On January 15, members of the Historical Independent Center of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos (CIOAC-H), led by Andulio Hernandez Hernandez, son of the leader of CIOAC-H, Luis Hernandez Cruz, entered the November 20 ejido in the municipality of Las Margaritas. According to sources, “The events occurred due to the non-fulfillment of agreements by a minority group of women from CIOAC-H, who refused to carry out health-related activities, included in the ‘Prospera’ program of SEDESOL, resulting in the application of a sanction used in the community as practices and customs.” The residents of the ejido specified that, “some hundred members of CIOAC-H from the village of Justo Sierra entered on November 20 in Toyota trucks with firearms […] They fired their weapons in the attack and Aquiles Jiminez Luna was shot down.” Ten other people were injured, seven of them seriously, who had to be transferred to the public hospital in Altimirano, a neighboring municipality of Las Margaritas. Another of the wounded died on Saturday as a result of the violent incidents.
It is noteworthy that for a number of decades CIOAC-H was a campesino organization that fought for the rights of this sector. Now the organization “has split, and it violently disputes transport rights and social programs with other social groups.” The National Committee of the Independent Center of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos Jose Dolores Lopez Dominguez (CIOAC-JDLD) condemned the actions and demanded in its statement “respect for the agreements, for practices and customs, we reject any intervention by violent groups and murdering leaders in the communities and ‘ejidos’ of the state of Chiapas and the country in general.” Finally, members of CIOAC asked the authorities for the immediate installation of a dialogue table to deeply revise and solve the persistent problems in a number of communities, as is the case in the November 20 ejido.
For more information in Spanish:
Responsabilizan a CIOAC por los hechos violentos en Las Margaritas (Péndulo de Chiapas, 20 de enero de 2016)
Condena CIOAC-JDLD irrupción de grupo armado en Chiapas (Chiapas sin censura, 17 de enero de 2016)
Se enfrentan militantes del EZLN y la Cioac-H, un muerto (Oro Negro, 17 de enero de 2016)
Grupo armado de la Cioac ataca comunidad en Chiapas (Chiapas Paralelo, 15 de enero de 2016)
For more information from SIPAZ
Chiapas: Denuncian hostigamiento militar a la JBG zapatista de La Realidad (13 de marzo de 2015)