On 5 February, the ejidatari@s of San Sebastián Bachajón, Chilón municipality, who adhere to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle published by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) in 2005, released a communique in which they denounce that they have “information that they are preparing arrest-orders to suppress our organization and displace us from the new regional headquarters in San Sebastián, where we have space to do our work and share workshops. The bad government does not like for us to have this space of rebelliousness, as we clearly denounce its desire to plunder the people from their lands.”
From 6 to 8 February, a national and international brigade of observation and solidarity took place in San Sebastián Bachajón, as organized by the Network against Repression and for Solidarity (RvsR). In this action, thirty-three persons participated, belonging to different collectives and organizations from Mexico, Italy, France, Spain, and Argentina, as well as free and alternative media.
In the first “sharing,” a historical account was presented of the official founding of the ejido in 1980, leading up to the decision by a large part of the ejido to adhere to the Sixth Declaration, leading subsequently to the State repression they have experienced. In 2009, the first eight ejidatarios were arrested: in 2011 a displacement operation took place at the checkpoint at Agua Azul that had up to that point been administered by the ejido. On that occasion, 117 persons were arrested, who later claimed to have been tortured and beaten after the violent displacement. They were released slowly as a means of intimidation. The work of the brigade also included documentation of the most recent conflicts.
For more information (in Spanish):
Brigada nacional e internacional visita el Ejido Bachajón (Subversiones, 11 de febrero de 2015)
#Informe brigada de observación sobre la situación en San Sebastián #Bachajón (Koman Ilel, 9 de febrero de 2015)
Comunicado de las y los ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón (5 de febrero de 2015)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Tensions maintained in San Sebastián Bachajón (10 February 2015)