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December 11, 2012

Junta Denounces Damage to Toniná Archaeological Zone; asks for director’s resignation

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Junta Denounces Damage to Toniná Archaeological Zone; asks for director’s resignation

 ** A collective artesanía store, the pretext for issuing an arrest warrant for Alfonso Cruz

** Octavio Albores, municipal president, accused of destroying Maya tombs to construct a bridge

HB Tonina wood

“Julissa Camacho Ramírez, director of the Toniná site, transports wood for constructing her house in Ocosingo in official INAH vehicles”

Photo: Hermann Bellinghausen

By: Hermann Bellinghausen

The Good Government Junta Path of the Future, based in the caracol  Resistance Toward a New Dawn, in La Garrucha, Chiapas, denounced the “strategy of persecuting and imprisoning our innocent compañeros, support bases of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN).” On this occasion the one persecuted is Alfonso Cruz Espinosa, of San Antonio Toniná, a pueblo adjacent to the Toniná archaeological zone and next to the municipal headquarters of Ocosingo.

The authorities of the Junta denounce the acts that occurred in Francisco Gómez autonomous municipality; “in our territory,” they specify. “According to reports, the compañero Cruz Espinosa has an arrest warrant against him.” This warrant would have been issued “on the simple pretext that the autonomous municipality constructed a collective artesanía store in that place, on our recuperated land, for the benefit of our compañeros in resistance.”

The Junta demands that: “the three levels of the bad government respect the agreements signed January 28, 2006 in the office of the Francisco Gómez autonomous council, because we do know how to respect the agreements.” It points out that the Zapatistas “are respecting the land that” Sra. Socorro Espinosa Trujillo and her daughters Berenice and Dalia Maribel Cruz Espinosa “are working.” Since years ago, the former state government of Juan Sabines Guerrero and (PAN) municipal government of Arturo Zúñiga manouevered to turn the Cruz Espinosa family against Alfonso, the legitimate owner of the lands that surround the archaeological site, for the purpose of removing them from autonomous Zapatista territory and using them for commercial advantage.

The Junta also denounces that the current municipal president of Ocosingo, Octavio Albores Cruz (PRI) “is destroying Maya mounds and tombs for the construction of a bridge for the benefit of ex Mayor Zúñiga and other ranchers of that zone,” and it asks: “Is it not a crime to destroy the nation’s patrimony?”

They demand the resignation of the resident archaeologist Juan Yadeum

The Junta and the Francisco Gómez autonomous municipality are demanding the resignation of the resident archaeologist Juan Yadeum and the director of the Toniná site, Julissa Camacho Ramírez, “as had been agreed and signed by the three levels of the bad government on February 28, 2009, because they are the ones that continue provoking and continue generating more problems.” Both have been pointed out as accomplices, at least by omission, of the illegal works that affect and damage the archaeological heritage.

Director Camacho Ramírez has also been denounced for multiple irregularities, like using official vehicles of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, INAH) for transporting wood –illegally cut on the Campo Alegre plot– which she uses in the construction of her house in Ocosingo, without the intervention of the INAH, which Emilio Gallaga Murrieta is in charge of in Chiapas. Those same vehicles are used to transport the children of the military personnel who reside at the base at Toniná.

The rebel authorities demand that: “the three levels of the bad government immediately cancel the arrest warrant against our compañero Alfonso, because he has committed no crime. We say very clearly: we are not going to permit more injustice against the support bases of our EZLN, although the three levels of the bad government look for ways and strategies to harm us and weaken our struggle and resistance. We continue and we are firm in defending ourselves from any provocation against our bases.”

The Junta warns: “We will continue to watch for what may happen and place responsibility directly on the three levels of the bad governments, Julissa Camacho Ramírez, Juan Yadeum,” as well as María del Socorro Espinosa Trujillo and her daughters.


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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