Chiapas: Displaced Members of Las Abejas Return to Pantelho

Photo: Abejas de Acteal

Nine families, members of the Las Abejas Civil Society Organization, returned to Pantelho on August 26th after being displaced for more than a month due to the political-social conflict.

The families left their homes due to the violence after the local elections, which, along with other issues, sparked the emergence of the Self-Defense Group of the People “El Machete”, and took refuge in the community of Acteal and in San Cristobal de Las Casas.

The group was received at the entrance of the town, where they have their homes, and after the welcoming ceremony, the parish priest of Pantelho, Miguel de Alba, officiated a mass in the hermitage located on that site.

In their letter Las Abejas state: “We respectfully ask the Municipal Council of Pantelho together with its 86 communities, for the peaceful and respectful coexistence with our fellow members of Las Abejas de Acteal, both with the families that today return and with those who live in the communities of: Aurora Esquipulas, Nuevo San Carlos, Chitam Uk’um, San Jose del Carmen and Guadalupe (this last community also belongs to the Nuevo Paraiso community where they currently have their coffee plantations and little houses), all from the municipality of Pantelho.”

“Finally, we want to infinitely thank the women and men of good heart, who unconditionally brought food, clothing, medicine and joy to the displaced who are returning today; without your big heart, the suffering would have been much more difficult for the displaced, and know that that humanitarian act that you showed us, we will never forget”, their statement concludes.

For more information in Spanish:

Nuestro deseo como Organización Las Abejas de Acteal, es que ninguna persona sufra de violaciones a sus derechos humanos, que nadie sea víctima de cualquier injusticia, que los hombres y mujeres vivan libres y en paz en su casa, en su comunidad, Las Abejas de Acteal, 26 de agosto de 2021

Retornan a Pantelhó nueve familias desplazadas, La Jornada, 26 de agosto de 2021

Retornan desplazados a Pantelhó, Cuarto Poder, 26 de agosto de 2021

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Congress of State Swears in Pantelho Municipal Council (August 18, 2021)

Chiapas: Indigenous Justice Prosecutor Murdered in Chiapas – Linked to Pantelho (August 12, 2021)

Chiapas: Dialogue Begins in Pantelho (August 6, 2021)

Chiapas: Remains of Simon Pedro, Ex-leader of Las Abejas, Exhumed against Wishes of Family(August 3, 2021)

Chiapas: Inhabitants of Pantelho Search and Burn Homes of People Presumably Linked to Organized Crime (July 29, 2021)

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