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November 12, 2013

The Good Government Junta Denounces Harassment against Independent Truckers in Ocosingo

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The Good Government Junta Denounces Harassment against Independent Truckers in Ocosingo

 ** Managers of the transportation organization and a former deputy take away their vehicles and order arrests, it says

By: Hermann Bellinghausen

The Good Government Junta Path to the Future of the Zapatista Caracol of La Garrucha, Chiapas, denounced that managers of the truckers organization of the city of Ocosingo and the former deputy César Yáñez, supported by government authorities, are impeding independent truckers from working, taking away their vehicles and have obtained warrants for the arrest of eight of them.

“Last April 10, the truck belonging to Compañero Elías, of Ocosingo, was detained. He is an EZLN support base. Those that detained that truck are from the trucking headquarters, because Compañero Elías is collecting a good, just and legal price for carrying gravel or materials,” the Junta points out. They also accuse him of not having “a concession from the bad government, but this compañero does not need it,” because “we all have the right and the freedom to work.”

The authorities of the Junta assure that they have looked for a solution. “We have made an appointment for the 10 secretaries of the truckers’ headquarters, but they did not present themselves at the office. We only want to look for a good solution between the two parties, but they don’t want to present themselves and they continue snatching trucks. Now we demand the release of that dump truck that is detained, and that they pay for the six months of time lost.”

On September 10th, those from the trucking headquarters detained a 1992 black Mercedes Benz dump truck, belonging to Roberto Alejandro Ríos Aguilar, of the independent union of materials truckers at the service of the people. “They have bumper stickers of Che and Zapata,” the Junta specifies.

On November 1, the people from the trucking headquarters detained three more dump trucks, one belonging to Jorge Armando Alcázar Aguilar, from the same independent group, and the others to Enrique Heriberto Penagos Ruiz and Emilio Alcázar. “The one who organizes these provocations is César Yáñez, former federal deputy, together with those from the trucking headquarters in Ocosingo, because he wants to be the owner of everything to get richer. We also know the tricks they play (to) buy off the authorities who do nothing about these provocations because they are accomplices.” Yáñez is the owner of the yard in Ocosingo where the vehicles are held.

Those from the trucking central have obtained arrest warrants against eight independent transporters of the same city: Orlando Matías García, Carlos Jorge Sánchez Guíen, Hugo Alberto Sánchez Guién, Baltasar Eliseo Trejo Vallinas, Octavio García Trujillo, Leonel Esteban Aguilar y Rósember Nájera. The Junta demands the cancellation of the arrest warrants, as well as the liberation and return of the trucks retained.


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

En español:

English translation by the Chiapas Support Committee for the International Zapatista Translation Service




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