The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights presented at a press-conference its special report “Government creates and administers conflicts for territorial control in Chiapas,” in which it carries out a documentary analysis that refers to that which occurred on 2 February 2011 in the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón, municipality of Chilón. The documentary denounces the strategy of the state government for generating conflict so as to take territorial control of areas rich in natural resources, as promoted by the federal government in its so-called Year of Tourism for 2011 that also coincides with the visit of Felipe Calderón to Chiapas some days before the events. The report further claims the General Secretary of Governance in Chiapas, Noé Castañón León, to be the intellectual author of the operation for the control of the Agua Azul zone, with a clear counter-insurgent objective, ongoing since 1994.
The exhaustive report suggests that the events form part of an announced process of looting, as it presents a precise list of aggressions in the zone and denounces the rights-violations committed against the group of ejidatarios who are adherents to the Other Campaign–specifically, the 10 prisoners and the irregularities with their processing, as well as regarding the search for justice for the injured and dead on the “official” side.
For more information (in Spanish):
El Gobierno crea y administra conflictos para el control territorial en Chiapas, Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, (3/03/2011)
Gobierno de Chiapas crea y administra conflictos por control territorial: Frayba; La Jornada (4/03/2011)
CDHFB habla sobre conflicto; Cuarto Poder (4/03/2011)
Audios conferencia de prensa, Frayba (3/03/2011)
Video conferencia de prensa I, Frayba(03/03/2011)
Video conferencia de prensa II, Frayba (3/03/2011)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Caravan of women to San Sebastian Bachajón (25 February 2011)
Chiapas: Agua Azul, new happenings and denunciations (17 February 2011)
Chiapas: update in the Agua Azul case (14 February 2011)
Chiapas: roadblocks and detention of militants in Mitzitón (10 February 2011)