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July 1, 2015

From Mexico and South America, groups and organizations condemn attacks on Zapatista support bases in Chiapas.

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From Mexico and South America, groups and organizations condemn attacks on Zapatista support bases in Chiapas.

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Chiapas, Mexico. June 27. “The compañeros Zapatista support bases (BAEZLN) from El Rosario, Municipality of San Manuel, have again been cowardly attacked on 24th June by  paramilitaries from Chikinival barrio in the ejido Pojkol, municipality of Chilon,” state adherents to the Sixth and former students of the Zapatista Little School from Queretaro, after the Caracol Resistance Towards a New Dawn, Good Government Junta Path to the future, of La Garrucha, denounced on 25th June the third attack on BAEZLN from the community of El Rosario, located in the official municipality of Ocosingo.

“We know well that the governments are the same narco-criminals in their different levels: Enrique Peña Nieto, Manuel Velasco and Octavio Albores, who from above order their minions, paramilitary groups in collusion with Sr. Guadalupe Flores, to basely attack the Zapatista rebel dignity” assert organizations and people, adherents to Sixth and supporters from Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina. “We are united in the pain which provokes outrage and condemnation of the events that are occurring in Zapatista territory,” they added.

“The government, trying to destroy the truth, has paid paramilitaries (28 from Pojkol and 21 from the community of El Rosario) to attack the Zapatistas; They robbed, intimidated, raided, destroyed and shot at the compañeros support bases” said Collectives of the Sixth from San Luis Potosi.

“Almost a month after the start of the Second Grade of the Little School of Freedom According to the Zapatistas, paramilitaries acts started again against the project of Autonomy of the Zapatista Peoples,” warns the Space of Struggle against Forgetting and Repression from Chiapas.

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Believing People of Chenalhó pronounces itself in favour of the closure of cantinas in the municipality

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Believing People of Chenalhó pronounces itself in favour of the closure of cantinas in the municipality

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In a communique published on 23 June, Catholics from the Chenalhó parish who make up part of the Believing People pronounced themselves in favour of the closure of cantinas and alcohol dispensaries in their municipality. They stressed that “the consequences of the consumption of alcohol are disastrous, such as suicides, deaths, motor-vehicle accidents, and divorce.” There exist some 21 cantinas, three restaurants, and two grocery stores in the municipal seat.

The Catholics demanded that the agreement which previously had been organized by the 94 communities of the municipality be observed, as the owners of cantinas and alcohol dispensaries have not respected this. It must be recalled that on 13 June, an organized women’s group requested the authorities to produce a document that would demand the departure of those selling alcohol. In this way, “on 20 June, the judges went to see whether the alcohol-vendors respected the document, but they did not. Instead, they merely returned to selling.”

They claim as well that “if something bad happens, whether to the organized women, or to our priest or the believers of this parish, the immediately responsible parties will be the authorities of the Chenalhó municipality, the state government, and the federal government, and we will not remain silent, but rather we will denounce the situation before national and international civil society, and before Mexican and global human-rights defenders.”

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/chiapas-believing-people-of-chenalho-pronounces-itself-in-favor-of-the-closure-of-cantinas-in-the-municipality/

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CFE cuts off 14 communities from Tila, provoking tensions

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CFE cuts off 14 communities from Tila, provoking tensions

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In a communique published on 21 June, the organization Peoples United for the Defence of Electricity (PUDEE) denounced that the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) suspended service on 17 June to residents in 14 communities from the Tila municipality, northern zone of Chiapas. Some of the affected homes find themselves in a position of resistance to paying for electricity, due to high prices.

In light of these events, PUDEE has reported increased “tensions in the communities that struggle and resist to defend their rights” and that “amidst the situation and the rise in violence that could take place in the communities of the northern zone, we hold the three levels of government responsible.”

PUDEE indicated that “if it is this way that CFE will treat the communities in resistance, we will organize ourselves by means of the self-determination of our peoples. The way they are privatizing the electricity, we too will privatize our lands, and the CFE will have to pay us for the use of our lands. If this does not happen, they can take their light-posts and transformers. We will not allow them to plunder our land, which belonged to our parents and is for our children.”

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/7720/

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Believing People of El Bosque march for a halt to violence in their region

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 Believing People of El Bosque march for a halt to violence in their region

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Pilgrimage in El Bosque (@Radio Pozol)

On June 6, around 2,500 members of the Believing People of El Bosque went on a pilgrimage to demand attention to the problems experienced in the region such as violence, corruption, drug trafficking, lack of basic services such as access to health and potable water.

They asked the three levels of government “to put a stop to all the injustices that are on top of our communities, pueblos, and cities,” the “no repetition of events such as the murders of Chabajebal, San Pedro Nichtal-ucum, and Unio´on Progreso, municipalities of El Bosque, Chiapas. As well as massacres like Acteal, Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Aguas Blancas, etc.”; “a stop to forced disappearances of men, women, and children; a stop to repression”; “a stop to to the imprisonments of human rights defenders and innocent people”; “the presentation with life of all the disappeared persons of the country”; “justice for the deaths of the children murdered by the IMSS from the community of Pimienta, municipality of Simojovel, Chiapas”; and the immediate liberation of all the political prisoners and unjustly imprisoned.

Participants of this march were members of the Believing People of the neighboring municipality of Simojovel, who maintain demanding justice for the death of Yadira González González and Emmanuel Francisco López, the babies who died in La Pimienta after the application of vaccines from the IMSS last May.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/chiapas-believing-people-of-el-bosque-pilgrim-to-for-a-halt-to-violence-in-their-region/

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June 30, 2015

Zapatista News Summary for June 2015

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ZAPATISTA NEWS SUMMARY FOR JUNE 2015

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News from Chiapas

1. Follow-up to the seminar “Critical thought versus the capitalist hydra.” Videos, audios and English translations of the series of talks by the EZLN, explaining their thinking on the issues facing Mexico and the world, continue to be published. These include a translation of Sub Galeano’s words ‘The Method, the Bibliography, and a Drone Deep in the Mountains of the Mexican Southeast,’ in which he sums up: “We are faced with a reality that can be synthesized today in one word: Ayotzinapa. For us Zapatistas, Ayotzinapa is not the exception, but the rule. What we see there is a family portrait of the system at a global level.” The message is to organise. “The seminar is really a seedbed asking compas of the Sixth to continue the process in their own places, according to their own times and ways.”

2. Another pilgrimage. On 6th June, 2,500 members of the Pueblo Creyente from El Bosque go on a pilgrimage to call attention to the problems they are facing, such as violence, corruption, drug trafficking, prostitution, bars selling alcohol, and lack of basic services like healthcare and drinkable water.

3. Frayba provides evidence of arbitrary detentions and persecution of innocent people by the municipal police in Ocosingo, during the electoral protests on 7th June, when the police arbitrarily arrested 11 people, with an excessive use of force and violence. They have all now been released.

4. Alejandro Díaz Santiz, indigenous Tsotsil detained in prison No. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas has his amparo for release denied; he has now spent 16 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Alejandro, who is in solidarity with the voice of el Amate and an adherent to the Sixth, calls for an investigation in to the unhealthy and polluted water in the prison which is causing health problems. In another letter he expresses solidarity with the Ayotzinapa familes.

5. The caravan of family and friends of the disappeared and murdered normal school students of Ayotzinapa visits the North of Chiapas to meet with the organized indigenous communities of the Indigenous National Congress (CNI), in order to share their struggles. The first meeting is held on 16th June in San Francisco Teopisca, municipality of Tenejapa, Chiapas, a meeting also attended by members of Las Abejas. On 17thJune the second meeting takes place in the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón at Cumbre Nachoj, the headquarters of the adherents to the Sixth from Bachajón. On 18th June the Ayotzinapa families march with human rights defenders and members of X’inich in Palenque to demand justice for the disappeared students and for the victims of the Viejo Velasco massacre.

6. Problems due to alcohol. Representatives of the Pueblo Creyente from the parish of San Pedro Apostol, municipality of Chenalhó, report that alcoholism is causing social conflicts and increased violence against women in the communities. They demand the closure of the bars and canteens and accuse the authorities of lacking the political will to solve this conflict. Among the problems they say are caused by excessive drinking are: death, suicide through drinking chemicals, road accidents, marriage or family breakdown, children without clothing, and the suffering of women whose husbands have abandoned their families.

7. The Pueblo Creyente of Simojovel call for solidarity and peace following new death threats and harassments being made by leaders of the PRI against Father Marcelo Perez and the catechists and members of the Parish Council and the Pueblo Creyente. These threats, which have increased since 16th June, are in response to the denouncement of corruption, and in particular to the recent arrest of three members of the PRI for the possession of arms and drugs. In response, nine parishes unite with Simojovel’s struggle.

8. 120 days of forced displacement. The 17 families forcibly displaced from Primero de Agosto in the municipality of Las Margaritas, by members of CIOAC-historical, continue to demand an immediate return to their community, justice, and reparation of damages.

9. A member of Las Abejas of Acteal is assassinated. On 23rd June, Manuel López Pérez is travelling with his eleven-year old son on a public transport vehicle from Pantelhó when it is ambushed by seven armed men dressed in military clothing. They shoot Manuel three times, twice in the head. Members of the board of Las Abejas say they are unable to attend his burial in San Joaquin for security reasons, due to the number of paramilitaries in the area. They later denounce death threats against other members of their organisation, Antonio Lopez Jimenez and his family, who are also displaced from San Joaquin for not participating in government projects.

10. A new paramilitary attack is denounced in the Caracol of La Garrucha. On 24th June the JBG Path of the Future denounces that 28 paramilitaries from the ejido Pojkol arrived that morning at the homes of the Zapatista support bases (BAZ) in the community of El Rosario, in the autonomous municipality of San Manuel. 8 of them were carrying 22 calibre firearms. They met up with the 21 paramilitaries from El Rosario itself, and a little later with an alleged engineer and the rancher from Ocosingo who held the lands before 1994. The rancher handed over documents, and the attackers started to measure the recuperated lands, planning a temple and houses. Then they started to go in to the homes of the BAZ. They destroyed one of the houses, robbing all the possessions including the roof, and taking them all back to Pojkol. The JBG say that these two individuals are the paramilitary advisers, and that the group is financed and trained by the state, municipal and federal governments. These are the same paramilitaries who have attacked El Rosario on two previous occasions. The denouncement includes a denunciation by Subcomandante Moises about repression against teachers and the murder of Antonio Vivar Díaz.

11. Margarita Gómez and David Hernández Torres, indigenous Tsotsil campesinos from Teopisca, Chiapas, are detained and tortured by members of the Specialised Police to make them confess to the murder of Juan Perez, brother of David Hernández. They are now imprisoned in the Centre for Social Reinsertion of the Sentenced No 5 in San Cristobal de las Casas, found guilty of murder. David and Margaret are concerned for the welfare of their seven children, all minors, while they are punished for a crime they did not commit. They cannot read or write or speak Spanish.

News from Mexico

With thanks to the Chiapas Support Committee

1. Mexico’s Mid-term Elections – On Sunday, June 7, Mexico held mid-term elections to renew delegates to the federal Congress. There were also elections for local officers in some states. The results show that the PRI will control a majority of the seats in Congress. The campaign was characterized by protests, violence, burning of party propaganda and election materials and militarization of the electoral process. Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas experienced both militant protests and militarization. Teachers led the local protests and maintained strikes and an encampment in Mexico City, and continue to militantly oppose the education “reform.”

In Tlapa, Guerrero, police killed Antonio Vivar Díaz, a student with a young wife and daughter, and a leader in the Guerrero Popular Movement (MPG). Tlapa was militarized and occupied by federal police during the election. In several states entrances and exits to Pemex facilities were blocked. At least 100 people were arrested and detained in Oaxaca alone, and 25 of them remain in prison. Hundreds of criminal actions are still being processed. In Guerrero, leaders of the teachers’ movement (Ceteg) and the MPG denounced intense repression by the Mexican Army, Navy and Federal Police.

2. Ayotzinapa – The Caravana 43 visits three countries in South America as part of a strategy to circulate struggle, disrupt misinformation, and create a context for a deeper discussion about how state violence and repression have become systematic in Mexico and in other parts of the world. Other relatives of the 43 disappeared students protest with students and social organizations in Guerrero, including teachers’ organizations. Felipe de la Cruz, spokesperson for the parents of the 43, reveals that he is receiving death threats and threats against his family on his mobile phone, intended to deter their fight to find their disappeared sons.

A Mexican judge seeking asylum in the United States reveals a new version of what happened in Iguala, Guerrero, on the night of 26th September when the 43 Ayotzinapa students were forcibly disappeared. This version suggests that federal and military officials were directly involved in the case. It undermines the official narrative of the Mexican government, that the students were detained and taken to the base of the Iguala Municipal Police before being delivered to the United Warriors cartel, by affirming that this is not true.

The families mark the 9-month anniversary of the disappearances on 26th July by holding a 43-hour vigil.

3. Mexico legalises gay marriage. After months of rulings saying that restricting marriage to heterosexual couples is discriminatory, the Mexican Supreme Court legalizes same-sex matrimonies nationwide.

4. The indigenous Ñhathö community from San Francisco Xochicuautla convokes a Peace Camp of Dignified Resistance for the Defence of the Otomi Forest against the megaproject of death, the Toluca Naucalpan highway.

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Minerva, half of her life disappeared, with no justice

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Minerva, half of her life disappeared, with no justice

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Minerva Guadalupe Pérez Torres

On 20 June 2015, Minerva Guadalupe Pérez Torres would have had her thirty-eighth birthday. That same day in 1996, she was “headed to the Masojá Shucjá community, Tila municipality, Chiapas, to visit her ill father. On her route, in the Miguel Alemán community, she was intercepted by members of the ‘Development, Peace, and Justice’ paramilitary group, who kidnapped her, tortured her sexually and otherwise for three days, and then forcibly disappeared her. Nearly two decades after, her whereabouts are entirely unknown,” indicates the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Centre for Human Rights (CDHFBLC). Beyond this, a public bulletin reported that the relatives of Minerva and other forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed persons are receiving notes “to confront their aggressors, the paramilitary leaders of Development, Peace, and Justice: Diego Vázquez Pérez, Sabelino Torres Martínez, Marcos Albino, and Samuel Sánchez, who are ordered to appear before a judge or face a fine of $2,048 [Mexican pesos] if they fail to comply.”

This aforementioned group was trained and protected by the State Police and the Mexican Army in the 1990s as a counter-insurgency weapon, as demonstrated in the Chiapas Campaign Plan 94. The CDHFBLC documented that Development, Peace, and Justice carried out 85 executions, 37 forcible disappearances, and forcibly displaced more than 4,500 people.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/chiapas-minerva-half-of-her-life-disappeared-with-no-justice/

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Polluted water given to prisoners at Prison No. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

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Polluted water given to prisoners at Prison No. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

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Alejandro Díaz Santiz, currently held in Prison No. 5 of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, who is organized in solidarity with the Voz del Amate and adheres to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, has called on the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) and the State Commission on Human Rights (CEDH) to intervene within the prevailing situation of lack of healthy water being consumed in the institution. He denounced that the water comes from a deteriorated cistern that contains fissures, such that sewage from the prison enters. He postulated this as being the reason for diarrheal and dermatological diseases.

“The promise made by director Pascual Martínez Cervantes is that he will resolve this problem; however, this problem has existed for a long time, and we have seen an increasing trend of more ill prisoners,” he explained to Chiapas Paralelo. He added that within the prison purified water is sold, but the prisoners lack the means with which to buy it.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/chiapas-polluted-water-given-to-prisoners-at-prison-no-5-in-san-cristobal-de-las-casas/

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Delegation of relatives and comrades of Ayotzinapa students tour communities of the Indigenous National Congress (CNI)

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Delegation of relatives and comrades of Ayotzinapa students tour communities of the Indigenous National Congress (CNI)

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Delegation from Ayotzinapa in Palenque @OmarEl44

On 16 June, a caravan of relatives and comrades of the disappeared and murdered students from Ayotzinapa arrived in Chiapas to meet with indigenous communities organized within the Indigenous National Congress (CNI) who adhere to the Sixth Declaration of the  Lacandona Jungle. Doña Bertha Nava and Don Tomás Ramírez, the parents of Julio César Ramírez Nava, who was murdered on 26 September 2014 in Iguala, Guerrero, Doña Cristina Bautista Salvador, mother of Benjamín Ascencio Bautista (disappeared), and Omar García, a student, comprised the caravan. The caravan began its first day in the community of San Francisco, Teopisca municipality, with the participation of the Dignified Seed, a collective from the Chiapas highlands, the Network in Defence of Indigenous Peoples of the Highlands of Chiapas, and the Las Abejas Civil Society. Omar García noted that “Ayotzinapa has united many of us, and if we are not all against the system, still we work together, because we do not count ourselves by number, but rather by strength of relationships that are woven in this struggle.” Regarding the pain of Acteal, he said, “what you have suffered we also have suffered. Now we must confront that pain together with you.”

On 17 June, the caravan continued on to San Sebastián Bachajón, Chilón municipality, with the presence and participation of members organized in the San Sebastián Bachajón ejido who represent communities that make up the People United in Defence of Electricity (PUDEE) and the Tila ejido. In Cumbre Nachoj, the headquarters of the ejido where the meeting took place, Doña Berta expressed that “in Tixtla Guerrero, we thought it was just us, but all of us have been beaten down by the government in one way or another.” The conclusion of the caravan took place in Palenque with the XINICH organization that is comprised of indigenous communities of the northern Lacandona jungle, ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón, the Autonomous Council of the Coastal Zone, human-rights defenders, and the civil society in solidarity, demanding justice for Ayotzinapa and also for the case of the massacre in the Viejo Velasco community in the Ocosingo municipality, which took place in 2006, that continues in impunity.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/chiapasguerrero-delegation-of-relatives-and-comrades-of-ayotzinapa-students-tour-communities-of-the-national-indigenous-congress-cni/

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EZLN Denunciation of Paramilitary Attack.

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EZLN Denunciation of Paramilitary Attack

New Paramilitary Attack. Caracol Resistance Towards a New Dawn, La Garrucha

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Zapatista Army for National Liberation

Mexico

June 25, 2015

To the National and International Sixth:

As we already know, the bad government mixes fraud with violence. It doesn’t matter which political party they’re from, those who rule always seek to stay above on the backs of those below. The Ruler himself feigns deafness; these denunciations don’t matter to him because he pays the press well to say nice things him.

Before, it was Juan Sabines Guerrero, the one everyone insisted was very much a leftist politician. The progressive politicians came to receive awards from him, and even “the legitimate one”[i] came to shout enthusiastically, “long live Juan Sabines!” It is the very same Juan Sabines Guerrero who set it up so that his successor in government would be that ‘famous blonde’ Manuel Velasco Coello, because they are both from the families who, along with a few others, divvy up the political posts in Chiapas among themselves. Juan Sabines stole, committed fraud, and spread violence.

Now Velasco does the same. If just a few days ago they carried out an enormous fraud in the elections, violating their own laws above, now they are preparing for the upcoming local elections with the blood of those below.

Mere lies are not enough for the governments above; they also want to repress, incarcerate, and kill.

Now they are repressing the democratic teachers movement for merely insisting that this cursed educational reform is a lie, that it’s a reform by the boss against the workers. It isn’t to improve education, it’s to worsen it. And the reformers don’t know anything about the schools, they don’t even know how to teach. Because the government doesn’t like the truth to come out, it lies. But since now nobody believes the government, it resorts to repression.

How shameless they must be to make the head of state education an alcoholic murderer that says one thing one day and the opposite the next. How is somebody who can’t even speak properly going to create educational reform? The person I speak of is named Emilio Chuayffet, and he is one of the murderers of Acteal, the one who would get drunk and say idiotic things. He’s doing the same now.

This isn’t only happening in Chiapas, but also in Oaxaca, Guerrero, and other states, where the bad governments want to cover up the truth with beatings, gas, bullets, and threats.

It’s clear that they aren’t satisfied unless their “democratic” elections result in people being beaten, imprisoned, and murdered. And then all the parties fight over the scraps; they don’t even remember who was killed—his name was Antonio Vivar Díaz and he was a teacher—nor who was beaten and imprisoned.

The governments above are built on deceit and repression.

But the blood of the teachers isn’t enough for Manuel Velasco in Chiapas. He also wants to drink the indigenous blood of the communities.

Despite the fact that human rights organizations have denounced it, Velasco continues to encourage his paramilitaries to attack Zapatista bases of support.

That’s what is happening in the municipality of Ocosingo, Chiapas, where the three [levels of] government agree among themselves to incite provocations: Enrique Peña Nieto, Manuel Velasco and Octavio Albores. These governments are behind the paramilitaries from Pojkol.

Even though the community they are from has disowned them, they continue to attack. The indigenous people there who are party members say that they don’t control these paramilitaries, that the paramilitaries get their orders form the municipal president of Ocosingo and the state government in Tuxtla Gutiérrez. That that’s where they get their weapons, equipment, vehicles, and orders to attack the bases of support.

This just happened a few hours ago:

Caracol Resistance Towards a New Dawn

Junta de Buen Gobierno[ii] Path to the Future

La Garrucha, Chiapas, Mexico

June 24, 2015

Public Denunciation

To the general public:

To the autonomous alternative, or whatever-you-call-them media:

To the honest human rights organizations:

Sisters and brothers of Mexico and the world:

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We once again denounce attacks against us by the paramilitaries from the ejido Pojkol, barrio Chiquinibal, municipality of Chilón, and 21 persons from the same paramilitary group from Rosario, official municipality of Ocosingo, Chiapas.

Facts:

Today, Wednesday, June 25, 2015, at 8:05 am, 28 paramilitaries from the Pojkol ejido of the barrio Chiquinbal came to the town of Rosario in the Autonomous Municipality of San Manuel, where our EZLN bases of support live. They came on 8 motorcycles and with a Nissan without license plates. Of the 28 paramilitaries, 8 carried 22-caliber weapons.

In Rosario there are 21 paramilitaries who are trying to invade our recuperated lands, and they are supported by this group of 28 paramilitaries from the Pojkol ejido of the barrio Chikinibal.

At 10:05 am, a white RAM truck without license plates arrived with two people inside: and engineer and a rancher, Guadalupe Flores, who lives in Ocosingo, Chiapas, and was the owner of these lands before 1994. The 28 paramilitaries from Pojkcol and the 21 paramilitaries from Rosario met with the engineer and the rancher. After they finished their meeting they began to measure the land, supposedly to construct a temple, and they also measured sites for house construction. Then the rancher gave the paramilitary group some documents, apparently the blueprint plans for the recuperated lands. 

At 1:26 pm, they fired their guns 10 times behind the house of one of the compañeros who is a base of support, intimidating the entire community.

At 1:27 pm, 8 paramilitaries from Pojkol entered the house of a base of support, but didn’t find anyone because the owner of that house had already left in order to avoid conflict. After 23 minutes, they went to another compañero’s house; at 1:50 pm they destroyed the house of a compañero base of support, stealing all of his possessions, including the roof of the house, which consists of 12 sheets of 3.5 wide tin, two chickens, 4 picks, 20 eggs, 2 axes, 2 solar energy cells, $2000 pesos in cash, 2 hoes, one tape recorder, one 100 meter hose, and 150 kilos of beans. They put all of the compañero base of support’s things into the truck that belonged to the supposed engineer, and the truck and the 28 people from Pojkol headed off toward Pojkol with all of the stolen goods.

As authorities of the Junta de Buen Gobierno, we are clear that these acts demonstrate that this person pretending to be an engineer along with the ex-owner of the ranch are the advisors of these paramilitary groups.

We also see clearly that the bad government is acting in many forms and ways to attack us. These same paramilitaries are the ones who killed one of our bulls, destroyed houses, destroyed our collective store, stole our belongings, and used herbicide to fumigate our pasture where we keep our collectively owned livestock of the San Manuel municipality. They shot off their weapons there, drawing letters in the dirt saying “pojkol territory,” and leaving burnt bullet casings around; this was in August of 2014. 

These are the same paramilitaries who came on May 10, 2015, when one of them, named Andrés, shot at a little girl base of support.

This is our third denunciation; the first and second detail the previous acts.

These groups of people are trained and financed by the federal, state, and municipal governments. They have tried to provoke us multiple times with their counterinsurgency strategy, because the bad governments think that we are going to fall into their traps and stain ourselves with the blood of our indigenous brothers who are messed up in the head because they are paid for this activity and their conscience has been sullied by the bad capitalist system.

We want to say clearly that we will not stand here with our arms crossed as our bases of support are harassed in whatever way and with whichever means the bad government chooses to use against us. We have said clearly that we will defend our lands at whatever cost; we were born from this land and we will return to her.

Brothers and sisters, we will continue to denounce what is happening and we hope that you will be alert to what might happen to our compañeros and compañeras bases of support.

We hold the federal, state, and municipal governments directly responsible for whatever might happen, as they hold direct responsibility for these actions, and this is not the first time we have denounced what these groups of people are doing.

Sincerely

Authorities of the current Junta de Buen Gobierno

Jacinto Gómez Pérez                                            Colosio Pérez Lorenzo

 Nely Núñez Sánchez                                             Alex López Álvarez

So there you have it, compañeros and compañeras of the Sixth.

As we see it, it isn’t that the bad government simply isn’t paying attention because it is busy with its propaganda and lies, but rather that it is precisely the bad government who is giving the orders. What else could explain the fact that the names of these criminals are already known and yet they walk around with their weapons in front of the government authorities and nobody says anything? Because these people are the government’s employees. The paramilitaries state it clearly, that nobody can do anything to them because Velasco’s government protects and pays them.

That’s what we have to tell you for now, compañer@s. It’s all the same: from above there are only lies, beatings, contempt, and exploitation.

From below must come organization. For life, not the bloodbath that the system’s foremen, supervisors, and overseers want on the orders of their master, neoliberal capitalism.

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.

Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés

Mexico

June 2015

[i] Refers to Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, former PRD presidential candidate self-designated “the legitimate president” after the 2006 elections, which were widely denounced as fraudulent.

[ii] Good Government Council

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June 27, 2015

“Our compañera has just given birth, here where we are suffering greatly from the cold and rain”, indigenous Tojolabales displaced in Chiapas

Filed under: Displacement, Human rights, Indigenous — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 8:19 pm

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“Our compañera has just given birth, here where we are suffering greatly from the cold and rain”, indigenous Tojolabales displaced in Chiapas

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“Where will the son or daughter of Elvira Mendez be born?” social organizations and people in solidarity with the displaced families from the community Primero de Agosto,  Municipality of Las Margaritas, Chiapas, asked two months ago. The answer was revealed by the indigenous Tojolabales in a communiqué on 23rd June: “Our compañera has just given birth, here where we are suffering greatly from the cold and the rain.”

Although Elvira gave birth in the municipal headquarters, she did not want to stay away long from her displaced compañer@s, and she has returned to the camp, where along with her new-born child she is suffering the inclement weather along with the other refugees, on the section of the highway from Nuevo Momón to Monte Cristo Viejo.

“After 120 days we continue to denounce the forced displacement of 17 Tojolabal families by ejidatarios from Miguel Hidalgo belonging to the Central Independent Organization of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos – Historical (CIOAC-H), led by Luis Hernandez Cruz,” denounced the families originally from the border jungle zone.

“This morning, 23rd June, 2015, as for the last four months, the raindrops wake us coming through the holes in the plastic sheets which cover us every night, we get up with our clothes cold and wet due to the moisture on the ground where we sleep, since the rainy season has already arrived, because the government has not done anything,” added the displaced people.

“We demand an end to the threats and harassment, we strongly urge the federal government of Enrique Peña Nieto, the State Government of Manuel Velasco Coello and the Mayor of Las Margaritas, Culebro Manuel Gordillo, to fulfil the agreement signed on 25th February, 2015 where they committed to dividing the land equally,” demanded the indigenous Tojolabales.

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Communiqué: http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.mx/2015/06/120-dias-de-desplazamiento-forzado-de.html

http://www.pozol.org/?p=10911

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Death threats and harassment against members of Las Abejas originating in the San Joaquin community

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Death threats and harassment against members of Las Abejas originating in the San Joaquin community

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June 26, 2015. Editorial Radio Pozol Collective. The Civil Society Las Abejas of Acteal denounced that Antonio Lopez Jimenez and his family, originating from the San Joaquin community in Pantelhó municipality, Chiapas, have suffered death threats and harassment after the assassination of Manuel Lopez Perez on June 23, 2015.

Las Abejas denounced that the municipal president of Pantelhó, Miguel Entzin Cruz, and the Municipal Judge Pedro Girón López “instead of respecting, ensuring and protecting the physical and psychological integrity of our compañeros and compañeras, are complicit in a series of threats against Antonio and his family, in addition the aforementioned judge threatened to kill Manuel and, according to witnesses, told his son he was going to prepare his weapon to kill him.”

In response, the Civil Society Las Abejas of Acteal, announced their concern for the physical and psychological integrity and life of Antonio and his family, since the municipality of Pantelhó is known as “a very violent municipality where the authorities allow murders and they go unpunished, if they did not respect the life of our compañero Manuel even though he was a member of our organization, we fear with good reason that Antonio and his family could be attacked in the same way,” holding the three levels government responsible for what might happen.

Currently Antonio and his family live in the municipal seat of Pantelhó, because since 2007 they have been forcibly displaced by the authorities “of PRD, now Green Ecologist (PVEM), affiliation” because of their resistance (they do not accept projects from the bad government) and construction of autonomy.

For more information see: http://acteal.blogspot.mx/2015/06/denunciamos-mas-amenazas-de-muerte.html

http://www.pozol.org/?p=10909

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In Mexico Complaints of Torture Increased 600% in 10 Years – Amnesty International

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:18 pm

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In Mexico Complaints of Torture Increased 600% in 10 Years – Amnesty International

 Members of Amnesty International protest against torture yesterday  in front of the Secretariat of Foreign Relations 


Members of Amnesty International protest against torture yesterday
 in front of the Secretariat of Foreign Relations

Alma E. Muñoz

La Jornada, 27th June, 2015
In the past 10 years, complaints of torture in Mexico have increased by 600 percent. Impunity has increased as well; proof of this is that between 2005 and 2013 the Attorney General’s Office only managed to get seven convictions for committing this crime, said Amnesty International (AI).

On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture…AI members demonstrated in front of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) to demand an end to torture and the appearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa normal school students who were disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero.

AI noted that the practice of torture is widespread and persistent in the country, and the government has turned a blind eye to it. According to the agency’s director in Mexico, Perseo Quiroz, the above figures highlight the prevailing impunity that favours a repeating pattern……Perseo Quiroz said that his organization continues to receive reports of human rights violations committed by police and security forces, including arbitrary arrests, torture and forced disappearances. He questioned that, despite the increase of torture, the government has not put into operation prevention protocols, nor has it exercised sanctions on public officials who commit this crime.

He said the training of officials is only a minimum step in addressing this serious problem. “Torture will not be eradicated if its practitioners are not accountable to justice and the victims are not compensated for the damage caused by their suffering,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the Mexican League for the Defence of Human Rights also held a rally outside the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, protesting that the Mexican government minimizes the severity of torture and enforced disappearance in the country. Its leader, Adrian Ramirez, said: “We are facing the gravest human rights crisis in the entire history of Mexico.

He maintained that the level of torture increased beginning in 2006, when the drug war of former President Felipe Calderon began. “As a result of this war, continued by the government of Enrique Peña Nieto, we are reaching about 200,000 dead, more than 60 thousand detained and disappeared and thousands and thousands of victims of torture,” he said.

In addition, he said, there are “prisons full of suspects or presumed juvenile delinquents who are accused of committing serious crimes. Also, we take note that the government minimizes the numbers, and even disqualifies assaults and attacks on international activists.”

During the AI protest in front of the entrance to the PGR, a member of the theatre group Art Action 2012 stripped off his clothes and with a scalpel made a cut on his forehead and chest as a sign of protest over the lack of results in curbing this practice and finding the 43 Ayotzinapa students. Activists also made a performance, placing bundles on the ground to simulate the bodies of tortured or disappeared persons.

Among the group was Angel Amílcar Colon Quevedo, a native of Honduras, who said he was tortured after being arrested in March 2009 in Fresno de Tijuana, Baja California. He stated that local police handed him over to state and then federal authorities who accused him of being a Colombian drug lord.

To mark the day, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) issued a statement asking the Mexican government to address the recommendations issued by international organizations to investigate and punish cases of torture. The Commission said it was making its statement so that in the country “acts such as those that occurred in Tlatlaya and Iguala are not repeated.”

It called on society and the authorities to establish a common front to combat this scourge and strengthen a culture of respect for fundamental rights. The national body invited authorities and society to reflect together on all measures to prevent and eradicate this harmful practice that degrades both those who receive and those who perpetrate it. It also expressed its solidarity with all victims of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment.

Translated by Reed Brundage

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2015/06/27/index.php?section=politica&article=003n1pol&partner=rss

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Bachajón communiqué from Palenque, with the parents of the disappeared from Ayotzinapa

Filed under: Bachajon — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 11:58 am

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Bachajón communiqué from Palenque, with the parents of the disappeared from Ayotzinapa

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FROM EJIDO SAN SEBASTIAN BACHAJÓN, ADHERENTS TO THE SIXTH DECLARATION OF THE LACANDON JUNGLE, CHIAPAS, MEXICO, 18th JUNE 2015

To the compañer@s adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle

To the mass and alternative media

To the Good Government Juntas

To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

To the Indigenous National Congress

To the Network for Solidarity and against Repression

To Movement for Justice in El Barrio from New York

To the collectives and committees of solidarity at a national and international level

To national and international human rights defenders

To the people of Mexico and the world

Compañeros and compañeras, today we walk in Palenque, Chiapas alongside the brave and dignified mothers and fathers of the compañeros forcibly disappeared from Ayotzinapa by this narco government which has hijacked the country and with its military and police only wants to govern the country to trample over us as if our lives were worth nothing.

The institutions of the bad government are rotten to their roots and there is no way to defend our right through the law of bad government, so we work for the autonomy of our peoples and obey the people so they can have a decent life, we organize ourselves so we can address the needs of the peoples; even though the government wants to see us without money and in poverty we continue to build our autonomy, we denouncing the machinations of the bad government and the crimes they have committed such as murder when they killed our compañeros who were authorities like Juan Vazquez Guzmán on 24th April 2013 and Juan Carlos Gomez Silvano on 21st March 2014.

There is no other way, compañeros and compañeras, we must organize and struggle to build another country where there is respect for the life of the peoples and respect for our rights.

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We want to remember our compañeros y compañeras who were killed in the massacre at Viejo Velasco in November 13, 2006, where grave human rights violations were committed, and where also there are compañeros displaced for fighting for land as in Acteal where after many years there is still no justice. This is happening in Guerrero which fills us with pain and rage, knowing that there also there is no respect for life and the autonomy of the peoples. So the best justice is not to forget, to remember the compañeros and compañeras who have fought for a world where many worlds fit.

We demand the liberation of our prisoners in Yajalón JUAN ANTONIO GOMEZ SILVANO, MARIO AGUILAR SILVANO and ROBERTO GOMEZ HERNANDEZ, prisoners in Playas de Catazajá SANTIAGO MORNEO PERES, EMILIO JIMENES GOMEZ, prisoner in Amate ESTEBAN GOMEZ JIMENEZ.

From the northern zone of the state of Chiapas, Mexico, we send an embrace and combative greetings from the women and men of San Sebastián Bachajón.

Never again a Mexico without us

Land and Freedom

Zapata Vive!

Hasta la victoria siempre!

Freedom for political prisoners!

Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Bachajón struggle continues!

Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano Lives, the Bachajón struggle continues!

Antonio Vivar Diaz lives

NO dispossession of indigenous territories!

Immediate presentation of the disappeared compañeros from Ayotzinapa!

Long live the dignified struggle of our Chol compañeros y compañeras from the ejido Tila!

JUSTICE FOR AYOTZINAPA, ACTEAL, ABC, ATENCO!

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Words of Esteban Gómez, unjustly imprisoned, from San Sebastián Bachajón

Filed under: Bachajon, Indigenous — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 11:45 am

Words of Esteban Gómez, unjustly imprisoned, from San Sebastián Bachajón

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To the national and international Sixth

To the compañeros of Movement for Justice in El Barrio from NY

A the free and alternative media

To political prisoners in Mexico

I am Esteban Gómez Jimenez, I am here in the centre for social reintegration of the sentenced no IV in el Amate in the Ejido Lazaro Cardenas, municipality of Cintalapa Figueroa.

ESTEBVANThey accused me of assault, of carrying a weapon, homicide (4 charges); I have now spent two years in prison, they put me in prison on 12th June but I am innocent, I call on you to help me to gain my freedom.

I call for national and international solidarity to help me achieve my freedom, I was imprisoned for organising and defending Mother Earth.

I greet all the political prisoners in the country.

I say goodbye and ask you to be attentive to my situation because I am unjustly imprisoned.

sincerely

Esteban Gomez Jimenez

Esteban Gomez Jimenez, prisoner since 2013 in Playas de Catazajá and then transferred to El Amate. Accused by the PRI/Green party member Manuel Jimenez Moreno from the community of Pamalhá of an assault which he did not commit, for which he was imprisoned. Once in prison, he was charged with other crimes.

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