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April 11, 2016

Legal Protection Granted Against the San Cristobal-Palenque Highway Project

Filed under: Indigenous, Lacandon/ montes azules, sipaz — Tags: , , , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 9:37 am

 

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Legal Protection Granted Against the San Cristobal-Palenque Highway Project

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highwayThe San Cristobal-Palenque super-highway has been met with massive rejection, Photo @ Espoir Chiapas

 

On April 3, the inhabitants of the Tsotsil communities of Los Llanos and San Jose El Porvenir in the municipality of San Cristobal de Las Casas, made known in a statement that on January 18 of this year they were granted legal protection against the San Cristobal-Palenque highway project. In the sentence for legal protection 16/2014, the judge orders the cancellation of the outlines of the construction project or any other programme for the highway on the stretch between the municipalities of San Cristobal-Huixtan, in particular on the lands of the communities, by the Secretariat of Communications and Transport and the Secretariat of Infrastructure of the State of Chiapas.

In the statement, the ejido demanded that, “the authorities should respect our community’s right to free consultation, previous and informed, through its representatives and traditional authorities, providing information in good faith, including the possible environmental and health risks resulting from the construction of operation of the highway project.” They also underlined that their “land is not for sale, now or in the future, and we completely reject the San Cristobal-Palenque highway project because it dispossesses the indigenous communities of the most sacred thing in this life which is land.” It should be mentioned that since its beginning, many communities and those possibly affected expressed their concern about the construction of the highway, whose cost would be around ten billion pesos and would reduce the journey from San Cristobal to Palenque, two of the zones most visited by overseas and domestic tourists, from five to less than two hours.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/chiapas-legal-protection-granted-against-the-san-cristobal-palenque-highway-project/

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December 13, 2015

Peasant Farmers, Beekeepers File Injunction Against Planting GM Soybean in Quintana Roo

Filed under: Indigenous, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 1:16 pm

 

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Peasant Farmers, Beekeepers File Injunction Against Planting GM Soybean in Quintana Roo

 

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Matilde Pérez U.                                                                                                                   La Jornada, 8th December 2015

Small campesinos and beekeepers in Bacalar, western Quintana Roo, filed a petition for amparo against the permit for the commercial planting of genetically modified soya beans on 253,500 hectares in seven states, including Quintana Roo.

The campesinos, members of the Seed Collective Much’ Kanan I’inaj, joined the opposition to the GM Soya bean by their counterparts in Yucatán and Campeche, who have also filed for amparos. Chetumal Ecosur researchers confirmed the presence of GM Soya bean in the ejido of Salamanca in the municipality of Bacalar.

José Manuel Jesús Puc, one of the farmers who filed the amparo, stated that the technology package [for cultivating GM Soybean], including its agrochemically-based production system, “puts at risk our way of life and the territory in which we live,” before adding that “the constitutional right of communities to a free, prior and informed consultation was violated.”

Puc denied the assertion of César Armando Rosales Cancino, delegate of the Secretariat of Agriculture (SAGARPA), that there is no planting of GM Soya beans in the state.

Gerardo Tallavas Gascón, the group’s legal representative, reported that the amparo petition was filed on October 22, “following a series of ups and down in the courts of Cancún and Chetumal.”

The legal proceedings will be held in the Sixth District Court of Quintana Roo based in Chetumal, presided over by Judge Reynaldo Piñón Rangel. The process is in its final phase, so the farmers and beekeepers are awaiting the ruling.

Rogel Villanueva Gutiérrez, researcher at Ecosur Chetumal, stated that 47 samples of seeds collected in the ejidos of Salamanca and Blanca Flor, municipality of Bacalar, were analyzed [with the following results]:

  • Blanca Flor: 29 samples were taken, none were positive [for GMO]; and
  • Salamanca: 18 samples were taken, eight were confirmed genetically modified.

Villanueva Gutiérrez pointed out that the monoculture and intensive farming associated with genetically modified organisms [GMOs] brings about the logging of forests, leaving the soils free of plant cover and exposing them to rain and strong winds. Further, successful cultivation of GM soybeans depends on agrochemicals, which directly affect the pollinators. He said:

“The Colony Collapse Disorder of honeybee colonies that has been taking place in the United States and Europe for 10 years is a clear example of how agrochemicals can affect pollinating insects.”

Translated by Jane Brundage

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2015/12/08/sociedad/038n1soc?partner=rss

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May 1, 2015

San Sebastián Bachajón: The Struggle against Dispossession in Mexico

Filed under: Bachajon — Tags: , , , , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:36 pm

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San Sebastián Bachajón: The Struggle against Dispossession in Mexico

Written by Ricardo Lagunes and Jessica Davies

http://upsidedownworld.org/main/mexico-archives-79/5311-san-sebastian-bachajon-the-struggle-against-dispossession-in-mexico

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April 24th, 2015, marked the second anniversary of the vicious assassination of Juan Vázquez Guzmán, community leader, spokesperson and social activist from the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, “in whose memory our struggle continues.” Despite the killing of two of their leaders and frequent attacks from local government-supporters and public security forces, the ejidatarios (common landholders), adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle, remain firm in their resistance to dispossession, and in their struggle in defense of their ancestral land, territory and Mother Earth. The situation has now become critical. A local court has rejected the legal case of the ejidatarios against appropriation of their common lands by the Mexican government. This openly violates the rights of the ejido to consultation, to free, prior and informed consent and offers impunity to political elites and transnational corporations who dispossess indigenous people from their lands in favor of neoliberal megaprojects.

The CNI analyses repression against the original peoples

The peoples, nations and tribes making up the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), gathered together recently to analyze “the repressive wave against the peoples” conducted by “the capitalist narco-governors who seek to take over our homeland.” They released a statement of their position, in which they stated: “the repression which the bad government has carried out against our peoples is in response to our decision to continue with our resistance, so that we can continue to exist, in spite of the bloody war of extermination…..which they conduct in order to consolidate their economic interests, which are based on exploitation, dispossession, repression, and contempt.”

The CNI goes on to list some of the different faces and reflections of this dispossession and continued resistance. Their second example is: “The Tseltal community of San Sebastián Bachajón, in the municipality of Chilón, Chiapas, has faced the repressive forces of the bad government, who have tried to dispossess them of [their lands near] the Agua Azul waterfalls, which they intend to hand over to capitalist interests. In fact, on March 21st of this year, more than six hundred members of government security forces burned down the regional headquarters of San Sebastián; our brothers and sisters, and the free press, which has stood in solidarity with their struggle, have been assaulted…..while the state police and Mexican army have escalated their occupation of their territory in support of the paramilitary groups.”

In this wave of repression the indigenous peoples face dispossession from their lands, territory, culture, history, traditions and life itself to make way for megaprojects which offer them nothing but death; these include mining projects, roads, airports, aqueducts, hydroelectric or wind power schemes, industrial developments, gas or water pipelines, and, in the case of San Sebastián Bachajón, luxury hotel developments for tourist businesses.

Background

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In 2006, the then governor of Chiapas revealed a plan to “build a new Cancún in northern Chiapas,” and many of the ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón started organizing to defend their territory. In 2007, they became adherents to the Zapatista Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle. Also in 2007, plans were announced for the long-discussed Palenque Integrally Planned Centre (CIPP) or “the Gateway to the Maya World,” a luxury tourist megaproject involving a new airport and superhighway, the jewel in the crown being international hotel developments at the stunning waterfalls of Agua Azul, access to which involves passing through the territory of the ejido Bachajón. Dispossessing the ejidatarios of these lands thus became crucial to the plan, which involved multinational corporations in    co-operation with the three levels of the Mexican government and the co-opted ejidal leaders.

It is clearly laid down in national and international treaties, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization, Article 2 of the Constitution of the United States of Mexico, and the San Andrés Accords, that as indigenous peoples, the Tseltales of San Sebastián Bachajón have the right to free, prior and informed consent in relation to their lands and natural resources, and the right to free determination of their affairs. This absolute right to consultation and consent has been violated and ignored time and again, and instead groups of government-supporting ejidatarios – known as officialists – from the PRI political party started organizing shock groups in the area, and an officialist ejidal commissioner was imposed illegally on the ejido. The scene was set.

Following repression, threats and harassment, the conflict culminated on the 2nd of February, 2011, when an armed eviction of the ejidatarios of the Sixth from the area around Agua Azul was carried out by officialists from San Sebastián and from neighboring communities, with the support of around 800 state and federal police. The following day, national and state public forces entered the territory and arrested 117 people, under the pretext that it was all an intra-community conflict.

Following this, in March 2011, Franciso Guzman Jiménez, former commissioner of the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, one of the leaders of the attack, made an agreement which handed over an area of Bachajón’s land to the Chiapas state government and to the National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (CONANP.) He did this without the prior consent of the assembly of the ejidatarios, therefore the ownership of these lands, and of the toll-booth, giving access to the waterfalls, has been in dispute. The legal case of the ejidatarios is clear, and their lawyer has conducted an action for amparo (order for legal protection) through the courts; a favorable result was anticipated, taking into account all the evidence and the sending of the case to the Supreme Court in the Federal District through the initiative of the Third Collegiate Tribunal in Tuxtla Gutiérrez.

The amparo against dispossession

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The ejido San Sebastián Bachajón has sustained a legal battle since 2011, because the Mexican government has, by means of acts of violence since February 2nd of 2011, claimed ownership of the ejidal land in common use where access is gained to the “Agua Azul Waterfalls” Ecological Centre. Following their violent entry, the officialist ejido leader signed an agreement with the government; through this they sought to give a cover of legality to the dispossession of the common use lands, which had not been authorized in the highest body representing the ejido, the ejidal assembly.

Faced with such arbitrary actions, the ejidatarios filed, in March 2011, for the amparo 274/2011 before the Seventh District Judge in the State of Chiapas. After three rulings for its dismissal by the Seventh District Judge, on September 29th of 2014, the Third Collegiate Tribunal in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, in order to resolve the amparo in review 224/2014, overturned the dismissal and asked the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation to consider the case due to its associated legal significance; since the case of Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón is a reflection of the conflicts that led to the armed uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in 1994, for this reason the Court noted that it was appropriate for the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation to decide the issue of the ejido, so that thereby the foundations could be laid for the resolution of dozens of cases of the same kind in the region on the matter of the rights of indigenous peoples.

On November 19th 2014 the rapporteur Minister Margarita Beatriz Luna Ramos (originally from San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas) proposed to the Second Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation not to exercise their right to decide Bachajón’s amparo and they returned it to the Third Collegiate Tribunal to be resolved.

On April 6th 2015 the Third Collegiate Tribunal contradicted its arguments and issued a judgement denying the amparo to the ejido, by giving value as evidence to the agreement made between the former Governor Juan Sabines Guerrero and the former officialist ejidal commissioner of San Sebastián Bachajón, Francisco Guzmán Jiménez; this decision openly violates the rights of the ejido to consultation and to free, prior and informed consent. All of this is in order to benefit the political elites and transnational tourism companies, which is the reason they have designed counterinsurgency strategies to give it the appearance of an inter- and intra-ejidal conflict.

Given these abuses a signature campaign and petition were launched to demand the enforcement of international treaties signed by the Mexican State; because up to now the Judicial Power of the Federation has favoured and privileged the impunity with which the dispossession of the indigenous peoples of Mexico has been operated. The call is made to join with the appeals of the compañeros and compañeras adherents to the Sixth and to expose the judges of the Third Collegiate Tribunal in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas who obey, answer to and operate politically for the transnationals.

Recent events

The ejidatarios of Bachajón have never given up their rights to their lands, territory and natural resources, and have continued tirelessly to carry out a dignified struggle in defense of these rights. So, on December 21st of 2014, more than 400 ejidatarios peacefully recuperated the lands surrounding the toll-booth, which they were robbed of in 2011, and set up a day and night guard over the area. At this time they were joined by a growing number of non-adherent ejidatarios.

In a communiqué on January the 18th, the ejidatarios explain what happened next: “On the ninth of January the bad government sent more than 900 police to evict the women and men guarding the reclaimed lands… On the eleventh of January we began to block the road from Ocosingo to Palenque at the Agua Azul crossroad, where we blocked the road for several days to demand that the public forces leave our land, but the government ordered its police to fire at us with high calibre firearms… In spite of this attack the compañeros and compañeras responded with courage and dignity and we maintained a total blockage of the road until a few days ago, when it became an intermittent and informative road block accompanied by national and international solidarity of women and men of good heart. We inform you that our compañeros and compañeras are going to remain in the place where we have been since January 11th until the police leave our lands.”

On January 29th, faced with a constant police presence and a situation of high tension, with the ejidal commissioner, Alejandro Moreno Gómez organizing shock-groups which “fire into the night with high-calibre weapons to frighten the population,” the ejidatarios issued a communiqué: “We continue to do the work of resistance defending our people and territory from dispossession by the bad government; for this reason we are building a San Sebastián regional headquarters to be a place of work, workshops and exchanges. The work at this headquarters starts today; we have built it a kilometer from the Agua Azul crossroad and from the border with the official municipality of Tumbalá.”

The tension increased. There remained a heavy presence of public forces in the area and the government continued to give support to the officialists, led by the ejidal commissioner Alejandro Moreno Gómez and the security adviser Samuel Díaz Guzmán, who were threatening to evict the regional headquarters and attempting to criminalize the organized people of Bachajón through the fabrication of crimes, both by accusing them of being authors of assaults on the road between Ocosingo and Palenque, and also by organizing roadblocks at the Agua Azul turning and blaming the ejidatarios for these. At the same time, the commercial press was stoking the fire by reporting: “An armed confrontation is expected at any moment between opposing groups who are disputing the area, which is one of the attractions of our state to national and international tourism.”

The burning of the San Sebastian regional headquarters

“We denounce that today, March 21st of 2015, at around 8 o’clock in the morning, more than 600 members of the public forces burned down our San Sebastián regional headquarters with the participation of the ejidal commissioner Alejandro Moreno Gómez and the security adviser Samuel Díaz Guzmán,” the ejidatarios wrote in a communiqué. “Once again the politics of death and the corruption of the bad government are demonstrated, and its contempt for the people and human rights because it seeks to achieve its ambition to get hold of our territory through the dispossession of the land, the water and everything that exists in our country, as if it were merchandise, in order to gain money….. After the violent eviction of 9th of January, 2015, we in our organization established the San Sebastián regional headquarters to continue caring for the land and to demand the withdrawal of bad government, this is where we will continue because we are the original peoples of these lands.”

Two days later the people of Bachajón further denounced the “support of the bad government for the paramilitary leaders Alejandro Moreno Gómez and Samuel Díaz Guzmán” following an attack on two members of the free media who were monitoring the human rights situation. “The bad government uses its cunning and gives them weapons so that at any time they can come to kill us….and so the bad government washes its hands saying the problem is between indigenous and they are killing each other, and for this reason it then sends its public forces to take away our lands.”

The fallen leaders

11141264_10155537831945512_2628082814479590200_oIn their March 21st communiqué the indigenous organization stated; “We remember today with dignified rage that it is a year since the killing of our compañero Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano, coordinator of the organization in the community of Virgen de Dolores.” It is surely not a coincidence that this day was selected. March 21st is also the sixteenth anniversary of the Zapatista “consulta”, when citizens of Mexico were invited to vote on questions about the San Andres Accords on indigenous rights and culture, in an example of true consultation, something the indigenous peoples of Bachajón have been consistently denied.

The communiqué continues: “and next month will mark two years since the killing of our compañero Juan Vázquez Guzmán, secretary general of our organization, in whose memory the struggle in San Sebastián Bachajón continues.” There has been no justice, the authorities have yet to shed any light on his murder, or to arrest anyone in connection with it, but Juan still accompanies the struggle of his people, who remember his words and what he stood for. A recent short film, The Dignified Resistance of San Sebastián Bachajón continues, ends with a tribute: “In memory of our brother Juan Vázquez Guzmán. A light of dignity and struggle and the true word become man. Compa Juan Vázquez Guzmán we embrace your legacy. Juan Vázquez Guzmán lives! The struggle continues!”

As they prepare for Juan’s annual homage, his compañeros continue his struggle for the land and for the mother earth. “We demand the withdrawal of public forces and of the national commission for protected natural areas from our lands, dispossessed since February 2011. We demand freedom for our political prisoners Juan Antonio Gómez Silvano, Mario Aguilar Silvano and Roberto Gómez Hernández and of the unjustly imprisoned compañeros Santiago Moreno Perez, Emilio Jimenez Gómez and Esteban Gómez Jiménez.”

And the words of Juan find an echo: “We are original peoples of these lands and we have rights that they cannot just come and take away like this with their police and paramilitaries. Our word and struggle has more strength because it comes from dignity and the love of life, of the land; our struggle is not for ourselves, it is for our children, for our grandchildren to come, because we have the right to defend and care for the land, to be autonomous and to decide what is the best way to live as a people, we do not need political parties, neither do we need the bad government to come to tell us what to do.”

Article originally published in Spanish: http://desinformemonos.org/2015/04/san-sebastian-bachajon-la-lucha-contra-el-despojo/

For further information: https://vivabachajon.wordpress.com/en-ingles/

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April 24, 2015

Legal motion denied to the ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón

Filed under: Bachajon — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 3:49 pm

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Legal motion denied to the ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón

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Juan Vázquez Guzmán, asesinado el 24 de abril de 2013

 

(vivabachajon.wordpress.com)

Ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón, who struggle against the imposition of tourist megaprojects on their land, have been denied the legal motion they had presented to the courts in March 2011.  After three cancellations, an attempt to transfer the case to the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation, and despite the the detection of violations of due process, a federal tribunal denied the motion 274/2011.  In a communique released on 10 April, the anniversary of the murder of Emiliano Zapata, the ejidatarios reported their knowledge of the refusal of the motion, reaffirmed their commitment to the struggle against the State, and denounced that official authorities are meeting with party-members from the region, seeking to develop strategies to crush their own autonomous process.

This struggle over the management of lands surrounding the Agua Azul waterfalls has resulted in three violent displacement operations, two murdered communal leaders (Juan Vázquez Guzmán, killed on 24 April 2013, and Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano, killed on 21 March 2014), and several political prisoners.  Recently, the ejidatarios also had their regional headquarters burned down, in an operation that involved 600 police, who threatened two autonomous journalists and took their equipment.

In the latest communique, released on 11 April, the ejidatarios make an invitation to the commemoration of the murder of Juan Vázquez Guzmán.  On 24 April, the second anniversary of his, a mass will be held in the family home of Juan Vázquez Guzmán at 3pm.

As a means of popular pressure, a petition has been launched on www.change.org, and the Chiapas Centre for Women’s Rights seeks signatures for its communique in support of the ejidatarios.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/chiapas-legal-motion-denied-to-the-ejidatarios-of-san-sebastian-bachajon/

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April 19, 2015

Request for signatures for Bachajón

Filed under: Bachajon, Indigenous — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 3:16 pm

Request for signatures for Bachajón

Jeny Pascacio

Diario de Chiapas

Link to petition

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Social organizations are seeking signatures to defend the people of San Sebastián Bachajón on www.change.org in their case before the Federal Court after it endorsed the dispossession of indigenous ejido lands in Chiapas.

“The judges obey and operate politically for the transnationals and for this reason we include their names, emails and phone numbers, so that from anywhere in the world we can let them know that we are aware of their corruption.”

Since 2011 the Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, located in the municipality of Chilón, has conducted a legal battle because the Mexican government has awarded itself ownership of the ejido land in common use where you gain access to the “Agua Azul Waterfalls” Ecotourism Centre, according to the version of villagers.

“The agreement with which they try to give legality to the dispossession of lands in common use was not authorized in the ejido assembly, the highest representative body of the ejido. Faced with such arbitrary decisions, the ejidatarios filed, in March 2011, a petition for amparo 274/2011 before the Seventh District Judge in the State of Chiapas.”

After three cancellations decreed by the Seventh District Judge, on September 29, 2014 the Third Collegiate Court in Tuxtla Gutierrez, to resolve the Amparo in Review 224/2014, overturned the acquittal and asked the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation to review the case due to its legal transcendence.

“The case of Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón reflects the conflicts which gave rise to  the armed uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in 1994, for which reason the Court noted it was appropriate for the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation to resolve the root of the ejido problem, so that thereby the local courts could sit to solve dozens of cases of the same kind in the region on the rights of indigenous peoples.”

Through a press release, they stated that the Third Collegiate Court contradicted their arguments and issued a statement denying the amparo to the ejido, by giving value to the agreement made between the last administration of the state government and the government-supporting then ejidal commissioner of San Sebastián Bachajón, Francisco Guzmán Jiménez.

Link to petition

http://www.diariodechiapas.com/metropoli/17355-solicitan-firmas-por-bachajon

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April 12, 2015

Communiqué from San Sebastián Bachajón 10th April 2015

Filed under: Bachajon, Displacement, Indigenous — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 11:02 am

Communiqué from San Sebastián Bachajón, 10th April 2015

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End of the legal process for the Comp@s of Bachajón. The Court denied the amparo.

The comp@s of Bachajon issued a new communique on 10th of April. After a text in Tzeltal the comp@s explained the new strategies of the bad government to put an end to their organization. The previous day, the Agrarian procurator of Ocosingo joined together with the green and PRI supporters of the ejido “to seek an agreement about how to finish off our organization.”

They denounced the bad government for looking for a way to divide, murder and imprison them for the benefit of big business. “The people will not remain silent and will defend whatever the cost”.

Finally they announced that “the Third Collegiate Court of Tuxtla Gutierrez denied our amparo” of March 2011.

http://espoirchiapas.blogspot.fr/…/fin-the-process-juridico…

FROM EJIDO SAN SEBASTIAN BACHAJÓN, ADHERENTS TO THE SIXTH DECLARATION OF THE LACANDON JUNGLE, CHIAPAS, MEXICO, 10th APRIL 2015

To the General Command of the Clandestine Indigenous Revolutionary Committee of the Zapatista National Liberation Army

To the Good Government Juntas

To the Indigenous National Congress

To the compañer@s adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle

To the mass and alternative media

To the Network for Solidarity and against Repression

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

Icha spatil a wotanik ta ha pisilik jmololabex, ants winiketik macha`tik nokòl skoltabel slum skinalik, lìh ya jkabeyexkoyik ta nael jkoopkotik yuun te jkoltabel te jkinalkotik sok ya jna`kotik te skuxlejal jmololkotik Emiliano Zapata te laj yak skuxlejal yuun te skinal sok skotayel slumal.

Greetings to all the compañeros, women and men who are in the struggle for the land, here we share our word on the defence of the land and recall the memory of our General Emiliano Zapata who gave his life for land and freedom for the peoples.

We continue in struggle against the politics of the murderering, thieving and corrupt bad government which does not like our organization, so it burned the San Sebastián regional headquarters, with support from Alejandro Moreno Gómez, ejidal Commissioner and the security adviser Samuel Diaz Guzman, together with 600 Chiapas state police; and also on 9th April  the Agrarian Procurator of Ocosingo, with Lic. Juan René and the Undersecretary of Yajalón whose surname is Alpuche, adviser to the paramilitaries of Paz y Justicia, came to the community of Xanil where they had a meeting with the members of the PRI-green party, followers of Alejandro Moreno Gomez, to seek agreement on how to put an end to our organization because they say they no longer tere to be organizing in the community, because they like to be with the government and its lackeys and minions, handing over the land, despising autonomy and the life of the peoples.

It makes us angry to see how these bad ejidal representatives feel themselves to be owners of the ejido and sell their dignity for crumbs. Our organization knows that the bad government’s mouth is watering at all the natural resources of our territory, so it is looking to divide us, kill us and send us to prison, where the people are the only losers and the government and their national and foreign businesses are the winners because they dispossess the land.

We have had it up to here with this bloody government looking to fuck us over, but the people will not remain silent and will defend whatever the cost, we do not want this bad government to carry on abusing the people, deceiving the people and making fun of the people, the bad government should die, SO SHOULD PEÑA NIETO AND HIS PUPPET VELASCO COELLO.

We understand that the Third Appellate Court of Tuxtla Gutierrez denied our amparo 274/2011, which was started in March 2011, because value was given to the agreement signed by the PRI with the thief Juan Sabines Guerrero, and the judges of the court said that the agreement respects the human rights of the community and that it is for their benefit. These judges are traitors to the fatherland, corrupt and racist, they sold themselves to the government so as to continue sitting on their arses in their big offices, with their big cars and white houses like the one peña nieto has, because they do not care about the people.

There is no democracy and no law in this country hijacked by the bloody corrupt politicians, let them all go away, the people must wake up and fight to defend the lands, dignity and life. Our organization will continue to defend our Mother Earth in honour of our grandfathers and grandmothers who taught us how to defend it and as it was defended by the compañeros Juan Vázquez Guzmán and Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano.

We demand the immediate release of political prisoners in Mexico and the World and of our imprisoned compañeros Juan Antonio Gómez Silvano, Mario Aguilar Silvano, Roberto Gómez Hernández, Santiago Moreno Perez, Emilio Jimenez Gomez and Esteban Gomez Jimenez.

Lih ta ya`hkolal slum kinal chiapas, ants winiketik yuun San Sebastian Bachajon yaj jtikonbeyex cotik spatil a wotanik ta pisilik.

From the northern zone of the state of Chiapas, the women and men of San Sebastián Bachajón send our combative greetings.

Mayuk bin hora jun mexico, te me mayukonkotike`

Never again a Mexico without us

Land and Freedom! Zapata Vive!

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 territories!

Immediate presentation of the disappeared compañeros from Ayotzinapa!

Long live the dignified struggle of our Chol compañeros and compañeras of the ejido Tila!

JUSTICE FOR AYOTZINAPA, ACTEAL, ABC, ATENCO!

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November 19, 2014

San Sebastián Bachajón: Third Collegiate tribunal sends their amparo for the dispossession of their lands to the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation

Filed under: Bachajon — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:42 pm

 

San Sebastián Bachajón: Third Collegiate tribunal sends their amparo for the dispossession of their lands to the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation

 

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November Update

The Second Court of the Mexican Supreme Court is analysing the petition of ‘attraction’ made by the Third Collegial Court of Tuxtla Gutierrez. It began the investigation of the Attraction Power number 564/2014 and gave the task to Minister Margarita Luna Ramos. On October 22nd, the Third Collegial Court published the following agreement within the ‘Amparo under Revision’ 224/2014 in which we can see the Mexican Supreme Court has started proceedings regarding the appeal for an Attraction Power:

 

224/2014 Mariano Moreno Guzmán, representative of the San Sebastián Bachajón Ejido, Chilón Municipality, Chiapas; Constitutional Governor of the State of Chiapas; and others

21/10/2014 “…May it be added to this report… that the implementation of a “reception with observations” has been authorised….”

 

Summary prepared by Oso Sabio, from an original in Spanish by Ricardo Lagunes

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November 7, 2014

FROM EJIDO SAN SEBASTIAN BACHAJÓN, 3rd NOVEMBER, 2014

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FROM EJIDO SAN SEBASTIAN BACHAJÓN, ADHERENTS TO THE SIXTH DECLARATION OF THE LACANDON JUNGLE, CHIAPAS, MEXICO, 3rd NOVEMBER, 2014

To the Good Government Juntas

To the Indigenous National Congress

To the adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle

To the mass and alternative media

To the Network for Solidarity and against Repression

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 

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Compañeras and compañeros

The women and men of the pueblo of San Sebastian Bachajon greet all the peoples and communities in resistance who defend their territories against the projects of dispossession of the bad government. We greet and send all our solidarity to the families and compañeros of the 43 missing normal school students of Ayotzinapa disappeared by the bad government since September 26, 2014, and demand their immediate presentation alive.

We inform you that on 29 September last, for the third time we succeeded in overturning the decision of the Seventh District Judge of Tuxtla Gutierrez in judgement 274/2011 which did not recognise our right as ejidatarios to defend our territory, despite demonstrating that the  ejidal commissioner Alejandro Moreno Gomez and the former ejidal commissioner Francisco Jimenez Guzman aka Goyito are accomplices of the bad government because they gave away the lands illegally and allow the police to be stationed on our territory without authorization from the highest body of the ejido.

On 29th September the third collegiate tribunal in Tuxtla Gutierrez resolved our appeal number 224/2014 in a review which says that the ruling of the seventh judge is incorrect and that our demand is indeed valid, because our organization along with compañero Mariano Moreno Guzman submitted our petition in compliance with the requirements of the law and also because the officialist ejidal commissioner  never did anything to defend the lands of the ejido, when this situation happens every ejidatario can file their claim. Also the third collegiate tribunal, on the grounds that the violations of our rights as indigenous people are very serious, took the decision to send our amparo to Mexico city so that the supreme court of justice of the nation can consider whether or not it can resolve the case, in the next few weeks it will give its response. The case is turned over to the Minister Margarita Luna Ramos to present a draft consideration of the case for 12thNovember. We will be awaiting the decision of the supreme court as to whether it will consider the case or return it to the third collegiate tribunal, and we will continue fighting to regain our land.

Our  compañeros the political prisoners JUAN ANTONIO GOMEZ SILVANO, MARIO AGUILAR SILVANO and ROBERTO GOMEZ HERNANDEZ, who were tortured by the bad government and have been deprived of their freedom unjustly since 16th September, 2014 for fighting for justice and the defence of their territory, were transferred on 2nd October  to prison number 12 Yajalón, Chiapas, where they remain unjustly imprisoned for crimes they did not commit which were fabricated by the Chilón municipal police, in revenge for the imprisonment which our community, Virgen de Dolores, achieved for their compañero Sebastián Méndez Hernández, who is a prisoner in El Amate for the murder of the compañero and former co-ordinator Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano. On October 24, the proceedings were admitted for the amparo against the detention order made by the mixed judge of Ocosingo, Lic. Omar Helería Reyes, dated September 24, 2014, for the crime of attempted murder. We demand their immediate release because the crimes are fabricated and the proofs are illegal. The judge from Ocosingo only took into account the statement by the commander of the municipal police from Chilón and two of his officers for making the detention order.

We also demand the release of our compañero SANTIAGO MORENO PEREZ who has been imprisoned since 2009 in the prison of Playas de Catazajá on the accusation of priistas from the community of La Pimienta, because at the time he was arrested he held the position of autonomous vigilance councillor for the other campaign, and they blamed him for a crime he did not commit in order to remove him from office. Our compañeroEMILIO JIMENEZ GOMEZ, imprisoned since July 2014 also in Playas de Catazajá, was identified by the community of Xanil as having assaulted a foreigner, but this same foreigner said the compañero was not the person who assaulted him, but the priistas took him as a prisoner to Playas de Catazajá with the complicity of the state preventive police. Our compañero  ESTEBAN GOMEZ JIMENEZ, imprisoned since 2013 in Playas de Catazajá and then transferred to El Amate, was accused by the member of the green ecologist party Manuel Jiménez Moreno from the community of Pamalha of an assault he did not commit, which is why he was first arrested, and then once arrested they began to accuse him of other crimes.

We express our total rejection of the megaprojects which are dispossessing the peoples of Chiapas and throughout the country, for which reason we offer our total solidarity to the compañeros and compañeras of the ejido Tila, Los Llanos, Candelaria, San Francisco Xochicuautla, the Yaqui Tribe and all the peoples who are resisting jail, death and repression from the bad government, we tell them to keep fighting because they are not alone.

We demand that the bad government and the officialist ejidal commissioner of San Sebastián Bachajón, Alejandro Moreno Gómez, do not continue robbing our people of their territory and natural resources, because the people will continue defending them.

From the northern zone of the state of Chiapas the women and men of San Sebastián Bachajón send our combative greetings.

Never again a Mexico without us

Attentively

Land and Freedom! Zapata Vive!

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 territories!

Immediate presentation of the 43 missing of Ayotzinapa!

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November 5, 2014

On November 12, the Supreme Court decides whether or not it will consider the case of the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón

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On November 12, the Supreme Court decides whether or not it will consider the case of the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón

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Bachajón Chiapas, Mexico, November 4th. “Taking the view that the violations of our rights as indigenous people are very serious, the third appellate court in Tuxtla Gutierrez has taken the decision to send our amparo to the city of Mexico, so that the Supreme Court can consider whether or not they can resolve the case,” reports the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, of Chilón, Chiapas.

The case is turned over to the Minister Margarita Luna Ramos, who will present a draft consideration of the case for November 12. “We are waiting for the decision of the supreme court as to whether they will consider the case or return it to the third collegiate tribunal, and we will continue to fight to regain our land,” say the Tseltal indigenous.

The ejidatarios, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, also pronounced for the freedom of their imprisoned compañeros: JUAN ANTONIO GOMEZ SILVANO, MARIO AGUILAR SILVANO and ROBERTO GOMEZ HERNANDEZ, “who were tortured by the bad government and have been unjustly deprived of their liberty since 16th September, 2014, for fighting for justice and the defence of their territory,” they state.

“They were taken on 2nd October to prison number 12 in Yajalón, Chiapas, where they remain unjustly imprisoned for crimes they did not commit and which were fabricated by the municipal police of Chilón, in revenge for the imprisonment which our community, Virgen de Dolores, achieved for their compañero Sebastián Méndez Hernández, who is a prisoner in El Amate for the murder of the compañero and former co-ordinator Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano,” explain the organized campesinos.

“On October 24, the proceedings were admitted for the amparo against the detention order made by the mixed judge of Ocosingo, Lic. Omar Helería Reyes, dated September 24, 2014, for the crime of attempted murder. We demand their immediate release because the crimes are fabricated and the proofs are illegal. The judge from Ocosingo only took into account the statement by the commander of the municipal police from Chilón and two of his officers for making the detention order,” say the complainants.

The ejidatarios are also demanding the release of their compañeros SANTIAGO MORENO PEREZ who has been imprisoned since 2009 in the prison of Playas de Catazajá; EMILIO JIMENEZ GOMEZ imprisoned since July 2014 also in Playas de Catazajá; and of ESTEBAN GOMEZ JIMENEZ, imprisoned since 2013 in Playas de Catazajá and then transferred to the prison of El Amate, in the central part of the state.

“We express our total rejection of the megaprojects which are dispossessing the peoples of Chiapas and throughout the country, for which reason we offer our total solidarity to the compañeros and compañeras of the ejido Tila, Los Llanos, Candelaria, San Francisco Xochicuautla, the Yaqui Tribe and all the peoples who are resisting jail, death and repression from the bad government, we tell them to keep fighting because they are not alone,” says the ejido of San Sebastián.

http://www.pozol.org/?p=10034

 

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October 24, 2014

The Third Collegiate Court in Tuxtla Gutiérrez refers San Sebastián Bachajón’s amparo (request for legal protection) concerning the dispossession of their territory to the Supreme Court

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The Third Collegiate Court in Tuxtla Gutiérrez refers San Sebastián Bachajón’s amparo (request for legal protection) concerning the dispossession of their territory to the Supreme Court

The following information concerns the legal information about the call for protection (amparo) of the comrades of San Sebastián Bachajón (judgement 274/2011) from the dispossession of their land made on February 2nd, 2011.

 

105_5826On September 29th 2014, the Third Collegial Court of Tuxtla Gutierrez unanimously revoked (in judgement 224/2014) the cancellation of judgement 274/2011 (a ruling passed down by the Seventh District Judge of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas), after a complaint lodged by the Sexta adherents of San Sebastián Bachajón. The court subsequently ordered that the case be sent to the Mexican Supreme Court, because of the relevance and transcendence of the issue in terms of the International Right of Indigenous Peoples.

The ruling of the Seventh District Judge, José del Carmen Constantino Avendaño, had been revoked because it had been considered to have interpreted the Law of Protection incorrectly with regards to ‘substituted representation’. In the case at hand, the ejidatario Mariano Moreno Guzmán – founder of San Sebastián Bachajón – was an appropriate substitute representative because his legal action sought to defend the collective rights of his fellow ejido members in the face of the Ejidal Commission’s complicity in the acts of dispossession initiated by both the government authorities of Chiapas and of Mexico. These acts had begun on February 2nd 2011, when a police operation (involving around 800 officers) took land (which remains under their control by force and without the consent of the General Assembly of Ejido Inhabitants) with the support of the Ejidal Commission – with the aim of facilitating privatisation of resources and the establishment of a tourism Megaproject.

The Collegial Court recognised the legitimate legal action of Mariano Moreno Guzmán, and thus referred the case to the Mexican Supreme Court – with the hope that it would resolve Moreno’s case once and for all. The following motives were given for this referral:

 

  • The current issue could be transcendent in importance because, if the actions of the responsible authorities were in fact illegal, the Court would have to proclaim that they had violated fundamental rights – in particular the rights of indigenous communities – and deprived people of their land. It would also have to recognise that these actions were committed under the guise of security and social harmony in the area – where a toll booth had been constructed, along with an emergency response centre of the institute of Civilian Protection of the State of Chiapas.
  • The constitutionality of the actions – justified by the authorisation of an ejidal nucleus – is questioned by the plaintiff, who points out that the authorities carried out the dispossession with the presence of elements of public security forces. Therefore, the Supreme Court would need to clarify up to what point indigenous communities are able to validate such an action.
  • 1798449_1499762030279142_4355541998080999676_nAllegations of violations of the human rights of indigenous peoples to the ownership and possession of their land have been made. The interpretation and application of the Mexican Constitution and numerous international agreements, which protect these rights, must therefore be analysed. Such rulings would also have an impact on similar cases in which, in the name of ensuring social harmony, fundamental and substantive rights of ejidal communities have been affected.
  • The issue of refusal of and lack of access to the justice system for indigenous communities is also relevant to this case, as is the upholding of their right to consultation – their right to give their free and informed consent before any legislative or administrative measure that may affect them is adopted. The case also concerns the right to cultural identity and the protection, use, possession, and enjoyment of their territories. These rights are protected by the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention of the International Labour Organization (ILO-convention 169) and the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – which was incorporated in Mexico’s constitutional system in the reforms of June 10th 2011.
  • Finding a solution to the conflicts generated by depriving indigenous communities of their territorial rights is of international concern, as is the protection of their human rights in the face of harassment and intimidation by State authorities. However, the plaintiff argues that a dignified and preferential treatment of this issue has not been received from the responsible state and federal authorities.
  • It shouldn’t go unnoticed that, in recent years, numerous reforms have been made to the Mexican Constitution regarding indigenous rights (such as the Law for Dialogue, Reconciliation, and Dignified Peace in Chiapas), along with a series of peace agreements in the state. Nor should the fact that indigenous movements with a military character (such as the EZLN) have surfaced in Chiapas be ignored.
  • From the points mentioned above, the case at hand could ensure the creation of orienting criteria regarding the protection of indigenous rights and the effect this has on the implementation of government projects in indigenous areas. Without a doubt, the importance of this case rests in the analysis of the constitutionality of the actions denounced by the plaintiff – which allegedly violate the fundamental rights of ownership, possession, and enjoyment of the ejido lands that he represents.
  • All of the above merits the consideration of the Mexican Supreme Court, because this case represents both a legal question and a constitutional question (in whether or not state authorities can dispossess indigenous people of their territories under the guise of seeking social harmony in said territories).
  • It is necessary to analyse the responsibility of the State in violating human rights by not complying with the appropriate social, political, and economic measures required for the solution of social conflict – especially in the context of a public lack of security and conflicts between communities in indigenous areas.

 

The possible action of the Supreme Court regarding this case would allow for the development of the legal rulings that could benefit the indigenous communities of Mexico. We will keep you informed about the progress of this process.

— 
Ricardo Lagunes

 (52) 961 157 69 24
@defensalegalsur

1st October, 2014

http://kolectivozero.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/tercer-tribunal-colegiado-en-tuxtla.html

Translation by Oso Sabio

 

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May 15, 2014

Government insists on the dispossession of the waterfalls of Agua Azul

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Government insists on the dispossession of the waterfalls of Agua Azul

In a communiqué, the indigenous people of San Sebastián Bachajón denounced the “bad justice and corruption of the government, because it does not protect the territories of indigenous peoples”; it warned that “the people will have the last word.”

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masde6Chiapas, Mexico. May 8. “The authorities intend to take the land from the campesinos to give to the government and big business”, warned the inhabitants of the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, after the Seventh District Judge from Tuxtla Gutierrez again declared invalid the amparo 274/2011 promoted by the ejidatarios to prevent the dispossession of their lands, within which are situated the tourist attraction of the waterfalls of Agua Azul.

In a communiqué, the indigenous Tzeltales denounced the “bad justice and corruption of the government, because it does not protect the territories of indigenous peoples”; it warned that “the people will have the last word,” and will not allow the government to “take away the heritage of their grandparents.”

The campesinos from the municipality of Chilón, in resistance since 2007, gave their thanks for the demonstrations of solidarity through the days of global action which started on 24 April, organized by the Movement for Justice in El Barrio from New York and the Committees of the true word from around the world. “We want to thank all the compañeros and compañeras of Mexico and the world who showed solidarity, who sent your messages and who are following the actions of our people,” they said.

The indigenous adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle also condemned the assassination of the Zapatista militant Galeano, in the Zapatista community of La Realidad, and asserted that “this is the way that the bad government wants to put an end to the autonomy of the peoples and the organizations who resist capitalism.”

The ejidatarios from San Sebastian Bachajón recalled that in the same way Juan Vázquez Guzmán was murdered on 24 April 2013 and Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano on March 21, 2014, to put an end to “their peaceful struggle which is for land and freedom for the people.”

 

http://desinformemonos.org/2014/05/insiste-el-gobierno-en-el-despojo-de-las-cascadas-de-agua-azul/

 

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January 27, 2014

Provisional Suspension of Governmental Works is Conceded to the Ejido Tila

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Provisional Suspension of Governmental Works is Conceded to the Ejido Tila 

 ** They complain about the dispossession of the Casino del Pueblo and the intention to erect a commercial centre

By: Hermann Bellinghausen

Ocosingo, Chiapas, January 25, 2014

TILA CHIAPAS: Determinación judicial impide al Ayuntamiento realizar obras sobre territorio indígena y ejidal.This Friday, January 24th, the fifth district court, seated in the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, conceded to the ejido Tila a provisional suspension of the public works planned by the municipal government, under amparo (protection order) 73/2014.

The judicial measure means that the authorities of Tila municipality, in the Northern Zone, cannot carry out any public works on the area that belongs to the ejido, which is also indigenous territory, until the litigation is definitively resolved.

Last January 17th, Tila, which includes the urban centre of the municipal capital, filed a petition for amparo because the municipal authorities were seeking to promote the creation of a commercial centre on the site where the Casino del Pueblo is currently located.

The Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Centre, when notifying of the suspension, remembered that: “the area as well as the construction belong historically and legally to the Tila ejido and to the Chol people.” Nevertheless, since 1991 “the municipal council has dispossessed the ejido of this place and administers it as its own property.”

In the amparo mentioned above, the Chol ejido owners complain of the dispossession of the Casino del Pueblo and the intention of the authorities to erect a commercial centre there, since, the indigenous argue, “this illegal action violates ejidal social property and territorial rights, as well as the right of indigenous peoples to consultation and to the preservation of their institutions, forms of organization and cultural wealth” (see La Jornada, January 16 & 21).

According to the Centro Pro, the government’s action “is part of a systematic dispossession against the Chol people.” Since 1966, different state and municipal authorities have attempted to dispossess the Tila ejido of part of its territory and they (the ejido owners) have obtained favorable resolutions in the lawsuits for amparos 590/77 and 259/1982. This last one is pending before the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, since authorities of the municipal council have refused to comply with the decision and restore an area of 130 hectares to the ejido owners.

The fifth district judge’s agreement “concedes the suspension of the plan so that things are maintained in their current state and public works are not executed, nor acts disposing of the Casino del Pueblo, which they argue to be subject to the ejidal regime, in the town of Tila.”

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Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Sunday, January 26, 2014

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2014/01/26/politica/015n1pol

 

Based on an English translation by the Chiapas Support Committee for the International Zapatista Translation Service

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January 16, 2014

Tzotziles file for amparo against the San Cristóbal-Palenque Toll Road

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Tzotziles file for amparo against the San Cristóbal-Palenque Toll Road

 ** The sixth district court in Tuxtla Gutiérrez admitted it on the 13th January

By: Hermann Bellinghausen

Los Llanos, Chiapas, January 14, 2014

carreterachis.JPGThe Tzotzil community of Los Llanos, located in the rural zone of San Cristóbal de Las Casas Municipality, filed a petition for an amparo (order for legal protection) “against any permit and licence that may have been granted by authorities at the federal, state and municipal level for the announced construction of the San Cristóbal de Las Casas-Palenque Toll Road, without free, prior and informed consultation with the community.”

The request for an injunction was admitted on 13th January by the sixth district court in Tuxtla Gutiérrez. With that, the official suspension was granted “of all permits and licences that the defendant authorities at the federal, state and municipal level have granted for the construction of the San Cristóbal-Palenque Toll Road, being treated as acts depriving an indigenous community of common use lands, until the lawsuit filed for an injunction is definitively resolved.” Los Llanos is composed principally of milpas and forests.

The indigenous pointed out that: “the highway megaproject puts at risk our food sovereignty and damages our rights to territory, autonomy, non-discrimination and protection of the environment and natural resources.”

Their legal representative, Ricardo Lagunes Gasca, pointed out that that these are guarantees provided in the Constitution and in Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries.

The community specified in its lawsuit, presented last January 6, that on November 16, 2013 the sixth council member from the municipal council of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Fidencio Pérez Jiménez, “introduced himself here to threaten that the toll road would pass over common use lands, and in the case the community should oppose it, the community’s authorities would go to prison and the Army would be brought in for the start of the construction work.”

On November 26, the Secretary of Government of Chiapas, Eduardo Ramírez Aguilar, stated to the press that: “there is no going back” in the construction of the San Cristóbal de Las Casas-Palenque Toll Road, and he warned that it would still be constructed despite opposition from the indigenous communities, among them Los Llanos. “With these statements, the high official clearly sent a message to the community that the right to consultation as Tzotzil indigenous people has not been and will not be guaranteed,” the lawyer for the indigenous maintained.

Los Llanos is only one of the different communities that would be affected by this project which has been cherished by previous governments, both federal and local. The final route has undergone several changes in recent years. Mitzitón is another San Cristobal Tzotzil community which has resisted this work, at the cost of conflicts induced by the Sabinas state government and fuelled by religious differences.

Different political and religious groups exist in Los Llanos, and it also has a combative past. Part of its territory consists of plots “reclaimed” by Zapatista support bases after the 1994 uprising. At the side of the San Cristóbal-Ocosingo Highway can be seen signs that say: “The land is ours, not the corporations,” and “No toll road.” On a (large) standing and painted rock it reads: “No to Procede.”

However, with the forthcoming opening of the Palenque International Airport, the Secretary of Government as well as the tourism and public works authorities, in repeated statements take for granted that they have agreements with the communities included in the highway’s trajectory, not to mention consultations. Pressures also exist from tourism and construction companies.

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Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2014/01/15/politica/023n1pol

English translation by the Chiapas Support Committee for the: International Zapatista Translation Service

 

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December 26, 2013

FROM THE EJIDO SAN SEBASTIAN BACHAJON, 24th DECEMBER 2013

FROM THE EJIDO SAN SEBASTIAN BACHAJON, ADHERENTS TO THE SIXTH DECLARATION OF THE LACANDON JUNGLE, CHIAPAS, MEXICO,                             

24th DECEMBER 2013

To the compañer@s adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle

To the mass and alternative media

To the Good Government Juntas

To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

To the Indigenous National Congress

To the Network for Solidarity and against Repression

To Movement for Justice in El Barrio from New York

To national and international human rights defenders

To public opinion

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Compañeros and compañeras from Mexico and the world, our rebel and dignified heart continues fighting for justice and for respect for our autonomy as a people, by struggling we keep alive the struggle of compañero Juan Vázquez Guzmán, who fell in the defense of the territory of San Sebastián Bachajón.

We recently made ​​public knowledge the fact that our organization has founded the gravel quarry Nah Chawuk, in exercise of our right as indigenous people and as ejidatarios to control and protect our territory, and in response to the mismanagement of the principal gravel quarry which currently remains in the hands of the bad government because they have handed it over to the former ejidal commissioner Francisco Guzmán Jiménez (aka the Goyito), the current commissioner Alejandro Moreno Gómez, and the chairman of the Vigilance Commission Samuel diaz Guzman, together with the lands dispossessed since February 2nd 2011, where the bad government has built a toll booth which is administered by the National Commission for Protected Natural Areas.

We also denounce that the political party supporter and officialist (1) ejidal commissioner of San Sebastián Bachajón, Alejandro Moreno Gómez and the Chairman of the Vigilance Commission Samuel Diaz Guzman, have threatened to violently displace us from our gravel quarry Nah Chawuk. These true criminals who say they are authorities of the ejido continue to threaten our organization with violent eviction and with putting up barbed wire on our gravel quarry and say that they are going to do it with the backing of the public security forces. We also have knowledge that they are forging signatures in order to fabricate new assembly minutes behind the back of the General Assembly of Ejidatarios, because they want to illegally overthrow our amparo (2) 274/2011 which is still in force and therefore they have not been able to finally consummate their dispossession. The last assembly minutes forged by Alejandro Moreno Gómez were declared illegal by the Third Collegiate Tribunal in Tuxtla Gutierrez.

We have on two occasions received a summons from the government delegate in Chilón, Chiapas, Francisco Demeza Hernandez, for the 5th and 19th December because he wants to force us to sit down and talk with Alejandro Moreno Gómez and Samuel Diaz Guzman, as if all the injustice, impunity and violence could be resolved in a few minutes sitting in his office, when we have a compañero of our organization in prison, our compañero Juan Vázquez Guzmán cowardly murdered with impunity and our territory dispossessed with the greatest government authoritarianism and cynicism. Such invitations are a trap by the bad government so they can say that they are working and fixing the problem of the ejido.

We hold fully responsible for any aggression, threat, or attempt on the life and integrity of the authorities of our organization, or of our compañeros and compañeras who work in and care for the gravel quarry Nah Chawuk, the following: Alejandro Moreno Gómez officialist ejidal commissioner of San Sebastián Bachajon, Samuel Diaz guzmán officialist chairman of the vigilance commission of san Sebastian bachajon also by occupation a charro (3) teacher, Francisco Guzman Jimenez (aka the Goyito) officialist former ejidal commissioner of San Sebastián Bachajon currently a minion and worker at the toll booth of the bad government , the municipal president of Chilón Leonardo Rafael Guirao Aguilar, Manuel Velasco Coello governor of the state of Chiapas, and Enrique Peña Nieto, president of the republic.

We will not take one step back in our struggle, nor will we allow ourselves to be humiliated and discriminated against in our struggle and organization, because we want to continue being a people, we want to defend our culture and identity, we want to continue being what we are, as our late compañero Juan Vázquez Guzmán used to say.

We demand the immediate release of our compañero ANTONIO ESTRADA ESTRADA (4) unjustly detained in Playas de Catazajá, Chiapas, imprisoned for the struggle of our people. We also demand the release of compañero Alejandro Diaz Santiz of solidarity with the Voice of el amate, held in cereso number 5 in San Cristobal, Chiapas.

Never again a Mexico without us.

From the northern zone of Chiapas, receive a hug from women and men of San Sebastián Bachajón.

Attentively

Land and Freedom!

Hasta la victoria siempre!

Freedom for Political prisoners!

Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Bachajón Struggle continues!

No to the dispossession of indigenous territories!

Notes:

(1)     Officialist – government-supporting

(2)     Amparo – order for legal protection

(3)     Charro – a trade union leader appointed by, and supporting, the government

(4)     This comunicado was read before the liberation of Antonio Estrada Estrada

 

 

Dorset Chiapas Solidarity

 

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