Chiapas: Adherents to the Other Campaign from San Sebastián Bachajón denounce torture and illegal detention of ejidatario

On 2 November, ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón, municipality of Chilón, denounced the illegal detention and torture of Miguel Demeza Jiménez, adherent of the Other Campaign, who was deprived of his liberty with no arrest-order against his person; it is said that charges were fabricated against him to expedite his arrest.

The indigenous ejidatarios, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, held the state government of Juan Sabines Guerrero responsible for the arbitrary detention of their comrade: “It is clearly seen that injustice is not the word but rather the acts of this corrupt bad government.  The truly culpable are they.  For this reason we blame the state government for the health and security of our imprisoned comrade.  We as organizations declare that he is not a criminal, as the government is forcing him to say; he is totally innocent of all crimes being fabricated against him.  We demand his immediate and unconditional release.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Communiqué of adherents to the Other Campaign from the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón (2 November)

Ejidatarios denounce torture and illegal arrest of Tzeltal campesino from Chilón (La Jornada, 5 November)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Indigenous Communities demand a stop to repression for defending their territory (28 August 2009)

Chiapas: 5 indigenous tseltales of the village of San Sebastián Bachajón are released (21 July 2009)

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