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December 28, 2015

Frayba denounces arbitrary kidnapping and lack of due process for BAEZLN

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CDHFBC denounces arbitrary kidnapping and lack of due process for BAEZLN

 

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In a bulletin published on 18 December, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Centre for Human Rights (CDHFBC) reported on the arbitrary kidnapping and lack of due process during the arrest of José Alfonso Cruz Espinosa, a support-base for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (BAEZLN). Since December 2012, the Good-Government Council “The Path of the Future”at La Garrucha (Caracol III, “Resistance for a New Dawn”), which administers the region to which Cruz Espinosa belongs, denounced the fabrication of charges against his person.

According to the CDHFBC, the BAEZLN was arrested on 10 November 2015 in Ocosingo by “police dressed in civilian clothes who did not identify themselves, specify the reason for arrest, or even show an arrest-order. They simply put him on a truck and transferred him to the command centre of the specialized police in the centre of the municipality.” After being incarcerated in the State Centre for the Social Reinsertion of the Sentenced no. 16, El Encino (CERSS no. 16), he was transferred via helicopter the next day to the State Centre for the Social Reinsertion of the Sentenced no. 14, El Amate.

The CDHFBC reported moreover that “at all times we were denied access to the detainee and our credentials as his counsel were also rejected. The State argued that he had already been transferred, which was untrue.” The CDHFBC added that “the charges placed against him are ecocide and looting due to the events that took place on 16 November 2012 […]. However, José Alfonso was not at the place of the incidents that took place that day.” The Centre stressed as well that Cruz Espinoza was placed at the disposition of those judged for serious crimes, this despite the fact that none of the charges against him are serious. Bail was set for him at 136,122.96 pesos for both charges, being “an excessive amount that prevents bail from being posted,” as the CDHFBC noted. On 20 November, he was released with caution after bail was posted, such that the process in his case will continue.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/12/27/chiapas-cdhfbc-denounces-arbitrary-kidnapping-and-lack-of-due-process-for-baezln/

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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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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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BRASIL 14, BARRIO MEXICANOS, CP 29240. SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, CHIAPAS, MÉXICO. TELEFAX + 52 (967) 678 3548, 678 3551, 678 7395, 678 7396 www.frayba.org.mx  frayba@frayba.org.mx

http://www.frayba.org.mx/archivo/boletines/150225_boletin_04_baezln_el_rosario.pdf

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October 5, 2014

Anatomy of a paramilitary attack: a report from San Manuel

Filed under: Displacement, Zapatista — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 1:24 pm

 

ANATOMY OF A PARAMILITARY ATTACK: A REPORT FROM SAN MANUEL

By: Mary Ann Tenuto-Sánchez

Chiapas Support Committee

 

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Manuel Velasco state paramilitary chief. Enrique Peña Nieto supreme paramilitary chief.” That’s what the letrero (hand-painted sign) says in front of the Zapatista bodega at the Cuxuljá crossroads in Chiapas. Manuel Velasco is the governor of Chiapas, a member of the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM). Enrique Peña Nieto is Mexico’s president, a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

The front of the bodega is painted with an amazing mural representing the 13 demands of the Indigenous peoples who belong to the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN): housing, land, work, peace, health, food, democracy, freedom, independence, culture, justice, information and education. The mural also depicts important aspects of life in the Zapatista communities: production, education, health and solidarity. It represents the collective work of various international artists in solidarity with the Zapatista Movement, including some from the United States.

These peaceful demands and life in the Zapatista communities are in sharp contrast to the counterinsurgency tactics the government applies against these communities. The paramilitary attacks on San Manuel autonomous rebel Zapatista municipio are only the most recent example. San Manuel is one of the 4 autonomous rebel Zapatista municipios (counties) belonging to Zapatista Caracol 3, La Garrucha.

On July 25, 2014, nineteen paramilitaries entered the collective workspace in San Manuel armed with .22-caliber weapons. They burned the letrero saying: “Compañero Galeano lives,” fired shots into the air, constructed houses, threatened to dispossess the Zapatistas of Egipto and El Rosario of their lands, killed a young steer and then left.

A week later, on August 1, they returned and fired a few shots and killed another young steer. That night, when 32 civilian Zapatistas (women, young children and the elderly) living in the nearby Egipto autonomous community saw some of the paramilitaries coming towards the community in the middle of the night, they fled to save their lives and avoid another massacre like Acteal. The collective workspace is located on land recuperated as a result of the 1994 Zapatista Uprising.

A few days later another nearby Zapatista community, El Rosario, found a horse that belonged to one of the Zapatistas dead from abdominal injuries. And, when a Zapatista encountered one of the paramilitaries, the paramilitary said: “Be careful, because I’m going to kill you!”

The paramilitaries come from the Pojcol ejido, in the official municipio of Ocosingo. Pojcol is located close to San Manuel. They are members of the Regional Organization of Ocosingo Coffee Growers, also known as ORCAO, its initials in Spanish.

On the morning of August 6, the paramilitaries arrived again with guns and a chainsaw. They cut trees and fired shots into the air. When they were leaving that afternoon, they fired 5 shots upon passing the house of a Zapatista. And, when passing Kexil (known by its inhabitants as Nuevo Guadalupe), they fired 2 shots over the house of another Zapatista.

One week later, on August 13, nine Zapatista families built houses (one containing a grocery store) on the collective workspace, thereby founding the new autonomous Zapatista community of San Jacinto. Some 250 Zapatistas were also present to clear the land for planting.

The next day, August 14, in the early hours of the morning, 18 paramilitaries, armed with shotguns and .22-caliber weapons, surrounded the collective workspace and fired their guns into the air for about 40 minutes. The attackers shouted: “these weapons we use are from the government;” and “this land is ours and does not belong to those fucking Zapatistas.” At the same time they warned the Zapatistas that they had 6 hours to leave. The 40 residents of San Jacinto left, together with the 250 Zapatistas clearing the land. The paramilitaries then destroyed the nine houses and stole the merchandise in the store. They also burned all the clothing left behind in the houses, destroyed 150 rooves made of nylon and canvas and stole the machetes that were being used to clear the land. When threats of violence continued, women and children also left El Rosario later that night.

Capitalism is responsible for the attacks in San Manuel

Two members of the Chiapas Support Committee, including this writer, visited the Caracol of La Garrucha on September 4 and 5 for several reasons, among them wanting to learn more about the San Manuel attacks and displacements described above. The Path of the Future Good Government Junta received us on Friday morning and the conversation quickly turned to the San Manuel attacks.

“Each person in the region contributed a few pesos to the displaced families because they lost everything when they fled for their lives. They are trying to resolve the problem peacefully,” the spokesperson for the Junta told us. “Currently, the displaced are in ‘other communities.’ The government pays the ORCAO members to attack, but capitalism is responsible for the attacks in San Manuel,” he concluded. He also reported that San Manuel’s municipal government lost $460,000 pesos because of the attack (approximately $35,380.00 US dollars). In response to our request to visit San Manuel and speak with the autonomous council, the Junta contacted San Manuel. We learned a little while later that San Manuel granted us permission to visit and, consequently, so did the Junta.

In a September 7 interview, the San Manuel autonomous council President said that the displaced women and children are still safe in other communities and that they continue discussions to resolve the problem peacefully, but that it was very difficult because the paramilitaries built houses on the land in question. Asked what the motive was for the attacks, the council president stated emphatically: “pure provocation. They (the paramilitaries) don’t need land; they have land in their ejido. They don’t need the trees. This was a pure provocation.”

Government retaliation for the Exchange

In its August 4 bulletin regarding the attacks in San Manuel, the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba) noted: “These new acts of harassment, territorial dispossession and attacks are presented within the framework of the First Exchange of the Zapatista Peoples and the Original Peoples of Mexico “Compañero David Ruiz García,” a meeting with the National Indigenous Congress, which began on Monday, August 4 in the Autonomous Community of La Realidad.” An understanding of this was expanded in several San Cristóbal discussions.

Friends who attended the August 9 Report from the Exchange between the Zapatista Peoples and the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) say that Subcomandante Moisés announced to the crowd: “the government is attacking San Manuel in retaliation for us meeting here.”

Those of us that follow Zapatista events closely have seen the government’s competitive pattern of behaviour. We remember that when more than 40,000 masked Zapatistas marched in silence on December 21, 2012 in Chiapas, President Peña Nieto responded by announcing his “Crusade Against Hunger” one month later, January 21, 2013, in Guadalupe Tepeyac, deep in Zapatista Territory. He arranged with and paid for Indigenous peoples from all Chiapas municipalities to attend the event. He also brought government officials and his cabinet with him. The government claimed around 15,000 people in attendance. Marcos shot back with a comunicado addressed to “Ali Baba and his 40 thieves.” A graphic of a middle finger was included in the brief comunicado.

It’s important to remember that the PRI returned to power in December 2012, after a 12-year absence while the PAN governed. It is also important to remember that the Zapatistas rose up in arms when the PRI held power and smashed its claims to having achieved First World status. Counterinsurgency against the Zapatistas is personal for the PRI.

The PRI’s behaviour pattern turned repressive, vicious and excessively violent after the Escuelitas in December 2013 and January 2014. A friend who attended the Escuelitas during those dates said that the Zapatistas expected retaliation for the very popular and well-attended Escuelitas. It just didn’t come as quickly as the government’s answer to the resurgence of the Zapatistas on December 21, 2012. The government set it up slowly. On May 2, the CIOAC-H, a campesino organization turned paramilitary group, attacked unarmed Zapatista civilians in La Realidad and brutally murdered a Zapatista support base known as Compañero Galeano.

Finally, as the Zapatista peoples were meeting with the National Indigenous Congress, not only were the violent attacks on San Manuel occurring, but also, on August 8, Enrique Peña Nieto headed a ceremony in San Juan Chamula, Chiapas, to celebrate International Indigenous Peoples Day. Hundreds of people attended, including representatives of 68 different ethnic groups.

It would seem that a clear pattern has emerged: When the Zapatistas hold an organizing event to extend and/or solidify their influence, the government either counters with a competitive response or retaliates with violent repression or both, part of its counterinsurgency plan. That plan has always had a strategy of containment; in other words, a strategy to prevent the Zapatistas from growing.

The Southern Border Strategy

In a visit to the Frayba Human Rights Centre its director, Victor López, discussed both the San Manuel attacks and the Southern Border Strategy (referred to in Chiapas as ‘Plan Sur’). Frayba is working to mediate the negotiations for an agreement between San Manuel and ORCAO which would allow those displaced to return safely to their homes and communities. He echoed what we had heard about the difficulty of resolving the situation due to the fact that the ORCAO had constructed houses on the site, and he specifically said that the conditions were not safe enough to establish a peace camp. He also agreed that the attacks were in retaliation for the Exchange with the National Indigenous Congress.

“Plan Sur is a pretext,” López said, referring to the Southern Border Strategy recently implemented by the Mexican government. “The ‘containment posts’ are being used to encircle Zapatista Territory in order to contain the Zapatistas. An Army patrol even attempted to enter an autonomous community. The Zapatistas said they were autonomous and did not permit the Army to enter. The soldiers went away.”

The Plan Sur is also being used to severely repress Central Americans. It is not really about stopping drug traffickers or human traffickers; it is about repression and containment. It is also about criminalizing immigration-without-permission. Chiapas prisons are filling up with Central American migrants charged with crimes they did not commit. The US government of Barack Obama has pushed for the Southern Border Strategy and is providing some of the funding.

Chiapas Support Committee

September 2014

 

 

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August 31, 2014

Former students at La Garrucha in Solidarity with the Zapatistas

Filed under: Zapatista — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 2:47 pm

 

Former students at La Garrucha in Solidarity with the Zapatistas

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Former students at the escuelita in La Garrucha: Zapatista compas we are here!

To the men, women and children of Caracol III:
Resistance Towards a New Dawn, La Garrucha,
To the Good government junta The way of the future,
To the men and women of the EZLN,
To the sixth,
To the men and women of Mexico and the world who walk and feel below and to the left.

August 2014
Compañeros and compañeras:

We, the undersigned individuals and groups, had the honour of being in the Rebel territory of La Garrucha during the Zapatista escuelita in August 2013. When we set foot on that dignified and rebel territory, we knew from the beginning that nothing would be the same for us, we learned much from you and you shared much with us, it was not only the corn, tortillas, pozol, beans, the house where you welcomed us, the steps, the talks, the laughs and the good times that affected us, it was also the rage and rebellion which today, perhaps more than before, will make us turn to see and feel with the heart when they harass, attack and intimidate the Zapatista children, men and women who were and are our teachers, guardians (votanes), companions and compas.

Quite often, our families talked to us about not being afraid to change things, to take life in our hands, we often received the advice that we should carry on in the best way we can with the struggle to change this world, to make it better. Autonomy and liberty come at a cost – they told us – but in the end the results are there, and so we saw it and lived it.

For 20 years we have walked, we have learned from the Zapatistas, but the Zapatista escuelita was undoubtedly the most profound experience, which means that for us today nothing can be the same.

The paramilitaries, the government programmes, the systematic harassment, the taunts and the murders have always tried, over many years, to crush the rebellion which is made concrete daily in autonomy – our compas told us – “but we are still here” – they said.

Well we are also still here compas, we are here watching, feeling and we will not stop saying that we are watching what the bad government has been doing since votan Galeano was cowardly murdered … but the compa died in order to live.

And he lives in each one of us and we very humbly tell you, that when we say that nothing can be the same for us, it is because every day we look in the mirror and we tell ourselves that we can create something else, other steps can walk with dignity and we have yours as an example.

Today we not only say that we condemn the recent attacks perpetrated by members of ORCAO against our Zapatista compas, today we say that we are feeling these attacks and the only thing we can do is to keep on giving – as they say continue the struggle – we will keep on giving as we can from our spaces of struggle to tell the bad governments that we do not give up, we do not forget, we do not sell out and we keep looking and feeling the rebellion of the Zapatista men, women and children who are seed, walk and path .

That was the lesson that the escuelita left us and as the students we were, we are still here!

You are not alone, you are not alone!
Galeano lives!

In solidarity
Former students of the Zapatista escuelita in the autonomous rebel territory of La Garrucha:

Anaid, México
Carla Peracchi, Barcelona
Claudia I. Espinosa Díaz, México
Iván de Jesús Rodríguez Muñoz, México
Miguel Ángel Martínez Ramírez, México
Yael García, Chiapas, México
Colectivo Les trois passants, Francia

 

 

http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2014/08/30/exalumnos-de-la-garrucha-en-solidaridad-con-los-zapatistas/

 

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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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