Chiapas: Close of global campaign “Juan Vázquez Guzmán lives, the struggle of Bachajón continues!”


On 2 July, hundreds of men and women from San Sebastián Bachajón who adhere to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle carried out an “informative blockade” of the Ocosingo-Palenque highway, close to the entrance to the Agua Azul waterfall.  The banners they raised this day spoke to the reasons for their protest: “The bad government is responsible for the death of our comrade Juan Vázquez Guzmán”; “No to the looting of our lands”; “Immediate liberation for our prisoners Antonio Estrada Estrada and Miguel Demeza Jiménez. Immediate liberation for Alberto Patishtán and the other political prisoners of Chiapas.”  The protest was held to mark the end of the global campaign “Juan Vázquez Guzmán lives, the struggle of Bachajón continues!”

In the communique which accompanied their action, read aloud several times during the blockade, the ejidatarios announce that “The men, women, and children of San Sebastián Bachajón are prepared to give our lives for our mother earth and our struggle, as did our comrade Juan Vázquez Guzmán, and as the indigenous peoples of Mexico and throughout the world have done for centuries, to oppose projects for oil extraction, mining, wind-energy, gas extraction, dam building, tourism, and all others which promote looting and death for our peoples, so as to put an end to our way of life, with our language and culture.  They want to definitively terminate our culture.”

That same day, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) released a pronunciation in which it stressed that “Juan Vázquez together with thousands of ejidatarios who adhere to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle have distinguished themselves through their struggle for the defense of territory, despite the reprisals of the Mexican government by means of the legal repression of their process toward autonomy.  It is important to stress that before the murder of Juan Vázquez, a branch of the large tree of the conscious and dignified struggle of the Ch’ol and Tseltal peoples of the region had been cut.  However, this branch has left its remnants and pathway which has eased the process and sprouts elesewhere in other struggles and comrades who join the defense of their people in the construction of autonomy and self-determination for life: a life that flows through the rivers, the wind of the jungle, smell of dignity that is inspired in each breath taken by humanity.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado completo de los Adherentes a la Sexta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona del Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón (2 de julio de 2013)

Boletín del Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas al finalizarse la Semana de Acción Mundial:¡Juan Vázquez Guzmán Vive, La Lucha de Bachajón Sigue! (CDHFBC, 2 de julio de 2013)

Tzeltales mantienen bloqueo en la carretera Ocosingo-Palenque (La Jornada, 3 de julio de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ in English):

Chiapas: Ejidatarios recall Juan Vázquez Guzmán, murdered in April (19 July 2013)

Chiapas: Week for Global Action: “Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Struggle of Bachajón Continues!” (7 June 2013)

Chiapas: ejidatario adherent to the Sixth Declaration murdered by gunfire in San Sebastián Bachajón (29 April 2013)

Chiapas: Adherents to the Other Campaign in San Sebastián Bachajón denounce looting and impunity (22 April 2013)

Chiapas: Denial of motion to ejidatarios who adhere to the Sixth Declaration from San Sebastián Bachajón (7 February 2013)

Chiapas: New denunciation from San Sebastián Bachajón (10 July 2012)

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