Convocation for the Week of Worldwide Action in solidarity with the Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón:
From Sunday, 4th December to Saturday, 10th December, 2016
To our sisters and brothers of the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón
To our compañer@s adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle throughout the world
To our Zapatista compañer@s
To the National Indigenous Congress (CNI)
To the people of Mexico and the world
Compañeras and compañeros,
We send you all warm greetings and embraces of solidarity from Canada, Estados Unidos, England, Mexico, Peru, United States and Uruguay.
We, Hermann Bellinghausen, Hugo Blanco, Circulo de las Primeras Naciones de l’UQAM, Gustavo Esteva, John Gibler, Dorset Chiapas Solidarity Group, Malu Huacúja del Toro, Sylvia Marcos, Movement for Justice in el Barrio, Jean Robert and Raúl Zibechi, wish to share with you a humble proposal and hope that you will wish to join with us from your own places and in your own ways to carry out the Week of Worldwide Action in solidarity with the Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón from Sunday, 4th December to Saturday, 10th December, Human Rights Day 2016.
This initiative is supported by the adherents to the Sixth from San Sebastián Bachajón.
Compañeras and Compañeros,
The indigenous Tseltal communities of the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, like so many originary peoples throughout the world, are under attack from the forces of capitalism and transnational corporations who will not rest until they have destroyed the entire planet with their megaprojects of death.
In San Sebastián Bachajón, the greed of governments and businesses covets the ownership of the beautiful waterfalls of Agua Azul, in order to construct an elite tourist destination. The ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón are obstacles to their plans and their profit, as they inherited the lands from their ancestors and care for them as a great treasure of humanity. For this reason, they have been recipients of threats, aggressions, arbitrary detentions, forced disappearances, imprisonment, torture, and attacks from state forces and paramilitary groups.
On 17th October 2016, a brutal attack took place against the tireless community organiser and human rights defender from La Sexta Bachajón, the indigenous Tseltal Domingo Pérez Alvaro. He was detained for three hours before being savagely beaten and threatened with death by the group of supporters of the official Ejidal Commissioner of San Sebastian Bachajón, Manuel Guzman Alvaro, who left him gravely injured and unable to speak.
It is time to raise our hands, words and voices in solidarity with the adherents to the Sixth Declaration from the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón who are an inspiration to us all in their dignified struggle, and who are currently experiencing serious acts of violence and police and military occupation, along with eviction, deceit and plunder, in the continuing attempt to dispossess them of their ancestral lands and sacred places. These recent threats and acts of brutal aggression compel us to offer our solidarity.
As a direct result of the determination of the ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón to defend their lands, their beloved community leader and spokesperson Juan Vázquez Guzmán was savagely assassinated with high velocity firearms on 24th April, 2013 and community organiser Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano was murdered with over 20 gunshots on 20th March 2014.
Domingo Pérez Álvaro is now being threatened with a similar fate.
We demand an end to the killings, attacks and threats of violence!
As part of the bad government’s policy three compañeros from San Sebastián Bachajón are now in prison. Over 150 people have been imprisoned since 2007. We demand freedom for the unjustly imprisoned Esteban Gómez Jiménez, Santiago Moreno Pérez and Emilio Jiménez Gómez!
Compañeras and Compañeros:
The bad governments and their allies in multinational business corporations wish to destroy the indigenous peoples and all those who struggle from below and to the left, because it is only the organized resistance of autonomous communities against their wars and the destruction of our natural resources that can save the Mother Earth for our children.
For this reason, we call on you all to join together to continue the dignified struggle of the ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón, so that all ways and forms of life may have their place.
In honour of all the work in the defence of human rights undertaken by Domingo Pérez Álvaro, let us raise our voices on World Human Rights Day, 10th December 2016, in solidarity with our compañer@s from La Sexta Bachajón. We therefore call on all who strive to build another, better, world, one of freedom, justice, democracy and dignity, to join our forces together to organize activities –from your own area and according to your different methods of struggle- to carry out the Week of Worldwide Action in support of the Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón from Sunday, 4th December to Saturday, 10 December, 2016.
Let us help make a global echo of the following demands:
- Respect for the fundamental human rights of the indigenous Tseltal peoples of San Sebastián Bachajón, and guarantees for their security and integrity
- Respect and guarantees for their right to the full use and enjoyment of their territory and to self-determination and the construction of their autonomy
- An end to the plunder and dispossession and the theft of commons,
- An end to the permanent police presence and the militarisation of the area, and to the threats and violence which are being experienced
- A full and fair investigation into the material and intellectual authors of the assassinations of Juan Vázquez Guzmán and Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano and the savage attack on Domingo Pérez Álvaro, and punishment of those responsible
We ask you also to remain alert and aware and responsive as to what may take place in the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón and to hold the three levels of government and their lackeys responsible for any acts of aggression
We ask you to please let us know as soon as possible if you are able to accept our proposal and if you will participate. You can contact us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resistance is Life! Dispossession is Death!
Land, Freedom and Justice for the Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón!
State police out of indigenous territory!
Stop the Aggressions against the Adherents to the Sexta!
Freedom and Justice for Esteban Gómez Jiménez imprisoned in Cintalapa de Figueroa, and for Santiago Moreno Pérez and Emilio Jiménez Gómez, prisoners in Playas de Catazaja!
Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives! The Bachajón struggle continues!
Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano Lives! The Bachajón struggle continues!
Long Live the EZLN! Long live the CNI!
With embraces of Love and Solidarity,
Hermann Bellinghausen, Mexico
Movement for Justice in el Barrio, United States
Raúl Zibechi, Uruguay
Sylvia Marcos, Mexico
Jean Robert, Mexico
Gustavo Esteva Figueroa, Mexico
Dorset Chiapas Solidarity Group, England
Hugo Blanco Galdos, Peru
Malú Huacuja del Toro, United States
Circulo de las Primeras Naciones de l’UQAM, Canada
John Gibler, Mexico