Chiapas: Displaced indigenous persons march in Chiapas, demanding a return to their communities

Desplazados de Tzajalá (@La Foja coleta)

Since 22 January, close to 150 indigenous persons who have been displaced for more than two months in Teopisca due to agrarian conflict began a march toward the capital of Tuxtla Gutiérrez to demand that state authorities guarantee their return to their communities of origin.  Another 250 displaced persons who did not join the march continue residing in Teopisca.  Those manifesting themselves noted at the start of the march that “We demand a solution with peace and justice in our lands and the return to our homes, given that we are displaced from the group San José Las Palmas de las Comunidades de Tzajalha, Balhuits, and Yaxlumilja, Teopisca municipality (…) With this march, we make visible our indignation regarding the numerous acts that have violated our human rights.  Furthermore, we want a humane solution to this, without increasing violence or bringing about future confrontations.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Indígenas desplazados marchan en Chiapas; piden retornar a sus comunidades (La Jornada, 23 de enero de 2013)

Continúa marcha de los desplazados; piden retorno (Cuarto Poder, 24 de enero de 2013)

Inician marcha desplazados de Teposica, Chiapas para exigir al Estado las condiciones de seguridad necesarias para regresar a sus hogares (comunicado de prensa, 22 de enero de 2013)

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