dorset chiapas solidarity

August 29, 2015

Original peoples make pilgrimage for peace, for life, against violence and dispossession

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Original peoples make pilgrimage for peace, for life, against violence and dispossession

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On July 28th and 29th, a pilgrimage was carried out,organized by the pastoral staff, deacons and coordinators of the Tojolab’al Mission where close to 5,000 tojolab’ales, tseltales, tsotsiles and mestizos were brought together. They expressed and showed their solidarity with the pueblo of Simojovel and denounced the forced displacement of people from Banavil and particularily drew attention to the case of the Poblado Primero de Agosto, where 57 people were forcibly displaced from their lands by members of the ejido Miguel Hidalgo, also members of the Independent Central of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos – Historic (CIOAC-H). The walk started from Ignacio Zaragoza, to the municipal capital of Las Margaritas, ending at the parish of San Sebastian in Comitan de Domínguez.

The gospel teaches us not to remain silent before cases such as Acteal; Simojovel, the forced displacement of Banavil and Primero de Agosto; before cases of the destruction of nature from mining and mega projects and in cases such as alcoholism and drug addiction in our communities,” shared Marcelo Perez Perez, pastor of Simojovel. From their part, the Network for Peace (Red por la Paz) Chiapas, demonstrated that the case of the displaced families of Primero de Agosto is not an isolated case, and at the same time reiterated their solidarity with them, “It is a privilege to pilgrim and walk with you. We will continue walking ts’omanotik (together)” they added. In a pronouncement, The Believing Peoples and the different communities and social organizations that participated in the pilgrimage, expressed that they are organizing, uniting, and transforming their consciousness, “to confront the violence that we live in our communities and the problems that come with structural reforms: such as education, health, labour, and energy”.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/chiapas-native-peoples-pilgrim-for-peace-for-life-against-violence-and-dispossession/

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