Chiapas: Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas ejido from Palenque denounces police invasion

September 10, 2015

Foto de la zona Norte de Chiapas @ archivo SIPAZPhoto of northern zone of Chiapas @ SIPAZ archive

The ejidatarios from Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas community, Palenque municipality, denounced that on 2 August two municipal police trucks arrived to the community.  “Of these patrols, 6 municipal police came out and approached the Ejidal House, where an extraordinary communal assembly was being celebrated with the three organization SERPAJ (Services for Peace and Justice-Morelos), the Ixim Antsetic Women’s House, and two coordinators from the Xi’nich organization.  These police did not identify themselves or provide any documentation even though we requested this of them,” noted the public denunciation.  The police expressed that they had received an emergency call from the state capital, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, affirming the existence of injured and burned persons due to a confrontation between Catholics and Evangelicals in the Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas community.

The ejidatarios indicated that “this is not the first time that police arrive without identifying themselves in our community.  On other occasions they have arrived on the pretext that there were confrontations in the community.  In April they arrived saying that they came to protect 4 families, and that they would be conducting patrols due to a supposed threat of displacement.”  “We grow weary of these lies.  The police come to intimidate and provoke due to the internal conflict that has existed for the past 5 years, of which all the governmental institutions are well-aware.  They use the lie that it is a religious conflict as a pretext to continue manipulating and terrorizing the organized community in defense of our Mother Earth, whom we will continue to defend,” they added in the document.

For their part, the organizations Ixim Antsetic Women’s House of Palenque, SERPAJ-Morelos, Xi’nich, Communal Health and Development (SADEC), the Center for Women’s Rights in Chiapas, and the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights demonstrated their concern for “this type of intimidation on the part of the government.  We know that it is a means of provocation that seeks to terrorize the community and lead it to give up its struggle for Mother Earth and life.  It is for this reason that we will continue to accompany this process that demands justice and respect for the rights to autonomy of indigenous peoples.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian incursión policiaca en ejido Cuauhtemoc Cárdenas, Palenque (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 7 de agosto de 2015)

#Chiapas Denuncia de #IncursiónPoliciaca en ejido Cuauhtemoc Cárdenas, #Palenque (Koman Ilel, 9 de agosto de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Ejidatarios from Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, northern zone, denounce harassment and death-threats (4 August 2013)

Chiapas: CAM, SADEC, and X’inich demand a home for ill residents of their communities

July 21, 2015

Presidencia municipal de Palenque @ Revista Poderes

Palenque City Hall @ Revista Poderes

The organizations Ixim Antsetic Women’s Home, Communal Health and Development (SADEC), and X’inich published an open letter to the Palenque mayor, Marcos Mayo, calling on him to “observe his electoral-campaign commitment that is of great importance to the people: the construction of a home for the relatives of the ill residents of our communities (we know it is very late, but the idea is that a budget will be assigned, and construction begun).”

The document recalls the primacy of the right to health, emphasizing the “problems that women face in pregnancy, labor, and the post-partum period, as many have nowhere to go after their children are born. They are told that it isn’t yet time for the child to be born, and so they are returned to their communities, and this has been the reason for major complications in labor or perinatal deaths.” Beyond this, they added that the Palenque hospital must attend to 400,000 residents from 9 neighboring municipalities, including Tila, Sabanilla, Salto de Agua, and Tumbalá, all of which have more than 90% indigenous populations with few resources. Additionally, Palenque itself has a 50% indigenous population.

For more information (in Spanish):

Casa de la Mujer Ixim Antsetic, SADEC y Xinich, Exige al Presidente Municipal de Palenque cumplimiento de promesas de campaña ante constantes violaciones a derechos de la salud y la vida (Casa de la Mujer Ixim Antsetic, )

Chiapas: Caravan to the South Day 3

September 26, 2011

Drawings for peace (@SIPAZ)

The third day of the journey of the Carvan for Peace in Chaipas began with a visit by a commission of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity to the Zapatista caracol of Oventic.  A member of the Good-Government Council (JBG) gave the welcome to the caravan with these words: “Welcome to this house that is of everyone, not just the Zapatistas.  We give you our welcome.  We are the Good-government Council, and we would like to listen to you.  We will not speak, only listen.”  In the meeting Sicilia made a pronouncement in which he supported the Zapatista contributions and causes and advocated that the San Andrés Accords be respected.  Upon ending the meeting, Javier Sicilia said he was satisfied with the reunion in press conference and stressed that the in the Zapatista tradition the JBG merely listened, as it was not a question of establishing alliances.  Furthermore he said that “if we could make bloom the indigenous proposal of the communities, the country would have true hope.  This country needs a good-government council like the one the Zapatisas have.”

Meeting in the public market of Ocosingo (@SIPAZ)

The next stop was in the public market of Ocosingo, a place of historical importance given the battle had tehre on2  January 1994 between the Zapatisa Army of National Liberation (EZLN) and the Mexican Army.  Local organizations shared with their visitors the history of the violence that indigenous communities have faced.  They said that Zapatistas and non-Zapatistas resist a war of low-intensity plagued by such human-rights violations as murders, forced disappearences, and paramilitaries.  They mentioned also that they resist the counter-insurgency strategies of the government that provide social programs that in their view bring few benefits to the communities in any case.

Meeting in the central park of Palenque (@SIPAZ)

The eighth day of the caravan ended with a march and a public act in the central park of Palenque.  The caravan was welcomed by Father Tomás González, who worked with migrants in Tenosique, Tabasco; the organization Xi’Nich; civil organizations like Communal Health and Development (SADEC), the House of Support for Women of Palenque (CAMP), parishes of the northern zone, and ecclesiastical communities.  The focus of the meeting was the theme of migration and solidarity with the migrants who pass through the state.  A collective of Ch’ol women of Palenque noted that “we request the suspension of the INM for its anomalies and attacks on migrants.”  Women of Palenque denounced that in the barrio of Pakalná migrants find themselves at the mercy of organized crime, and women are easy prey.  The Committee of Defense of Indigenous Freedom Xi’Nich declared its opposition to drug-trafficking in the region, declaring that “we have no other option but to emigrate to the touristic centers or to the other side of the northern border.  Calderón has converted Mexico into a warzone, not a place to live well; what he was constructed is the living image of lies and death.”  Javier Sicilia recognized the work carried out by priests like Gonzalo Ituarte in San Cristóbal and and Alejandro Solalinde in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, noting the risks they have taken to help indigenous individuals and migrants have their rights be respected.

For more information (in Spanish):
Escuchan zapatistas testimonios de la Caravana a su paso por Chiapas (La Jornada, 16 September)

Palabras de Javier Sicilia en Oventic, Chiapas (Cencos, 16 September)

Pide Sicilia presencia de la ONU para custodiar México (El Milenio, 16 September)

Caravana del Sur Día 8: Con los pueblos indígenas las cuentas siguen pendientes (Radio Informaremos, 18 September)

Caravana de Sicilia termina visita a Chiapas; piden desaparecer el INM(La Jornada, 17 September)

Reconoce Sicilia trabajo de padres como Alejandro Solalinde (Milenio, 17 September)

Caravana por la paz denuncia detención de activista (17 September)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Caravan to the South Day 2 (26 September 2011)

Chiapas: Day 1 of the Caravan to the South (26 September 2011)

Oaxaca receives Caravan to the South (23 September 2011)

Chiapas: Annunciation of the Caravan to the South in Chiapas (23 September 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: organizations will welcome the Caravan to the South of the Movement for Peace (22 September)

Mexico: March “Steps for Peace” (19 August)