Chiapas: adherents to the Other Campaign denounce strategies of looting on the part of the state and federal government

February 8, 2012

On 20 January, adherents to the Other Campaign in Chiapas held a press-conference in the offices of the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for HUman Rights (CDHFBC) to denounce the strategies of the federal and state governments which are prosecuting “a war of looting that generates environmental degradation, the privatization of natural resources, super-exploitation of work, looting of land and extermination of indigenous peoples, repression, persecution, incarceration, and murder so as to contain the social struggles of resistance to their policies.”

They affirmed that said strategies seek to “depopulate and repopulate indigenous territories toward the end of building a new Cancún in Chiapas, consolidating the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor to place the entirety of our natural wealth found in our lands into the hands of transnationals,” this by means of “megaprojects for so-called sustainable development, rural cities, ecotourism, Prodesis, and the Strategy of Development of the Southern States (EDES).”  They expressed that for them, the political parties PRI, PRD, and PVEM and the three levels of government “have burgeoned the size of paramilitary groups.”

They detailed that these strategies are seen illustrated in the Zapatista territories pertaining to the five autonomous caracoles, “exercising provocations and harassment, death-threats, looting of recovered lands, destruction of homes, forced displacement, destruction of crops and food, robbery, physical assault, sexual violation of female comrades, arbitrary detentions, and incarcerations.”  This is seen in San Sebastián Bachajón; in Tila; in the community of Candelaria el Alto, municipality of Carranza; in the community of Busiljá, municipality of Ocosingo; in the Colony 24 of May in San Cristóbal de Las Casas; in death-threats against artisans who are adherents to the Other Campaign in the Santo Domingo plaza; in the state prisons; and in the persecution against Nataniel Hernández Núñez, from the Digna Ochoa Center for Human Rights, member of the Autonomous Council of the Coast; and in harassment against his relatives and members of the communities pertaining to the Council.

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa completo de La Otra Campaña – Chiapas (20 January 2012)

Procede y Fanar, estrategias del gobierno para despojar a indígenas de sus tierras (La Jornada, 22 January 2012)

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: Forum for the defense of rights-defenders (18 October 2011)

Chiapas: confrontation in Candelaria El Alto, Venustiano Carranza (28 September 2011)

Chiapas: 3 human-rights defenders from the Digna Ochoa Center for Human Rights released from El Amate (8 March 2011)

Chiapas: adherentes a La Otra Campaña de San Sebastián Bachajón denuncian injerencia del gobierno del estado.(8 de diciembre de 2011)