Chiapas: Ejidatario shot in Tila amid accusations of revival of Peace and Justice paramilitary group

January 5, 2016

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Photo @ La Otra Ejido Tila

Between December 18 and 26, ejidatarios (communal landholders) from Tila, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, released a number of communiqués updating information about the situation in the area after the announcement of the collapse of the municipal presidency. They denied reports from local media that they attacked the homes of residents of Tila, stating that, “It is completely false as they are used to lying and the residents themselves are witnesses that this never happened.” They also denied that the general secretary of the Ch’ol-Tseltal government intervened in a dialogue for social peace “because there was no violence and, even less, confrontation.” They noted that, “There is no group of ejidatarios with Molotov cocktails and neither were there threats from any group and it is regrettable to have an authority without legality that wants to confuse the population with lies and deceits.”

 On another note, they complained that on December 20 the current chief of the municipal police of Tila started filming the ejidatarios while they were carrying out cleaning work, provoking unrest “and the people began to gather and this was when he fled by taxi,” but when he was reached “he took out his pistol” and shot a landholder, who is still recovering, in the stomach. The indigenous and peasant farmer Ch’ol women who organized in defense of social property produced their own communiqué in which they implied that the said chief of the municipal police “takes his orders from the town hall, the same that has reactivated masked and armed paramilitaries who patrol at set times of the night intimidating the ejidatario authorities, women and men who struggle and resist.”

Likewise, they accused the lord mayor of reviving the paramilitary group Development, Peace and Justice (Peace and Justice) along with a number of people from the area of Tila, where, between 1995 and 2000, Peace and Justice were responsible for 86 executions (79 men and seven women), 37 forced disappearances (32 men and five women), and the forced displacement of over 4,000 people.

For more information (in Spanish):

Declaración de Autodeterminación y Autogobierno y aclaración sobre mentiras del gobierno en medios (Blog La Otra Ejido Tila, 18 de diciembre de 2015)

Ataque armado del Mando Único contra ejidatarios con uno herido (Blog La Otra Ejido Tila, 20 de diciembre de 2015)

Denunciamos Director de Policia dispara a ejidatario y Solidaridad con Ostula y San Isidro los Laures-Semilla Digna (Blog La Otra Ejido Tila, 21 de diciembre de 2015)

Palabra y exigencia de las mujeres ejidatarias de Tila (Blog La Otra Ejido Tila, 25 de diciembre de 2015)

Denunciamos la reactivación de los grupos paramilitares (Blog La Otra Ejido Tila, 26 de diciembre de 2015)

For more information (from SIPAZ):

Chiapas: Indígenas Ch´oles toman la alcaldía de Tila tras décadas de no haber sido atendid@s (17 de diciembre de 2015)

Chiapas: Ejido Tila denunció operativo “militar policiaco y paramilitar” en Tila (20 de noviembre de 2015)

Chiapas: Los ejidatarios de Tila denuncian enfrentamiento entre PVEM y PRI, se reportan 4 heridos (10 de julio de 2015)

 

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