Chiapas: “This year begins with a lot of violence and it is increasing” – Las Abejas de Acteal Civil Society

20200122_110435@Sociedad Civil Las Abejas de Acteal

On December 22nd, in the framework of the monthly commemoration of the Acteal massacre (1997), Las Abejas de Acteal Civil Society issued a statement in which they denounced that “this year begins with a lot of violence and it is increasing (…) The MORENA government does not have the capacity or does not have the will to stop the violence that the PRI and PAN governments created in our country, because in order to impose megaprojects in the territories of the original peoples, it is convenient for them to have violence. We see how they use organized crime to justify their crimes against human rights defenders, as in the case of compañero Samir Flores Soberanes, killed for opposing the Morelos Integral Project (PIM), on February 19th, 2019 This crime remains unpunished, like many other crimes, including the Acteal Massacre itself.”

In addition to pointing out several other attacks on human rights defenders, members of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) in Guerrero and Jalisco, they reflected on the apparent desire of the capitalist system to kill women and generate violence towards this sector “because women are givers of life, they are guardians of the cosmovision and memory of the original peoples and because they have a strong conviction of struggle and resistance to transform the world.”

Faced with “this context of violence and femicide” as well as “dispossession of our territories and the life of Our Mother Earth,” they reaffirmed their struggle and commitment to continue organizing. They also denounced that “the bad government is always looking to weaken us or buy our conscience or bring divisions into our communities,” recognizing that their organization was divided on two occasions, in 2008 and 2014. They reported that the group of survivors of the Acteal massacre that left in 2014 “is negotiating with the federal government a friendly solution and reparations for damage for the Acteal Massacre”, a strategy that they do not share when considering that “the lives of our fathers, mothers and brothers and sisters, daughters and sons are not compensated for with infrastructure, with cement or fences.” In return, they continue to urge the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to “issue the merits report where the Mexican State is responsible for the Acteal massacre and the material and intellectual perpetrators of the Massacre are brought to trial, who to date are still free.” They also demanded that state and federal government officials “respect our identity, work and autonomous political project.”

For more information in Spanish:

Las políticas del sistema capitalista y el mal gobierno, es destruir a la Madre Tierra y a las mujeres. (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas de Acteal, 22 de enero de 2020)

El gobierno morenista no tiene voluntad para detener la violencia: Las Abejas de Acteal (Prensa Libre, 23 de enero de 2020)

Atenderá Gobierno demandas de Acteal (Cuarto Poder, 18 de enero de 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Las Abejas de Acteal Hold Commenoration 22 Years after Acteal Masacre (January 13, 2020)

Chiapas: Las Abejas de Acteal Celebrate 27th Anniversary (January 4, 2020)

Chiapas : Sociedad Civil Las Abejas denuncia allanamieno de su clínica en Acteal; Concejo Pacifista declara que es un “asunto entre particulares”; Sociedad Civil Las Abejas ratifica “por eso hemos rechazado la solución amistosa, porque traería división” . (September 23, 2019)

Chiapas: Las Abejas de Acteal Pilgrimage-March to Demand True and Dignified Justice (August 19, 2019)

Chiapas: Sociedad Civil Las Abejas de Acteal rechaza solución amistosa en el caso de la masacre de Acteal presentado ante la CIDH (March 7, 2019)

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