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March 1, 2014

They return the church in the Puebla ejido, Chenalhó, Chiapas, to the town’s Catholics

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They return the church in the Puebla ejido, Chenalhó, Chiapas, to the town’s Catholics

 ** Las Abejas warns that displaced families will not return “until there is justice”

** It lacks reconstructing the church, repairing the burned houses and indemnifying for robberies, it clarifies

By: Hermann Bellinghausen


The Las Abejas civil society organization reported that last Wednesday, February 26, the church of the Puebla ejido in Chenalhó, Chiapas, was returned. It had been snatched from the community’s Catholics last April. Nevertheless, the organization’s directors specify: “That is not the priority solution for those displaced; the church’s construction, repair of the burned houses and indemnification for stolen belongings are all lacking.”

Also “the application of justice to those responsible for the violation of the Catholic religion’s property rights, according to the international law that says there will not be any right to permit trampling on the law, if not attained must be applied in conformance with the weight of the law.” They are also responsible for the displacement of twenty Catholic and Presbyterian families, a situation that continues without being resolved.

One hundred indigenous people from the ejido have been sheltered in the Las Abejas camp in Acteal for seven months, “and they will continue displaced, because the bad government of Chiapas does not have the will to resolve the problem, it doesn’t speak about justice,” added Antonio Gutiérrez Pérez, Martín Pérez Pérez and Simón Pedro Pérez López, directors of the Tzotzil organization.

The human rights violations, the indigenous representatives pointed out, “began with torture, home invasions, evictions, robbery of belongings, destruction of the church, house burnings, fabrication of crimes for poisoning the water, accusing Juan López Méndez, Mariano Méndez Méndez and Luciano Méndez Hernández, who were transported to the state’s Public Ministry without evidence that the water was poisoned.”

According to Las Abejas, “the government seeks a pretext to not resolve the problem, wanting to make us sign papers, like in 2001, when the memorandum of mutual agreement was signed that only provoked the organization’s division; now it is being repeated with the Puebla case, without taking the word of the displaced into account, manipulating as always, deceiving us with their promises, without fulfilling anything.”

On Wednesday, the Catholics displaced by the Evangelical group which controls the Puebla community, received the plot of land, which was invaded last April 29. The assistant secretary for religious issues in the state Secretariat of Government delivered the land to the auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Enrique Díaz Díaz, in the presence of the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human rights Centre, the parish priest Manuel Pérez Gómez and members of the parish council of the municipality.


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Saturday, March 1, 2014

En español:


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






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