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March 9, 2014

Attack on Catholic installation in Chenalhó, Chiapas is denounced

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Attack on Catholic installation in Chenalhó, Chiapas is denounced

 ** “Peace and harmony do not exist,” in the Puebla colonia, they say

By: Hermann Bellinghausen

Chiapas: Ante nuevas agreciones desplazados del ejido Puebla exigen a los tres niveles de gobierno el cumplimiento de los acuerdos firmados el pasado 15 de febrero.A door of the Catholic group’s premises in the Puebla ejido, in Chenalhó, Chiapas, was sprinkled with gasoline and burned this Friday, “which confirms one more time that peace and harmony do not exist in the Puebla colonia,” representatives of the Pueblo Creyente organization denounced.

Catechists and their coordinators, representatives of pastoral zones, the parish council and the pastoral agent of the San Pedro Apostol Mártir Parish said: “At dawn on March 7 one of the doors of the catechists’ room, where there are images of Catholic saints, appeared burned with gasoline.”

“We believed that tranquility and harmony among brothers would return in the Puebla colonia when the Secretary General of Government of Chiapas, Eduardo Ramírez Aguilar, and the assistant secretary of Religious Issues, Víctor Hugo Sánchez Zebadúa, handed over the Catholic chapel’s plot of land to the Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas on February 26.”

In this transfer of the plot, they add, an act of agreement was signed that says “verbatim” in its second point that “Agustín Cruz Gómez, president of the ejido commission, representing the ejido and its assembly, signs with the intention of keeping the peace, unity and social harmony.” That occurred during the act in which “formal delivery of the plot of land” was made. The municipal president of Chenalhó, José Arias Vázquez, and the council member Andrés Vázquez Gómez were present at this “event.”


Pueblo Creyente asks: “Where is that tranquility, that social harmony to which Commissioner Cruz Gómez committed himself?”

The Tzotzil Catholics, displaced since August, thus denounce: “once again, that in the conflict over the plot stirred up since April 29, 2013, the municipal and state authorities have not had the will to definitively resolve it.” The burning of the door to the catechists’ room “is the consequence of the impunity enjoyed by the attackers of our brothers and sisters and sisters who currently live displaced in Acteal.”

They maintain: “We have always insisted on the application of justice, because peace can only exist when there is justice. Nevertheless, the Chiapas government, the Secretary of religious issues and the commissioner Cruz Gómez, on several occasions asked us to forget the attacks of which we were victims; in other words, to be accomplices of the violence.”

They give notice that the displaced families “had been thinking about returning in these days, but, due to the violence in the Puebla colonia, they have decided not to do so until conditions for security exist.”

And they conclude: “We demand that the three levels of government act immediately to apply justice to the aggressors and in compliance with the agreements signed on February 15, when the government promised to do justice. We will not allow more impunity.”


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Sunday, March 9, 2014

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






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