National: Yaqui leader Mario Luna is released and declared innocent

October 8, 2015

Fernando Jiménez y Mario Luna, representantes del pueblo yaqui. Foto @ Benjamín FloresFernando Jiménez and Mario Luna, representatives of the Yaqui people. Photo @
Benjamín Flores

On 23 September, Mario Luna Delgado, leader of the Yaqui people, was released from prison no. 2 in Hermosillo, Sonora, after having been imprisoned since 11 September 2014. His release was expedited by the fact that the corresponding judge found no evidence supporting the charges against him: that is, kidnapping and robbery of a vehicle. Mario Luna had led protests and organized roadblocks in the community of Vícam against the extraction of water from the dam system on the Yaqui River, which was to be transferred to the city of Hermosillo. Luna opposes the construction of the Independence Aqueduct.

This release took place 10 days before the departure of Guillermo Padrés Elías as governor of Sonora state, who is to be replaced by a representative of the National Action Party (PAN).

It bears mentioning that Fernando Jiménez, another of the leaders of the Yaqui nation, had been released on 28 August, after a Yaqui committee together with representatives from Amnesty International submitted a petition with 15,000 signatures to the Secretary of Governance demanding the release of the detained and the application of due process in both cases.

For more information (in Spanish):

Tras un año preso, declaran inocente al líder yaqui Mario Luna (Proceso, 23 de septiembre de 2015)

Liberan al líder yaqui Mario Luna (La Jornada, 23 de septiembre de 2015)

Dejan en libertad a Mario Luna (El Imparcial, 23 de septiembre de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas/Nacional: Caravan from Yaqui Nation in defense of water arrives in San Cristóbal (17 May 2015)

Chiapas/National: CNI and EZLN express solidarity with Yaquis of Sonora against the looting of water (21 July 2013)

National/Chiapas: CNI and General Command of the EZLN demand release of Mario Luna (16 September 2014)

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Chiapas/National: Caravan from Yaqui Nation in defense of water arrives in San Cristóbal

May 17, 2015

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On 12 May the National Caravan for the Defense of Water, Land, Work, and Life arrived in San Cristóbal de las Casas Chiapas, having been organized by the Yaqui people of Sonora, Mexico.  Via three different routes (northern, northwestern, and southern), Yaquis have been touring the country to raise awareness about their struggle against megaprojects.

About 50 members of the Southern Caravan marched in San Cristóbal de las Casas, together with constituent members of other social processes in favor of the right to water, neighbors from Cuxtitali, defenders of wetlands, and female members of the Movement in Defense of Land and Territory, which struggles for the participation of women and their recognition within decision-making processes, among other goals.

It should be stressed that the indigenous Yaqui people, who have for 3 centuries striven to defend their autonomy, territory, and right to water, have two of its members politically imprisoned: Mario Luna and Fernando Jiménez, both of whom are charged with kidnapping and robbery during the protests against the Independence Aqueduct, which transfers water from the Yaqui River to Hermosillo.  This outcome was based on the violation of the indigenous peoples’ right to prior consultation.

The three routes of the caravan will continue their paths toward the Mexican capital, where they plan to arrive on 22 May in a joint concluding action.

For more information (in Spanish):

En defensa de nuestros territorios: Pronunciamiento de la Caravana Yaqui en San Cristóbal (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 12 de mayo de 2015)

http://caravanaporlavidamx.blogspot.mx/

Continúan caravanas de yaquis en defensa del agua, el territorio el trabajo y la vida (La Jornada, 13 de mayo de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas/National: CNI and EZLN express solidarity with Yaquis of Sonora against the looting of water (21 July 2013)


Chiapas: New actions by the EZLN to support Ayotzinapa

October 26, 2014

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© SIPAZ

In a new communique published on 19 October, the Zapatista Army for National Liberation (EZLN) announced new actions to be taken on 22 October to support the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.  In observance of said actions, they will also affirm the demand for the release of the Yaquis Mario Luna Romero and Fernando Jiménez Gutiérrez.

The communique notes the following: “AS PART OF THIS GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION, THE ZAPATISTA PEOPLE WILL ILLUMINATE SOME OF THE PATHS THAT OUR STEPS TAKE WITH OUR SMALL LIGHT.

AT THE EDGE OF HIGHWAYS, DIRT ROADS, AND GAPS, WE ZAPATISTAS WILL UNITE OUR INDIGNATION WITH THAT OF OUR BROTHERS FROM AYOTZINAPA AND THE HEROIC YAQUI PEOPLE.

THOUGH SMALL, OUR LIGHT WILL BE A WAY TO EMBRACE THOSE WHO TODAY ARE MISSING, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO ARE PAINED BY THEIR ABSENCE.”

For more information (in Spanish):

El EZLN se una a la jornada del 22 en apoyo a Ayotzinapa y al pueblo Yaqui, Enlace Zapatista, 19 de octubre de 2014

EZLN se une a demanda por presentación de los normalistas, La Jornada, 20 de octubre de 2014

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Contradictory versions regarding findings from graves in Iguala three weeks after the forced disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa – Protests are radicalized (26 October 2014)

National/International: Multiple mobilizations and marches for the “Pain” and “Rage” of Ayotzinapa (12 October 2014)

Guerrero: municipal police of Iguala fire on students of the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa. Six have died (11 October 2014)

Guerrero: Impunity continues in the Ayotzinapa case (17 May 2013)

Guerrero: Extrajudicial execution of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (21 December 2011)


Chiapas/National: CNI and EZLN express solidarity with Yaquis of Sonora against the looting of water

July 21, 2013

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In a communique released on 7 July, the Clandestine Indigenous Revolutionary Committee-General Command of the EZLN (CCRI-CG) and the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) saluted the “historical mobilization” of the Yaqui people in Sonora “to defend their existence and territory.”  More concretely, the organizations pronounced themselves against the “robbery of water that the bad government seeks to advance through the Independence Aqueduct.”The two demanded “the immediate cancellation of arrest-orders and the fabrication of crimes against members of the Yaqui tribe,” condemning “the criminalization of their struggle” when “the Yaqui river has historically been the transporter of the ancestral continuity of the culture and territory of the Yaqui people.”They warned finally that “those who comprise the CNI reiterate that if they touch one of us, they touch all of us, and for this reason we will respond to any attempt to repress this dignified struggle, or any other.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Se solidariza EZLN con yaquis de Sonora contra robo de agua (La Jornada, 8 de julio de 2013)

Comunicado del CCRI-CG del EZLN y el Congreso Nacional Indígena en solidaridad con la Tribu Yaqui (7 de julio de 2013)

“Los yaquis llevamos 500 años luchando. El cansancio no está cerca”(Desinformémonos, 8 de julio de 2013)