalhó, regresan a Acteal(Comunicado de los Desplazados de la Col. Puebla, el Consejo Parroquial de San Pedro Chenalhó y la Sociedad Civil de las Abejas de Acteal, 7 de febrero de 2014)

Desplazados de Chenalhó exigen justicia y reparación de los daños (Chiapas Paralelo, 8 de febrero de 2014)

Regresaremos hasta ver señales reales de justicia: desplazados de Chenalhó (La Jornada, 8 de febrero de 2014)

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Those displaced from the Puebla ejido do not find conditions for return (3 February 2014)

Chiapas: those displaced from the Puebla ejido return to their community to harvest coffee (22 January 2014)

Chiapas: Those displaced from the Puebla Colony announce return for coffee harvest (15 January 2014)

Chiapas: Solidarity requested for those displaced from the Puebla Colony (16 September 2013)

Chiapas: After attempting to return, the displaced of the Puebla Colony transfer themselves to Acteal (13 September 2013)


Chiapas: Those displaced from the Puebla ejido will remain another 10 days. They request accompaniment

February 3, 2014

Desplazada del Ejido Colonia Puebla cosechando café @ SIPAZ

Displaced person from Puebla ejido harvesting coffee @ SIPAZ

On 27 January, observers who had been staying in the Puebla ejido to accompany the displaced in their harvest of coffee returned.  This same day, the stay of another 10 days by the displaced was announced, given that “we could not harvest all our coffee and besides some had already extracted the seeds.  Moreover, we cannot carry all this coffee to Acteal [where they have stayed in their displacement] because there is no place for us to dry the crop, and in addition we would like to leave our coffee lands clean.”  They have requested the support of more observers “so that we have more security.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Desplazados de Puebla se quedarán diez dias más en retorno temporal en su comunidad (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 27 de enero de 2014)

Audio:

Programa 10 (en vivo y a todo pulmón) (Blog Caravana Puebla, 26 de enero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Those displaced from the Puebla ejido do not find conditions for return (3 February 2014)

Chiapas: those displaced from the Puebla ejido return to their community to harvest coffee (22 January 2014)

Chiapas: Those displaced from the Puebla Colony announce return for coffee harvest (15 January 2014)

Chiapas: Solidarity requested for those displaced from the Puebla Colony (16 September 2013)

Chiapas: After attempting to return, the displaced of the Puebla Colony transfer themselves to Acteal (13 September 2013)

Chiapas: Increase in violence in Puebla Colony, Chenalho (4 August 2013)

Chiapas: Las Abejas Civil Society, “the government is using two weapons in its strategy, lead bullets and sugar bullets” (25 June 2013)


Chiapas: Those displaced from the Puebla ejido do not find conditions for return

February 3, 2014

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Photo @revoluciontrespuntocero.com

On 22 January passed 5 days since the (temporary) return of the displaced indigenous peoples to the Puebla ejido, Chenalhó municipality, but they have confirmed that security conditions for a definitive return are lacking.  The displaced families abandoned the community six months ago due to aggressions and false accusations from the PRI authorities of the ejido.  On 17 January, 14 of the 17 families who have taken refuge in Acteal traveled in caravan to harvest their cafe, as supervised by state and federal officials and accompanied by brigadistas who arrived to meet with the dominant group of the ejido, led by the Evangelical priest and commissioner Agustín Cruz Gómez.

Escorted by state police, Secretary of Governance Enrique Ramírez Aguilar and subsecretaries Mariano Díaz Ochoa (Regional Operations), Belisario Rodríguez (Indigenous Peoples and Culture) and Víctor Hugo Sánchez Zebadúa (Religious Affairs), as well as Francisco Yáñez, a federal official, and a representative from Chenalhó, José Arias Vázquez.  These all met on friendly terms with commissioner Cruz Gómez and other ejidal authorities responsible for the violence, displacements, and looting.  They arrived with 16 agents from the Public Ministry (MP).

A brigadista reported that “effectively, there are damages to the land and houses.  In five of the latter, there have been cuts to water supply, and on the land robbery of firewood and coffee.  The indigenous people have found imprints of horse’s hooves and we have heard that some families have lost all their crops, including pumpkins, squash, and other vegetables.”

For their part, several indigenous organizations (Movement of El Bosque for the Defense of the People, Civil Resistance Force and Light of the People, Particular Executive Agrarian Committee of Chiapas, ex-prisoners from the Voz del Amate, Civil Resistance Santo Tomás, displaced persons from Banavil and Aurora Ermita, the Ricardo Flores Magón Front, and LakLumal Ixim) expressed their “support in solidarity with our displaced siblings.”

Para más información:

Desplazados chiapanecos, todavía sin garantías para un regreso definitivo(La Jornada, 22 de enero de 2014)

Apoyo a las familias desplazadas del ejido Puebla, Chenalhó, Chiapas(Chiapas Denuncia, 20 de enero de 2014)

Con 600 pesos, síndico de Chenalhó busca solucionar conflicto (Revolución Tres Punto Cero, 21 de enero de 2014)

http://caravanapuebla.wordpress.com/

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: those displaced from the Puebla ejido return to their community to harvest coffee (22 January 2014)

Chiapas: Those displaced from the Puebla Colony announce return for coffee harvest (15 January 2014)

Chiapas: Solidarity requested for those displaced from the Puebla Colony (16 September 2013)

Chiapas: After attempting to return, the displaced of the Puebla Colony transfer themselves to Acteal (13 September 2013)

Chiapas: Increase in violence in Puebla Colony, Chenalho (4 August 2013)

Chiapas: Las Abejas Civil Society, “the government is using two weapons in its strategy, lead bullets and sugar bullets” (25 June 2013)


Chiapas: Those displaced from the Puebla Colony announce return for coffee harvest

January 15, 2014

Conferencia de prensa 9 de enero 2014 @ SIPAZ

Press conference on 9 January 2014 @ SIPAZ

Those who have been displaced from the Puebla Colony ejido, Chenalhó municipality, announced that on 17 January they will leave the Acteal camp where they are presently located to return to their community to begin harvesting coffee, given that “the time to cut the coffee is now passing and we have the economic need to have this resource which together with beans and maize is the basis of the maintenance of our families.”  The labor will last 10 days, until 27 January, when they will re-evaluate their presence in the community or decide to return to Acteal.

In a communique, they clarified that “this will not involve a complete and definitive return to our community, given that the municipal, state, and federal governments have not provided the conditions that we requested for our return with security and tranquility to our homes.”  Included within these conditions for return, the displaced request the resolution of the question of the possession of the land on which the chapel is being built, which was the object of initial conflict; that the open penal investigations continue; and that compensation be offered for the damages “that we have suffered, both in material (the destruction and robbery of our property) and moral terms (the slander that we had poisoned the water of the Puebla Colony).”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de las y los desplazadas/os del ejido Colonia Puebla: “Vamos a ir unos días a nuestra comunidad, la Colonia Puebla con el fin de cosechar nuestro café” (9 de enero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Solidarity requested for those displaced from the Puebla Colony (16 September 2013)

Chiapas: After attempting to return, the displaced of the Puebla Colony transfer themselves to Acteal (13 September 2013)

Chiapas: Increase in violence in Puebla Colony, Chenalho (4 August 2013)

Chiapas: Las Abejas Civil Society, “the government is using two weapons in its strategy, lead bullets and sugar bullets” (25 June 2013)

Chiapas: Denunciation from Las Abejas of Acteal on 22 May 2013 (7 June 2013)


Chiapas: Solidarity requested for those displaced from the Puebla Colony

September 16, 2013

Foto @ Pozol.org

On 26 August, 98 persons from 17 Catholic and Baptist families from the Puebla Colony, Chenalhó municipality, moved themselves to Acteal due to the insecure situation which they face.  Members of the Las Abejas Civil Society made a call for economic solidarity, to help maintain the displaced families.  In a 31 August communique, Las Abejas express that “this letter is to request humanitarian support for our displaced brothers and sisters.  But what we will request of you, if your heart and thought desires to help us, is that you not send things that the displaced do not know how to use or eat.  We say this due to our experiences in the Las Abejas camps in the year 1997.”  In this document Las Abejas enumerate the necessities and locations and bank accounts in which donations are being accepted.

On 1 September, the displaced families from Puebla Colony expressed to a national and international solidarity caravan the difficult situation they face.  Tsotsil indigenous persons indicated that “upon seeing all that is happening in our ejido, we thought we would leave because we cannot take it anymore, though we would like simply to hide in one house or another, but they always follow us,” adding that “they always come to hear where we are in the house, so youth and all kinds of people arrive to throw stones at our houses.  Thus we sense the frustration that we can no longer resist, and for that reason we decided all to depart on 20 August at 10am.”

The displaced families, comprised in majority of minors, stressed that on 23 August they had an inter-institutional meeting in San Cristóbal de las Casas in the presence of authorities from the Presbyterian religious, state representatives, and members of the Catholic Church; at the meeting was discussed the events of the past months.  Evaluating the result of this meeting, they said: “The authorities who were present at this meeting gave us a document for all to sign.  We demand justice and they ignored us.  We do not want to made public the goings-on of the community.  Thus we did not sign the understanding.”

Para más información:

Solidaridad con l@s herman@s católic@s de Col. Puebla, por desplazamiento forzado (Blog Las Abejas de Acteal, 31 de agosto de 2013)

Testimonios de hombres y mujeres desplazados del Ejido Puebla, Chenalhó (Radio Zapatista, 4 de septiembre de 2013)

“Que se haga la justicia” exigen familias desplazadas del Ejido Puebla de Chenalhò Chiapas (Pozol Colectivo, 6 de septiembre de 2013)

Condenamos el desplazamiento por violencia en Colonia Puebla, Chenalhó: Demandamos solidaridad, justicia y condiciones seguras para el retorno de las familias (CDMCh, 6 de septiembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English): 

Chiapas: After attempting to return, the displaced of the Puebla Colony transfer themselves to Acteal (13 September 2013)

Chiapas: Increase in violence in Puebla Colony, Chenalho (4 August 2013)

Chiapas: Las Abejas Civil Society, “the government is using two weapons in its strategy, lead bullets and sugar bullets” (25 June 2013)

Chiapas: Denunciation from Las Abejas of Acteal on 22 May 2013 (7 June 2013)

 


Chiapas: Press-conference by Las Abejas, 4 years after the beginning of the release of those incarcerated for the Acteal massacre

August 21, 2013

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On 12 August, 4 years after the beginning of the release of indigenous people who had been charged and convicted of having participated in the Acteal massacre due to a decision by the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN), members of the Las Abejas Civil Society, to which the 45 victims of 1997 pertained, held a press-conference.  They affirmed that “for us it is the ‘Supreme Court of the rich and the criminals,’ which has since 12 August 2009 released 69 paramilitary members (including several who have confessed to their crimes), with only 6 remaining imprisoned.”  They denounced that the released persons have returned to their communitie, that “the paramilitaries of Chenalhó have now been reactivated, firing their guns and causing displacement, just as in 1997.”  They indicate that “one of the recent violent activities taken by the paramilitaries is taking place now in the Puebla Colony, Chenalhó municipality, with the pretext of a dispute over land belonging to the Catholic Church.”  They added: “in light of the lack of justice and truthful investigation by the Mexican government in the Acteal case, the released paramilitaries and above all those who never went to jail in the first place today attack and harass with impunity, because they have seen that to massacre women, men, and children, they will receive prizes from the Mexican government rather than be punished.”  Las Abejas also warned the intellectual authors of the massacre that “although justice protects you and you believe that you cannot be judged, you will not be free, wherever you go.  Our memory and that of the people of Mexico and the world will judge you forever.  You will in your conscience carry the blood of Acteal.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian la reactivación de paramilitares en Chenalhó (La Jornada, 13 de agosto de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Las Abejas Civil Society warns of violence in Chenalhó “reminiscent of the year 1997″ (4 August 2013)

Chiapas: Las Abejas Civil Society, “the government is using two weapons in its strategy, lead bullets and sugar bullets” (25 June 2013)

Chiapas: Las Abejas denounce lack of justice in the Acteal case (23 April 2013)

Chiapas: Las Abejas lament release of yet another of those charged for Acteal massacre (27 March 2013)


Chiapas: Liberation of paramilitaries unleashes attacks in Chenalhó

June 24, 2013

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Photo @Koman Ilel

On 10 June, Catholics from San Pedro Chenalhó, via their authorities and representatives, denounced the looting of land on which is located their construction materials.  This act was carried out by neighborhood officials, “in light of the silence or complicity” of the municipal, agrarian, and human-rights authorities.  The invasion, which was carried out by 140 people brandishing machetes, began on 29 April and worsened throughout the month of May.  In June, the invading group carried out several aggressions against the Catholic minority in the Puebla colony.  The protestors denounce that “It seems that the tragic events of 1997 are repeating thesmelves, leading to the Acteal massacre.  One of the spots where this began was precisely in the Puebla neighborhood.”  The attack coincides with the release of those accused and sentenced for the Acteal massacre.

According to the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC), the “release of the paramilitaries has sent a signal to these groups (never themselves dismantled) or to some whom participated in them, that they can act freely by attacking whomever they please without consequencesa.  This could well be the case in the Puebla neighborhood, the locale of one of the recently released paramilitaries who was originally indicated as the leader of the group that carried out the massacre in Acteal.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Liberación de paramilitares desata ataques en Chenalhó: Centro Frayba (La Jornada, 11 de junio de 2013)

Frayba: denuncia la comunidad católica de la Parroquia de San Pedro Chenalhó el despojo que pretenden hacer las autoridades del mal gobierno. (5 de junio de 2013)

Denuncia de católicos de la colonia Puebla de Chenalhó (Koman Ilel, 10 de junio de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Denunciation from Las Abejas of Acteal on 22 May 2013 (7 June 2013)

Chiapas: Las Abejas denounce lack of justice in the Acteal case (23 April 2013)

Chiapas: Las Abejas lament release of yet another of those charged for Acteal massacre (27 March 2013)

Chiapas: New communique from Las Abejas de Acteal (24 January 2013)

 


Chiapas: Denunciation from Las Abejas de Acteal on 22 May 2013

June 7, 2013

logo AbejasOn 22 May 2013, in observance of the monthly commemoration of the December 1997 Acteal massacre, members of the Las Abejas Civil Society published their denunciation “Today we commemorate yet again the crime committed in Acteal.”

This denunciation asks, “Who can remain silent amidst so much insult and lying with regard to the state of justice in Mexico?  Who can accept such impunity as the one cultivated by the magistrates of the Supreme Court of Injustice?  When we heard of the decision of these justices to release the paramilitaries of Chenalhó, it gave us courage, because what they have done is absurd.  Now, only 6 paramilitaries remain incarcareted, though to cover up their shame, they have decided not yet to release them.  However, whenever it is that they are released, we will not be surprised.  It could be that they be released surreptitiously, as they did with one of the commanders of the paramilitaries, Roberto Méndez Gutiérrez, from the Miguel Utrilla Los Chorros neighborhood. Roberto Méndez is one of the murderes who has confessed to his crimes in Acteal; he now very calmly walks around drunk in Los Chorros and the Yibeljoj community of the same municipality.”

The document continues: “The truth is that there still are many misinformed people regarding the true cause of the Acteal massacre.  Recently we located 2 electronic webpages maintained by Italian and French Evangelicals, who claim that those who had been imprisoned for the Acteal massacre ‘are innocent,’ and that ‘only for being Evangelicas’ and for ‘following Jesus’ were they incarcerated.  Here are those two webpages, so that you can follow such bad information:  http://www.evangelici.net/notizie/1366391700.html http://www.portesouvertes.fr/informer/lettres-de-nouvelles/filrouge/2009/Octobre/filrouge753/

The communique emphasizes that “We have clarified in several previous communiques that the paramilitaries from the year 1997 are comprised of two political parties in Chenalhó: the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the Cardenist Front.  PRI militants and Cardenist paramilitaries also pertain to different religions, such as Presbyterianism, Pentecostal, Baptism, Catholicism, among others.  If the Evangelicals were present in the jail, this was for their having participated in the Acteal massacre.  We do not accuse them for being Evangelicals.  Some Evangelical pastors from Chenalhó and other parts of the world can confirm what we say, and they are ashamed that their brothers had taken the dark path of murdering their own brothers and sisters.  In a Presbyterian temple of Acteal, there it was the arms were kept; there it was that the Presbyterian paramilitaries prayed so that their weapons would not fail in even one shot against Las Abejas and Zapatistas support bases.  Also in the Pechiquil community, in a communal kitchen the Presbyterians guarded the weapons and ammunition.  And on 22 December our Las Abejas comrades from the Tsajaluk’um community who had been taken by paramilitaries from Tsajaluk’um and Pechiquil saw the paramilitaries exit toward Acteal, to participate in the massacre.  Within this group there were Presbyterian persons.  For this reason it was that there were Presbyterians incarcerated; so we repeat that it was not for their religious beliefs, but rather because they became paramilitaries who participated in a counter-insurgent war designed by the Mexican state, led by the then-president Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León“.

For more information (in Spanish):

Hoy hacemos memoria una vez más del crímen cometido en Acteal (22 de mayo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Las Abejas denounce lack of justice in the Acteal case (23 April 2013)

Chiapas: Las Abejas lament release of yet another of those charged for Acteal massacre (27 March 2013)

Chiapas: New communique from Las Abejas de Acteal (24 January 2013)


Chiapas: Las Abejas lament release of yet another of those charged for Acteal massacre

March 27, 2013

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During the religious celebration performed in the most recent monthly commemoration of the Acteal massacre, the Las Abejas Civil Society lamented that the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN) has released another indigenous person who had been incarcerated on the charge of having participated in the 22 December 1997 massacre in Acteal.  Las Abejas affirmed that “What we are now living here in Mexico confirms what we Abejas have always said: the organisms of the Mexican justice system do not serve justice but rather the interests of the powerful.”

“As in the case of the paramilitaries released previously, we are told that the reason for his release had to do with failures and violations to ‘due process.’  We think and denounce that this is nothing more than a pretext on the part of the authorities to twist justice in the way that is most convenient to them.”  Demonstrating this claim, Las Abejas indicated that the SCJN had denied review of the case of Alberto Patishtán, given that that case is marked by irregularities; moreover, the SCJN attended to the case of Florence Cassez, who had claimed failures to due process and was so released.  Another example that was mentioned was the “‘false Abejas’ who are playing with Salinas de Gortari so as to avenge Ernesto Zedillo, and a collegiate court immediately grants the motion to permit the continuation of the case against Zedillo in the U.S.”

Las Abejas assert that “the lack of justice and the means in which the authorities use law only for their benefit have resulted in the fact that throughout Mexico, some communities organize themselves for armed self-defense, as in the case of our friends from the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities of the Mountain and Costa Chica of Guerrero.”  Distinguishing their perspective from that of many authorities and media, Las Abejas noted that “One thing is that people amidst total impunity organize themselves to apply justice according to their own methods, and another very different thing is seen when the government, unsatisfied with using its own repressive apparatus, resorts to using a part of the people who are tricked into repressing their own brothers.”

Finally, Las Abejas closed with saying that they are “seeking other means to obtain the justice that is denied us by the government, such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  But for now we will say that we reject the ‘friendly’ calls made by the Mexican government through the IACHR to our brothers and sisters in Atenco, who have rejected these proposals with the same dignity we shall employ.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado completo (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas, 22 de marzo de 2013)

Los grupos de autodefensa, resultado de la impunidad en el país, aseguran Las Abejas (La Jornada, 26 de marzo de 2013)

Confían en nuevo Papa (Cuarto Poder, 23 de marzo de 2013)

Abejas lamentan más liberaciones por Acteal (Noticiasnet.mx, 25 de marzo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: New communique from Las Abejas de Acteal (24 January 2013)

Chiapas: Commemoration of 20th anniversary of Las Abejas and coming 15th anniversary of the Acteal massacre (21 December 2012)

Chiapas: Survivor of Acteal massacre dies (16 November 2012)

Chiapas: the Las Abejas Civil Society denounces reactivation of paramilitaries in its community (12 October 2012)

National-International: Zedillo obtains immunity for the Acteal case(19 September 2012)

 


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