Campeche: Attempt at a peaceful return fails in San Antonio Ebula

September 15, 2009

On September 8th a Civil Mission for Peace made up of over 15 Mexican human rights organizations (including several from Chiapas) as well as organizations from Campeche, attempted to escort residents as they returned to their community of San Antonio Ebula. The residents had been violently thrown off their land on August 13th by businessman Eduardo Escalante, who has taken over ownership.

Private guards hired by Escalante blocked access to the disputed land and prevented the escort from going ahead. Traps with nails and planks of wood had also been set up around the area, injuring one of the members of the Civil Mission of Peace.

The Mission condemned the fact that the peaceful escort to San Antonio Ebula was blocked as well as the Campeche government’s bias in favour of Eduardo Escalante. They added that the same government has shown itself to be insensitive to the possibility that residents could be victims of parapolice groups hired by Escalante.

Faced with the prospect of not being able to return home, the displaced returned to city hall to resume the permanent sit-in they’ve staged for almost one month now. The Civil Mission for Peace said they would present a report on the irregularities of the case and bring it to the attention of those responsible.

For more information (in Spanish):

Ver comunicado completo de la Misión de observación

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