Chiapas: End of sit-in and return to Las Conchitas (FNLS)

FNLS members in the Plaza Catedral of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, 15 August @SIPAZ

In a 15 August press-conference in the Plaza Catedral of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, the National front of Struggle for Socialism (FNLS) reported that the residents of the ranch “Las Conchitas,” municipality of Salto de Agua, decided to suspend their sit-in and return to their community following 42 days of having been robbed of their lands, 34 of which they spent in front of the offices of the CNDH and the San Cristóbal cathedral.

The 33 Ch’ol indigenous individuals, presumably evicted by armed men on 3 July, installed the protest in both sites to demand guarantees for their return, compensation for damages incurred, and regularization of the lands to which they were relocated in 2002 when they were voluntarily evicted from the Montes Azules Reserve.

They assured that after several meetings with authorities they came to no agreement for the observance of their demands, and so they return to Las Conchitas “without guarantees” for their safety.  Before boarding the two buses given to them by the CEDH for their return, their representatives proclaimed that “We want to clarify that on the part of the FNLS there was political will for dialogue, but the only audience granted by the secretary of Government […] made no serious commitment to our demands for the generation of the conditions of a dignified return, much less reparation for the damages and punishment of the aggressors.”

For this they invited human-rights defenders, both national and international, to accompany their return: “with their support and solidarity we can make known to the public our suffering […], given that certain media are controlled by the budget of this government, thus closing off such spaces.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Fin del plantón, retorno y solicitud de garantías: FNLS (Boletín de Prensa FNLS, 15 August 2011)

Exiliados vuelven a Conchitas (Cuarto Poder, 16 August 2011)

Desalojan plantón de la CNDH y de la Plaza Catedral en SCLC (El imparcial de Chiapas, 17 August 2011)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: protests regarding displacement of 5 families of Ranchería Las Conchitas, municipality of Salto de Agua (27 July 2011)

Mexico: National Day against Forgetting and Impunity by the FNLS (8 June 2011)

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