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On February 22, dozens of human rights and peace organizations, among them International Service for Peace, SIPAZ, sent a letter to the Chiapas and federal authorities in which they warned of a possible repression of the Chol ejidatarios of Tila, who declared their autonomy last year in defense of their territory. Seven years ago, the ejidatarios won a protection order for the restitution of 130 hectares of their territory that were illegally taken by the municipal authorities for the establishment of an urban zone. With the refusal of those responsible to return the land, the ejido lodged a Non-compliance of Sentence case 1302/2010 with the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, which has been unresolved for five years.
“We know that in the commemoration of the 7th anniversary of the concession of protection, inhabitants of the ejido held a demonstration on December 16, 2015, which ended in front of the Town Hall, turning into a confrontation between the authorities and the demonstrators. This act culminated in a Declaration of Autonomy and Self-determination”, the organizations stated. The signatory organizations recognized the “legitimate” process of defense of territory that the ejido of Tila has exercised for more than 50 years. The Home for Migrants in Saltillo, the United Nations Professor of Human Rights of UNAM, The Montaña Tlachinollan Center for Human Rights and the Friar Francis of Vitoria Center for Human Rights, among other signatories, expressed their concern over the possibility that there may be a repressive reaction against the Choles by the federal, state and local authorities.
For more information in Spanish:
Organizaciones alertan por posible represión en Tila (Dentro ProDH, 23 de febrero de 2016)
OSC manifiestan preocupación por posible represión en Ejido Tila (CENCOS, 22 de febrero de 2016)
Carta OSC sobre ejido Tila (22 de febrero de 2016)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Chiapas: Ejido Tila denuncia “célula paramilitar y mentiras del gobierno” (8 de enero de 2016)
Chiapas: Indígenas Ch´oles toman la alcaldía de Tila tras décadas de no haber sido atendid@s (17 de diciembre de 2015)