Chiapas/Oaxaca: Caravan of Civil Observation and Solidarity for Chimalapas



Between January 10 and 11, agrarian authorities, communities and non-government organisms made the Caravan of Civil Observation and Solidarity for Chimilapas to San Francisco de La Paz community, in the municipality of Santa Maria Chimilapa, Oaxaca. Those present noted the repeated incursions against communal territory, particularly on the property of San Isidro la Gringa. They were also witnesses to the “call for justice and respect for human rights of the town and the indigenous families who live there.”

Based on what they observed, the visitors asked the Federal Government and the state governments of Oaxaca and Chiapas to carry out immediate joint peaceful operations to vacate the three locations currently invaded (Reforma-Pescaditos, Arroyo la Gringa-Emanuel I and Arroyo Zapote-Emanuel II); that David Vega, indicated as the material and intellectual author of the kidnapping and disappearance of comunero Pablo Escobedo be brought to justice; for a thorough investigation to locate the whereabouts of the remains of said comunero; and permanent federal supervision and surveillance “to prevent and avoid new invasions and looting of communal territory, as well as any act of harassment, provocation or violence.”

The Caravan of Civil Observation and Solidarity for Chimalapas declared its support for the call for justice for the people of Chimalapa and also its rejection of government attempts to silence this resistance. By the same token, it asks the people of Mexico and the world join the call for the defense of this territory, “the most biodiverse in Mexico and Mesoamerica.”

For more information in Spanish:

Comunicado de la Caravana de Observación Civil y Solidaridad por los Chimalapas (EDUCA, A.C, 11 de enero de 2016)

Concluye caravana de Observación Civil y Solidaridad por los Chimalapas (Desinformémonos, 13 de enero de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca/Chiapas: nuevo enfrentamiento en los Chimalapas deja dos heridos y 4 detenidos. (21 de mayo de 2015)

Chiapas/Oaxaca: Continúan agresiones en conflicto Chimalapas (19 de febrero de 2014)

Oaxaca/Chiapas: reunión de gobernadores en Gobernación por caso Chimalapas (10 de mayo de 2012)

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