Chiapas: Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón “occupy” control-point in Agua Azul before being displaced

Agua Azul, photo @

On Tuesday 19 June, ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón, Chilón municipality, who are adherents to the Other Campaign occupied a control-point located in the touristic center of the Agua Azul waterfalls, which previously was held by state and federal authorities.  The occupation was part of the national and international activities being organized to demand the liberation of political prisoners, among them the Tzotzil professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez.  In a communiqué, the ejidatarios report that the control-point was “retaken” upon their initiation of a roadblock on the Ocosingo-Palenque highway, located near the waterfall.  The ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón also demanded the release of their comrades Antonio Estrada Estrada, Miguel Vásquez Deara, and Miguel Demeza Jiménez, as well as of Francisco Sántis López, a Zapatista support-base originally from Tenejapa.  On Wednesday 20 June, the Network against Repression reported that during that morning 12 state police trucks forcibly displaced the occupiers from the control-point using force.  It was informed that the operation resulted in some injuries, with the majority of these being relatively minor, except in the case of one of these, who required medical attention.  Additionally, two of the ejidatarios’ vehicles were taken into the possession of the police.

For more information (in Spanish):

Toman caseta de cobro en Agua Azul (La Jornada, 20 de junio)

Pronunciamiento de la RvsR Chiapas-ELCOR por las acciones de San Sebastián Bachajón. (Mujeres y la Sexta, 19 de junio)

Ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón recuperan caseta de cobro de Agua Azul (Proyecto Ambulante, 19 de junio)

Desalojan a ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón,Chiapas(Anticapitalista en la otra, 20 de junio)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Sit-in of the Front of Ejidos in Resistance in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (6 January 2012)

Chiapas: Press conference by ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón (20 March  2011)

Chiapas: Special report by Frayba: Government creates and administers conflicts (8 March 2011)

Chiapas: Ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón retake control-point in Agua Azul (13 December 2011)

Chiapas: Denunciations by ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón (7 November 2011)

Chiapas: The four prisoners from San Sebastián Bachajón are released (18 August 2011)

Chiapas: Press conference by ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón (20 March  2011)

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