Assembly in San Miguel Chimalapa @ comuneros of San Miguel Chimalapa
On 15 April, communal authorities of San Miguel Chimalapa, municipality of San Miguel Chimalapas (Oaxaca), denounced that individuals from the ejidos Rodulfo Figueroa and Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, municipality of Cintalapa (Chiapas), invaded a thousand hectares of their communal lands, destroying resin-production projects that the comuneros of San Antonio (pertaining to San Miguel Chimalapa) were carrying out in these parts. The authorities of San Miguel Chimalapa noted that the acts had occurred a day after the signing of a “no-aggression pact,” and they warned that the conflict is being converted into a “ticking time bomb,” in light of the illicit acts committed by the Chiapan ejidatarios. The comuneros requested the present of the authorities to notify them of the damages caused on 14 April.
Indeed, the state governments of Oaxaca and Chiapas agreed to request that the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat, a federal agency) suspend and cancel the permits for forestal logging, given that this has generated tensions that currently grip the region. Furthermore, they agreed to carry out a meeting in the first week of May to analyze the agrarian conflicts in the zone, including the participation of several federal agencies, including the Secretary of Governance. It should be mentioned that recently Semarnat refused to cancel the permits for forestal exploitation to Chiapan ejidos, arguing that there was not evidence that demonstrated that the communal lands of San Miguel Chimalapa were badly affected by the logging carried out by the ejidatarios of Rodulfo Figueroa and Gustavo Díaz Ordaz.
For more information (in Spanish):
- La Jornada: Denuncian autoridades de Chimalapa que campesinos invadieron mil hectáreas
- Diario Oaxaca: Chimalapas denuncian incursión de ejidatarios Chiapanecos a su territorio
- El Universal: Crece conflicto en región zoque de Oaxaca
For more information from SIPAZ: