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June 30, 2015

Zapatista News Summary for June 2015

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ZAPATISTA NEWS SUMMARY FOR JUNE 2015

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News from Chiapas

1. Follow-up to the seminar “Critical thought versus the capitalist hydra.” Videos, audios and English translations of the series of talks by the EZLN, explaining their thinking on the issues facing Mexico and the world, continue to be published. These include a translation of Sub Galeano’s words ‘The Method, the Bibliography, and a Drone Deep in the Mountains of the Mexican Southeast,’ in which he sums up: “We are faced with a reality that can be synthesized today in one word: Ayotzinapa. For us Zapatistas, Ayotzinapa is not the exception, but the rule. What we see there is a family portrait of the system at a global level.” The message is to organise. “The seminar is really a seedbed asking compas of the Sixth to continue the process in their own places, according to their own times and ways.”

2. Another pilgrimage. On 6th June, 2,500 members of the Pueblo Creyente from El Bosque go on a pilgrimage to call attention to the problems they are facing, such as violence, corruption, drug trafficking, prostitution, bars selling alcohol, and lack of basic services like healthcare and drinkable water.

3. Frayba provides evidence of arbitrary detentions and persecution of innocent people by the municipal police in Ocosingo, during the electoral protests on 7th June, when the police arbitrarily arrested 11 people, with an excessive use of force and violence. They have all now been released.

4. Alejandro Díaz Santiz, indigenous Tsotsil detained in prison No. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas has his amparo for release denied; he has now spent 16 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Alejandro, who is in solidarity with the voice of el Amate and an adherent to the Sixth, calls for an investigation in to the unhealthy and polluted water in the prison which is causing health problems. In another letter he expresses solidarity with the Ayotzinapa familes.

5. The caravan of family and friends of the disappeared and murdered normal school students of Ayotzinapa visits the North of Chiapas to meet with the organized indigenous communities of the Indigenous National Congress (CNI), in order to share their struggles. The first meeting is held on 16th June in San Francisco Teopisca, municipality of Tenejapa, Chiapas, a meeting also attended by members of Las Abejas. On 17thJune the second meeting takes place in the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón at Cumbre Nachoj, the headquarters of the adherents to the Sixth from Bachajón. On 18th June the Ayotzinapa families march with human rights defenders and members of X’inich in Palenque to demand justice for the disappeared students and for the victims of the Viejo Velasco massacre.

6. Problems due to alcohol. Representatives of the Pueblo Creyente from the parish of San Pedro Apostol, municipality of Chenalhó, report that alcoholism is causing social conflicts and increased violence against women in the communities. They demand the closure of the bars and canteens and accuse the authorities of lacking the political will to solve this conflict. Among the problems they say are caused by excessive drinking are: death, suicide through drinking chemicals, road accidents, marriage or family breakdown, children without clothing, and the suffering of women whose husbands have abandoned their families.

7. The Pueblo Creyente of Simojovel call for solidarity and peace following new death threats and harassments being made by leaders of the PRI against Father Marcelo Perez and the catechists and members of the Parish Council and the Pueblo Creyente. These threats, which have increased since 16th June, are in response to the denouncement of corruption, and in particular to the recent arrest of three members of the PRI for the possession of arms and drugs. In response, nine parishes unite with Simojovel’s struggle.

8. 120 days of forced displacement. The 17 families forcibly displaced from Primero de Agosto in the municipality of Las Margaritas, by members of CIOAC-historical, continue to demand an immediate return to their community, justice, and reparation of damages.

9. A member of Las Abejas of Acteal is assassinated. On 23rd June, Manuel López Pérez is travelling with his eleven-year old son on a public transport vehicle from Pantelhó when it is ambushed by seven armed men dressed in military clothing. They shoot Manuel three times, twice in the head. Members of the board of Las Abejas say they are unable to attend his burial in San Joaquin for security reasons, due to the number of paramilitaries in the area. They later denounce death threats against other members of their organisation, Antonio Lopez Jimenez and his family, who are also displaced from San Joaquin for not participating in government projects.

10. A new paramilitary attack is denounced in the Caracol of La Garrucha. On 24th June the JBG Path of the Future denounces that 28 paramilitaries from the ejido Pojkol arrived that morning at the homes of the Zapatista support bases (BAZ) in the community of El Rosario, in the autonomous municipality of San Manuel. 8 of them were carrying 22 calibre firearms. They met up with the 21 paramilitaries from El Rosario itself, and a little later with an alleged engineer and the rancher from Ocosingo who held the lands before 1994. The rancher handed over documents, and the attackers started to measure the recuperated lands, planning a temple and houses. Then they started to go in to the homes of the BAZ. They destroyed one of the houses, robbing all the possessions including the roof, and taking them all back to Pojkol. The JBG say that these two individuals are the paramilitary advisers, and that the group is financed and trained by the state, municipal and federal governments. These are the same paramilitaries who have attacked El Rosario on two previous occasions. The denouncement includes a denunciation by Subcomandante Moises about repression against teachers and the murder of Antonio Vivar Díaz.

11. Margarita Gómez and David Hernández Torres, indigenous Tsotsil campesinos from Teopisca, Chiapas, are detained and tortured by members of the Specialised Police to make them confess to the murder of Juan Perez, brother of David Hernández. They are now imprisoned in the Centre for Social Reinsertion of the Sentenced No 5 in San Cristobal de las Casas, found guilty of murder. David and Margaret are concerned for the welfare of their seven children, all minors, while they are punished for a crime they did not commit. They cannot read or write or speak Spanish.

News from Mexico

With thanks to the Chiapas Support Committee

1. Mexico’s Mid-term Elections – On Sunday, June 7, Mexico held mid-term elections to renew delegates to the federal Congress. There were also elections for local officers in some states. The results show that the PRI will control a majority of the seats in Congress. The campaign was characterized by protests, violence, burning of party propaganda and election materials and militarization of the electoral process. Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas experienced both militant protests and militarization. Teachers led the local protests and maintained strikes and an encampment in Mexico City, and continue to militantly oppose the education “reform.”

In Tlapa, Guerrero, police killed Antonio Vivar Díaz, a student with a young wife and daughter, and a leader in the Guerrero Popular Movement (MPG). Tlapa was militarized and occupied by federal police during the election. In several states entrances and exits to Pemex facilities were blocked. At least 100 people were arrested and detained in Oaxaca alone, and 25 of them remain in prison. Hundreds of criminal actions are still being processed. In Guerrero, leaders of the teachers’ movement (Ceteg) and the MPG denounced intense repression by the Mexican Army, Navy and Federal Police.

2. Ayotzinapa – The Caravana 43 visits three countries in South America as part of a strategy to circulate struggle, disrupt misinformation, and create a context for a deeper discussion about how state violence and repression have become systematic in Mexico and in other parts of the world. Other relatives of the 43 disappeared students protest with students and social organizations in Guerrero, including teachers’ organizations. Felipe de la Cruz, spokesperson for the parents of the 43, reveals that he is receiving death threats and threats against his family on his mobile phone, intended to deter their fight to find their disappeared sons.

A Mexican judge seeking asylum in the United States reveals a new version of what happened in Iguala, Guerrero, on the night of 26th September when the 43 Ayotzinapa students were forcibly disappeared. This version suggests that federal and military officials were directly involved in the case. It undermines the official narrative of the Mexican government, that the students were detained and taken to the base of the Iguala Municipal Police before being delivered to the United Warriors cartel, by affirming that this is not true.

The families mark the 9-month anniversary of the disappearances on 26th July by holding a 43-hour vigil.

3. Mexico legalises gay marriage. After months of rulings saying that restricting marriage to heterosexual couples is discriminatory, the Mexican Supreme Court legalizes same-sex matrimonies nationwide.

4. The indigenous Ñhathö community from San Francisco Xochicuautla convokes a Peace Camp of Dignified Resistance for the Defence of the Otomi Forest against the megaproject of death, the Toluca Naucalpan highway.

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Minerva, half of her life disappeared, with no justice

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Minerva, half of her life disappeared, with no justice

Minerva Guadalupe Pérez Torres

Minerva Guadalupe Pérez Torres

On 20 June 2015, Minerva Guadalupe Pérez Torres would have had her thirty-eighth birthday. That same day in 1996, she was “headed to the Masojá Shucjá community, Tila municipality, Chiapas, to visit her ill father. On her route, in the Miguel Alemán community, she was intercepted by members of the ‘Development, Peace, and Justice’ paramilitary group, who kidnapped her, tortured her sexually and otherwise for three days, and then forcibly disappeared her. Nearly two decades after, her whereabouts are entirely unknown,” indicates the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Centre for Human Rights (CDHFBLC). Beyond this, a public bulletin reported that the relatives of Minerva and other forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed persons are receiving notes “to confront their aggressors, the paramilitary leaders of Development, Peace, and Justice: Diego Vázquez Pérez, Sabelino Torres Martínez, Marcos Albino, and Samuel Sánchez, who are ordered to appear before a judge or face a fine of $2,048 [Mexican pesos] if they fail to comply.”

This aforementioned group was trained and protected by the State Police and the Mexican Army in the 1990s as a counter-insurgency weapon, as demonstrated in the Chiapas Campaign Plan 94. The CDHFBLC documented that Development, Peace, and Justice carried out 85 executions, 37 forcible disappearances, and forcibly displaced more than 4,500 people.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/chiapas-minerva-half-of-her-life-disappeared-with-no-justice/

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Polluted water given to prisoners at Prison No. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

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Polluted water given to prisoners at Prison No. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

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Alejandro Díaz Santiz, currently held in Prison No. 5 of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, who is organized in solidarity with the Voz del Amate and adheres to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, has called on the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) and the State Commission on Human Rights (CEDH) to intervene within the prevailing situation of lack of healthy water being consumed in the institution. He denounced that the water comes from a deteriorated cistern that contains fissures, such that sewage from the prison enters. He postulated this as being the reason for diarrheal and dermatological diseases.

“The promise made by director Pascual Martínez Cervantes is that he will resolve this problem; however, this problem has existed for a long time, and we have seen an increasing trend of more ill prisoners,” he explained to Chiapas Paralelo. He added that within the prison purified water is sold, but the prisoners lack the means with which to buy it.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/chiapas-polluted-water-given-to-prisoners-at-prison-no-5-in-san-cristobal-de-las-casas/

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Delegation of relatives and comrades of Ayotzinapa students tour communities of the Indigenous National Congress (CNI)

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Delegation of relatives and comrades of Ayotzinapa students tour communities of the Indigenous National Congress (CNI)

Delegation from Ayotzinapa in Palenque @OmarEl44

Delegation from Ayotzinapa in Palenque @OmarEl44

On 16 June, a caravan of relatives and comrades of the disappeared and murdered students from Ayotzinapa arrived in Chiapas to meet with indigenous communities organized within the Indigenous National Congress (CNI) who adhere to the Sixth Declaration of the  Lacandona Jungle. Doña Bertha Nava and Don Tomás Ramírez, the parents of Julio César Ramírez Nava, who was murdered on 26 September 2014 in Iguala, Guerrero, Doña Cristina Bautista Salvador, mother of Benjamín Ascencio Bautista (disappeared), and Omar García, a student, comprised the caravan. The caravan began its first day in the community of San Francisco, Teopisca municipality, with the participation of the Dignified Seed, a collective from the Chiapas highlands, the Network in Defence of Indigenous Peoples of the Highlands of Chiapas, and the Las Abejas Civil Society. Omar García noted that “Ayotzinapa has united many of us, and if we are not all against the system, still we work together, because we do not count ourselves by number, but rather by strength of relationships that are woven in this struggle.” Regarding the pain of Acteal, he said, “what you have suffered we also have suffered. Now we must confront that pain together with you.”

On 17 June, the caravan continued on to San Sebastián Bachajón, Chilón municipality, with the presence and participation of members organized in the San Sebastián Bachajón ejido who represent communities that make up the People United in Defence of Electricity (PUDEE) and the Tila ejido. In Cumbre Nachoj, the headquarters of the ejido where the meeting took place, Doña Berta expressed that “in Tixtla Guerrero, we thought it was just us, but all of us have been beaten down by the government in one way or another.” The conclusion of the caravan took place in Palenque with the XINICH organization that is comprised of indigenous communities of the northern Lacandona jungle, ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón, the Autonomous Council of the Coastal Zone, human-rights defenders, and the civil society in solidarity, demanding justice for Ayotzinapa and also for the case of the massacre in the Viejo Velasco community in the Ocosingo municipality, which took place in 2006, that continues in impunity.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/chiapasguerrero-delegation-of-relatives-and-comrades-of-ayotzinapa-students-tour-communities-of-the-national-indigenous-congress-cni/

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EZLN Denunciation of Paramilitary Attack.

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EZLN Denunciation of Paramilitary Attack

New Paramilitary Attack. Caracol Resistance Towards a New Dawn, La Garrucha

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Zapatista Army for National Liberation

Mexico

June 25, 2015

To the National and International Sixth:

As we already know, the bad government mixes fraud with violence. It doesn’t matter which political party they’re from, those who rule always seek to stay above on the backs of those below. The Ruler himself feigns deafness; these denunciations don’t matter to him because he pays the press well to say nice things him.

Before, it was Juan Sabines Guerrero, the one everyone insisted was very much a leftist politician. The progressive politicians came to receive awards from him, and even “the legitimate one”[i] came to shout enthusiastically, “long live Juan Sabines!” It is the very same Juan Sabines Guerrero who set it up so that his successor in government would be that ‘famous blonde’ Manuel Velasco Coello, because they are both from the families who, along with a few others, divvy up the political posts in Chiapas among themselves. Juan Sabines stole, committed fraud, and spread violence.

Now Velasco does the same. If just a few days ago they carried out an enormous fraud in the elections, violating their own laws above, now they are preparing for the upcoming local elections with the blood of those below.

Mere lies are not enough for the governments above; they also want to repress, incarcerate, and kill.

Now they are repressing the democratic teachers movement for merely insisting that this cursed educational reform is a lie, that it’s a reform by the boss against the workers. It isn’t to improve education, it’s to worsen it. And the reformers don’t know anything about the schools, they don’t even know how to teach. Because the government doesn’t like the truth to come out, it lies. But since now nobody believes the government, it resorts to repression.

How shameless they must be to make the head of state education an alcoholic murderer that says one thing one day and the opposite the next. How is somebody who can’t even speak properly going to create educational reform? The person I speak of is named Emilio Chuayffet, and he is one of the murderers of Acteal, the one who would get drunk and say idiotic things. He’s doing the same now.

This isn’t only happening in Chiapas, but also in Oaxaca, Guerrero, and other states, where the bad governments want to cover up the truth with beatings, gas, bullets, and threats.

It’s clear that they aren’t satisfied unless their “democratic” elections result in people being beaten, imprisoned, and murdered. And then all the parties fight over the scraps; they don’t even remember who was killed—his name was Antonio Vivar Díaz and he was a teacher—nor who was beaten and imprisoned.

The governments above are built on deceit and repression.

But the blood of the teachers isn’t enough for Manuel Velasco in Chiapas. He also wants to drink the indigenous blood of the communities.

Despite the fact that human rights organizations have denounced it, Velasco continues to encourage his paramilitaries to attack Zapatista bases of support.

That’s what is happening in the municipality of Ocosingo, Chiapas, where the three [levels of] government agree among themselves to incite provocations: Enrique Peña Nieto, Manuel Velasco and Octavio Albores. These governments are behind the paramilitaries from Pojkol.

Even though the community they are from has disowned them, they continue to attack. The indigenous people there who are party members say that they don’t control these paramilitaries, that the paramilitaries get their orders form the municipal president of Ocosingo and the state government in Tuxtla Gutiérrez. That that’s where they get their weapons, equipment, vehicles, and orders to attack the bases of support.

This just happened a few hours ago:

Caracol Resistance Towards a New Dawn

Junta de Buen Gobierno[ii] Path to the Future

La Garrucha, Chiapas, Mexico

June 24, 2015

Public Denunciation

To the general public:

To the autonomous alternative, or whatever-you-call-them media:

To the honest human rights organizations:

Sisters and brothers of Mexico and the world:

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We once again denounce attacks against us by the paramilitaries from the ejido Pojkol, barrio Chiquinibal, municipality of Chilón, and 21 persons from the same paramilitary group from Rosario, official municipality of Ocosingo, Chiapas.

Facts:

Today, Wednesday, June 25, 2015, at 8:05 am, 28 paramilitaries from the Pojkol ejido of the barrio Chiquinbal came to the town of Rosario in the Autonomous Municipality of San Manuel, where our EZLN bases of support live. They came on 8 motorcycles and with a Nissan without license plates. Of the 28 paramilitaries, 8 carried 22-caliber weapons.

In Rosario there are 21 paramilitaries who are trying to invade our recuperated lands, and they are supported by this group of 28 paramilitaries from the Pojkol ejido of the barrio Chikinibal.

At 10:05 am, a white RAM truck without license plates arrived with two people inside: and engineer and a rancher, Guadalupe Flores, who lives in Ocosingo, Chiapas, and was the owner of these lands before 1994. The 28 paramilitaries from Pojkcol and the 21 paramilitaries from Rosario met with the engineer and the rancher. After they finished their meeting they began to measure the land, supposedly to construct a temple, and they also measured sites for house construction. Then the rancher gave the paramilitary group some documents, apparently the blueprint plans for the recuperated lands. 

At 1:26 pm, they fired their guns 10 times behind the house of one of the compañeros who is a base of support, intimidating the entire community.

At 1:27 pm, 8 paramilitaries from Pojkol entered the house of a base of support, but didn’t find anyone because the owner of that house had already left in order to avoid conflict. After 23 minutes, they went to another compañero’s house; at 1:50 pm they destroyed the house of a compañero base of support, stealing all of his possessions, including the roof of the house, which consists of 12 sheets of 3.5 wide tin, two chickens, 4 picks, 20 eggs, 2 axes, 2 solar energy cells, $2000 pesos in cash, 2 hoes, one tape recorder, one 100 meter hose, and 150 kilos of beans. They put all of the compañero base of support’s things into the truck that belonged to the supposed engineer, and the truck and the 28 people from Pojkol headed off toward Pojkol with all of the stolen goods.

As authorities of the Junta de Buen Gobierno, we are clear that these acts demonstrate that this person pretending to be an engineer along with the ex-owner of the ranch are the advisors of these paramilitary groups.

We also see clearly that the bad government is acting in many forms and ways to attack us. These same paramilitaries are the ones who killed one of our bulls, destroyed houses, destroyed our collective store, stole our belongings, and used herbicide to fumigate our pasture where we keep our collectively owned livestock of the San Manuel municipality. They shot off their weapons there, drawing letters in the dirt saying “pojkol territory,” and leaving burnt bullet casings around; this was in August of 2014. 

These are the same paramilitaries who came on May 10, 2015, when one of them, named Andrés, shot at a little girl base of support.

This is our third denunciation; the first and second detail the previous acts.

These groups of people are trained and financed by the federal, state, and municipal governments. They have tried to provoke us multiple times with their counterinsurgency strategy, because the bad governments think that we are going to fall into their traps and stain ourselves with the blood of our indigenous brothers who are messed up in the head because they are paid for this activity and their conscience has been sullied by the bad capitalist system.

We want to say clearly that we will not stand here with our arms crossed as our bases of support are harassed in whatever way and with whichever means the bad government chooses to use against us. We have said clearly that we will defend our lands at whatever cost; we were born from this land and we will return to her.

Brothers and sisters, we will continue to denounce what is happening and we hope that you will be alert to what might happen to our compañeros and compañeras bases of support.

We hold the federal, state, and municipal governments directly responsible for whatever might happen, as they hold direct responsibility for these actions, and this is not the first time we have denounced what these groups of people are doing.

Sincerely

Authorities of the current Junta de Buen Gobierno

Jacinto Gómez Pérez                                            Colosio Pérez Lorenzo

 Nely Núñez Sánchez                                             Alex López Álvarez

So there you have it, compañeros and compañeras of the Sixth.

As we see it, it isn’t that the bad government simply isn’t paying attention because it is busy with its propaganda and lies, but rather that it is precisely the bad government who is giving the orders. What else could explain the fact that the names of these criminals are already known and yet they walk around with their weapons in front of the government authorities and nobody says anything? Because these people are the government’s employees. The paramilitaries state it clearly, that nobody can do anything to them because Velasco’s government protects and pays them.

That’s what we have to tell you for now, compañer@s. It’s all the same: from above there are only lies, beatings, contempt, and exploitation.

From below must come organization. For life, not the bloodbath that the system’s foremen, supervisors, and overseers want on the orders of their master, neoliberal capitalism.

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.

Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés

Mexico

June 2015

[i] Refers to Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, former PRD presidential candidate self-designated “the legitimate president” after the 2006 elections, which were widely denounced as fraudulent.

[ii] Good Government Council

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June 27, 2015

“Our compañera has just given birth, here where we are suffering greatly from the cold and rain”, indigenous Tojolabales displaced in Chiapas

Filed under: Displacement, Human rights, Indigenous — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 8:19 pm

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“Our compañera has just given birth, here where we are suffering greatly from the cold and rain”, indigenous Tojolabales displaced in Chiapas

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“Where will the son or daughter of Elvira Mendez be born?” social organizations and people in solidarity with the displaced families from the community Primero de Agosto,  Municipality of Las Margaritas, Chiapas, asked two months ago. The answer was revealed by the indigenous Tojolabales in a communiqué on 23rd June: “Our compañera has just given birth, here where we are suffering greatly from the cold and the rain.”

Although Elvira gave birth in the municipal headquarters, she did not want to stay away long from her displaced compañer@s, and she has returned to the camp, where along with her new-born child she is suffering the inclement weather along with the other refugees, on the section of the highway from Nuevo Momón to Monte Cristo Viejo.

“After 120 days we continue to denounce the forced displacement of 17 Tojolabal families by ejidatarios from Miguel Hidalgo belonging to the Central Independent Organization of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos – Historical (CIOAC-H), led by Luis Hernandez Cruz,” denounced the families originally from the border jungle zone.

“This morning, 23rd June, 2015, as for the last four months, the raindrops wake us coming through the holes in the plastic sheets which cover us every night, we get up with our clothes cold and wet due to the moisture on the ground where we sleep, since the rainy season has already arrived, because the government has not done anything,” added the displaced people.

“We demand an end to the threats and harassment, we strongly urge the federal government of Enrique Peña Nieto, the State Government of Manuel Velasco Coello and the Mayor of Las Margaritas, Culebro Manuel Gordillo, to fulfil the agreement signed on 25th February, 2015 where they committed to dividing the land equally,” demanded the indigenous Tojolabales.

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Communiqué: http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.mx/2015/06/120-dias-de-desplazamiento-forzado-de.html

http://www.pozol.org/?p=10911

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Death threats and harassment against members of Las Abejas originating in the San Joaquin community

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Death threats and harassment against members of Las Abejas originating in the San Joaquin community

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June 26, 2015. Editorial Radio Pozol Collective. The Civil Society Las Abejas of Acteal denounced that Antonio Lopez Jimenez and his family, originating from the San Joaquin community in Pantelhó municipality, Chiapas, have suffered death threats and harassment after the assassination of Manuel Lopez Perez on June 23, 2015.

Las Abejas denounced that the municipal president of Pantelhó, Miguel Entzin Cruz, and the Municipal Judge Pedro Girón López “instead of respecting, ensuring and protecting the physical and psychological integrity of our compañeros and compañeras, are complicit in a series of threats against Antonio and his family, in addition the aforementioned judge threatened to kill Manuel and, according to witnesses, told his son he was going to prepare his weapon to kill him.”

In response, the Civil Society Las Abejas of Acteal, announced their concern for the physical and psychological integrity and life of Antonio and his family, since the municipality of Pantelhó is known as “a very violent municipality where the authorities allow murders and they go unpunished, if they did not respect the life of our compañero Manuel even though he was a member of our organization, we fear with good reason that Antonio and his family could be attacked in the same way,” holding the three levels government responsible for what might happen.

Currently Antonio and his family live in the municipal seat of Pantelhó, because since 2007 they have been forcibly displaced by the authorities “of PRD, now Green Ecologist (PVEM), affiliation” because of their resistance (they do not accept projects from the bad government) and construction of autonomy.

For more information see: http://acteal.blogspot.mx/2015/06/denunciamos-mas-amenazas-de-muerte.html

http://www.pozol.org/?p=10909

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In Mexico Complaints of Torture Increased 600% in 10 Years – Amnesty International

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In Mexico Complaints of Torture Increased 600% in 10 Years – Amnesty International

 Members of Amnesty International protest against torture yesterday  in front of the Secretariat of Foreign Relations 


Members of Amnesty International protest against torture yesterday
 in front of the Secretariat of Foreign Relations

Alma E. Muñoz

La Jornada, 27th June, 2015
In the past 10 years, complaints of torture in Mexico have increased by 600 percent. Impunity has increased as well; proof of this is that between 2005 and 2013 the Attorney General’s Office only managed to get seven convictions for committing this crime, said Amnesty International (AI).

On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture…AI members demonstrated in front of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) to demand an end to torture and the appearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa normal school students who were disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero.

AI noted that the practice of torture is widespread and persistent in the country, and the government has turned a blind eye to it. According to the agency’s director in Mexico, Perseo Quiroz, the above figures highlight the prevailing impunity that favours a repeating pattern……Perseo Quiroz said that his organization continues to receive reports of human rights violations committed by police and security forces, including arbitrary arrests, torture and forced disappearances. He questioned that, despite the increase of torture, the government has not put into operation prevention protocols, nor has it exercised sanctions on public officials who commit this crime.

He said the training of officials is only a minimum step in addressing this serious problem. “Torture will not be eradicated if its practitioners are not accountable to justice and the victims are not compensated for the damage caused by their suffering,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the Mexican League for the Defence of Human Rights also held a rally outside the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, protesting that the Mexican government minimizes the severity of torture and enforced disappearance in the country. Its leader, Adrian Ramirez, said: “We are facing the gravest human rights crisis in the entire history of Mexico.

He maintained that the level of torture increased beginning in 2006, when the drug war of former President Felipe Calderon began. “As a result of this war, continued by the government of Enrique Peña Nieto, we are reaching about 200,000 dead, more than 60 thousand detained and disappeared and thousands and thousands of victims of torture,” he said.

In addition, he said, there are “prisons full of suspects or presumed juvenile delinquents who are accused of committing serious crimes. Also, we take note that the government minimizes the numbers, and even disqualifies assaults and attacks on international activists.”

During the AI protest in front of the entrance to the PGR, a member of the theatre group Art Action 2012 stripped off his clothes and with a scalpel made a cut on his forehead and chest as a sign of protest over the lack of results in curbing this practice and finding the 43 Ayotzinapa students. Activists also made a performance, placing bundles on the ground to simulate the bodies of tortured or disappeared persons.

Among the group was Angel Amílcar Colon Quevedo, a native of Honduras, who said he was tortured after being arrested in March 2009 in Fresno de Tijuana, Baja California. He stated that local police handed him over to state and then federal authorities who accused him of being a Colombian drug lord.

To mark the day, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) issued a statement asking the Mexican government to address the recommendations issued by international organizations to investigate and punish cases of torture. The Commission said it was making its statement so that in the country “acts such as those that occurred in Tlatlaya and Iguala are not repeated.”

It called on society and the authorities to establish a common front to combat this scourge and strengthen a culture of respect for fundamental rights. The national body invited authorities and society to reflect together on all measures to prevent and eradicate this harmful practice that degrades both those who receive and those who perpetrate it. It also expressed its solidarity with all victims of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment.

Translated by Reed Brundage

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2015/06/27/index.php?section=politica&article=003n1pol&partner=rss

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Bachajón communiqué from Palenque, with the parents of the disappeared from Ayotzinapa

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Bachajón communiqué from Palenque, with the parents of the disappeared from Ayotzinapa

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FROM EJIDO SAN SEBASTIAN BACHAJÓN, ADHERENTS TO THE SIXTH DECLARATION OF THE LACANDON JUNGLE, CHIAPAS, MEXICO, 18th JUNE 2015

To the compañer@s adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle

To the mass and alternative media

To the Good Government Juntas

To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

To the Indigenous National Congress

To the Network for Solidarity and against Repression

To Movement for Justice in El Barrio from New York

To the collectives and committees of solidarity at a national and international level

To national and international human rights defenders

To the people of Mexico and the world

Compañeros and compañeras, today we walk in Palenque, Chiapas alongside the brave and dignified mothers and fathers of the compañeros forcibly disappeared from Ayotzinapa by this narco government which has hijacked the country and with its military and police only wants to govern the country to trample over us as if our lives were worth nothing.

The institutions of the bad government are rotten to their roots and there is no way to defend our right through the law of bad government, so we work for the autonomy of our peoples and obey the people so they can have a decent life, we organize ourselves so we can address the needs of the peoples; even though the government wants to see us without money and in poverty we continue to build our autonomy, we denouncing the machinations of the bad government and the crimes they have committed such as murder when they killed our compañeros who were authorities like Juan Vazquez Guzmán on 24th April 2013 and Juan Carlos Gomez Silvano on 21st March 2014.

There is no other way, compañeros and compañeras, we must organize and struggle to build another country where there is respect for the life of the peoples and respect for our rights.

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We want to remember our compañeros y compañeras who were killed in the massacre at Viejo Velasco in November 13, 2006, where grave human rights violations were committed, and where also there are compañeros displaced for fighting for land as in Acteal where after many years there is still no justice. This is happening in Guerrero which fills us with pain and rage, knowing that there also there is no respect for life and the autonomy of the peoples. So the best justice is not to forget, to remember the compañeros and compañeras who have fought for a world where many worlds fit.

We demand the liberation of our prisoners in Yajalón JUAN ANTONIO GOMEZ SILVANO, MARIO AGUILAR SILVANO and ROBERTO GOMEZ HERNANDEZ, prisoners in Playas de Catazajá SANTIAGO MORNEO PERES, EMILIO JIMENES GOMEZ, prisoner in Amate ESTEBAN GOMEZ JIMENEZ.

From the northern zone of the state of Chiapas, Mexico, we send an embrace and combative greetings from the women and men of San Sebastián Bachajón.

Never again a Mexico without us

Land and Freedom

Zapata Vive!

Hasta la victoria siempre!

Freedom for political prisoners!

Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Bachajón struggle continues!

Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano Lives, the Bachajón struggle continues!

Antonio Vivar Diaz lives

NO dispossession of indigenous territories!

Immediate presentation of the disappeared compañeros from Ayotzinapa!

Long live the dignified struggle of our Chol compañeros y compañeras from the ejido Tila!

JUSTICE FOR AYOTZINAPA, ACTEAL, ABC, ATENCO!

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Words of Esteban Gómez, unjustly imprisoned, from San Sebastián Bachajón

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Words of Esteban Gómez, unjustly imprisoned, from San Sebastián Bachajón

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To the national and international Sixth

To the compañeros of Movement for Justice in El Barrio from NY

A the free and alternative media

To political prisoners in Mexico

I am Esteban Gómez Jimenez, I am here in the centre for social reintegration of the sentenced no IV in el Amate in the Ejido Lazaro Cardenas, municipality of Cintalapa Figueroa.

ESTEBVANThey accused me of assault, of carrying a weapon, homicide (4 charges); I have now spent two years in prison, they put me in prison on 12th June but I am innocent, I call on you to help me to gain my freedom.

I call for national and international solidarity to help me achieve my freedom, I was imprisoned for organising and defending Mother Earth.

I greet all the political prisoners in the country.

I say goodbye and ask you to be attentive to my situation because I am unjustly imprisoned.

sincerely

Esteban Gomez Jimenez

Esteban Gomez Jimenez, prisoner since 2013 in Playas de Catazajá and then transferred to El Amate. Accused by the PRI/Green party member Manuel Jimenez Moreno from the community of Pamalhá of an assault which he did not commit, for which he was imprisoned. Once in prison, he was charged with other crimes.

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June 26, 2015

EZLN denounce an attack by paramilitaries on indigenous in Ocosingo

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EZLN denounce an attack by paramilitaries on indigenous in Ocosingo

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Elio Henriquez

La Jornada, June 26, 2015

San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas. The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) denounced that a group of “paramilitaries” attacked indigenous Zapatista support bases from the village of El Rosario, located in the autonomous municipality of San Manuel (official municipality of Ocosingo.)

In a communique signed by Subcomandante Moisés they added that the “paramilitaries” were “invading” land “recuperated” after the armed uprising of 1994.

Moisés added to the denunciation that the Good Government Council (JBG) the Path of the Future, based in the community of La Garrucha (Ocosingo) sent last night, in which they stated that on June 24 at 8:05 pm “28 paramilitaries from the barrio Chiquinibal, belonging to the ejido Pojkol, 8 of them carrying .22 calibre firearms, arrived in El Rosario” to attack the Zapatistas.

“In El Rosario also live the 21 paramilitaries, who are supported by that group of 28 paramilitaries from Pojkol who are invading our recuperated land,” said the JBG.

They explained that an hour later “a white Ram truck, without license plates arrived, with two people: an engineer and the rancher Guadalupe Flores who is living in the city of Ocosingo, and who was the owner of the land before 1994; the 28 paramilitaries from Pojkol and the 21 paramilitaries from El Rosario met together with the rancher and the engineer; after the meeting they began measuring the ground, apparently to build a temple and also they measured sites to build houses.”

After this, they added, “the rancher handed over some documents to the paramilitary group, supposedly a plan of the ‘recuperated land’.”

The JBG said that at 13:26 hours “they fired 10 shots from a firearm behind the house of a fellow support base compañero intimidating the population,” and “at 13:27 hours the paramilitaries from Pojkol went into the house of a support base compañero but did not find anyone there because the owner had already withdrawn to avoid conflict; after 23 minutes they came to the house of another compañero.”

They stated that later “they destroyed the house of a support base compañero and stole all his belongings: 12 3.5 metre laminate sheets from the roof, 2 hens, 4 eggs, 20 picks, 2 axes, 2 solar cells, 2000 pesos in cash, 2 hoes, a tape recorder, a roll of wire 100 metres long and 150 kilograms of beans”.

They said that “they put all the stolen belongings in the truck of the alleged engineer and went off in the direction of Pojkol, where the 28 paramilitaries returned.”

Given these facts, they stressed: “As authorities of the JBG we see very clearly that these two people, the engineer and the former owner of the ranch, are the advisors of these paramilitaries” and “we are also clear that the bad government is seeing many ways and means they can attack us.”

They said that this same “paramilitary” group has carried out several actions against the Zapatista support bases, as in August last year when “they killed a stud bull, destroyed houses and our collective store, stole our belongings and sprayed with herbicides the pasture where the collective cattle of the municipality of San Manuel were being kept, they fired guns and left signs on the ground that said ‘territory of Pojkol’.”

They said that these “are the same paramilitaries who arrived on 10th May last (at El Rosario) and one of them named Andrew shot at a young girl Zapatista support base.”

The JBG remarked that “these groups, prepared and financed by the bad federal, state and municipal governments have been provoking us several times with their strategy of counterinsurgency, thinking we will fall into their traps and stain our hands with the blood of our indigenous brothers. This is sick in the head because they are paid and have a guilty conscience, they are soiled by the bad capitalist system.”

They warned: “We say clearly that we will not stand with our arms folded when our support bases are attacked by any means or measures the bad government may use against us; we have said clearly that we will defend our land because we were born in it, we live in it and die in it, whatever the cost.”

Finally, they held all three levels of the government responsible for “anything that may happen, because it is not the first time we have denounced what this group of people have done.”

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/ultimas/2015/06/26/denuncia-ezln-un-ataque-de-paramilitares-a-indigenas-de-ocosingo-3860.html

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Mexico’s Extreme Inequality: 1% Owns Half of the Country’s Wealth

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Mexico’s Extreme Inequality: 1% Owns Half of the Country’s Wealth

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The report points to some major consequences of extreme inequality, including indigenous poverty occurring at a rate four times the national average and increased violence caused by marginalization. Extreme inequality has increased in Mexico while the economy has stagnated, concentrating almost half of the country’s wealth in the hands of its elite 1 percent, according to a new Oxfam report. According to the report, the wealth of the Mexico’s 16 billionaires multiplies fivefold each year, while the country’s GDP increases by less than 1 percent annually. Mexico is among the top 14 richest countries in the world by GDP, yet over half its population, or 53 million people, live in poverty.

The report states that one of the most serious aspects of inequality is unbalanced income distribution, which is becoming more pronounced. Mexico’s telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim is the second richest person in the world. His estimated 5 percent return on wealth alone could cover the cost of some 2 million low wage workers at the minimum wage rate of US$4.50 per day. The wealth of Slim and just three fellow Mexican billionaires account for 9 percent of the country’s GDP, equivalent to the income of nearly 20 million Mexicans on the other side of the inequality equation. The impacts of severe inequality are not only economic, but also political. “We are concerned with the excessive and undue influence of economic and private powers in public policies and how this interferes with the exercise of citizens’ rights,” says the report. “The people most affected by this are the poorest.”

CIRErXFWwAAAGk-Facing the harmful impacts of such a massive gap between rich and poor, the report identifies access to services with a focus on human rights, raising the minimum wage, progressive fiscal policy, and tax transparency and accountability as key future priorities in the fight against poverty and inequality. An Oxfam petition, as part of a global campaign against inequality, is calling on members of Mexico’s congress to pay attention to the needs of Mexican people and “end the vicious cycle of inequality” by prioritizing public spending on education, healthcare, and other basic services. The report also points to other major consequences of extreme inequality, including indigenous poverty occurring at a rate four times the national average and increased violence caused by marginalization. In January, an Oxfam global inequality report revealed that the poorest half of the world population collectively controls as much wealth as the world’s 80 richest people, down from 85 in 2014, showing a further concentration of global wealth.

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexicos-Extreme-Inequality-1-Owns-Half-of-Countrys-Wealth-20150625-0034.html.

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June 23, 2015

BoCa En BoCa #33 – English- June 2015

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BoCa En BoCa #33 – English- June 2015

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BoCa En BoCa is an independent newssheet that aims to disseminate what happens in the organized communities in Chiapas. The aim is to generate solidarity among communities, through summaries or extracts of their publications transmitting their words.

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BOCA EN BOCA 33 – JUNE 2015

IN BRIEF

23/04- The CDH Fray Pedro Lorenzo de la Nada, Ocosingo, denounced acts of threats and harassment by the public prosecutor towards one of their promoters. https://fronterasurmx.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/ministerio-publico-de-ocosingo-amenaza-a-promotor-de-derechos-humanos/

23/04- The ejido Ovando Turquía, Escuintla, agreed “that at no time will any mines be allowed to open.” http://movimientom4.org/2015/04/el-ejido-ovando-en-chiapas-mexico-se-declara-libre-de-mineria/

24/04- In the ejido Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, Palenque, members of Xi’nich denounced provocation of conflict through the intrusion of police into their community. http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.fr/2015/04/ejido-cuahtemoc-cardenas-palenque.html

04/05- In the ejido Suclumpá, Salto de Agua, two federal police investigators were arrested for abuse of authority and attempted murder. They demand the freedom of an unjustly imprisoned human rights defender.http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.fr/2015/05/promotores-de-derechos-humanos-exigen.html

12/05- Residents of San Cristobal de las Casas, members of the public network in defence of wetlands, water and natural heritage in the Valley of Jovel, in defence of the mountain wetlands Maria Eugenia, denounced an intimidating attitude by the construction company Peje de Oro. https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/attacks-against-and-harassment-of-wetlands-defenders-in-san-cristobal-de-las-casas/

http://redtdt.org.mx/?p=2895

12/05- The Frayba HRC demanded that the authorities execute the re-arrest order against Darinel E. Diaz Solórzano, responsible for the femicide of Tatiana Trujillo. http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.fr/2015/04/notifrayba-feminicida-de-tatiana.html

22/05- Ejidatarios in solidarity with the community of Primero de Agosto denounced the cutting down and illegal sale of trees carried out by CIOAC-H, and the burning of their homes. http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.fr/2015/05/ejidatarios-que-apoyan-desplazados-de.html

FOLLOW-UP

04/05- The National Immigration Office and the Federal Police carried out a violent operation and persecution against migrants and human rights defenders. http://vocesmesoamericanas.org/2015/05/04/inm-y-pf-realizan-operativo-violento-en-tabasco-contra-migrantes-y-defensores-de-derechos-humanos-codemire/

09/05- OCEZ from the Carranza Region put up a roadblock in order to get a meeting with the governor of Chiapas. http://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2015/05/una-semana-de-bloqueos-en-carranza-chiapas-piden-dialogo-con-el-gobernador

19/05- The people displaced from Primero de Agosto community issued an invitation to a day of prayer. “There is a lot of insecurity and we are very worried.” https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/chiapas-the-network-for-peace-calls-for-the-situation-of-the-displaced-people-of-primero-de-agosto-to-be-addressed/

https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/report-from-the-civilian-mission-for-human-rights-observation-to-the-camp-of-forcibly-displaced-persons-from-the-village-of-primero-de-agosto-municipality-of-las-margaritas/

20/05- Alejandro Díaz Sántiz, prisoner in solidarity with La Voz del Amate, showed his solidarity with the Pueblo Creyente by fasting and praying. http://noestamostodxs.noblogs.org/?p=1982

SUMMARIES

Cruztón in defence of their territory

The community of Cruztón, in the municipality of Venustiano Carranza, adherent to the Sixth, the CNI and part of the Organization Semilla Digna de los Altos, on 17/05 denounced the aggression and invasion of their territory by the Organization Nuevo Guadalupe Victoria.

http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.fr/2015/04/comunidad-cruzton-denuncia-invasion-de.html

After being dispossessed of 394 hectares in 1994 by the ejido Guadalupe Victoria, they said that since 2013, they have been “threatened in that small part of our territory,” which they have been left with. “On 04/16/15, a group of people from ejido Guadalupe Victoria invaded 12 hectares of our territory. Up to date, they don’t allow us to work; they threaten us by firing bullets using high calibre firearms.  On 08/05 “about 30 armed people were blocking the roads with sticks and stones. They have cut the wire protection; they have been burning grass and coffee bushes; trees that the community had been looking after for years have been cut down; they do not allow us to go into the cemetery where our people are buried.” “These events were denounced on 17/04”. But the problem remains unresolved.

They concluded that “the agencies applying justice are clearly in agreement with the invaders”. Considering that the invading group is heavily armed, they are calling on us to “keep an eye on what may happen in the area of Cruzton, as we are going back to work on our land”.

https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/residents-of-cruzton-denounce-threats-and-invasion-of-their-lands/ 

We will continue resisting and working here

On 11/05, the Zapatista Caracol of La Garrucha strongly denounced the attempt to invade the lands of the compas Support Bases of El Rosario, which is reclaimed land belonging to the autonomous municipality of San Manuel, by 21 people from the paramilitary groups of El Rosario, and 28 paramilitaries from the neighbourhood of Chikinival, belonging to the Pojkol ejido, municipality of Chilón.

This event follows what happened in August 2014. On 10/05, 28 paramilitaries came to measure the site of the Support Bases: “during the day they were there working.” “At 15:15 pm a group of them stopped working, while another group remained in the same place, but five minutes later, 3 of them went to the home of a compa.”   One of the paramilitaries, stood guard at the door and two entered the house, surprising the compa’s daughter who ran away. Then the guard “shot four bullets at the girl.”  “At the moment of the shooting her father arrived and the compa defended his daughter by throwing a stone at the assailant which hit him on the head.” The girl escaped safely from the shots.  As the guard was injured, his wife and three children went on 11/05 to tell the compas Support Bases “that they have to pay 7,000 pesos for his treatment.” Seeing paramilitary propaganda blaming the compas for causing these problems, “We deny what they are blaming us for.  It is clear who started the provocation.”

The ejido authorities “came and said they can do nothing, because that group is no longer recognised in the ejido […] they do not respect, and do not obey the ejido”. “These are the strategies with which the 3 levels of the bad government are provoking us, when they use people who do not understand our cause, so that we fall into their traps […] we say to those without brains up there: we will never stop resisting.”

https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/jbg-path-of-the-future-caracol-iii-la-garrucha-denounces-attack-by-paramilitary-group/

 

Las Abejas present their understanding of the Zapatista seminar

In their monthly statement on 22/05, the civil society Las Abejas made known their word in Acteal. “After the seminar ‘Critical Thought Against the Capitalist Hydra’, organized by our Zapatista brothers and sisters, we were thinking and thinking how to explain what the ‘Capitalist Hydra’ is to the representatives of all the communities that make up our organization and we could find nothing like it in the stories which our grandfathers and grandmothers have told us; but we found that the Bible, in Revelation, speaks of a monster, a dragon with 7 heads, which is the devil, who is Satan who devours anyone who does not submit; so that is more or less how we understand the monster-murderer, or capitalist hydra or dragon with seven heads.” (…) “It does not like us to be free.  It does not like the fact that we know how to think and that we are critical of its corrupt and murderous system.   But, above all, it does not like the fact that to build our autonomy, to be free, we need Mother Earth, which means that we have to have control in our territories. “Comparing the death of children in Acteal and Simojovel they clarified: “The monster-murderer neoliberal capitalism will continue killing indigenous peoples, either with lead bullets, with sugar or with vaccines.  What are we going to do faced with the hell and unleashed anger of the monster-murderer?”

https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/las-abejas-of-acteal-join-the-pilgrimage-for-justice-after-the-death-of-children-in-simojovel-chiapas/

On 8/05 the organization received the mothers and fathers of the 43 disappeared students of Ayotzinapa.  From their statement: “It is very clear that the narco-government, the neoliberal capitalist system is afraid of young people who struggle, who educate and transform themselves for their people and for peace, justice and freedom.  Because disappearing and murdering young people from Ayotzinapa is a symbol of the fear of the neoliberal capitalist system.  Because the murder in the Acteal massacre of 4 babies in their mother’s womb is a symbol of the destruction of the future of humanity “. They ended with this advice: “If there is organization, humility and wisdom, know that you will remain strong, despite everything.”

http://acteal.blogspot.mx/2015/05/comunicado-de-las-abejas-de-acteal-los.html

HIGHLIGHTS

Threat to 31 future Mexicans

On 10/05 it was reported that two children died and 29 suffered allergic reactions allegedly caused by vaccinations given by IMSS-Prospera staff in La Pimienta community, Simojovel.

http://www.melelxojobal.org.mx/comunicado-exigen-osc-investigacion-profunda-e-imparcial-frente-a-los-casos-de-muerte-infantil-por-vacunas-en-imss-chiapas/

On 13/05, the ejido issued its statement on the case. They explained that the doctor called women “who have children of 0-5 years to go to the medical unit.” “If women did not attend them, their absence would be noted and they would be removed from the Prospera programme.”  That same afternoon the effects of the vaccine began to be seen:  boys and girls were crying and began to have convulsions, they fainted, had attacks, high temperature, their fingers and feet went numb, they turned purple and they had diaorrhea. “Having gone to the hospital in Bochil, they were sent to the hospital in Tuxtla.
In La Pimienta “The clinic is totally abandoned”. “We affirm that CERO HAMBRE [Zero Hunger], the national crusade against hunger is totally false”. “We categorically reject the versions given by the IMSS”.

https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/05/31/vaccines-of-death-in-la-pimienta/

The Pueblo Creyente (Believing People) of Simojovel 23/05 shared their word.

https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/infected-vaccines-in-chiapas-show-the-marginalization-of-the-indigenous/

“How can we believe and trust people who think only of killing children and young people as they did with the Ayotzinapa students?  Do the independent experts come from other countries?” “We are not going to exchange babies for 5000 pesos as offered by the government of Manuel Velasco”. “This is not the first time that the government has killed children.”

https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/05/31/simojovel-mobilizes-against-the-attempt-to-massacre-31-children-with-vaccines/

On 03/05 the bishops of the diocese of San Cristobal spoke in support of the peaceful struggle of the Pueblo Creyente (Believing People) of Simojovel in a letter to the parish priest Marcelo Perez Perez.

http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.fr/2015/05/carta-de-los-obispos-de-san-cristobal.html

The EZLN organised a meeting called “Critical thought against the capitalist hydra”, from 3-8 May, in CIDECI in San Cristobal de Las Casas.

-Our gaze turned within-

Political economy, as seen from the communities

Sub Moises: “What I’ve come to talk about are those things that have been discussed, not read, about the economy, within the communities. How it has been, and how it is. About capitalism, I mean. I’m going to break my talk into three parts: how the communities lived before, 30 years ago; how those who are not organized as Zapatistas live now, and then how we live, the Zapatistas of today.”
Our struggle as women

Compañera listener Selena: “as Zapatistas, we’re facing the low intensity war, they dangle ideas of modernity in front of us, like mobile phones, or clothes. They transmit their bad ideas through TV, so that we young people are distracted, and don’t think about how to organise in our struggle.”

Compañera support base Lizbeth: “We women, we already have the freedom and the right as women to have opinions, to discuss and analyse. We didn’t have that before. It’s not easy to participate or explain how we work though”.

Comandanta Dalia: “as women, mothers and parents, we’ve found the strength to stand up to our husbands and our children”

Comandanta Rosalinda: “we were mistreated, disrespected, because we never knew that we had the right to organise ourselves and to take part, to do any kind of work. Because no-one explained how we might organise ourselves.”

Comandanta Miriam: “since the arrival of the conquistadors we suffered as women. They took our lands, our language, our culture. That’s when local despotism took root, and triple-fold exploitation, humiliation, discrimination, marginalisation, mistreatment, inequality”.

Resistance and rebellion

Sup Moises: “We understood the call of the people of Mexico. So we gave the order to retreat from violent struggle. It was then that we discovered, through the compañeras—because in combat our people died—that they were developing another way to struggle. Because the government wanted to buy us off, as we put it, they wanted us to accept aid and forget about the struggle.” “When we try to begin to discuss, to think, in our way, what we recommend as Zapatistas, it is that we have to think in two ways. One is to criticize capitalism. The other is how we think of this evil we see.”

Our gaze at the hydra

03/05 On elections: Organize, Sup Moises: ” What we Zapatistas say is: there you have the proof that in order to be a party politician above one has to be shameless, a fool, or a criminal—or all three; we shouldn’t be afraid of having the people rule. It’s the most healthy and just way. Because it is the people themselves who are going to make the changes that are truly necessary. And that is the only way that a new system of government is going to exist.”

The crack in the wall: Sup Galeano: “Don’t believe those who say that sensitivity, sympathy, and support are measured by crowded streets, overflowing plazas, big stages, or in the number of cameras, microphones, leading journalists, and social media trends you attract. The great majority of the world, not just in our country, is like you, brothers and sisters, family members of the Ayotzinapa missing. People who have to fight day and night for a little piece of life. People who have to struggle in order to wrench from reality something with which to sustain themselves.”

https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/communiques/

The Yaqui Caravan weaves solidarity in Chiapas

“The Yaqui Tribe and dozens of indigenous peoples, peasant and urban organizations, non-party supporters, those environmentally affected, users of water and electricity, trade unions, universities, teachers, youth, environmentalists, base ecclesiastical communities and human rights organizations convoked a National Caravan for the Defence of Water, Land, Work and Life”. “The Yaqui Tribe is a nation with a history of struggle and resistance in defence of their territory. It currently maintains a legal battle against the Mexican state in defence of water.”

https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/mexicos-yaqui-people-launch-defence-of-water-and-territory/

On the 12/05 they invited people to “join the national struggle to seek to open a national process of convergence, to continue until it achieves: the cancellation of all the megaprojects affecting life, water, earth and air where the people are rising. The live presentation of our 43 from Ayotzinapa and punishment of those responsible. Justice for our compas killed for defending freedom, justice and life. Immediately freedom for Mario Luna and Fernando Jimenez from the Yaqui Tribe and all political prisoners. An end to the militarization of the country, to repression, and to the harassment and attacks on Zapatista support bases. The cancellation of the structural reforms. Not to allow the General Water Act and to fight for a new law to reverse the privatization and provide the basis for a good government of water by the peoples. To regain our food and energy sovereignty and the rights of workers.

https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/yaqui-indigenous-tribe-travels-for-11-days-to-defend-water/

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June 22, 2015

Visit from the relatives and colleagues of the disappeared and assassinated students from Ayotzinapa to the communities of the CNI in Chiapas: Palenque

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Visit from the relatives and colleagues of the disappeared and assassinated students from Ayotzinapa to the communities of the CNI in Chiapas: Palenque

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On 18th June the delegation from the caravan of parents, relations and compañeros of the disappeared students from Ayotzinapa came to Palenque to meet with the organised peoples of the Indigenous National Congress in the northern part of the state of Chiapas.

Members of the organization Xi’nich, ejidatarios from the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, students, organizations and civil society walked with the parents through the streets of Palenque demanding justice for Ayotzinapa and for the case of the community of Viejo Velasco. Later in a rally in the central square of Palenque, organizations were able to express their solidarity with the families and fellow students from the Rural Normal School of Isidro Burgos from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.

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