On 12 May 2014, the Chiapas Peace Network published a communique condemning the “violence unleashed on 2 May 2014 in Caracol I ‘Mother of the Caracoles, Sea of Our Dreams,’ located in La Realidad, from the autonomous rebellious municipality San Pedro Michoacán (official municipality Las Margaritas).”
The Peace Network noted these “acts represent a rupture in the process of dialogue to resolve preexisting conflicts, as the Good-Government Council and the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights have noted, with the latter being present at the dialogue table. Beyond this, it is an attack on the autonomy that the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) has been advancing for more than 20 years. It is to be noted that the attack took place within a context of nine public initiatives of the EZLN which were to be carried out at the end of May and beginning of June; these will now be suspended due to the violence.”
Amidst this situation, the Peace Network urgently called for “a re-establishment of dialogue mechanisms as accompanied by a prompt and efficient investigation to sanction those responsible for the aggressive actions and the murder of Jose Luis Solís López”.
The Peace Network is comprised of 10 organizations working in Chiapas: Fray Pedro Lorenzo de La Nada Human Rights Committee (CDHFP), the Center for Indigenous Rights A.C. (CEDIAC), Services and Assessment for Peace A.C. (SERAPAZ), Commission of Support for Unity and Communal Reconciliation A.C. (CORECO), Economic and Social Development for Indigenous Mexicans A.C. (DESMI), Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (Frayba), Education for Peace A.C. (EDUPAZ), ENLACE, Comumunication and Training A.C. (ENLACE CC), the Chiapas Women’s Rights Center A.C. (CDMCH), and the International Service for Peace (Sipaz).
For more information (in Spanish):
Boletín: Las organizaciones de la Red por la Paz reprobamos la agresión a las BAEZLN (Red por la Paz, 12 de mayo de 2013)
Red por la Paz en Chiapas condena violencia en el caracol zapatista La realidad (La Jornada, 12 de mayo de 2014)
Blog de la Red: http://chiapaspaz.wordpress.com/
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: EZLN communique “Pain and Rage” (18 May 2014)
Chiapas: Attacks on EZLN support bases leave one dead and 15 injured among Zapatistas (16 May 2014)
National/International: End of solidarity week “If the Zapatistas are harmed, all are harmed” (3 March 2014)
Chiapas: Report from the Peace Network Observation Mission to San Marcos Áviles and denunciation from Oventic (29 April 2013)
Chiapas: Civil Observation Mission on Human Rights to San Marcos Avilés, Chilón municipality, Chiapas, on the part of the Peace Network (23 April 2013)