Agua Azul waterfals. Photo @Trekearth.com
A federal court in Tuxtla Gutiérrez has resolved a motion in favor of the ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón against the occupation of a part of the ejidal territory by the federal and state governments since February 2011, toward the end of “imposing a world-class touristic project,” as the affected indigenous persons have indicated. In the sentence published on Monday 25 November, the federal tribunal “revoked the sentence of 22 July 2013 as illegal […] which had struck down the constitutional motion interposed by the Tseltal campesinos, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle, in defense of their lands,” noted Ricardo Lagunes Gasca, the legal counsel for the indigenous grouping. The tribunal “gave reason to the indigenous of the San Sebastián Bachajón ejido […] who defend their lands from the federal and state governments’ looting, as perpetrated since 2 February 2011, toward the end of controlling the territory to impose a tourist project.” The lands whose devolution the campesinos desire include also the road access to the Agua Azul waterfalls, a natural lagoon that is visited annually by hundreds of thousands of tourists.
For more information (in Spanish):
Tribunal federal resuelve amparo a favor de ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón (La Jornada, 29 de noviembre de 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Threat to displace residents of Bachajón (14 November 2013)