Chiapas: At nearly half a year of forced displacement, the Poblado Primero de Agosto denounces new threats

Tojolab´al women and children in displacement campsite @RadioZapatista

Tojolab´al women and children in displacement campsite @RadioZapatista

In their denouncement of August 17th, the 17 forcibly displaced tojolabal families of the Poblado Primero de Agosto denounced new threats, harassments, and the omission of the three levels of the Mexican Government. The families denounced since Agust 1st and “to date the authorities of Miguel Hidalgo began to harass us again, firing multiple shots in the air with fire arms at 100 meters from where we are displaced [sic]”. On August 3rd, “Javier López Pérez passed by 5 meters from where we are displaced […] commissioned by his cioaquista comrades to keep an eye on us and to intimidate us well he was carrying a pouch and we realized that he would pull his right hand in and out of the pouch with small black firearm [sic]”.They also mentioned that on August 6th, “Armando Méndez López y Francisco López Román both ejidatarios of the Historic CIOAC passed by to harass 4 meters where we are displaced telling us that soon they will hurt us because they ae with the CIOAC historial and with the state government”.

They assured that the three levels of government “are aware of the occurences and they have not done their job and they know about everything that is happening to us”, and they manifested their preoccupation due to the “omission of the Mexican State because the strong death threats against their lives continue, this happens because of the lack of justice.” At the end, they thanked the “Believing People, the different churches in their diverse denominations, the young people, men, women, children tsotsiles, tzeltales, mestizos, tojolabales, among others who with their heart share our pain which is now not only our pain but a collective and universal pain”.

It serves mentioning that on February 23, 2015, ejidatarios of the ejido Miguel Hidalgo, who pertain to the Historic Independent Central of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos (CIOAC-H), forcibly and violently displaced 57 people of the Poblado Primero de Agosto.

For more information:

Familias desplazadas forzadas de Primero de Agosto denuncian nuevas amenazas (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 20 de Agosto de 2015)

Familias desplazadas forzadas de Primero de Agosto denuncian nuevas amenazas (Radio Zapatista, 21 de agosto de 2015)

Indígenas tojolabales desplazados, continúan siendo hostigados por la CIOAC-H. (Radio Pozol, 21 de agosto de 2015)

 

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Peace Network denounces absence of Chiapas state government in the Primero de Agosto case (July 22, 2015)

Chiapas: The Primero de Agosto community completes 4 months of forcible displacement and continues demanding its forthright return (July 2, 2015)

Chiapas: The Network for Peace asks for the displaced people of Primero de Agosto to be attended to (May 27, 2015)

Chiapas: Communique from forcibly displaced families from Primero de Agosto denounce threats (April 24, 2015)

Chiapas: New threats against residents of Primero de Agosto (April 21, 2015)

Chiapas: Families of the Primero de Agosto community “in precarious conditions” (March 21, 2015)

Chiapas: 57 Tojolabal indigenous people forcibly displaced from their community, Primero de Agosto (March 8, 2015)

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