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July 23, 2015

The national and international community, in solidarity with the Zapatista support bases under attack in Chiapas

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The national and international community, in solidarity with the Zapatista support bases under attack in Chiapas

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Chiapas, Mexico, July 20. “Here below, where our voices are born, we respond and we raise our voices and our solidarity against the death that threatens us. Here below, we know that we only have our solidarity to confront political and economic power and its violence,” stated members of the campaign against political repression and sexual torture, in the context of a week of solidarity with the Zapatista support bases (BAEZLN), who were attacked on 24th June in the community of El Rosario, official municipality of Ocosingo.

In the Week of Solidarity organized by the Network against Repression, from 13th to 19th July, the following were carried out: radio programmes, political-cultural gatherings, seminars (or seedbeds), informative and denunciatiory actions, solidarity rallies, painting, information tables, banners, stencils, leafleting and brigades, both in northern, central and southern Mexico, and in countries in solidarity.

“We are still uniting in a cry though which we can awaken solidarity and awareness, knowing that no one is alone while their struggle is that for a truly just world,” express adherents and sympathizers to the Sixth from Madrid in a communique.

Meanwhile the Plataforma Vasca (Basque Platform) communicates to the BAEZLN: “We know that the bad governments will not be able to prevent the autonomy of indigenous peoples from continuing to grow and develop. As a show of support, on 2nd July more than thirty people rallied in the streets to express our solidarity.”

From Dusseldorf in Germany they say: “You are not alone! You are not alone, you whose dreams are like ours – you are not alone with your struggles, which are linked with ours – you are not alone with your energy that is repeated in ours.” And from Wuppertal they say “The Mexican State continues to hinder through its armed groups, military, police and paramilitary forces, all persons and groups who are fighting for a dignified life.”

“This is the third denouncement made by the Zapatista authorities, since in August 2014 and in May 2015, similar attacks occurred made by the same group of people. The bad government tries to portray them as conflicts between indigenous, when actually they are actions prepared, financed and protected by the Mexican authorities, which aim to destabilize the just Zapatista struggle,” say La Adhesiva from Barcelona.

Caracol Zaragoza, the Network of People for Zapatista Autonomy, from Aragon, Spanish State, said: “We do not tire of denouncing and shouting out loud that the war criminals Enrique Peña Nieto and Manuel Velasco Coelho are waging war against the Zapatista communities in resistance, using any means, including the funding, training and protection of paramilitary groups.”

“The continued aggression against our compañer@s and brothers and sisters, the Zapatista support bases from the village El Rosario, in the autonomous municipality of San Manuel, committed by paramilitary groups from the ejido El Pojkol, shows that the peace of the Mexican government and its masters, shoots to kill,” say anarchists, libertarians and anti-authoritarians in solidarity from Greece.

“Members of the counter-cultural scene, Punx and redskins, support the BAEZLN in the construction of their autonomy. The rulers of Mexico, the bad government and their shock troops, better known as paramilitaries, wanted to destroy the work they have been building for more than 20 years,” they said from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

“Women, alternative groups, and those of us who choose to act or be different from the establishment, are resisting the storm spoken of recently by our Zapatista compañeros and  which is manifested in repression, selective assassinations and forced disappearances” say adherents and sympathizers to the Sixth from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. “We ask NOTHING from Peña Nieto and Velasco Coello, one of the heads of capitalist hydra, for to ask or demand true justice goes against their criminal and repressive nature,” they added.

“So the first thing I want to tell the brothers and sisters around the world in their languages, dialects, ways, times and geographies, is thanks, really. They have given a beautiful lesson, not only to those people up above who distribute alms, but to the governments who abandon their obligations and promote destruction”, said Subcomandante Galeano, on 10th August, 2014, in La Realidad Chiapas, about the support for the reconstruction of the school and autonomous clinic, destroyed after the attack by Cioac-h, who also kidnapped, tortured and murdered the Zapatista teacher Galeano, as the Chiapas insurgents promptly denounced.

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July 12, 2015

Governments of Peña, Velasco and Albores are held responsible for the paramilitary attack on Zapatista communities.

Filed under: Paramilitary, Zapatista — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 3:22 pm

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Governments of Peña, Velasco and Albores are held responsible for the paramilitary attack on Zapatista communities.

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Chiapas, Mexico. July 8. “We denounce Enrique Pena Nieto, Manuel Velasco Coello, Octavio Albores, and their employees, the 28 paramilitaries from Pojkol and the 21 paramilitaries from El Rosario, who with guns and violence attacked the Zapatista compas from the village of El Rosario” state Adherents to the Sixth and students of the Zapatista little school, from the region of Baja California and Southern California, in response to the attacks of 24th June on Zapatista support bases (BAEZLN), from the village of El Rosario, belonging to the Caracol of La Garrucha in the official municipality of Ocosingo.

Adding to the series of pronouncements that have been released both nationally and internationally, La Sexta Mazatlan, as well as describing in detail the attack on the BAEZLN of El Rosario, also recalls that on the May 2, 2014, they killed the teacher Jose Luis Solis Lopez (Galeano), Zapatista support base from the community of La Realidad. All this “is evidence of the war by the bad government against the Zapatista Indigenous Communities and their autonomy. Because it turns out that the Zapatistas are not just saying No to capitalism, they are building another world, other social relations”, they emphasise from the state of Sinaloa.

The Green Ecologist Party of Mexico, to which the governor of Chiapas belongs, “supports and covers up the infamy of its members; also, without the least scruples, they have spent billions of pesos on their electoral campaign, in order to continue imposing themselves, but in reality, some of these resources are targeted to cover up and finance the actions of paramilitary groups against the communities and support bases of the EZLN,” demonstrate adherents to the Sixth from the Valley of Mexico.

For their part, adherents, groups and individuals of the Sixth in the state of Aguascalientes reiterate that they hold responsible all three levels of government, federal, state and municipal, for the “continuing counterinsurgency strategies and repression against the Rebel Autonomous peoples who struggle and organize from below.”

“From the South of Jalisco, we will try to denounce these terrible repressive acts according to our ability, so they will not go unnoticed, and remembering that if they harm one of us, they harm all of us,” declare adherents to the Sixth and students from the Zapatista little school.

From Occupied Land, West of the Yankee Empire, they demand justice for the Zapatista  compas in the five Caracoles and also for Las Abejas of Acteal, after the recent murder of one of their members: Manuel López Pérez. Likewise, they pronounce in favour of the Palestinian People, the political prisoner in the United States Mumia Abu-Jamal, and demand justice and truth for the Ayotzinapa students.

PRESS: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/

http://www.pozol.org/?p=10942

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July 3, 2015

Frayba Demands Investigation of Armed Attack on Zapatista Bases

Filed under: Frayba, Zapatista — Tags: , , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:24 pm

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Frayba Demands Investigation of Armed Attack on Zapatista Bases

Frayba Demands Investigation of Armed Attack on Zapatista Bases

Frayba Demands Investigation of Armed Attack on Zapatista Bases

Francisco Madero Autonomous (Primary) School in San Manuel.

It accuses groups from Pojcol and El Rosario of attempting to kill a little girl

By: Elio Henríquez, Correspondent

San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba) expressed its “concern about the new aggressions and threats against support bases of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) in the communities of El Rosario and Nuevo Paraíso, situated in the autonomous Zapatista municipios (counties) of San Manuel and Francisco Villa, respectively.” [1]

At the same time, it demanded: “an urgent investigation into the acts of aggression and harassment perpetrated by armed groups from Pojcol and El Rosario, sanctioning those responsible and defining responsibilities in the attempted homicide of the 13 year old girl, which occurred on May 10.” On that occasion they shot towards where the adolescent was, but her father perceived what was happening and threw stones and injured the aggressor.

In a comunicado, the Frayba asserts that there is “an omission by the municipal and state governments in attending to the problem and defining responsibilities” in the acts that occurred in these two localities.

The organisation, over which the Bishop of Saltillo, Raúl Vera López presides, reminds us that last May 10 the Good Government Junta Path of the Future, with its seat in La Garrucha, reported that: “a group of 28 individuals from the Pojcol Ejido, Chiquinival barrio (official municipality of Chilón), together with another group of 21 people from El Rosario harassed and attacked Zapatista bases of this autonomous community.”

It said that on that on that occasion, “Andrés López Vázquez fired four shots at a young 13 year old girl, the daughter of an indigenous Zapatista support base, and afterwards, three armed individuals from the same aggressor group arrived at Nuevo Paraíso village and tossed out a letter in which they blame the Zapatistas base for causing the problems.”

It points out that faced with these facts, the Frayba “sent an official letter on May 14, in which it informs the Chiapas government about the armed aggressions that occurred. Carlos Leonel Solórzano Arcia, assistant secretary of government for the Lacandón Jungle Region XII answered the letter, recognizing the entry of armed individuals into El Rosario.” Nevertheless, “he does not mention any action for clarifying the facts and preventing repetitions that involves the punishment of those responsible; contrary to that, the DIF delivered supplies to the aggressor group,” besides the fact that: “in the writing no reference is made to investigating the attempted murder of a little girl.”

[1] Frayba Urgent Action:http://www.frayba.org.mx/archivo/acciones_urgentes/150630_au_02_baezln.pdf

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Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Translation: Chiapas Support Committee

Thursday, July 2, 2015

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2015/07/02/politica/014n1pol

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Risks to the lives of Zapatista support-bases (BAEZLN)

Filed under: Frayba, Zapatista — Tags: , , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:16 pm

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Risks to the lives of Zapatista support-bases (BAEZLN)

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In an Urgent Action published by the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casa Center for Human Rights (Frayba) on 30 June, the Center expressed its concern “for the new attacks and death-threats against support-bases that comprise the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (BAEZLN) in the communities of El Rosario, belonging to the Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipality (MAREZ) of San Manuel; and Nuevo Paraíso, MAREZ Francisco Villa (official municipality of Ocosingo), who pertain to the ‘Path of the Future’ Good-Government Council (JBG), located in the ‘Toward a New Dawn’ Caracol III of La Garrucha in the Tseltal Jungle Zone of Chiapas. Due to the omission of the municipal and state governments to attend to the problem and to take up their responsibilities, there exist risks to the life, integrity, and personal security of BAEZLN.”

On 10 May, according to information published by the “Path of the Future” JBG, a group of 28 persons from the Pojcol ejido, Chiquinival neighborhood (official municipality of Chilón), together with another group of 21 people from El Rosario harassed and attacked BAEZLN from this same Zapatista Autonomous Community. That same afternoon, Andrés López Vázquez fired four times at a child of 13 years of age, being the daughter of a BAEZLN. On 14 May 2015, Frayba responded by sending notice to the governments of Chiapas regarding the armed attacks.

On 24 June, members of the Pojcol and El Rosario groups who were carrying firearms and accompanied by Guadalupe Flores, the presumed ex-owner of recovered lands, and an engineer went to measure lands belonging to the BAEZLN. They fired ten times into the air, forcibly entered two BAEZLN homes, and robbed belongings as well roof of one of the domiciles, according to an EZLN communique published on 25 June.

Frayba calls for national and international solidarity to express support for the threatened BAEZLN.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/07/03/chiapas-risks-to-the-lives-of-zapatista-support-bases-baezln/

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June 30, 2015

EZLN Denunciation of Paramilitary Attack.

Filed under: Paramilitary, Zapatista — Tags: , , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 2:08 pm

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EZLN Denunciation of Paramilitary Attack

New Paramilitary Attack. Caracol Resistance Towards a New Dawn, La Garrucha

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Zapatista Army for National Liberation

Mexico

June 25, 2015

To the National and International Sixth:

As we already know, the bad government mixes fraud with violence. It doesn’t matter which political party they’re from, those who rule always seek to stay above on the backs of those below. The Ruler himself feigns deafness; these denunciations don’t matter to him because he pays the press well to say nice things him.

Before, it was Juan Sabines Guerrero, the one everyone insisted was very much a leftist politician. The progressive politicians came to receive awards from him, and even “the legitimate one”[i] came to shout enthusiastically, “long live Juan Sabines!” It is the very same Juan Sabines Guerrero who set it up so that his successor in government would be that ‘famous blonde’ Manuel Velasco Coello, because they are both from the families who, along with a few others, divvy up the political posts in Chiapas among themselves. Juan Sabines stole, committed fraud, and spread violence.

Now Velasco does the same. If just a few days ago they carried out an enormous fraud in the elections, violating their own laws above, now they are preparing for the upcoming local elections with the blood of those below.

Mere lies are not enough for the governments above; they also want to repress, incarcerate, and kill.

Now they are repressing the democratic teachers movement for merely insisting that this cursed educational reform is a lie, that it’s a reform by the boss against the workers. It isn’t to improve education, it’s to worsen it. And the reformers don’t know anything about the schools, they don’t even know how to teach. Because the government doesn’t like the truth to come out, it lies. But since now nobody believes the government, it resorts to repression.

How shameless they must be to make the head of state education an alcoholic murderer that says one thing one day and the opposite the next. How is somebody who can’t even speak properly going to create educational reform? The person I speak of is named Emilio Chuayffet, and he is one of the murderers of Acteal, the one who would get drunk and say idiotic things. He’s doing the same now.

This isn’t only happening in Chiapas, but also in Oaxaca, Guerrero, and other states, where the bad governments want to cover up the truth with beatings, gas, bullets, and threats.

It’s clear that they aren’t satisfied unless their “democratic” elections result in people being beaten, imprisoned, and murdered. And then all the parties fight over the scraps; they don’t even remember who was killed—his name was Antonio Vivar Díaz and he was a teacher—nor who was beaten and imprisoned.

The governments above are built on deceit and repression.

But the blood of the teachers isn’t enough for Manuel Velasco in Chiapas. He also wants to drink the indigenous blood of the communities.

Despite the fact that human rights organizations have denounced it, Velasco continues to encourage his paramilitaries to attack Zapatista bases of support.

That’s what is happening in the municipality of Ocosingo, Chiapas, where the three [levels of] government agree among themselves to incite provocations: Enrique Peña Nieto, Manuel Velasco and Octavio Albores. These governments are behind the paramilitaries from Pojkol.

Even though the community they are from has disowned them, they continue to attack. The indigenous people there who are party members say that they don’t control these paramilitaries, that the paramilitaries get their orders form 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.

This just happened a few hours ago:

Caracol Resistance Towards a New Dawn

Junta de Buen Gobierno[ii] Path to the Future

La Garrucha, Chiapas, Mexico

June 24, 2015

Public Denunciation

To the general public:

To the autonomous alternative, or whatever-you-call-them media:

To the honest human rights organizations:

Sisters and brothers of Mexico and the world:

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We once again denounce attacks against us by the paramilitaries from the ejido Pojkol, barrio Chiquinibal, municipality of Chilón, and 21 persons from the same paramilitary group from Rosario, official municipality of Ocosingo, Chiapas.

Facts:

Today, Wednesday, June 25, 2015, at 8:05 am, 28 paramilitaries from the Pojkol ejido of the barrio Chiquinbal came to the town of Rosario in the Autonomous Municipality of San Manuel, where our EZLN bases of support live. They came on 8 motorcycles and with a Nissan without license plates. Of the 28 paramilitaries, 8 carried 22-caliber weapons.

In Rosario there are 21 paramilitaries who are trying to invade our recuperated lands, and they are supported by this group of 28 paramilitaries from the Pojkol ejido of the barrio Chikinibal.

At 10:05 am, a white RAM truck without license plates arrived with two people inside: and engineer and a rancher, Guadalupe Flores, who lives in Ocosingo, Chiapas, and was the owner of these lands before 1994. The 28 paramilitaries from Pojkcol and the 21 paramilitaries from Rosario met with the engineer and the rancher. After they finished their meeting they began to measure the land, supposedly to construct a temple, and they also measured sites for house construction. Then the rancher gave the paramilitary group some documents, apparently the blueprint plans for the recuperated lands. 

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.

At 1:27 pm, 8 paramilitaries from Pojkol entered the house of a base of support, but didn’t find anyone because the owner of that house had already left in order to avoid conflict. After 23 minutes, they went to another compañero’s house; at 1:50 pm they destroyed the house of a compañero base of support, stealing all of his possessions, including the roof of the house, which consists of 12 sheets of 3.5 wide tin, two chickens, 4 picks, 20 eggs, 2 axes, 2 solar energy cells, $2000 pesos in cash, 2 hoes, one tape recorder, one 100 meter hose, and 150 kilos of beans. They put all of the compañero base of support’s things into the truck that belonged to the supposed engineer, and the truck and the 28 people from Pojkol headed off toward Pojkol with all of the stolen goods.

As authorities of the Junta de Buen Gobierno, we are clear that these acts demonstrate that this person pretending to be an engineer along with the ex-owner of the ranch are the advisors of these paramilitary groups.

We also see clearly that the bad government is acting in many forms and ways to attack us. These same paramilitaries are the ones who killed one of our bulls, destroyed houses, destroyed our collective store, stole our belongings, and used herbicide to fumigate our pasture where we keep our collectively owned livestock of the San Manuel municipality. They shot off their weapons there, drawing letters in the dirt saying “pojkol territory,” and leaving burnt bullet casings around; this was in August of 2014. 

These are the same paramilitaries who came on May 10, 2015, when one of them, named Andrés, shot at a little girl base of support.

This is our third denunciation; the first and second detail the previous acts.

These groups of people are trained and financed by the federal, state, and municipal governments. They have tried to provoke us multiple times with their counterinsurgency strategy, because the bad governments think that we are going to fall into their traps and stain ourselves with the blood of our indigenous brothers who are messed up in the head because they are paid for this activity and their conscience has been sullied by the bad capitalist system.

We want to 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 at whatever cost; we were born from this land and we will return to her.

Brothers and sisters, we will continue to denounce what is happening and we hope that you will be alert to what might happen to our compañeros and compañeras bases of support.

We hold the federal, state, and municipal governments directly responsible for whatever might happen, as they hold direct responsibility for these actions, and this is not the first time we have denounced what these groups of people are doing.

Sincerely

Authorities of the current Junta de Buen Gobierno

Jacinto Gómez Pérez                                            Colosio Pérez Lorenzo

 Nely Núñez Sánchez                                             Alex López Álvarez

So there you have it, compañeros and compañeras of the Sixth.

As we see it, it isn’t that the bad government simply isn’t paying attention because it is busy with its propaganda and lies, but rather that it is precisely the bad government who is giving the orders. What else could explain the fact that the names of these criminals are already known and yet they walk around with their weapons in front of the government authorities and nobody says anything? Because these people are the government’s employees. The paramilitaries state it clearly, that nobody can do anything to them because Velasco’s government protects and pays them.

That’s what we have to tell you for now, compañer@s. It’s all the same: from above there are only lies, beatings, contempt, and exploitation.

From below must come organization. For life, not the bloodbath that the system’s foremen, supervisors, and overseers want on the orders of their master, neoliberal capitalism.

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.

Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés

Mexico

June 2015

[i] Refers to Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, former PRD presidential candidate self-designated “the legitimate president” after the 2006 elections, which were widely denounced as fraudulent.

[ii] Good Government Council

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June 26, 2015

EZLN denounce an attack by paramilitaries on indigenous in Ocosingo

Filed under: Paramilitary, Zapatista — Tags: , , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 7:52 pm

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EZLN denounce an attack by paramilitaries on indigenous in Ocosingo

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Elio Henriquez

La Jornada, June 26, 2015

San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas. The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) denounced that a group of “paramilitaries” attacked indigenous Zapatista support bases from the village of El Rosario, located in the autonomous municipality of San Manuel (official municipality of Ocosingo.)

In a communique signed by Subcomandante Moisés they added that the “paramilitaries” were “invading” land “recuperated” after the armed uprising of 1994.

Moisés added to the denunciation that the Good Government Council (JBG) the Path of the Future, based in the community of La Garrucha (Ocosingo) sent last night, in which they stated that on June 24 at 8:05 pm “28 paramilitaries from the barrio Chiquinibal, belonging to the ejido Pojkol, 8 of them carrying .22 calibre firearms, arrived in El Rosario” to attack the Zapatistas.

“In El Rosario also live the 21 paramilitaries, who are supported by that group of 28 paramilitaries from Pojkol who are invading our recuperated land,” said the JBG.

They explained that an hour later “a white Ram truck, without license plates arrived, with two people: an engineer and the rancher Guadalupe Flores who is living in the city of Ocosingo, and who was the owner of the land before 1994; the 28 paramilitaries from Pojkol and the 21 paramilitaries from El Rosario met together with the rancher and the engineer; after the meeting they began measuring the ground, apparently to build a temple and also they measured sites to build houses.”

After this, they added, “the rancher handed over some documents to the paramilitary group, supposedly a plan of the ‘recuperated land’.”

The JBG said that at 13:26 hours “they fired 10 shots from a firearm behind the house of a fellow support base compañero intimidating the population,” and “at 13:27 hours the paramilitaries from Pojkol went into the house of a support base compañero but did not find anyone there because the owner had already withdrawn to avoid conflict; after 23 minutes they came to the house of another compañero.”

They stated that later “they destroyed the house of a support base compañero and stole all his belongings: 12 3.5 metre laminate sheets from the roof, 2 hens, 4 eggs, 20 picks, 2 axes, 2 solar cells, 2000 pesos in cash, 2 hoes, a tape recorder, a roll of wire 100 metres long and 150 kilograms of beans”.

They said that “they put all the stolen belongings in the truck of the alleged engineer and went off in the direction of Pojkol, where the 28 paramilitaries returned.”

Given these facts, they stressed: “As authorities of the JBG we see very clearly that these two people, the engineer and the former owner of the ranch, are the advisors of these paramilitaries” and “we are also clear that the bad government is seeing many ways and means they can attack us.”

They said that this same “paramilitary” group has carried out several actions against the Zapatista support bases, as in August last year when “they killed a stud bull, destroyed houses and our collective store, stole our belongings and sprayed with herbicides the pasture where the collective cattle of the municipality of San Manuel were being kept, they fired guns and left signs on the ground that said ‘territory of Pojkol’.”

They said that these “are the same paramilitaries who arrived on 10th May last (at El Rosario) and one of them named Andrew shot at a young girl Zapatista support base.”

The JBG remarked that “these groups, prepared and financed by the bad federal, state and municipal governments have been provoking us several times with their strategy of counterinsurgency, thinking we will fall into their traps and stain our hands with the blood of our indigenous brothers. This is sick in the head because they are paid and have a guilty conscience, they are soiled by the bad capitalist system.”

They warned: “We say clearly that we will not stand with our arms folded when our support bases are attacked by any means or measures the bad government may use against us; we have said clearly that we will defend our land because we were born in it, we live in it and die in it, whatever the cost.”

Finally, they held all three levels of the government responsible for “anything that may happen, because it is not the first time we have denounced what this group of people have done.”

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/ultimas/2015/06/26/denuncia-ezln-un-ataque-de-paramilitares-a-indigenas-de-ocosingo-3860.html

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May 17, 2015

La Garrucha Good-Government Council (JBG) denounces two paramilitary attacks

Filed under: Paramilitary, Zapatista — Tags: , , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 3:36 pm

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La Garrucha Good-Government Council (JBG) denounces two paramilitary attacks 

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On 11 May, the La Garrucha Good-Government Council (JBG) from Caracol III publicly denounced two attacks: one in the El Rosario community, on recovered lands belonging to the autonomous municipality of San Manuel, and the other in the Nuevo Paraíso community, which pertains to the Francisco Villa autonomous municipality.  According to the JBG, there are two paramilitary groups in the region: one made up of 21 people from El Rosario, and the other comprised of 28 individuals from the Chikinival neighborhood, which pertains to the Pojkol ejido, in the Chilón municipality of Chiapas state.

The acts described in the denunciation took place on 10 May, when the Chikinival group arrived at El Rosario and began to measure the recovered lands of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), where Zapatista support-bases (BAEZLN) also live.  Two paramilitaries entered the house of one Zapatista, and another fired on the Zapatista daughter when she tried to escape the home.  The father of the child then threw a stone at the aggressor, causing him head injuries.  The next day, the family of the injured attacker came to demand 7,000 pesos from the BAEZLN as compensation.  The JBG assures that this amount will not be provided, given that the Zapatista did not seek or initiate the violence.

It bears noting that in 2014, residents of the Pojkol ejido killed a stud bull belonging to a Zapatista, destroyed homes and a cooperative, robbed possessions, fumigated land with herbicides, opened fire intermittently, and left a written note among the burned domiciles: “Pojkol territory.”

Also on 10 May 2015, 16 people from Chikinival entered the Nuevo Paraíso community, armed with two pistols and a rifle.  “They came to leave a letter in the street which blames the Zapatista support-base comrades for having provoked these conflicts,” says the JBG.  Beyond this, the JBG adds that in this case it has initiated mediation, deciding to transfer 21 hectares to put an end to the threats, though this has not yet resolved the problem.  The authorities from the Pojkol ejido claim to oppose this group from Chikinival, given its lack of respect and obedience for the ejidal authorities.

These two incidents took place the day after the close of the seminar on “Critical Thought amidst the Capitalist Hydra,” which was organized by the EZLN and held from 3 to 9 May in CIDECI-Unitierra Las Casas, where academics and activists shared their thoughts and reflections regarding the present context and alternatives to the capitalist system.

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https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/chiapas-la-garrucha-good-government-council-jbg-denounces-two-paramilitary-attacks/

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May 15, 2015

JBG Path of the Future Caracol III La Garrucha denounces attack by paramilitary group

Filed under: Paramilitary, Zapatista — Tags: , , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:13 pm

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JBG Path of the Future Caracol III La Garrucha denounces attack by paramilitary group

CARACOL OF RESISTANCE
 TOWARDS A NEW DAWN

Path of the Future Good Government Junta,* 

La Garrucha, Chiapas, Mexico

Mural on front of former offices of Good Government Junta in La Garrucha carries the name of the Caracol in both Spanish and Tseltal.

Mural on front of former offices of Good Government Junta in La Garrucha carries the name of the Caracol in both Spanish and Tseltal.

May 11, 2015

WE DENOUNCE PUBLICLY

To public opinion:

To the communications media, alternative, autonomous or whatever you call them:

To the national and international adherents of the Sixth:

To the honest human rights organisations:

Sisters and brothers of the people of Mexico and of the world:

We energetically denounce what the paramilitary groups of Rosario are doing to us. There are 21 paramilitaries in Rosario and 28 paramilitaries from the Chikinival barrio of the Pojkol ejido in the municipio of Chilón, Chiapas.

Our compañero support bases live there in Rosario, because it is recuperated land, belonging to San Manuel autonomous municipio of Caracol III La Garrucha.

There are 21 paramilitaries living in Rosario and they are supported by the 28 paramilitaries from barrio Chikinival who are invading our recuperated land.

It has been the same problem since August 2014, when they killed a stud bull of ours, when they destroyed homes and destroyed our collective cooperative, stole our belongings, when they fumigated a hectare of pasture land with herbicide, when they were shooting and leaving letters in the ground with spent shells that said: “Pojkol territory.” [1]

WHAT HAPPENED

On May 10, 2015, at 9:35 in the morning, 28 people arrived who belong to the Chikinival barrio of the Pojkol ejido in the official municipio of Chilón, some 40 minutes away by car from the town of Rosario. They arrived aboard eight motorcycles, in the recuperated town of ROSARIO where the compañero support bases live, because they want to take our land away by force.

These paramilitaries of Rosario, accompanied by the paramilitaries from the Chikinival barrio of the Pojkol ejido, started to measure the sites where the compañero support bases are already living, during the day while they were working there.

At 15:15 pm, a group of them withdrew from working, another group stayed in the same place, but 5 minutes later three of them headed to the home of a support base compañero, and the majority of them stayed on the highway 30 metres from the compañero’s house.  They found only the 13-year old daughter of the support base compañero at home sweeping her room, not the father. The mother was outside on one side of the house.

Two of these paramilitary aggressors belong to the Chikinival barrio of the Pojkol ejido and one belongs to Rosario. His name is ANDRES LOPEZ VAZQUEZ.  The 2 from Chikinival entered inside of the house, while Andrés, the Rosario paramilitary, stood guard at the door of the house. Upon seeing that the compa’s young daughter went out running for the door, ANDRES shot at her 4 times with a 22-calibre pistol. Her father arrived at the moment of the shots and the compañero defended his daughter, throwing a stone at the attacker that hit him in the head. None of the bullets hit the young woman. His compañeros that were at 30 metres carried the injured man away.

Yesterday afternoon, May 11, the injured man returned the family members of the aggressor went to the compañero’s house, in other words, the wife and 3 sons to say that they have to pay him 7,000 pesos for his care.

It’s clear that the compañero will not pay, because he is not the one who sought and provoked what happened.

On May 10 at 6:50 pm, 16 people arrived in village of Nuevo Paraíso in Francisco Villa the autonomous municipio. Three of them were armed with two 22-caliber pistols in hand and one 22-caliber long arm. They were aboard 8 motorcycles. These people belong to the Chikinival barrio of the Pojkol ejido. They came to throw a letter in the street, wherein they blame the support base compañeros for provoking these problems first.

But in reality we are not the ones provoking any problem, because we have been seeking peaceful alternatives for trying to resolve this matter, but they have never understood us. We have even delivered one hectare to each one of the 21 persons that are provoking, even so they have been threatening us. From February until today, May 11, those from Chikinival in the Pojkol ejido are threatening us daily because they ask those of Rosario to patrol armed. Those from Pojkol are always armed every day.

Therefore, we contradict what they are doing and blaming. It’s clear who provokes first.

We have cited (sent a notice to appear) the Pojkol ejido’s authorities and they came and said that they cannot do anything, because that group is not recognized now in the ejido, because they are totally some hoodlums, they do not respect or obey in the ejido. He also advised that the State of Manuel Velasco Coello also does nothing because it is his paramilitary.

Compañeros and compañeras, brothers and sisters of the world, these are the strategies with which the three levels of bad federal, state and municipal government are provoking us, when they use people that don’t understand our just cause so that that way we fall into their traps; but we are clear about what this bad government is doing: organizing, preparing and financing organizations and people that let themselves be bought off or that sell out.

We say to those without brains up there above: we are never going to stop resisting, nor are we going to fall into their traps; we will continue resisting here, working our lands and constructing our autonomy.

Whatever may come to pass, we place responsibility directly on the federal, state and municipal governments and on the paramilitaries from Chikinival barrio of the Pojkol ejido and from Rosario.

Sisters and brothers, we will continue reporting what may happen with our peoples and we want you to remain attentive to what may happen.

SINCERELY,

Good Government Junta

Jacobo Silvano Hernández                                            Lucio Ruiz Pérez

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* We have translated the name of the Good Government Junta as “Path of the Future” because in that region of the Jungle the word camino is used to refer to one’s current path in life.

[1] For background  on what happened last August 2014, see: https://compamanuel.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/anatomy-of-a-paramilitary-attack-on-the-zapatistas/

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Originally Published in Spanish by Enlace Zapatista

Translation: Chiapas Support Committee

Monday, May 11, 2015

http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2015/05/11/denuncia-de-la-jbg-el-camino-del-futuro-caracol-iii-la-garrucha/

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February 28, 2015

Threats and harassment against EZLN support bases in El Rosario

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Indigenous, Zapatista — Tags: , , , , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 2:22 pm

 

Threats and harassment against EZLN support bases in El Rosario

 

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Centro de Derechos Humanos

Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, A.C.

San Cristóbal de Las Casas

25th February, 2015

Press Release No. 04

 

 

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Threats and harassment against EZLN support bases in El Rosario

  • Pojcol armed group warns of attacks and invasion against the community of Nuevo Paraíso
  • Failure by the government of Manuel Velasco Coello

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba,) has information on the serious situation of threats and attacks by the “Pojcol Group” against the Support Bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (BAEZLN) in the Community of El Rosario, Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipality (MAREZ) San Manuel; and threats against the community of Nuevo Paraíso, in the official municipality of Ocosingo, Chiapas, who belong to the Good Government Junta “The Path to the Future,” Caracol III, La Garrucha.

On 12th February, 2015, this Centre for Human Rights documented the destruction of a piece of land belonging to a BAEZLN in the community of El Rosario, and the tense situation that has existed for about 3 weeks due to the incursions of armed people from Pojcol, in the municipality of Chilón, Chiapas, who have fired gunshots into the air during the night.

According to the testimonies, the aggressor group has the collaboration of people from Guadalupe Victoria and El Rosario, who are facilitating the acts of aggression, threats and harassment against the BAEZLN.

On 22nd February, 2015, Frayba received information regarding two letters signed by a “representative of Pojcol group”, which warn and give a deadline to the BAEZLN: “[…] that they must withdraw the Zapatista guard from that place (El Rosario) or else we will take Nuevo Paraíso […] ” “To Avoid further bloodshed […] “

The acts of aggression and threats made by the “group from Pojcol” violate the right to autonomy and self-determination, as well as endangering the life, safety and physical integrity of the BAEZLN community of El Rosario and Nuevo Paraíso. These rights are enshrined in the Mexican Constitution and Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as the San Andrés Accords.

This Human Rights Centre has been informing the government of Chiapas about the situation of risk that exists in el Rosario since July 2014, but to date they have taken no effective measures to resolve the conflict.

Therefore, this Centre for Human Rights demands from the Mexican government:

  • That the autonomy of the Zapatista Peoples is respected, particularly of the communities of El Rosario and Nuevo Paraíso.
  • That the necessary measures are adopted to safeguard the lives and integrity of the people living in the communities of El Rosario and Nuevo Paraíso, preventing the conflict from escalating.
  • That the necessary measures are effectively implemented to stop the violence against the BAEZLN.
  • That they investigate and punish the offenders of the self-identified group Pojcol, which since July 2014 has harassed and assaulted the BAEZLN and residents of the region.

Background:

On Friday 25th July 2014, 19 armed persons entered the land for regional collective work of the MAREZ of San Manuel, leaving a sign which read: “territory of Pojcol” and threatening the Autonomous Communities of El Rosario and Egypto that they would dispossess them of their lands; later, on 1st August people from the ejido Pojcol forcibly displaced 32 people from the community of Egipto. 1

On 6th August, 2014, 15 people from Pojcol entered the lands of the BAEZLN from the MAREZ previously referred to, where they felled trees and fired shots into the air. The same day, they also fired shots into the air in communities of El Rosario and Kexil. Due to these facts, the Centre for Human Rights issued an Urgent Action on 7th August, 2014 and updated it on 15th August of that year. 2

1  Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Centre, press release 22, August 4, 2014. Available at: http://www.frayba.org.mx/ file / newsletters / 140803_ boletin_22_desplazamiento_ baez.pdf

In English: https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/32-people-from-the-autonomous-community-egipto-belonging-to-the-caracol-of-la-garrucha-are-forcibly-displaced/

2  Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Centre, urgent action 03 and upgrade, 7th and 15th August, 2014 respectively. http://www.frayba.org.mx/ archivo/acciones_urgentes/ 140613_au_3_bazeln.pdf and http://www.frayba.org.mx/ archivo/acciones_urgentes/ 140815_au_03_actualizacion_ baezln.pdf

In English: https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/displacement-risk-of-dispossession-and-threats-to-support-bases-of-the-ezln/

https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/death-threats-harassment-with-guns-forced-displacement-and-attacks-on-zapatista-support-bases/

 

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August 23, 2014

Systematic attacks and forced displacement. Violence against Zapatistas intensifies.

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Human rights, Indigenous, Paramilitary, Repression, Zapatista — Tags: , , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:11 pm

 

Systematic attacks and forced displacement. Violence against Zapatistas intensifies.

Written by Carlos Ogaz

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“Where is the peace that Peña Nieto speaks so much of? Is this the peace that Manuel Velasco talks about? And yes, if this, what they are doing to the Zapatista support base compañeros, happened to the Municipal President of Ocosingo, Octavio Albores, would he believe that this is peace? They should think if they want peace. Because they are responsible for everything that may happen or will happen.”

Authorities of the Good Government Junta of La Garrucha

In recent months there has been an escalation of violence on the part of paramilitary groups – disguised as social organizations – against the support bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (BAEZLN). In May there was the murder of José Luis Solís López in Caracol I La Realidad, and the destruction of the autonomous school and clinic by the Independent Central of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos – Historical (CIOAC-H). From 25 July until now, members of the Regional Organization of Autonomous Coffee Growers of Ocosingo (ORCAO) have been constantly threatening, harassing with firearms and attacking the BAEZLN of the Autonomous Municipality of San Manuel, part of Caracol III La Garrucha.

The acts of harassment and threats of displacement in the Autonomous Municipality began on 25 July; however, in a communique dated August 14, 2014 and signed by the autonomous authorities of the Caracol of La Garrucha, they say that “we did not want to make it public, due to the sharing (exchange) being held in the Caracol of La Realidad from 4 to 9 August, so as not to interfere with the great sharing between the original peoples of this country.” At this meeting Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés told the free media what had happened to the Support Bases of San Manuel:

What happened there is that the government party supporters, together with the government who organises them to displace us, who want to enter the reclaimed land, came to harass … They came on the 25th, from a village called Pojcol … The land they went to is communal land of the Autonomous Municipality … Then they arrived, they took their positions. They were waiting to see what they would do to them, to get them out, which was not done. Then (July 30) what they did was they sprayed everything … and then they took cattle which the compañeros had there, so they could eat the pasture and they died … again they returned (August 1) at 2 in the morning, about 100 metres away they surrounded the village and started shooting. And then what the compañeros did was to take out the children and women, and the compañeros stayed there, to see if they really would go in. It was a measure in case they were so serious that they would kill … The next night they returned and went in once again. They killed animals as well, but they not only killed them, they also stole them, because they took away the meat, and another of the animals which they could not take down, they left injured.

On August 1, through press bulletin No. 22, the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba) documented the forced displacement of 32 Support Bases from the community of Egipto, belonging to the Caracol of La Garrucha, “The incidents occurred….. when a group of armed people from the Ejido Pojcol, Municipality of Chilón, entered the land for collective work…. and fired gunshots”, immediately after, members of the paramilitary organization headed for the autonomous community, so the support bases, in order to avoid attack and confrontation, were forcibly displaced.  “On 2nd August, at 0:30 am, walking throughout the night until they came to another Zapatista village.”

The attacks against the BAEZLN are executed systematically; there is, without doubt,  coordination between ORCAO and CIOAC-H, since the signs demanding justice for compañero Galeano (and which identify Peña Nieto And Manuel Velasco as the main orchestrators of these new attacks) have been burned, in this way demonstrating that the response organised, along with the support of national and international civil society, against the attacks on the Zapatistas, infuriate “the supreme paramilitary chiefs.”

The Centre for Human Rights founded by Bishop Samuel Ruíz, in the urgent action issued on August 7, recounts further provocations, and death threats against those who day by day sustain the Zapatista project. On August 6, about 15 armed men, on board trucks coming from the “direction of Pojcol,” entered the land for collective work of the Autonomous Municipality of San Manuel; they cut down trees, took away the wood and fired in to the air. When the paramilitaries were leaving the collective land, “as they passed the house of a BAEZLN they fired ​​five shots. At 14:51 pm, while crossing the community of Kexil, they fired two shots at the roof of the home of a BAEZLN of that community. The trucks continued towards the ejido Pojcol.”

On August 13, 2014, by agreement of the Zone of the JBG of La Garrucha, the Nuevo Poblado [new community] “San Jacinto” was founded in collective land in the Municipality of San Manuel; it was made up of nine Zapatista families, they built nine houses (in one of them there was a grocery store); The next day, a group of 18 people armed with shotguns and .22 calibre weapons, from the community of Pojcol, municipality of Chilón, surrounded the field for collective work and began shooting into the air for 40 minutes. According to testimonies of people who slept there that night, which were collected by Frayba, the attackers shouted “these weapons we use are from the government”, “these lands are ours and do not belong to those fucking Zapatistas,” and gave the support bases 6 hours to leave the area.

Meanwhile, the Good Government Junta of La Garrucha denounced that during these same incidents, the 18 people from Pojcol “fired guns of different calibres, the bullets went in to the walls of the houses, on to the roofs of the houses, and the compañeros were sleeping there and at this time the compañeros had to be withdrawn in the early hours of the morning to seek shelter in another Zapatista village, leaving everything, they just took what they were wearing.”

This series of incidents only represents a small example of the recent escalation of violence, which has been implemented by paramilitary groups such as ORCAO and CIOAC-H, with the backing of the local, state and federal governments, against the Zapatistas. They are acts of attrition aimed at undermining the resistance, with the aim of provoking violent responses on the part of the BAEZLN, in order to have an armed pretext, making use of a false discourse around the conflict, calling it “inter-community”, with the intention of concealing the true counterinsurgency war in Chiapas.

 

Brigada a La Garrucha

Brigada a La Garrucha

 

Translated and posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity 23/08/2014

 

http://regeneracionradio.org/index.php/represion/despojo/item/4338-ataques-a-baezln

 

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August 22, 2014

International Support for the Zapatista Peoples against the counterinsurgency war in Chiapas

Filed under: Zapatista — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:56 pm

 

International Support for the Zapatista Peoples against the counterinsurgency war in Chiapas

To National and International Civil Society,

To the National and International Sixth,

To the free, autonomous, independent media or whatever they are called,

To the Good Government Juntas,

To the EZLN,

To the support bases of the EZLN,

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Companeras, Companeros,

From our corners of this planet in resistance and rebellion against capitalism, we come together to publicly denounce the recent aggression against our brothers and sisters, support bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, by the members of the organization ORCAO (Regional Organization of Coffee Growers of Ocosingo) against the BAEZLN communities of San Jacinto, El Egipto, Kexil and El Rosario, in the Autonomous Municipality of San Manuel.

The members of ORCAO arrived on the 25th of July, armed to take the reclaimed land, firing into the air, building roofs and threatening the 3 BAEZLN communities. On July 30, they came to poison the collective livestock of the autonomous municipality and wounded a young bull. Following the harassment, the armed group returned on the 1st of August, to attack the BAEZLN village of El Egipto. The women and children had to withdraw to another Zapatista settlement to avoid having to face the group. About 5 days later, they returned to cut down a tree, firing into the air close to two Zapatista communities.

Finally, on the 14th of August, in the very early morning, ORCAO paramilitaries surrounded the town of San Jacinto and fired into the houses, awakening the sleeping BAEZLN compas who had to take refuge in the other Zapatista village leaving behind all their belongings.

We vigorously denounce this intense violation of human rights, harassment, persecution and repression, and we denounce the direct strategy of the bad government against the Zapatistas, to counter the new Zapatista initiatives proposed during the exchange between the Indigenous National Congress and the EZLN. As the HRC Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas stated, this is a war of counterinsurgency being pursued by the bad state and federal government and their business allies against the Zapatistas.

We are well aware of this strategy which affects several regions of Chiapas, and we also do not forget the attack on our sisters and brothers from La Realidad, the murder of our companero Galeano, and the destruction of the clinic and school of the community on May 2nd, perpetrated by paramilitaries from CIOAC-H.

That is a direct attack against Zapatista autonomy, as the Zapatistas are becoming stronger, we realise more and more that the construction of Zapatista autonomy, which is this other world that they are building, is working and walking. Likewise we also become stronger and more organised, and the plans of the bad government will not be enough to stop the progress of the Zapatistas.

 

SOLIDARITY WITH THE ZAPATISTA PEOPLES

LONG LIVE THE COMPAS OF THE EZLN

IF YOU TOUCH ONE OF US YOU TOUCH ALL OF US

 

THE OTHER MEXICO
Consejo Autónomo Regional de la Zona Costa de Chiapas
Frente Civico Tonalteco
Centro de Derechos Humanos Digna Ochoa AC
Colectivo de Mujeres “Tejiendo Resistencias en La Sexta”
Comunidad Autónoma Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, Puebla.
Sector de Trabajadores Adherentes a la Sexta
DOCTORS FOR GLOBAL HEALTH-MEXICO
Colectivo Azcapotzalco adherente a la Sexta
Kolectivo de BoCa En BoCa
Pozol Kolectivo
Colectivo Radio Zapatista, Chiapas, México
Colectivo Votán Zapata
La Sexta del totonacapan
Colectivo Autónomo de Colaboración Social, Toluca, México
Biblioteca Popular

THE OTHER EUROPA
Asociacion Espoir Chiapas/ Esperanza Chiapas (Francia)
Comitato Chiapas “Maribel” – Bergamo (Italia)
ASSI (Acción Social Sindical Internacionalista
20zln – Milano – Italia
Groupe CafeZ, Liège Belgique
Casa Nicaragua”, Liège, Belgique.
Associació Solidaria Cafè Rebeldía-Infoespai, Barcelona
Rl Centro de Documentación sobre Zapatismo -CEDOZ
Caracol Zaragoza
Gruppe B.A.S.T.A., Münster, Alemania
Alternative Libertaire (France)
UK Zapatista Solidarity Network:
Dorset Chiapas Solidarity Group
Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Group
Kiptik (Bristol)
London Mexico Solidarity Group
Manchester Zapatista Collective
UK Zapatista Translation Service
UK Zapatista Learning and Teaching Collective
Zapatista Solidarity Group – Essex
La Adhesiva, Barcelona.
CGT Estado Español
Union syndicale Solidaires, France
Fédération SUD éducation, France
Fédération anarchiste (France)
Comité Tierra Y Libertad, Lille France
Réseau Latino de Lille, France,
Caracol Solidario, Besançon, Francia
Associazione Ya Basta NordEst
asociación Mut Viyz 13 de Marseille, Francia
Les Grains de sable, Francia

 

THE OTHER UNITED STATES
Colectivo de la Red de Solidaridad con México
Chicago, Illinois, EEUU
Mexico Solidarity Network collective
Chicago, Illinois, USA

 

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August 18, 2014

Denouncement from the Caracol Resistance Towards a New Dawn of attacks by ORCAO in several communities of BAZ in La Garrucha

Filed under: Zapatista — Tags: , , , , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 7:11 pm

 

Denouncement from the Caracol Resistance Towards a New Dawn of attacks by ORCAO in several communities of BAZ in La Garrucha

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Caracol of Resistance Towards a New Dawn

Good Government Junta

The way of the future

La Garrucha Chiapas

 

Mexico, August 14, 2014.

 

To all the compañeras of the National and international sixth

To the national and international alternative media of the sixth

To the people of Mexico and the world

WE PUBLICLY DENOUNCE

These events started on Friday, July 25, 2014. We did not want to make them public, because of the exchange which took place in the Caracol of La Realidad from 4 to 9 August, so as not to disrupt the great exchange between the original peoples of this country.

We just informed the Fray Bartolome de las Casas human rights, Chiapas.

But the provocations continued and these are the facts.

1.-A group of 19 people, from the community of Pojkol in the municipality of Chilón, from the organization ORCAO, of the Chiquinaval neighbourhood. We mention some names of these people, they are Andres Gutierrez Guillen, Andres Gutierrez de Meza, Eliceo Ruiz Gutierrez, Guillermo Perez Guillen, Vidal Gutierrez Gomez and Juan Ruiz Gutierrez, the last two names are of those who have vans which transport people; they arrived in the San Jacinto community, which is a community of Zapatista support bases, in the Municipality of San Manuel in the autonomous caracol of La Garrucha.

At 6 am, on the 25th of July, they arrived armed and took the reclaimed land, firing into the air.

They destroyed the sign which we put up about the assassination of Compañero Galeano.

They installed their roofs making out that they would be staying there. At all times they were verbally threatening our compañero support bases with shouts. As there are other communities of compañero Zapatista support bases close by, the villages of Egypt and El Rosario, there were threatening with cries that they were going to displace them and return to where their roofs are. On the morning of July 26, at 1:30 am, they left.

2.-On 30th July, they entered again at 6 am, spraying the paddock of 3 hectares with a substance which we do not know, and this is where the collective livestock of the municipality of San Manuel are located, they herded the other animals to take them where they sprayed so the animals would eat the sprayed grass.

They wounded a young bull with a knife, near the horn which is the place for killing. They left the legend “Pojkol Territory” written in the earth, in the middle of this area they left the bushes burned in the form of a cross, of a 22 gauge cartridge and 20 gauge shotgun.

At 4 pm they left.

3.-On the 1st August, at 11.30 pm, the same people from Pojkol, barrio santiago, entered again, armed as usual; we mention some names of those people they are Bersain Gutierrez Gomez, Victor Gutierrez Gomez, Valdemar Gutierrez Gomez, Romeo Gutierrez Gomez, they went back into the same place; Which is to San Jacinto. These paramilitaries killed a young bull, while the others fired shots in the air and headed towards the Zapatista community of Egipto, all with lamps in their hand, for this reason the compañeros organized and the women and children left at 12.30 am, to go to another Zapatista village where they still are now

Those who killed the young bull, arrived on 2 motorcycles, 4 people and they just took away the meat, leaving the bones.

4.-On 6 August, at 7.30 am, the same people from Pojkol arrived with 2 nissan vans, with 15 people with a chainsaw, they arrived firing shots and cut down a large tree, as the tree was falling they began firing into the air, threatening in this way so that no one would come to see them and on leaving they started shooting again in the afternoon.

On passing the community of support base compañeros of El Rosario, they fired 5 shots. Again passing the community of support bases of Kexil, 2 shots were fired on the roof of the home of one of base of support compañeros, fired from inside the Nissan vehicle which was heading towards the village of Pojkol.

5.-On Thursday14th August, at 4:50 am, the same 18 people, armed members of ORCAO, came from Pojkol and surrounded the community of compañeros of San Jacinto.

They fired guns of different calibres, firing bullets into the walls of the houses, and on to the roofs of the houses, where the compañer@s were sleeping and at the same time the compañer@s had to leave in the early hours of the morning to seek refuge in another Zapatista community, leaving everything, they just took what they were wearing.

This was how they avoided being massacred, murdered like in Acteal.

When they were leaving the compañeros were hearing the damage that these paramilitaries were doing.

To date we know that:

5 houses are cut down, the sheets of laminated metal are cut to pieces with machetes, 50 sheets of laminate.

7 zontes of corn and 130 kilos of corn grains have been stolen.

 

Where is the peace which Peña Nieto speaks so much of? Is this the peace Manuel Velasco talks about? If this happened to the Municipal President of Ocosingo, Octavio Albores, what they are doing to the compañero Zapatista support bases, would he believe that this is peace?

They should think if they want peace. Because they are responsible for everything that may happen or will happen.

If they are governments as they say, why do they not control those paramilitaries from Pojkol from the barrio of Chiquinival in the Municipality of Chilón?

They do not control them because they are the ones who fund, organize and execute these attacks against us.

We say to the government and the paramilitaries, who are made of blood, bones and flesh, like us, that we are not drug addicts, like these paramilitaries and yourselves. We say do not manipulate people, do not pay thugs, do not spend money to worsen the lives of the poor which are already bad enough.

We truly want peace, if there is no peace we will struggle until there is peace.

We do not sell out, we do not give up, we do not surrender.

We are organized for a just and dignified peace. You the 3 levels of bad government do not want peace, we know that you do not repent, but you will be condemned by the poor people of Mexico and we are with them.

So, compañeras and compañeros from Mexico and the world, we must be vigilant, these savages will come against us and we will be watching.

This is our denuncia.

Attentively

Authorities of the Council of Good Government of La Garrucha

Jacobo Silvano Hernandez
Rudy Luna Lopez
Fredy Moreno Rominguez
Elizabeth Ruiz Camera
Yornely Lopez Alvarez

http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2014/08/16/denuncia-caracol-de-resistencia-hacia-un-nuevo-amanecer-agresiones-por-paret-de-la-orcao/

 

 

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August 17, 2014

“They avoided being massacred, murdered like in Acteal,” denounces the Zapatista Good Government Junta

Filed under: Zapatista — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 1:22 pm

 

“They avoided being massacred, murdered like in Acteal,” denounces the Zapatista Good Government Junta

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Published by: POZOL COLECTIVO  August 16, 2014

Chiapas, Mexico. August 16. “They avoided being massacred, murdered like in Acteal,” denounces the Good Government Council (JBG) The Way of the Future of La Garrucha, in the municipality of Ocosingo, in respect of the Zapatista support bases in the communities of San Jacinto, Egipto and El Rosario, who as a precautionary measure took refuge in other Zapatista villages after being attacked with firearms by the Regional Organization of Coffee Growers of Ocosingo (ORCAO) since last July 25.

“Where is the peace which Peña Nieto speaks so much of? Is this the peace Manuel Velasco talks about?” the JBG asks and emphasises” they are responsible for everything that may happen or will happen, because it is they who financed, organized and executed these attacks against us”.

In its denuncia, the Caracol of Resistance Towards a New Dawn, explains that the first attack occurred on 25 July, when a group of 19 people, from the community of Pojkol in the municipality of Chilón, from the organization ORCAO of the Chiquinaval neighbourhood, came to the Zapatista support base community of San Jacinto, in the autonomous municipality of San Manuel in the caracol of La Garrucha, verbally threatening the population. Among the attackers identified by the JBG are: Andres Gutierrez Guillen, Andres Gutierrez de Meza, Eliceo Ruiz Gutierrez, Guillermo Perez Guillen, Vidal Gutierrez Gomez and Juan Ruiz Gutierrez.

The Good Government Junta The Way of the Future states that on the 1st August at 11:30 pm, armed men returned and entered San Jacinto, they were from the settlement of Pojkol, in the Santiago neighbourhood, among them were:  Bersain Gutierrez Gomez, Victor Gutierrez Gomez, Valdemar Gutierrez Gomez and Romeo Gutierrez Gomez. “These paramilitaries killed a young bull, while others fired shots in the air and headed toward the Zapatista community of Egipto, all with lamps in their hand, for this reason the compañeros organized and the women and children left at 12:30 am to go to another Zapatista village where they still are now” it explains.

The Zapatistas of La Garrucha, Chiapas, reported that on Thursday, August 14, at 4:50 am 18 armed people came from the same community of Pojkol, surrounding the community of San Jacinto. “They fired guns of different calibres, firing bullets into the walls of the houses, and on to the roofs of the houses, where the compañer@s were sleeping and at the same time the compañer@s had to leave in the early hours of the morning to seek refuge in another Zapatista community, leaving everything, they just took what they were wearing” they explained.

“We truly want peace, if there is no peace we will struggle until peace is achieved. We do not sell ourselves, we do not give up, we do not surrender,” says the Zapatista Good Government Junta, and invites all those in solidarity in Mexico and the world to remain alert, “if these savages come against us, we will be waiting,” it says.

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Translated and posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity 17/08/2014

http://www.pozol.org/?p=9741

 

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August 16, 2014

Displacement, risk of dispossession and threats to support bases of the EZLN

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Human rights, Indigenous, Zapatista — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 2:43 pm

 

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25 anniv fraybaThe Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Centre

San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas

August 15, 2014

Urgent Action No. 03

Updated

 

Displacement, risk of dispossession and threats to support bases of the EZLN

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Centre has documented further acts of aggression perpetrated by members of the Regional Organization of Coffee Growers of Ocosingo (ORCAO) against support bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (BAEZLN) which occurred on the land for collective work (1) of the Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipality (MAREZ) San Manuel (official municipality of Ocosingo), belonging to the Good Government Council (JBG) “The Way of the Future”, of Caracol III, La Garrucha, Selva Tzeltal Zone, Chiapas .

 

  • On August 13, 2014, by agreement of the Zone of the JBG, nine families of BAEZLN built nine houses (one of them containing a grocery shop) and in this way founded Nuevo Poblado “San Jacinto” on the reclaimed lands for collective work belonging to the MAREZ of San Manuel, which adjoin the communities of Egipto and El Rosario; on that day 250 BAEZLN were also present to perform clearance tasks to prepare the ground for planting.
  • On 14 August, at approximately 3.50 am, a group of 18 people armed with shotguns and .22 calibre weapons, from the community of Pojcol, municipality of Chilón, belonging to ORCAO, surrounded the field and lands for collective work and began firing their weapons into the air for about 40 minutes. According to testimonies of the people who slept there that night, the attackers shouted “these weapons we use are from the government”, “this land is ours and does not belong to those fucking Zapatistas”, warning the BAEZLN at the same time that they had 6 hours to leave the place.
  • To avoid being attacked, the nine families (a total of 40 people, including girls, boys, women and men) together with 250 BAEZLN who were resting there, decided to leave in different directions. After the displacement, the members of ORCAO from the community of Pojcol destroyed the nine houses (including the grocery shop), stealing the merchandise that was in the shop and the cash that was in the houses; they also burned the clothes left by all the people who were at the scene, destroyed 150 nylon and canvas roofs, and stole the machetes with which they were working the land. The assessment of the damage so far has not been completed.
  • The same August 14th, at approximately 20.30 pm, information was received that the women and children of El Rosario community, belonging to ORCAO, had abandoned the community leaving only the men, while, according to testimony, the BAEZLN were being threatened with immediate eviction. As a result, the women and children from the same community, but belonging to the BAEZLN, also decided to leave due to the risk of a possible attack, also leaving only the men.

 

frayba UADuring the last few hours it has been reported to us that the threats from ORCAO against the BAEZLN of the community of El Rosario are intensifying and threatening to potentially result in dispossession.

In this situation, we express our concern at the imminent risk to the life, personal integrity and safety of the BAEZLN of the communities of El Rosario, Kexil, Egipto and Nuevo Poblado San Jacinto, belonging to the MAREZ of San Manuel.

Faced with the displacement of the BAEZLN communities of Egipto, Nuevo Poblado San Jacinto and El Rosario through acts of harassment, threats, aggression and destruction of their property, we hold the government of Chiapas responsible for ignoring the facts which were initially reported, allowing a gradual continuation of increasingly serious flagrant Human Rights violations to be committed.

 

Given these facts, this Human Rights Centre calls on the authorities of the state and federal government to:

  1. Stop the death threats, harassments, assaults, damages and attempts at dispossession which have led up to now to the displacement of the three BAEZLN communities.
  1. Guarantee to take the necessary measures and investigations aimed to promote conditions to protect the life, personal integrity and safety of the BAEZLN from the MAREZ San Manuel, respecting their process of autonomy which they are constructing under the right to self-determination of the peoples, referred to in the San Andrés Accords, and established in international treaties such as Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

To national and international civil society we repeat the call to solidarity to circulate the denunciations and express outrage at the systematic attacks against the BAEZLN belonging to the JBG of La Garrucha (official municipality of Ocosingo).

 

We thank you, in solidarity, for sending your appeals to:

Lic. Enrique Peña Nieto

Presidente de la República

Residencia Oficial de los Pinos

Casa Miguel Alemán

Col. San Miguel Chapultepec, C.P. 11850, México DF

Tel: (52.55) 2789.1100 Fax: (52.55) 5277.2376

 

Lic. Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong

Secretario de Gobernación

Bucareli 99, 1er. Piso, Col. Juárez,

Del. Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06600 México D.F.

Fax: (52 55) 50933414;

Correo: secretario@segob.gob.mx

 

 

Lic. Jesús Murillo Karam

Procuraduría General de la República

Av. Paseo de la Reforma #211-213 Col. Cuauhtémoc, Deleg. Cuauhtémoc

Distrito Federal CP. 06500,

Teléfono: 5346-0000 ext. 0108 Fax: 5346-0000 ext. 0908

 

Lic. Raul Plascencia Villanueva

Presidente de la Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos

Periférico Sur 3469, Col. San jerónimo Lidice,

Delegación Magdalena Contreras, C.P. 10200, México D.F.

Teléfonos: (55) 56 81 81 25 y (55) 54 90 74 00

Lada sin costo 01800 715 2000

E-mail: correo@cndh.org.mx

 

Lic. Manuel Velasco Coello

Gobernador Constitucional del Estado de Chiapas

Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas, 1er Piso
Av. Central y Primera Oriente, Colonia Centro, C.P. 29009
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México

Fax: +52 961 61 88088 – + 52 961 6188056; Extensión 21120. 21122;

Correo: secparticular@chiapas.gob.mx

 

Lic. Oscar Eduardo Ramírez Aguilar

Secretario General de Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas

Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas, 2do Piso

Av. Central y Primera Oriente, Colonia Centro, C.P. 29009

Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México

Conmutador: + 52 (961) 61 2-90-47, 61 8-74-60; Extensión: 20003;

Correo: secretario@secgobierno.chiapas.gob.mx

 

Lic. Raciel López Salazar

Procuraduría General de Justicia de Chiapas

Libramiento Norte Y Rosa Del Oriente, No. 2010, Col. El Bosque

C.P. 29049 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas

Conmutador: 01 (961) 6-17-23-00. Teléfono: + 52 (961) 61 6-53-74, 61 6-53-76, 61 6-57-24.

Correo: raciel.lopez@pgje.chiapas.gob.mx

 

Lic. Octavio Elías Albores Cruz

Presidente Municipal de Ocosingo

Domicilio Conocido , Centro C.P. 29950 Ocosingo, Chiapas.

Teléfono: (919) 67 3-05-06, 67 30015, 67-30500 Fax: 67-30015

 

Lic. Leonardo Rafael Guirao Aguilar

Presidente Municipal de Chilón

Domicilio Conocido S/N, Presidencia Municipal C.P. 29943 Chilón, Chiapas.

Teléfono: (01 919) 6710115, 6710230, 6710116, 6710030, Fax: 6710034

 

Send a copy to:

Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, A.C.

Calle Brasil 14, Barrio Méxicanos, CP: 29240 San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, México

Tel: 967 6787395, 967 6787396, Fax: 967 6783548

Correo: accionesurgentes@frayba.org.mx

 

 

 

Translated and posted by

Dorset Chiapas Solidarity 16/08/2014

 

 

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BRASIL 14, BARRIO MEXICANOS, CP 29240. SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, CHIAPAS, MÉXICO.

TELEFAX + 52 (967) 678 3548, 678 3551, 678 7395, 678 7396

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