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March 6, 2015

Zapatista News Summary for February 2015

Filed under: Frayba, Human rights, Indigenous, Zapatista — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 7:38 pm


Zapatista News Summary for February 2015


  1. Forced displacement of families, indigenous Tojolabales, from the community of Primero De Agosto in the municipality of Las Margaritas. Frayba denounce the forced displacement of 57 indigenous Tojolabales, including 12 minors, one newborn, 20 women and 25 men, residents of the community of Primero de Agosto, by members of the Historic Independent Central of Agricultural Workers and Peasants (CIOAC-H), who are protected in the region by the municipal government of Las Margaritas. The displaced people are now living in very unhealthy conditions in a camp on the side of the road, with very little food.
  2. A national and international brigade of observation in solidarity with San Sebastián Bachajón, convened by the Network against Repression and for Solidarity, visited the ejido in response to the serious risk of attack and displacement. They heard stories of the struggle in defence of their lands, documented problems, and shared the everyday work of the community.
  3. Threats, attacks and harassment against EZLN support bases in El Rosario. Frayba denounce the serious situation of threats and attacks by the armed “Pojcol Group” against the support bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (BAEZLN) in the Community of El Rosario, Rebel Autonomous Municipality San Manuel, and threats against the community of Nuevo Paraíso, in the official municipality of Ocosingo, both in the Caracol of La Garrucha. Frayba has denounced the situation since July, 2014, but the attacks and threats have worsened in the last few weeks, with shots being fired into the air. On 1st August 2014, 32 support bases were displaced from the nearby community of Egipto.
  4. The organized ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón denounce threats by ejidatarios from the PRI to evict them from their new Regional Headquarters and displace them from the recuperated land which belongs to the ejido. The ejidatarios say they are also being falsely accused of crimes on the highway in order to undermine their struggle. They demand the withdrawal of public forces from their lands.
  5. Antonia Lopez Mendez, aged 11, one of 13 people sympathetic to the EZLN who were displaced from the community of Banavil in December 2011, dies. The cause of death is said to be cerebral oedema, due to stress, poverty, poor healthcare and malnutrition. Her family are accompanied by civil society and religious and human rights organisations back to Banavil, with no support from the authorities, to bury her before returning in to exile.
  6. Guerrilla leader Felix Serdan Najera dies at the age of 98. He was aide to the late guerrilla leader Ruben Jaramillo, and an honorary major in the EZLN. Subcomandantes Moisés and Galeano release a letter they have written to his compañera,Emilia.
  7. 7. The Pueblo Creyente (Believing People) from Simojovel denounce threats made by PRI members against their priest, Father Marcelo Pérez Pérez, and announce a forthcoming four-day pilgrimage for peace to Tuxtla Gutiérrez. The Believing People of the parish of Santa Catarina Pantelho organise a demonstration rejecting mining exploration and exploitation in their area.

Compiled by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity





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