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January 27, 2014

Provisional Suspension of Governmental Works is Conceded to the Ejido Tila

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Provisional Suspension of Governmental Works is Conceded to the Ejido Tila 

 ** They complain about the dispossession of the Casino del Pueblo and the intention to erect a commercial centre

By: Hermann Bellinghausen

Ocosingo, Chiapas, January 25, 2014

TILA CHIAPAS: Determinación judicial impide al Ayuntamiento realizar obras sobre territorio indígena y ejidal.This Friday, January 24th, the fifth district court, seated in the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, conceded to the ejido Tila a provisional suspension of the public works planned by the municipal government, under amparo (protection order) 73/2014.

The judicial measure means that the authorities of Tila municipality, in the Northern Zone, cannot carry out any public works on the area that belongs to the ejido, which is also indigenous territory, until the litigation is definitively resolved.

Last January 17th, Tila, which includes the urban centre of the municipal capital, filed a petition for amparo because the municipal authorities were seeking to promote the creation of a commercial centre on the site where the Casino del Pueblo is currently located.

The Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Centre, when notifying of the suspension, remembered that: “the area as well as the construction belong historically and legally to the Tila ejido and to the Chol people.” Nevertheless, since 1991 “the municipal council has dispossessed the ejido of this place and administers it as its own property.”

In the amparo mentioned above, the Chol ejido owners complain of the dispossession of the Casino del Pueblo and the intention of the authorities to erect a commercial centre there, since, the indigenous argue, “this illegal action violates ejidal social property and territorial rights, as well as the right of indigenous peoples to consultation and to the preservation of their institutions, forms of organization and cultural wealth” (see La Jornada, January 16 & 21).

According to the Centro Pro, the government’s action “is part of a systematic dispossession against the Chol people.” Since 1966, different state and municipal authorities have attempted to dispossess the Tila ejido of part of its territory and they (the ejido owners) have obtained favorable resolutions in the lawsuits for amparos 590/77 and 259/1982. This last one is pending before the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, since authorities of the municipal council have refused to comply with the decision and restore an area of 130 hectares to the ejido owners.

The fifth district judge’s agreement “concedes the suspension of the plan so that things are maintained in their current state and public works are not executed, nor acts disposing of the Casino del Pueblo, which they argue to be subject to the ejidal regime, in the town of Tila.”


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Sunday, January 26, 2014


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


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