dorset chiapas solidarity

October 26, 2016

Following the attack on Domingo Pérez Álvaro, comrade and adherent from San Sebastíán de Bachajón.

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Following the attack on Domingo Pérez Álvaro, comrade and adherent from San Sebastíán de Bachajón.



Today, 20th of October 2016, we read with anger and concern the third denunciation in three days by our comrades and adherents to the Sixth from the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón.

For three days they have faced aggressions, disproportionate police, military and paramilitary presence, and threats of eviction, imprisonment and death.

Our comrades, the women and men of the Ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón have spent 11 years fighting for the defence of their territory, nature and the earth. They demand their right to enjoy and make use of their territory in the heart of the forest. The waterfalls of Agua Azul, which are in indigenous lands, are a treasure which is being kept for a choice few, as is the [hydroelectric] dam, about which there is financial speculation, which will benefit only the touristic elite. And which will “serve” equally few; those who can bear the moral and financial cost of staying in the luxury rooms of their hotels and playing on the golf course they want to build on the back of the blood, livelihoods, dispossession and displacement of those who are not disposed to bow their heads in the face of death and contempt for their life and history.

In these years of fighting and resistance, against dispossession and the eco-tourism project of the Palenque tourist trail, they have had to overcome the death of two comrades and now the imprisonment of another three members of the ejido, as well as continual repression, day after day.

We have in front of us the latest denunciations by the women and men, adherents of San Sebastián de Bachajón, about the bad governance of the ejidal commisioner Manuel Guzmán Álvaro, his direct collaboration in the provoking clashes and authorising the entry and installation of Preventative State Police and paramilitaries to halt the process of autonomy by the women and men, comrades of Bachajón. On the 17th of October, said commissioner led a group of thugs who brutally assaulted our comrade Domingo Pérez Álvaro, leaving him gravely injured.

Our comrade Domingo Pérez was violently set upon by said group on his return from visiting the political prisoners in Playas de Catazaja.

This new aggression forms part of the terror strategies that the aforementioned official commissioner has imposed in order to dispossess the people of these lands and hand them over to the economic interests of big business.

From a different corner of the dignified world, we wish to identify those responsible for all this violence – murders, the incarceration of political prisoners, police repression – and denounce all of these acts, making public the names of:

The official commisioner, MANUEL GUZMÁN ÁLVARO. The municipal president, FELIPE GUTIÉRREZ MIRANDA. The governor of the State of Chiapas, MANUEL VELASCO COELLO. And above all, the president of Mexico, ENRIQUE PEÑA NIETO, all of them puppets in the hands of corporate interests, and perpetrators of a politics of death and dispossession.

From this part of the world we wish to express our total solidarity with the autonomy that is being built in San Sebastián de Bachajón, and with the comrades and adherents, women and men, who keep these natural spaces far out of reach of the greedy hands of criminal corporate interest.

We hold them and all three levels of government responsible for the aforementioned and all further aggressions that may occur.

From here we will remain vigilant to what is happening to our comrades, men and women of Bachajón and with dignified rage we cry out to this bad, criminal government, NO MORE AGGRESSIONS IN BACHAJÓN!

Juan Vázquez Guzmán lives, the fight in Bachajón continues!

Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano lives, the fight in Bachajón continues!

No to the dispossession of indigenous territories!

State police out of indigenous territory!

Immediate freedom for our imprisoned comrades from San Sebastián Bachajón!


CGT-Estado Españoleuropazapatista1

Les trois passants, Toulouse, Francia.


Associazione Ya Basta! Milano

La Pirata

Espiral de solidaridad, semilla de resistencia

Asamblea libertaria autoorganizada Paliacate Zapatista. Grecia

Associació Solidaria Cafè Rebeldía-Infoespai, Barcelona

Union syndicale Solidaires

ASSI (Accion Social Sindical Internacionalista)

MutVitz 13

Colectivo Caracol – Marseille

Comitato Chiapas “Maribel” – Bergamo



Latin-Amerikagruppene i Norge (Grupo de Chiapas del Comité Noruego de Solidaridad con América Latina)

UK Zapatista Network:

Dorset Chiapas Solidarity Group

Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Group

Kiptik (Bristol)

London Mexico Solidarity Group

Manchester Zapatista Collective

Meso-America Solidarity Action Liverpool

UK Zapatista Education, Culture and Communication Team

UK Zapatista Translation Service

Zapatista Solidarity Group – Essex

Individual members of the network

CSPCL (Comité de Solidaridad con los Pueblos de Chiapas en Lucha,


Espoir Chiapas / Esperanza Chiapas, Francia

Adherentes a la Sexta Barcelona


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