Chiapas: Communiqué from the Las Abejas Civil Society in observance of the monthly commemoration of the Acteal massacre

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In a communiqué published on 22 March, in observance of the monthly commemoration of the Acteal massacre (1997), the Las Abejas Civil Society ratified its task of “denouncing the abominable and infamous crimes committed by the Mexican State against men and women and organized peoples in Chiapas and Mexico.”  They express that “the forcible disappearance of the 43 students and the Acteal massacre were State crimes.  It is clear that with the State’s crimes, for which the governments themselves are responsible, there are always attempts to cover these up.  Meanwhile, the authorities seeks to buy off, manipulate, and exhaust survivors, relatives, and witnesses […].  We have experienced similar situations to what the family-members and comrades of the 43 of Ayotzinapa have.  Newly, we reaffirm our support and solidarity with our brothers and sisters from Ayotzinapa.”

Las Abejas indicated as well that “forcible displacement continues against our friends from Banavil, the Primero de Agosto community, and various other places.  In addition, we have seen military and paramilitary harassment against the Zapatista caracoles of La Realidad and Oventik.”

Similarly, they expressed their solidarity with the Believing People of the San Antonio de Pádua, parish from Simojovel.  They reported that a group from Las Abejas and survivors of Acteal are participating in the Easter “Way of the Cross” Grand Pilgrimage, which has been organized by this same parish.

Lastly, the Las Abejas Civil Society distanced itself from the “Pacifist Council of Sowers of Peace from Las Abejas,” which carried out an action at the checkpoint on the highway between San Cristóbal de Las Casas and Tuxtla Gutiérrez on 19 March.  Las Abejas affirmed that, within this space, “two communities [interact], one of which originates from 2013, when it decided for several reasons to break off from the Las Abejas Civil Society.”  Las Abejas added taht the “use of information, historical dates, logo, stamp, and name of the Las Abejas Civil Society is a grave error that signals a lack of respect for our organization.  Their way of doings things is not the Tsotsil way.”  They stressed that “all the decisions and agreements made by the Las Abejas Civil Society are the only valid ones, whenever an assembly is organized by the Organizational Table of Las Abejas, in accordance with the majority of the representatives of the communities that make up this organization.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de la Sociedad Civil Las Abejas (22 de marzo de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Las Abejas de Acteal reject dams and high electricity prices, affirming “Free Rivers and Free People” instead  (10 April 2015)

Chiapas: Las Abejas Civil Society expresses solidarity with the relatives and comrades of the disappeared students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero (5 February 2015)

Chiapas: During the XVII anniversary of the Acteal massacre, Las Abejas denounce impunity and affirm, “They could not kill our roots” (30 December 2014)

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