In observance of the monthly commemoration of the Acteal massacre (December 1997), the Las Abejas Civil Society released a communique challenging the National Crusade against Hunger which was launched in Las Margaritas, Chiapas, the previous day as being nothing more than a “pretty painting.” The organization denounced as well that “the only thing” that President Enrique Peña Nieto has done “with regard to hunger is to increase the number of hungry persons.” They explained that “s/he who lives from the welfare of the State is a slave. We are clear that their projects will not benefit us: they merely change the laws so that indigenous peoples remain ignorant.”
Another of the points they locate as being part of this “pretty picture” is the new interest that has been expressed by authorities with regard to the San Andrés accords regarding indigenous rights and culture. Las Abejas affirm that “the PRI not is very new; as we know, the paramilitaries who came to kill our brothers in Acteal belonged to the PRI. Regarding the Green Party that won in Chiapas, we know that it is nothing more than the same PRI merely colored with green. And they say that they will respect indigenous rights. Really, does this apply to Emilio Chuayffet who jointly with Ernesto Zedillo is the intellectual author of the Acteal massacre?”
They also directed three questions to Manuel Velasco Coello, the new governor of Chiapas, regarding the question of the Special Prosecutorial Office that will investigate the case of the Acteal massacre:
1) “For what reason was this Office created, if not to punish?
2) Why was neither the public in general nor Las Abejas notified of the results of its investigations?
3) Taking into account the results of the report “which we could read in the webpage of the American lawyers”: “If these were the conclusions, then why did they decide not to exercise punishment against those responsible?”
Las Abejas added that the day that the state government contests said questions, “we can then begin to believe that they intend to respect indigenous rights.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Comunicado integro (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas, 22 de enero del 2013)
Las Abejas: “¿Acaso creen los gobiernos que somos tontos y que no tenemos memoria?” (La Jornada, 22 de enero de 2013)
Grupo indígena chiapaneco, Las Abejas, rechaza la Cruzada Nacional contra el Hambre de EPN (Sin Embargo, 22 de enero de 2013)
Sólo buscan dar limosnas: Las Abejas (La Jornada, 23 de enero de 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Anniversary of the Acteal massacre (27 December 2012)
Chiapas: Survivor of Acteal massacre dies (16 November 2012)
National-International: Zedillo obtains immunity for the Acteal case(19 September 2012)