Chiapas: first report of the Caravan of adherents to the Sixth Declaration to San Sebastian Bachajón after the violent eviction on January 9

January 29, 2015
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On January 14, a First Report of the Caravan of adherents to the Sixth Declaration that visited San Sebastián Bachajón after the January 9th eviction was published. It should be recalled that on that day, at least 900 members of the State and Federal Police evicted the camp that ejidatarios had installed at the entrance of the ecotouristic park of Agua Azul waterfalls. In the Caravan, people from Colombia, France, United States and Mexico participated.

Their report describes what happened in the area since the recovery of the entrance, on December 21, when the ejidatarios occupied the “land stripped from them by the government of Juan Sabines Guerrero and Noe Castañón León in complicity the official ejido commissioner, Francisco Guzmán Jiménez, on February 2, 2011”.

It argues that after they reclaimed the land, “on December 30, between 40 and 50 people paid and organized by the official ejido commissioner, Alejandro Moreno Gómez, blocked the roads San Cristobal-Palenque and San Cristobal-Chilón in the villages of Temó and Pamalá. They demanded not only the intervention of the public forces but they also painted the events as if they were part of an intra-community conflict involving only intern politics of the Bachajón community and not the interests of the government nor the ones of tourism enterprises “.

The report also notes that after the eviction, free media confirmed the occupation of the land by security forces and documented “the presence of 10 police trucks, many of them full of policemen in the area of the recovered territories and two more trucks parked on the premises of the Ministry of Security and Civil Protection of the State of Chiapas”.

It narrates that on January 11, the ejidatarios tried to retake their land, claiming that “as a response, the state police blocked the road with trees at a distance of five hundred meters and that from a barricade they fired at the ejidatarios for twenty minutes. There were two people injured by rubber bullets”. In subsequent days, the report notes finally that there were overflights and intimidation by opposing groups.

For more information (in Spanish):

Primer Informe de la Caravana Sexta Internacional sobre su visita a San Sebastián Bachajón (14 de enero de 2014)

Crónica de un violento desalojo contra comuneros de Bachajón (Kolectivo Zero, Koman Ilel y Más de 131, 11 de enero de 2014)

Ejido Bachajón hace frente al despojo y a la destrucción del medio ambiente (Subversiones, 6 de enero de 2014)

Blog de las y los ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón: vivabachajon.wordpress.com/

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Indigenous ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón are forcibly cleared from the entrance of the Agua Azul waterfalls (January 21, 2015)

Chiapas: Ejidatari@s of San Sebastián Bachajón recover control-point at the Agua Azul waterfalls (30 December 2014)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón “occupy” control-point in Agua Azul before being displaced (25 June 2012)


Chiapas: New denunciation from San Sebastián Bachajón

July 10, 2012

In a communiqué published on 4 July, ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón who are adherents to the Other Campaign strongly challenged the State Council on Human Rights (CEDH), accusing that “The only thing it does is legitimate the dirty work to impose a megaproject in our lands by means of public force, thus violating also the authority of the ejido.  The representatives of this organization are simply puppets of Juan Sabines who is now filling his pockets while the people are repressed, their lands taken from them.”

The ejidatarios denounced the pressure exercised by the CEDH when, as in February following a confrontation, “they were having us think that the solution to the conflict was to integrate us into the convention that the state government has elaborated, but they acted as though there had been no human-rights violations.”  They indicate in the same communiqué that on 19 June, hundreds of police “violently displaced ejidatarios who are adherents to the Other Campaign on the orders of the CEDH.”

Finally, they found responsible the CEDH together with the ‘officialist’ ejidatarios for any possible confrontations having to do with the dispute over the control-point at the entrance of the Agua Azul cascades, noting that “Our organization is not responsible and we have demonstrated that on several occasions it is not we who provoke but rather the government in complicity with officialist authorities who seek to transfer our lands into the hands of the government, for its transnational projects.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de los ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón adherentes a la Otra Campaña (4 de julio de 2012)

Se crea disputa entre ejido Bachajón y CEDH (Cuarto Poder, 5 de julio de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón “occupy” control-point in Agua Azul before being displaced (25 June 2012)

Chiapas: Sit-in of the Front of Ejidos in Resistance in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (6 January 2012)

Chiapas: Press conference by ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón (20 March  2011)

Chiapas: Special report by Frayba: Government creates and administers conflicts (8 March 2011)

Chiapas: Ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón retake control-point in Agua Azul (13 December 2011)

Chiapas: Denunciations by ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón (7 November 2011)

Chiapas: The four prisoners from San Sebastián Bachajón are released (18 August 2011)

Chiapas: Press conference by ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón (20 March  2011)


Chiapas: Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón “occupy” control-point in Agua Azul before being displaced

June 25, 2012

Agua Azul, photo @ Stanford.edu

On Tuesday 19 June, ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón, Chilón municipality, who are adherents to the Other Campaign occupied a control-point located in the touristic center of the Agua Azul waterfalls, which previously was held by state and federal authorities.  The occupation was part of the national and international activities being organized to demand the liberation of political prisoners, among them the Tzotzil professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez.  In a communiqué, the ejidatarios report that the control-point was “retaken” upon their initiation of a roadblock on the Ocosingo-Palenque highway, located near the waterfall.  The ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón also demanded the release of their comrades Antonio Estrada Estrada, Miguel Vásquez Deara, and Miguel Demeza Jiménez, as well as of Francisco Sántis López, a Zapatista support-base originally from Tenejapa.  On Wednesday 20 June, the Network against Repression reported that during that morning 12 state police trucks forcibly displaced the occupiers from the control-point using force.  It was informed that the operation resulted in some injuries, with the majority of these being relatively minor, except in the case of one of these, who required medical attention.  Additionally, two of the ejidatarios’ vehicles were taken into the possession of the police.

For more information (in Spanish):

Toman caseta de cobro en Agua Azul (La Jornada, 20 de junio)

Pronunciamiento de la RvsR Chiapas-ELCOR por las acciones de San Sebastián Bachajón. (Mujeres y la Sexta, 19 de junio)

Ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón recuperan caseta de cobro de Agua Azul (Proyecto Ambulante, 19 de junio)

Desalojan a ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón,Chiapas(Anticapitalista en la otra, 20 de junio)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Sit-in of the Front of Ejidos in Resistance in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (6 January 2012)

Chiapas: Press conference by ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón (20 March  2011)

Chiapas: Special report by Frayba: Government creates and administers conflicts (8 March 2011)

Chiapas: Ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón retake control-point in Agua Azul (13 December 2011)

Chiapas: Denunciations by ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón (7 November 2011)

Chiapas: The four prisoners from San Sebastián Bachajón are released (18 August 2011)

Chiapas: Press conference by ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón (20 March  2011)