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On 22 July, the Las Abejas of Acteal published a new public communiqué in which they express their concern if it is that Enrique Peña Nieto succeeds in continuing as president-elect, for they define the PRI candidate as “the elect of Televisa and TV Azteca, given that the People did not choose him in a democratic way. Democracy in Mexico does not exist, as it has become a game of the rich capitalists and transnationals, instead of being comprised of the power of the people, as it should be.” Along these lines they added also that they “do not forget that it was from the PRI regime and on its orders that our 45 brothers and sisters were massacred in 1997. [The PRI is also responsible] for the repression that took place in Sal Salvador Atenco against our brothers in the Popular Front in Defense of Land (FPDT) in 2006, when Peña Nieto was the governor of the state of Mexico.” In this sense they predict that “what will happen is that there will be more mining concessions, more dams, and more human-rights violations as manifested in murders, repressions, death-threats, intimidations, unjust incarcerations, and forced displacements.”
In a similar manner to that of previous communications, Las Abejas rejected the legal case that is proceeding in Connecticut, U.S.A., against the former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo, expressing in this regard that “there does not exist political will in the search for justice, nor a recognition of the truth of the massacre; instead there is only a political conflict that seeks to improve one’s standing in Mexico’s current situation.” They conclude the communiqué by demanding justice from the material and intellectual authors of the massacre and the immediate and unconditional release of Alberto Patishtán Gómez and Francisco Sántiz López, among other things.
For more information (in Spanish):
Comunicado 22 de julio de 2012 (Blog de Las Abejas de Acteal, 22 de julio de 2012)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Pre-audience of the People’s Permanent Tribunal (22 March 2012)
Permanent Tribunal of the Peoples – Mexico Chapter (14 November 2011)