Chiapas: death-threats to Zapatista supporters in San Marcos Avilés

San Marcos Avilés (@SIPAZ)

On 27 June, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) warned that in the ejido San Marcos Avilés, municipality of Chilón, Zapatista support-bases (BAEZLN) find themselves harassed, threatened with death, and running the risk of a new forced displacement due to the aggressions on the part of residents from the same ejido who are affiliated with the PRI, PRD, and PVEM.

In its Urgent Action, the CDHFBC “manifests its concern for the imminent risk to the life, security, and personal well-being suffered by the BAEZLN residents of the ejido San Marcos Avilés, given that these death-threats and harassment have continued augmenting during the course of the last few days; furthermore the looting of lands impedes work done on the land and prevents the sowing of basic products.  All this results in that the affected suffer lack of food, generating grave health problems for children, women, men, and the elderly.”

The same communiqué informs as well that since “6 April 2011, in the ejido has been installed a Civil Camp for Peace, constituted by civil observers there placed to dissuade possible violent actions.  Regardless they too are the object of death-threats and harassment.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Amenazadas, bases de apoyo del EZLN (La Jornada, 28 June 2011)

Acción Urgente: Amenazas de muerte, hostigamiento y riesgo de desplazamiento forzado en San Marcos Avilés (Acción Urgente del CDHFBC, 27 June 2011)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Return of displaced Zapatista support-bases to San Marcos Avilés (18 October 2010)

Chiapas: Denunciation of the Oventic JBG regarding violent expulsion of Zapatista support-bases in San Marcos y Pamala (14 September 2010)

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