Chiapas: Las Abejas de Acteal remember Manuelito

November 21, 2015

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Three years after his death, the Las Abejas Civil Society of Acteal commemorated Manuel Vázquez Luna (Manuelito), who died on 10 November 2012 in the “badly named ‘Hospital of the Cultures’ in San Cristóbal de Las Casas Chiapas, after having suffered 18 days of discrimination and victimization by medical negligence.” The commemoration took place in Acteal, “House of Memory and Hope.”

“Manuelito left us to reunite with his parents, sisters, grandmother, and uncle,” who were killed on 22 December 1997 “by PRI and Cardenist paramilitaries from the official municipality of Chenalhó, Chiapas.” Las Abejas of Acteal recalled that “that day of the Acteal massacre, Manuelito remained below the bodies of those killed and was bathed in blood. He saw how the paramilitaries opened fire against women and children.” Despite having experienced the pain of the near-total loss of his family, he decided “not to life in pain, but rather to convert pain and cries into hope and joy […] by means of stories, jokes, songs, and riddles.”

Las Abejas assured that Manuelito “is now in all parts of Acteal. He is in the clouds that rest on the mountains of Acteal, in the air that embraces us upon arriving here to Acteal, in the wind that blows and refreshes our memory and hope. He is in each raindrop that falls on the sacred lands of Acteal, and in each tree-leaf and in the foliage that grows around Acteal, House of Memory and Hope. He is in all parts of the cosmos. He is in our heart.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado en Memoria de Manuelito (Las Abejas de Acteal, 7 de noviembre de 2015)

A un año de la muerte de nuestro hermano Manuelito por irresponsabilidad médica (10 de noviembre de 2013)

Manuelito deja de existir de esta Tierra para vivir por siempre en nuestra memoria, lucha y esperanza (Las Abejas de Acteal, 12 de noviembre de 2012)

Manuelito siempre fue una luz fuerte en Las Abejas, ahora guiará más con su brillo nuestro camino (Koman ilel, 11 de noviembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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

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Chiapas: Survivor of Acteal massacre dies

November 16, 2012

 

Manuel Vázquez Luna @ Kolectivo Boka en Boka

During the morning between 9 and 10 November, Manuel Vázquez Luna died.  He was a survivor of the Acteal massacre who lost his parents, brothers, grandmother, and uncle at the hands of paramilitaries on 22 December 1997.  Manuel, 28 years of age, entered the hospital on 22 October.  Previously, in 2009, he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor, which was treated and resolved using chemotherapy and radiotherapy at the National Institute for Neurology and Neuropsychiatry (INNN) in Mexico City.  Furthermore, he received periodic attention at this center before he died.

The Las Abejas Civil Society has denounced the negligence of the doctors at the Las Culturas Hospital in San Cristóbal de Las Casas en Chiapas, noting a series of events that occurred in the final period of time that Manuel was in the hospital before his death.  In a communique, Las Abejas expressed that “The problem is that the Mexican health system is inefficient and does not care for dignified health.”

In another communique, Las Abejas bid Manuel farewell with these words: “With the profound pain of our hearts, but also with hope and considering everything that Manuelito showed us in terms of resistance, of memory, of struggle for life and for the construction of peace with justice and dignity.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Manuelito deja de existir de esta Tierra para vivir por siempre en nuestra memoria, lucha y esperanza (Las Abejas de Acteal blog, 12 de noviembre de 2012)

Manuelito siempre fue una luz fuerte en Las Abejas, ahora guiará más con su brillo nuestro camino (Koman Ilel, 10 de noviembre de 2012)