Communique from San Sebastian Bachajon 5 May 2016
jmololabex ants winiketik, icha spatil a wotanik ta pisilik, yaj jkambeyex mukul sjokolawalik yuun ya ka pukik ha in tzibabil hunik.
FROM THE EJIDO SAN SEBASTIAN BACHAJON, ADHERENTS TO THE SIXTH DECLARATION OF THE LACANDON JUNGLE, CHIAPAS, MEXICO 5 MAY 2016
To the General Command of the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
To the Councils of Good Government
To the Indigenous National Congress
To adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle in Mexico and the world
To the mass media and alternative media
To the Network against Repression and for Solidarity
To Movement for Justice in El Barrio from New York
To national and international human rights defenders
To the people of Mexico and the world
Compañeros and compañeras and everyone involved in the dignified struggle against all the injustice committed by the bad governments, we, the adherents to the Sixth Declaration from the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón send you cordial greetings.
Today, with this communiqué, we state that on 18TH April of this year, the residents of the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón elected Manuel Guzmán Álvaro as our official commissioner, and he has given his word to work on behalf of the people and in defence of our land. Manuel Guzmán Álvaro got more votes than the other candidates and for this reason he was named commissioner and assumes the responsibility as an authority of the ejido. As such, he has the power to look for solutions to problems in the ejido, such as how to manage the toll booth which gives access to the Agua Azul waterfalls. But instead, the partisan losers have taken over the toll booth and have impeded the officially elected commissioner’s entry to the ejido. On several occasions groups aligned with the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) and the Verde Ecologistas (Green Ecologist) political parties have blocked Manuel Guzmán Álvaro’s entry to the ejido. These same people are causing bigger conflicts and disturbing the peace in the ejido. It should be known that these conflicts have been going on for a long time and that some of these political leaders are the same ones who later lost in the election for commissioner. They have occupied this land out of revenge for not winning. This land does not belong to them, this land is recovered land, the only thing they are looking to do is cause problems and division within the ejido. They only want to use the land for business matters and the bad government does not intervene because it protects these groups.
These partisan groups maintain blockades on different points of the road running from Ocosingo to Palenque. Their goal is political; they are simulating a protest against the election of Manuel Guzmán Álvaro as commissioner so that the government won’t recognise him as ejido authority. They put up these blockades as a way of asking the government to listen to their demands, but they all belong to the same band of traitors, accomplices of the bad government, and happy with the crumbs they get from the bad government. For this reason we keep ourselves apart from them and their actions. We denounce to the bad government the chaos that they’d like to create through these crimes of blocking the highway. These actions have nothing to do with defending Mother Earth, it is about partisan political interests. They are upset because people from their political groups did not win the election, people chosen by Francisco Guzmán Jiménez also known as “El Goyito” and the out-going official commissioner Alejandro Moreno Gómez.
We also want to tell you that on this day compañeros and members of our organisation are recovering some hectares of land that belong to us in the San Juan region, in the municipality of Chilon, Chiapas.
We demand the immediate liberation of our compañeros who are unjustly held prisoner – Esteban Gómez Jiménez imprisoned in Cintalapa de Figueroa, Chiapas (amate #14), Santiago Moreno Pérez and Emilio Jiménez Gómez, imprisoned in Playas de Catazaja, Chiapas (cereso #17). They have been imprisoned for their commitment to fight for and defend Mother Earth and for the freedom of other women and men political prisoners in Mexico and the world.
From the Northern Zone of the state of Chiapas, the women and men of San Sebastián send combative greetings to all the compañeros and compañeras and to the communities and people in Mexico and the world who are in resistance.
Never again a Mexico without us
Land and freedom
Long live Zapata!
¡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!
No to the dispossession of indigenous territory!
State police out of indigenous territory!
Immediate return of the disappeared and murdered compañeros from the Normal School Raúl Isidro Burgos of Ayotzinapa!
Long live the dignified struggle of the Chol compañeros and compañeras from the ejido Tila!
Long live the dignified struggle of the compañeros and compañeras from San Francisco Xochicuautla!
Long live the communities who struggle for their autonomy and freedom!
Justice for Ayotzinapa, Acteal, ABC, Atenco!