Press conference on 9 January 2014 @ SIPAZ
Those who have been displaced from the Puebla Colony ejido, Chenalhó municipality, announced that on 17 January they will leave the Acteal camp where they are presently located to return to their community to begin harvesting coffee, given that “the time to cut the coffee is now passing and we have the economic need to have this resource which together with beans and maize is the basis of the maintenance of our families.” The labor will last 10 days, until 27 January, when they will re-evaluate their presence in the community or decide to return to Acteal.
In a communique, they clarified that “this will not involve a complete and definitive return to our community, given that the municipal, state, and federal governments have not provided the conditions that we requested for our return with security and tranquility to our homes.” Included within these conditions for return, the displaced request the resolution of the question of the possession of the land on which the chapel is being built, which was the object of initial conflict; that the open penal investigations continue; and that compensation be offered for the damages “that we have suffered, both in material (the destruction and robbery of our property) and moral terms (the slander that we had poisoned the water of the Puebla Colony).”
For more information (in Spanish):
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Solidarity requested for those displaced from the Puebla Colony (16 September 2013)
Chiapas: Increase in violence in Puebla Colony, Chenalho (4 August 2013)