On 14 February the adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle from the San Sebastián Bachajon ejido published a new communique, in which they denounce that “the bad government is using a strategy with supposed tourist firms to create an environment of persecution against the indigenous communities, especially our organization, as we see in the imposition of false charges (highway robbery and organized crime) to defame our struggle, as if we were common criminals or thugs! It is for this reason that they send evermore police to our region of San Sebastian, which is near the Agua Azul crossroads on the highway between Ocosingo and Palenque.” They demanded that “the three levels of the bad government respect the organized peoples and communities […], the retreat of public security forces from our lands that have been taken since February 2011, as well as the withdrawal of the National Commission on Protected Natural Areas,” in addition to the release of the prisoners Juan Antonio Gómez Silvano, Mario Aguilar Silvano, Roberto Gómez Hernández, Santiago Moreno Perez, Emilio Jimenez Gomez, and Esteban Gomez Jimenez.
For more information:
El comunicado completo en Proyecto Ambulante (16 de febrero de 2015)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Tensions maintained in San Sebastián Bachajón(10 February 2015)