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November 27, 2014

March in Chiapas against the San Cristobal-Palenque highway

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March in Chiapas against the San Cristobal-Palenque highway

By Elio Henríquez, correspondent

Mar, 25 November 2014

March in San Cristóbal in support of the missing normalistas, against the construction of the San Cristobal-Palenque highway and against violence. 

March in San Cristóbal in support of the missing normalistas, against the construction of the San Cristobal-Palenque highway and against violence.


San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas. Thousands of Catholics marched simultaneously in 12 municipalities of Chiapas to demonstrate against the megaproject of the San Cristóbal -Palenque highway; to demand justice for the disappeared of Ayotzinapa, and against violence and alcoholism.

In a communiqué they said that one of the megaprojects which they are against is the San Cristóbal-Palenque highway which the federal government plans to build with an investment of over 10 billion pesos.

“All the communities and municipalities that this project wants to pass through live in extreme poverty and it is a mockery to say that the superhighway will improve our lives. If the federal and state governments really want, as they say, to benefit the communities in poverty we ask that they use the billions of pesos for that project to complete the 40 hospitals and clinics that corruption has left unfinished for the last six years, and pave the hundreds of rural roads which are in poor condition so we can take out our sick and our merchandise,” they said.

In addition, they added, “let them build the intercultural university centres which we do not have, and truly activate the local economies and not just give alms through their welfare programmes which they give out for electoral purposes and to gain control”.

They added that “during the last few months we have consulted with our community as to whether or not they want the superhighway from San Cristobal-Palenque to be built, and their answer is no because it will destroy Mother Nature; that it will bring other customs and traditions, it will increase alcoholism and drug sales and it will not benefit the vast majority of poor people, just large companies, business people and perhaps some traders”.

According to members of the Movement in Defence of Life and Territory and the Believing People of the Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, the marches began at 9 am in the municipalities of Tumbalá, San Cristóbal, Ocosingo, Oxchuc, Yajalón, Huixtán, Cancuc, Tenejapa, Salto de Agua, Altamirano, Chilón and Frontera Comalapa.

According to preliminary data over three thousand people marched in this city; seven thousand in Ocosingo; 10,000 in Chilón; a thousand in Oxchuc, and 800 in Tenejapa.

In this city the demonstration began in the west of the city, and half way the attendees made a stop at the height of the White Bridge – located ten blocks from the centre of San Cristóbal -, for a prayer, in order “to apologize to mother earth and water because we are destroying them with pollution; they are very soiled and hurt “.

The elders and leaders of some communities who led the traditional prayer said “we do not want death, we are in favour of life and so we reject the superhighway”.

With religious music, with flowers and banners, the Catholics continued their march to the Cathedral Square, where they concluded the march, chanting: “It looks and feels as if Tatik Samuel (Ruiz García) is present”, “Long live the mother earth” and “no to alcoholism because it damages the body.”

Dorset Chiapas Solidarity



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