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June 30, 2015

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.




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