Chiapas: Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas ejido from Palenque denounces police invasion

September 10, 2015

Foto de la zona Norte de Chiapas @ archivo SIPAZPhoto of northern zone of Chiapas @ SIPAZ archive

The ejidatarios from Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas community, Palenque municipality, denounced that on 2 August two municipal police trucks arrived to the community.  “Of these patrols, 6 municipal police came out and approached the Ejidal House, where an extraordinary communal assembly was being celebrated with the three organization SERPAJ (Services for Peace and Justice-Morelos), the Ixim Antsetic Women’s House, and two coordinators from the Xi’nich organization.  These police did not identify themselves or provide any documentation even though we requested this of them,” noted the public denunciation.  The police expressed that they had received an emergency call from the state capital, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, affirming the existence of injured and burned persons due to a confrontation between Catholics and Evangelicals in the Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas community.

The ejidatarios indicated that “this is not the first time that police arrive without identifying themselves in our community.  On other occasions they have arrived on the pretext that there were confrontations in the community.  In April they arrived saying that they came to protect 4 families, and that they would be conducting patrols due to a supposed threat of displacement.”  “We grow weary of these lies.  The police come to intimidate and provoke due to the internal conflict that has existed for the past 5 years, of which all the governmental institutions are well-aware.  They use the lie that it is a religious conflict as a pretext to continue manipulating and terrorizing the organized community in defense of our Mother Earth, whom we will continue to defend,” they added in the document.

For their part, the organizations Ixim Antsetic Women’s House of Palenque, SERPAJ-Morelos, Xi’nich, Communal Health and Development (SADEC), the Center for Women’s Rights in Chiapas, and the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights demonstrated their concern for “this type of intimidation on the part of the government.  We know that it is a means of provocation that seeks to terrorize the community and lead it to give up its struggle for Mother Earth and life.  It is for this reason that we will continue to accompany this process that demands justice and respect for the rights to autonomy of indigenous peoples.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian incursión policiaca en ejido Cuauhtemoc Cárdenas, Palenque (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 7 de agosto de 2015)

#Chiapas Denuncia de #IncursiónPoliciaca en ejido Cuauhtemoc Cárdenas, #Palenque (Koman Ilel, 9 de agosto de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Ejidatarios from Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, northern zone, denounce harassment and death-threats (4 August 2013)

National: Protests on the rise against Law on Telecommunication

May 3, 2014


In recent weeks, there has been observed an increase in social protests against the legislative proposals following the implementation of reforms in the telecommunications sector, as was approved last year.  The criticisms that have been presented, among others, argue that said proposals would violate the right to expression by fomenting censorship, transgress the right of users to privacy, and threaten net neutrality.

In the latest examples, on 26 April, there was organized a “human chain” as called for on social networks, intellectuals, and politicians (including Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas and the PAN senator Javier Corral).  The chain began at the presidential residency in Los Pinos and marched to Televisa Chapultpec, thus covering approximately 8km.  7000 persons participated in this action.

On 22 April there was also held a march #AgainstSilenceMX in Mexico City, which was repressed.  The Front for Freedom of Expression and Social Protest condemned the police attacks which “consisted in excessive police deployments and formations, intimidation, direct attacks on protestors, and arbitrary arrests of those who were doing nothing illegal.”   They noted that “the new aggressions against representatives of media, activists, human-rights defenders, and representatives of the Commission of Human Rights of Mexico City are reasons for concern in this sense, given the attempt to repress the right to social protest.”  Media reported that five police from the Secretary for Public Security of Mexico City (SSPDF) were suspended for presumed abuse of authority upon attacking protestors and representatives of the Commission of Human Rights.

It should be mentioned that these types of protests have begun to spread to other states of the Republic.

For more information (in Spanish):

Suspenden a cinco policías del DF por agresión a manifestantes (Proceso, 27 de abril de 2014)

Se extienden protestas contra leyes en telecomunicaciones a los estados(La Jornada, 26 de abril de 2014)

Protestan por telecom frente al Senado; impiden a #CadenaHumana llegar a Los Pinos (Proceso, 26 de abril de 2014)

Comunicado conjunto: Frente por Libertad de Expresión y Protesta Social condena enérgicamente agresiones policiacas cometidas ayer en marcha(23 de abril de 2014)

Marchan jóvenes en defensa de Internet (La Jornada, 22 de abril de 2014)

Protesta contra ley de telecomunicaciones en la Ciudad de México(Fotogalería, CNN México, 22 de abril de 2014)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios from Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, in the Northern Zone, denounce harassment and death-threats

August 4, 2013

imagen de la zona Norte @ archivo SIPAZ

On 22 July, ejidatarios from Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, located in the Palenque municipality, denounced that they had suffered death-threats and harassment from a group of residents of the same ejido who are supported by state and federal authorities.  In the denunciation, the ejidatarios indicated that they had attempted dialogue with the group, but that this did not resolve the conflict.  They report that the minority group has not respected the decisions of the ejidal assembly and has threatened the majority with death, in fact attempting murder in one case.  As a result, it was decided that this group was to be expelled from the ejido, with their agrarian rights stripped from them, but the minority group has undertaken a demand against the ejido before the Unitary Agrarian Tribunal in Comitán de Domínguez to nullify the decision of the assembly.  According to the denunciation, harassment and death-threats have not ceased, and the minority group remains in the ejido, despite being supported by different governmental agencies.  The ejidatarios have requested the intervention of the National Commission on Human Rights and of civil human-rights organizations.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia parte 1

Denuncia parte 2

Denuncia parte 3

Denuncia la comunidad del Ejido Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas la intromisión y acoso por parte del Lic. Sergio Nataren Gutiérrez (octubre del 2012)

Denuncia pública ejido Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, Palenque, Chiapas. (abril de 2013)