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July 3, 2015

Frayba Demands Investigation of Armed Attack on Zapatista Bases

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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:


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Translation: Chiapas Support Committee

Thursday, July 2, 2015

En español:



May 17, 2015

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

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


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.




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




Centro de Derechos Humanos

Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, A.C.

San Cristóbal de Las Casas

25th February, 2015

Press Release No. 04




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.


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: file / newsletters / 140803_ boletin_22_desplazamiento_ baez.pdf

In English:

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

In English:










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May 3, 2012


Filed under: Other Campaign, Paramilitary, Repression, Zapatista — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:05 pm


 ** Invasions in the Caracol of La Garrucha are increasing: Las Abejas

by Hermann Bellinghausen

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, May 1, 2012

Acts of counterinsurgency, with the repeated complicity of public forces in Chiapas, could be propitiating a resurgence of paramilitary groups, according to separate denunciations by Las Abejas of Acteal and the Network against Repression and for Solidarity, of the Other Campaign.

With reference to the recent aggressions and invasions by pro-government groups (oficialistas) in Nuevo Paraíso and other Zapatista communities in the Caracol of La Garrucha, the Network points out: “the reactivation of paramilitaries is notorious. There is also the eruption of military and police bodies, as well as the intense campaign of government programmes in zones where there is a rebel presence, intended to create divisions.”

Las Abejas announced that children of the paramilitaries who perpetrated the Acteal Massacre in 1997 walk around in the communities displaying weapons that their fathers used 14 years ago: “That fact demonstrates the existence of weapons hidden in Chenalhó, which the Chiapas government denies so strongly, but which makes the reactivation of paramilitary action possible. Children of the absolved paramilitaries go around with weapons, because they see that killing innocent people is work for the government, which is well paid and receives rewards in recognition for ‘serving’ the State.

Echoing the denunciation of the Good Government Junta Path of the Future, issued April 25, about the invasions in Nuevo Paraíso, the Network against Repression in Chiapas points out that the lands of that Zapatista community have been invaded by residents of Pojkol, Guadalupe Victoria and Las Conchitas, protected by the police and political organizations.

It emphasizes: “the economic and community impact resulting from the emergence of these armed groups, some belonging to the ORCAO and the ARIC Historic.” The losses due to the attacks surpass 300,000 pesos, in addition to the felling of trees and the contamination of rivers. These things (take place) while the State Preventive Police “arrive in a provocative way, making it clear that they support the invasion and that they form part of the strategy of aggression and attrition towards the Zapatista communities.”

The Network points out that: “the invaders are seeing with the government the way to ‘legalize’ those recuperated lands.” The land grab “is designed by the three levels of government, and the policy of usurping the communal property in Zapatista territory is a weapon of wearing out the rebel bases. Territorial control in this corner of the world is economic and political. Reactivation of the paramilitary groups is notorious in Zapatista territory; also the eruption of military and police bodies, as well as the intense campaign of government programmes to create divisions.”

Las Abejas asserted that the violence reigning in Mexico is a consequence of the inability to govern and “the scant practice of law with justice.” In Acteal, they maintain, “real justice has never arrived.” As a consequence, “a threat exists to the survivors of the massacre and a risk to the entire civilian population, victims of the counterinsurgency war, because sons of the released paramilitaries (like the son of Mariano Luna Ruiz, of Acteal Alto) walk around calmly in the communities with the weapons that their fathers used in the massacre.”

They warn that this will continue “because the governments promote the counterinsurgency,” not only with bullets, “but also through mining concessions and the construction of large infrastructure projects of foreign initiative, because while the people organize to defend their territory, the government sells out the country and responds to harassment with public force or through buying consciences.”


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Translation by CSC

May 2, 2012


Filed under: Paramilitary, Repression, Zapatista — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:58 pm


As part of the national meeting of the Network against Repression and for Solidarity, held on April 28, 2012 in Mexico City, the attendees made the following statement :

While throughout Zapatista territory the construction of autonomy, work and continued resistance is deepening, the PRD government of Juan Sabines Guerrero is sharpening its strategy of death and violence through military and economic warfare.

The constant attacks on land reclaimed by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation have not ceased, the resurgence of this escalation of repression in the community of Nuevo Paraiso, autonomous municipality Francisco Villa, in the zone of La Garrucha, has reached a new level in the counterinsurgency strategy implemented by the various paramilitary groups in the ARIC and ORCAO, supported by the three levels of bad government.

The Zapatistas have shown great patience in their process of resistance, and have met this type of violence with dignity. For all of them the mother earth is not for sale, it is their heritage because it is the legacy of their dead, their courageous fallen, their warriors.

We, as part of our commitment to our compañer@s, feel their indignation and rage as our own, and we take as our own the Zapatista project, which represents an example of life confronting the capitalist system of death.

We call on people of good heart and solidarity to embrace this struggle, and on our compañer@s of the Other Campaign and the Zezta Internazional, so that together we can put an end to the war which is raging in these lands and ask that they remain vigilant at this critical moment, in which not only a political project but life itself hangs in the balance.

We hold Felipe Calderon of the PAN, Juan Sabines of the PRD and the various municipal governments and their political parties responsible for of all the attacks on Zapatista communities.

We therefore call for:

A national and international day on May 19, with the following aims:


We call on all to carry out, each according to their own ways of being, actions of solidarity and fellowship with the Zapatista communities in resistance.

Let us join hands, steps and hearts together to build this road where the commitment is to life.


Against dispossession and repression: solidarity!
Network against Repression and for Solidarity (RvsR)

Network against Repression and for Solidarity
Page: / redcontralarepresion
Phone: 55 78 07 75 55 78 47 11
Address: Dr. Carmona y Valle # 32, colonia Doctores,  Del. Cuauhtemoc, Mexico D.F. C.P. 06720

April 28, 2012

Conflict Over Wave of Land Invasions in La Garrucha

Filed under: Zapatista — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:21 pm

Conflict at the Point of Exploding Over Wave of Land Invasions in La Garrucha                                                               


** If they don’t respect us, we won’t respect them either, warn the indigenous people affected by the     unlawful actions

by Hermann Bellinghausen,

Ocosingo, Chiapas, April 26, 2012

The Good Government Junta (JBG) Path of the Future, from the Caracol of Resistance Towards A New   Dawn, with its seat in La Garrucha, has denounced invasions and attacks, particularly against the autonomous village Nuevo Paraíso, where residents of Pojkol, Guadalupe Victoria and Ranchería Las Conchitas (in Ocosingo and Chilón municipalities) have entered the rebel community’s recuperated lands “and are harming our compañeros.”

Nuevo Paraíso’s problems started, according to the Junta, last October 26, “when residents of Pojkol entered our coffee fields to cut the coffee; they were armed and fired several high-calibre bullets.” The invaders damaged 3 hectares and removed 1, 800 kilos [of coffee]. In November, they stole from the collective milpa, 4 hectares which produce 100 zontes (some 35 costales) of corn.

On January 9, the invaders from Pojkol (Chilón) “began to cut down fine trees, which they are still doing today,” on recuperated lands “that were already paid for with the blood of our fallen ones.” The Junta denounces Miguel Gutiérrez Feliciano and Domingo Gutiérrez Ruiz, the leaders of this ejido, as the ones responsible.

Las Conchitas residents also stripped Nuevo Paraíso of some 16 hectares of milpa. As for the stolen corn, “they sold it in different places.” On December 31, “they came firing several shots and they destroyed three hectares of the collective coffee field.” On February 3, those same people cut the pasture’s wire fence and “let out all the cattle.” On April 4, they burned the (fence) posts and took away 8 roles of wire. “They came into contact with the natural spring where we have connected our [water] pipe. They are putting dead animals and women’s underwear into the spring. They cut the pipes and cut down all the big trees on the reserve and planted milpa. They did the same thing at other water holes.”

At the same time “they are taking steps with the government to legalize our recuperated lands (for themselves). They invaded them because they want to take them away from us.”

The invaders from Las Conchitas belong to the Rural Association of Collective Interest-Union of Unions (Aric) “historic”, represented by Marcos Gómez Morales, “known as a human rights defender,” Plácido, Marcos and Fidelino Gómez Morales, Fidelino Gómez Lorenzo, Carmelino Ruiz Guillén and Reynaldo Morales González (“known as a killer who has a prior criminal record,” asserts the Junta).

The pro-government people (oficialistas) from Guadalupe Victoria invaded coffee fields in November and cut down three hectares. On March 17, they destroyed one more hectare that belongs to Francisco Villa autonomous municipality and they planted milpa. On March 27, they invaded six hectares of pastureland, fumigated it with agro-chemicals and stole the wire fence. They also fumigated a hectare and a half of improved pastureland. That same day on the highway that leads to the fields, five armed men impeded the passage of Zapatista campesinos.

On April 22, 119 members of the Regional Organization of Ocosingo Coffee Growers (Orcao, its initials in Spanish) arrived in 16 trucks at the recuperated land, now invaded and damaged, to plan another invasion, headed by the leaders Antonio Juárez Cruz and José Pérez. “They are registering the recuperated land that belongs to our compañero support bases of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN), and every few days the state preventive police arrive in Guadalupe Victoria to provoke the compañeros. The leaders of Aric “historic” are Marcelo Jiménez Pérez president, Julio and Javier Toledo Córdova. They support the invaders from Las Conchitas.

“We demand that the government withdraw its people that have organized in the places mentioned.” And they warn: “We do not want death but we say clearly to the bad governments, if they do not respect us, we won’t respect them either; in other words, if what they want is for us to return to how we started, then so they will have it. Enough of so much land grabbing, enough of their messes! If the governing cannot control their people, they should stop interfering and stop robbing our Mexico. Enough is enough!”


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Friday, April 27, 2012

Translation by Chiapas Support Committee

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