Chiapas: statement from the Fray Bartolomé Center for Human Rights on Bolón Ajaw

On 12 February, the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) released a statement claiming that “the Chiapas state government seeks to avoid its responsibility in the conflict caused since 2007 and attempts to blame the Zapatista support-bases for the armed attack on the Zapatista population of Bolón Ajaw.”  It claimed that “the federal government is pressing for a military intervention against the Zapatistas” and “is increasing mixed-force intelligence operations.”  It found that while the Good Government Council (JBG) of Morelia “is acting toward the realization of a goodwill agreement based on principles of autonomous indigenous justice,” the “lack of political will in the state government is closing off the possibility of such an accord.”

In the view of CDHFBC, the events in Bolón Ajaw are “a product of the bad behavior and omissions on the part of the state government amidst the violent atmosphere directed by residents of Agua Azul, PRI members, and presumed ex-militants of the Organization for the Defense of Indigenous and Campesino Rights (OPDDIC) against Zapatista support-bases.”  The statement stresses that the state government “has been responsible for maintaining impunity” with regard to the widely-documented and -reported aggressions by OPDDIC; it further states that the government has “administered the conflict and not afforded it a definitive solution.”  It adds that the “presumed OPDDIC ex-militants”  invaded the retaken land of Bolón Ajaw three weeks ago “so as to be able to participate in planned ecotourist projects” in the area.  The Zapatista support-bases retook control of the territory and so, it is said, were subjected to a “contemptible armed attack.”

The CDHFBC finds this confict to be a “communication bridge,” evidence that the Zapatista proposals demonstrated a “goodwill” to advance toward an accord.  The communiqué stressed the need to “recognize” the Bolón Ajaw aggressions.

For more information (in Spanish):

Statement of the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Center for Human Rights (12 February)

NGO: the Chiapas state government unjustly accuses the Zapatistas (La Jornada, 15 February)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: contradictory stories on new conflict in Bolón Ajaw

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