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October 7, 2012

Reactivation of Paramilitary Groups In Chiapas

Filed under: Acteal, Human rights, Indigenous, Paramilitary, Repression — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:19 am


Reactivation of Paramilitary Groups In Chiapas

[Editors’ Note: The conflict in Chiapas is intensifying with the re-emergence of paramilitary conflicts.]

Las Abejas Denounces the Reactivation of Paramilitary Groups in Chenalhó

** The organization reports that an indigenous Zapatista support base was shot one month ago

** It asserts that they re-grouped after the mass release from prison of those responsible for the Acteal Massacre

By: Hermann Bellinghausen,

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, October 4, 2012

The civil society organization Las Abejas of Acteal denounced the re-activation of paramilitary groups in Chenalhó Municipality, which is [also] happening in the same way in the state’s Northern Zone. “The massive release of paramilitaries, imprisoned for the Acteal Massacre, and which has carried on from August 12, 2009, until the release of Manuel Sántiz Pérez on September 25, has encouraged them to regroup, and they have now been revealed acting in coordination with others who were not charged, carrying firearms on the highways, the mountains, the paths to the corn and coffee fields.”

In the Chenalhó communities “they display firearms anywhere,” add the accusers, adding that one month ago an indigenous Zapatista support base was shot: “The recent tragedy of  September 5, when a PRI member shot Manuel Ruiz Hernández in the back, near the plaza in Yabteclum, reveals the paramilitary actions and the presence of these armed groups.”

The Tzotzil organization, which has maintained its independence with much effort for more than a decade, declared: “The transition to the government of Enrique Peña Nieto has unleashed violent acts that are part of a strategy of threats to counter social protest, not only against him, but also against social organizations that denounce the injustices and human rights violations committed and developed by the governments.”

These actions are implemented “under the logic of counterinsurgency,” in order to “create division and community conflict to cause forced displacement, to be managed by the government itself, as Juan Sabines Guerrero has been doing against organizations in the Northern Zone (Tila, San Sebastián Bachajón) and other autonomous regions.”

This governmental attitude, Las Abejas continues, “has led to the re-activation of the paramilitary groups Paz y Justicia in the Northern Zone, and Máscara Roja in Chenalhó.”

“The violent actions of the state are not limited to sowing fear: it continues the comprehensive strategy of attrition with which it has harassed our pacifist organization since the times of Pablo Salazar Mendiguchía. It was painful for the government to accept its defeat in 2008, when Felipe Calderón Hinojosa and Sabines Guerrero divided our organization thinking that they were going to weaken us, but they were wrong. What they did strengthened us and defined us as the organization that we are today.”

However, “the predators do not stop harassing us.” As was the case in April 2010, “they have reactivated their delegates or messengers; they now disguise themselves as survivors [of the massacre] to deceive people, and they arrive at the houses of paramilitaries, of PRI members, of members of the so-called Las Abejas Civil Association and of we ourselves. They invite [people] to form a survivors group to negotiate an indemnification and request assistance programmes in the name of the martyrs.”

The Civil Society Organization Las Abejas and the survivors of the massacre denounced these individuals who that say they are survivors, but are not: “Juan Oyalté Paciencia, paramilitary of Tzajaluk’um; Vicente Oyalte Luna, PRI member of Acteal community; Pedro Vásquez Ruíz and Juan Pérez Pérez, members of Las Abejas Civil Association.”

For the government “it was not enough to kill us, now it is trying to buy our consciences,” concluded Las Abejas this Wednesday; they later released a communiqué from Acteal: “The government knows how to murder the unborn, boys and girls, women, the elderly and men. We are never going to exchange the blood of our martyrs for money or assistance programmes. We will not allow the dignity of our massacred brothers to be sold, and we will never cease pointing and crying out for ‘justice’ against the material and intellectual authors of the Acteal Massacre.”


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Friday, October 5, 2012

English Translation: Chiapas Support Committee

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