Chiapas: OCEZ-RC installs sit-in in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

April 10, 2014

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On 31 March, some 200 members of the Emiliano Zapata Campesina Organization Carranza Region (OCEZ-RC) held a march and installed an indefinite sit-in in downtown San Cristóbal de Las Casas.  They demand that the state authorities respond to their series of demands, denouncing “the politics of closure to dialogue on the part of the government led by Manuel Velasco Coello.”

Said demands include among others the regularization and redistribution of 1000 hectares of land from the Venustiano Carranza municipality; the cancellation of arrest-orders; the “retirement of nocturnal patrols of the specialized forces of the Army and Navy in our communities, as well as overflights performed by airplanes and even drones as well as helicopters belonging to the security forces and the Army”; the regularization of transport concessions from MOTO-TAXI, in addition to several productive, educational, and health projects.

Mariano Díaz Ochoa, subsecretary for Governance in the highlands region, has signed a document in which he committed himself to a dialogue between an OCEZ-RC commission with governmental authorities, to take place in Tuxtla Gutiérrez on 7 April.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de la OCEZ-RC al instalar su plantón (OCEZ-RC, 31 de marzo de 2014)

OCEZ instala plantón en San Cristóbal de las Casas (Chiapas Paralelo, 31 de marzo de 2014)

Se plantan ocesistas en la plaza de la paz (Noticias.net.mx, 3 de abril de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: new public denunciation from the Candelaria El Alto community (16 January 2012)

Chiapas: confrontation in Candelaria El Alto, Venustiano Carranza (28 September 2011)


Chiapas: More than three thousand maize producers confront police

December 8, 2013

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Photo @Chiapas Pararelo

Maize producers who demand a better price for their products were intercepted by hundreds of state police when they attempted to move the protest they had been sustaining for a week in the capital of Chiapas to the region of Venustiano Carranza.  The members of the Union of Maize Ejidos and Communities of the State of Chiapas demand that they be paid 5,000 pesos per ton of grain, but the authorities offer them only 3,600.  The campesinos confronted the police, resulting in the burning of several patrol-vehicles, 10 injured police, and 2 arrested campesinos.  Human-rights organizations denounced that the Chiapas state government is practicing repression in place of engaging with the legitimate demands of social groups.  In a 27 November bulletin, the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Center for Human Rights calls on the state government of Chiapas to cease its criminalization of social protest and at all moments guarantee and respect the rights to physical security as well as freedom of expression, assembly, thought, and association.  Thus, it calls for the immediate release of those who were arbitrarily arrested by the police and for medical attention to the injured.

For more information (in Spanish):

Uso desproporcionado de la fuerza pública en operativo policiaco en contra de productores de maíz (Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, 27 de noviembre de 2013)

Más de tres mil productores de maíz se enfrentan a policías en Chiapas: 11 heridos (La Jornada, 28 de noviembre de 2013)

Reclamaban precio de garantía a la tonelada de maíz y les mandaron policías (Chiapas Paralelo, 28 de noviembre de 2013)

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Visita de Oliver De Shutter, relator especial de la ONU sobre el Derecho a la Alimentación (17 de junio de 2011)


Chiapas: Civil society organizations publish report “Generalized violence in Venustiano Carranza”

August 20, 2013

Venustiano Carranza, mayo de 2013 (@CDHFBC)

On 6 August, civil organizations published the report “Generalized violence in Venustiano Carranza” which, according to information collected during a civil observation mission, “seeks to clarify the violent acts which took place in Venustiano Carranza on 5 Mayo 2013″ between campesinos from the Emiliano Zapata Campesina Organization-Casa del Pueblo, associated with the National Front for the Struggle toward Socialism (OCEZ-CP-FNLS), and the Emiliano Zapata Campesina Organization-Chiapas (OCEZ-Chiapas).

The organizations indicate that these acts derived from the “lack of interest on the part of the state government in resolving these demands from both sides.  The government’s actions before, during, and after 5 May have generated polarization and a wave of violence in the municipality.”

The report recalls that “the result of these [factors] are the following: the murder of two persons, Sebastián Martínez Gómez and José Luis Gómez Gómez; the displacement of 49 families, who to date live in a highly vulnerable situation without the government working to guarantee conditions for their return or relocation; damage to 42 homes, 22 vehicles, and 8 shops; the arbitrary detention of 19 campesinos by the State Police and Public Ministry under the orders of the General Secretary of Governance; nine persons arbitrarily incarcerated; two tortured persons; and 167 arrest-orders which are still to be carried out.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Informe: Violencia generalizada en la cabecera municipal de Venustiano Carranza (OSC, 6 de agosto de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Worsening of situation in Venustiano Carranza (24 June 2013)

Chiapas: 5 are arrested for violence in the Venustiano Carranza municipality (7 June 2013)

Chiapas: Conflict erupts in Venustiano Carranza, with two dead and several injured (17 May 2013)

Chiapas: Denunciation of residents of Candelaria El Alto, Venustiano Carranza regarding the “El Desengaño” territory (25 March 2012)


Chiapas: Worsening of situation in Venustiano Carranza; confrontations with public forces and various arrests

June 24, 2013

Mural en la parroquia de Venustiano Carranza @ SIPAZ

Mural in the parish of Venustiano Carranza @ SIPAZ

The situation of tension in the municipal head of Venustiano Carranza, which originates in a conflict between two campesino groups, has worsened in recent days with the entrance of different security forces, including the Mexican Army and Navy.  According to several denunciations and journalistic information, on the morning of 17 June were arrested Miguel Hidalgo Vázquez and Juan Noé Vázquez de la Torre, communards of the ejido of this community, by state police, the Mexcain Army, and the Navy.  On the afternoon of 18 June, confrontations were seen in several neighborhoods of the community between residents and the police, leaving several injured and arrested, according to media reports.

The National Front for Struggle toward Socialism (FNLS) in a 17 June denunciation indicates that the arrests which occurred on that day had been planned during a table of negiation between the state government and the Emiliano Zapata Campesino Organization-Casa del Pueblo (OCEZ-CP).  The FNLS noted that the detention of Hidalgo Vázquez took place in the house of the commissar for the ejido, whom the security forces had been searching without success.  For its part, the OCEZ-Carranza Region (OCEZ-RC) reported that on 17 June Juan Sebastián Espinoza Arias was arrested in Tuxtla Gutiérrez. The OCEZ-RC indicated that Espinoza Arias was part of a delegation of the OCEZ-RC which found itself in the Chiapas state capital to meet with the General Secretary of Governance, Noé Castañón León, when he was beaten by members of OCEZ-Chiapas and subsequently handed over to the police.

Fort its part, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights on 19 June released a bulletin in which it found the state government responsible for hte violent acts, indicating that these took place “precisely within the realm of a negotiation initiated by cabinet members, including the present Secretary of Governance, Noé Castañón León, who must be regarded as a perpetrator of these senseless actions.”

According to journalistic information, presently the members of OCEZ-CP have blockaded access to the municipal head and are holding a commander of the State Preventive Police hostage, toward the end of demanding a negotiation table with the state government.

For more information (in Spanish):

Proceso: Policía entra a desbloquear pueblo tomado por comuneros (18/06/2013)

La Jornada: Dos heridos y varios detenidos en riña de agentes con OCEZ (19/06/2013)

Boletín del Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas (pdf) (19/06/2013)

La Jornada: Mantienen integrantes de OCEZ CP bloqueos en Chiapas; piden mesa de diálogo (19/06/2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: 5 are arrested for violence in the Venustiano Carranza municipality (7 June 2013)

Chiapas: Conflict erupts in Venustiano Carranza, with two dead and several injured (17 May 2013)

Chiapas: Denunciation of residents of Candelaria El Alto, Venustiano Carranza regarding the “El Desengaño” territory (25 March 2012)

Chiapas: new public denunciation from the Candelaria El Alto community (16 January 2012)

 


Chiapas: 5 are arrested for violence in the Venustiano Carranza municipality

June 7, 2013

Foto @ México en fotos

On Sunday 26 May, in the Teopisca municipality, the State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE) arrested five persons supposedly involved in the violence acts which occurred on 5 May in the Venustiano Carranza municipality.  Beyond the five arrested, seven more were processed for the crimes of attacks on the peace and the corporeal and patrimonial integrity of the collectivity and state.  With this, there is a total of 12 campesinos who have been arrested over the internal power dispute between OCEZ-Chiapas and the Emiliano Zapata Campesino Organization-Casa del Pueblo (OCEZ-CP).

Speaking on the arrest of the five suspects, the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) reported that amidst “citizens’ protest” units of the Special Police and the Secretary for Public Security and Citizens’ Protection would displace the barricades that members of OCEZ-CP had reinstalled in different neighborhoods of Venustiano Carranza.

In other news, on 23 May, the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) published a communique mentioning that “there have been seen overflights by helicopters all day, and at this time there is the presence of military and police units, suggesting that they have reinvaded the municipality of Venustiano Carranza.  This situation has alerted the populated and created a climate of tension that could escalate conflictivity in the region, given that the presence of the military and police makes difficult modes of dialogue to resolve differences and conflicts.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Arrestan a 5 por violencia en municipio de Chiapas (El Universal, 27 de mayo de 2013)

Arrestan a otros 5 integrantes de la OCEZ CP; suman doce (La Jornada, 27 de mayo de 2013)

Boletín 22 de mayo OCEZ-Chiapas (22 de mayo de 2013)

Presencia de militares y policías en la cabecera municipal de Venustiano Carranza (CDHFBC, 23 de mayo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Conflict erupts in Venustiano Carranza, with two dead and several injured (17 May 2013)

Chiapas: Denunciation of residents of Candelaria El Alto, Venustiano Carranza regarding the “El Desengaño” territory (25 March 2012)

Chiapas: new public denunciation from the Candelaria El Alto community (16 January 2012)

Chiapas: confrontation in Candelaria El Alto, Venustiano Carranza (28 September 2011)


Chiapas: Conflict erupts in Venustiano Carranza, with two dead and several injured

May 17, 2013

On 5 May in Venustiano Carranza, there were seen confrontations between members of the campesino organizations Casa del Pueblo and the Emiliano Zapata Campesino Organization-Chiapas (OCEZ-Chiapas), resulting in several injured and two dead.  According to information provided by the diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, the confrontation began during the early morning of Sunday 5 May, when masked persons entered into different residences firing guns and burning homes.  In their respective communiques, both groups blamed the opposing organization for having initiated the conflict.  During the course of the happenings, which engulfed nearly the entire urban zone of Venustiano Carranza with the exception of two neighborhoods, two persons died and several more were injured.  For its part, the OCEZ-Carranza Region (OCEZ-RC) distanced itself from the events.

Following the confrontations, the state government indicated that it all had to do with an agrarian conflict, and for this reason it did not consider itself competent to attempt resolution of the problem.  Regardless, on 7 May, toward the end of seeking a solution to the conflict Noé Castañón, General Secretary for Governance, Raciel López Salazar,  state Attorney General, and Jorge Luis Llaven Abarca, head of the Secretary for Public Security and Citizens’ Protection, visited the area to try to find a solution to the conflict, in accordance with media reports.  It was proposed that families belonging to OCEZ-Chiapas, which presently find themselves outside the offices of Citizens’ Protection, that they be relocated to the Berriozabal municipality, a proposal they rejected.  The same journalistic source indicated that a military check-point had been established at the entrance of a community of the municipality, with several fly-overs reported.

For more information (in Spanish):

Proceso: Enfrentamientos entre pobladores dejan tres muertos en Chiapas (05/05/2013)

Proceso: Pasividad del gobierno de Manuel Velasco causa violencia en Chiapas: ONG (06/05/2013)

Proceso: Campesinos de Chiapas temen más agresiones de supuestos paramilitares (08/05/2013)

Comunicado de la OCEZ-FNLS

Comunicado de la OCEZ-Chiapas

Comunicado de la OCEZ-RC

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Denunciation of residents of Candelaria El Alto, Venustiano Carranza regarding the “El Desengaño” territory (25 March 2012)

Chiapas: new public denunciation from the Candelaria El Alto community (16 January 2012)

Chiapas: confrontation in Candelaria El Alto, Venustiano Carranza (28 September 2011)


Chiapas: two thousand march at the close of the “Chiapan Meeting of Unity against the Extractive Mining Model” in Frontera Comalapa

December 7, 2012

Marcha en Comalapa (@ Comité Digna Ochoa)

More than 2000 persons from 20 municipalities of Chiapas as well as other states in the Republic and abroad protested in the Frontera Comalapa muncipality at the close of the “Chiapan Meeting in Unity against the Extractive Mining Model” which was held from 26 to 28 November in this municipality.  During the march, protestors demanded that the state and federal governments suspend 120 mining concessions that have been awarded since 2000, as well as the exit of these firms from the state of Chiapas.  Similarly, they demanded justice for the murder of Mariano Abarco, an anti-mining leader who was murdered on 27 November 2009 in Chicomuselo.

In the final declaration of the event, participants called for the “the strengthening in unity among the movements and organizations against the Extractive Mining Model.  Mining is a problem that affects all peoples, without regard for party affiliation, ideological views, organizational belonging, or religion.”  They also warned about “the situation of violence in the state, where there is the presence of concessions and large mining interests, as in Venustiano Carranza.  We reject acts of violence, harassment, and repression on the part of the state, municipal, judicial, and sectorial police, as well as the AFI [Federal Agency for Investigation], against the people of Venustiano Carranza.”

For more information (in English):

MARCHA y DECLARATORIA del Encuentro Chiapaneco en Unidad contra el Modelo Extractivo Minero 2012 (Otros Mundos)

Ambientalistas protestan contra actividad minera en Chiapas (El Universal, 28 de noviembre de 2012)

Exigen campesinos de Chiapas cancelar minas que operan a cielo abierto (Proceso, 29 de noviembre de 2012)

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Second Forum “For the Defense of Our Mother Earth and Land; Yes to Life, No to Mining Devastation” (21 September 2012)

Mexico: “Mined land, the defense of the rights of communities and of the environment” (14 December 2011)

Chiapas: Death-threats directed against the Chicomuselo parish (13 October 2010)

Chiapas: the Peace Network presents report on Chiapas’ border zone(13 October 2010)

Chiapas: Canadian delegation investigates mining abuses (2 April 2010)

Chiapas: Anti-mining activist Mariano Abarca killed (1 December 2009)


Chiapas: conflict over land in Venustiano Carranza

November 2, 2012

By means of a press-release published on 29 October, the Emiliano Zapata Campesino Organization-Carranza Region (OCEZ-RC), the Emiliano Zapata Proletarian Organization (OPEZ-MLN), the Center of Campesino and Popular Organizations (COCYP-Chiapas), and Laklamul Ixim-Northern Jungle (Our People of Maize) denounced that “approximately 25 armed men identified as residents of the Candelaria El Alto community, who call themselves members of the Other Campaign, attacked comrades and children who pertain to the OCEZ-RC with firearms while they found themselves working in the field known as El Desengaño.”

These organizations found the state-government responsible.  They indicate that “The Chiapas state-government is responsible for this aggression, given that since December 2009 it has publicly committed itself by means of minutes to resolve all our agrarian demands, including those regarding the Desengaño field, but at the end of this six-year term it has not observed its promises; to the contrary, it has refused to attend to our demands, social and agrarian.”

In a 30 October community, the organized community of Candelaria El Alto publicly reported that “on Monday 29 October 2012, our community of Candelaria El Alto decided to recover the lands that the OCEZ-RC took from us on 6 April 2011, using the group known as Nuevo San José La Grandeza, which hails from the same municipality.  This land has been ours since 1950; by right it is ours, legally and legitimately.  We have always worked it, growing our maize and beans which provides us with food to eat.  As we noted publicly in many denunciations, we have demanded that the state solve this problem of looting of our lands.”  They affirm that “the shootings came from the part of the invaders of our land.”

In an Urgent Action published on 2 November, the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Center for Human Rights noted the “imminent risk for the lives, personal integrity, and security of the campesinos from the community of Candelaria El Alto, who adhere to the Other Campaign of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), and the members of the Campesino Organization Emiliano Zapata-Carranza Region (OCEZ-RC) who, due to the omissions on the part of the state government of Chiapas, find themselves in conflict over land.”

For more information (in Spanish):

DENUNCIA URGENTE: AGRESIÓN ARMADA DE GRUPO DE CHOQUE Y DE CORTE PARAMILITAR A INTEGRANTES DE LA ORGANIZACIÓN CAMPESINA EMILIANO ZAPATA-REGIÓN CARRANZA (OCEZ-RC) (Radio Proletaria, 29 de octubre de 2012)

Denuncia de la Comunidad Organizada Candelaria El Alto Adherente a La Otra Campaña (30 de octubre de 2012)

Candelaria el Alto denuncia agresiones a las mujeres de su comunidad (1 de noviembre de 2012)

AU del CDHFBC: Por omisión del gobierno del estado de Chiapas en riesgo la vida de campesinas y campesinos en Venustiano Carranza (2 de noviembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Denuncia of residents of Candelaria El Alto, Venustiano Carranza regarding the “El Desengaño” territory (25 March 2012)

Chiapas: new public denunciation from the Candelaria El Alto community (16 January 2012)

Chiapas: confrontation in Candelaria El Alto, Venustiano Carranza (28 September 2011)


Chiapas: intensification of protests in Venustiano Carranza

October 26, 2012

On 18 October, hundreds of members of the community of Bienes Comunales de la Casa del Pueblo, Venustiano Carranza municipality, blockaded the junction of the highway between this community and the cities of Comitán de Domínguez and Tuxtla Gutiérrez.  By means of this action, they demanded the expulsion of 49 communards who on 25 September took power of the offices of the organization.  They demanded that the government “act, punish, and transfer the dissidents out of the communal territory, due to the fear and uncertainty their presence generates.”  On 20 October, protest actions intensified, with the close of the offices of government and commerce, newly in demand of the dismissal of the directive committee of the House and the dismantling of a presumed paramilitary group.

For more information (in Spanish):

Campesinos bloquean carreteras de Chiapas (El Universal, 18 de octubre de 2012)

Indígenas tzotziles radicalizan protestas (El Universal, 20 de octubre de 2012)

Comunicado de la OCEZ FNLS (18 de octubre de 2012)

Comunicado de los expulsados (20 de octubre de 2012)


Chiapas: occupation and recuperation of the offices of the Casa del Pueblo

October 12, 2012

In a communiqué, the representative committee of the Casa del Pueblo organization, which has long had a historical presence in the Venustiano Carranza municipality, reported that on 25 September, communards who disagreed with the present administrative body of the organization forcibly occupied the extraordinary assembly at which there was to be discussed the presumed disappearance of 67 of the 575 cattle that belong to the Casa del Pueblo.  The commission denounces that protestors interrupted the proceedings with firearms, tubes, stones, and sticks, occupying the offices and injuring nine members of the body.  The communiqué also notes that between 20 and 30 of the invaders have been financed by Jesús Alejo Orantes Ruiz, a local deputy representing the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the Green Ecological Party of Mexico (PVEM).

According to different media, the next day, hundreds of communards from the Casa del Puebla forcibly retook the offices of the ejidal commission.  These media indicate that 28 invaders were handed over to an agent of the Public Ministry while the state police found three others in a house, having attempted to escape.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado completo sobre las agresiones a la Casa del Pueblo (Comisión representante de la Organización Casa del Pueblo, 26 de septiembre de 2012; Radio Pozol)

Toma grupo armado Casa del Pueblo en Chiapas; 9 comuneros golpeados (La Jornada, 27 de septiembre de 2012)

Recuperan casa comunal en Chiapas (La Jornada, 28 de septiembre de 2012)


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