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February 18, 2016

BoCa En BoCa #40 * February 2016 *

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BoCa En BoCa #40 * February 2016 *



BoCa En BoCa is an independent news sheet which aims to disseminate what happens in the organized communities in Chiapas. The aim is to generate solidarity among communities, through summaries or extracts from their publications transmitting their words.

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San Isidro los Laureles maintains its position

16/01, The community of San Isidro los Laureles, Venustiano Carranza, reported, 26 days after they decided to recover the land (3 plots of about 200 hectares), “those who call themselves owners are asking for a possible eviction against us, we know if the government does not act [at 3 levels] they are intimidating us, telling us that they will act on their own with white guards.” They added, “We fear that there could be the same displacement and violence that occurred in 1994, when we decided to recover those lands and the state itself intervened unleashing repression and violent eviction.” They said, “the land is ours by law.” They explained that they authorized the supposed owners to take their cane harvest, “we agree that it is not ours.”

They added a complaint on 21/01 in which they describe acts of intimidation and the presence of a truck carrying people “wearing bulletproof jackets and high-powered fire arms.” They asked those concerned to be aware of what might happen and will continue to provide information about their situation.
First of August facing threats

More than 10 months after their forced displacement, on 06/01 the 59 residents of First of August made known “new threats of death and kidnapping and harassment against us have been committed and fostered by the Mexican state and in particular the CIOAC-HISTÓRICA organisation directed by Luis Hernandez Cruz and Jose Antonio Vasquez Hernandez aka the Shrimp”. In their communique about recent harassment they denounced several acts of intimidation including shots being fired towards the camp where the displaced families are, as on 28/12 and 03/01, together with threats from the harassers.

They added that on 05/01 “Carmelino Pérez López shoved, tried to physically injure and threatened to kill and kidnap one of our representatives” and they quoted his ‘grandiloquent’ words: “if you do not accept what we want and what the government says, we will kill you, your father, your colleagues and representatives of your fucking town and the ejidatarios who are with you … be very clear that any day now we are coming to evict you, and will rape your wives and all the women and rob your houses as we did last time […] our organization (CIOAC-HISTÖRICA) are bastards and have an armed group, a self-defence group and we kill any arse-holes we don’t like […] I’m not afraid to say it because we have an order and because we have given money [to the government] so that they will not say anything to us.”


The war against Acteal continues

On 12/23/15, the Civil Society Organisation Las Abejas reported a power cut to its members in the community of Kexaluk’um, as well as a climate of tension on the part of opponents of the organisation.

On 31/12/15 they reported another ambush against 3 members of their organisation (Juan Carlos Alonso and Marcos all surnamed Lopez Guzman) at the exit of the municipality of Pantelhó. Giving details of the facts they reported that “while firing shots at our comrades they boasted and laughed, but nobody was hurt by the deadly bullets except for the injury suffered by Alonso and the people who were hit when the vehicle turned over.”

In addition to sharing the context of this aggression, they reported previous incidents ending with: “From 2012 to 2015, Antonio and his family have received several death threats.”

Finally, they explained: “The ambush of the day before yesterday and the murder of our comrade Manuel is a clear message from the Mexican state against us the people in struggle.” They concluded that paramilitarism is being reactivated in Chiapas as well as institutionalized violence in the country.

In their communique of 22/01 they concluded “We are aware that less than a couple of weeks ago thousands of televisions were distributed in the city of San Cristobal de las Casas, in order that ignorant people should not realise that the government continues selling the country and has left the highest debt in the history of our country. Therefore, we say that lying governments continue to kill conscience.”


Green party imposed in municipalities

After violent incidents in the town of Oxchuc due to the imposition of the party in the town hall, on 11/01 the movement Peace and Justice for Oxchuc reported that they had learned with ‘great frustration’ about the “foolish decisions made by the Governor to protect his temporary party colleague Maria Gloria Sanchez.” They confirmed the freeing of all the people who “were inappropriately deprived illegally of their liberty, when they had come to the negotiating table in SEDESPI”. “This message that will reach the immature Governor Manuel Velasco, is that he must seek advice from people looking to make his mandate go well, and not cause even more confusion than his term in office has been, only good for smoking areas and shelters, when Chiapas is crying out for justice, education and freedom. Yet he is complicit by his action and omissions,” they emphasised. They regretted the decisions of repression against them and the rejection of dialogue in order to continue imposing Maria Gloria Sanchez, and they wished for the formation of a municipal council, “because we do not know what particular interest of the Executive might be higher than the dignity and peace of Oxchuc.”


The same day the MOCRI CNPA MN spoke in solidarity with the municipality in question: “since the elections in the Chiapas municipalities, there have been a number of outbreaks of justified resistance on the part of various sectors because the imposition of candidates sympathetic to the government of the day took place, most of whom have been characterised as being members or part of political sects.”


Arbitrary deprivation of liberty of EZLN support base

According to information from CDH Frayba on 18/12/15, José Alfonso Cruz Espinoza, EZLN support base, was arrested on 10/11/15 in Ocosingo. “People in civilian clothes, who did not identify themselves, and who presented no warrant and gave no reason for the detention, put him into a van and took him to the headquarters of the Special Police.” “The crimes alleged against him are ecocide and plunder, because of events occurring on 16/11/12 […] under the Chiapas penal code none of the alleged crimes is serious. On 18 November he was sentenced to prison; he was there for over 144 hours without his legal status being determined.” “24 hours after his detention, only after an injunction against being held incomunicado was he allowed to make a call to say where he was […] At all times they refused to give us access to him or to accredit us as his lawyers, arguing that he had already been transferred, which was false.” “These actions in violation of human rights were intended to hinder a proper defence; at all times José Alonso insisted on his innocence, he asked to speak with his lawyers and family, and was denied this, saying he is a BAEZLN”. To prevent bail being paid, it was set at $136,122.96 for both offences, according to the CDH this amount is excessive.



05/01- Roberto Paciencia Cruz, unjustly imprisoned, celebrates the 11th anniversary of the founding of La Voz del Amate.

13/01- As well as reclaiming his rightful freedom, Roberto Paciencia Cruz denounces the lack of food in the Cereso # 5.

13/01- OCEZ-FNLS denounces an assassination attempt by “The Petules” in Rio Florido  community, Ocosingo.

17/01- In a pastoral meeting in the community of Nuevo Mariscal, Ocosingo, they celebrate the International Day of Migrants, denouncing the abuses against people who pass through its ravines and trails.

17/01- The Front of Ejidos in Resistance Genaro Vazquez Rojas, Ocosingo, denounces land business in the San Pedro colony contradicting the agreements.

22/01- The FNLS denounces paramilitary activism in Chiapas, particularly in the region of Ocosingo, emphasizing explanations with the group “Los Petules”.

28/01 After 15 years of impunity for the death of a child and serious injuries to his brothers in El Aguaje, San Cristobal LC, due to the explosion of an anti-personnel grenade belonging to the Mexican Army, in the context of the counter-insurgency operations in Chiapas, Father Jose Lopez Cruz longs for fulfilment of the agreements reached with the state.



02/01- Tila ejidatarios denounce the repression in San Isidro los Laureles, reject the constant aggressions against Las Abejas of Acteal and thank San Sebastian Bachajon for their solidarity.

10/01- Campesinos from the community of San Francisco, Teopisca, assert their right to the land of “El desengaño” by formally working it.

12/01- The displaced families from Banavil, Tenejapa, invite people to disseminate photographs of their forced displacement.

18/01- The community of La Pimienta, Simojovel, denounces the lies and deceit by the government since the death of 2 children, and 29 infants having continuing symptoms due to the vaccines given by the IMSS on 05/08/15.


Tila defends its Ejido

05/01 ejidatarios of Tila noted that the current mayor directly accused the ejido commissariat of being “responsible for the events of 16/12/15”. “On several occasions withdrawal from the town hall was requested and that request was never heard […] the general assembly of ejidatarios which makes agreements is tired of so many problems that have brought us to the town hall, and decision-making is done by the assembly and was going on peacefully composed of thousands of ejidatarios “. Ejido members say that the mayor, “says there are no paramilitaries, but we know that both the mayor of Tila and Attorney C. Raciel Lopez Salazar are washing their hands, they well know that there are many complaints against the organisers fully identified and protected by themselves and the people who blocked roads during the political campaigns for local elections on 19/7/15 at the entrances to the ejido, people with guns who created a climate of fear by entering the village in vans of the same town hall and municipal police who protected them, firing shots and using violence and disturbing social peace within the Ejido of Tila”. They denounced the “Undersecretary of government based in Yajalón for being one of those responsible for reorganizing and regrouping the paramilitary groups to attack social organisations struggling to defend the land and territory.” “As the general assembly of ejidatarios we maintain that to find a just solution to this conflict needs respect for our territory and removal of the offices of Tila town hall for good.”



Remembering Jtatik Samuel and preparing for the Pope’s visit

Thousands of people from different parishes, members of the Believing People, and organised people held a march on 25/01 in the city of San Cristobal de Las Casas, in celebration of the fifth anniversary of the death of jTatic Samuel Ruiz Garcia. This event concluded with a “Message from the Original Peoples to Pope Francis” because of his forthcoming visit to this city on 15/02. “We want make a few requests: Let the holy Church respect us […] may our coadjutor bishop give us strength in the process and progress of Indian theology.” Signed by the indigenous people of Chiapas represented by the Mayan Ecumenical Indian Theology group



Words of the EZLN on the 22nd Anniversary of the Beginning of the War against Oblivion

“On January 1, 1994, 22 years ago, we declared our ‘ENOUGH!’ that we prepared for a decade in dignified silence […] we understood then that we were not alone. From that moment on our form of struggle changed. We became ears and voice, because we believe that a just fight of the people is for life and not just to be dead […] We are people with dignity, with decision and Conscience to fight for true freedom and justice for all. Regardless of their colour, race, gender, belief, calendar, and geography. That is why our fight is not local, or regional, or even national in scope. It is universal. Because injustices, crimes, dispossessions, disregard and exploitations are universal.

“In the middle of this war we have had to walk towards building what we want. We could not just sit down and wait for people who do not understand us to approve us, they haven’t even approved us yet […] Then we searched in our ancestral history, our collective heart, and with a lot of stumbles and mistakes, we have started building that which we are and which not only keeps us alive and in constant resistance but also raises us up dignifies and rebellious […] it is the people themselves who believe, discuss, think, analyse, propose and decide what is best for them, following the example of our ancestors.”

“Those who sold out to the bad government not only did not resolve their basic problems, but it gave them more horrors to deal with. Where before there was hunger and poverty, now there is hunger, poverty, and desperation.

“We learned that it is good if one person gets angry […] But we also learned that if these angers organize themselves… Ah! Then we have not just a momentary flash that illuminates the earth’s surface […] It is as if this world was about to birth another, a better one, more just, more democratic, more free, more human.

“That is why we tell all the compañeros, compañeras, boys and girls and young people, that you as our new generations represent the future of our people, of our struggle and of our history, but you must understand that you have one main task and obligation: follow the example of the first compañeros, of […] all the people that started this struggle […] Because you as Young people are an important part of our communities, that is why you must participate in the work that our organization has in all the levels and  in all areas of our autonomy. Let each generation continue to lead us toward our destiny of democracy, freedom, and justice.”

They finish with these words about this celebration: “in order to honour and respect the blood the blood of our fallen compañeros, it is not enough to remember, miss, cry, or pray, rather we must continue the work that they left us, to create in practice the change that we want […] without letting the capitalist system destroy what we have won and the little that we have been able to build with our work and our efforts over more than 22 years: our freedom! […] We must be even firmer in our struggle, to maintain the word and example that our first compañeros left us: to not give in, not sell out, and not give up.






December 23, 2015

Boca en Boca No 39 December 2015 English

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Boca en Boca No 39 December 2015 English


Due to the fact that so much has been happening in Chiapas, the English version of the news sheet Boca en Boca has not yet been published. As we know that many people like to keep up with the Chiapas news in English, we are publishing the translated items now.






Boca en Boca No 39 December 2015 English 


25/10- Members of the OCEZ-FNLS from the ejido El Carrizal, Ocosingo, continue to be threatened and under a military-police and paramilitary siege.

28/10- The community of Primero de Agosto reaffirms its determination in the fight for the land and denounces several threats of eviction by the CIOAC-H.

29/10- Acala protests: “over the death in custody and torture of Jose Rolando, 1 year and 8 months ago, we continue demanding justice and truth.”

29/10- Displaced families from Banavil return home for four days in order to remember the young girl Antonia Lopez Mendez.

30/10- Residents of Tapachula denounce the CFE and are in solidarity with Chicoasén ejidatarios.

31/10- Prisoners remember their dead.

03/11- The Pueblo Creyente from Simojovel continue organizing against the terrible government system, political and economic.

09/11- Due to the failure of the CFE to repair a high voltage cable, Fabian Ramos Toledo dies in Boca del Cielo, Tonalá.

09/11- Residents of Nueva Esperanza, Tila, members of Laklumal Ixim-Norte Selva, demand justice for the death of their compañero Toni Reynaldo Gutiérrez López.

18/11- Coffee-growers protest about the crisis caused by [coffee] rust.

18/11- 15 regions of Luz y Fuerza call for unity against the federal government, and to organize a united front.

20/11- Adherents to the Sixth from San Sebastian Bachajón remember their dead and their unjustly imprisoned prisoners.

20/11- Indigenous from the community Chuchucruz II, Tumbalá, denounce searches of homes without warrant or reason.

21/11- the 70 families from the ejido Nueva Esperanza, Chicomuselo, displaced by paramilitaries 19 days ago, remain seriously threatened.

23/11- The refuge hostel for migrants La 72 reports several acts of violence against women and migrant groups, amounting to extortion and death threats to members of their team.



24/10- Prisoners unjustly imprisoned in CERESO 5 write to Alejandro Diaz for his 35th birthday.

07/11- Las Abejas of Acteal remember Manuelito, guardian of memory, 3 years after his death.

14/11- The families displaced from Banavil are walking different paths “in order to one day get justice and truth.” 



Chicoasen struggles for its land

At the launch of their a hunger strike on 03/11, ejidatarios of Chicoasen explained: “it’s due to the unfair imprisonment of one of our lawyers who was taking legal action over the construction of the hydroelectric dam ‘Chicoasen II’, and there are also arrest warrants against the other lawyers as well as grassroots ejido members “.

On 06/11 they reported: “We are being prosecuted by the State Government, in a lawsuit filed by the Attorney of the CFE. Currently our lawyer is being held in the CERSS 14 and there are arrest warrants against us […] the criminal complaint contains irregularities such as the fact that the CFE witnesses are its own people. ”

On 11/11 they reported the end of the hunger strike because of the poor state of health of the participants. “We will go to international organizations in order to seek preventive measures to ensure respect for the life and physical integrity of the ejido members, who are elderly people, and respect for our other fundamental rights.”



Las Abejas denounce the Visit by the Governor

On 22/11, Las Abejas of Acteal reported: “Today we denounce publicly and before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that the Mexican State through the “governor”, came to Acteal on 13/11 to the PRI and Green community to distribute lambs, chemical fertilizers [etc.]. Obviously, those who received these goodies are: [party members] and various paramilitary perpetrators of the Acteal massacre who have been released.” They view that act as manipulation and government strategy. “The state cannot deny that the purpose of the “governor’s” visit to the PRI area of Acteal is to promote amnesia, deny the truth and abort the process of justice in relation to the massacre of Acteal” on top of the events of 20/10 at the public hearing of the Commission.

For the organization: “The visit of the [governor] is a strategy or trick to control the people who let themselves be fooled. For example Velasco’s lambs are to shut people’s mouths, block their ears, and cover their eyes. It’s like when a child is crying and is tricked into being quiet with a sweet.”

Finally they invited people to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the Acteal massacre on 21 and 22/12.


20/11 TILA

Tila: military, police and paramilitary operation

Comp@s adherents of the Sixth in ejido Tila reported on 20/11 “the mayor requested the police forces, including military ministerial and state [police] and so we are being intimidated […]; these forces are circulating within the ejido.” Note that soldiers and police cannot circulate without the consent of the ejido assembly, so their entry was refused because “the police forces all over the country are the same murderers who conceal paramilitaries or carry out summary executions as well as having a relationship with organized crime.”

They related the facts: “On 18/11 a van came in with judicial police patrolling the streets with municipal police; then a truck belonging to paramilitary groups, loaded with stones, machetes and sticks. On 19/11 a car of the sectorial police entered, and a military convoy patrolling the whole town and 2 municipal police patrols. Finally they carried out operations to surround the town and the soldiers set up checkpoints on the approach roads.”

They denounced “the fake commissioners appointed by the state government, the idea of the Agrarian Attorney’s office in Palenque”.



Water cut off in Zinacantan

Residents of the autonomous municipality Vicente Guerrero, Zinacantan, reported that “on 03/11 a group of people, members of the PRI and of the Protestant religions, as well as the CFE, went to the homes of 4 families and intimidated the women and children with bad language […]; the acts committed were cutting off water and electricity supplies, as well as the communication networks.”

“The reason for doing this [such cuts] is purely for being adherents to the Other Campaign of the EZLN”.



Central American mothers searching for their missing migrant children

The Mesoamerican Migrant Movement announced the “11th Caravan of Central American mothers looking for their children who disappeared in transit through Mexico,” starting this 30/11 and ending with the celebration of International Migrants’ Day on 18/12 in Tapachula, commemorating the “Day of Global Action against racism and for the rights and dignity of migrants, refugees, and displaced people.” They will be passing through Arriaga from 13/12. They stated the objectives of this caravan: “the work of 2015 is marked by the current phenomenon of forced displacement generated by criminal violence, which is the “collateral damage” of the militarised war against organised crime that feeds violence of such magnitude that it obliges people to leave their places of origin by force. When fleeing their countries, they run into a Mexico which has become an insurmountable containment barrier that prevents the displaced people from reaching their destination.” They invited people to participate in the caravan to give it visibility and to put pressure on the authorities.


Going for a new Constituent Assembly

On 6/12, more than 30,000 participants are expected at a rally in San Cristobal de Las Casas. The movement of the Citizen-Popular Constituent Assembly is justified by “the prolonged economic crisis, scandalous social inequality, a corrupt political class of traitors, an inoperative justice system in collusion with the rich and with organized crime, alarming insecurity, shameful corruption, ranging from the President of the Republic to the police, judges and public officials.”

Consequently: “No solution can be expected through established political and legislative channels. From below, we have to create a new social pact, establish the principles and foundations of a new political, economic and social order, more just and fraternal towards people and more harmonious with Mother Earth. It is necessary to draft a NEW CONSTITUTION, made by the People and for the People.”,



The Massacre of Viejo Velasco is not forgotten!

On 13/11 several national and international organizations signed a document denouncing the impunity in this case: “Nine years after the massacre of our indigenous Tzeltal and Chol brothers, we have not found justice; the government has not punished the guilty and there is no effective or efficient investigation against those who planned it or the actual perpetrators. The bad government has not sought and therefore has not traced the whereabouts of our brothers who remain forcibly disappeared. We have not seen the government cancel the arrest warrants against 5 people who supported the victims of the Massacre of Viejo Velasco and since then have been accused of killing their own relatives or compas.”

They recalled that “instead of granting legal security over our lands the bad government sent 7 of our brothers to the grave, displaced another 36 by force and another 2 of our elders are still missing.”

Finally they announced: “by agreement of the assembly of our organization Xinich, we will begin a period of prayer and fasting in each of our communities at dawn on 13/11, which will last for 13 Sundays”


Massive mobilisation of the Pueblo Creyente (Believing People)

On 25/11, indigenous people from the Movement in Defence of Life and Territory -MODEVITE- and from the Pueblo Creyente of 11 parishes marched peacefully to remember to care for Mother Earth against the threat of mega-projects, to stop the sale of alcoholic drinks and drugs as well as prostitution in the towns and to denounce the ineptitude and corruption of the authorities.

They recalled on 25/11 “we want to unite with our mothers, daughters and sisters who have been beaten physically and psychologically, excluded, exploited, abused, raped and discriminated against”.

They announced: “We are also on pilgrimage in solidarity with the more than one hundred thousand victims of organised crime and particularly with the families of the 43 disappeared people of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero; and with the victims of Acteal.”


Chiapas women organise

On 23 and 24/11, there was a gathering of different compas from the Women’s Movement in Defence of Land and Territory and for the Women’s Right to Decide. The movement “declared itself in its first assembly in favour of social ownership of property, against all forms of privatisation of land and territory and denounced the energy reform and its continuation in the strategic reform of the countryside.” After “analysing the scenario which is being cooked up based on the structural reform of the countryside proposed by the government.”

They agreed to “fight against all forms of violence against women and indigenous peoples, campesinas, especially given the land grabs and looting of the territory promoted by government policies. We denounce and reject the intention of abolishing social property contained in the proposed structural reforms of the countryside, which would destroy the autonomy of communities, as well as their forms of organisation, ways of life and community culture. Likewise we denounce the government programmes that have brought us into the capitalist dynamics of debt, and at the same time have generated greater dependence.”

They decided to “fight against divisionism to achieve community unity for a real defence of life” and “to develop work in ejidos, communities and organisations because they are the base of the movement.”

The movement announced its adherence to the National Campaign in Defence of Land and Territory, the Mexican Movement of People Affected by Dams and in Defence of Rivers (MAPDER), and the National Citizen-Popular Constituent Assembly.






November 13, 2015

BoCa En BoCa #38 *English* November 2015

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BoCa En BoCa No 38 *English* November 2015



BoCa En BoCa is an independent newssheet that aims to disseminate what happens in the organized communities in Chiapas. The aim is to generate solidarity among communities, through summaries or extracts of their publications transmitting their words.

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Boca en Boca 38 November 2015


 New threats and harassment against displaced women and men from Primero de Agosto

On 1/10, displaced villagers from Primero de Agosto, Las Margaritas, declared in a communiqué: “We have suffered death threats, attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery, plunder and destruction from ejido members of Miguel Hidalgo, members of the CIOAC-Historic.” They denounced threats “on 29/09, when authorities and ejido members of Miguel Hidalgo came to threaten us, telling us they have plans together with their leaders and regional committees of CIOAC-H, with support from the three levels of government to kidnap six of our compas and carry out a new armed eviction.” A day later, they complained of harassment, “C. Armando Mendez Lopez fired shots in the air, telling us that they’ll evict us any day now and kidnap our compas,” and “a man passed by in a CIOAC-H vehicle, going very slowly so as to scrutinize us. The same vehicle brought CIOAC people in from other communities to our village Primero de Agosto.” They denounced impunity and injustice “because of the absence and omission of government,” recalling their compa who was attacked by a cioaquista with a machete, and in December when cioaquistas “entered violently with guns to destroy houses and gardens”, “this fact remains unpunished, there is no justice.” Finally, they complained: “The Chiapas state government pledged on 25/02/2015 to do justice and distribute the land equally; however, more than seven months have passed and they have done nothing. On the contrary, they have allowed the situation to get worse.”


Hunger strike starts because of government failure to meet obligations

The Digna Ochoa Human Rights Centre in Tonala denounced “the failure of the government of Chiapas to hand over the premises of the public market in the town of Arriaga, as well as the allocation of premises.” They recalled that on “27/05 recognition was established of the Board and the tenants as those solely responsible for intervening in the hand-over of the premises” on 26/07; “They agreed that for the local administration and assignment of premises there would be a provisional representative committee set up”, but on 29/09 the premises were handed over to “people who are not tenants, nor have at any time been endorsed by the tenants.” On 5/10 the final list excluded “several people from that list.” The HRC denounced “After more than two years of waiting, tenants are still selling their products outside, in the cathedral and beside the railway tracks in precarious conditions, unhealthy and unsafe”.

In another communiqué on 15/10, the HRC announced that “13 tenants [aged 20 to 67] have declared a hunger strike.”

Peoples of Chiapas build the other justice

PUDEE, Xin’ich, and the Abejas of Acteal convened the forum: Walking the Other Justice. With other organizations: Believing People of Simojovel, Primero de Agosto and displaced men and women of Banavil, they published a joint statement on 11/10: “We are here to join our words and thoughts, and to strengthen our hearts to walk towards True Justice which will bring us a decent and good life and live the dream and project of Life of our grandparents. Today our task and struggle is to achieve that dream. Walking with the Permanent Tribunal of the Peoples gave us an example to continue working to organise and struggle for the truth, against repetition and forgetting (…) We are here in Acteal, not to resign ourselves. Not to get an agreement and say that “the bad government is powerful and we are not going to be able to do anything.” We are in the Forum, [we] who live under impunity in the flesh, to discuss and reaffirm our words and the construction of Lekil Chapanel, of Bats’il meltsanel, that is, Dignified Justice, True Justice, complete and humanised.” They explained:” Our thoughts and hearts are well aware that the bad government will never give justice.”

“That is why the way to find a dignified, lasting, human and complete justice is in our hands, which means that men and women of the conscious people have to work and put it into practice from our communities and peoples. Therefore we the peoples reaffirm that we are organized, that we will build our own laws. We affirm that the Accords of San Andres Sakamch’en de los Pobres are part of our tools for True Justice.”

“The Other Justice is for any person humiliated, discriminated or oppressed and unjustly repressed by the neoliberal capitalist system.” They concluded “We will continue uniting as communities, peoples, and organisations to defend it, because here with Mother Earth is our life, for this we demand justice, the Other Justice that we are building, it is also for Mother Earth and we want her rights to be recognised and respected […] we say that from pain the light that illuminates hope is born and gives us strength and vision to go walking the Other Justice.”



28/09 Prisoners unjustly detained in Cereso 5 celebrate the “sad” day of (female and male) prisoners and denounce the transfer of Alejandro Diaz Santiz.

29/09 Prisoners unjustly jailed allege being treated badly by health services within Cereso No. 5.

29/09 Ejidatarios and organizations are mobilizing to protest against the damage caused by the Nueva Francia mining project, Escuintla.

01/10 The organized people from Tzimol denounce theft by their mayor.

02/10 400 Chol people from Laklumal Ixim-Norte Selva carry out a roadblock to demand justice and to remember the 2/10 and denounce the presence of armed people from PVEM.

02/10 “Let´s compare the Diaz Ordaz regime with the current one of Peña Nieto,” Teacher training students from Chiapas.

02/10 FNLS denounces attacks, deployment of police and paramilitaries against compañeros from El Carrizal community, in Ocosingo.

07/10 Following the death of one of their members, the FNLS calls for the dismantling of an alleged paramilitary group “the petules” in the region of Ocosingo.

13/10 OPEZ MLN reports a dozen wounded following a conflict by common carriers in the municipality of Mezcalapa.!BOLETIN-DE-PRENSA-OPEZMLN-SOBRE-EL-ENFRENTAMIENTO-EN-MUNICIPIO-DE-MEZCALAPA-

16/10 Esteban Gomez Jimenez, unjustly imprisoned, denounces his transfer to Cereso 14, away from his family.

17/10 OCEZ-RC peasants, denounce members of the OCEZ MLN for eviction, assault and forced disappearance in Chicomuselo.

17/10 Report and Action Against Gender Violence Group is strongly concerned about the series of gender attacks, and announces several actions.

20/10 The situation of 70 displaced families in Chicomuselo.

22/10 The Abejas of Acteal do not negotiate the blood of martyrs and will continue building a just and human world.

23/10 The lawyer of the Ejidal Committee affected by the Chicoasen II dam is arrested and protest is criminalized.

25/10 The military-police and paramilitary siege against the ejido El Carrizal of OCEZ-FNLS continues.

25/10 Unfairly jailed prisoners celebrate Alejandro Diaz´s birthday, and urge the governor to keep his promise.


10/10 FNLS denounces paramilitary checkpoint run by people supported by “Los Petules”

15/10 The IACHR grant safeguarding measures to human rights defenders from Simojovel community.

17/10 In Tila, members of the Committee DH Digna Ochoa, denounce the FNLS for slander, and ask for justice.

18/10 Agricultural authorities of Santa Maria Chimalapa demand an end to new invasions of their territory.


Before the ICHR, Las Abejas refuse to reach an amicable solution with the Mexican State

A representative of the Frayba Centre for Human Rights and Las Abejas of Acteal delivered to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, “a document entitled Massacre of Acteal. A Psychosocial Study of the background, factors associated with the fact, management of the emergency, psychosocial consequences and collective impact. That expert report, said the director of Frayba, “justifies the statement that the slaughter took place in the context of a war, in which the actions of paramilitaries were a key part of the counterinsurgency strategy implemented by the Mexican government.” In his presentation, Juan Vazquez, a survivor of the slaughter and an official of the organization, recalled the 45 victims and 26 wounded, and recalled that the massacre lasted 6 hours “without the police, who were only 200 metres away, taking action to prevent the massacre”. He denounced the transfer of 45 bodies, “never did they seek consent from their families (…) They took away their bodies, they gave them back to us all empty and some with a high degree of decomposition”. The government for its part, denies any involvement in the massacre, although it acknowledges its failure to prevent the deeds. For the government it is a matter of “conflicts between members of the indigenous communities.” At the end of his speech, the government representative proposed an amicable solution.

The same day, at a press conference, Las Abejas published a statement: “The massacre of Acteal was a result of the Mexican government’s counterinsurgency strategy against the Zapatistas and against the organised peoples and communities critical of the system of death.” They recalled the mass release of paramilitary perpetrators of the massacre: “The paramilitaries are now happy and free walking wherever they like in our communities and especially in Acteal. Because it is the same government that allowed them to return and rewarded them with houses, land and money. The return of the paramilitaries to Acteal is a time bomb.” Finally they stated: “Given the cynicism of the Mexican state in denying its responsibility for the massacre of Acteal, we say as our colleague Juan Vazquez said before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, we do not agree to reach an amicable solution with the Mexican state.”



Chiapas mobilises a year after Ayotzinapa

In a statement released on 24/09, Subcomandantes Moisés and Galeano announced that “thousands of Zapatistas, are demonstrating in our territories to embrace all the people who are feeling pain and anger because of prison, disappearance and death imposed by those above.”

The Abejas issued a statement in solidarity, “because our memory is infinite, because our indignation is immense, because our heart is much bigger than the pain which the bad government has sown in Ayotzinapa, in Acteal, and throughout Mexico.” “Ayotzinapa is a state crime, let this be marked in the conscience of the 3 levels of Mexican government (…) It is the continuation of anger, the fire of the Hydra”.

Adherents of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle in San Sebastian Bachajón also expressed solidarity: “we express our full contempt and rage against the narco government for all the suffering and pain it generates among the families of the 43 disappeared compas […] we need to keep joining our struggle to build a new world and spaces of freedom.”

Members of the Autonomous Regional Council of the Coastal Zone and the Civic Front of Tonalteco, students and teachers marched in Tonala with over 1,000 people present. “They demanded that the Mexican government should present the 43 trainee teachers alive, and fulfil the 8 demands made by the relatives of the 43 disappeared to Enrique Peña Nieto, and repeal the structural reforms” as well as other demands.

The CNI, during the march declared: “We recognise the truth and justice that with their unyielding struggle the parents have turned their pain into determination not to rest until they see the young people return, until the guilty pay for their guilt, until what happened one long year ago does not happen again, weaving below, where the wounds have been left by the capitalist war against all peoples.”



On 1/11/2014 “an international appeal was launched to hold a Global Day of Action for Kobane and for Humanity, an urgent international appeal for people all over the world to show their solidarity with Kobane, requesting humanitarian assistance and materials.”

“The energetic resistance of Kurdish men and women in the strategic border region of Rojava (Western Kurdistan in Syria) inspired people and governments around the world to successfully repel the siege by Islamic State (ISIS) of the town of Kobane, about a year ago. Their struggle became a symbol of popular resistance. ”

“The people of Kobane have continued to suffer, many families fleeing in search of a safer place. It is therefore even more urgent to create a humanitarian corridor from Turkey to Kobane, in order to facilitate the flow of aid to the city, still vulnerable to ISIS attacks.

Therefore, you must put pressure on the AKP government in Ankara to take immediate steps to ensure that essential medical supplies, food and clothing can reach Kobane. Despite the incessant bombardment by ISIS forces in recent months, Kobane is still standing proud and free. Its inhabitants are continuing their fierce resistance and are determined to defend their autonomous administration, which is one of three cantons in the Democratic Autonomous Administration of Rojava, which is secular, democratic, non-sectarian and for gender equality.”

“It is time for the world to recognize that democratic autonomy in Rojava and the “Rojava Model” promise a free future for all the peoples of Syria. It is time to talk about peace and to act for peace. To support Kobane is to support peace.”



October 21, 2015

BoCa En BoCa #37 in English October 2015

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BoCa En BoCa #37 in English October 2015

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The other cry from Simojovel

On 15/09 the Believing People of Simojovel made their own cry [the commemoration of the cry for independence in Mexico – translator]: “We wonder: Are we free and sovereign? If we are free, then why are there so many dead? Why the criminalization of social protest? Why are there many displaced people in Chiapas? Why so much corruption of the authorities? Why has organized crime taken great force and is gradually controlling the people? Why so much poverty, increasing to more than 2 million poor people?” They added: “We have to recognize that we cannot shout Viva Mexico! because there is widespread cry in our country, expressed by the bishops of Mexico: “Enough! We need a new face and heart for Mexico, we need a change, but a change of system. Pope Francis is so right to say: ‘This system cannot last.’”

Again they asked: “Who will make this change? The freedom and independence that the priest Miguel Hidalgo began, he did not do it with governments, with the powerful, the ambitious, and the corrupt. He did it with the poor, the slaves, the simple and humble people.” They ended by stating clearly: “We want this change to happen by peaceful means that do not lead to bloodshed.” y y

Takeover of Tila Town Hall

On 16/09, Chol Indians in northern Chiapas, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, after a huge march and rally demanded the “immediate departure of the municipal council of Tila, located illegally inside the ejido”. The men and women ejido members also spoke in favour of a halt to the presence of state police who have been in the area since the elections in July. Similarly they demanded “the disappearance of paramilitary groups” which they say, “are created by the Mayor, in complicity with the state government.” During the symbolic takeover of the Town Hall, the descendants of the Maya made it clear that their lands are for the Chol people, and the Mayor “is not well seen in the ejido”. “The Mayor should go to Petalcingo” they added, “because it is in that community that he should legally be.”

Adherents to the Sixth also expressed solidarity with the families of the student teachers who were disappeared from Ayotzinapa by the State, and with the struggle of the Yaqui Tribe, the community of Ostula, Michoacan, as well as with the resistance in San Sebastian Bachajón, Cruztón and Candelaria el Alto in Chiapas.

A special mention was made of the social activist Nadia Vera, originally from Comitán, murdered in July along with four other people in Mexico City, for whom they demanded justice.

Attacks and harassment against Zapatistas

On 15/09, the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Centre documented facts about death threats, physical attacks and harassment against EZLN Support Bases in Tzakukum community, official municipality of Chalchihuitan.

Witnesses confirmed that PRI supporters threatened a Zapatista with “being hacked to death” and cut the “water hose belonging to another Zapatista who was threatened with death with a machete.” On 14/8 at night, one was “insulted and assaulted in a road by a PRI supporter”. On 26/07 “a group of party supporters stopped 4 Zapatistas, and threatened to burn them with gasoline; 8 more people were beaten and have injuries.” On 18/08 a woman Zapatista Support Base was beaten and left “with very serious injuries to her face and her whole body, and 4 other EZLN Support Bases were physically assaulted.” On 02/09 an EZLN Support Base was attacked: “after beating him, they put him in the boot of a vehicle, and he was taken one kilometre away from Tzakukum, where they again beat him and left him.” They pointed to a group of 25 people that are harassing them. Finally they said: “These human rights violations in Tzakukum are taking place in a context of counterinsurgency, implemented by the Mexican state against Zapatista autonomy, and there have been several recent attacks on EZLN Support Bases.”

Fierce attack on the right to inform and to be informed!

On 20/09, men and women compas from Regeneración Radio reported the cessation of broadcasting in the face of escalating violence by violent groups.

Desinformémonos published the news on 8/09, that the home of two journalists was raided.

On 04/09, the Autonomous Communications Agency SubVersiones issued a statement denouncing death threats against three of its members.

On 26/08, while compas from Mas de131 were documenting an action with Ayotzinapa families, they reported that police “stopped us by force and then beat us and removed us from the premises. They asked us to switch off the cameras.”

In Chiapas, several independent media reported attacks or threats on social networks, or in their emails. The International Service for Peace (SIPAZ), which maintains a blog, reported that between Friday 14 and the early morning of 17 August 2015, its offices were raided.


01/09- A communiqué released a year after the plunder and theft from Mrs. Carmen Portillo, denounces “Abuse of power by the governor’s mother.”

10/09- the Agrarian Council and CFE raise tensions in Nueva Esperanza, Tila.

11/09- Ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón carry out a roadblock.

13/09- The forcible transfer of Alejandro Díaz Santiz and three of his colleagues to a high security prison, CEFERESO, is denounced.

13/09- For their ninth anniversary, the Autonomous Regional Council of the Coastal Zone of Chiapas evaluate their movement.

14/09- Immigration authorities detain three indigenous women from Chiapas and threaten to deport them to Guatemala, despite their being identified as Mexican.

15/09- Salomón Vázquez Sánchez, indigenous Chol, from Salto de Agua municipality, denounces his unjust incarceration.

20/09- Inhabitants of the lower area of ​​Tila make an invitation to commemorate the victims of the counterinsurgency war.

20/09- The PUDEE denounces the reactivation of paramilitary groups, and demands self-determination for their peoples, and justice.

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22/09- Las Abejas announce their attendance at the  demonstration taking place in Mexico City, in support of Ayotzinapa and also in Acteal.

26 / 09- Las Abejas of Acteal declare their support for Ayotzinapa. “Because our heart is much bigger than the pain the bad government has sown in Ayotzinapa, in Acteal, and throughout Mexico.”


03/09- Displaced families from Banavil denounce the release of one of the authors of the disappearance of one of their members. “We will not stop until we find him.”

06/09- The community of San Vicente recover their taxis after a strong mobilization.

14/09- The Public Ministry protects three federal police, who tortured a Salvadoran migrant sentenced to ten years imprisonment.


Memory: Communiqué from the CCRI of the EZLN, 15 September 1994

Today we are gathered here to remind the people of Mexico who we are and what we want. 184 years ago a handful of indigenous and some mestizos took up arms against the Spanish crown to demand the freedom that the arrogant oppressed with slavery, to demand the democracy that the arrogant choked with dictatorship, to demand the justice that the arrogant chained with exploitation. Today, 184 years after the first insurgents began the struggle for democracy, liberty and justice, for the flag of independence, for the right of the peoples to govern and to govern themselves according to their mind and reason, the flag which passed from the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe to that of the eagle devouring a snake with the three colours, the flag of Mexico, the flag of the workers, peasants, indigenous, teachers and students, of all the poor all of these lands, our flag, is raised with dignity by the Zapatista troops.

Today the troops of usurpation parade on the streets of Mexico City. They would deceive the people of Mexico, presenting themselves as an army of the people, like the Mexican Army. Here the only Mexican army is the Zapatista one of National Liberation. The other is an armed group in the service of the powerful, lacking in military honour and in shame for serving the lie.

Today we have gathered here to turn our hearts and our pain to the mountain, so that our heart is good ground for the seed of the word of those who walk in the night, of those who are mountain.

We, the dead of always, come to tell our dead that we are ready, the long night of the lie that refuses to become dawn needs more blood to fertilize the seed that will be the light tomorrow, we come here to talk to our dead. We have no life now, death walks in our steps since the dawn of the year, from history. There will be no tomorrow for the men and women without face, those of the armed step, those of the true word.

Group of Experts scientifically destroys the Mexican State’s truth about the Ayotzinapa case.

“We are fully convinced that they were not incinerated in that waste dump.”

On 6/09, the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts, Ayotzinapa (GIEI), made up of lawyers from Colombia, Guatemala, Chile and a psychologist, presented their report Initial Conclusions about the disappearances and deaths of the Ayotzinapa students.

In the statement of one of the detainees in this case, who would have participated in the “cremation, Miguel Landa Bahena, said they used between 10-15 tyres, and for the rest they used wood. However, one of the experts maintains that ‘A simple calculation shows that the amount of wood necessary to supplement the tyres in order to be able to burn a body would require a minimum of 675 kg.’

Following in the same statement, he [the expert] said the pile of bodies must have reached, with a conservative estimate, at least 1.5 metres in height, and the area of burning would cover an area around ​​12m x 2.5m. The PGR report indicates that the burned area in the dump is 15m x 8m.”

“If the members of the 27th Battalion, including the commander JMC, were aware that the young students had been arrested by the Municipal Police of Iguala, a fact that was reported by EM “under their command,” and later on confirmed that they were not detained in the police station, What did they do with this information? What urgent actions did they take? Was the information shared with the highest State Authorities at the time? What instructions were they given? Otherwise, why did they not report it? Why did they handle restricted information in C4 on that night?”

The GIEI reported the existence of a fifth Red Star bus, also transporting students of the Rural Teaching School on 26/09, which is not included in the PGR’s investigations “The invisibility of this bus had serious consequences, since they did not investigate the possible presence of the Federal Police at the scene of the crime at the ‘Palace of Justice,’ nor were necessary and appropriate inquiries made  to clarify the facts, such as the clearing up of the crime scene in the colonia 24 February, the lack of inquiries into the presence of ministerial authorities in the area, alongside local police, as indicated by surviving witnesses, the bus driver’s statement and the recognition of the bus.”

Nicaragua, state violence against organized producers

15/09, the Ministry of the Economy for Families, Communities, Cooperatives and Associations (MEFCCA) of the Ortega Government in Nicaragua announced the “dissolution and suspension of the National Federation of Agricultural and Agroindustrial Cooperatives (FENACOOP). The Fenacoop, which brings together more than 400 cooperatives representing about 15,000 producers had already complained that on 11/09 “a group of men burst into their offices in a violent manner (…) without notice and [the intervention] was led by the legal adviser of MEFCCA (…)” said the president of FENACOOP Sinforiano Cáceres. He added that “They came to open up by force and then brought a number of people wanting to enter and take all the information in here without telling us why.” The president said he does not understand this violence on the part of the state, “why we are trying so, when there are militants and historic collaborators with the Frente [Sandinista] in this organisation?”

The government justifies its actions by referring first to the statement of the official daily Gazette, which certifies that “FENACOOP has not complied with the delivery of financial statements since 2013 and its list of partners since 2012, and is in a state of illegality and in breach of legal requirements” and secondly to a demand for repayment of funds provided by the Austrian Cooperation for Development due to FENACOOP’s failure to submit complete documentation.

In one video, the supporters of FENACOOP explain that all the papers and payments are in order, except for those for 2015, which are in process. Conversely they say they have not received any information from the government to explain its actions and in an article to the newspaper Confidencial, President Caceres explains the illegitimacy of the act saying: “The law states that if they are going to close us they must give six months to remedy the causes of closure, but they have not given us a minute.”



September 22, 2015

BoCa En BoCa #36- September 2015

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BoCa En BoCa #36- September 2015

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Boca en Boca No. 36 – September 2015



17/07– FNLS denounce the kidnap of a fellow member and money stolen by an unknown group in Altamirano.

30/07– EZLN and CNI send a statement in solidarity with the community of Xochicuautla, and against police and military harassment.

30/07– Indigenous Tzotzil from the region denounces torture and arbitrary detention for an alleged kidnap. His rights have been denied.

07/08– The Community of Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, Palenque, denounce a raid on their ejido house by police officers who didn’t identify themselves.

10/08– Further invasions in the communal territory of Chimalapa, under the sovereignty Oaxaca, seriously jeopardize social peace in the region.

10/08– The family of Nadia Vera Pérez, who was murdered alongside other journalists in Mexico City, deliver their questions and statements at a ceremony in Comitan. l

22/08- Las Abejas of Acteal denounce impunity in the country, towards their organization and towards the Zapatistas.

24/08– The Civil Organization SIPAZ denounces threats and burglary in their offices in San Cristobal de Las Casas.

24/08– Relatives of victims in Tila denounce impunity of Chiapas PGJE office, and threats by armed groups and government staff.

25/08– Roberto Paciencia Cruz, unjust prisoner since 2013, calls for an investigation into his case.

25/08– Alexander, Salvadoran migrant, denounces torture by the police, and the fabrication of offences against him.

26/08– FNLS denounces the violent eviction of their members, while they were reporting on disappearances on Tuxtla’s motorway.

27/08– The colonia San Vicente, in La Trinitaria, calls for the free use of their rickshaw taxi-bikes and collective taxis.


28/07- To mark the first Pilgrimage for Peace and Against Violence and Displacement in Las Margaritas, families from the community of Primero de Agosto make a declaration.

29/07- Displaced families from Banavil add their support to the demands from the Pilgrimage for Peace in Las Margaritas.

12/08- 6 years after the freeing of paramilitaries, Las Abejas denounce impunity.

20/08- New threats are made against the displaced families from Primero de Agosto.




Justice will never, ever come from above.

On 16/08 Sub Moisés and Sub Galeano issued a statement with the title “Truth and Justice Will Never, Ever, Come from Above.” “As Zapatistas we have realized that two of the masterminds of Galeano’s murder have returned, fat and happy, to their homes in the village of La Realidad.  They were supposedly being held prisoner for the murder of our teacher and compañero.” They denounced that the “judge” of Comitan” declared that Mr Carmelino Rodríguez Jiménez and Mr Javier López Rodríguez are innocent, even though they and their accomplices in the CIOAC-Histórica know that they are guilty of organizing the crime.” Although “they were told not to be out and about much and be discreet ” “they are declaring to anyone who wants to listen, that they were not prisoners, but were kept in a house where they received all the attention and congratulations from the state government of Manuel Velasco and leaders of CIOAC-Histórica for the murder of the teacher Galeano;” They were told that they would have to wait for a time before returning to their village “to continue the work left pending.”

They went on to express their solidarity with various social movements and against other injustices in the country, and in the world. They warned “It is now the time when those from below ask why they are attacked,” and the answer from those from above is “because of who you are.” “Because in this world, in which we hurt, the criminal is free and the just is in prison. The murderer is rewarded and the dead are slandered. But we also hear and see that there are more and more voices who don’t believe, who don’t give up, who rebel.” Finally, they warned: “Truth and justice will never, ever, come from above. We will have to construct them from below.”

On 08/08 all the caracoles celebrated the twelfth anniversary of their foundation with the participation of thousands of Zapatista support bases.

3 unjustly incarcerated prisoners are freed, long live Bachajon!

On 19/08, ejidatarios from San Sebastian Bachajon celebrated the freeing of three of their imprisoned comrades. “Political prisoners Juan Antonio Gómez Silvano, Mario Aguilar Silvano and Roberto Gómez Hernández, all imprisoned in Yajalón, were set free on 18/08 in accordance with a successful appeal that recognised their illegal detention and torture”. At the same time, they demanded “the freedom of Esteban Gomez Jimenez, imprisoned in Cintalapa, Santiago Moreno Perez and Emilio Jimenez Gomez, imprisoned at Playas de Catazaja,” and “the freeing of other prisoners in Mexico and the world.”

In the same way, they declared their solidarity with those imprisoned for “defending the waters of the Yaqui Tribe,” and with “the community of Santa Maria Ostula.” They denounced “those responsible for freeing the intellectual authors of the assassination of our comrade and teacher, Galeano.” At the end, they declared solidarity with the indigenous Otomi community of San Francisco Xochicuautla, who are fighting against the construction of motorways “without regard for nature.” “They are not alone, because all of us are aware of their struggle; it enrages us that the accursed government wants to use violence to get hold of their lands, just as it does with our own lands in San Sebastian Bachajon.”

The Believing People are still under threat

In a new report, published on 24/08, the Believing People (Pueblo Creyente) of Simojovel announced that “during the elections we are experiencing a tense and apparent calm, because silently and more cautiously some priista leaders continue to organize, waiting for the moment to attack Father Marcelo Perez or some members of the Parish Council.” They presented a series of worrying developments of high risk to their lives: on 19/07, “several people threw stones at the Father’s house”; on 20/07 an ally of the PRI threatened “the Father will also go to jail”; on 31/07 some priistas said “because of bloody Marcelo the PRI lost here and we will kill him”; on 03/08 a member of the ex parish council was threatened by telephone; on 07/08 a priista threatened to “burn alive” the father; on 11/08 a priista threatened and killed a turkey belonging to one catechist; on 14/08 some people beat up some women, servants of the church. Finally, they denounced the sale of drugs, alcohol and weapons, and invited “all the peoples of Chiapas to organize themselves to defend and protect the lives of our peoples,” and ended with a question: “very soon the independence of Mexico will be celebrated. Let us ask whether we are free and sovereign.”




EZLN announces the second stage of the Little School

On 27/07 the Zapatistas announced the second stage of the Little School. Because of economic difficulties and repression it has been decided to hold the next levels of the school (2 to 6) once a year. This will allow those who can’t pay, or who have to work in the own lands, to attend, and ensure that the event is not limited to those who have the money for it or the time. Those invited will receive an email with a link to a video. They will be asked six questions, and will be asked to respond collectively, in the Zapatista way. The end of the communiqué affirms the Zapatistas’ solidarity with other struggles in Mexico and the world, “because resistance can overcome geography, and the calendars of those from above”.

Displaced people from Banavil, temporary return

“We currently live with my family, 19 people, in San Cristobal LC, since 4/12/2011 when an armed priista group entered my house, and forcibly disappeared my father Alonso López Luna and we have not been able to go back but we want to go and work our land and we will go to our community on 03/08 to mark out the boundaries of our land, clean our houses and the cemetery where Antonia López Méndez is buried, who died in the forced displacement, and our other girls,” said Loreno Lopez Giron, displaced person from Banavil.

On 03/08, the day of their provisional 15-day return after 3 years and 8 months of displacement, they reported that “We are returning temporarily, not because our complaints are already resolved […] but because life in the city is very hard, because we have no land to work and no house to live in.” “In the guiding principles of internal displacement it is written that every human being has the right to protection from displacement and that national authorities are obliged to provide protection to internally displaced persons,” they recalled.

On 11/08 they shared information about the development of their return. “Before leaving the caravan, on 03/08 they informed us that government representatives [came] to say that for our temporary return there is no security and how that when we were in a meeting in Tuxtla G. we were told that we can come back.” They reported that they found their land and their houses looted and the inhabitants of Banavil had cut off water which as of 11/08 had not been restored. “On our lands in Santa Rosa, Tenejapa we started work on the boundaries and we found 4 felled trees belonging to us […] they have cut the wires in different parts of our lands […] we found 2 trees and 2 sections of cut wire […] when we started working the boundaries [in Banavil] we found they had been moved: they are invading our land.”

On 17/08 they completed the provisional return. “To date the State government has shown lack of will and interest to attend to our situation […] After 3 years and 8 months, on 13/08 the sub-director of preliminary investigations of indigenous prosecutions and others came to our houses to take pictures and evidence of the looting and damage […] we demand that they repair the damage because it is our right”. They expressed gratitude for all the support, both human and material, and to the free media and the health promoters of Las Abejas of Acteal.

“We will continue fighting for our 7 demands for Truth, Justice and return. We ask you not to leave us isolated.”


The indigenous uprising in Ecuador sheds light on communal struggles in Guatemala

“Once again, the struggles of women and men in the indigenous communities of Ecuador succeed in questioning the system of exploitation and land-grabbing headed by the government of Rafael Correa, and at the same time, produce meanings that fuel the resistance of the peoples and communities in Guatemala, also facing an openly extractive national policy.

Just as 25 years ago, in 1992 in the indigenous uprising they said: “1992 not one more hacienda in Ecuador” when communities of Amazonia, the mountains and the coast rose up to dismantle the hacienda system which concentrated land; at the same time they demanded the regularization of bilingual education for their sons and daughters, and the validity of justice systems. In short, they struggled for the material and political autonomy of the communities; this was an extraordinary moment when they, together with communities in Guatemala who – at the same period – were fighting for the defence of their lands. ”

In Ecuador, “they announced that they would start an uprising which ‘will be progressive’, to quote Don Jorge Herrera president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador -CONAIE-, who also said that the activities were planned and decided at a meeting […] the march and the uprising are against the extractive policy, and also against the signing of the Free Trade Agreement”.

“In Guatemala we know what the president of CONAIE is talking about […] we know about the plunder of communal lands, and how human and natural forms of life which were developed there were destroyed in order to build mines […] as a result of the Free Trade Agreement which Guatemala signed with the United States nearly 20 years ago already. It reaffirms the forms of land-grabbing”.

“The struggle is for the means of life, for territory and for the structures of municipal government that are the strategies to control material wealth which the communities produce; that has been the historical struggle and that is the future that we want. For that reason, the struggles of the nationalities of Ecuador embody the continental struggle of indigenous communities against capital and against progressive governments.”



August 28, 2015

BoCa En BoCa #35 August 2015 English

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BoCa En BoCa #35 August 2015 English


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Boca en Boca No 35 – August 2015


29/06- Communiqué from the teachers denouncing government repression in Chiapas.

29/06- MOCRI-CNPA-MN denounce the arbitrary detention with violence of 3 women in La Trinitaria by members of FDROC, because of a land dispute. They were released the same evening.

07/07- A year after the Southern Border Programme was announced, La 72 reported increased deportations from Mexico to Central America and an increase in crimes committed against migrants (mainly by the INM and Federal Police).

08/07- La Casa de la Mujer IximAntsetic A.C., Salud y Desarrollo Comunitario A.C. and Xi’nich demanded the fulfilment of the creation of a shelter for relatives of sick and pregnant women in Palenque. “The projects and works are not a favour, it just means they’re doing their duty”.

08/07- The wetlands of María Eugenia in San Cristóbal de las Casas are declared a sacred area.

09/07- “The water management we want for Tuxtla is an integrated management; this means maintaining the water cycle, and all that is involved in getting water to our homes,” shared the Chiapans in Defence of Water during the forum “Defence of water, for everyone.”

14/07- The Centre for Women’s Rights in Chiapas expressed its concern at the state of violence in the municipality of Tila due to conflicts between political party supporters which generated a state of terror among the families in the communities.

17/07- The FNLS denounce extortion and the kidnapping of compañero Diego Rodríguez López in Altamirano by political party supporters.

17/07- Alexander, Salvadoran migrant and taxi driver, unjustly imprisoned in el Amate, denounces fabrication of crime, torture and extortion.

19/07- Several communities and the Regional Autonomous Council of the Coastal Zone of Chiapas signed the first declaration against megaprojects in the municipality of Pijijiapan, declaring their territories free from mining and mini hydroelectric schemes.

20/07- The Community Committee of San Miguel Chiamalapa, Oaxaca, was created in order to “defend our ancestral territory.”

21/07- Ejidatarios of Chicoasen denounce the impunity and corruption they are experiencing  in the face of injustice, that the CFE intends to violate their land rights and dispossess them of their land without paying them the appropriate amount for the creation of the Chicoasen II dam.

22/07- The Abejas of Acteal House of Memory and Hope marked the completion of a month since the unpunished murder of compañero Manuel López Pérez, ambushed in Pantelhó.

27/07- the EZLN announced the start of the second level of the Zapatista Little School.


02/07- After 3 years and 7 months of displacement, families from Banavil, Tenejapa still have no adequate resolution of the situation.

11/07- Judge recognizes there are reasons to consider that there were acts of torture by local police against the prisoners of San Sebastián Bachajón.

21/07- Esteban Gomez Jimenez from San Sebastián Bachajón, unjustly imprisoned in El Amate, calls for solidarity after two years in prison.

28/07- Families from the village of Primero de Agosto remain in inhumane conditions and threatened by paramilitaries from CIOAC-H.



A choice between criminals

On 07/07 ejidatarios of Tila shared that “on 20/06 violence was unleashed by the Green and the PRI political parties blockading the crossroads, using trucks from the Town Hall and recruiting young people to put on masks and thus sow social intimidation.” On 06/07 “a candidate from the PRI carrying out his campaign in the town was attacked with firearms, an hour later the mobilization began of 8 cars full of masked men armed with sticks, stones and firearms.” “Their elections always end up with mutual killings because it is a choice between criminals,” they observed. Then they recalled the different strategies of the municipalities against their ejido since 1943. “Our indigenous Chol people settled on our ejido land have experienced 72 years of them coming to attack our land and territory, and it is not a legal space for the political parties to come to fight each other.” They declared that “the Assembly has raised minutes of meetings with the government and the Congress for the transfer of the municipal headquarters out of our ejido; the place where it is legally appropriate for their government to command and to exercise its law of the official municipality, we do not want it here.”

“Our look at the Hydra”

The EZLN announced the launch of the book “Critical Thinking against the Capitalist Hydra.” They presented a passage from “A World War” by SupGaleano. “The first thing that got our attention was the protests and disagreement on social media. Then came the articles that managed to get a place on the pages of the paid independent media. So a team of Tercios Compas [Zapatista Media] were sent to confirm or dismiss the reports. If you pick up your camera and photograph a series of “onsite” images of one of the principal cities of the south-eastern Mexican state of Chiapas, you will see the disorder, abandonment, and chaos that reign there. But if, over time, you zoom out to a broader view, you will begin to notice a particular logic and order to this chaos. Now, if you combine a panoramic view over time and space, you will have a fairly accurate image of reality. Not of the image represented there, but rather the genealogy of that image. That is, you will see the before, during, and after of that image.”

“Has the nation-state, that is, the state as we know it, remained untouched in the system’s war? In order to know the answer, we need to reconstruct the genealogy of the nation-state and compare our conclusion to the current reality. Then we can ask: what were the foundations of the state, and which of these have been maintained, which have been disappeared, and which have mutated? What were its functions, its place, its sphere of influence, its areas of interest?”

Harassment of the HRC in Tonalá

The Digna Ochoa Human Rights Centre A.C. in Tonalá denounced “acts of harassment by members of the State Special (Ministerial) Police from the Procuraduría General de Justicia of the State of Chiapas, who presented themselves at the offices of this agency” on 01/07.

“In Mexico the work of defending human rights still remains a high risk for civil human rights defenders. So we express our concern that the wave of harassment, threats and intimidation still continues to increase against defenders of HR. It is important to say that the Declaration of Human Rights Defenders recognizes the work of defenders, as well as the responsibility of states to protect, and promote the protection of human rights defenders.”


Violent dispossession of the Xochicuautla community, Edomex

On 07/07 the indigenous community of San Francisco Xochicuautla and the Indigenous Peoples’ Front in Defence of Mother Earth denounced in a communiqué that “staff of the construction company Autovan SA de CV, a subsidiary of Teya and the Higa Group, have arrived in the indigenous community and begun work again with heavy machinery accompanied by overflights of helicopters and hundreds of riot police, almost all of them located on the outskirts of the community awaiting orders.” They also denounced that the police were “trying to intimidate and wanting to arrest the indigenous from our community. We are being regularly informed of continuing aggression towards children, women and men, they are knocking down houses and cutting the water supply pipeline.” Then they reported that the Interior Ministry of the State of Mexico had agreed to “hold an information table on 06/07, with a commission of authorities and representatives of the indigenous community of Xochicuautla, where they stated that representatives of the state government and most of the agencies involved in the Toluca Naucalpan Highway Project would be present;” but only “two representatives of the General Directorate of Government attended,” “which we felt to be disrespectful, because the community members who attended did so in a timely manner, respectfully, without threatening, without offending them, respecting their physical integrity, something which they did NOT do to us.” They also warned that “the representative of the Autovan company, a subsidiary of Teya Eng., said that the work would continue.”

Ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón sent a communiqué to the people of Xochicuautla “We want to say to the community of San Francisco Xochicuautla that you are not alone, compañerxs, because we are following your struggle.”


Authorities kill and wound in the Nahua community of Santa María Ostula, Michoacán

On 19/07 the team of support and solidarity with the indigenous community of Santa María Ostula announced that “the indigenous community of Santa María Ostula, municipality of Aquila, Michoacan, has been attacked severely by federal, state and municipal forces in a joint operation deployed by the Michoacán Coordination Group. As a result of the aggression one minor was killed and several comuneros were seriously injured” and several others were also arrested. “They tried to pass as comuneros and provoke the community to confront the Army, radios used by the community for communication to protect their communal land were stolen. Also stolen was the seal of the Vigilance Committee.” Faced with this attack and in order to not have any more members detained “several roadblocks were established in each area” but “federal and state forces used their vehicles to ram the roadblocks of the community police and burned several trucks and trailers which were there, they also used tear gas.” “They shot indiscriminately at members of the community,” which resulted in the death of a 12 year old boy, and the wounding of a 6 year old girl and three other people. They stated that “the headquarters of the municipality of Aquila was surrounded by members of the federal forces preventing the Aquila self-defence group, which is in solidarity with the community of Santa Maria Ostula, from coming out to aid them against the attacks they were experiencing.” The communiqué recalled that this operation is contrary to the agreements “signed between the community and government, where the commitment to respect the community police was established.” Finally they added “none of the heads of organized crime operating in the region have been arrested.”

A few hours later, the CNI and CCRI-CG of the EZLN issued a joint communiqué in solidarity to denounce the government’s complicity with organized crime “to escalate the war of conquest”.


Ts´omanotiksok jun kaltsiltik (United in one heart)

From the pronouncement that was given at the end of the first great Pilgrimage for Peace, for Life and Against Violence and Dispossession, from the ejido Ignacio Zaragoza, municipality of Las Margaritas, to Comitán de Domínguez, which took place on 28 and 29/07, convened by the catechists and deacons of the Tojolabal Mission for the parish of St. Margaret of Antioch and the Mission of Guadalupe; the brothers declared:

“We express our dissent, uniting our strengths, building hope and praying to God to help us take care of our patrimony.” They walked “to organize, unite and transform our consciousness, confront the violence that we experience in our communities and the problems that come with the structural reforms: such as problems with education, health, labour, energy, taxes, and politics, among others.”

“We demand an end to all the violence that we experience every day, such as drug trafficking, corruption and impunity, threats and displacement by organizations which are controlled by the government with their political parties which divide and confront within the communities.”

“We thank the Pueblo Creyente from Simojovel for having joined our pilgrimage and offer them our solidarity in the courageous struggle they have undertaken […] We are inspired by the long journey of the Civil Society Las Abejas of Acteal […] we share the pain of people who have been displaced by an armed group, like the people of the village of Primero de Agosto, who have now spent five months of living under plastic … like the struggle of the Banavil families who have been displaced since 11/12/2011 […] We welcome also the Movement in Defence of Life and Territory, who oppose the construction of the superhighway from San Cristobal to Palenque and who are an example of organization and resistance to megaprojects. ”

“We invite all the individuals and peoples of our region, to reflect on the reality we live, to continue to make our voices heard, so that this gathering of peoples is only the beginning of our transformation of awareness, that all we join together with all our differences,” they concluded.



July 10, 2015

BoCa En BoCa #34 – July 2015

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BoCa En BoCa #34 – July 2015


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26/05- 600 people from the organization Laklumal Ixim-Norte Selva from Tila and Tumbala demonstrate against the completion of eight months of enforced disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa.

29/05- The people in struggle from San Sebastián Bachajón demonstrate peacefully in their ejido “in protest against the policy of dispossession of our land and the assassinations committed by the bad government.”

31/05- The OCEZ Casa del Pueblo recuperate 250 hectares stolen by “the narco deputy Chus Orantes” and demand the recognition of the leaders of their communal lands.

01/06- The community of Cruzton, Venustiano Carranza, celebrates the eighth anniversary of the reclamation of its lands.

02/06- Comuneros from Jolsibaquil, Tila, denounce continuing deceptions and pressures from the Agrarian Prosecutor to join the programme of dispossession called FANAR.

07/06- The parish of San Jacinto de Polonia, Ocosingo, denounces arbitrary arrests by the police after election protests.

16/06- The Digna Ochoa Human Rights Centre of Tonalá demands an investigation in the case of the arbitrary detention and torture of a minor by public servants.

21/06- The organization United Peoples for the Defence of Electrical Energy (PUDEE) of the Northern Jungle region denounces the CFE for leaving 14 communities of Tila without electricity and provoking tensions.

22/06- 9 parishes stand in solidarity with the parish of San Antonio de Padua in Simojovel and father Marcelo.

22/06- Communiqué from Las Abejas of Acteal in commemoration of the massacre of 22/12/97, “For us, MEMORY is indispensable.”

23/06- The unjustly imprisoned compañero Esteban Gómez Jiménez, from San Sebastián Bachajón, calls for solidarity and support for his situation.

23/06- The displaced families from Primero de Agosto, Las Margaritas, recall the lack of response from the government. “Our problem is unsolved due to omission by the bad government, at dawn we remember that this forced displacement remains our reality.”

23/06- “The faithful of the parish of San Pedro Apóstol, Chenalhó, see the need once more to express our concern and disagreement about the sale and excessive consumption of alcohol,” they denounce again.


04/06- After 3 years and 6 months, the displaced families from Banavil demand their return and denounce Lic. Gustavo Moscoso Zenteno for not keeping his word.

19/06- The Digna Ochoa Human Rights Centre, Tonalá, denounces the criminalization of the civil and peaceful struggle against high electricity rates.

23/06- The unjustly imprisoned Alejandro Diaz Santiz sends his greetings to the caravan of relatives of the 43 disappeared from Ayotzinapa.

23 / 06- The Pueblo Creyente from Simojovel continue to denounce new situations of risk against their members and their pastor.


A member of Las Abejas of Acteal is murdered

25/06 The Civil Society Las Abejas of Acteal denounced the murder of a member of the organization, Manuel López Pérez. After doing his shopping in Pantelho “he was returning home on public transport with his son, when seven hooded people dressed in military-style clothing and carrying guns ambushed the vehicle in which they were travelling”; the “criminals told the rest of the passengers to get off and that nothing was going to happen to them, but they grabbed Manuel and pulled him off; Manuel said to the murderers, ‘Do not kill me, do not kill me, I have not done anything wrong!’ and they gave him 3 shots from a firearm, 2 in the head and one in the back.”

They denounced strategies which they already know from the time of the Acteal massacre: “The municipal judge of Pantelhó, arriving at the scene, forbade people to take photos. This strategy is always used by the authorities to alter proofs and evidence.”

Finally they explained the history of Manuel, condemned to exile from his community without a trial, and commented on the situation of other families whose lives are in danger. They demanded justice and punishment for those already known to be responsible.

At the end they announced: “As officials of the organization Las Abejas of Acteal we cannot go to the funeral for security reasons, it is also worth mentioning that several paramilitaries are living in this area who took part in acts before the Acteal massacre, and also some of the perpetrators of that massacre.”

On 26/05 they denounced more death threats against another member of the organization in the same community, for not accepting projects from the bad government and being in resistance and constructing autonomy.

EZLN announces paramilitary attack

On 25/06, Subcomandante Moisés presented, in a communique from the JBG of La Garrucha, the denouncement of a strategy from above. “The Velasco continues to encourage his paramilitaries to attack the Zapatista bases of support.” “The indigenous people there who are party members say that they don’t control these paramilitaries, that the paramilitaries get their orders from the municipal president of Ocosingo and the state government in Tuxtla Gutiérrez. That that’s where they get their weapons, equipment, vehicles, and orders to attack the bases of support.”

The JBG of La Garrucha explained the facts “on 24/06, at 8:05 am, 28 paramilitaries from the Pojkol ejido of the barrio Chiquinbal came to the town of El Rosario in the Autonomous Municipality of San Manuel, 8 of them carrying 22-caliber weapons,” noting that as well as the BAEZLN, ” there are 21 paramilitaries who live in El Rosario.”

These paramilitaries, along with an engineer and the former owner of these lands, met together and at “1:26 pm, they fired their guns 10 times behind the house of one of the compañeros who is a base of support, intimidating the entire community.” A few minutes later “they went into two homes” and destroyed and robbed another.

The communique ended: “We say clearly that we will not stand here with our arms crossed as our bases of support are harassed in whatever way and with whichever means the bad government chooses to use against us. We have said clearly that we will defend our lands whatever the cost; we were born from this land and we will return to her.”

Sup Moisés finished his communique “from above there are only lies, beatings, contempt, and exploitation. From below must come organization.”


CFE harasses and threatens

On 28/05 the Digna Ochoa HRC denounced the “harassment by the Federal Electricity Commission against members of the Civic Front Tonalteco AC and the Regional Autonomous Council of the Coastal Zone of Chiapas from the city of Tonala, Chiapas.” “Several people were called to come to pay their debt at the offices of the CFE, or they would make effective the demand that exists against them.” The HRC announced its concerns and demanded: “an end to threats and intimidation by the CFE against members of the civil resistance in the municipality”


Pilgrimage in El Bosque

On 06/06, the Pueblo Creyente from El Bosque went on a pilgrimage “to bring to light the great injustices and suffering of our people.” They marched against corruption, drug addiction, bars, drug trafficking, prostitution. In demand of their rights to health, water, infrastructure services, in defence of land and territory, and demanded: “No repetition of massacres like Chabajeval, San Pedro Nictal-Ucum and Union Progreso in El Bosque, Acteal and Ayotzinapa; an end to forced disappearance, repression, and imprisonment of human rights defenders.”

Mexico – Land of asylum?

On 20/06, World Refugee Day, the refuge-shelter La 72 released statistics: “According to figures from COMAR, in the period between 01/01 and 30/09 2014, only 16% of applicants were recognized as refugees, 247 people out of 1525. La 72 proposes and demands that: “the Mexican government restores the Mexican policy of protecting asylum seekers; it is essential that COMAR creates the structures necessary to open an office of that agency in Tenosique; that the National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) monitors, defends and develops a strict respect for the human rights of people seeking refuge.” l

At the same time, the Fray Matias de Cordova HRC remembered the Mexican tradition “of solidarity and welcome to refugees.” It also denounced that in 2014 “the INM deprived 127,149 persons of their freedom on the grounds of immigration control, and deported 107,814 of them, 97% of whom originated in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.”


Ayotzinapa unites in its journey

In its tour of south-eastern Mexico, the committee of the caravan of parents and compañeros of the disappeared students of Ayotzinapa, who have spent more than eight months fighting for justice, on 16/06 visited the community of San Francisco, Teopisca. We highlight the participation in this caravan of doña Bertha Nava and don Tomás Ramírez, parents of Julio César Ramírez Nava, killed on 26/11/14 in Iguala, Guerrero, doña Cristina Bautista Salvador, mother of Benjamín Ascencio Bautista, disappeared, and Omar García, normal school student.

They said that in Ayotzinapa they are experiencing a siege by military forces and arrest warrants against the families of the disappeared.

Attending on this day were [representatives of] the community of Cruztón, Candelaria El Alto, municipality of Venustiano Carranza, the land of El Desengaño, the community of San Isidro El Ocotal, Alcanfores, the Resistance against high Electricity Tariffs from La Grandeza, municipality of Amatenango del Valle, the Network for the Defence of Indigenous Peoples from the Highlands of Tenejapa. “If we do not unite our strength, if we do not speak, what will happen to us tomorrow?”

On 18/06, the commission members joined members of the X’inich organization and ejidatarios from San Sebastian Bachajón in Palenque. Omar García paid tribute to the people of Chiapas: “We the student teachers have been inspired by them in many ways. We have always been inspired by the Zapatista communities, the communities of this region of Chiapas, because they are an example to follow in their struggle, in their organization, the way in which they face the system, the way they defend their territory.” Also he said: “In coming to ask for their support, we also want to say that they have ours […] because Ayotzinapa became a reflection of all the evils of this country”. But he also denounced that some organizations seek to “support us but to use the name of our 43 compañeros to achieve their demands […] but many as well do not do this and are still with us and we are still with them.” He clarified that “more important than walking noisily and breaking glass or burning vans is to take power from the State.”

As well as being in solidarity with the organization Las Abejas, they continue to denounce the government for the massacre in 1997; members of X’inich who were present remembered the 8 massacred and disappeared indigenous brothers from Viejo Velasco on 13/11/06; the struggling people of San Sebastian Bachajón demanded justice for their murdered, disappeared and imprisoned compañeros; and PUDEE supported the demands of San Sebastián Bachajón, also denouncing the government’s strategies and remembering the murder of teacher Galeano in La Realidad on 02.05.14.

Wisdom of the Mayan people read by Las Abejas to the families of Ayotzinapa:

Our Maya grandparents tell us that, a very long time ago in the time of the Ancient Maya, there were two young twins: Hunajpu and Ixbalanque. They were summoned by the lords of Xibalba, or the masters of hell, to play the ballgame. But these masters of hell had long ago killed the parents of these twins. And when these evil beings knew that a pair of boys had been born who played the ballgame very well, they decided to call them to play in a competition. The boys accepted the invitation and began their journey into the underworld.

But the plan of the masters of the underworld was to kill them, because they realized that they were very intelligent and were a nuisance and danger to them. So they started the game, but the masters of hell were cheats, they were always seeking to kill the youngsters during the game, but they failed.

Even though the plan of the lords of Xibalba was to kill the twins as they did to their father, the young people knew very well what was going to happen and yet they still ventured there, because their goal was to find justice for the death of their father and for all the evils and injustices committed by the masters of hell against humanity.

The game lasted a long time, until the time came when the young people managed to defeat the lords of Xibalba and could gain justice for the death of their father and for all the evils they committed.

And how did the twins manage to defeat the masters of the underworld? Our grandparents tell us that the young people always walked and thought together; that any obstacles and difficulties they encountered, they always resolved collectively. Only good organisation could put an end to the evil. And our grandparents say that when the twins did away with the masters of hell, so peace came to the world and justice was done.

Our grandfathers and grandmothers say that because the twins did their job well, one of them became the sun and the other became the moon. And since then, the twins give us their light and heat during the day and give us their light and guidance at night.



June 23, 2015

BoCa En BoCa #33 – English- June 2015

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BoCa En BoCa #33 – English- June 2015

BoCa En BoCa is an independent newssheet that aims to disseminate what happens in the organized communities in Chiapas. The aim is to generate solidarity among communities, through summaries or extracts of their publications transmitting their words.








23/04- The CDH Fray Pedro Lorenzo de la Nada, Ocosingo, denounced acts of threats and harassment by the public prosecutor towards one of their promoters.

23/04- The ejido Ovando Turquía, Escuintla, agreed “that at no time will any mines be allowed to open.”

24/04- In the ejido Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, Palenque, members of Xi’nich denounced provocation of conflict through the intrusion of police into their community.

04/05- In the ejido Suclumpá, Salto de Agua, two federal police investigators were arrested for abuse of authority and attempted murder. They demand the freedom of an unjustly imprisoned human rights defender.

12/05- Residents of San Cristobal de las Casas, members of the public network in defence of wetlands, water and natural heritage in the Valley of Jovel, in defence of the mountain wetlands Maria Eugenia, denounced an intimidating attitude by the construction company Peje de Oro.

12/05- The Frayba HRC demanded that the authorities execute the re-arrest order against Darinel E. Diaz Solórzano, responsible for the femicide of Tatiana Trujillo.

22/05- Ejidatarios in solidarity with the community of Primero de Agosto denounced the cutting down and illegal sale of trees carried out by CIOAC-H, and the burning of their homes.


04/05- The National Immigration Office and the Federal Police carried out a violent operation and persecution against migrants and human rights defenders.

09/05- OCEZ from the Carranza Region put up a roadblock in order to get a meeting with the governor of Chiapas.

19/05- The people displaced from Primero de Agosto community issued an invitation to a day of prayer. “There is a lot of insecurity and we are very worried.”

20/05- Alejandro Díaz Sántiz, prisoner in solidarity with La Voz del Amate, showed his solidarity with the Pueblo Creyente by fasting and praying.


Cruztón in defence of their territory

The community of Cruztón, in the municipality of Venustiano Carranza, adherent to the Sixth, the CNI and part of the Organization Semilla Digna de los Altos, on 17/05 denounced the aggression and invasion of their territory by the Organization Nuevo Guadalupe Victoria.

After being dispossessed of 394 hectares in 1994 by the ejido Guadalupe Victoria, they said that since 2013, they have been “threatened in that small part of our territory,” which they have been left with. “On 04/16/15, a group of people from ejido Guadalupe Victoria invaded 12 hectares of our territory. Up to date, they don’t allow us to work; they threaten us by firing bullets using high calibre firearms.  On 08/05 “about 30 armed people were blocking the roads with sticks and stones. They have cut the wire protection; they have been burning grass and coffee bushes; trees that the community had been looking after for years have been cut down; they do not allow us to go into the cemetery where our people are buried.” “These events were denounced on 17/04”. But the problem remains unresolved.

They concluded that “the agencies applying justice are clearly in agreement with the invaders”. Considering that the invading group is heavily armed, they are calling on us to “keep an eye on what may happen in the area of Cruzton, as we are going back to work on our land”. 

We will continue resisting and working here

On 11/05, the Zapatista Caracol of La Garrucha strongly denounced the attempt to invade the lands of the compas Support Bases of El Rosario, which is reclaimed land belonging to the autonomous municipality of San Manuel, by 21 people from the paramilitary groups of El Rosario, and 28 paramilitaries from the neighbourhood of Chikinival, belonging to the Pojkol ejido, municipality of Chilón.

This event follows what happened in August 2014. On 10/05, 28 paramilitaries came to measure the site of the Support Bases: “during the day they were there working.” “At 15:15 pm a group of them stopped working, while another group remained in the same place, but five minutes later, 3 of them went to the home of a compa.”   One of the paramilitaries, stood guard at the door and two entered the house, surprising the compa’s daughter who ran away. Then the guard “shot four bullets at the girl.”  “At the moment of the shooting her father arrived and the compa defended his daughter by throwing a stone at the assailant which hit him on the head.” The girl escaped safely from the shots.  As the guard was injured, his wife and three children went on 11/05 to tell the compas Support Bases “that they have to pay 7,000 pesos for his treatment.” Seeing paramilitary propaganda blaming the compas for causing these problems, “We deny what they are blaming us for.  It is clear who started the provocation.”

The ejido authorities “came and said they can do nothing, because that group is no longer recognised in the ejido […] they do not respect, and do not obey the ejido”. “These are the strategies with which the 3 levels of the bad government are provoking us, when they use people who do not understand our cause, so that we fall into their traps […] we say to those without brains up there: we will never stop resisting.”


Las Abejas present their understanding of the Zapatista seminar

In their monthly statement on 22/05, the civil society Las Abejas made known their word in Acteal. “After the seminar ‘Critical Thought Against the Capitalist Hydra’, organized by our Zapatista brothers and sisters, we were thinking and thinking how to explain what the ‘Capitalist Hydra’ is to the representatives of all the communities that make up our organization and we could find nothing like it in the stories which our grandfathers and grandmothers have told us; but we found that the Bible, in Revelation, speaks of a monster, a dragon with 7 heads, which is the devil, who is Satan who devours anyone who does not submit; so that is more or less how we understand the monster-murderer, or capitalist hydra or dragon with seven heads.” (…) “It does not like us to be free.  It does not like the fact that we know how to think and that we are critical of its corrupt and murderous system.   But, above all, it does not like the fact that to build our autonomy, to be free, we need Mother Earth, which means that we have to have control in our territories. “Comparing the death of children in Acteal and Simojovel they clarified: “The monster-murderer neoliberal capitalism will continue killing indigenous peoples, either with lead bullets, with sugar or with vaccines.  What are we going to do faced with the hell and unleashed anger of the monster-murderer?”

On 8/05 the organization received the mothers and fathers of the 43 disappeared students of Ayotzinapa.  From their statement: “It is very clear that the narco-government, the neoliberal capitalist system is afraid of young people who struggle, who educate and transform themselves for their people and for peace, justice and freedom.  Because disappearing and murdering young people from Ayotzinapa is a symbol of the fear of the neoliberal capitalist system.  Because the murder in the Acteal massacre of 4 babies in their mother’s womb is a symbol of the destruction of the future of humanity “. They ended with this advice: “If there is organization, humility and wisdom, know that you will remain strong, despite everything.”


Threat to 31 future Mexicans

On 10/05 it was reported that two children died and 29 suffered allergic reactions allegedly caused by vaccinations given by IMSS-Prospera staff in La Pimienta community, Simojovel.

On 13/05, the ejido issued its statement on the case. They explained that the doctor called women “who have children of 0-5 years to go to the medical unit.” “If women did not attend them, their absence would be noted and they would be removed from the Prospera programme.”  That same afternoon the effects of the vaccine began to be seen:  boys and girls were crying and began to have convulsions, they fainted, had attacks, high temperature, their fingers and feet went numb, they turned purple and they had diaorrhea. “Having gone to the hospital in Bochil, they were sent to the hospital in Tuxtla.
In La Pimienta “The clinic is totally abandoned”. “We affirm that CERO HAMBRE [Zero Hunger], the national crusade against hunger is totally false”. “We categorically reject the versions given by the IMSS”.

The Pueblo Creyente (Believing People) of Simojovel 23/05 shared their word.

“How can we believe and trust people who think only of killing children and young people as they did with the Ayotzinapa students?  Do the independent experts come from other countries?” “We are not going to exchange babies for 5000 pesos as offered by the government of Manuel Velasco”. “This is not the first time that the government has killed children.”

On 03/05 the bishops of the diocese of San Cristobal spoke in support of the peaceful struggle of the Pueblo Creyente (Believing People) of Simojovel in a letter to the parish priest Marcelo Perez Perez.

The EZLN organised a meeting called “Critical thought against the capitalist hydra”, from 3-8 May, in CIDECI in San Cristobal de Las Casas.

-Our gaze turned within-

Political economy, as seen from the communities

Sub Moises: “What I’ve come to talk about are those things that have been discussed, not read, about the economy, within the communities. How it has been, and how it is. About capitalism, I mean. I’m going to break my talk into three parts: how the communities lived before, 30 years ago; how those who are not organized as Zapatistas live now, and then how we live, the Zapatistas of today.”
Our struggle as women

Compañera listener Selena: “as Zapatistas, we’re facing the low intensity war, they dangle ideas of modernity in front of us, like mobile phones, or clothes. They transmit their bad ideas through TV, so that we young people are distracted, and don’t think about how to organise in our struggle.”

Compañera support base Lizbeth: “We women, we already have the freedom and the right as women to have opinions, to discuss and analyse. We didn’t have that before. It’s not easy to participate or explain how we work though”.

Comandanta Dalia: “as women, mothers and parents, we’ve found the strength to stand up to our husbands and our children”

Comandanta Rosalinda: “we were mistreated, disrespected, because we never knew that we had the right to organise ourselves and to take part, to do any kind of work. Because no-one explained how we might organise ourselves.”

Comandanta Miriam: “since the arrival of the conquistadors we suffered as women. They took our lands, our language, our culture. That’s when local despotism took root, and triple-fold exploitation, humiliation, discrimination, marginalisation, mistreatment, inequality”.

Resistance and rebellion

Sup Moises: “We understood the call of the people of Mexico. So we gave the order to retreat from violent struggle. It was then that we discovered, through the compañeras—because in combat our people died—that they were developing another way to struggle. Because the government wanted to buy us off, as we put it, they wanted us to accept aid and forget about the struggle.” “When we try to begin to discuss, to think, in our way, what we recommend as Zapatistas, it is that we have to think in two ways. One is to criticize capitalism. The other is how we think of this evil we see.”

Our gaze at the hydra

03/05 On elections: Organize, Sup Moises: ” What we Zapatistas say is: there you have the proof that in order to be a party politician above one has to be shameless, a fool, or a criminal—or all three; we shouldn’t be afraid of having the people rule. It’s the most healthy and just way. Because it is the people themselves who are going to make the changes that are truly necessary. And that is the only way that a new system of government is going to exist.”

The crack in the wall: Sup Galeano: “Don’t believe those who say that sensitivity, sympathy, and support are measured by crowded streets, overflowing plazas, big stages, or in the number of cameras, microphones, leading journalists, and social media trends you attract. The great majority of the world, not just in our country, is like you, brothers and sisters, family members of the Ayotzinapa missing. People who have to fight day and night for a little piece of life. People who have to struggle in order to wrench from reality something with which to sustain themselves.”

The Yaqui Caravan weaves solidarity in Chiapas

“The Yaqui Tribe and dozens of indigenous peoples, peasant and urban organizations, non-party supporters, those environmentally affected, users of water and electricity, trade unions, universities, teachers, youth, environmentalists, base ecclesiastical communities and human rights organizations convoked a National Caravan for the Defence of Water, Land, Work and Life”. “The Yaqui Tribe is a nation with a history of struggle and resistance in defence of their territory. It currently maintains a legal battle against the Mexican state in defence of water.”

On the 12/05 they invited people to “join the national struggle to seek to open a national process of convergence, to continue until it achieves: the cancellation of all the megaprojects affecting life, water, earth and air where the people are rising. The live presentation of our 43 from Ayotzinapa and punishment of those responsible. Justice for our compas killed for defending freedom, justice and life. Immediately freedom for Mario Luna and Fernando Jimenez from the Yaqui Tribe and all political prisoners. An end to the militarization of the country, to repression, and to the harassment and attacks on Zapatista support bases. The cancellation of the structural reforms. Not to allow the General Water Act and to fight for a new law to reverse the privatization and provide the basis for a good government of water by the peoples. To regain our food and energy sovereignty and the rights of workers.



May 21, 2015

BoCa En BoCa 32 May 2015

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BoCa En BoCa #32 – English- May 2015 –

BoCa En BoCa is an independent newssheet that aims to disseminate what happens in the organized communities in Chiapas. The aim is to generate solidarity among communities, through summaries or extracts of their publications transmitting their words.








Police attack stall-holders in Arriaga Market

The CDH Digna Ochoa of Tonalá reported on 07/04 the arrival of “3 individuals in plain clothes aboard a white truck with the municipal government logo and accompanied by the municipal police; they headed for the Salón Corona to break the locks and welding on the gate, acting on instructions from the mayor Noé López Duque; those rooms are used by the stall-holders as economical kitchens and as a store room to keep some items to sell.”

They said that later, “the stall-holders organised themselves to demand that the mayor return their locks and repair the welding.” In the mayor’s office they were told that “the lock and the welding had been restored but as they left the office, members of the municipal police verbally and physically assaulted” a minor slapping him, hitting a man below the ribs, and assaulting two ladies. All were threatened with being taken to jail.

The CDH pointed out that “More than two years ago, the state and municipal governments demolished the old market and to date, the work remains unfinished.  This caused inconvenience to and protests by the 700 tenants.”


Agreement between PRI and government to finish off Bachajón

The comp@s of Bachajón released a new communiqué on 10/04. After a text in Tseltal the comp@s explained the new strategies of the bad government to put an end to their organization.

The previous day, “on 9/04 the Agrarian Procurator of Ocosingo, with the 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 want there 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.”

They denounced that the government is “looking for ways to divide, murder and imprison us, for the benefit of big business. The people will not remain silent and we will defend whatever the cost.”

Finally they announced that “the Third Collegiate Court of Tuxtla Gutierrez denied our amparo 274/2011, which was begun 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.”

Migrants against Crime

On 5/04 in Tenosique, various organizations signed a declaration in solidarity with migrants, refugees and those who defend them, “… alarmed by the increase in hostilities and attacks against migrants and against those who defend them, perpetrated by the National Migration Institute and police from the 3 levels of government, who take part in such violent operations that they have even caused the death of people in circumstances that may involve culpable homicide, but have not been properly investigated, as happened on March 6 near Palenque.”  They denounced the “Southern Border Plan as a mechanism of persecution that contradicts the principles of hospitality, respect for humanitarian and human rights that should regulate the actions of the authorities in dealing with migrants who pass through our country.”

“In their communiqué, the signatories, CDH Frayba, Innocent Voices, Serapaz, Indignation Promotion and Defence of Human Rights, demanded the dissolution of the Southern Border Plan and “an immediate and thorough investigation to identify officials who have been involved in any abuse, extortion or aggression against migrants and even to investigate possible cases of culpable homicide in which they might have been involved; they demanded the “Right to Free Movement Now!, and we also say: we are ashamed of the authorities of our country.” They called for “an investigation and punishment of employees of the National Migration Institute who impede the work and harass those who accompany migrants or defend their rights”, and finally they affirmed their solidarity with “the actions taken on these days by the 72, and we make a strong and firm call to the authorities to immediately implement the necessary actions to protect life, stop the persecution, refrain from impeding the actions taken by the 72 and fully respect the human rights of migrants and people who defend them.”


16/03- Villagers of the Communal Lands of Venustiano Carranza, Casa del Pueblo announced “…we have the right to regain all of the 46 plots” invaded.

28/03- Zoque Artists denounce the State Centre of Literature, Art and Indigenous Language (CELALI) for supporting “a cultural dictatorship.”

29/03- Catholic members of the Parish of Chenalhó expressed their concern and sadness about the situation of alcoholism, drug addiction and prostitution that are destroying families.

09/04- Neighbours of Tlaxcala, San Cristobal de las Casas, are asking local authorities to suspend road works due to the damage they may cause.

09/04- After agreements on mutual respect, Indigenous from the Community of Communal Lands of the Lacandon Area denounced the government’s campaign for trying to divide and turn them against  the different communities.

09/04- Prisoner unjustly imprisoned from San Sebastian Bachajón, Esteban Gomez Jimenez, says, “I was imprisoned for organising for training in the defence of Mother Earth”.

09/04- Members of the Movement in Defence of Life and Territory, and Believing People from eleven municipalities reject the construction of the San Cristobal-Palenque highway.

10/04- Members of LaklumalIxim-Northern Jungle Tumbala and Tila took action in defence of their lands and territories,  and for a fair rate on electricity, and against the San Cristobal-Palenque highway

18 / 04- San Cristobal citizens gathered at the Forum in Defence of the Wetlands of the Valley of Jovel, expressing their concern about a development that neglects their environment.

23/ 04- Following 60 days of displacement in inhumane conditions, Tojolabal families from Primero de Agosto reported robberies and threats, and demanded compliance with the agreement for the return to their lands.

06/04 Luisa Margareth Castillo Mora ended her hunger strike after an undertaking to fulfill the agreed minutes.

13/04 Death threats continue against the believing people of Simojovel and Father Marcelo.

16/04 After nearly two months of forced displacement, Tojolabal women and children testify and demand their prompt return.


EZLN Bulletin: “The storm, the sentry and vigilance syndrome”

Sup Galeano issued a new bulletin on 1 April covering four points: the challenge, the sentry, the vigilance syndrome and the storm. The bulletin set out some reflections on the forthcoming seminar, with the following questions: what are we seeing? why? where is this taking us? from where? for what purpose? “It’s as if we were thinking about the world, musing on its slow gyration, thinking about its destination, questioning its history, disputing the rationality of its evidence.”

The sentry reminds us of the work at the “look-out posts,” where “the task is to keep watch on the surrounding area and the access points, and to raise the alarm.” “According to us, the Zapatistas, theoretical reflection and critical thought have this job as sentry. Whoever undertakes this analytical reflection has to take their turn at the look-out post”.

“The vigilance syndrome is not a scientific study, but the product of ’empirical observation’.” It explains the wearing down “over time of the capacity for vigilance,” which leads to a “kind of thinking in a loop, or constancy of perception.” To overcome the sentry’s fatigue the Sup says “the important thing is to be on the watch for any sign of danger. It’s not about warning of the danger when it’s already arrived, but of watching for the signs, evaluating and interpreting them, and thinking about them critically”.

The storm is that which “we, the Zapatistas, watch and listen for; the catastrophe in all senses of the word that can arrive”…“what we think is that we have to ask others, from other calendars, from other geographies, what it is that they see. We know the world is large and that others are also thinking about it, analysing, watching, considering, and that we do these things better through the discussion of ideas. Not, as it were, an exchange of goods, as happens in capitalism, but as an exchange of me sharing my thoughts and you doing the same. In other words, a meeting of thinking.”

Finally, he said, with respect to the seminar being held at Cideci, “we are making a seed-bed of ideas, of analysis, of critical thinking of what is happening in the capitalist system. So this seminary, or seed-bed is not a single place nor for a single moment. It is something that will last, and something that happens in many places.”

On 9/04, in relation to a cyber-attack, Sup Galeano issued a bulletin entitled “Why so serious?”

Brazil: Our struggle has no borders!

“On 12/07/14, the day before the final of the World Cup, the civil police in Rio de Janeiro accused 23 activists of organizing “violent acts” in demonstrations, of these 18 were detained in maximum security prisons, in an operation that included violations of the privacy of the homes and the dignity of the prisoners and their families,” declared the Group for Popular Education from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which invites organizations and individuals from below and to the left from around the world to make statements and acts of solidarity with the persecuted compas and to demand the release of Igor Mendes and Rafael Braga.

“Dozens of activists and their families have had their phones tapped for months, including those of lawyers, whose conversations with their clients have also been listened to. In the days following, these activists have remained in prison, suffering abuse and torture. Particularly critical was the situation of an underage compañera who was subjected to torture every day of her captivity by state agents.”

“The 23 are teachers who were active in the strike for public education, educators working with popular education in favelas, students active in the student movement, or simply frequent demonstrators in protests against the World Cup”. “All are persecuted by the state, which accuses them of “forming an armed gang” […] “We know in fact that the only crime they committed was fighting against the powerful, seeking to build another world from below and to the left.”

On 8th April, “the prosecution has asked for the sentencing of 18 of the 23 compañeros. We are keeping very alert, because there is a good chance that the judge will try to arrest them in the next month, so we need all your solidarity.”

“There is also the case of Rafael Braga, arrested on 20/06/13 during the huge popular demonstrations in Rio de Janeiro […]; Rafael Braga, poor and black, is the first political prisoner convicted in Brazil for the June demonstrations.”

“It is clear that the proposal of the judiciary and the State is to silence the voices of those who struggle. Of those who said NO to the abusive expenditure on the World Cup, defending education and health for the people. Of those who will continue in the streets protesting against evictions in the favelas (poor communities) and against the cost of the Olympics in 2016.”


Eduardo Galeano

On 08/07/1996, the late Eduardo Galeano wrote “The Zapatistas come from the furthest point in time and from the deepest point in the earth. When the year 94 smelled of a new-born baby, the Zapatistas spoiled the celebrations of the Mexican government, who were mad with the joy of declaring the freedom of money. Though the mouths of their guns they echoed the voices of those who had never been heard, so they were listened to. But the guns of the Zapatistas want to be useless. This is not a movement in love with death; it gets no pleasure from firing shots or slogans, neither does it intend to take power. It comes from the furthest point in time and from the deepest point in the earth: it has a lot to denounce, but it also has a lot to celebrate. At the end of the day, five centuries of horror have not managed to annihilate these communities or their ancient way of working and living in human solidarity and communion with nature. The Zapatistas want to accomplish their task in peace, which in a nutshell means to help awaken the secret muscles of human dignity. Against horror, humour: we must laugh a lot to make a new world, says Marcos, otherwise, the new world is going to be square, and will not go round. Chiapas wants to be a centre of resistance against infamy and stupidity, and is working on it. And we are working on it, or would like to do so, those of us who have entered into the discussions of these days. Here in this community called La Realidad, where everything but desire is missing, and where the rain falls in full flow.”

+ => Letter from Sup Marcos to Eduardo Galeano:



April 16, 2015

BoCa En BoCa #31 English

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BoCa En BoCa #31 English



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BoCa En BoCa #31, April 


26/02-March in Escuintla to demand security and justice for the feminicide of Yolanda Hernández Velásquez.

02/03- 12 months after the death in custody of José Rolando Pérez de la Cruz, family members continue to demand justice, denouncing the impunity suffered in the community of Acala.

02/03- The organization PUDEE (Peoples United in Defence of Electricity) denounce unauthorized explorations by CONAFOR in Tila.

04/03- The displaced families of Banavil blamed the government for the death of their daughter Antonia López Méndez, due to the conditions of forced displacement in Banavil and the precarious conditions of health and food.

08/03- In Cuxitali, population denounces government attempts to divide community against itself and foster conflict as it seeks to evict them from their territory.

08/03-Luisa Margareth Castillo Mora declared a hunger strike after the government’s failure to attend to her petition for justice, after having been beaten and tortured.

09/03- Civil society organizations claim to have been betrayed by the government, which is proposing a law promoting the privatization of water.

13/03- The Mexican Movement of Those Affected by Dams and In Defence of Rivers rejects projects to build 12 dams, some already under construction, denouncing the destruction of ecosystems.

13/03- The CFE cuts electricity to the preschool “Julio de la Fuente”, from the community Amado Nervo, Yajalón.

14/03-The Civil Organisation Las Abejas reaffirms its resistance against payment for electricity and the construction of more dams.

17/03-El Refugio La 72, in Tenosique, denounces the National Institute of Migration and the Federal Police for causing the deaths of migrants through their Frontera Sur programme.

18/03- The Tonalteco Civil Front marched to reaffirm their resistance against high electricity prices, 77 years after the expropriation of the oil industry in Mexico.


28/02 Subcomandantes Moisés and Galeano made public a letter to Doña Emilia, the wife of Don Félix, “honoured official that he was of our Zapatista Army of National Liberation”.

19/03- The unjustly imprisoned Alejandro Díaz Sántiz, member of La Voz del Amate, supported in a letter from prison the Lenten Via Crucis pilgrimage.

20/03- Neighbours of the community of Cahuaré share their concern at the expiry of a temporary clause regulating the limestone mining in the Cañón de Sumidero which has harmed the environment.


Violent expulsion of Primero de Agosto continues without resolution

02/03, the families from the village of Primero de Agosto reported that on 23/02 they were displaced “violently by ejidatarios from the ejido Miguel Hidalgo, Las Margaritas, belonging to the organization CIOAC-Historic; some were dressed in black carrying high-powered weapons, while  the women carried clubs and machetes.” “We make a call for solidarity about the dispossession we suffer,” they said, demanding that all three levels of government “bring to justice those responsible, guarantee our safety and compensate us for the damage.”

On 07 / 03, in an open ceremony, they invited solidarity in a day of prayer and a closing Mass.

The women made their appeal on 08/03: “There is no peace or security among us.” “We are mothers and we fear further attacks. We want to return to our housess and our lands, so we can work them.”

In the ceremony on 15/03, they thanked those who had provided support. “in this meeting, we are thinking about what has to happen next, and for that reason we ask openly that we are not forgotten. We go on in hope”

On 23/03 they added the following statement: “today we have completed 30 days of suffering, of expulsion, of illness, of having to put up with living in inhuman conditions under trees with nothing but a piece of plastic for shelter. For 30 days we have been demanding a response from the government, which has done nothing. We are suffering threats and are in pain.”

They denounced threats made against them this month: “there have been new threats of expulsion, and of kidnapping and even of killing us… there are plans to turf us out and to kill Antonio Roman Lopez, who is one of our compañeros. They reiterated that “CIOAC-Históric, led by Luis Hernandez Cruz, has shown its manner of resolving conflicts: through threats of kidnapping and murder, while the government looks on doing nothing”.

New attacks on BAEZLN in el Rosario

On 25/02, the Frayba Centre for Human Rights denounced that “threats that have been made for three weeks in the community of El Rosario (Autonomous Zapatista Rebel Municipality of San Manuel) by the Pojcol group ,against members of EZLN support communities”.

On 12 February a building belonging to the Zapatista supporters was destroyed. On 22 February, two letters “signed by a representative of the Poicol Group were received which threatened the Zapatistas if they didn’t withdraw their guard from the area. If this was not done, the letters warned that Pojcol would occupy Nuevo Paraiso (a village in the official municipality of Ocosingo, but also part of the Council of Good Government (Caracol 3 – The Path of the Future). The Zapatistas were warned “to avoid more blood being spilled”.

The situation in this area is particularly tense. On 1 August, 32 people had to flee the area after threats from the Pojcol Group, as denounced in a communique from the La Garrucha Council of Good Government.

Military incursion into 2 Zapatista Caracoles

On 12/03 Frayba warned in a bulletin of “systematic incursions by the Mexican Army, who are harassing the Support Bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (BAEZLN) in the territory of the Good Government Junta (JBG) of La Realidad, in the Border Jungle zone of Caracol I “Towards Hope”. They documented that several “trucks, hummers, jeeps and power equipment, with members of the Army, ranging from four to 30 people” make up these convoys. They also warned of “low-flying aircraft and helicopters photographing and filming members of the civil brigades of human rights observation, and the BAEZLN in the facilities of the JBG”.

For the Frayba Human Rights Centre, this “increasing harassment that the Mexican Army is carrying out in Zapatista territory, represents acts of provocation and harassment that violate the rights to autonomy and self-determination”.

SupGaleano stressed in a communiqué a “significant increase in military activity in the vicinity of the Zapatista Caracoles (aggressive patrols, intimidating checkpoints, threatening overflights)—particularly in the caracoles of La Realidad and Oventik (the first has just opened a school-clinic, and the second will host the tribute to Don Luis Villoro Toranzo)”.

Las Abejas denounce a case of identity theft. 

On 22/03, the Las Abejas Civil Society, in their monthly communiqué, announced they would take part in the Lenten Stations of the Cross and also in the pilgrimage of the Pueblo Creyente from the Parish of Simojovel, after denouncing disappearances and displacements, such as in Ayotzinapa, Primero de Agosto, and Banavil,

“Each month, and on each day that our heart beats, there are many things to say… Who can remain indifferent, who can remain with their arms folded in the face of this wave of violence, unleashed by the neoliberal capitalist system and administered by the bad government? We cannot.”

The Abejas also disassociated themselves from a group “that is using the logo and letterhead of our organisation and which has been falsifying the seal which only the directive council is authorised to use”. They also denounced activities by the group to levy tolls on drivers, and to collect funds for medical help for the survivors of the Acteal massacre. “This group has allowed itself to be manipulated by ex-members of our organisation, and by outsiders, who want to take advantage of the strength and prestige of Las Abejas.”



8th March, the women cry out

The Companeras of San Sebastián Bachajón demand that the police leave their territory and their rights be respected.

The women of Las Abejas of Acteal declared during a rally held that day: “This day is important for every one of us, and is in memory of those women who struggled and gave their lives for the respect of the rights of women throughout the world.”

“To the army that is in our land, we come to say that we do not want you here, you do not protect us; on the contrary, you are a threat to our lives.” “We are pacifists and we do not come here to harm you; however, our mission is to denounce the violence and the abuses committed by soldiers against women throughout Mexico”, they said outside an army barracks.

The Movement in Defence of Land and Territory and for Women´s Participation and Recognition in Decision-Making also made a statement “Our fundamental benchmark is the EZLN struggle for autonomy.” “The Movement is against the neoliberal and patriarchal capitalist system that turns people into merchandise and pushes women and men of all ages to abandon our lands and families in search of low-paying jobs, and even running the risk of falling into the hands of human trafficking networks.”

600 police officers burn Bachajón headquarters

On 21/03, three months after recovering their lands, adherents to the Sixth from Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón announced that “at around 8 am, more than 600 members of the public forces burned down our San Sebastián regional headquarters.” They denounced the “politics of death and corruption of the bad government, its contempt for the people and human rights”.

They rejected “the tricks of the bad government to malign our struggle and fabricate crimes against our organization which defends our Mother Earth. The people of the Ejidal commissioner together with the Security Adviser are blocking the Ocosingo-Palenque motorway in order to blame the organization, and also these lackeys of the bad government are cutting down trees and we know they are fabricating crimes of ecocide with the purpose of arresting the autonomous authorities of our organization.” They demanded the “withdrawal of the armed forces and of the National Commission for Protected Natural Areas from our lands dispossessed since February 2011.”

Members of the free media members announced they had been “attacked by the officialist group following the Ejidal commissioner, “they were surrounded, arrested, tugged, beaten and threatened with machetes, demanding they hand over a camera, a cell phone and a tripod.”

The EZLN builds the world’s most expensive school-clinic

The EZLN issued several communiques: a series named “Gracias” [Thank you].  In Gracias I, on 05/03, they announced that on 01/03, a health clinic and a school were “presented to the support bases of the EZLN in La Realidad,” recalling that “The construction was made possible by the solidarity of everyone”. Then they presented their accounts explaining how they would use the remainder (buying and selling cattle, coffee and maize, buying a vehicle, support for a collective shop, dining room and bakery, and part to fund Zapatista resistance). They transcribed the words of companero Jorge, BAEZLN. “What was destroyed has already been rebuilt much better than before.” And the words of the CCRI of the EZLN by Comandante Tacho, giving thanks for solidarity, “This is a fact, and it has shown once more that when we are coordinated and organized we can change our lives, building from below and to the left new things for the good of the people and for the people.”

In Gracias II, “Capitalism destroys, the people build” published on 07/03, the words of Sup Moisés were presented as he “formally handed over” the clinic and school on 01/03: “We say with all our heart and in truth: we are fighting for the people of Mexico, and perhaps we will be an example to the world.” “Capitalism wants to put an end to this example, and we will not allow it.

Gracias III, published on 08/03, set out the word of Sup Galeano and Sup Moisés, explaining that the clinic and school is the world’s most expensive building. “The entirety of the funds required to construct the huge buildings where the powerful hide in order to organize their thievery and crimes would not be enough to pay for even a single drop of Indigenous Zapatista blood. That is why we feel that this is the most expensive building in the world.”

On 04/03 “on the Bulletin Board, the Concierge”, the calendar of the Zapatistas was announced:

From 05/03, the anniversary of the death of Luis Villoro Toranzo, words about critical thought.

On 02/05, in Oventik, a tribute to Luis Villoro Toranzo and Galeano.

From 03 to 09/05, seminar “Critical thought versus the capitalist hydra,” in Cideci.

From July to December: World Seminar decentralised, diverse, simultaneous, selective, massive…

From 31/07 to 02/08, Little Zapatista School second Level.

November or December, Little Zapatista School third level.

Great Lenten pilgrimage: Way of the Cross

After the great pilgrimage from 23 to 26/03 from Simojovel to Tuxtla convened by the Believing People (Pueblo Creyente) of Simojovel, which brought together more than 15,000 people, a statement made on 25/03 was published: “Our demands have been: to close bars, stop the murders, prostitution, drug trafficking, narco-politicians, arms trafficking and people trafficking.  We demand clean water, decent hospitals for our sick, better road conditions.” They added: “The whole situation is being experienced in all municipalities of Chiapas, and throughout our country, so we are present here not only believers from Simojovel but several parishes, municipalities, various organizations and religious denominations”.

On 26/03, they expressed “the feelings and demands of everyone present.” The situation of violence in the country, “with each day that passes the situation is getting worse.  Let us not allow cases to happen like AYOTZINAPA, ACTEAL AND PUEBLO NUEVO SOLISTAHUACAN, because of the corruption of authorities who have ceased to serve and protect the people”.  They set out in 6 points the claims for justice “which show clearly the situation we are suffering as a state and as a country”:  Stop impunity and corruption; No megaprojects; No structural reforms; Infrastructure demands; Displacement; Denunciation and solidarity.

The civil organization Las Abejas of Acteal also expressed solidarity: “We cannot be indifferent and remain silent in the face of barbarism and the critical situation of human rights in Mexico, but especially for the poor and indigenous peoples”.

The displaced families of Banavil: “we do not want them to trample us as always; we shout and raise our voices.”

And displaced families from First of August: “As men and women we say ‘Ts’omanotikb’as k’ulajel Jsak’aniltik’, which means men and women together building lives.”



March 20, 2015

Boca en Boca no.30, March 2015

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Boca en Boca no.30, March 2015


Power to the people can only be put into practice when the power exercised by social elites is dissolved into the people”.

Murray Bookchin (US Anarchist)

As stated by Bookchin, the inspiration of the Kurdistan struggle, power to the people must come from the people themselves. What we all know and understand [about power] is that it is not by asking for it, demanding it or claiming it from the government or the social elites, that we will get it but instead we must take it ourselves. In order to do so, there are various ways, among them those taken up through resistance and civil disobedience by various struggles and initiatives, such as the Civil Society Las Abejas, the Popular Constituent Citizen [Assembly], the Zapatista movement and others.

Due to the diverse forms of repression, deepening and often reaching collectives and individuals on a daily basis, various groups of people reassert and strengthen their convictions in their struggle for freedom, justice and dignity.

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So we hear from the Pueblo Creyente of Simojovel [PCS], when they mobilize with dignity against corruption and monopoly; also we hear from the inhabitants of Pantelhó protesting against mining that only brings death for the benefit of the elites; or from the Women of Acteal, and from elsewhere, when they organize themselves against exclusion and dispossession; or from Candelaria el Alto fighting for respect for the way they organize to defend their lands. The People of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, when they get angry about the mismanagement and corruption in their institutions, angry at seeing the not so natural environmental disasters happening in their lands. The people of Bachajón, exercising justice by guarding their natural resources for their free will and enjoyment; the migrants tired of fleeing and hiding from the inhumane treatment which they suffer during their journey through Mexico.

The reconstruction of the country, like that of the world, must begin with respect between everyone who lives there or even just passes by, and the responsibilities involved in living together, ensuring the application of justice, freedom and dignity.

We remind you that via the PDF version of this document you can find the links to the full articles which provide more information on the stories in this bulletin. If you need this bulletin in another language, or if you can translate it into another language, please email us! We invite you to follow us on our Facebook page, “Kolectivo Boka En Boka”.

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February 24, 2015

BoCa En BoCa #29 in English

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BoCa En BoCa #29 in English


If it’s necessary, if the cause is just,
if it’s for the good of my people,
I’m ready to die,
because we’ve found no other way
of getting justice”.
Comandanta Ramona
There are many peoples who, for the cause of dignity, freedom, justice, or the needs of their community, are ready to give their life to improve the lives of their people.
As we have seen in recent months, parents, families and friends of the 43 disappeared students of the Raul Isidro Burgos School, have decided to fight for their people, to not be afraid, and to have a single goal: freedom and justice.
The members of the San Sebastian Bachajon ejido,who have been fighting for four years to defend their land and common goods, and to struggle for freedom and justice (intensively so since 21 December) – also for freedom and justice.

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Freedom and justice also for Las Abejas of Acteal, who continue to suffer repression from the government, and also continue without justice for the massacre of 1997; Freedom and justice for the members of the Tila ejido, who are defending the rights of the assembly of the ejido as their highest decision-making body; Freedom and justice for the village of Primero de Agosto, who are struggling for their rights to be respected and for a dignified life. Freedom and justice in the struggle against violence committed against women, and against migrants; Also, for the displaced people of Banavil, and for all of the members of the Indigenous National Congress, for the members of the Pueblo Creyente, in other words all those who face repression in their struggle for life.
As the compañeros of the Indigenous National Congress put it: “this cowardly aggression by the bad government shows us their fear of us, those who come from below and to the left. Those who come from our communities and villages, our cities and countries to this festival, come to be together, to listen to each other and share the ways we rebel and resist, to multiply our strength in that way, and to share our pain for those who are missing”.
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January 17, 2015

BoCa En BoCa #28 in English

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BoCa En BoCa #28 in English

“Where those from above destroy, those from below reconstruct”
First World Festival of Resistances and Rebellions against Capitalism.
We rebuild, in San Sebastian Bachajon, with the recovery of lands stolen by corrupt individuals and foreign companies looking for personal gain. In Primero de Agosto, we rebuild with the search for peace and dignity, in opposition to the imposition of authoritarian power over the people.

 In Acteal, we have spent 17 years rebuilding social peace, in the search for justice and the organisation of the people. On the coast, we rebuild a true justice, denouncing corrupt power. In Elxochitlan in Oaxaca, and in other places, the knowledge of the people is recovered and rebuilt through consensus in community assemblies. How; for what; with whom? All of this was discussed and debated when the Sexta in Mexico and Sexta International, along with the original peoples of the CNI (National Indigenous Congress) and EZLN met to hold the first World Festival of Resistances and Rebellions against Capitalism.



In this issue of BoCa En Boca, for January 2015, we share news about prisoners, including Alejandro Diaz Santiz and Esteban Gomez Jimenez, from the Sexta of San Sebastian Bachajon. We bring word also of the migrants, and those who support them as if they were their own children, and of the “72” Migrant Refuge. Also of the struggles against mining in Chiapas, of the Pueblo Creyente in its defence of the land, and its struggle for mutual respect, of the Sexta in Tila, and of the organizations OCRI-CNPA-MN, Laklumal Ixim-Norte Selva, the Frente Popular de Ixtapa Ricardo Flores Magon, and the displaced people of Banavil.We remind you that in the PDF version of this issue you can find the hyperlinks to articles, which provide further information on the summaries provided here.
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October 10, 2014

BoCa En BoCa #25 English

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BoCa En BoCa #25 English


“They have not been able to destroy our communities.
Because, like seeds, they continue to grow.
They wanted to kill us with guns,
but they weren’t able to. They tried to kill us with diseases,
but again they failed.
The powerful ones have tried so many ways to finish us off, the indigenous peoples.
Today, they want to kill us with windfarms, with motorways,
with dams, with airports, with drug trafficking.
Today it hurts us that, above all, they want to kill us in Sonora, with aqueducts.

The promoters of death continue to act with impunity. There are those who struggle for life, and those who profit from life. As said by the mother of Tatiana Trujillo who was murdered by an ex federal deputy from the PRI: “if you are a politician from the governing party, you can take someone’s life, whoever you want, whenever you want, and you’ll hardly serve time in prison. They send another message: this will happen again, corruption hangs around like a curse”.


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This month, Boca en Boca spreads the word of the Chiapan peoples who are struggling against the death projects, the megaprojects, which take many forms, as well as against the privatization of land, energy, and water, the assets stolen from the same peoples. From San Sebastian Bachajon, with its famous Agua Azul waterfalls, to Tila, in the northern zone; and so to the Chiapas coast; to Tuxtla, to Acteal and other parts of the Highlands, and to many other ejidos, villages of the state, and on to the Indigenous National Congress, which represents all the peoples of the Mexican nation. And to places further afield, as with the current events in the south of France, where the Testet dam is being imposed.
But in Chiapas a single voice raises itself again and again, in unanimity, rejecting the San Cristobal to Palenque motorway.We remind you that in the PDF version you can access the links to other articles in order to get more information on the communiqués.
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