Chiapas: Believing People on Tenth Anniversary of Don Samuel – Our Option Is for Life

@ Sipaz

On January 25th, a Eucharistic ceremony was held on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the passing of Tatik Samuel Ruiz. Through a statement, the Believing People of the Diocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas lamented the systematic violence and inequalities that persons and peoples experience, especially during this pandemic. 

It also spoke of the lack of education, of employment, the lack of monitoring of migrants, the effects that children are suffering from not going to school and the lack of interaction with others. Faced with these and other permanent threats such as megaprojects, militarization, the felling of trees, the destruction of hills, the incursion of mining, etc., the Believing People said that the peoples have sought to continue with autonomy, resistance and self-determination. 

However, there is an increasing difficulty and danger in the defense of the territory due to the increase in threats, surveillance and harassment of their communities, as well as the increase in military and paramilitary presence in their territories. 

It also spoke about the increase in violence and conflict in the state by armed groups and organized crime, but also about the proximity of the elections at the three levels. “There is an increase in violence, […] femicides, political prisoners, people unjustly imprisoned and without attention to their cases, armed attacks, people displaced by the threat and armed aggression, lack and denial of justice”, for which it said it was outraged and concerned by the impunity with which these groups act as well as by “the violation of the rights of individuals and peoples that occurs in the vast majority of institutions, including in our own church and within families .”

“As a Believing People we have to find a way to act that keeps us hopeful. Our option is for life”, it stressed.

For more information in Spanish:

Comunicado. Nos organizamos y construimos caminos para la vida: Pueblo Creyente (Frayba, 25 de enero 2021)

El 25 de diciembre de 1997, Jtotik Samuel celebró en Acteal la misa de Navidad más triste que haya vivido. (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas de Acteal, 25 de enero 2021)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Denuncian nuevas agresiones armadas a la comunidad zapatista de Moíses Gandhi

Chiapas: Indigenous Tseltals Continue to Reject “Carretera de las Culturas” in Chiapas (January 11, 2020)
Chiapas: Believing People Hold Pilgrimage for Ninth Anniversary of jTatic Samuel (January 29, 2020)

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