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January 31, 2015

Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón continue to defend their territory against the threat of dispossession from the government of Chiapas

Filed under: Bachajon, Displacement, Indigenous, La Sexta — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:12 pm

 

Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón continue to defend their territory against the threat of dispossession from the government of Chiapas

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After at least 900 federal and state police evicted them, on 9th January, from the lands recuperated on 21st December belonging to the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, Chiapas, the Tseltales have maintained the position of defending their lands; now they have set up a regional headquarters of the ejido between the Agua Azul turning and the boundary with the municipality of Tumbalá.

EDITORIAL Desinformémonos

Mexico City, January 30, 2015. After at least 900 federal and state police evicted them on 9th January from the lands recovered on 21st December belonging to the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón, Chiapas, the Tseltales have maintained the position of defending their land; now they have set up a regional headquarters of the ejido between the Agua Azul turning and the boundary with the municipality of Tumbalá.

In the area that connects Ococingo with Palenque and the Agua Azul waterfalls, there is a permanent police presence, so the indigenous demand that the government of Manuel Velasco Coello, Governor of Chiapas, withdraw the members of the police immediately and do not continue with the intimidation and repression.

In 2007, the indigenous from one of the largest ejidos in Mexico, with 70,000 hectares, became part of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, and exercised their right to the free self-determination of their people. They erected a tollbooth on their territory, so that tourists who want to visit the waterfalls of Agua Azul, one of the biggest tourist attractions of this state, pay a toll for entrance. With the money, they decided in assembly, they would support sick ejidatarios and needy families

Both the ejidal commissioner Alejandro Moreno Gómez and his vigilance councillor Samuel Díaz Guzmán, from the municipality of Chilón, are organizing shock groups to repress the ejidatarios. “People like Juan Álvaro Moreno and Manuel Jiménez Moreno fire shots at night with high calibre weapons, to foment fear in the population,” report the indigenous in a communiqué.

At the same time they make an appeal to human rights organizations and society in general to be alert to any new eviction. The indigenous report that the delegate of the municipality of Chilón, Francisco Demeza Hernández, and local deputy, Carlos Jimenez Trujillo, are possibly planning repression against the people who guard the new regional house and the toll booth.

 

http://desinformemonos.org/2015/01/ejidatarios-de-san-sebastian-bachajon-continuan-en-la-defensa-de-su-territorio-ante-la-amenaza-de-desalojo-del-gobierno-de-chiapas/

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