Chiapas: Communique of the Las Abejas Civil Society, 22 November

December 8, 2013

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On 22 November, in observance of the monthly commemoration of the 1997 Acteal massacre, the Las Abejas Civil Society recalls its martyrs and newly indicated the intellectual authors of this cruel act: “Acteal has remained in the history of a country as a crime against humanity.  We would like strongly to note that Emilio Chuayfett, who in 1997 was Secretary of Governance of the administration of Ernesto Zedillo, when one of the worst massacres in the history of country [took place].  Now he is Secretary for Public Education (SEP) and [he is responsible] for the death of 45 of our brothers and sisters who were shot down during 6 hours.”

Las Abejas warned that “the paramilitaries are reactivating themselves because they have been released by the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation, and they are now in the communities of Chenalhó.  In particular the ex-mayor Jacinto Arias Cruz from the Puebla Colony now is at large and still organizes his subordinates.  Due to the Supreme Court for Impunity in the Nation, our Catholic brothers and sisters find themselves displaced from the Puebla ejido, in addition to two Baptists.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Por culpa de la Suprema Corte de la Impunidad de la Nación se encuentra desplazados nuestros (as) hermanos (as) (22 de noviembre de 2012)

Revientan conferencia de Chuayfett en Madrid, por la matanza de Acteal(La Jornada, 9 de noviembre de 2013)

Increpan a Chuayffet en Madrid; le recriminan la matanza de Acteal(Proceso, 8 de noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: 22 October communique from Las Abejas: “We continue to resist” (23 de octubre de 2013)

Chiapas: Press-conference by Las Abejas, 4 years after the beginning of the release of those incarcerated for the Acteal massacre (21 August 2013)

Chiapas: Las Abejas Civil Society warns of violence in Chenalhó “reminiscent of the year 1997″ (4 August 2013)

Chiapas: Las Abejas Civil Society, “the government is using two weapons in its strategy, lead bullets and sugar bullets” (25 June 2013)

Chiapas: Las Abejas denounce lack of justice in the Acteal case (23 April 2013)

Chiapas: Survivor of Acteal massacre dies (16 November 2012)

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Chiapas: “immediate risk” of expulsions of Zapatista support-bases in San Marcos Avilés

February 26, 2013

(QRadio Pozol)

(QRadio Pozol)

On 23 February, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) launched an urgent action in light of the “immediate risk” that “for the second time there be realized a forced displacement of support-bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) as committed by residents of the same ejido [of San Marcos Avilés, Chilón municipality], affiliates of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), and the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM).”

The new threats came to a head when ejidal authorities demanded that the Zapatista support-bases pay a land tax, which they refused to do: “We have suffered a great deal due to all the aggressions committed by these party-members, and the government has done nothing.  Now is not the time to pay, as we are in resistance, and we demand respect for our rights to our lands.  If we do not receive anything from the government, we will not pay taxes.”  In light of this, ejidal authorities replied that, if they would not do so, they would be displaced.  They then began to organize themselves and to contact other municipal and state authorities to help carry out said displacement.

The CDHFBC stressed in its document “the responsibility of the Chiapas state-government, which due to deliberate omission has not acted to guarantee the personal integrity and security of the Zapatista support-bases and their access to land, despite the numerous interventions sent by this very organization demanding that the Mexican government provide the necessary measures for the personal security and integrity of the threatened indigenous people, as well as their right to fundamental rights of free expression and thought, in addition to their right to land and the autonomous processes that they are developing, in observance of the right to the free self-determination of peoples.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Acción Urgente: Riesgo de desplazamiento forzado a BAEZLN en San Marcos Avilés (23 de febrero de 2013)

Existe “riesgo inminente” de expulsión de zapatistas en Chilón: Frayba (La Jornada, 23 de febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Communiqué from the Oventic JBG regarding the aggressions and death-threats on the aprt of persons affiliated with political parties against Zapatistas in San Marcos Avilés(5 July 2011)

Chiapas: death-threats to Zapatista support-bases in San Marcos Avilés (5 July 2011)

Chiapas: Return of displaced Zapatista support-bases to San Marcos Avilés (18 October 2010)

Chiapas: Denunciation of the Oventic JBG regarding violent expulsion of Zapatista support-bases in San Marcos y Pamala (14 September 2010)