On 31 January, the definitive judgment to deny a motion to ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón regarding the return of their common-lands which were occupied by state authorities and a group close to the government was made public, this within the context of the dispute over possession of the control-point that is seen at the entrance of the Agua Azul waterfall.
The motion had been promoted by Mariano Moreno Guzmán, a Tseltal indigenous man from the ejido, with the juridical identity of “substitute representation of ejidal goods,” so as to avoid the privatization of land in question, their being collective. As Moreno Guzmán’s lawyers commented (Maribel González Pedro y Ricardo Lagunes Gasca), the General Assembly of the ejido did not provide its consent to the convention signed in February 2011 between the state government and the “officialist” authorities who recently turned over the common lands. According to defense lawyers, during the trial the president of the ejidal commission, Francisco Guzmán Jiménez, and the state government showed a document called “act of assembly” which confronted an objection, due to its not complying with established standards as stipulated in agrarian laws and international law on indigenous rights. Regardless, the judge in the case declared Moreno Guzman’s attempt invalid, as it would supposedly not represent the requisite “substituted representation,” instead recognizing the “assembly act,” thus supporting the transfer of lands in dispute to the Chiapas government.
González Pedro and Lagunes Gasca noted that the sentence of the judge constitutes “a disregard for indigenous peoples and the constitutional reforms of motion and human rights.” The ejidatarios who adhere to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration, for their part, indicated that after showing “the necessary documents that justify and evidence the looting of our common-use lands from the community of San Sebastián Bachajon, the authorities of justice continue defending the interests of the government.”
For more information (in Spanish):
La Jornada: Niegan amparo a indígenas de San Sebastián Bachajón (01/02/2013)
Acusan los ejidatarios de Bachajón al gobierno de
despreciar a los indígenas (La Jornada, 6 de febrero de 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: New denunciation from San Sebastián Bachajón (10 July 2012)
Chiapas: Denunciations by ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón (7 November 2011)
Chiapas: The four prisoners from San Sebastián Bachajón are released (18 August 2011)