Chiapas: Seminar regarding defense of territory and autonomy

Participantes del foro durante la sesión plenaria. Foto @SIPAZ

On 19 and 20 April, the organizations Initiatives for Identity and Inclusion and the Fray Matías de Córdova Center for Human Rights organized a “Seminar on Defense of Territory and Autonomy” that was held in the CIDECI Unitierra, San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

During the event, work-tables were had that presented processes as diverse as the Communal Police from the Costa Chica and Montaña of Guerrero, the Regional Autonomous Council of the Coastal Zone of Chiapas, the Santuario Communities for migrants in the Southern U.S., and experienced from the “Tumin” community in Veracruz.  Several questions were raised, as the final declaration of the event summarizes: “we shared experiences regarding our processes of constructing autonomy and defending territory, and we reflected on the challenges of public security, administration of justice, economic solidarity, defense of electricity and communal resources in our territories, political autonomy, and solidarity with our migrant brothers and sisters.”

They denounced by saying that “We conclude that the people should continue persisting for organization to defend our territories in light of the failure to provide justice and the impunity of the bad governments, who beyond not guaranteeing the security of our communities and peoples from looting and poverty are complicit or directly responsibly for violence against those who have decided to organize themselves in an autonomous manner before death-threats, repression, harassment, murders, and legal processes.” 

In particular, they rejected the aggressions committed on 18 April against the Purépecha community of Cherán, whose intervention in the seminary had to be cancelled for this reason.

For more information (in Spanish):

– Boletín conjunto de organizaciones participantes en el Seminario sobre defensa del territorio y autonomías

– Piden detener agresiones de paramilitares (La Jornada, 25 de abril de 2012)

– Audios del Seminario (POZOl) 

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