National–Mexico: CIG Accident and Suspension of Caravan

February 26, 2018

CNI

On February 14th, a van from the caravan of the Indigenous Council of Government (CIG in its Spanish acronym), which was going through Baja California Sur, suffered an accident and went off the road.

There were 11 members of the coordination of the CNI, members of the support networks for the CIG in Baja California Sur and the spokesperson Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez (Marichuy) travelling in the vehicle.

The CNI regretfully informed that compañera Eloisa Vega Castro of the South Californian Network of Support for the CIG lost her life in the accident. In addition, other passengers suffered fractures and serious injuries. The spokeswoman, Marichuy, had an arm fracture and inflammation of the head but is now stable. The victims were treated at Hospital 5 of the Mexican Social Security Institute of Guerrero Negro, before being transferred in two helicopters of the Mexican Armed Forces, to the Salvatierra Hospital in the city of La Paz.

Due to the above, the CNI decided to suspend the route it had scheduled. They expressed thanks for the messages of solidarity and invited all to be aware of the updates on information on their social networks.

For more information in Spanish:

Información sobre el accidente de la caravana del CIG ocurrido hoy 14 de febrero (Congreso Nacional Indígena, 14 de febrero de 2018)

ACTUALIZACIÓN SOBRE EL ACCIDENTE OCURRIDO ESTA TARDE A LA CAMIONETA EN LA QUE VIAJABAN EL CIG, CNI, LA VOCERA MARICHUY Y LAS REDES DE APOYO SUDCALIFORNIANAS (Congreso Nacional Indígena, 14 de febrero de 2018)

Caravana de Marichuy sufre accidente; una mujer murió, la aspirante sufrió fractura y será intervenida (Animal Político, 14 de febrero de 2018)

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Oaxaca/Chiapas: SEZ Exclusive Jurisdiction of Federal Powers

February 17, 2018

SEZPhoto @ El Universal

On October 20th, 2017, several newspapers reported that the real estate of the Special Economic Zone of Puerto Chiapas, passed into the Federation.

The same thing has happened in the case in Oaxaca after the LXIII Legislature of the State Congress approved by majority vote the decree requested by Governor Alejandro Murat such that “consent is granted so that houses, buildings or any other construction (the real estate) that will be part of the special economic zone of Salina Cruz, be considered exclusive jurisdiction of the federal powers.” According to NVI News this means that the SEZ will be “protected by the Army or the police federal.”

On January 31st, Governor Alejandro Murat, the municipality of Salina Cruz and the Head of the Federal Authority for the Development of Special Economic Zones signed the Collaboration Agreement for the Operation of the SEZ of Salina Cruz, Oaxaca at a meeting.

For more information in Spanish:

Recibe Congreso del Estado decreto del Ejecutivo Estatal para ZEE (Congreso del Estado de Oaxaca, 31 de enero de 2018)

Desde hoy, inmuebles de la ZEE a manos de la Federación (Oaxaca Político, 20 de octubre de 2017)

Plantean aprovechar Zonas Económicas Especiales (Cuarto Poder, 5 de febrero de 2018)

Firma de Convenio de Colaboración para la Operación de la ZEE de Salina Cruz, Oaxaca. (Autoridad Federal para el Desarrollo de las Zonas Económicas Especiales, 31 de enero de 2018)

Meade promete impulsar Zonas Económicas Especiales de Oaxaca (Excélsior, 2 de febrero de 2018)

A manos de la Federación inmuebles de la ZEE (Diario de Chiapas, 20 de octubre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional: EPN declara Zonas Económicas Especiales en Oaxaca y Yucatán (20 de diciembre de 2017)

Chiapas: Otros Mundos alerta sobre los riesgos que implicará la ZEE de Puerto Chiapas (7 de diciembre de 2017)

Nacional/Chiapas: Más Zonas Económicas Especiales (4 de septiembre de 2017)

Oaxaca: Anuncian campaña contra las ZEE (30 de junio de 2017)

Oaxaca: Se amparan pueblos del Istmo contra Zona Económica Especial (ZEE) (23 de marzo de 2017)

Oaxaca: comunidades del Istmo presentan amparo ante la ZEE (17 de noviembre de 2016)

Nacional: Nombran a titular de Zonas Económicas Especiales (15 de julio de 2016)

Nacional: El Senado aprueba la Ley Federal de Zonas Económicas Especiales (ZEE) (15 de abril de 2016)

México / Nacional: Diputados aprueban Ley Federal de Zonas Económicas Especiales (18 de diciembre 2015)


Chiapas: Wave of Violence Continues in the State

February 15, 2018

ChiapasChilon Municipality @ Chiapas

On January 27th, two men were found executed and two vehicles burned in the municipality of Chilon. Several newspapers mentioned that it was the result of a confrontation between alleged self-defense groups and an organized crime gang. They also reported that one of the victims could be related to the gang “Pesthoneros, a group that is dedicated to kidnapping, murder among other criminal acts.”

The events occurred at the conclusion of the tour of the pre-candidate of the PRI to the governor, Roberto Albores Gleason.

It should be remembered that in the municipality of Chilon there is a post-electoral conflict since 2015, which has left at least 12 dead, according to Universal.

For more information in Spanish:

Chiapas: Dos ejecutados tras mitin de precandidato del PRI-PVEM a gubernatura (Regeneración, 28 de enero de 2018)

Matan a dos hombres en Chilón (( Imágenes fuertes )) (Alerta Chiapas, 28 de enero de 2018)

Mueren 2 en ataque tras mitin de precandidato priista al gobierno de Chiapas (SDP Noticias, 28 de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Enfrentamiento en Oxchuc (26 de enero de 2018)

Chiapas : sin condiciones de seguridad regresan a casa más de 4000 desplazados en Chalchihuitán (4 de enero de 2018)

SIPAZ: BOLETÍN URGENTE – Reactivación del conflicto agrario entre Chenalhó y Chalchihuitán : violencia generalizada e impunidad (16 de diciembre de 2017)

Chiapas: Nuevos incidentes post electorales en Oxchuc. (4 de abril de 2017)


Chiapas: Another Femicide at the Start of the Year

February 4, 2018

FemicideImage @: feminicidio.net

On January 16th, the body of Gloria Castellanos Balcazar, 24 years old, was found at the bottom of a well of a vacant lot in Tuxtla Gutierrez. Her family had reported her missing since Friday the 12th.

The next day, about a thousand people marched in the state capital to demand that justice be done for this femicide. During the march, Itzel Molina Trejo of the Voces Feministas collective said that “the murder of Castellanos Balcazar is added to that of five more murdered women this year in different municipalities of the state, as well as the disappearance of a girl, a teenager and a woman, in recent hours. […] gender alerts, preventive and procurement systems do not work in Chiapas, because public policies in this regard are reduced to announcements and declarations.”

Another participant at the meeting recalled that, “the gender violence alert for 23 municipalities of Chiapas, including Tuxtla Gutierrez, was declared in November 2016, but since then to this date there have been 258 violent deaths of women, according to data from the Feminist Observatory against Violence against Women in the state.”

The State Prosecutor General’s Office (FGE in its Spanish acronym), for its part, reported it had arrested the likely cuplrits.

For more information in Spansih:

Detienen a presuntos responsables de feminicidio en Chiapas (La Jornada, 18 de enero de 2018)

Multitudinaria marcha en Chiapas; exigen justicia por feminicidio (La Jornada, 17 de enero de 2018)

El cuerpo de Gloria fue hallado en un terreno baldío en Chiapas; indagan feminicidio (Animal Político, 17 de enero de 2018)

En menos de un mes, Chiapas registra 4 casos de feminicidio (Cimacnoticias, de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIAPZ:

Chiapas: El Centro de Derechos de la Mujer denuncia faltas al debido proceso y al acceso a la justicia en casos de violencia contra las mujeres y feminicidios (27 de junio de 2017)


Chiapas: Mons. Rodrigo Aguilar Martinez Becomes New Bishop of San Cristobal

January 22, 2018

Bishop

On January 3rd, Rodrigo Aguilar Martínez. originally from Guanajuato, took office as bishop of San Cristobal de Las Casas, replacing Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, He will be the 39th bishop of this diocese.

In the celebration that marked the beginning of his new episcopal ministry, with the presence of the Papal Nuncio, Franco Coppola, other priests and thousands of parishioners, he pledged “to pray and help in the relationship with others overcome corruption, resentment, violence, everything that invades us and seeks to dominate and take over the territory, our communities and our lives and intends to overcome us.” He also committed himself to “the creation of God who is the earth and all its natural resources, nature of which human beings are also part, being created as a marvel in the likeness and image of God.” He stressed that, “it is urgent to reorder and restore the wonder of creation.”

In her participation, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Maria del Refugio Esparza Macias invited the new bishop to “walk together towards our dream of being an autochthonous, liberating, evangelizing, servant, communion and under the guidance of the Spirit”, characteristics that make up the III Diocesan synod that has been promoting the diocesan process since the end of the bishopric of Samuel Ruiz Garcia (1924-2011).

For more information in Spanish:

Rodrigo Aguilar pide “superar rencores” al asumir como obispo de San Cristóbal de las Casas (Proceso, 3 de enero de 2017)

Asume nuevo obispo de San Cristóbal de Las Casas (Cuarto Poder, 4 de enero de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Asume nuevo obispo de San Cristóbal (Cuarto Poder, 4 de enero de 2017)

Chiapas: Obispo de Tehuacán, próximo titular de la diócesis de San Cristóbal (8 de noviembre de 2017)

Chiapas: El obispo Felipe Arzimendi presenta su renuncia al Papa (8 de mayo de 2015)


Chiapas: 4000 Displaced Return Home in Insecure Conditions n Chalchihuitan

January 22, 2018

ChenalhoDisplaced Chalchihuitan (@Sin Embargo)

On December 2nd, nearly four thousand indigenous people from Chalchihuitan returned to their communities of origin after almost two months of forced displacement, despite not having secure conditions to do so due to the presence of groups that have not been disarmed, so they blamed the state and federal governments for what might happen to their families. 1,165 people refused to leave Kanalumtik camp where they are located for the same reason.

According to the parish priest of Chalchuitan, those who returned did so because of the conditions of forced displacement that caused the death of 11 people due to hunger and cold in this region of the Highlands of Chiapas.

Municipal, state and federal authorities met in this framework and agreed to continue with humanitarian aid, maintain close public security with the participation of state and federal forces, and continue to seek lasting solutions that guarantee peace in the region.

It should be recalled that there has been an agrarian conflict over boundaries between the two municipalities of Chalchihuitan and Chenalho since 1973, as a result of the works of recognition and titling of communal property by the extinct Secretariat of Agrarian Reform. They have resulted in a dispute over more than 900 hectares located between the two places.

For more information in Spanish:

Segob establece tres acuerdos con representantes de desplazados de Chalchihuitán (Aristegui Noticias, 4 de enero de 2018)

Peligroso retorno a Chalchihuitán (La Jornada, 3 de enero de 2018)

Segob refuerza ayuda en el regreso de desplazados a Chalchihuitán (La Jornada, 3 de enero de 2018)

Retornan a sus comunidades casi 4 mil indígenas desplazados de Chalchihuitán (Proceso, 2 de enero de 2018)

Sin condiciones de seguridad, desplazados en Chiapas retornan a sus casas (Regeneración, 2 de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

SIPAZ: BOLETÍN URGENTE – Reactivación del conflicto agrario entre Chenalhó y Chalchihuitán : violencia generalizada e impunidad (16 de diciembre de 2017)

Chiapas : Conflicto agrario: fallo en favor del municipio de Chenalhóc(13 de diciembre de 2017)

Chiapas: últimos acontecimientos del conflicto agrario entre Chenalhó y Chalchihuitán (8 de diciembre de 2017)

Chiapas: Urge ayuda humanitaria para personas desplazadas (29 de noviembre de 2017)

Chiapas: Otra vez resurgió el conflicto agrario entre los municipios de Chenalhó y Chalchihuitán (14 de noviembre de 2017)


Chiapas: Second Meeting of “ConSciences for Humanity” Organized by EZLN

January 14, 2018

EZLN.pngSecond sciences encounter “ConSciencias for Humanity” Photo @ SIPAZ

The second edition of the science festival “ConSciences for Humanity”, organized by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), took place from December 27th to 30th. The activities were carried out in the facilities of the CIDECI-UniTierra, in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas.

During those four days, scientists from different locations shared their knowledge and reflected with the 200 Zapatista students under the theme “Science Against the Wall” on subjects as diverse as agroecology, technology, genetics, education, beekeeping, mathematics, ancestral knowledge, women in science and the importance of the nixtamalization of corn.

The reflections focused on how a science can be used for the benefit of life in contrast to current science that is at the service of profit and power. The role of academics was discussed and strong criticisms were made of Mexican public policies that do not grant sufficient budgets or freedom for scientific research that is sustainable and for the benefit of the people.

Each day ended with the participation of the Sixth Commission, which convened the first international, political, artistic, sports and cultural meeting of women who fight from March 7th to 11th, 2018.

For more information in Spanish:

ConCiencias por la Humanidad 2017 – Día 1 (Seminarios CIDECI-Unitierra, 28 de diciembre de 2017)

ConCiencias por la Humanidad 2017 – Día 2 (Seminarios CIDECI-Unitierra, 29 de diciembre de 2017)

ConCiencias por la Humanidad 2017 – Día 3 (Seminarios CIDECI-Unitierra, 30 de diciembre de 2017)

ConCiencias por la Humanidad 2017 – Día 4 (audios, fotos, texto) (Seminarios CIDECI-Unitierra, 31 de diciembre de 2017)

Participación de la Comisión Sexta del día 27 de diciembre de 2017 en el ConCiencias por la Humanidad. SupGaleano. Depende (Enlace zapatista, 27 de diciembre de 2017)

Participación de la Comisión Sexta del día 28 de diciembre de 2017 en

el ConCiencias por la Humanidad

“TRUMP, LA NAVAJA DE OCKHAM, EL GATO DE SCHRODINGER Y EL GATO-PERRO”

SupGaleano (Enlace zapatista, 28 de diciembre de 2017)

Convocatoria al primer encuentro internacional, político, artístico, deportivo y cultural de mujeres que luchan (Enlace zapatista, 29 de diciembre de 2017)

Participación de la Comisión Sexta en la Clausura del ConCiencias por la Humanidad

“DEL CUADERNO DE APUNTES DEL GATO-PERRO”

SupGaleano (Enlace zapatista, 30 de diciembre de 2017)

For more information from SIAPZ:

Chiapas: inicio del el Encuentro “L@s Zapatistas y las ConCiencias por la Humanidad” y segunda etapa del V Congreso Nacional Indígena (29 de diciembre de 2016)

Chiapas: Se acabó el Encuentro “L@s Zapatistas y las ConCiencias por la Humanidad”, y la segunda etapa del V Congreso Nacional Indígena (12 de enero de 2017)