Displaced Families of Banavil hold the government responsible for the death of Antonia
San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas
March 3, 2015
To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
To the Indigenous National Congress
To the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle
To the Honest and Independent Human Rights Centres
To the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity
To National and International Civil Society
To the Independent Media
To the Network against Repression
We denounce that on Wednesday February 18, 2015, the displaced Antonia Lopez Mendez, 11 years of age, was admitted to the Hospital of Cultures in San Cristobal de Las Casas, and died on Saturday February 21, 2015; according to the doctors she died of cerebral oedema and her death is a consequence of the conditions of forced displacement from Banavil and of poor health and nutrition; the girl Antonia Lopez has been displaced for three years and three months, Antonia’s death is the government’s fault, and that of Governor Manuel Velasco Coello and of all his people who do nothing, we are all sick now, and we have no medicines.
We also denounce that there is no authority in Tenejapa, no person from the municipality accompanied us, when we came to leave a letter about burying Antonia the municipal commander Pedro Girón Gómez refused to receive the letter from Frayba, no one was working at the City Hall, it was to ask for security for the transfer for the Christian burial of Antonia López Méndez and for entering Banavil.
We, her family, could not bury Antonia as is our custom, which is watching over our dead in the grave for three days and three nights, having no security we only went to bury her.
Tomorrow March 4, 2015, marks three years and three months since the armed aggression when 19 people sympathetic to the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), were displaced on December 4, 2011.
Finally, we thank the organizations from different municipalities who accompanied us at the funeral of Antonia, such as the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Centre, International Observers, the church of San Juan Dieguito, Simojovel, and the Coordination Committee for the Defence of Human Rights which is formed by different organizations in different municipalities of Chiapas.
We hold the federal, state and municipal government responsible for the death of the displaced Antonia López Méndez, the forced disappearance of Alonso López Luna and the forced displacement from Banavil
For all these reasons, we demand the truth about the disappearance of our father Alonso López Luna and the punishment of those responsible for his disappearance, and immediate attention to the six points which is our demand as displaced people.
We demand the presentation alive of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.
We also let you know, so you can accompany us, that we will make a pilgrimage from Simojovel to Tuxtla Gutierrez on 23, 24, 25 and 26 March, 2015, during four days we will walk to demand justice, along with Father Marcelo from the Parish of Simojovel and other parishes, because here in Chiapas we do not find justice.
We invite you to continue signing the campaign Faces of Dispossession, started by Frayba, for the displaced peoples.
The displaced from Banavil, municipality of Tenejapa, Chiapas, EZLN sympathisersers
Lorenzo Lopez Giron
Miguel Lopez Giron
Petrona Lopez Giron
Maria Mendez Lopez
Photos: In San Cristobal de Las Casas, prayer for Antonia Lopez, in forced displacement.