On 22 January passed 5 days since the (temporary) return of the displaced indigenous peoples to the Puebla ejido, Chenalhó municipality, but they have confirmed that security conditions for a definitive return are lacking. The displaced families abandoned the community six months ago due to aggressions and false accusations from the PRI authorities of the ejido. On 17 January, 14 of the 17 families who have taken refuge in Acteal traveled in caravan to harvest their cafe, as supervised by state and federal officials and accompanied by brigadistas who arrived to meet with the dominant group of the ejido, led by the Evangelical priest and commissioner Agustín Cruz Gómez.
Escorted by state police, Secretary of Governance Enrique Ramírez Aguilar and subsecretaries Mariano Díaz Ochoa (Regional Operations), Belisario Rodríguez (Indigenous Peoples and Culture) and Víctor Hugo Sánchez Zebadúa (Religious Affairs), as well as Francisco Yáñez, a federal official, and a representative from Chenalhó, José Arias Vázquez. These all met on friendly terms with commissioner Cruz Gómez and other ejidal authorities responsible for the violence, displacements, and looting. They arrived with 16 agents from the Public Ministry (MP).
A brigadista reported that “effectively, there are damages to the land and houses. In five of the latter, there have been cuts to water supply, and on the land robbery of firewood and coffee. The indigenous people have found imprints of horse’s hooves and we have heard that some families have lost all their crops, including pumpkins, squash, and other vegetables.”
For their part, several indigenous organizations (Movement of El Bosque for the Defense of the People, Civil Resistance Force and Light of the People, Particular Executive Agrarian Committee of Chiapas, ex-prisoners from the Voz del Amate, Civil Resistance Santo Tomás, displaced persons from Banavil and Aurora Ermita, the Ricardo Flores Magón Front, and LakLumal Ixim) expressed their “support in solidarity with our displaced siblings.”
Para más información:
Desplazados chiapanecos, todavía sin garantías para un regreso definitivo(La Jornada, 22 de enero de 2014)
Apoyo a las familias desplazadas del ejido Puebla, Chenalhó, Chiapas(Chiapas Denuncia, 20 de enero de 2014)
Con 600 pesos, síndico de Chenalhó busca solucionar conflicto (Revolución Tres Punto Cero, 21 de enero de 2014)
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)