14 years after the massacre in Acteal, municipality of Chenalhó, in which died 16 children, 20 women (4 of them pregnant), and 9 men, the Las Abejas Civil Society organized a series of activities to commemorate these acts and continue to denounce not only the impunity that continues to prevail in the case but also the violent situation lived in Chiapas and throughout the country.
After holding a two-day pilgrimage with flowers and religious imagery from San Cristóbal de Las Casas to Acteal, there was had a ceremony in this community in the presence of more than a thousand persons from the area, in addition to that of members of national and international organizations.
Mariano Peréz Vázquez, president of the directive table of Las Abejas, denounced that “14 years after Acteal, we see that the government of Felipe Calderón and Juan Sabines Guerrero has not done justice but rather has ridiculed our organization and our struggle. The federal and state governments in no way want justice, liberty, peace. Not only do they not want justice, but they also are continuing with the policies of previous governments, and even worse.”
After the reading of this communiqué, Las Abejas awarded a command baton to Bishop Vera López, bishop of Saltillo and president of the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights in Chiapas, in gratitude for his support and accompaniment. In another communiqué they noted that “Totik Raúl, your mission here in this world we do not regard as nothing more than being a simple servant of the church; you go much farther than that. A true servant has no limits; he thinks, walks, and struggles. You, Totik Raúl, do not know how to silence yourself in light of injustice, above all now when our country is bleeding and impunity reigns.”
Raúl Vera acknowledged the recognition and reviewed the history of the massacre to date. He recalled that 14 years ago, victims of low-intensity warfare used in a counterinsurgent strategy against the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) were killed. He affirmed that to date the intellectual authors of this war have not been judged, and several material authors have succeeded in being released due to the intervention of the Supreme Court of Justice in the Nation (SCJN). He added that “today as yesterday the police are complicit with those who commit crimes, murders, kidnappings, and forced disappearances.” And now as before, “the criminals also have allies within the three levels of government; if this were not so, they would not have 98% impunity in the crimes they have committed.” He also expressed that “in light of the panorama that we live in the country, one of an open war declared by the president, in which the principal victims come from the Mexican people, like here in Chiapas, justice does not matter. In this so-called war against organized crime the Army is once again utilized, and it continues to violate human rights and carry out extrajudicial executions. Its crimes too continue in impunity.”
On this 22 December, members of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity also protested in front of the representation of the government of Chiapas in Mexico City to demand justice for the 45 killed in Acteal.
For more information (in Spanish):
Ni Calderón ni Sabines quieren hacer justicia por la masacre en Acteal, señala Las Abejas (La Jornada, 23 December 2011)
Indígenas mantienen reclamo de justicia en Acteal (El Universal, 23 December 2011)
Acteal recuerda a sus muertos con misa (El Universal, 22 December 2011)
Prevalece impunidad a 14 años de la matanza de Acteal (Proceso, 22 December 2011)
‘Nunca más, Acteal’, pide Movimiento por la Paz (El Universal, 22 December 2011)
Comunicado de las Abejas de Acteal 22 de diciembre de 2011(Sociedad Civil Las Abejas, 22 December 2011)
Comunicado en el marco del Reconocimiento de las Abejas de Acteal a Totik Raúl Vera (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas, 22 December 2011)
PALABRAS DE FRAY RAÚL VERA LÓPEZ, O.P. EN ACTEAL CELEBRACIÓN DEL XIV ANIVERSARIO DE LA MASACRE DE ACTEAL (22 December 2011)
Boletín: La Memoria como construcción de dignidad e identidad (Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, 22 December 2011)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: New denunciation by Las Abejas (28 October 2011)
Chiapas: Las Abejas of Acteal distance themselves from demand against ex-president Zedillo (27 September 2011)
Chiapas: Mexican ex-president Zedillo is denounced in US court for the Acteal massacre (26 September 2011)
Chiapas: Day of Action for Justice and Truth of Las Abejas of Acteal (19 August)