Burial of Bersain Hernandez Zavala, June 3, Tonala, Chiapas. Photo: @Pozol Colectivo
On June 3, hundreds of people bid farewell to Bersain Hernandez Zavala, social activist for the rights of the people of Tonala, Chiapas. Bersain was a member of the Digna Ochoa Human Rights Centre and founder of the Regional Autonomous Council of the Coastal Zone, an organization adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), founded in September 2006 to demand fair prices for electricity and the recognition of access to electrical energy as a human right. He was also a teacher at a secondary school in Tonala and an active member of the teachers’ movement against educational reform. In the moving farewell, he was remembered at the school where he worked, paid tribute to at the Tonalteco Civic Front offices, celebrated at a mass, and accompanied to the cemetery by relatives and compañeros in the struggle.
The popular defender died on June 2 in a road accident. Several members of his family were travelling in the same vehicle, as well as Carlos Velazquez Ruiz, all of whom required medical attention. They are therefore requesting financial support and have provided bank account details for deposits.