Chiapas: Survivor of Acteal massacre dies


Manuel Vázquez Luna @ Kolectivo Boka en Boka

During the morning between 9 and 10 November, Manuel Vázquez Luna died.  He was a survivor of the Acteal massacre who lost his parents, brothers, grandmother, and uncle at the hands of paramilitaries on 22 December 1997.  Manuel, 28 years of age, entered the hospital on 22 October.  Previously, in 2009, he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor, which was treated and resolved using chemotherapy and radiotherapy at the National Institute for Neurology and Neuropsychiatry (INNN) in Mexico City.  Furthermore, he received periodic attention at this center before he died.

The Las Abejas Civil Society has denounced the negligence of the doctors at the Las Culturas Hospital in San Cristóbal de Las Casas en Chiapas, noting a series of events that occurred in the final period of time that Manuel was in the hospital before his death.  In a communique, Las Abejas expressed that “The problem is that the Mexican health system is inefficient and does not care for dignified health.”

In another communique, Las Abejas bid Manuel farewell with these words: “With the profound pain of our hearts, but also with hope and considering everything that Manuelito showed us in terms of resistance, of memory, of struggle for life and for the construction of peace with justice and dignity.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Manuelito deja de existir de esta Tierra para vivir por siempre en nuestra memoria, lucha y esperanza (Las Abejas de Acteal blog, 12 de noviembre de 2012)

Manuelito siempre fue una luz fuerte en Las Abejas, ahora guiará más con su brillo nuestro camino (Koman Ilel, 10 de noviembre de 2012)

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