Chiapas: Morelia JBG denounces new aggressions against Zapatista support-bases near Agua Clara

October 26, 2010

On 24 October, the Good-Government Council (JBG) of Morelia, Chiapas, denounced an aggression carried out with firearms against Zapatista support-bases in the El Salvador resort in the Comandanta Ramona autonomous municipality adjacent to the Agua Clara ejido (Salto de Agua).  In the events that occurred on 22 October was detained one of the aggressors, Manuel Pérez Gómez, who was held for attacks and assaults on the Ocosingo-Palenque highway.

The denunciation mentions that “these criminals are advised by the ex-soldier Carlos Jiménez López, who comes from the Alan Sac Jun ejido (Chilón)” and reminded that “on 18 April 2009 the police detained Miguel Vásquez Moreno, Zapatista support-base, and six adherents to the Other Campaign.  They were taken to the El Amate prison and were released for lack of evidence.  The JBG here announces that last May these same aggressors were taken captive by autonomous justice but suceeded in escaping while serving their term for crimes committed.”

The JBG adds that “it can be very clearly seen that the 3 levels of the bad government–federal, state, and municipal–do nothing in light of these acts that intimidate the people.  The fact of the matter is that the perpetrators are free, doing what htey want, while our social-activist brothers and sisters have been taken behind bars for the crime of demanding justice and liberty for all.  The lying governments lie when they say they will fight organized crime, for we see exactly the opposite; they cover-up, protect, and organize their ex-soldiers together with youth from communities toward the end of destroying our roots and planting intranquility in our indigenous forms of self-organization.”

For more information (in Spanish):

The Morelia JBG denounces new aggressions against Zapatista support-bases while the bad government protects criminals (communiqué of the Morelia JBG, 24 October)

New aggressions with firearms against Zapatista support-bases are denounced (La Jornada, 26 October)


Chiapas: new Urgent Action regarding the eight indigenous tzeltales detained in El Amate

May 7, 2009

In an Urgent Action on May 4, the Human Rights Center Fray Bartlomé de las Casas (CDHFBC) denounced the legal situation of the eight indigenous tzeltales from the Ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón. The lack of due process in all of the cases has been well documented by the CDHFBC. A major concern for their future trial is the fact that all eight have signed confessions, however without knowing the content because of the lack of a translator. Although the law prohibits such declarations of guilt, they were accepted by the Public Prosecutor’s office.

The CDHFBC called attention to the fact that “the Judge in the case has until Friday, May 8 to indict them or free them”. They stated that the trial could form part of the repression that “the government of Juan José Sabines Guerrero has begun, initially by way of the Special Unit on Organized Crime (FECDO), against the members of the Other Campaign of San Sebastián Bachajón and the Zapatista support base of the region of Agua Azul and Agua Clara”.

For More Information (In Spanish):

Acción Urgente: Riesgo que el juez de la causa dicte auto de formal prisión ante de la detención arbitraria, de ocho indígenas tseltales de la región de Agua Azul, CDHFBC (4/5/2009)

Acción Urgente: Temor de ausencia de garantías judiciales/Alegaciones de malos tratos/Preocupación por malos tratos/Preocupación por seguridad e integridad personal, OMCT (6/5/2009)

En condiciones inhumanas, 8 tzeltales esperan sentencia en penal de Chiapas, La Jornada (5/5/2009)

Abogado de indígenas consignados en el penal El Amate denuncia ‘falta de ética’  en el caso, La Jornada (6/5/2009)

Chiapas: operations against marijuana culitivation denounced as part of a counterinsurgency strategy

March 2, 2009

On February 26, the Good Government Council of the Highlands, “Corazón Céntrico de Los Zapatistas Delante del Mundo” (Oventik) denounced a number of new military incursions that have taken place in Zapatista communities since the beginning of the year in the autonomous municipality of San Andrés Sakam Ch’en de los Pobres. Since February 21, flyovers of airplanes and helicopters, the movement of soldiers, and operations looking for marijuana have increased significantly. The EZLN has been clear in its prohibition of the use and the growing of drugs in its communities and therefore, according to the communiqué from the Good Government Council, the recent events show “a provocation and a pretext to send soldiers into our communities”. The communiqué continues by stating “It is clear that this is a strategy by the government to fight us” and to “enter in Zapatista communities in order to control, provoke, and threaten us”. At the same time, the Human Rights Center Fray Bartolomé de las Casas (Frayba) stated that it had recently received information of flyovers in the “Zapatista Community Ecological Reserve El Huitepec”.

Frayba also stated in their bulletin on February 27 that they had heard rumors in the region of the Caracol “Torbellino de nuestras palabras” (Morelia), that on Saturday, February 28 forced evictions of Zapatista support bases will take place at the waterfalls of Agua Clara in the municipality of Chilón. According to Frayba, these new rumors and hostilities against Zapatista communities are evidence of the implementation of a counterinsurgency strategy against organized indigenous communities, and for the most part against Zapatistas. At the same time, Frayba is warning that the realization of forced evictions by the Mexican Army in Agua Clara would be a direct strike “to the delicate social peace that exists in he state” and a step towards “the beginning of a conventional war”.

For More Information (In Spanish):

La JBG de Oventik denuncia sobrevuelos e incursiones militares, disfrazados de operativos antidrogas en comunidades de San Andrés Sakam Ch’en de Los Pobres, comunicado (26/02/2009)

Nuevos actos de hostigamientos contra comunidades Zapatistas, boletín de prensa, Frayba (27/02/2009)

Denuncian incursión militar en comunidad rebelde de Chiapas, La Jornada (27/02/2009)