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)


Chiapas: Close of global campaign “Juan Vázquez Guzmán lives, the struggle of Bachajón continues!”

July 20, 2013

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On 2 July, hundreds of men and women from San Sebastián Bachajón who adhere to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle carried out an “informative blockade” of the Ocosingo-Palenque highway, close to the entrance to the Agua Azul waterfall.  The banners they raised this day spoke to the reasons for their protest: “The bad government is responsible for the death of our comrade Juan Vázquez Guzmán”; “No to the looting of our lands”; “Immediate liberation for our prisoners Antonio Estrada Estrada and Miguel Demeza Jiménez. Immediate liberation for Alberto Patishtán and the other political prisoners of Chiapas.”  The protest was held to mark the end of the global campaign “Juan Vázquez Guzmán lives, the struggle of Bachajón continues!”

In the communique which accompanied their action, read aloud several times during the blockade, the ejidatarios announce that “The men, women, and children of San Sebastián Bachajón are prepared to give our lives for our mother earth and our struggle, as did our comrade Juan Vázquez Guzmán, and as the indigenous peoples of Mexico and throughout the world have done for centuries, to oppose projects for oil extraction, mining, wind-energy, gas extraction, dam building, tourism, and all others which promote looting and death for our peoples, so as to put an end to our way of life, with our language and culture.  They want to definitively terminate our culture.”

That same day, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) released a pronunciation in which it stressed that “Juan Vázquez together with thousands of ejidatarios who adhere to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle have distinguished themselves through their struggle for the defense of territory, despite the reprisals of the Mexican government by means of the legal repression of their process toward autonomy.  It is important to stress that before the murder of Juan Vázquez, a branch of the large tree of the conscious and dignified struggle of the Ch’ol and Tseltal peoples of the region had been cut.  However, this branch has left its remnants and pathway which has eased the process and sprouts elesewhere in other struggles and comrades who join the defense of their people in the construction of autonomy and self-determination for life: a life that flows through the rivers, the wind of the jungle, smell of dignity that is inspired in each breath taken by humanity.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado completo de los Adherentes a la Sexta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona del Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón (2 de julio de 2013)

Boletín del Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas al finalizarse la Semana de Acción Mundial:¡Juan Vázquez Guzmán Vive, La Lucha de Bachajón Sigue! (CDHFBC, 2 de julio de 2013)

Tzeltales mantienen bloqueo en la carretera Ocosingo-Palenque (La Jornada, 3 de julio de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ in English):

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 of San Sebastián Bachajón recall Juan Vázquez, murdered in April

July 19, 2013

Marcha de los ejidatarios de Bachajón en Ocosingo, 2009 @ archivo SIPAZ

March of ejidatarios of Bachajón in Ocosingo, 2009 @ archive SIPAZ

With a cultural and political event at their headquarters (Cumbre Nachoj) on 24 June, the ejidatarios who adhere to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle in San Sebastián Bachajón recalled their comrade  Juan Vázquez Guzmán, who was murdered this April.  In a communique released with the end of commemoration in mind, as well as to launch the Week of Global Action “Juan Vázquez Guzmán lives, the struggle of Bachajón continues,” they denounced the Secretary of Governance, Noé Castañón, as the intellectual author of the murder of Vázquez Guzmán, emphasizing that they would continue to defend their territory.  They also denounced that the new ejidal commissar had been imposed by previous ejidal authorities and the state government.  The adherents to the Sixth Declaration also demanded the “immediate liberation of our comrade political prisoners Antonio Estrada Estrada, Miguel Vázquez Deara, and Miguel Demeza Jiménez, who have been unjustly incarcerated,” finding the government guilty of having fabricated crimes in these cases.

For more information:

La Jornada: Se declaran ejidatarios de Bachajón en pie de lucha para defender sus tierras (25/06/2013)

Comunicado del Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón Adherentes a la Sexta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona (24/06/2013)

Carta por el cumpleaños 33 de Juan Vásquez de los solidarios y La Voz del Amate (25/06/2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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: release of Miguel Vázquez Deara, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle from the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón

July 19, 2013

(@zapateando.wordpress.com)

On 26 June, Miguel Vázquez Deara, adherent to the a la Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle from the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón, was released, having been arrested in September 2011 for the presumed crimes of armed robbery and criminal association.  He had been condemned to seven years and nine months imprisonment in November 2012.

In its informational bulletin published before this release, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) denounced that his arrest had been “based in a fabricated charge made by officialists who are interested in the Agua Azul waterfalls; he was obliged under torture to sign a declaration of self-incrimination.  These acts whch seek to undermine the actions taken to defend the territory of the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón by this adherent to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration [...] has a long-standing basis, going back several years.”

The CDHFBC noted that his case was symbolic, “one of the cases that reflect that in the state of Chiapas, the administration of justice is denied [...] and there is a lack of adequate defense made for indigenous people; the application of the law does not accord with established legal principles, such as the presumption of innocence and, in this case particularly, the criminalization of those who organize in defense of their rights such as the right to land, self-determination, and autonomy.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Nota Informativa: Libertad a Miguel Vázquez adherente a la Sexta de San Sebastián Bachajón (CDHFBC, 26 de junio de 2013)

Liberan a Miguel Vázquez, defensor de Bachajón (La Jornada, 26 de junio de 2013)

Boletín: Se repone el procedimiento a Miguel Vázquez, indígena tseltal por graves violaciones a los derechos humanos (CDHFBC, 25 de junio de 2013)

Transmisión de la Conferencia de prensa de los ejidatarios de SSB (Koman Ilel, 28 de junio de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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: Week for Global Action, “Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Struggle of Bachajón Continues!”

June 7, 2013

580177_115880828582293_318572180_nIn a 28 May press conference in Mexico City, ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón denounced that “in our community the official ejidal authorities are manipulated by the government so as to facilitate the looting of our lands,” and “they have signed documents handing over our lands to the government, without the authorization of our general assembly; instead of being punished and taken to jail, they are protected and supplied by the bad government.”  They recalled the acts which occurred on 2 February 2011, when they “entered violently to displace the comrades of our organization from the control-point that we built with much effort and for the benefit of the people; they robbed construction materials and cash, and then the next day arrested 117 of our comrades.”

The San Sebastián Bachajón ejido, Chilón municipality, resumes its legal struggle that it has maintained for over three years.  On 27 May, they sought a meeting with the Council of the Federal Judiciary (CJF) and the office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights to demand the return of their lands, which had been “taken arbitrarily” by state and federal authorities on 2 February 2011.  The judge “gave his consent for the installation of a single control-point at the entrance of the Agua Azul waterfalls,” recommending thus that the government administer it, though the document “did not have the signatures of ejidatarios, nor had it been previously announced,” expressed Ricardo Lagunes Gasca, juridical representative of the ejidatarios.  In this way, the ejidatarios who adhere to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle sent a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Washington on the looting of their lands and the repression and criminalization suffered by their organization on the part of the state-government of Chiapas.

In other news, the Movement for Justice in the Barrio, the Group in Solidarity with Chiapas from Dorset, the Committee of True Words from Calcutta, India, and the Committee of the True Word of Alisal have organized a week of global action: “Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Struggle of Bachajón Continues!” for the days 25 June to 2 July.  The organizational groups note that the initiative, “supported by the ejidatarios,” constitutes a response “to the brutal murder” of Juan Vázquez Guzmán, killed by gunfire on 24 April, former leader in San Sebastián Bachajón. The organizations stressed that “the Tseltal community continue to be attacked by the forces of capitalism and the transnational firms that will leave no corner of the world untouched.”  Here “they desire the Agua Azul waterfalls, toward the end of converting it into a touristic destination for private luxury consumption,” they claim.  “The ejidatarios, who inherited these lands and care for them, represent an obstacle,” and so have been made the object of “death-threats, aggressions, arbitrary arrests, disappearances, incarceration, torture, and attacks from governmental and paramilitary forces.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia del Ejido San Sebastían Bachajón por las injusticias y despojos realizados por el mal gobierno (Enlace Zapatista, 28 de mayo de 2013)

Reanudan ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón la lucha jurídica en defensa de su territorio (La Jornada, 28 de mayo de 2013)

Noticia: Convocatoria para la Semana de Acción Mundial: “¡Juan Vázquez Guzmán Vive!” (CDHFBC, 28 de mayo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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: ejidatario adherent to the Sixth Declaration murdered by gunfire in San Sebastián Bachajón

April 29, 2013

Juan Vázquez Gómez (@CDHFBC)

During the night of 24 April, Juan Vázquez Gómez, former Secretary General of the adherents to the other Campaign in the San Sebastián Bachajón ejido, was murdered by unidentified persons who shot him five times just outside his house.

In an informative note released on 25 April, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights condemned the murder of Vázquez Guzmán “who was known for his active defense of the land and territory in light of the government’s looting of the Agua Azul cascades and the imposition of a control point at their entrance.”  It recalled that on 17 April the ejidatarios of San Sebastian “publicly denounced that its territory is being threatened by the official policy of territorial looting, indicating continuity under the present government of the state.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Nota informativa del Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas (CDHFBC, 25 de abril de 2013)

Asesinan a ejidatario adherente a la Sexta declaración en Bachajón (La Jornada, 25 de abril de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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 of San Sebastián Bachajón “occupy” control-point in Agua Azul before being displaced (25 June 2012)

Chiapas: Sit-in of the Front of Ejidos in Resistance in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (6 January 2012)

Chiapas: Press conference by ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón (20 March  2011)

Chiapas: Special report by Frayba: Government creates and administers conflicts (8 March 2011)

 


Chiapas: Adherents to the Other Campaign in San Sebastián Bachajón denounce looting and impunity

April 22, 2013

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On 17 April, adherents to the Other Campaign of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle from San Sebastian Bachajón, Chilón municipality, published a new communique in which they recall their struggle and evaluate the former state administration of Juan Sabines Guerrero.  They denounce the impunity of looting and a justice system that serves the State, one that has allowed their ejido to experience “looting of territory and imposition of a control-point at the entrance of the Agua Azul cascades, removed from residents.”  They reiterated their desire to resist looting and to free their prisoners Antonio Estrada Estrada, Miguel Vázquez Deara, and Miguel Demeza Jiménez, “victims of the authorities for their lack of capacity and independence to apply the law.” They greeted others, who have also been imprisoned for raising their voice.  They recognized Alberto Patishtán Gómez in particular: “With a simple heart, and humble in his words, [he is] a great comrade that they sought to silence with the walls of political prison.  He will always be present in our slogans and in the process of our struggle.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian despojo de tierras en Agua Azul, Chiapas (La Jornada, 18 de abril de 2013)

México: San Sebastián Bachajón se pronuncia en contra de la persecución estatal (Comunicado de los adherentes a la Otra Campaña de San Sebastián Bachajón, 17 de abril de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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 of San Sebastián Bachajón “occupy” control-point in Agua Azul before being displaced (25 June 2012)

Chiapas: Sit-in of the Front of Ejidos in Resistance in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (6 January 2012)

Chiapas: Press conference by ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón (20 March  2011)

Chiapas: Special report by Frayba: Government creates and administers conflicts (8 March 2011)

 


Chiapas: Denial of motion to ejidatarios who adhere to the Sixth Declaration from San Sebastián Bachajón

February 7, 2013

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On 31 January, the definitive judgment to deny a motion to ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón regarding the return of their common-lands which were occupied by state authorities and a group close to the government was made public, this within the context of the dispute over possession of the control-point that is seen at the entrance of the Agua Azul waterfall.

The motion had been promoted by Mariano Moreno Guzmán, a Tseltal indigenous man from the ejido, with the juridical identity of “substitute representation of ejidal goods,” so as to avoid the privatization of land in question, their being collective.  As Moreno Guzmán’s lawyers commented (Maribel González Pedro y Ricardo Lagunes Gasca), the General Assembly of the ejido did not provide its consent to the convention signed in February 2011 between the state government and the “officialist” authorities who recently turned over the common lands.  According to defense lawyers, during the trial the president of the ejidal commission, Francisco Guzmán Jiménez, and the state government showed a document called “act of assembly” which confronted an objection, due to its not complying with established standards as stipulated in agrarian laws and international law on indigenous rights.  Regardless, the judge in the case declared Moreno Guzman’s attempt invalid, as it would supposedly not represent the requisite “substituted representation,” instead recognizing the “assembly act,” thus supporting the transfer of lands in dispute to the Chiapas government.

González Pedro and Lagunes Gasca noted that the sentence of the judge constitutes “a disregard for indigenous peoples and the constitutional reforms of motion and human rights.”  The ejidatarios who adhere to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration, for their part, indicated that after showing “the necessary documents that justify and evidence the looting of our common-use lands from the community of San Sebastián Bachajon, the authorities of justice continue defending the interests of the government.”

For more information (in Spanish):

La Jornada: Niegan amparo a indígenas de San Sebastián Bachajón (01/02/2013)

Comunicado de Maribel González Pedro y Ricardo Lagunes Gasca (31/01/2013)

Denuncia de los ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón después de la negativa (01/02/2013)

La Jornada: La ley no está hecha para los pobres, se lamentan ejidatarios de Bachajón (02/02/2013)

Acusan los ejidatarios de Bachajón al gobierno de despreciar a los indígenas (La Jornada, 6 de febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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

Chiapas: Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón “occupy” control-point in Agua Azul before being displaced (25 June 2012)

Chiapas: Sit-in of the Front of Ejidos in Resistance in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (6 January 2012)

Chiapas: Press conference by ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón (20 March  2011)

Chiapas: Special report by Frayba: Government creates and administers conflicts (8 March 2011)

Chiapas: Ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón retake control-point in Agua Azul (13 December 2011)

Chiapas: Denunciations by ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón (7 November 2011)

Chiapas: The four prisoners from San Sebastián Bachajón are released (18 August 2011)

Chiapas: Press conference by ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón (20 March  2011)


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