Chiapas: Indigenous Tseltals Continue to Reject “Carretera de las Culturas” in Chiapas

@Educa Oaxaca

On January 4th, indigenous Tseltals from the Movement in Defense of Life and Territory (MODEVITE) posted signs with the slogan “The Original Peoples Reject the SCLC – Palenque Highway” and “No to the Installation of the National Guard Barracks ”at various points in the municipality of San Juan Cancuc. Through a statement, Believing People, MODEVITE and Human Rights Promoters of San Juan Cancuc announced that “they will defend Mother Earth, since it is an ancient gift, which generation after generation our grandparents and grandmothers have cared for and defended.”  This is against the megaproject called “Transverse Highway Axis” that affects life and territory and whose development is of interest and benefit of transnational entrepreneurs. 

“As an original people, it does not benefit us on the contrary, it attacks our lives and it will also bring consequences”, they mentioned in their statement. Among the consequences is the destruction of Mother Earth, the opening of a path of megaprojects such as: dams and tourist centers, eviction of people, contamination, militarization and division of the people.

It is important to note that, on December 2nd, 2020, “Chiapas officials attended an assembly with community members from the municipality of San Juan Cancuc to try to convince them about the construction” of this highway.

However, representatives of the Tseltal communities and members of MODEVITE reiterated their rejection of the highway project. In addition, they denounced that, through threats and conditions, political PLAYERS of the state and federal government have been pressuring the leaders of each and every one of the communities to accept the highway project.

For more information in Spanish:

Con letreros, indígenas recuerdan al Gobierno su resistencia a la «Carretera de las Culturas» (Chiapas Paralelo, 4 de enero 2021)

Tzeltales recuerdan al Gobierno su resistencia a la “Carretera de las Culturas” en Chiapas (Educa Oaxaca, 7 de enero 2021)

Rechazan cuarteles de la GN y la carretera San Cristóbal-Palenque (La Jornada, 5 de enero 2021)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: 45 Tseltal Communities in Civil Resistance against Carretera de las Culturas (December 13, 2020) 
Chiapas: MODEVITE Fights for Autonomy of Indigenous Peoples (September 14, 2020)
Chiapas: AMLO Announces Modernization of SCLC – Palenque Highway (July 14, 2019)

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