Chiapas: Meeting of CIG Support Networks, COMPARTE 2018 “For Life and Liberty” and 15th Anniversary of the Zapatista Caracoles

August 22, 2018

EZComparte 2018 (@Radio Pozol)

From August 3rd to 9th, several activities convened by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) were held in the Caracol of Morelia, Whirlwind of our Words, Zona Zotch’oj.

From the 3rd to the 5th, the Meeting of Support Networks of the Indigenous Council of Government (CIG in its Spanish acronym) was held. During three days the process of collecting signatures for the candidacy of Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez, Marichuy, spokesperson of the CIG of the CNI (National Indigenous Congress) for the Presidency of the Republic in the July elections was analyzed. Several proposals were also presented that will be consulted within the organizations and in December the conclusions will be presented regarding the process to be followed up on in a second meeting of networks, probably in Chiapas.

In its participation, the EZLN raised its own analysis of what is happening at the international, regional, national and local levels. It ratified its critical position regarding the president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), and does not see him as a possibility of real change for the country: “there is no indication that [the Lopez Obrador government] will be progressive”; and warned that there will be “disappointment”. Subcomandante Moises affirmed that “there is no good boss” and Lopez Obrador “wants to turn this into a farm”, suiting to his own interests, not only the countryside, but also the cities. The EZLN also affirmed that the main projects announced by AMLO continue to represent a threat to the lands and territories of the indigenous peoples, referring in particular to “one million hectares in the Lacandona, and the Isthmus train or the Isthmus corridor that they want to make”. It announced that it will continue in resistance in the communities and proposed the creation of a large civil organization at the national level as well as the creation of new non-indigenous and international civil councils.

In the following days, in the presence of thousands of indigenous people, support bases of the EZLN and its military commanders, the Comparte 2018 was held with different artistic and cultural activities, as well as the 15th anniversary of the creation of its five caracoles (autonomous regions) headquarters of the so-called Good Government Councils (JBG in its Spanish acronym).

For more information in Spanish:

Nuestro objetivo es cuidar la esperanza zapatista: Galeano (Aristegui Noticias, 10 de agosto de 2018)

A XV años de los Caracoles y JBG, la “Esperanza Zapatista” continúa (Radio Pozol, 10 de agosto de 2018)

Tejiendo organización en colectivo – Encuentro de redes en apoyo al CIG (Regeneración, 10 de agosto de 2018)

En festejo zapatista, Galeano pinta “caracoles” a los “malos gobiernos” (Proceso, 9 de agosto de 2018)

Proyectos de AMLO destruirán territorios de pueblos indígenas: EZLN (Radio Formula, 8 de agosto de 2018)

Otra raya al tigre: EZLN va contra proyectos de AMLO para el campo (ADN Político, 8 de agosto de 2018)

El Ejército Zapatista advierte que habrá “desilusión” con López Obrador (ADN Político, 6 de agosto de 2018)

La estrategia del caracol (La Jornada, 6 de agosto de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas/Nacional : Conversatorio “Miradas, escuchas, palabras: ¿prohibido pensar? (27 de abril de 2018)

Chiapas/Nacional: CNI y EZLN lanzan convocatoria y denuncian la represión contra la comunidad Purépecha de Michoacán (11 de abril de 2017)

Chiapas : 2do Encuentro del « ConCiencias por la Humanidad » convocado por el EZLN (4 de enero de 2018)

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Chiapas: a forum on Free Determination is held in Bachajón

August 9, 2018
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On August 8 and 9, under the premise that “the construction of autonomy is done collectively”, a forum on “Free determination and defense of the territory” was held in the Bachajón ejido, municipality of Chilón.

On the first day of the forum, which was convened by the Movement in Defense of Life and Territory (Modevite), more than 500 people exchanged experiences of self-determination and defense of the territory among indigenous peoples. Representatives of the Permanent Commission for Peace and Justice in Oxchuc were present; as well as of the Indigenous Movement of the Zoque People of Faith in Defense of Life and Territory (Zodevite); of San Felipe de los Herreros (Michoacán) and of the Colectivo Emancipaciones.

The second day consisted of a pilgrimage and a mass in the Bachajón ejido. By means of a pronouncement the different movements and collectives demanded:

“To the Electoral and Citizen Participation Institute of the State of Chiapas, to carry out all the necessary steps so that in Chilón, Sitalá and Oxchuc, our right to elect our municipal authorities according to our internal normative systems becomes effective, a right which is recognized in the second article, section A, section III of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States.

To the Federal Government ,to adapt the text of Article 115 of the Constitution, in such a way that the figure of the Indigenous Municipalities is contemplated, protecting and enforcing the recognition of the right to self-government on the part of indigenous peoples and communities throughout the country.

To the corresponding Authorities, to stop the process of privatization of water that puts our hydrological basins and the survival of our communities at risk. For us, water is not an economic resource, but a source of life, that is why we are willing to defend it to the ultimate consequences. “

For more information (in Spanish):

Indígenas chiapanecos realizan foro sobre Libre determinación (La Jornada Maya, 9 de agosto de 2018)

Pronunciamiento Modevite (Blog Modevite, 9 de agosto de 2018)

Indígenas de Chiapas y otros estados realizan “Foro por la libre determinación y en defensa del territorio (Proceso, 8 de agosto de 2018)

Partidos políticos ¡nunca más!: Pueblos originarios (Chiapas Paralelo, 10 de agosto de 2018)

Plantean instituir la figura del municipio indígena en México (La Jornada, 10 de agosto de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: The Councils of the Community Government from the Municipalities of Chilón and Sitalá are presented publicy May 30, 2018

Chiapas: MODEVITE Mobilizes in Defense of Mother Earth and Self-Determination November 24, 2017

Chiapas: MOVEDITE Announcement on Early Political Campaigns August 29, 2017


National: Cerezo Committee Demands Amnesty, Truth Commissions and Protection of Defenders and Journalists from AMLO

August 2, 2018

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On July 11th, the Mexico Cerezo Committee and Urgent Action for Human Rights Defenders published an open letter to the president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), in which they demand compliance with three key points from the new government:

1 The enactment of a National Amnesty Law;

2 the creation of Truth Commissions;

3 the implementation of effective mechanisms to comply with the General Law for the Protection of Defenders and Journalists.

In this letter they reiterate that the focus of their demands is “to initiate in Mexico a real and effective process that guarantees the human rights of victims of human rights violations, taking justice, truth, memory and integral reparation into account.”

As regards the National Amnesty Law, which has been one of the central proposals of AMLO, they point out “that it helps to contribute to the democratic transition in our damaged Mexico, freeing all political and conscientious prisoners, stopping the judicial political persecution against hundreds of Mexicans and erasing the criminal record of hundreds of social activists whose crime has been fighting for democracy and a dignified life in our country. (…) It is necessary to mention that the Amnesty Law for all prisoners and political and prisoners of conscience in the country cannot benefit those who have committed crimes against humanity or war crimes.”

The Cerezo Committee points out that “the amnesty has no legal obstacles, it is an essentially human problem, and will ultimately measure the political will and the degree of humanism of those who aspire to govern our country.” It also includes in the open letter a proposal for this law, prepared by the organization.

The issue of the Truth Commissions arises from the need to address serious cases of human rights violations, such as the forced disappearance of the 43 student teachers from Ayotzinapa. These commissions “would be made up of civil society, priests, as well as international experts to clarify the events that have taken place in the country.”

Lately it is highlighted that “the existence of the Law and the mechanism of protection for defenders and journalists, lacks a comprehensive policy at national level that allows compliance with the obligations of the Mexican State in the area of ​​human rights and protection of human rights defenders.” For this reason, they demand that AMLO “enact a General Law for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists that harmonizes all existing policies on prevention, protection and security for defenders and journalists: general laws, federal and state, mandates and judicial resolutions, administrative and civil measures, and those that are known; with the purpose of laying the foundations of a comprehensive protection policy.”

For more information in Spanish:

Comité Cerezo | Carta abierta al Presidente electo Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Red TdT, 11 de julio de 2018)

Carta abierta al Presidente electo Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Chiapas Paralelo, 12 de julio de 2018)

ANEXO 01: Propuesta de Ley de Amnistía Federal 2018 (Comité Cerezo, 9 de julio)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional: Andrés Manuel López Obrador nuevo Presidente electo de México. (3 de julio de 2018)

Guerrero/Nacional: Tribunal Federal ordena la creación de una Comisión de la Verdad para reponer la investigación en el caso Ayotzinapa (6 de junio de 2018)


National: Historic Elections in Mexico – Historic Record of Political Violence

July 17, 2018

ElectionsPhoto @ Publimetro

On July 1st, the largest elections in the history of the country were held in Mexico. 3,400 positions were elected, among them, the President of the Mexican Republic. The election day was historic for the Mexican people, with a participation of 89 million voters, the largest in its recent history.

The Observatory of Democracies: Southern Mexico and Central America (ODEMCA in its Spanish acronym) underlines in its “2018 Preelectoral Balance of Mexico” that “the federal electoral process 2017-2018 is recorded as the most expensive in the history of Mexico.” The budget authorized by the National Electoral Institute (INE in its Spanish acronym) was 28 billion pesos.

Violence also reached a record in the pre-election process. The consultancy Etellekt, specializing in risk analysis and public policies, presented its “Sixth Report on Political Violence in Mexico 2018”, in which it reports that 133 politicians have been murdered since September 8th, 2017 until the end of campaigns on the 27th of June. According to Telesur, “48 of the murdered were candidates or pre-candidates for some political office. In addition to this figure, 50 relatives of politicians lost their lives in attacks.”

In Oaxaca and Guerrero Etellekt recorded 26 deaths in each state during their observation period, which makes them leaders at a national level. Puebla continues in second place with 13 registered victims. In total, 548 global aggressions were counted, including attempts of homicide and threats throughout Mexico.

The states of Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas went through conflicts of different kinds that made the elections take place in a context of high conflict. The pollster director Ruben Salazar mentions that, “at the local level some very impressive things happen, especially in an election where so many positions are disputed in such problematic states as Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla.”

The electoral process has generated a wave of violence in several states, which, based from a media monitoring by SIPAZ, ranging from the end of the campaign, the election day and post-election days of the most emblematic cases, is shown below for the States of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero.

Chiapas

The most serious case occurred on July 1st with the murder of Prisciliano Hernandez, a member of the Movimiento de Regeneracion Nacional (MORENA in its Spanish acronym) party, who was shot dead during a fight with a presumed militant of the Green Ecological Party of Mexico (PVEM in its Spanish acronym) in the municipal seat of Venustiano Carranza. Excelsior reported that “unofficial sources point out that the row started after the deceased tried to prevent vote buying by the PVEM.”

For its part, Chiapas Paralelo reported a clash in Santiago el Pinar in the highlands of Chiapas, where “militants of the local party Mover a Chiapas arrived at the kiosk where the polls were installed, destroyed the screens that allow the secrecy of the vote, and forced the population to vote openly, in favor of Sebastian Gomez Gomez, candidate for the municipal presidency of that party.” After complaints from the population, the aggressors reacted violently using projectiles such as sticks and stones. The note indicates that “this fact caused the suspension of the vote and left a toll of around 20 people injured, two of them with wounds that required hospitalization. (…) The militants of Mover a Chiapas were left with the ballot box, and according to the complaint, they filled out the remaining ballots. For this reason, they asked for the annulment of the election in the municipality.”

In the state, cases of intimidation, destruction of voting booths and ballot boxes stolen by armed groups in Tuxtla Gutierrez, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Huixtan and Mapastepec were reported. According to Chiapas Paralelo, “the electoral Prosecutor’s Office reported that it has initiated 38 investigations into violent incidents that occurred during the election day.”

Chiapas Paralelo reported two serious incidents on July 2nd; one in Ocozocuatla, where they killed two people with firearms in a post-electoral conflict. In Tapilula, “a group that carried high-caliber weapons whom the population identifies as members of the Chiapas Unido party, set fire to cars and fired at their political opponents.” During these events one victim lost his life.

Oaxaca

Animal Politico reported that on June 28th, in the community of Santiago Pinotepa Nacional on the Coast of Oaxaca, “Joaquin Andres Bernal Rojas, an official of the National Electoral Institute (INE in its Spanish acronym), was murdered outside his home.”

The note continues with the resignation of two officials of the State Electoral Institute and Civic Participation of Oaxaca (IEEPCO in its Spanish acronym) of the 25th District Council, based in San Pedro Pochutla, “after receiving death threats that ordered them to resign in a maximum period of 24 hours from their posts in the electoral body.”

In Oaxaca, several ballot thefts were recorded; only, with the monitoring of three sources, SIPAZ counted eight affected communities. One of the affected is San Pedro Ozumacin, belonging to the municipality of Ayotzintepec of the district of Tuxtepec, in the Papaloapan Basin, where Diario Oaxaca reported “the theft and burning of 1,800 papers of two ballot boxes.”

Guerrero

Sara Castro Chamun was abducted by an armed group in the community of San Cristobal on July 1st. Castro is the representative of the MORENA party before the Electoral and Citizen Participation Institute (IEPC in its Spanish acronym), which several days earlier had received several threats by followers of the PRI candidate for mayor of Ajuchitlan del Progreso, El Universal reports.

El Sur reported the presence of several armed groups in the Tierra Caliente region and the Northern Zone of the State that prevented the installation of ballot boxes.

In the State of Guerrero, SIPAZ observed from the media that there were isolated cases of political violence during the election day, where the fear of civil society affected the participation of citizens in the elections of some municipalities with a high level of violence as reported by El Universal: “In voting centers in the municipalities of, Chilapa, Pedro Ascencio de Alquisiras and Zitala, there was little attendance of voters for fear of suffering some aggression, since the area is considered a region of dispute between organized crime gangs.”

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional: Andrés Manuel López Obrador nuevo Presidente electo de México. (3 de Julio de 2018)

Chiapas/Oaxaca/Guerrero: Resultados preliminares. Elecciones 2018 (3 de Julio de 2018)

For more information in Spanish:

Suman 4 personas asesinadas por conflictos electorales en Chiapas (Chiapas Paralelo, 3 de julio de 2018)

Violencia en 2 municipios, saldo de jornada electoral (Adiario Oaxaca, 2 de julio de 2018)

La democracia en Oaxaca está bajo fuego con asesinatos, amenazas a candidatos, robo de casillas, compra del voto: Flavio Sosa (Página3, 1 de julio de 2018)

No se ha instalado una casilla en Ixcapuzalco por el secuestro de una persona (El Sur, 1 de julio de 2018)

Guerrero registra incidentes aislados durante jornada electoral (El Universal, 1 de julio de 2018)

Asesinan a balazos a militante de Morena en Chiapas (Excelsior, 1 de julio de 2018)

Se presenta robo de material electoral en diferentes municipios (Chiapas Paralelo, 1 de julio de 2018)

Hechos violentos marcan la jornada electoral en Chiapas (Chiapas Paralelo, 1 de julio de 2018)

La víspera de la elección se intensifican actos de violencia, compra y coacción del voto (Chiapas Paralelo, 30 de junio de 2018)

Asesinan a funcionario del INE en Oaxaca afuera de su domicilio (Animal Político, 29 de junio de 2018)

Más de 130 políticos asesinados en campaña electoral de México (Telesur, 28 de junio de 2018)

Acaban campañas con récord en el nivel de violencia (El Universal, 28 de junio de 2018)


National: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador New President Elect in Mexico

July 17, 2018

AMLOPhoto: wikipedia.org

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, candidate for the Presidency of the Mexican Republic for the coalition “Together We Will Make History” formed by PT-MORENA and th Partido Encuentro Social (Social Encounter Party), became the virtual winner of the 2018 elections on Sunday July 1st. The elections were historic for the number of positions contested, as well as the percentage of votes achieved, around 53%. Until now, no president of Mexico had achieved that majority, but they are also considered the most violent with more than 200 deaths and 500 assaults according to Etellek Consultancy.

In his first speech, Andres Manuel called for “national reconciliation” as reflected in the newspaper La Jornada and “reiterated his commitment to respect all freedoms and sent a message of confidence to the markets, saying that he will respect the autonomy of the Bank of Mexico will maintain financial and fiscal discipline, and will not act arbitrarily nor will there be confiscation of property.”

He called for an orderly transition so that there are no shocks and said they will act in a respectful manner.

On contracts and agreements in the energy sector made with individuals, he announced that they “will be reviewed to prevent acts of corruption or illegality.” He warned: “If we find anomalies that affect the national interest, we will go to the Congress of the Union and to national and international courts. That is to say, we will always behave legally. We will not act arbitrarily.”

He indicated that the main mission of his government will be to eradicate corruption and that “under no circumstances will the next president allow acts of corruption, and like a good judge he begins with his own house, he will prevent corrupt companions, officials, friends and relatives from incurring in corruption.”

He announced that his government will attend to the most “humble and forgotten; especially to the indigenous peoples of Mexico.”

He ended stating that his ambition will be to go down in history as a “good president of Mexico.”

In addition to announcing his transition team, he also said that during the next two and a half months he will lay out a plan of action and begin a tour between September and October throughout the country as president-elect.

For more information in Spanish:

Convoca AMLO a la reconciliación; promete respetar todas las libertades. (La Jornada, 2 de julio 2018)

López Obrador tendrá Congreso mayoritario, según conteo del 90% del PREP. (Proceso, 2 de julio 2018)

López Obrador llama a la reconciliación tras su abrumadora victoria. (El País, 2 de julio 2018)

For more information form SIPAZ:

Chiapas/Oaxaca/Guerrero: Resultados preliminares. Elecciones 2018. (SIPAZ, 3 julio 2018)

Oaxaca/Chiapas: pobladores de San Miguel Chimalapa anuncian que impedirán elecciones municipales en Belisario Domínguez. (SIPAZ, 7 junio 2018)

Chiapas : Ejido Tila denuncia formación de paramilitares para imponer elecciones. (SIPAZ, 7 junio 2018)

Chiapas : Elecciones, “circo político a costa de la sangre del pueblo de México”, afirma la Sociedad Civil Las Abejas. (SIPAZ, 4 junio 2018)

Chiapas : Tribunal electoral federal exige a IEPC revisar petición de pobladores de Chilón y Sitalá que buscan Elecciones por usos y costumbres. (SIPAZ, 9 mayo 2018)


National: 94 Candidates Murdered; Over 1,000 Leave Election Campaign

June 25, 2018

Elections(@sdp noticias)

Between the the end of 2017 and mid-May, 94 candidates from all parties were killed, 305 attacks against politicians took place and, among other reasons due to pressures from organized crime, more than a thousand gave up participating in the July 1st elections, a situation of political violence that was strongly condemned by the Permanent Commission of the Congress of the Union.

It should be remembered that in the next electoral process, the largest in Mexican history, the President will be elected along with those who will occupy another 3,400 positions. The state of Guerrero has the highest number of murders with 21 cases, followed by Oaxaca (16), Puebla (10), Veracruz (8) and Mexico State (7). Of the more than a thousand who resigned, 341 were federal candidates contending for a place in Congress, or their alternates; while 660 were candidates for municipal offices and local councils. Compared to the 70 assaults and 20 murders registered during the federal elections of 2015, attacks have increased by 400%.

The Congress of the Union called on the authorities responsible for organizing the elections to call on all participants in the process “to conduct themselves with full respect for the rules of competition and not to generate climate of hostility between flag bearers and citizens.” It urged federal, state and municipal authorities “to strengthen the mechanisms for the protection of candidates and citizens”, as well as to “distend and generate an environment of harmony that allows elections to be held in healthy competition and in an atmosphere of social peace.”

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), on the other hand, recognizing the “special situation” of risk in which the candidates of different political affiliations are, stated that “it trusts that the State will continue to take measures” to guarantee the security in the electoral process and to investigate cases reported diligently.

For more information in Spanish:

Asesinaron a 94 candidatos desde 2017, señalan en la Permanente (La Jornada, 17 de mayo de 2018)

Condena la Permanente asesinato de casi 100 candidatos (La Jornada, 16 de mayo de 2018)

Candidatos asesinados hasta hoy: 94. Políticos que se bajaron por las amenazas o la violencia: 1,000 (Sin Embargo, 14 de mayo de 2018)

La CIDH alerta por la violencia y el riesgo que corren candidatos en México, y pide al Estado garantizar su seguridad (Sin Embargo, 11 de mayo de 2018)

Guerrero arde en una campaña de violencia inédita: 24 políticos asesinados y 3 más desaparecidos (Sin Embargo, 10 de mayo de 2018)

Observadores extranjeros alertan que los altos niveles de violencia intimidarían el voto en México (Sin Embargo, 8 de mayo de 2018)


Chiapas: The Councils of the Community Government from the Municipalities of Chilón and Sitalá are presented publicy

May 30, 2018
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Council of the Community Government from Chilon (@MODEVITE)


On April 20, the Movement in Defense of Life and Territory (MODEVITE) presented the Council of Spokesmen of the Community Government of Chilón, elected in 20 regions of the municipality through the System of Uses and Customs. He explained that this Council “will be spreading the word in our communities about this alternative organization that seeks to resist the system of election by political parties and recover the indigenous constitutional right to self-determination, through the election of the Municipal Authorities according to our Indigenous Normative System, which allows us to exercise our own mode of government “.

More than 4000 people attended the event held in Bachajón “to ratify the path we have undertaken for several years, and through this demonstration, we tell the Mexican State and its Institutions that our organized struggle continues and that these Spokespeople will walk to unite and give more strength to our people ».

The next day, the same thing was done in the neighboring municipality of Sitalá. The MODEVITE stressed that “without refreshments, food or passage fees more than a thousand people met with a single slogan” not only do we seek new leaders, but a different way of governing “».

The MODEVITE explained that the more than 60 communities that filed the request with the Institute of Elections and Citizen Participation (IEPC) with more than 3,000 signatures of support, will be visited by the spokespersons and promoters of Community Government, “to continue building this different form of government despite the fact that until now the electoral institutions have not favored our request, as reported by the sentence of April 6 of this year, by the Electoral Court of the State of Chiapas. Therefore, the presentation of these comrades as well as the interposition of a new trial for the protection of political and electoral rights before the Regional Chamber of the Electoral Tribunal, is a visible argument that we wish to continue in our struggle, with more force and with the support of more and more sisters and brothers ».

For more information (in Spanish):

ASAMBLEA GENERAL COMUNITARIA MUNICIPIO DE SITALÁ A’TELPATANTAYEL BAHIL (MODEVITE, 22 de abril de 2018)

ASAMBLEA GENERAL COMUNITARIA MUNICIPIO DE CHILÓN A’TELPATANTAYEL BAHIL (MODEVITE, 21 de abril de 2018)

Presentan Concejo de Gobierno Comunitario de Chilón (Sie7e de Chiapas, 21 de abril de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ :

Chiapas: MODEVITE Mobilizes in Defense of Mother Earth and Self-Determination November 24, 2017

Chiapas: MOVEDITE Announcement on Early Political Campaigns August 29, 2017

Chiapas: Movement in Defense of Life and Territory 12-Day Pilgrimage Ends in San Cristobal de Las Casas December 2, 2016