Chiapas: harassment and threats from the CFE directed at organizations resisting high-electricity prices denounced

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In a communique published on 22 February, the Laklumal Ixim organization (Our People of Maize) denounced the harassment and threats carried out by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) against organizations resisting high-electricity prices in the Tila and Tumbala municipalities (northern Zone of the state of Chiapas).  Laklumal Ixim note that CFE employees have systematically visited those in civil resistance (of indigenous majority) so as to give them documents to pay.The organization denounced that “the CFE threatens to demand penal penalties, if payment is not received for the continued use of electricity […].  In this way they seek to facilitate the robbery of the people and the repression of their struggle for the right to just prices that accord with the conditions of poverty in which the majority of people of Chiapas live.”  Laklumal Ixim affirmed that in a similar sense, female beneficiaries of the “Opportunities” program have been threatened with having their benefits revoked if they did not pay for these bills.The organization noted that more broadly, “communities of the northern jungle regions who pay for their electricity find themselves rather worried about the CFE’s decision to increase electrical energy prices and to suspend subsidies, such that prices have skyrocketed, making payment practically impossible.”Laklumal Ixim stressed moreover that “it is lamentable that the present governor, instead of attending to the enormous structural challenges and social conflicts [in the state], spends his time on tour, celebrating, and promoting his image as a wasteful spender, as though he were in an electoral campaign.  We seriously call on the Chiapas state-government soon to assume its constitutional responsibilities and to observe its promises, such that during this government there comes to be a just price for all those in Chiapas.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Iniciará CFE en Chiapas procesos legales por resistencia al pago de energía (Milenio, 26 de febrero de 2013)

Comunicado completo de Laklumal Ixim (22 de febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Mobilizations at the national level against high electricity prices (12 February 2013)

Mexico: National day of protests against high electricity prices (4 April 2012)

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment and electricity cut-off by CFE (24 March 2012)

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment by the CFE (25 February 2011)

Campeche: Arrest of activist campaigning against high electricity prices (26 May 2010)

Mexico: AI Declares Activists against High Electricity Tariffs Prisoners of Conscience (10 March 2010)

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