Chiapas: Communiqué of Las Abejas of Acteal in observation of the monthly commemoration of the 1997 massacre

On 22 June 2010, in commemoration of the Acteal massacre, the Civil Society Las Abejas of Acteal made public a communiqué claiming that “since Felipe Calderón decided to launch his war against drug-trafficking, our country has bled day by day.  The news no longer is that there have been executions but that a new record has been achieved in the number of killed, in the cruelty of murder, or in the lies of the authorities.  As long as the bad government continues telling the blind that it is winning this war, the dead will have neither name nor memory; each massacre on the new day eras the news of the previous one.”

For this reason, Las Abejas claim “that we are not tired of repeating the same thing every month, because if we do, that which is occurring in our country will to occur:  that is, that the dead of yesterday be forgotten for the dead of today and so on every day, until we get used to impunity and forgetting.  For this reason we say No to the forgetting of the Acteal massacre and all other massacres!”

The communiqué also stresses the following:  “We clearly see that this is not a change of strategy but rather the continuation of the same, the same strategy taken up by the successive bad governments:  to mislead the people with prettified words, with hollow promises, and gifts.  They offer money, used blankets, and expired medicines.  With this they want to divide the people and put an end to their struggles–in this case, those of the Zapatistas and Las Abejas.  The saddest thing of all is that they take advantage of the need and lack of consciousness exhibited by many of our brothers and sisters to make them fall into such traps.  It’s very sad to see sheep speaking of the goodness of wolves.”

Regarding things that happen in their own municipality, Las Abejas also denounced that “another thing that we would say to the manipulated people is that the bad government doesn’t even comply with its promises.  For example, last year Governor Sabines told the communities of Chenalhó that he would pay the outstanding debt owed by those who had not paid for electricity, as they were in resistance; he promised that from that point forward a new account would be begin from zero.  This is totally untrue, as the electricity-receipts continue being high and continue to have the previous debt […].  So that the bad government and the CFE knows, all the members of the civil organization Las Abejas who have electricity do not pay for it, because it belongs to us, since the bad government has a historical debt to indigenous peoples.”

The communique concludes in the following way: “The problem is that the bad government wants to do things not WITH the people but rather WITHOUT and even AGAINST the people.  That’s the way it is with the struggle against drug-trafficking and also in the ‘development’ proposals.  The government now wants to tell us where to live (in the Rural Cities), what to cultivate (plants to provide for cars and trucks instead of corn for our families), how to live and even how to think.  But it is not hte bad government that will tell us how to live and what to think.  We know this thanks to the wisdom of our ancestors as well as our own experience.  We know, then, that there is no need to sell our Mother Earth; there is however a need to defend it and care for it in light of the mega-projects that the bad government imposes in our lands.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Las Abejas’s Communiqué in full (22 June 2010)

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