Chiapas: New denunciation from San Sebastián Bachajón

In a communiqué published on 4 July, ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón who are adherents to the Other Campaign strongly challenged the State Council on Human Rights (CEDH), accusing that “The only thing it does is legitimate the dirty work to impose a megaproject in our lands by means of public force, thus violating also the authority of the ejido.  The representatives of this organization are simply puppets of Juan Sabines who is now filling his pockets while the people are repressed, their lands taken from them.”

The ejidatarios denounced the pressure exercised by the CEDH when, as in February following a confrontation, “they were having us think that the solution to the conflict was to integrate us into the convention that the state government has elaborated, but they acted as though there had been no human-rights violations.”  They indicate in the same communiqué that on 19 June, hundreds of police “violently displaced ejidatarios who are adherents to the Other Campaign on the orders of the CEDH.”

Finally, they found responsible the CEDH together with the ‘officialist’ ejidatarios for any possible confrontations having to do with the dispute over the control-point at the entrance of the Agua Azul cascades, noting that “Our organization is not responsible and we have demonstrated that on several occasions it is not we who provoke but rather the government in complicity with officialist authorities who seek to transfer our lands into the hands of the government, for its transnational projects.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de los ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón adherentes a la Otra Campaña (4 de julio de 2012)

Se crea disputa entre ejido Bachajón y CEDH (Cuarto Poder, 5 de julio de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón “occupy” control-point in Agua Azul before being displaced (25 June 2012)

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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