Chiapas: Denuncia PUDEE amenazas y hostigamiento de la CFE

April 8, 2013


On 23 March, representatives from communities in resistance and members of the People United for the Defense of Electricity (PUDEE) from the Tila, Sabanilla, Tumbala, and Salto de Agua municipalities released a communique in which they denounce “the climate of confrontation among communities being provoked by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) in the communities of the northern zone of Chiapas.”  The communique mentions that, since the beginning of the year, the CFE has been visiting the communities of these municipalities toward the end of finding the authorities of the communities in resistance who refuse to pay for electricity prices, which in recent years been very high.  “[They call for] meetings in the communities to inform that starting this year, the indebted must pay for their consumption of electricity, and the CFE will install meters, so as supposedly to offer quality services.  They also offer a convention whereby users commit to paying their debts over the course of five years.  They are saying that they will be changing to digital meters and other technological equipment to control electrical services.  This is one of the means of controlling us and refusing us service.  In some communities, there are confrontations, because ejidal authorities and rural agents are accepting these tricks.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado PUDEE (23 de marzo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment and electricity cut-off by CFE (24 March 2012)

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment by the CFE (25 February 2011)

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment and electricity cut-off by CFE

March 24, 2012

cartel del PUDEE @ SIPAZ

In a public denunciation released on 8 March, the organization People United in Defense of Electrical Energy (PUDEE) warned of harassment and electricity cut-offs directed toward members of its organization in several communities.  With presence in the Sabanilla, Salto de Agua, Tila, and Yajalón municipalities, the adherents to Other Campaign reported that on 8 March, personnel from the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), accompanied by the rural agent, cut off electricity to the 25 families organized with PUDEE in the Jol-Ako community, in the zone below the Tila municipality.  Furthermore, they threatened to install digital meters, which the communities in resistance reject, a situation that has been seen since the beginning of the year also in Nicolás Bravo, Belisario Domínguez, Jolnopa Guadalupe, and Cantioc, from the same municipality.  In the denunciation, they also reported that PUDEE members have been harassed by members of the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM), whom they indicate as being members of the “Paz y Justicia” paramilitary group.  It should be remembered that members of this organization have been investigated for their presumed responsibility for murders and forced disappearances during the years 1996-2011.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia del PUDEE del 8 de marzo (1a parte)

Denuncia del PUDEE del 8 de marzo (2a parte)

Denuncian chiapanecos agresiones de CFE y manipulación política en favor de PRI y PVEM (La Jornada, 11 de marzo de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment by the CFE (25 February 2011)

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment by the CFE

February 25, 2011

Members of the organization Peoples United in Defense of Electrical Energy (PUDEE) reported that personnel from the Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE) is installing digital measurement-devices in the communities of the municipality of Tila, toward the end of charging those who find themselves in resistance to paying for electricity.

They denounced that since 24 January CFE personnel “are harassing us and installing measurement-devices in the homes of our comrades who resist the payment of the consumption of electrical energy.  They arrive with many people to set up the devices, thus intimidating users.”  They also mentioned that “[t]hey make us sign conventions to continue paying for consumption, but if we do not commit ourselves to signing, they threaten us to cut us off.  They tell us that these are the orders of the government.”

For more information (in Spanish):

No to digital measurement-devices: PUDEE, (Cuarto Poder, 18 February 2011)

The PUDEE northern jungle region denounces harassment by the CFE (communiqué in full of the PUDEE, 16 February 2011)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Intimidation and polluting project in the municipality of Tila are denounced (9 July 2010).

Chiapas: Public Denunciation by the United Peoples in Defense of Electric Energy (3 December 2008)

Chiapas: Intimidation and polluting project in the municipality of Tila are denounced

July 9, 2010
Placas del PUDEE en Jolnixtie @ SIPAZ

Placas del PUDEE en Jolnixtie @ SIPAZ

On 24 June, there was released a public communiqué written by representatives of the organization Kichán Kichañob regarding the high electricity-prices that the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) charges, as well as the CFE’s threats to cut off services.  For their part, representatives of the organization People United in Defense of Electricity (PUDEE) and ejidal authorities of the community Jolnixtie Section 1 warn in a communiqué released on 30 June about a drain-and-capture project for polluted water, one of the results of which would be that other waters in the area could be rendered no longer fit for human consumption.

According to the communiqué released by Kichán Kichañob’s representatives, the CFE is charging prices that do not correspond to consumption-levels on the part of the populaces of the communities of Limar, Nuevo Limar, Usipá, Cruz Palenque, and Jol-Ako, all of which find themselves in the zone below Tila.  The communiqué states that the CFE “intimidates us if we don’t pay” by means of use of the police and threatening mass electricity-cuts.  The representatives demand respect for their “right to resist by not paying these high prices.”

In Jolnixtie section 1, another community in the zone below Tila, representatives of PUDEE and ejidal authorities have denounced the proposed construction-project of an open-air drainage system in the neighboring community of Libertad Jolnixtie section 2 that would pollute the stream that passes through Jolnixtie section 1, “affecting kilometers of rivers, streams, springs, and aquifers, polluting the environment, and affecting the diverse plant and animal species that already threatened with extinction.  At the same time, we will [if the project proceeds] stop using our waters to prepare food, wash clothes, and bathe ourselves.  This development would affect more than a thousand families as well as pre-schools and primary schools.”  They explain that this project, promoted by the mayor of Tila, Limber Gutiérrez Gómez, is supported by the ejidal authorities of Libertad Jolnixtie section 2, along with people who identify themselves as part of the paramilitary group “Peace and Justice,” which is tied to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the Party of Democratic Revolution (PRD), and Green-Ecologist Party (PVEM).  “This construction will affect a hectare of land cultivated by Mr. Francisco García Hernández, who was approached by paramilitary groups that uprooted fruit- and wood-trees that [Hernández] had had planted.  They insulted him and threatened to expel him from the community if he did not cease construction on his land.”  The ejidatarios have called on the appropriate authorities to cancel the project; they allege that they were never consulted about the project to begin with, in violation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

For more information (in Spanish):

Complete communiqué of representatives of Kichán Kichañob

Complete communiqué of representatives of PUDEE and ejidal authorities from Jolnixtie section 1

Cuarto Poder: CFE intimidations are denounced; Chols “resist”

Cuarto Poder: Drainage system hurts the environment, it is claimed

Chiapas: Public Denunciation by the United Peoples in Defense of Electric Energy

December 3, 2008

The organization United Peoples in Defense of Electric Energy (Pueblos Unidos en Defensa de la Energía Eléctrica, PUDEE), an organization which is in resistance to the high energy prices in the Northern Zone of the state, has denounced for years the unjust policy of high energy prices. As stated in their recent communiqué, the new program implemented by the government of Chiapas of Juan Sabines Guerrero, known as ‘Luz Solidaria’ (Solidarity for Light) is being closely scrutinized by PUDEE. The program consists of a subsidy, a ‘tarifa preferencial,’ for certain communities that will result in lower electricity bills. However, according to the communiqué it continues to maintain the high prices intact and is being used as a means of keeping communities divided, in addition to attempting to control and subue the resistance.

Below is the public denunciation of the PUDEE from November 23, 2008