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March 24, 2014

The Assassination of the pro-Zapatista leader is proof that “the government wants to finish us off,” they accuse

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The Assassination of the pro-Zapatista leader is proof that “the government wants to finish us off,” they accuse 

 ** The indigenous say that the Army relentlessly harasses residents of Nah Choj and Virgen de Dolores

** They want to dispossess us of our lands through the actions of paramilitary groups, they assert

By: Hermann Bellinghausen, Envoy

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, March 23, 2014

1947950_622750454467639_1318256089_nLast Friday the 21st, at approximately 9 o’clock in the morning, the young Tzeltal, Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano, was ambushed and murdered. He received more than 20 high-calibre shots while he was driving his small truck with passenger seats, at the San José Chapapuyil crossing, in the direction of the Virgen de Dolores autonomous community, which was founded in 2010 on lands recuperated by campesinos adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle.

Juan Carlos, 22, was the regional coordinator of the Sixth for the San Sebastián Bachajón ejido and the father of a six-month old baby, reported the ejido owners, meeting together today in Ocosingo to issue the denunciation. Chilón municipal police and state preventive police arrived at the crime scene, taking photos and video “without respect for the deceased and his family.” The Chilón Public Ministry said that the body would be taken away to perform an autopsy, “but we did not allow it, because this is our custom, and we took him to rest at Virgen de Dolores community so we could pray for him,” the indigenous explained.

Ever since they founded the communities of Nah Choj and Virgen de Dolores in 2010, “the Army and the state police have harassed our organization, threatening it with eviction because of pressures from those who say they are owners of the property, a former municipal president among them.”

The government strategy has been to foment “division and buy the consciences of some ex compañeros with its crumbs, like it did with Carmen Aguilar Gómez and his son of the same name who, when he sold out to Noé Castañón León, the Secretary of Government of Juan Sabines Guerrero, organized for the eviction of our ticket booth on February 2, 2011 and dispossessed us of our lands in complicity with the ex ejidal commissioner Francisco Guzmán Jiménez.”

The government, they maintained, “wants to finish us off completely by assassinating our compañeros, like it did with Juan Vázquez Guzmán on April 24, 2013, using its paramilitary gunmen, who with complete impunity, be it by night or in the full light of day, are capable of vilely murdering our compañeros who work and struggle to construct a world in which other worlds fit.” Gómez Silvano, for his part, participated in the foundation and the construction of autonomy in Virgen de Dolores.

“The real criminals, assassins and corrupt ones are the party politicians who, despite reaching their position through fraud and buying votes, consider that they are the owners of all that exists in our lands. Every day they want to get richer and it doesn’t matter how many indigenous they have to kill to achieve this.”

The complainants emphasized that the current mayor of Chilón, Leonardo Guirao Aguilar, “a member of the Green Ecologist Party,” is “one of the authors of the dispossession of our lands, because he financed the weapons of the group that evicted our compañeros from the ticket booth in February 2011,” at the access to the Agua Azul Waterfalls.

The organization of the Sixth “has had the dignity to continue struggling” despite many of them having been imprisoned or murdered. “We are not afraid because we are on the path that our grandparents followed. Our ancestors have given us the wisdom to read the signs of life and of the times. The bad governments come and go, but the peoples who have resisted still stand here struggling.”

A few weeks before the first anniversary of the assassination of Vázquez Guzmán, the ejido owners add, “the bad government sends its killers to injure the Virgen de Dolores community, which was born with great effort and sacrifice” and now milpas and fruit trees grow there “to feed our children.”

The ejido owners of the Sixth conclude that: “Manuel Velasco Coello and Enrique Peña Nieto are wrong if they think that they are going to finish us off with violence and repression.”


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Monday, March 24, 2014

En español:


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







1 Comment »

  1. every time, evil ones kill one of their own, their others shut up, because they are afraid to be finished off next.

    every time they hurt one of us, our uproar revibrates throughout the skies …

    !!!evil ones, be very scared … WE DO NOT NEED VIOLENCE TO SUCCEED!!!



    we, the defenders and supporters and warriors – !WE WILL STAND LAST! nohetto!

    Comment by -iris-/caracol mundo-eco de latido en solidaridad — March 26, 2014 @ 3:33 pm

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