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January 30, 2017

Oxchuc Celebrates the “Day of Civil Resistance”

Filed under: Autonomy, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 4:46 pm

 

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Oxchuc Celebrates the “Day of Civil Resistance”

 

oxchuc-chiapas-oxchuc-1400112503Aerial view of the town of Oxchuc, the capital of Oxchuc municipality, located in the Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico.

 

By: Isaín Mandujano

With marches, public assemblies, dance, food and sports activities, for two days, thousands of indigenous Oxchuc residents, celebrated the “Day of Civil Resistance” in that municipal capital, to remember that January 8, 2016 on which hundreds of state police attempted to enter the municipal capital but were repelled with a negative result for the police.

During Saturday and Sunday, residents of some 97 communities and the 22 neighbourhoods in the municipal capital congregated to remember that pitched battle, which they called a “historic gesture,” that they had with some 700 police who tried to enter the town to subject them.

The town of Oxchuc maintains a civilian resistance against the mayor elected in July 2015, María Gloria Sánchez and that the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation (TEPJF) ratified; they accuse her of having won by buying votes, and manipulating and coercing the vote during the elections to prolong the political boss system in that municipality that she maintains with her husband Norberto Sántiz.

In a plebiscite residents elected Oscar Gómez López, and although the local government already recognized him, the state government obliged him to install María Gloria Sánchez in his position because of a TEPJF resolution.

January 8, 2016 was marked in the history of Oxchuc, the bravery with which everyone went out in the streets to confront the state police. Minutes before, state police had detained 38 Oxchuc leaders during a negotiating session in San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

When the state police entered, residents burned a dozen buses and patrol cars which resulted in more than 50 injuries. The residents also captured 27 state police, among them eight women, as well as the Oxchuc judge for Indigenous Peace and Conciliation, Rogelio Sántiz López, and four of his sons and two little boys.

The Oxchuqueros (residents of Oxchuc) used the captured state police and civilians as hostages to demand the freedom of their 38 leaders. Therefore the state government had to accede immediately to the demand.

Last Saturday and Sunday, Oxchuqueros went into the streets to march, held a huge assembly with representation from the 97 communities and the 22 barrios of the municipal capital. There, they ratified Oscar Gómez López as their mayor-elect through uses and customs.

 

chis-702x468Mayor Oscar Gómez López and his Emiliano Zapata banner.

 

In an interview, Mayor Oscar Gómez López demanded that the state government and particularly the Treasury Secretary, release the Oxchuc municipal council’s bank accounts, because the situation has already reached a point at which it is not possible to support some expenses they must make, like paying police, repairing patrol cars and buying gas.

Also, thousands of men, women and children are affected by the lack of ambulances, because these already are lacking or rather there is no longer any fuel for taking out the sick and injured from the more than 100 rural communities.

Gómez López said that the people have made the decision to block that stretch of highway again on January 18, to demand that the state government release the frozen bank accounts; and if they are not released they will block that highway stretch until they are heard. [1]

Blocking Oxchuc is a crisis for the state government because it paralyzes the economy, the movement of tourists and the local population that travels from the Highlands to the Jungle Region and the Northern Zone of Chiapas.

Gómez López said that the people of Oxchuc remain firm in maintaining him as mayor-elect through uses and customs and that in no way will they permit the return of the political bosses María Gloria and Norberto.

[1] Oxchuc residents maintained a roadblock on Wednesday and Thursday (January 18 and 19) to demand that the state government release the city’s bank accounts, because thousands of inhabitants are suffering the consequences of the lack of public resources like water, public services like garbage collection, security and patrolling, and health care and other matters. The state government and the members of the Permanent Commission for Peace and Conciliation, the body that heads the civil resistance movement against the region’s caciques, reached an agreement and they lifted the roadblock. In the evening, after lifting the roadblock, residents of Oxchuc heard shots fired into the air and believe they came from groups that support María Gloria. There is concern about an outbreak of violence in the town and in the municipality.

http://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2017/01/temen-enfrentamiento-en-oxchuc/

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Originally Published in Spanish by Chiapas Paralelo

Sunday, January 8, 2017

http://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2017/01/celebra-oxchuc-dia-de-la-resistencia-civil/

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

 

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November 30, 2016

“Political parties out, community governments in”: Indigenous peoples of Chiapas.

Filed under: Indigenous, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 11:49 am

 

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 “Political parties out, community governments in”: Indigenous peoples of Chiapas.

 

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Desinformémos
22 November 2016
“Political parties, alcoholism and other religions have divided us. As if that weren’t bad enough, we are also divided by the government programmes that are a condition of the crumbs they give us. What’s more, those of us who organize are threated and those who defend us are intimidated or attacked. We demand an end to the threats and repression”. So said thousands of indigenous Choles, Tsotsiles and Tseltales in the central square of Oxchuc, Chiapas.
Thousands of indigenous people participating in the pilgramage called “11 Days for 11 Municipalities in Chiapas” arrived in the central square of Oxchuc on the 20th of November, the 7th day of their pilgrimage, where they declared themselves in favour of all the originary peoples getting rid of the political parties, and creating their own forms of self-government.
Members of the Movement in Defence of Life and Territory (Movimiento en Defensa de la Vida y el Territorio [MODEVITE]), the Believing People of the parishes of Candelaria, Huixtán, Tumbalá, Cancúc, Tenejapa, Ocosingo, Altamirano, Chilón-Sitalá, Yajalón,  Salto de Agua and Oxchuc expressed their support for the more than 100 communities, neighbourhoods and regions choosing their own municipal authorities according to their uses and customs, without the interference of the government, their elections or their political parties.

“The political parties, like idols from the Bible, receive sacrifices and offerings. These sacrifices can be the lives of the people, or individuals, who, for defending others, end up in jail. The golden calf is not innocent; it is dangerous because it has servants who take it offerings. The political parties are these idols and their servants all those who join one of them for the money they are given. They try to convince other people that they must worship their idol, and since the idols are many, everyone wants you to choose their one. In this fight for power, they use us at their convenience and cause divides among us”, said the spokesperson for the indigenous Choles, Tsotsiles and Tseltales who participated in this pilgrimage.

They pointed out that in the municipality of Oxchuc, this practice of idolatry has been led for generations by a single family, who have encouraged the veneration of their idol purely for their own benefit.

“In light of this, we wish not to perpetuate this state of division that the political parties have left us in. For this reason, today, we denounce the years of corruption enjoyed both by Norberto Sántiz López and his wife María Gloria Sánchez Gómez; a family so delirious with power that they wanted to be in power again, but this time with a different party”, said the indigenous people in support of the town of Oxchuc.

The indigenous people of the originary communities present in the square of Oxchuc agreed to elect their authorities and not accept the imposition of political parties, so from now on they will make the decisions. “We have the right as indigenous peoples to self-govern. We do not want a single family to remain in power, we want a truly communitary government”, said the spokesperson of the pilgrims.

They insisted that the indigenous peoples have the right to self-government through uses and customs and that, as such, they must be listened to and respected in the way they make decisions.

Members of the government council of Cherán, Michoacán were present at the event. They explained the way in which they have created their own form of self-government and how they got rid of the political parties.

with information and inset photo from Chiapas Paralelo/ main photo, MODEVITE

Translated by Ruby Zajac for the UK Zapatista Translation Service

https://desinformemonos.org/destierro-partidos-politicos-gobiernos-comunitarios-pueblos-indigenas-chiapanecos/

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September 10, 2016

Oxchuc rejects the restoration of the mayor

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 12:50 pm

 

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Oxchuc rejects the restoration of the mayor

In Oxchuc, they reject María Gloria and the TEPJF decision ordering her to be restored as mayor

 

oxchuc-rejects-maricc81a-gloriaIndigenous Tseltal residents of Oxchuc Municipio in Chiapas demonstrate against reinstating María Gloria as mayor.

 

By: Isaín Mandujano

With a multitudinous mobilization, thousands of indigenous Tseltals of Oxchuc rejected María Gloria Sánchez Gómez’ attempt this Wednesday to be restored to her position as mayor, as ordered by the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation (TEPJF); they supported the substitute mayor, Oscar Gómez López.

Coming from 115 communities, since very early, thousands of indigenous started to arrive in the municipal capital of Oxchuc. The traditional and civil authorities with the staff of command in hand concentrated at the town’s principal entrance from where they marched to the central plaza.

With banners and chants, thousands of indigenous marched, headed by Oscar Gómez López, the current mayor of that municipio, and the president of the permanent peace and conciliation commission, Juan Encinos Gómez.

The Indigenous arrived in the plaza where they held a meeting in which they declared that they would not permit María Gloria Sánchez Gómez to be reinstated in her position as mayor, as the TEPJF ordered last August 31.

The Indigenous denounced that from their writing it seems the magistrates are totally ignorant of the reality that the municipio experiences, for which reason it concerns them not to respect that decision and that, should she take up authority, “María Gloria and all of them” will be thrown out.

Juan Encinos Gómez said that those that mobilized were around 25,000. The plaza was full of indigenous Tseltal men and women who in unison stated their rejection of María Gloria Sánchez, the mayor supported by the PVEM.

Along with María Gloria Sánchez, they expressed their repudiation of her husband, the PRI member Norberto Sántiz, who has also twice been mayor, a former federal deputy. The two of them maintained a political boss [cacique] system for almost 15 years in that indigenous municipio.

The mayor that the people of Oxchuc support, Oscar Gómez López, said that he would serve in the position until the indigenous people of the 115 communities make a determination, because he took office under the principle of “mandar obedeciendo” (govern obeying). [1]

Although it had been speculated that today the indigenous would demolish the houses of María Gloria Sánchez and her closest collaborators who were expelled from the town, that didn’t happen.

But before this huge mobilization, the Network for Effective Parity (Repare, Its Spanish acronym) criticized local authorities for continuing to disrespect the TEPJF’s decision and for not making the least attempt to restore María Gloria Sánchez Gómez to her position. To the contrary, with these marches and mobilizations they have let the hatred continue to increase against the women who were displaced from their positions and from that municipio.

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Originally Published in Spanish by Chiapas Paralelo

Thursday, September 8, 2016

http://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2016/09/en-oxchuc-rechazan-a-maria-gloria-y-el-fallo-del-tepjf-que-ordena-su-restitucion-como-alcaldesa/

Re-published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

Posted with minor amendments by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity

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August 23, 2016

Oxchuc Expels Political Parties and Will Now Elect its Authorities with Uses and Customs

Filed under: Indigenous, Uncategorized — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 4:37 am

 

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Oxchuc Expels Political Parties and Will Now Elect its Authorities with Uses and Customs

 

oxchuc-expels-political-partiesOxchuc authorities, elected via uses and customs with their staffs of command.

 

By: Isaín Mandujano

Leaders of 105 Oxchuc communities agreed on the expulsion of the political parties from that municipio and from now on they will elect their authorities through [Indigenous] uses and customs; therefore they asked Governor Manuel Velasco Coello and deputies in the State Congress, for the recognition of current mayor Oscar Gómez López, because the mayor they removed, Maria Gloria Sánchez Gómez, is attempting to return to the position.

Coming from the 105 communities that make up that municipio in Los Altos of Chiapas, the indigenous authorities arrived in this city with their staff of command to show their rejection of the removed mayor and candidate of the PVEM, Maria Gloría Sánchez Gómez, who recently filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) with which she seeks to be reinstated in the position.

After several months of protest, last February, María Gloria Sánchez Gómez was expelled from the town and obliged to ask for a definitive leave before the State Congress, local residents named as a substitute Oscar Gómez López, a bilingual indigenous teacher who headed the movement to put an end to the 15 years of political bossism of the mayor and her PRI husband, Norberto Santiz Gómez, who controlled political power in the municipality.

“We are here to ask the State Congress and Governor Manuel Velasco to intervene and that the Oxchuc issue be definitively resolved, because María Gloria continues saying that she is the current mayor and that is not true, because starting on February 11 she asked for her abdication and the woman was politically finished there and on February 15 the people on the esplanade of the municipal presidency before some 30,000 residents elected the current substitute Municipal President, who is compañero Oscar Gómez López and precisely here are the compañeros agents and this is the best showing that what María Gloria says is not true,” said Juan Encinos Gómez, President of the Permanent Commission For Indigenous Peace and Justice of Oxchuc Municipio.

All the indigenous raised their staffs of command and chanted slogans against María Gloria Sánchez and others in favour of the new mayor Oscar Gómez López, who they said has the support of all of the people.

Nevertheless, they said, from the state capital the removed mayor has been incited to file an appeal before the Judicial Power of the Federation (PJF) to be reinstated in her position. They pointed out that they would not respect a decision that contradicts the decision of the people and that if necessary they would against take to the streets and the highway in order to be heard.

Juan Gabriel Méndez López, a lawyer and one of the leaders of the Oxchuc protest movement, said that the population agreed to expel all of the political parties from the municipio, and that they no longer want political parties that only divide the communities and provoke confrontation among indigenous brothers.

He explained that from now on the municipal authorities would be elected by uses and customs, which will rescue the ancestral wisdom and knowledge to name their rulers like their ancestors did, because it has become clear to them that the parties only divide them.

He also said that on this occasion the people named Oscar Gómez López as mayor, and therefore the Executive, Judicial and Legislative Power in Chiapas must recognize the investiture that the new mayor represents.

They pointed out that if María Gloria Sánchez Gómez continues returning to Oxchuc to incite the population against the traditional authorities, she could provoke “another San Juan Chamula” and would then blame the authorities for not intervening.

It was the second time that María Gloria sought to serve in the position of mayor; the first time she did it on behalf of the PRI. Her husband Norberto Sántiz, also of PRI affiliation, twice occupied the position of mayor and was on one occasion a federal deputy.

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Originally Published in Spanish by Chiapas Paralelo

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

http://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2016/08/oxchuc-expulsa-a-partidos-politicos-y-con-usos-y-costumbres-elegiran-ahora-a-sus-autoridades-advierten/

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

 

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February 7, 2016

The Mayor of Oxchuc resigns after six months of protests

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 1:43 pm

 

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Victory in Oxchuc, Chiapas

The Mayor of Oxchuc resigns after six months of protests

 

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Protest yesterday in Oxchuc

By: Isaín Mandujano

Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas. (apro).

After six months of protests on the part of residents of Oxchuc municipio, María Gloria Sánchez Gómez, mayor-elect of the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM, its initials in English), resigned her position.

Local deputy Judith Torres Vera, Vice President of the local (state) Congress, confirmed it. She specified that last night Sánchez Gómez went to the legislative confines to request an indefinite leave of absence, which is interpreted as a definitive resignation according to local law.

Within the framework of the dialogue table installed this afternoon, the local deputy reported to leaders of the dissident movement that the mayor had presented her resignation, as they demanded, and therefore next Wednesday, February 10 it will be sent to the standing commission and on Thursday, February 11 the substitute mayor will be named.

Torres Vera warned that a municipal council would not be formed, but rather through uses and customs, through a plebiscite, the communities would elect their new mayor to propose to the full local Congress.

“What we want is for peace to prevail in the municipio of Oxchuc and in our state, and in that context she gave her resignation,” the legislator pointed out.

She indicated that while only the mayor presented her resignation, it is understood that all her council members leave with her, as 105 of the 115 communities demanded today in a big march, but that will be defined between Wednesday and Thursday.

About the agreements made at the dialogue table this noon, the indigenous accepted returning to classes and the return of those expelled from the municipio, in other words, family members and collaborators of María Gloria Sánchez Gómez (around 22 family members).

Since last July 19, when María Gloria Sánchez was declared the winner after Election Day, groups of dissidents began a series of protests against her. The mayor should have taken possession of the office on September 1, 2015, but she was never permitted.

The first group that initiated the protests was repressed in October, after which new communities joined in, and on January 8 the majority joined when the second attack was perpetrated. In total, the residents of 105 of the 115 communities marched this Friday to demand the abdication of the PVEM’s mayor, who together with her husband, Norberto Sántiz López, former federal deputy and twice mayor for the PRI, maintained a political boss system (cacicazgo) in Oxchuc for 15 years.

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Originally Published in Spanish by Proceso.com

Friday, February 5, 2016

Re-published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

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January 29, 2016

Oxchuc: From a postelectoral conflict to a social one

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:47 pm

 

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Oxchuc: From a postelectoral conflict to a social one

by Chiapas Support Committee

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Protesters paint: “Maria Gloria Out” on Oxchuc municipal building.

 

By: Isaín Mandujano

The Oxchuc Rebellion…

Many weeks ago Oxchuc went from being a post-electoral conflict to being a social conflict.

The post-electoral protest that the ex-candidates for mayor of the Nueva Alianza and the Chiapas Unido started after the July 19, 2015 elections was rebuffed in the beginning by state authorities, but with the passing of months spread like foam.

Little by little more and more of the 115 communities that make up the Tzeltal Indigenous municipio (county) of Oxchuc added themselves to the protest.

The entire town rose up to put an end to the political bossism (cacicazgo) that the husband and wife Norberto Sántiz López [1] and María Gloria Sánchez Gómez have maintained for more than a decade, all with the support of the PRI and now of the PVEM.

According to the Institute of Elections and Citizen Participation Ciudadana (IEPC, its initials in Spanish), María Gloria Sánchez Gómez won at the ballot box in accordance with the local and federal tribunals. But the residents are convinced that if she won, it was not cleanly and transparently. She did everything in the purest style that characterizes the PRI and the PVEM, bullying and conditioning delivery of government aid, buying votes, bussing in voters, stuffing ballot boxes, cloning ballots, etcetera.

From the Secretary General of Government, all of the PRI structure encrusted in important positions moves and covers up for Norberto Sántiz López and María Gloria Sánchez Gómez, who started a political boss system in that municipio dating from the time of ex-governor Roberto Albores Guillén. [2]

They support and defend her insistently from the Government Palace. They don’t leave María Gloria and her husband alone. They defend their interests, the political interests, the economic interests and those of her party.

For the time being, those in the General Ministry of Government are looking for someone to blame in order to hide their inefficiency. They accuse the PVEM’s local deputy, Cecilia López Sánchez, of being behind it and she has firmly denied that accusation. Nevertheless, they now want to take away immunity.

State authorities believed that it was going to be easy to sway and negotiate with Oxchuc’s residents. They thought that it would be the same as with the Chamulas, that offering them municipal government posts and public works would silence them.

In Oxchuc they are decided to not let them govern more. The entire population said: “Ya basta!”

And as the days pass the movement doesn’t diminish, it gets stronger. The most recent support is from the parents of the 43 Ayotzinapa disappeared. And, many other local social groups locales now start to come and give them backing.

That’s because what was started here was a fight against political bosses [caciques) that proliferate in the majority of the 122 municipios de Chiapas just like they do in Oxchuc. Oxchuc is just the tip of the iceberg of all the conflicts that are there and haven’t yet broken out.

The State Congress del Estado resists letting her fall and installing a municipal council as residents demand.

We’ll see how much more time passes and how it continues to grow.

“It’s no longer post-electoral, but rather social as many people lead it, since the communities of this municipio have expressed their opposition in a single voice and demand the immediate dismissal of Sánchez Gómez and her town council,” says Oscar Gómez López of the Permanente Commission of Justice and Dignity of Oxchuc.

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Translator’s Notes:

[1] Norberto Sántiz López was a former mayor of Oxchuc. Agents of Mexico’s Attorney General arrested him as he was trying to leave the country in 2005. The charges against him were related to misappropriating municipal funds for his personal enrichment. He was also alleged to be the leader of a paramilitary group known as the “Anti-Zapatista Revolutionary Indigenous Movement” (Movimiento Indígena Revolucionaria Antizapatista, MIRA). Before going to prison, Santiz López arranged for his wife to replace him as mayor. Her installation was widely publicized as the election of Mexico’s first Indigenous woman mayor.

33c76f6d-150c-4d50-97eb-de3fba75d4b6[2] Roberto Albores Guillén was appointed substitute governor of Chiapas on January 7, 1998. His predecessor had been forced out following the Acteal Massacre. He remained interim governor until December 2000 when his successor took office. Albores Guillén did a lot of anti-Zapatista stuff and is the ex-governor the Zapatistas call “Croquetas” (Dog Biscuits).

See also: http://compamanuel.com/2016/01/13/66-police-injured-in-oxchuc-chiapas-confrontation/

Originally Published in Spanish by Chiapas Paralelo

Monday, January 18, 2016

Re-published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

 

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January 14, 2016

66 Police injured in confrontation in Oxchuc, Chiapas

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 7:34 pm

 

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66 Police injured in confrontation in Oxchuc, Chiapas

 By: Elio Henríquez, Correspondent

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Before, during and after the confrontation with police in Oxchuc, Chiapas, dissidents burned three trucks belonging to the State Preventive Police, two small trucks of the “Trustworthy Police” and two buses belonging to commercial lines, besides damaging a tractor-trailer. Photo: La Jornada

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

The assistant government secretary in the Los Altos zone of Chiapas, Edgar Rosales Acuña, reported that a confrontation between state and municipal security forces, and residents of the municipio of Oxchuc who demand the dismissal of Mayor María Gloria Sánchez Gómez, of the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM, its initials in Spanish), left 66 police injured, 15 houses vandalized and eight vehicles burned.

He said that the confrontation took place on Friday night when some 500 state police attempted to recover control of the municipal headquarters, situated 50 kilometres from this city (San Cristóbal de Las Casas), hours after the state police detained 38 opponents of the mayor, for the crime of rioting and for their alleged participation in the protests against Sánchez Gómez, who won the elections last July 19.

A dispute over power

The dispute for power in Oxchuc between the mayor and the local deputy, Cecilia López Sánchez, also of the PVEM, intensified with the burning of the city hall two days before the mayor would take possession of the office on last October 1, for the second time in less than 15 years.

For the last three months, hundreds of Sánchez Gómez opponents have held marches and carried out roadblocks to demand her dismissal and the formation of a municipal council, with the argument that she divides the population and benefits from her position as mayor that her husband Norberto Sántiz López had.

After different proposals, state authorities called the dissidents to a meeting in this city last Friday to deal with the theme, but the 38 members of the commission were detained by the police.

Rosales Acuña explained that after the detention, which occurred after noon on Friday, hundreds of Oxchuc indigenous blocked the highway that communicates this city with Ocosingo and Palenque, at the place of the municipal headquarters. They took possession of a tractor-trailer and two buses and blocked a street to impede the passage of state police vehicles.

He added that at night more than 500 police entered the municipal capital, which led to the confrontation with sticks, stones, machetes and other objects. “We have 66 injured, between state and municipal police who resisted the aggressors’ attack for more than three hours, after they found out that their leaders had been arrested,” he assured.

He reported that only eight of the agents were hospitalized, of which two are “delicate” and were moved to Tuxtla Gutiérrez. “They were injured with rockets, Molotov cocktails, sticks, stones and other objects.”

He expressed that before, during and after the confrontation, the dissidents set fire to three State Preventive Police trucks, two small trucks of the Trustworthy Police and two buses belonging to commercial lines, besides damaging a tractor-trailer.

He stated that they vandalized 15 houses, among them that of the municipal president and of the Indigenous Peace and Conciliation Judge, Rogelio Sántiz López, who together with two of his sons remained held this evening.

Tension in the municipio

“The situation remains tense in Oxchuc, although with less intensity than yesterday (Friday). Fortunately, we have no deaths and all the injuries are on our side because the police went armed only with clubs,” he specified.

He maintained that the opponents of the mayor “are a tactical group with military training who make patrols at determined times, who intimidate and deceive people, and oblige them to go to the marches because if they don’t they fine them. They also threaten them with taking away (cutting off) their water, light and drainage. They are well-trained groups who are confronting the governmental apparatus.”

The opponents reported that the assistant secretary for human rights of the Chiapas Secretariat of Government, Mario Carlos Culebro Velasco, “deceived” them because upon initiating the Friday meeting he told members of the commission that: “two packets would be open for negotiation: the mayor’s dismissal and that of Deputy Cecilia López, (and) he offered to integrate some of us into the Oxchuc municipal government and into the state government.”

In a comunicado signed by Hilda Gómez and Reynaldo Sántiz, they added that: “Culebro Velasco asked if we wanted to eat some tamales, and therefore ordered his collaborators to serve them with coffee. He left the office at 12:25 PM and two minutes after the farce of showing friendliness, ministerial police agents entered and detained the commission’s 38 members.”

The dissidents insisted on the dismissal of María Gloria –who works out of her private home–, releasing the detainees and forming: “a plural and inclusive municipal council that will generate peace and will work for all of the communities in Oxchuc.”

Translator’s Note:

The day after this was published, the Altos (Highlands) teachers’ organization issued a statement about this situation, indicating the leftist teachers group may be involved, and a citizens’ group also issued a statement.

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Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Re-published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

 

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