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June 27, 2016

Network for Peace Rejects Violence and Repression of Teachers and Calls for Dialogue

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Network for Peace Rejects Violence and Repression of Teachers and Calls for Dialogue

 

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San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, June 21, 2016

The member organizations of Network for Peace (Red por la Paz) express our indignation over the acts of repression that the Mexican State has carried out, through the police forces, against the teachers’ movement and civil society which has expressed its rejection in recent weeks of the educational reform passed in 2013. It has been repeatedly pointed out that the educational reform promoted by Enrique Peña Nieto, passed by the Congress of the Union and the congresses of the federal states, as well as permitting the gradual privatization of public education, is a labour reform that breaks with the principle of stable employment and the right to form a trade union.

The mobilizations of protest and rejection that have been organized by sections seven and 22 of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) and the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) in Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Michoacan, among others, have been repressed through the excessive use of public force, extended to the sympathetic population or simply passers-by in the places where the protests were happening.

In Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca, the conflict has resulted in murders of teachers and civilians as well as hundreds of wounded and dozens of people arrested.

In this context, the risk of an escalation of repressive and indiscriminate violence, on the part of the State, in all of the states where the teachers’ movement has protested with the support of civil society (Oaxaca, Tabasco, Chiapas, Michoacan, Guerrero, among others) is very high and against this, of a popular response that, tired of attacks and deaths, could respond with defensive violence. Against this context of violence in which several violations of human rights have occurred, and also due to the recurring climate of impunity, we call for national and international solidarity to show, in writing to the President of the Republic, its rejection of excessive use of force against the teachers’ movement and against civil society.

We demand from Enrique Peña Nieto:

  • Public and respectful dialogue that genuinely addresses and presents solutions to the just demands of the teachers’ union.
  • An end to the repression and criminalization of the teachers’ union.

 

Chiapas Network for Peace:

Servicios y Asesoría para la Paz A.C. (SERAPAZ)

Comisión de Apoyo a la Unidad y Reconciliación Comunitaria, A.C. (CORECO)

Desarrollo Económico y Social de los Mexicanos Indígenas, A.C. (DESMI)

Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas (Frayba)

Educación para la Paz, A.C. (EDUPAZ)

ENLACE, Comunicación y Capacitación, A.C. (ENLACE CC)

Servicio Internacional para la Paz (Sipaz)

Centro de Derechos de la Mujer Chiapas, A.C. (CDMCH)

Comité de Derechos Huanos Fray Pedro Lorenzo de La Nada (CDHFP)

Centro de Derechos Indígenas A.C. (CEDIAC)

 

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July 22, 2015

Peace Network denounces absence of Chiapas state government in the Primero de Agosto case

Filed under: Displacement, Indigenous — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 4:26 pm

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Peace Network denounces absence of Chiapas state government in the Primero de Agosto case

Temporary camp, Photo@Sipaz

Temporary camp, Photo@Sipaz

On 15 July, the Peace Network, of which SIPAZ forms a part, published a communique denouncing the omission of the Chiapas state government with regard to the violation of the human rights of the forcibly displaced people from the Primero de Agosto community. This conclusion has to do with the fact that, two days prior, both the Coordinator of the Subsecretary for Governance, Gustavo Víctor Moscoso Zenteno, as well as the Special Prosecutor for Indigenous Justice, Cristóbal Hernández Hernández, failed to show up to the meetings that had been arranged with the Peace Network.

Two months after the civil observation mission that was held on 11 May, the member-organizations of the Peace Network presented evidence showing that the grave conditions of the displaced families have not improved, and that death-threats and attacks on the camp of the displaced continue to be prosecuted by members of the Historical Independent Center for Agricultural Workers and Campesinos (CIOAC-H). The Network’s communique expresses that “despite the various meetings that we have had with the state government, the State has not observed the accords to which it had agreed as a means of resolving the problem in a profound way, through the recognition of the right to the land from which the families of the Primero de Agosto community were displaced. These commitments were signed in a meeting on 25 February 2015, when the Chiapas state government committed itself to guaranteeing the redistribution of 50% of the land [the displaced] had had in the Primero de Agosto community.”

In addition, the Network responded to the reason for which the officials were absent: “We believe that the argument of the officials to ignore us due to the electoral situation is not valid, amidst the grave human-rights violations that the displaced families are experiencing. On the contrary, the electoral context worsens their vulnerability, as violence can take place in the region before, during, or subsequent to the elections. For this reason, we request a guarantee for the lives and physical and psychological integrity of the displaced persons from Primero de Agosto.”

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May 23, 2015

Report from the “Civilian Mission for Human Rights Observation to the camp of forcibly displaced persons from the village of Primero de Agosto, Municipality of Las Margaritas.”

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Report from the “Civilian Mission for Human Rights Observation to the camp of forcibly displaced persons from the village of Primero de Agosto, Municipality of Las Margaritas.”

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San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas. May 20, 2015.

V. Demands

Given what has been observed and documented, the Civil Observation Mission demands of the government of Chiapas that they take immediate, urgent and effective action to find a lasting solution that could lead to the prompt return of the people who were forcibly displaced, as well as that they clarify the events that gave rise to the displacement, perform the relevant ministerial inspection at the scene and move forward the respective proceedings, punishing the perpetrators and comprehensively repairing the damage, taking action to prevent acts that would put at risk once again the life and physical integrity of the children, women and men of the displaced village of Primero de Agosto.

At the same time, they must immediately address the dire humanitarian situation prevailing in Primero de Agosto, in accordance with the points made above, especially taking into consideration the most vulnerable groups such as children and women who are pregnant and have small children, all of them Tojolabales.”

Read the report at: http://www.frayba.org.mx/archivo/informes/150520_informe_primero_agosto.pdf

Network for Peace in Chiapas.

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June 3, 2014

Statement by the Peace Network and its sister organizations concerning the climate of violence, tension and conflict suffered in the Lacandon Jungle and the Montes Azules Ecological Reserve

Filed under: Lacandon/ montes azules — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 7:38 pm

 

Statement by the Peace Network and its sister organizations concerning the climate of violence, tension and conflict suffered in the Lacandon Jungle and the Montes Azules Ecological Reserve

To free, alternative, independent, autonomous media
To Civil Society
To the national and international press

The Peace Network and its sister organizations have made a statement concerning the situation in the Lacandon Jungle and the Montes Azules Ecological Reserve; they stand in solidarity with the Zapatista communities

We share their word, and thank you for disseminating it.

San Cristóbal de las Casas, 27th May, 2014.

Statement by the Peace Network and its sister organizations concerning the climate of violence, tension and conflict suffered in the Lacandon Jungle and the Montes Azules Ecological Reserve:

p1040224In 1972 a decision by the presidency, in a legally-questionable manner, handed 614,000 hectares of Chiapanecan jungle to 66 Lacandon families, without taking into account hundreds of families from other indigenous communities and groups that also inhabited this territory and whom, from that point on, were in constant risk of being displaced from their land. Six years later, when this territory became part of the Montes Azules Ecological Reserve, the pressure against the registration of these excluded peoples’ land titles increased, and their relocation or forced displacement has been the government’s response to the problem.

In April 2014, an agreement between the Lacandon Zone Community and the ARIC Independent and Democratic Union of Unions was ratified, in which the land rights of three established populations in the region was recognised. This agreement was the fruit of a process of dialogue between the parties directly involved, and was made without the participation of the government (due to a “lack of will” on its part to resolve the conflict, representatives of ARIC affirmed in a press conference on the 1st of May).

Since the 28th of April of this year, various events have escalated the climate of violence, tension and conflict concerning the delimitation of the so-called “Lacandon Divide” and the Montes Azules Reserve. It is important to recognise that the indigenous communities and peoples that inhabit this region have been constructing a variety of projects and initiatives, some for over 30 years, with the aim of achieving legitimate recognition of their struggle, land rights, and rights to autonomy.

Nonetheless, these projects appear to be affected and threatened by the presence of private financial interests, by environmentalists whose presence is alien to the communities involved, and by a climate of confusion, impunity and violence suffered in the original and principal base of the still-unresolved armed conflict. The murder of José Luis Solis López, a Zapatista support base, on the 2nd of May of this year, in the Good Government Council of La Realidad, has especially concerned us. Running in parallel with this act, we recognise other occurrences which, collectively, amount to a climate of tension and complex conflict in this setting.

On the 29th of April, 2014, in the community of San Javier, in the Municipality of Ocosingo, the Assembly of Communal Goods of the Lacandon Zone was suspended when a group of people violently interrupted the meeting. During the last days of the same month, news of the kidnapping of Julia Carabias, ex-environment secretary, academic and founding member of the NGO Nature and Mexican Ecosystems AC dedicated to the conservation of natural resources, reached the press; she was accused by members of the Lacandon community and by other sectors of civil society of being responsible for fomenting division between their members and of introducing projects oriented towards the privatization of the Zone.

In this strained environment, the detention was ordered of Fernando Gabriel Montoya Oseguera, the adviser of the Lacandon Zone Community, whom the state attorney indicated to be the intellectual author of the kidnapping of Julia Carabias and later remanded as “probably guilty of the crime of attacks against the peace and against the corporal and asset integrity of the public and the State”, a trap into which he had fallen on assuming the mayorship of Altamirano in January 2001. This is considered by many to be a means of contention and criminalization of the process by which the Lacandon community seeks to make decisions concerning the territory which was given to them decades prior.

Laguna_Miramar_en_la_Selva_Lacandona-660x330It would be worthwhile to mention at this point that organizations of the Network for Peace participated in the Civil Observation and Solidarity Mission that was carried out from the 29th of April to the 4th of May 2012, which aimed to build knowledge of the situation of the inhabitants of San Gregorio, Salvador Allende, and Ranchería Corozal, communities that form part of the Independent and Democratic ARIC A.C., with whom the Lacandon Community sustained and strengthened the agreement to which we refer above, in which these three communities, and the legitimacy of their claims to ownership of the land they have inhabited for more than 30 years, are recognised. This agreement was made known in a press conference on the 1st of May, 2014, in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, as well as years prior, in the facilities of the Miguel Agustín ProDH Human Rights Centre, in Mexico City, on the 3rd of August 2011.

For our organizations, it is important to recognise that these three communities reached this agreement with the Lacandon Zone Community (CZL) through dialogue, the same route by which they have peacefully requested since 2010, faced with various petitions and inter-institutional discussions with federal and state governments, as well as with government environmental institutions, that the necessary proceedings for the legal recognition of their claims to land be initiated.

Nonetheless, we confirm that various interests have impeded, going back many years, this process, generating a climate of insecurity and escalation of conflict.

It worries us that, in response to the public dissatisfaction displayed at this time by the CZL and the Independent Democratic ARIC, the governmental response should use strategies that violate the rights of these peoples, such as the forced displacement of families and communities carried out between 2003 and 2012, and the detention of local authorities and leaders of this movement.

Finally, with great concern, we want to note that at this juncture, on the 14th of May, the Second Phase of the Southern Frontier Operation began in five municipalities of the state of Chiapas that are located in the conflict zone, in which elements of the National Defence Secretary, the Mexican Navy, PGR, PF, INM and the state and municipal police.

In light of this situation, we declare:

1. We support processes and mechanisms that respect the human rights of the actors involved in these conflicts – in particular, the collective rights of the indigenous peoples – as well as using all of those peaceful initiatives that promote the dignity of the territories, peoples, and individuals. We reject the privatization of indigenous territories, of their natural resources, and the intervention of external actors (state or non-state) that interrupt and break the processes of dialogue and construction of agreements amongst peoples, communities and organizations.

2. We reject the policies and strategies of militarization and of criminalization of social protest in the states of the southern border of Mexico, and in particular in zones of conflict, which harm indigenous communities, particularly women and children.

3. We declare ourselves in favour of inclusive processes in the management, conservation and administration of the Montes Azules Ecological Reserve, and of the other six federal Protected Natural Areas in the Lacandon region, whose preservation is fundamental for the wellbeing, the present and future life of humanity, of our country and of the indigenous communities that inhabit them. For this reason, these communities must be thoroughly involved in the diagnosis, territorial distribution, management strategies, and the design and implementation of holistic strategies for the sustainability of the living community.

4. Finally, we want to express our solidarity with the Zapatista peoples and, in particular, send an embrace to the Good Government Council located in La Realidad; and we join in the tribute to the Maestro Galeano. In this way, we salute the arrival of a new era.

Attentively,

The Members of the Network for Peace:


Comité de Derechos Humanos Fray Pedro Lorenzo de La Nada (CDHFP)
Centro de Derechos Indígenas A.C. (CEDIAC)
Servicios y Asesoría para la Paz A.C. (SERAPAZ)
Comisión de Apoyo a la Unidad y Reconciliación Comunitaria, A.C. (CORECO)
Desarrollo Económico y Social de los Mexicanos Indígenas, A.C. (DESMI)
Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas (Frayba)
Educación para la Paz, A.C. (EDUPAZ)
ENLACE, Comunicación y Capacitación, A.C. (ENLACE CC)
Servicio Internacional para la Paz (Sipaz)
Centro de Derechos de la Mujer Chiapas, A.C. (CDMCH)

and other organizations:

Voces Mesoamericanas, AC.,

Casa de Apoyo a la Mujer Ixin Antsetik AC.

Maderas del Pueblo del Sureste AC.

Translated by Andrew Green

 

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April 27, 2013

Denunciation of attacks on families in Chilón in order to take their land

Filed under: Displacement, Human rights, Indigenous, San Marcos Aviles, Zapatista — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 8:35 pm

Denunciation of attacks on families in Chilón in order to take their land

Caravan of observation has presented a report of their visit to the area

Hermann Bellinghausen

La Jornada, Friday April 26, 2013

San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, April 25

manta sanmarcos1Death threats, threats of rape, attacks and robberies are continuing against Zapatista families in San Marcos Avilés (Chilón). The Network for Peace in Chiapas has released a report about the situation in the community, after a caravan of observation visited last Monday.  “The main source of the aggression is the dispossession of their workable lands by members of the PRI, PVEM and PRD”. There are also threats of displacement “prompted by the disagreement of the party supporters with the progress of the project of autonomy of the EZLN”, the report added.

The women of the community denounced that the party supporters harassed them on a daily basis. One described how: “we are harvesting the coffee with fear. One day when I returned to the house they had stolen the chickens, poisoned the pigs, and robbed other items. They say that if we go out alone, they will rape us. Two years ago my daughter died at the age of 10 of sadness, because they told her many times they were going to rape her.” Children “are constantly asking why they cannot go out and play, they feel the anxiety of their parents”. The psychological consequences “are severe”, the report said. According to another witness, “now we do not sleep on account of the risk”. The discrimination and exclusion against the Zapatistas “is evident”, and provocations “are constant”.

They documented a number of death threats. “For example, on March 27 the ejidal and municipal authorities met in a private place to share information about a Zapatista man and decide if they would kill him. They agreed that once they had done this, they would do the same with the other bases of the EZLN”.

During their stay in the ejido, the caravan experienced “a climate of hostility”, and the party supporters threatened to seize the vehicles of the observers.

Subsequently, the mission of 10 civil organizations met with the Chilón municipal authorities. While the Mayor Leonardo Rafael Guirao Aguilar (PVEM) did not attend, observers met the government delegate Nabor Orozco Ferrer, the receiver (síndico) Francisco Guzmán Aguilar and other municipal officials.

Faced with the documentation of human rights violations, the receiver “acknowledged the displacement and dispossession of land from the bases of the EZLN since 2010, commenting that ‘what is certain is that the Zapatistas bought the land, but it was taken from them because they do not pay property taxes, or pay for their light and water’, but he denied the existence of a situation of violence today”. The Government delegate “admitted that there are political interests behind these events on the part of some people which might be causing the conflict”.

The mission found “food insecurity” among the EZLN families. “This does not allow them to live a full life, among other situations that might constitute acts of torture due to constant and widespread violence committed against them”.

“We regret the lack of action from the government of Chiapas, which has tolerated the constant human rights violations”, the Network for Peace declares, and demands guarantees of health, education, housing and freedom of movement for the EZLN support bases. “There is an imminent risk that, for the second time (the first was in 2010), a forced displacement may be carried out by people from the same ejido who are affiliated with the PRI, PVEM and PRD. We make clear to the government the seriousness and urgency of the situation, and ask them to take immediate action to prevent irreparable harm to the life and personal integrity of the indigenous belonging to the EZLN”, the report concludes.

 

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2013/04/26/index.php?section=politica&article=028n2pol

 

 

 

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April 24, 2013

Zapatistas denuncian agresiones de simpatizantes de PRI y PVEM

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Human rights, Repression, San Marcos Aviles, Zapatista — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 8:52 pm

 

Zapatistas denuncian agresiones de simpatizantes de PRI y PVEM

Amenazan a misión civil de la Red por la Paz de Chiapas

Hermann Bellinghausen

Periódico La Jornada
Miércoles 24 de abril de 2013, p. 22

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., 23 de abril.

La junta de buen gobierno (JBG) de los Altos, con sede en el caracol zapatista de Oventic, denunció las numerosas agresiones que han venido sufriendo en el ejido San Marcos Avilés (Chilón) las bases de apoyo del Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN), en particular este año. Los agresores son identificados como partidistas del PRI y del PVEM.

El comunicado se da en un contexto en el cual este domingo fue amenazada la misión civil de la Red por la Paz de Chiapas durante su visita a la comunidad tzeltal para documentar la violaciones constantes a los derechos de las bases zapatistas. El Frayba, uno de los 10 organismos participantes, denunció que “los partidistas amenazaron a la ‘Caravana Civil de Observación’ con quitarle los vehículos”, y advirtieron que si no los entregaban a la buena sería a la mala, y si corre sangre, va a correr. Las amenazas no se concretaron, pero dan idea del clima en San Marcos Avilés. La caravana concluyó sin más incidentes, y anunció un informe para los próximos días.

En tanto, la JBG recuerda que ha venido denunciando todos los actos vergonzosos de estas personas partidistas que provocan problemas entre indígenas de la misma comunidad; son organizados por los gobernadores Juan Sabines Guerrero y, ahora, Manuel Velasco Coello. Los tres niveles de gobierno no han hecho nada para detener las injusticias que se están cometiendo en contra de nuestros compañeros. Y apunta: La respuesta a nuestras denuncias ha sido de groserías, burlas y más amenazas.

El comunicado detalla más de 20 agresiones contra las familias zapatistas desde julio de 2011 hasta la semana pasada, cuando un zapatista fue despojado de un predio por el edil de Chilón, quien mandó un tractor para aplanar un solar de 32 por 25 metros propiedad de Javier Ruiz Cruz, y así empezó a trabajar, resguardado por 120 personas de los diferentes partidos el 17 de abril. Nuestro compañero no pudo hacer nada por defender su propiedad.

El siguiente día el tractor continuó trabajando en el solar, rodeado por la misma cantidad de personas partidistas y siete camiones de volteo para cargar grava. Antes, el pasado 29 de enero, Ruiz Cruz había informado a la JBG que el terreno, a orillas de una laguna, fue cercado por los agresores, entre rumores de que se trata de la construcción de un campamento militar.

Desde 2011 no han cesado las amenazas y hostigamientos, encabezados habitualmente por el policía municipal y el militante del PVEM Lorenzo Ruiz Gómez. La JBG relata diversas agresiones contra las familias autónomas: despojo de tierras, robo de cultivos y animales, saqueo de cafetales, amenazas de muerte, falsas acusaciones, suspensión de servicio eléctrico y agresiones armadas y con piedras, junto con arbitrariedades de funcionarios municipales de Chilón abiertamente coludidos con los agresores del PRI y PVEM en San Marcos Avilés.

Ya en marzo de 2012 el priísta Ernesto López Núñez alardeaba que los de su partido tienen un nuevo plan para desalojar a los zapatistas y que habría una segunda etapa para quitarles sus derechos.

El 3 de marzo pasado agresores y autoridades del PVEM se reunieron con el principal cabecilla (el mencionado Ruiz Gómez), quien habría dicho que no hay otra forma que asesinar a los hijos de nuestros compañeros, y después pidió a sus cómplices que asesinen a Juan Velasco Aguilar y a los demás zapatistas; sus correligionarios, según la JBG, se dijeron listos para hacerlo y que tienen suficientes armas.

La JBG de Oventic culpa directamente a los mencionados Ruiz Gómez y López Núñez, así como a los hijos del primero, Sócrates e Ismael Ruiz Núñez. Añade a los priístas José Cruz Hernández, Santiago Cruz Díaz, Vicente Ruiz López, Manuel Vázquez Gómez y José Hernández Méndez, además de los verdes Rubén Martínez Vásquez, Manuel Díaz Ruiz, Victor Núñez Martínez, Victor Díaz Sánchez y otras 30 personas. Estos agresores no dejan vivir en paz a las bases zapatistas, que ya fueron desalojadas temporalmente en 2010.

 

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Zapatistas Denounce Aggressions from PRI and PVEM Supporters

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Human rights, San Marcos Aviles, Zapatista — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 7:16 pm

 

Zapatistas Denounce Aggressions from PRI and PVEM Supporters

 ** They threaten the civil mission from the Chiapas Network for Peace

By: Hermann Bellinghausen,

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, April 23, 2013

BAZ despojadosThe Good Government Junta (JBG) of Los Altos, based in the Zapatista Caracol of Oventic, has denounced the numerous aggressions that the support bases of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) in the San Marcos Avilés ejido (Chilón) have been suffering, particularly this year. The aggressors are identified as “party members” of the PRI and PVEM.

The context in which the communiqué was released is that the civilian mission of the Chiapas Network for Peace was threatened last Sunday, during its visit to the Tzeltal community to document the constant violations of the rights of the Zapatista bases.  Frayba, one of the 10 participating organizations, denounced that: “the party members threatened the ‘Civil Observation Caravan’ with taking away its vehicles,” and warned that if they did not give them up (the vehicles) “the good” would become “the bad, and if blood flows, it is going to flow.” The threats did not materialize, but they give an idea of the climate in San Marcos Avilés. The caravan concluded without further incidents, and announced [it will present] a report in the next few days.

Meanwhile, the Junta recalls that “it has been denouncing all the shameful acts of these party supporters” who provoke problems among the indigenous of the same community. They are “organized by the governors Juan Sabines Guerrero and, now, Manuel Velasco Coello.” The three levels of government “have done nothing to stop the injustices that they are committing against our compañeros.” And he points out: “The response to our denunciations has been swearing, jokes and more threats.”

The communiqué details more than 20 attacks against the Zapatista families from July 2011 until last week, when a Zapatista was dispossessed from a plot of land by the mayor of Chilón, who, on April 17, “sent a tractor to level a 32 by 25 meter plot owned by Javier Ruiz Cruz, which started to work, guarded by 120 people from the different political parties.” “Our compañero was not able to do anything to defend his property.”

The next day “the tractor continued working in the plot, surrounded by the same number of party supporters and seven dumper trucks to carry gravel.” Earlier, last January 29, Ruiz Cruz had reported to the Junta that the land, on the banks of a lagoon, “was circled by the aggressors,” among “rumors that we are dealing with the construction of a military camp.”

The threats and harassment “have not stopped” since 2011, usually headed by the municipal police and the PVEM member Lorenzo Ruiz Gómez. The Junta describes various attacks against the autonomous families: seizure of land, robbery of crops and animals, sacking of coffee fields, death threats, false accusations, suspension of electric service and attacks with arms and with rocks, together with the arbitrary actions of Chilón’s municipal officials, openly colluding with the PRI and PVEM aggressors in San Marcos Avilés.

Already, in March 2012, the PRI member Ernesto López Núñez boasted: “that those in his party have a new plan” to evict the Zapatistas, and that there would be a “second phase of taking away their rights.”

On March 3, “aggressors and authorities of the PVEM met with the principal ringleader” (the above-mentioned Ruiz Gómez), who would have said: “that there is no other way than to murder the children of our compañeros,” and then asked his accomplices “to murder Juan Velasco Aguilar and the rest of the Zapatistas.” His fellow believers, according to the Junta, said they were “ready” to do it and that they have “sufficient weapons”.

The Oventic Junta “blames” the above-mentioned Ruiz Gómez and López Núñez “directly,” as well as the former’s sons, Socrates and Ismael Ruiz Núñez. It adds the PRI members José Cruz Hernández, Santiago Cruz Díaz, Vicente Ruiz López, Manuel Vázquez Gómez and José Hernández Méndez, besides the Greens Rubén Martínez Vásquez, Manuel Díaz Ruiz, Victor Núñez Martínez, Victor Díaz Sánchez and another 30 individuals. These aggressors do not allow the Zapatista bases, who were already temporarily evicted in 2010, to live in peace.

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Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2013/04/24/politica/022n2pol

 

English translation by the Chiapas Support Committee for the: International Zapatista Translation Service, a collaboration of the: Chiapas Support Committee, California, Wellington Zapatista Support Group, UK Zapatista Solidarity Network

 

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April 22, 2013

Aggressions in process against Caravan of Human Rights Observation to San Marcos Avilés

Filed under: Human rights, San Marcos Aviles, Zapatista — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 8:15 pm

“Blood Will Flow”: aggressions in process against Caravan of Human Rights Observation to San Marcos Avilés, while they threaten to steal vehicles

 

San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, April 22, 2013.

Solidaridad San Marcos Aviles4“Blood Will Flow” say political party members, who have operated as aggressors towards the Zapatistas in the community of San Marcos Avilés in the municipality of Chilón, Chiapas. The party members want to keep the vehicles in which the human rights organizations involved in the Caravan of human rights observation travelled to the community: “If you do not hand them over the good will become bad and if blood flows, blood will flow.” The caravan carried out its activities of observation yesterday and today.

With what impunity can a group commit such criminal acts against a humanitarian mission, when the eyes of large sections of the international community are on the lookout for   aggressions against the Zapatista process? They can be protected by no other than the networks of impunity built by the municipal government of Chilón itself, led by Leonardo Rafael Guirao Aguilar, the state government, headed by Manuel Velasco and the federal, headed by Enrique Peña Nieto.

After the attack on the humanitarian convoy to San Juan Copala on April 27, 2010, which resulted in the murder of Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakola by paramilitaries, other caravans of human rights monitoring have been attacked, such as the caravan of observation to Xayakalan where Trinidad de la Cruz Crisóforo was grabbed from the convoy of the caravan and then killed. The attack on the Civil Mission of Human Rights Observation to San Marcos Avilés is part of a sequence in which the Mexican government not only allows the actions of paramilitary groups, but also in the package of ignominy includes not protecting human rights observers.

The following organizations are participating in the Network for Peace in Chiapas caravan: Fray Pedro Lorenzo de Nada Human Rights Committee (CDHFP), Centre for Indigenous Rights, A.C. (CEDIAC), Services and Consultancy for Peace, A.C. (SERAPAZ), Support Committee for Community Reconciliation and Unity, A.C. (CORECO), Economic and Social Development of Indigenous Mexicans, A.C. (DESMI), Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba), Education for Peace, A.C. (EDUPAZ), LINK, Communication and Training, A.C. (ENLACE CC), International Service for Peace (SIPAZ), and Chiapas Centre for Women’s Rights, A.C. (CDMCH).

The Zapatista community of San Marcos Avilés, like several other Zapatista communities fell prey to a spiral of violence when they decided to found their autonomous school three years ago, and the 3 levels of government and all the political parties waged a bitter campaign against Zapatista education. In the 5 Zapatista zones there are similar processes of aggression against Zapatista education and Zapatista autonomy. Even so the Zapatistas have not taken any steps back, and next August will begin the “Little Schools of Freedom according to the Zapatistas.” It is amazing what Zapatista autonomy has built over the years, you will be able to see in August. From here we will be keeping an eye on what happens in the next few hours in San Marcos Avilés. And we will be reporting it.

http://www.megafono.lunasexta.org/node/692

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Caravan to San Marcos Avilés receives threats from political party supporters who say: “Blood will flow”

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Human rights, Indigenous, San Marcos Aviles, Zapatista — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:18 pm

Urgent note: Caravan to San Marcos Avilés receives threats from political party supporters

Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Centre

San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas

April 22, 2013

Urgent Note

Caravan to San Marcos Avilés receives threats from political party supporters who say: “Blood will flow”.

According to information we have received up to now, the political party supporters of San Marcos Avilés have threatened the “Network for Peace in Chiapas Civil Caravan for Human Rights Observation in San Marcos Avilés” with taking away their vehicles; according to information they said: “If you do not hand them over quietly it will be the worse for you, and if blood is going to flow, then blood will flow”.

As a Human Rights Centre we demand the prompt and immediate intervention of the Chiapas government to protect and ensure the integrity of the human rights defenders from the civil caravan.

Finally we ask national and international civil society to keep abreast of the situation.

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NOTA URGENTE: Caravana en San Marcos Avilés recibe amenazas de partidistas‏

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Human rights, Indigenous, San Marcos Aviles, Zapatista — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:59 pm

 

NOTA URGENTE: Caravana en San Marcos Avilés recibe amenazas de partidistas‏

Centro de Derechos Humanos

Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, AC

San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas a 22 de abril del 2013

Nota Urgente

 

Caravana en San Marcos Avilés recibe amenazas de partidistas, quienes dicen: “correrá sangre”.

Según información con la que contamos hasta el momento, los partidistas de San Marcos Avilés han amenazado a la “Caravana Civil de Observación de Derechos Humanos a San Marcos Avilés de la Red por la Paz en Chiapas” con quitarles los vehículos que según información dijeron: “si no los entregan a la buena será a la mala y si corre sangre va a correr sangre”.

Como Centro de Derechos Humanos exigimos la pronta e inmediata intervención del gobierno de Chiapas para proteger y garantizar la integridad personal de los defensores y defensoras de derechos humanos de la caravana civil.

Finalmente solicitamos a la sociedad civil nacional e internacional que esté al tanto de la situación.

 

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April 21, 2013

Civil Mission in Chiapas in response to threats to EZLN support bases

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, San Marcos Aviles, Zapatista — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 2:31 pm

Civil Mission in Chiapas in response to threats to EZLN support bases

Hermann Bellinghausen

La Jornada
Sunday April 21, 2013

San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, April 20

_____SanMarcosAviles-SOLIDARIDADMembers of the Network for Peace in Chiapas have reported that this Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd April, they will undertake a civil mission of observation and documentation to the community of San Marcos Avilés, in the municipality of Chilón, “in order to collect  testimonies, following recent threats to forcibly displace the support bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), made by the inhabitants of the same ejido who are affiliated to different political parties.”

The 10 civil agencies involved in the action, who have repeatedly expressed their concerns about the Zapatista population of this community, said they also hope to meet with the municipal president of Chilón, Rafael Leonardo Guirao Aguilar, and the government delegate for the area, Nabor Orozco Ferrer.

They also called on human rights defenders, the media and the public “to remain alert as to what might happen in the context of the mission”. At the end of this visit to the Tzeltal families under threat, the observers will present a report.

Threats

They emphasized the importance of the observation and the meetings with officials “in order to halt the escalation of threats and their possible realization, especially considering that 170 Zapatista bases from the ejido San Marcos Avilés have already been displaced, between August and October 2010, and that today they are still living in a precarious situation, remaining displaced from the lands they work, and with their integrity and personal safety under constant threat.”

The Network for Peace in Chiapas, established in 2000, describes itself “a space for reflection and action composed of 10 civil society organizations, which maintains an ongoing analysis of the local and national context, along with specific actions such as statements about matters of gravity or observation missions.” The network is made up of: Fray Pedro Lorenzo de Nada Human Rights Committee (CDHFP), Centre for Indigenous Rights, A.C. (CEDIAC), Services and Consultancy for Peace, A.C. (SERAPAZ), Support Committee for Community Reconciliation and Unity, A.C. (CORECO), Economic and Social Development of Indigenous Mexicans, A.C. (DESMI), Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba), Education for Peace, A.C. (EDUPAZ), LINK, Communication and Training, A.C. (ENLACE CC), International Service for Peace (SIPAZ), and Chiapas Centre for Women’s Rights, A.C. (CDMCH).

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2013/04/21/index.php?section=politica&article=016n1pol

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