On 22 October, during the monthly commemoration of the Acteal massacre, the Las Abejas Civil Society made public a communiqué in which is denounced various human-rights that have occurred in the state of Chiapas in recent weeks.
They called attention to the International Meeting on Adventure Tourism carried out in San Cristóbal de Las Casas this same week. “Yes, our state of Chiapas is marvelous because thus it has been created by God for all his children on this Earth, not for the politicians and the transnational rich who exploit and destroy it for their own interests. In this way the government claims that the tourism will bring development for all citizens of Chiapas, for the indigenous who live from the tourism in San Cristóbal who are threatened with displacement from Santo Domingo, so that they are hidden from the eyes of the invited rich from many different countries.”
Las Abejas expressed their solidarity with the prisoners fasting and on hunger strike in different prisons of the state, particularly with Alberto Patishtán who received the “Jtatic Samuel Jcanan Lum” for his work in favor of human rights and peace the same year as Las Abejas did (2010): “So the government says that it respects human rights, maintains imprisoned many innocent persons and attempts to dismantle the non-violent movement of fasting and prayer led by Professor Alberto Patisthán, who has unjustly been imprisoned in prison no. 5 in San Cristóbal. While Professor Patishtán and his comrades protested peacefully, the government just two days ago removed him during the early hours of the morning to arbitrarily transfer him to a prison in the state of Sinaloa, thousands of kilometers in distance from Chiapas, where it would be practically impossible that his family and friends visit him.”
The Las Abejas Civil Society also made reference to the new death-threats directed against human-rights defenders Adolfo Guzmán and Margarita Guadalupe Martínez. They mentioned in this regard that “this confirms what we Mexicans have long thought: that the criminals and the authorities are the ones who persecute them.”
Separately, Las Abejas denounced the harassment against indigenous communities that defend their autonomy, such as San Patricio (municipality of Sabanilla), San Marcos Avilés (municipality of Sitalá), and Candelaria el Alto (municipality of Venustiano Carranza). They commented in this regard: “The situation of harassment in these communities, especially in San Patricio, reminds us of what we lived in Chenalhó in the weeks before the Acteal massacre: people who are kidnapped in their own communities and cannot even eat; robbery and burning of crops and of domestic animals; constant firing to intimidate. And all this has been done by paramilitaries, the same as in Chenalhó, under the complicit regard of the police and the authorities.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Comunicado completo (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas, 22 October 2011)
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