Chiapas: new communique from the Las Abejas Civil Society

July 27, 2014

Sociedad Civil Las Abejas (@acteal.blogspot.com)

Las Abejas Civil Society (@acteal.blogspot.com)

On 22 July, during the monthly commemoration of the Acteal massacre of 1997, the Las Abejas Civil Society released a new communique positioning itself on several prevailing realities, “because it is our responsibility to say the truth and condemn lies, violence, and war.”  Las Abejas denounced that the “bad government of Mexico has coordinated with large neoliberal-capitalist interests to create plans to extract the riches of our Mother Earth.  These plans criminalize social movements; they imprison women and men who criticize the rotten system in Mexico.”  They gave as examples of such tendencies the murders of Juan Vázquez Guzmán and Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano from the San Sebastián Bachajon ejido, who adhered to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle, in addition to the Zapatista support-base (BAEZLN) Galeano in La Realidad.

Las Abejas indicated that “we are saddened that still many of our brothers and sisters who do the dirty work of the government see us as enemies, insulting us and claiming us to be provocateurs.  All these thoughts that they have are the result of the crumbs given in the ‘Procampo,’ ‘Opportunities,’ and other welfare programs.”  They stressed the role of the “so-called leaders of a community or an organization”: “the bad government seeks to create divisions in a community or organization in resistance by offering a bit of money or a public office in exchange for providing information on what the organizations are doing.”  To illustrate this point, Las Abejas made reference to the “present conflict between the neighboring communities of Ch’enalvo’ and Chalchihuitan regarding the land dispute that has gone on for 40 years.”  They reiterated the call to dialogue “both to the peoples of Ch’enalvo’ and of Chalchihuitan and not to take up arms.”

Lastly, they shared a message of solidarity with the Palestinian people.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado completo Comunicado en rechazo de los megaproyectos en territorios de pueblos originarios y de la guerra contra el Pueblo Palestino (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas, 22 de julio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Las Abejas Civil Society against the “Proposed Hydrocarbon Law” (28 June 2014)

Chiapas: Las Abejas Civil Society challenges Mexican justice system and continues demanding justice (May 2, 2014)


Chiapas: Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón denounce the Ejidal Commissioner for promoting forced dispossession from their communal land

June 14, 2014
Women from the San Sebastián ejido (@Viva Bachajón)

Women from the San Sebastián ejido (@Viva Bachajón)

On June 10, the ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón denounced the “officialist” Ejidal Commissioner, Alejandro Moreno Gómez, for trying to “hand over [the land] to the bad government,” by organizing an “illegal” assembly in order to convince the courts that the Assembly agrees with the plundering of the communal lands.

They denounced: “On June 11, 2014 the officialist ejidal commissioner is organizing an illegal assembly to illegally collect signatures to request withdrawal of the petition for motion and land claim before the tribunals, and to pretend that the general assembly of ejidatarios are in agreement with the dispossession; so we denounce these corruptions because we energetically reject these crimes being committed by the ejidal commissioner to the detriment of the people of San Sebastián Bachajón.  As an authority he should respect his people, but he is a mere puppet of the bad government because he has no dignity.”

The indigenous Tzeltales from the ejido also agreed to continue defending their land by legal means, invoking the amparo (constitutional protection demand) 274/2011. They commented however that this corrupt judge, who already has an agreement with the bad government, has respected neither the law nor human rights, [...] saying that he will not proceed to study the case because we have no right to defend our land, and he falsely says that the ejidal assembly consented to the government staying permanently in our lands.”

At the same time, the ejidatarios filed a complaint against the ejidal Commissioner before a Land Court “for the illegal assembly in which Alejandro Moreno Gómez and his supporters were imposed as ejidal commissioners. They committed many irregularities with the support of the Agrarian Court of Ocosingo”. They stressed that on June 5, they were “intimidating and harassing compañeros of our organization by taking pictures and videos with their cellphones.”

Finally, they asked the “compañeros who fight for a world in which many worlds fit” to remain vigilant, because the bad government increasingly seeks to put an end to our organization to dispossess our people of their territory.”

For more information (in Spanish):

EN EJIDO SAN SEBASTIAN BACHAJON ADERENTES A LA SEXTA DECLARACION DE LA SELVA LACANDONA. CHIAPAS. MEXICO. A 10 DE JUNIO DE 2014 (Viva Bachajón, 11 de junio de 2014)

Denuncia del Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón (Enlace Zapatista, 11 de junio de 2014)

Denuncian que ejidatarios opositores en Bachajón buscan legitimar despojo (La Jornada, 11 de junio de 2014)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón denuncian al comisariado ejidal Alejandro Moreno Gómez por querer entregar la tierra al mal gobierno (Pozol Colectivo, 11 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

Chiapas: Homage to the “fallen in defense of their people and land” in San Sebastián Bachajón (May 3, 2014)

Chiapas: Denunciation from San Sebastián Bachajón regarding maneuvers to formalize looting of ejidal territory for touristic ends (March 15, 2014)


Chiapas: Homage to the “fallen in defense of their people and land” in San Sebastián Bachajón

May 3, 2014

(@vivabachajon.wordpress.com)

(@vivabachajon.wordpress.com)

On 26 April, ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón, Chilón municipality, who adhere to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle, held an homage to two of their leaders who had “fallen in defense of their land and people”: Juan Vázquez Guzmán and Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano.

They recalled that Juan Vázquez Guzmán was killed on 24 April 2013 “by the bad government in an attempt to silence the voice and hopes of our organization [...] as it also did with Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano on 21 March of this year, who was still a youth who had participated greatly in the organization.”  They affirmed that “our struggle is peaceful, but we demand that the three levels of government respect our people because we will not remain seated just watching as our rights are violated.”

They denounced that “it is increasingly difficult for the communities and peoples, as they want to accelerate the privatization of our territories and exploit them for the benefit of a few millionaires; it is a lie that it will be for progress and development, because this is only a pretext to take away our lands.  They are death projects.”  The ejidatarios called “for organized struggles to defend the life of our lands” and greeted “all the peoples and communities of Mexico and the world who resist the capitalist megaprojects of looting.”

In parallel to this event, and as part of the international days for justice for San Sebastián Bachajón, dozens of collectives and organizations in solidarity from France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the UK, and Spain carried out actions and pronounced themselves “for the respect of the rights of these indigenous Tseltal peoples and their lands and territories, in addition to respect for their right to free self-determination and the search of alternative ways of life.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Ejidatarios tzeltales rinden homenaje a dos de sus dirigentes asesinados(La Jornada, 26 de abril de 2014)

Comunicado de los ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón (26 de abril de 2014)

Blog de los adherentes a la Secta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona de San Sebastián Bachajón: http://vivabachajon.wordpress.com/

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Release of Miguel Demeza and Antonio Estrada from the San Sebastián Bachajón ejido (1 January 2013)

Chiapas: Federal court resolves in favor of ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón (8 December 2013)

Chiapas: release of Miguel Vázquez Deara, adherent to the Sixth Declaration from the San Sebastián Bachajón ejido (19 July 2013)

Chiapas: Close of Global Campaign “Juan Vázquez Lives, the Struggle Continues!” (20 July 2013)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón recall Juan Vázquez, murdered in April (19 July 2013)


Chiapas: Organizational calls for international days to demand justice for San Sebastián Bachajón

April 29, 2014


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In a communique published on 17 April, ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón, Chilón municipality, announced the realization of international days “for justice for San Sebastián Bachajón and our fallen comrades Juan Vázquez Guzmán and Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano.”  These days of action are to take place between 24 April and 8 May 2014.

It should be recalled that on 24 April one year will have passed since the murder of Juan Vázquez Guzmán: “Still justice has not been done.  There has not been an effective investigation of his killing, and his murderers and those who ordered his execution continue to enjoy impunity.  Meanwhile, efforts to loot the people of Juan continue, the communique observed.

The ejidatarios denounce that “The three levels of government, with their army, police, allies in transnational companies, locally financed paramilitary groups, and their party militants do not cease their attacks and lootings by means of lies and tricks, death-threats, violence, imprisonment, torture, and even murder, all of which they employ to succeed in realizing their ambition of taking control of the ancestral lands of the ejido for the construction of a luxury tourist complex beside the beautiful waterfalls of Agua Azul.”

The document also stresses that “Now there has been another murder, another vile attempt to force our comrades to renounce their just and dignified struggle and resistance.  Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano, who was only 22 years of age, was riddled with more than twenty shots on 21 March 2014.  Juan Carlos participated in the construction of autonomy in the recovered land of Virgen de Dolores.  He was a regional coordinator of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle from the San Sebastián Bachajón ejido.  No one has been arrested or accused of this crime.  We respond with pain, but also with rage.”

The communique ends by calling “on all those persons of good heart and all the children of the Earth to steel themselves day by day in constructing another world, a better one, full of liberty, justice, respect, and dignity, allowing for everyone to live in accord with their own customs, modes, times, and geographies.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Anuncian jornadas internacionales por la justicia para San Sebastián Bachajón (La Jornada, 19 de abril de 2014)

Comunicado y convocatoria de los ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón(17 de abril de 2014)

Blog de los adherentes a la Secta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona de San Sebastián Bachajón: http://vivabachajon.wordpress.com/

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Denunciation from San Sebastián Bachajón regarding maneuvers to formalize looting of ejidal territory for touristic ends (15 March 2014)

Chiapas: Federal court resolves in favor of ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón (8 December 2013)

Chiapas: Release of Miguel Demeza and Antonio Estrada from the San Sebastián Bachajón ejido (1 January 2013)

Chiapas: release of Miguel Vázquez Deara, adherent to the Sixth Declaration from the San Sebastián Bachajón ejido (19 July 2013)

Chiapas: Close of Global Campaign “Juan Vázquez Lives, the Struggle Continues!” (20 July 2013)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón recall Juan Vázquez, murdered in April (19 July 2013)


Chiapas: Threat to displace residents of Bachajón

November 14, 2013

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Residents and ejidal authorities of San Sebastián Bachajón who adhere to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle have denounced threats of displacement resulting from a dispute over a gravel supply in the Nah Chawuk community, which previously had been used “for the good of the people”; now it is desired as the sole property of an officialist group from the same ejido.  The Tseltal indigenous people have accused the ejidal commissioner, Alejandro Moreno Gómez, and the head of the Security Council, Samuel Díaz Guzmán, of leading the antagonistic group to engage in the “violent displacement at any time of our gravel supply.”  In accordance with the 3 November denunciation, the officialist group seeks to involve the government in the displacement operation of Zapatista sympathizers, “claiming that the gravel supply which is already controlled by the bad government, but these are pure lies of the official ejidal authorities: to date the police has not even arrived.”

For more information (in Spanish):

 Amenaza de desalojo contra habitantes de Bachajón, por un banco de arena (Chiapas Paralelo, 5 de noviembre de 2013)

Ejido San Sebastian Bachajón denuncia riesgo de desalojo del banco de arena Nah Chawuk (Chiapas Denuncia, 3 de noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Close of Global Campaign “Juan Vázquez Lives, the Struggle Continues!” (20 July 2013)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios recall Juan Vázquez Guzmán, murdered in April (19 July 2013)

Chiapas: Week for Global Action: “Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Struggle of Bachajón Continues!” (7 June 2013)

Chiapas: ejidatario adherent to the Sixth Declaration murdered by gunfire in San Sebastián Bachajón (29 April 2013)

 


Chiapas: Ejidatarios of Bachajón denounce kidnapping of youth

November 14, 2013

imagesEjidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón, Chilón municipality, have denounced the kidnapping of a youth from the Xanil community in the same ejido.  The crime took place on 5 November, when four individuals took Herminio Estrada Gómez, 18 years of age.  The ejidatarios who adhere to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle indicated that “to date they have cut off our contact with him and so we do not know if he is experiencing good [or bad] physical and health conditions; they also refuse to hand him over to the Public Ministry–in case they are accusing him of a crime–but yes they are demanding money for his release.”  In recent days, the ejidatarios have been threatened and harassed by officialist ejidal authorities.  They have identified several persons as supposed kidnappers and have indicated them as being associated with other violent acts.  They mentioned that they “participated in an armed group which displaced our comrades from the control point on 2 February 2011.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian secuestro de un joven de 18 años en San Sebastián Bachajón, Chiapas (La Jornada, 7 de noviembre de 2013)

Denuncian pobladores de Bachajón secuestro de joven (La Jornada, 6 de noviembre de 2013)

Denuncia de hombres y mujeres de San Sebastián Bachajón (7 de noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Close of Global Campaign “Juan Vázquez Lives, the Struggle Continues!” (20 July 2013)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios recall Juan Vázquez Guzmán, murdered in April (19 July 2013)

Chiapas: Week for Global Action: “Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Struggle of Bachajón Continues!” (7 June 2013)

Chiapas: ejidatario adherent to the Sixth Declaration murdered by gunfire in San Sebastián Bachajón (29 April 2013)

Chiapas: Adherents to the Other Campaign in San Sebastián Bachajón denounce looting and impunity (22 April 2013)

Chiapas: Denial of motion to ejidatarios who adhere to the Sixth Declaration from San Sebastián Bachajón (7 February 2013)

Chiapas: New denunciation from San Sebastián Bachajón (10 July 2012)


Chiapas: Ejidatarios from San Sebastián denounce denial of motion and continue demanding justice for their prisoners

August 20, 2013

ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón @ chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.mx

The ejidatarios who adhere to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle from San Sebastián Bachajón on 29 July published a communique denouncing that on 22 July they were for the second time denied a motion against the looting of their territory, this despite their guarantee to the corresponding judge that the assembly decision in question had been fabricated.  Furthermore, the ejidatarios reiterated their demand for the release of Miguel Demeza Jiménez and Antonio Estrada Estrada, who are also ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón adhering to the Sixth Declaration, insisting that their incarceration was for crimes they did not commit.  They remarked that Estrada Estrada was tortured so as to incriminate himself in the charge of having assaulted state and federal police, while Demeza Jiménez “was falsely accused by the Special Prosecutorial Office against Organized Crime (FECDO) in complicity with [...] [two people] who bought the Public Ministry of the FEDCO on 15 October 2010 so as to be released following their apprehension on the charge of kidnapping a minor [...] and for this reason they have blamed our comrade Miguel.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia de los ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón (29/07/2013)

La Jornada: Falla juez contra indígenas de Chiapas en caso por despojo (30/07/2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: release of Miguel Vázquez Deara, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle from the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón (19 July 2013)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios recall Juan Vázquez Guzmán, murdered in April (19 July 2013)

Chiapas: Week for Global Action: “Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Struggle of Bachajón Continues!” (7 June 2013)

Chiapas: ejidatario adherent to the Sixth Declaration murdered by gunfire in San Sebastián Bachajón (29 April 2013)

Chiapas: Adherents to the Other Campaign in San Sebastián Bachajón denounce looting and impunity (22 April 2013)


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