Chiapas: Press Releases from the Abejas of Acteal

On February 12 the Abejas Civil Society Organization of Acteal extended an invitation to a march they are organizing to mark International Women’s Day on March 8.

The Abejas commemorate the Acteal massacre on the 22nd of each month. This past February 22, the Abejas published a press release in which they shared their analysis of the current situation in their municipality, in light of the recent release of several prisoners accused of the massacre. They also remarked on conflicts taking place in other parts of the state.

“What was the reason for the Acteal massacre?” they ask. “What happened in Acteal was a clear message: Terror and death for the people who defend their land from neoliberal projects and who demand respect for their human rights, especially indigenous rights. The conflicts in Agua Azul and Mitsiton are due to economic interests. Agua Azul is a rich area. But if there are people living there, it’s difficult for the government to build a tourist center without noise and obstacles in their way. That’s why it’s convenient for the Sabines government to have problems in these zones. People are divided and don’t have the strength to organize themselves against the construction of the tourist center and San Cristobal – Palenque highway.”

For more information (in Spanish):

– Invitación de las Mujeres de Acteal a marcha del 8 de marzo

– Comunicado completo de Las Abejas (22 de febrero de 2010)

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