Chiapas: New meeting in Los Llanos against the planned SCLC-Palenque highway

October 25, 2014

Foto @ Colectivo Pozol

Photo @ Colectivo Pozol

On 12 October, 900 people met in the Los Llanos ejido, San Cristóbal de Las Casas (SCLC) municipality, to celebrate the “522 years of indigenous resistance before the European invasion,” and to express their rejection of the planned SCLC-Palenque highway that would pass through their lands.  Following the invitation that was carried out by ejidatarios from Los Llanos on 21 September, those present affirmed that the highway “does not bring development for us indigenous peoples, but only death, depression, and division.  The money goes to the rich transnational [corporations].”

Collectives and civil organizations attended the event, in addition to the brigade of solidarity with Bachajón from the Network against Repression and for Solidarity.  The Otomí people from San Francisco Xochicuautla, Mexico State, who similarly oppose the Toluca-Naucalpan highway, sent a letter in solidarity.

Ricardo Lagunes, the lawyer who accompanies the legal process of the Los Llanos ejido, denounced that there was no free, prior, and informed consent in the case, as is demanded by the international treaties that Mexico has signed, in order to avoid the situation wherein indigenous peoples are affected by projects in their territories over which they have no say.  He recalled that the announcement of the construction of the highway was made in November 2013, such that the community requested a legal motion at the beginning of 2014.  The official response was to deny that the highway would damage the lands of Los Llanos, thus allowing judges to bury the motion and leave the communities vulnerable.

Lastly, the Council for Vigilance from La Candelaria has organized a pilgrimage for 25 November in San Cristóbal de Las Casas to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

For more information (in Spanish):

Ejidatari@s de Los Llanos defenden la Madre Tierra contra el Megaproyecto (Espoir Chiapas, 12 de octubre de 2014)

Los Llanos se suman al rechazo de la autopista y lanzan una invitación(Espoir Chiapas, 21 de septiembre de 2014)

Conmemoran 12 de octubre como “Día de la resistencia” pueblos opuestos a carretera San Cristóbal-Palenque (Koman Ilel, 13 de octubre de 2014)

Con ritual de música y oraciones rechazan autopista Sancris-Palenque en Los Llanos (Chiapas Paralelo, 13 de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Mobilizations against the planned SCLC-Palenque highway (29 September 2014)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios from Candelaria express their opposition to the construction of the San Cristóbal-Palenque highway (16 September 2014)

Chiapas: An assembly of Tzeltal communities from Chilón municipality reject the SCLC-Palenque highway (9 September 2014)

Chiapas: Los Llanos and San José El Porvenir reject passage of highway from San Cristóbal to Palenque through their communities (14 February 2014)


Chiapas: Mobilizations against the planned San Cristóbal de Las Casas-Palenque highway

September 29, 2014

Foto @ SIPAZ

Photo @ SIPAZ

On 16 and 17 September, there were held new mobilizations against the planned construction of a highway between San Cristóbal de Las Casas and Palenque, both in the Tseltal ejido San Jerónimo Bachajón, Chilón municipality, as in the Tsotsil ejido of La Candelaria, San Cristóbal municipality.  The Movement in Defense of Life and Territory was created through the mobilizations organized against this project.

On 16 September, banners and signs were raised in communities and parishes to express popular opposition to the highway project.  On 17 September, ejidatarios from San Jerónimo Bachajón blockaded the Temó crossways en route to Palenque to demand “the cessation of harassment and threats against our ejidal authorities and other comrades, in light of the decisive defense of our territory and our disagreement with the highway project.”

Furthermore, on 17 September there was held in Laguna Suyul, La Candelaria ejido, a ceremony and joint declaration of more than 2,000 Tsotsil, Tseltal, Ch’ol, and Tojolabal persons from the San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Zinacantán, San Juan Chamula, Huixtán, San Pedro Chenalhó, San Pablo Chalchihuitán, San Juan Cancuc, Tenejapa, Amatenango, Chilón, Tila, Salto de Agua, Comitán, and Las Margaritas municipalities expressing opposition to the highway project.  In the declaration of Laguna Suyul, considered sacred land of the peoples of the Highlands of Chiapas, the writers indicate that “we will defend the environment, the fabric and veins of mother earth: rivers, lakes, springs, mountains, caves, and hills.  We will defend the lives of animals, sacred places, the ecosystem of Mother Nature, and the lives of human beings.”

Also, on 21 September, some 3000 Ch’ol indigenous persons from the Tila parish carried out a pilgrimage in the municipal center against the planned highway projects between San Cristóbal and Palenque as well as between Villahermosa and Palenque, as against the plundering of lands for mineral extraction, and they denounced the increase in drug addiction rates, alcoholism, and prostitution.

For more information (in Spanish):

Acciones de protesta contra la Autopista Sancris-Palenque (Chiapas Paralelo, 15 de septiembre de 2014)
Anuncian nuevas protestas contra construcción de supercarretera San Cristóbal de Las Casas-Palenque (La Jornada, 14 de septiembre de 2014)
Casi 3000 personas rechazan la autopista y organizan la resistencia a la autopista. + historia de Suyul(Espoir Chiapas, 18 de septiembre de 2014)
Chiapas: Desde Laguna Suyul indígenas manifestan su rechazo a la Supercarretera San Cristóbal – Palenque (Pozol Colectivo, 17 de septiembre de 2014)
Denuncian en Bachajón acoso y persecución judicial por protestar contra autopista (Chiapas Paralelo, 18 de septiembre de 2014)
Peregrinación en Tila contra autopista San Cristóbal-Palenque, megaproyectos y cantinas (Chiapas Paralelo, 22 de septiembre de 2014)

Audio-Video:

Ejido La Candelaria: “No a la autopista San Cristóbal – Palenque (Koman Ilel, 12 de septiembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Ejidatarios from Candelaria express their opposition to the construction of the San Cristóbal-Palenque highway (16 September 2014)

Chiapas: An assembly of Tzeltal communities from Chilón municipality reject the SCLC-Palenque highway (9 September 2014)

Chiapas: Los Llanos and San José El Porvenir reject passage of highway from San Cristóbal to Palenque through their communities (14 February 2014)