Chiapas: Update regarding forced displacement of EZLN support bases belonging to the La Garrucha caracol

September 2, 2014

índiceIn a new Urgent Action published on 15 August, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) denounced the persistence of attacks against support-bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (BAEZLN) in communities of Ocosingo, as prosecuted by members of the Regional Organization of Coffee-Cultivators of Ocosingo (ORCAO). The events began in “recuperated” lands that are collectively worked in the San Manuel autonomous rebel Zapatista municipality (MAREZ), which pertains to the La Garrucha caracol: on 13 August, nine Zapatista families founded the Nuevo Poblado San Jacinto on said lands, which adjoin the Egipto and El Rosario communities.

The bulletin noted that on 14 August, an armed group of 18 ORCAO members for the Pojcol community (Chilón municipality) surrounded the land and began to shoot into the air for 40 minutes and warning the BAEZLN that they had 6 hours to withdraw definitively. The 9 families (40 persons in total) and the 250 BAEZLN who were supporting them “decided to withdraw to a different place.” After this, the ORCAO members destroyed the houses, robbed store merchandise and cash from the homes, among other crimes.

The bulletin details that on 14 August, the women and children of the El Rosario community who belong to ORCAO abandoned the community, leaving only the men, while witnesses claim that these men were threatening the BAEZLN with immediate displacement. The female and children BAEZLN, for their part, also decided to leave amidst the risk of a possible confrontation. The CDHFBC reported that the threats of the ORCAO against BAEZLN in El Rosario “were intensifying to the point of indicating a possible forcible displacement” in the late hours.

For this reason, the CDHFBC expressed its “concern for the imminent risk to life, security, and physical integrity to which the BAEZLN” of the El Rosario, Kexil, Egipto, and Nuevo Poblado San Jacinto communities face. The Center held the Chiapas state government responsible “for being absent during the initial denunciations, thus allowing the perpetration of increasingly flagrant violations of human rights.” It called on State and federal authorities to cease the death-threats and attacks that have served as the basis for the displacement of BAEZLN from three communities, in addition to the adoption of measures to protect the life, integrity, and security of the BAEZLN from the San Manuel autonomous municipality.

For more information (in Spanish):

Acción Urgente del Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas (CDHFBC, 15 de agosto de 2014)

Denuncia Centro Frayba agresiones contra bases de apoyo zapatistas en Ocosingo (La Jornada, 16 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Forced displacement of EZLN support-bases belonging to La Garrucha caracol (29 August 2014)

National/International: End of solidarity week “If the Zapatistas are harmed, all are harmed”

March 2, 2014

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From 16 to 23 February there was held the National and International Week of Solidarity “If one Zapatista is harmed, all are harmed” as organized by adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle.  During these days were celebrated different activities in different parts of Mexico, Europe, North America, and New Zealand, all to express solidarity with Zapatista support bases (BAEZLN).

“Oftentimes power has attempted without success to provoke and destroy the organization and project of the Zapatistas, using military overflights or invasion, looting of land, introduction of social programs in Zapatista territory, fabrication of crimes, robbery, arbitrary arrest, and paramilitary attacks,” the adherents noted in a communique.

The week of solidarity was a response to the recent attacks on the 10 April ejido, as denounced by the Heart of the Rainbow of Hope Good-Government Council, as was expressed in the organizing call for the week: “The criminal group of the Center of Agricultural and Campesino Workers (CIOAC) together with the Regional Organization of Coffee Cultivators of Ocosingo (ORCAO) left six Zapatista comrades gravely injured, and they harassed and robbed personnel from the San Carlos hospital.”

For more information (in Spanish):

RvsR: Semana Nacional e Internacional de Solidaridad “Si tocan a l@s zapatistas, nos tocan a tod@s” (Enlace Zapatista, 13 de febrero de 2014)

Actividades de la Semana Nacional e Internacional de Solidaridad “Si tocan a l@s zapatistas, nos tocan a tod@s” (Enlace Zapatista, 20 de febrero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Denunciations of attacks on BAEZLN from the Morelia JBG and on hospital personnel from San Carlos de Altamirano (7 February 2014)

Chiapas: Denunciation of harassment and attacks from the Whirlwind of Our Words Caracol (7 December 2013)


Chiapas: Denunciations from Morelia and La Realidad JBGs

September 18, 2012

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On 15 August there were published two communiques from Zapatista Good-Government Councils (JBGs).  For one, the Morelia JBG denounced that on 2 August Zapatista support-bases in the Moisés Gandhi ejido, Che Guevara region, autonomous municipality of Lucio Cabañas, were violently attacked by 20 members of ORCAO (Regional Organization of Coffeegrowers of Ocosingo) while working their land.  The communiqué indicates that the aggressors were armed with firearms and bludgeoning weapons, and that they fired 15 times against the Zapatistas, thus threatening them and telling them that the land was theirs.  The JBG added that on 6 August the ORCAO militants entered once again to attack the support bases, surrounding them and firing on them with firearms of different calibers, and spraying part of the collective water resource.  Finally, the JBG noted that on 8 August these same persons arrived once again to intimidate the Zapatista supporters, “who at no time responded to these provocations, instead continuing work on their lands.”  The JBG mentioned that “this situation also occurred in the San Diego community, Che Guevara region, on 26 July, when ORCAO members entered to spray the Zapatistas’ pasture.”

On the other hand, the La Realidad JBG denounced the provocations suffered by Zapatista support bases at the hands of persons from Veracruz, San Carlos ejido, official municipality of Las Margaritas, “under the protection of the bad government and the PVEM and PRD parties.”  In this place the Zapatistas have maintained a goods store and coffee exchange as run by autonomous municipalities in the area.  As the communiqué explains, the aggressors carried out different provocations toward the end of ruining the Zapatistas’ store, thus showing that they would like to take it so as to obtain two governmental projects.  On 6 August, 45 persons went to the store and there placed wire around it, thus blocking the entrance and demanding that the Zapatistas hand over the establishment, verbally attacking them.  The communiqué denounced that on 11 August, these same persons cut the electricity of the store and a home belonging to Zapatistas.

For more information (in Spanish):

La JBG de Morelia denuncia ataque de la ORCAO con arma de fuego a bases de apoyo zapatista, 15 de Agosto de 2012

La JBG de La Realidad denuncia despojo, ataques y provocaciones del mal gobierno junto con los partidos de PVEM y PRD, 15 de Agosto de 2012

For more informatoin from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: The Morelia caracol denounces looting of land (5 June 2012)

Chiapas: the Morelia JBG denounces destruction of house by ORCAO (9 August 2011)

Chiapas: JBG of La Garrucha denounces armed attacks on August 16, 2011 (19 August 2011)

Chiapas: The Morelia caracol denounces looting of land

June 5, 2012

On 26 May, the Good-Government Council (JBG) from the Morelia caracol denounced looting of lands in the autonomous Zapatista municipalities of 17 November and Lucio Cabañas by members of the Regional Organization of Coffee Cultivators of Ocosingo (ORCAO), supported by authorities.  The JBG affirms that “the bad governments try to convince with miserable projects, using tools to harass our struggling peoples, poor people who do not like to work, with the intention of debilitating or degrading our comrades.”

The JBG detailed that on 14 April in the Lucio Cabañas autonomous municipality, members of ORCAO provoked a looting of land using the pretext of broadening the pantheon, an act that affected the lands of Vicente Lopez Gomez.  In a subsequent act, on 21 May 2012 an ORCAO tractor arrived that affected the lands of 16 other Zapatistas that had been cultivating on these lands.  The JBG added that “in the same way members of ORCAO IN THE EL NANTZE RANCH, Altamirano municipality, are carrying out actions of looting of recovered lands in the community of 21 APRIL.  They cut electricity, and they log trees, threatening our comrade support-bases in our autonomous municipality of 17 of November, Chiapas.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian zapatistas despojos de tierras por caficultores de Ocosingo, La Jornada, 28 de mayo de 2012

JBG de Morelia denuncia despojo de tierras por paramilitares de la ORCAO apoyados por 3 niveles del mal gobierno, Enlace Zapatista, 26 de mayo de 2012

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: the Morelia JBG denounces destruction of house by ORCAO (9 August 2011)

Chiapas: JBG of La Garrucha denounces armed attacks on August 16, 2011 (19 August 2011)

Chiapas: The La Garrucha JBG denounces “intensification of counter-insurgency campaign” (20 July 2011)

Chiapas: the Morelia JBG denounces destruction of house by ORCAO

September 8, 2011

In its most recent communiqué, the Good-Government Council (JBG) Rainbow of Hope from the Morelia Zapatista caracol denounced that on 17 August in the community of Patria Nueva, region Primero de Energo, autonomous municipality Lucio Cabañas, the Regional Organization of Coffeegrowers of Ocosingo (Orcao) committed new aggressions, when some 150 persons destroyed a house of EZLN support-bases that served as a communal kitchen for national and international observers.

Later there arrived a worker with excavation machinery while, according to the communiqué, “the ORCAO militants were protecting it and continued with their death-threats against Zapatistas, using machetes or guns.”  Later, says the Junta, the ORCAO members formed 7 groups, using cell phones to communicate.  The communiqué notes that “we saw that the governments have it well-planned to provoke our comrades.”

In the same denunciation, the JBG indicates as well that on 10 July were assaulted in Ocosingo two photographers from the Morelia caracol: near the end of the Ocosingo-Altamirano route, three individuals forced them to board their white Tsuru car, which lacked license plates.  They were taken to the Sauzal neighborhood, where the two succeeded in escaping.

For more information (in Spanish):

Orcao destruye casa de bases de apoyo del EZLN, denuncia junta de buen gobierno;  La jornada, 21 August 2011

Comunicado completo: Paramilitares de la ORCAO destruyeron casa para observadores nacionales e internacionales: denuncia la Junta de Buen Gobierno del Caracol IV,18 August 2011

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: JBG of La Garrucha denounces armed attacks on August 16, 2011 (19 August 2011)

Chiapas: JBG of La Garrucha denounces armed aggression on August 16, 2011

August 19, 2011

In its most recent communiqué, the Zapatista Good-Government Council (JBG) El camino del futuro, from the caracol La Garrucha, denounced armed attacks on the part of members of the Regional Organization of Coffee-cultivators of Ocosingo (Orcao), whom it describes as “paramilitaries” who are supported by state and municipal police.  The denunciation affirms that the aggressors originate from the ejidos Guadalupe Victoria and Las Conchitas (Ocosingo), as well as from Pojcol (Chilón), who have attempted to invade the lands of EZLN support-bases in the autonomous municipality of Francisco Villa.

They detail that on 12 August, groups organized and armed from Orcao fired on support-bases who were going to carry out communal labor in recovered territory.  “Orcao men and women from Guadalupe Victoria impeded the pass of a Zapatista comrade, threatening to burn his vehicle with all the possessions he was carrying inside,” claimed the JBG.  Another person sought to take film but had his camera taken by the Orcao group.  When other Zapatistas approached, the JBG notes that the Orcao member José Alfredo Peñate Gómez too out a .22 caliber pistol and began firing, injuring Manuel Hernández López.  At that moment, the Zapatistas chose to retreat.  The communiqué notes that a bit later, another vehicle from the autonomous municipality that was carrying more Zapatistas toward their communal plots was also fired upon “by an armed group of Pojco”; the vehicle was hit with two bullets of .22 caliber.

According to the JBG, “On 12 August it was clearly seen that this has been prepared, directed, and supported by the bad governments, because on that day as night fell a state and municipal police car entered with two ambulances that went to Guadalupe Vistoria.  We believe that they went to provide more bullets and to support them so that they continue with their death-threats by firing.”  The JBG concludes its communiqué by stating that “this is our denunciation and we will be alert and ready for whatever the bad governments want.”

For more information (in Spanish):

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: The La Garrucha JBG denounces “intensification of counter-insurgency campaign”

July 20, 2011

Región Las Cañadas, zona correspondiente al Caracol III de La Garrucha @ SIPAZ

Región Las Cañadas, zone that corresponds to Caracol III of La Garrucha @ SIPAZ

On 7 July, the “El Camino del Futuro” Good-Government Council (JBG), with headquarters in the Caracol “Resisting until a new Dawn” of La Garrucha, made public a denunciation that considers three cases in the zone that corresponds to this Caracol.  They defined the cases as part of an intesiifcation of the counter-insurgency campaign carried out by the federal, state, and municipal governments that seeks to manipulate persons of other indigenous and campesino organizations so that “AMONG US CAMPESINOS WE CONFRONT EACH OTHER AND KILL EACH OTHER.”

According to the Zapatista authorities, in the community of Nuevo Paraíso, from the autonomous municipality Francisco Villa (official municipality of Ocosingo), members of the Regional Organization of Coffee-growers of Ocosingo (ORCAO) from the ejido Guadalupe Victoria have occupied “THE LAND THAT WAS RECOVERED WHICH PERTAINS TO THE [NUEVO] PARAISO ON 3 MARCH 2011 IN THE SAME PLACE […] ANOTHER GROUP OF PERSONS FROM LAS CONCHITAS IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF OCOSINGO IS GROWING A MILPA AND ANOTHER GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE POJCOL EJIDO FROM THE CHILON MUNICIPALITY.”  Furthermore, according to the JBG’s denunciation, the members of ORCAO have robbed these Zapatista support-bases (BAEZLN), destroyed coffee-plants, and took a cow worth 5000 pesos from the months of March to June of this year.

Linked to the archaeological zone of Toniná, the JBG denounced the federal, state, and municipal governments for manipulating “SEÑORA MARIA SOCORRO ESPINOZA TRUJILLO, AND HER DAUGHTERS BERENICE CRUZ ESPINOZA AND DALIA MARIBEL CRUZ ESPINOZA ASSESSED BY THE BAD GOVERNMENT” so that they sell the land recovered by the EZLN.

Finally, the JBG referred in its denunciation to the community of Nuevo Rosario, where members of ORCAO and unaffiliated party-persons have cut down trees to sell in Ocosingo, against the wishes of the BAEZLN of the community, beyond having taken from the BAEZLN milpa, causing destruction.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia completa de la JBG “El Camino del Futuro” (9 July 2011)

La Jornada: Denuncian bases zapatistas despojo de tierras y agresiones cometidos por Orcao (10 July 2011)