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December 28, 2013

The Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón: Freedom for Political Prisoners against Dispossession

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The Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón: Freedom for Political Prisoners against Dispossession


Antonio Estrada2Located in north-eastern Chiapas, the Ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle of the EZLN, has maintained for years a fierce  struggle against the dispossession of their territory. Various actors, including the municipal, state and federal governments; transnational corporations (Norton Consulting;) and even paramilitary groups (OPDDIC) promote legal and illegal strategies to carry out what would be one of the most ambitious projects in the region and which is part of Plan Puebla Panama: the CIP (Integrally Planned Centre) Palenque, a network of infrastructure and services through which it seeks to combine the natural and archaeological attractions with an elite tourism, reducing its inhabitants into neo-colonial servitude in their own communities.

In this context, one of the strategies used by the state government to ensure territorial control has been the co-option and/or intimidation of the ejidal authorities and the selective prosecution of those who are opposed to being dispossessed. Since 2008, over one hundred people from this ejido have been imprisoned unjustly and arbitrarily in a clear act of criminalization of social protest. Such is the case of Miguel Vázquez Deara, Miguel Demeza Jiménez and Antonio Estrada Estrada, who, after a long struggle and with strong support from national and international organizations, achieved their freedom during the year 2013, representing one more step in the struggle not only for the release of political prisoners in this country but against the dispossession of the indigenous territories in Latin America.

Today, December 27th, we joyfully greet Antonio Estrada Estrada, who obtained his freedom on Tuesday after two years and four months of being unjustly imprisoned. At a press conference in the city of San Cristobal de Las Casas, accompanied by his lawyer Ricardo Lagunes and the ejidatario Domingo Pérez Álvaro, Antonio told us about the legal irregularities in his process, the torture to which he was subjected, and how now he is free he will continue in the struggle for the defence of his land, culture, justice and autonomy together with his community.

For the rest of the world, the struggle of the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón is a mirror of learning in which we can look at the horror of war which affects each and every one of our territories, but at the same time we can look at the Resistance which is germinating and emphasises the impossibility of life without struggle.







1 Comment »

  1. […] Good News! San Sebastián Bachajón Prisoners Released – Miguel Demeza and Antonio Estrada, both residents of San Sebastián Bachajón and both unjustly […]

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