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February 8, 2017

Believing People Pilgrimage

Filed under: Displacement, Human rights, Indigenous, Uncategorized — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 4:44 pm

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Believing People Pilgrimage

believing-popleBelieving People Pilgrimage in San Cristóbal, 2016 Photo: El Heraldo de Chiapas

On January 25, members of Believing Peoples of the Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas held a pilgrimage on the fifth anniversary of the death of Jtatik Samuel Ruíz and also for the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Diocesan Coordination of Women (CODIMUJ).

About 4,000 people came from the municipalities of Comitan, Frontera Comalapa, Chicomuselo, Altamirano, Tila, Las Margaritas, Ocosingo, Chilon, La Trinitaria, La Independencia, San Cristóbal, Chenalho, San Juan Chamula, Larrainzar, Oxchuc, among others. They met in the Cathedral Square of San Cristobal de las Casas to remember Jtatik Samuel in prayer.

As Believing Peoples, they proposed building autonomy in the communities, recovering the structure of government, resisting the projects and recovering the autonomous and community governments, facing the 2018 elections, as the political parties are already controlling and organizing their people in communities.

Believing Peoples denounce “the poverty that is increasing through the rise of [the price of] gasoline, gas, electricity, tortilla, transportation and everything. We denounce the nationalist egotism of the new government in the United States, which excludes emigrants and who only look out for their economic interests, without solidarity with less developed countries. 

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/chiapas-believing-people-pilgrimage/

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December 4, 2016

Movement in Defence of Life and Territory 12-Day Pilgrimage Ends in San Cristobal de Las Casas

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Movement in Defence of Life and Territory 12-Day Pilgrimage Ends in San Cristobal de Las Casas

 

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On November 25, after a 12-day walk through 11 indigenous municipalities in the North, Jungle area and Highlands of Chiapas, thousands of pilgrims arrived in San Cristobal de Las Casas, where they denounced the threats and insecurity that they live with in the villages where they come from.

The members of the pilgrimage belong to the Movement in Defence of Life and Territory (MODEVITE in its Spanish acronym) and the Believing Peoples of the parishes of Candelaria, Huixtan, Cancuc, Tenejapa, Oxchuc, Ocosingo, Altamirano, Chilon, Sitala, Yajalon and Salto de Agua: “We are the Movement in Defence of Life and Territory (MODEVITE), composed of ten parishes from 11 municipalities and 1 ejido. We are located in the highland region of Chiapas. We started more than four years ago from the Believing Peoples of the Diocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas to stop the clandestine sale of alcohol in our communities but also our struggle stopped for a time the megaproject of government to build the San Cristóbal – Palenque highway. What are we looking for? Our goal is to organize and encourage the indigenous peoples of the area to build our autonomy as indigenous peoples and thus defend our Mother Earth; we want good living from our culture and that is why we say NO to everything that damages the lives of our children and our communities, NO to bad government and NO to the megaprojects that want to take away our territory.”

They declared: “We walk to unite with one voice, to give voice to the earth that calls for respect and protection, which demands from all an attitude of care and gratitude. This pilgrimage has been a moment of grace for us, because we have been able to converse, reflect and dream as one people.” They emphasized that as indigenous peoples they feel that their community belonging to Mother Earth “is our spirituality, so we believe that not only do we have to denounce the destruction of our territory by the ambition of extractivists, but we must take care of it. That is why strengthening our community roots is the way to take care of our common home.” In Oxchuc, a community torn by post-electoral conflict, the pilgrims also spoke of their right as indigenous peoples to govern themselves.

In one of the communiqués published during these days, MODEVITE announced that it will join the proposal of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) to consult its communities on the appointment of an independent indigenous candidate for the next elections: “A change is needed among us and that is why we join the proposal of the National Indigenous Congress to consult our communities about the decision to participate in the next national elections with an independent indigenous candidate. We share the same objective, we believe that it is necessary to strengthen the voice of our indigenous peoples on the political agenda and that is why we want to take this initiative to our communities and municipalities.”

When they entered San Cristobal de Las Casas on November 25, they met with the women’s organizations that were taking part in the International Day against Violence against Women and arrived together to the centre of the city: “Today, for example, being International Day against Violence against Women, we remember that women continue to be victims of sexism, alcoholism and the assistance-based government programmes. The women of MODEVITE claim the right to exercise our self-determination as indigenous women to care for Mother Earth and the life of our communities.”

 

Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/chiapas-movement-in-defense-of-life-and-territory-12-day-pilgrimage-ends-in-san-cristobal-de-las-casas/

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November 28, 2016

Chiapas: Indigenous Pilgrimage shows the “Green” Government how to care for the Earth

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Chiapas:  Indigenous Pilgrimage shows the “Green” Government how to care for the Earth

 

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Chiapas, México. 18 November. “We invite children, young people to teach them how to plant corn, beans, everything that we have in our lands. So that we don’t forget the Mayan altar which is all we have. At the Mayan altar we can thank God. We are millionaires because of the riches from our seeds and our lands.” These are the words of the original people from Tseltal, Tsotsil and Ch’ol communities as they arrived in the city of Ocosingo. on the fifth day of their pilgrimage

“We have to care for our lands, and no longer use agrochemicals because they kill everything which is in the land. Our grandparents did not use agrochemicals, they worked and it was their sweat of their labour that bore fruit, and that is what we must show young people, that it still can be done that way today,” shared Maria, a member of “Canan Lum Qu’inal” (The Carers and Protectors of Mother Earth) from the community of Bachajon.

Ana, also from “Canan Lum Qu’inal”, talked about some of the work she does in her village:  “I don’t know how to read or write, and I buy nothing. With my sweat, and alongside my husband, I work, and we have everything.” I grow 4 types of beans. My children study, and they like to work the land. They have their own corn and beans, which they plant themselves. They are on a diploma-course. From the very beginning they have been taught that we must work the land. Although I don’t know how to read, I understand what we’ve been told, what we’ve been given, and I am grateful to God. Now we continue with the other diploma-students, we are teaching them to plant and grow food.”

This pilgrimage of indigenous peoples denounces the extractive mega-projects in Chiapas just as the state executive Velasco Coello from the “Ecologist ‘Green’ party” delivered a letter of intention that “Puerto Chiapas be established as a Special Economic Zone. According to social researcher Mateo Crossa, “Big foreign and national capital are already in the southern part of the country. They over-exploit the labour force, strip the indigenous people of their lands.”  The Special Economic Zones serve to rejuvenate this model, and add fuel to the motor of exploitation and dispossession.

Pilgrims from the the parish of San Jacinto de Polania in Ocosingo said in a statement.“We denounce the influence of government agencies such as CONAFOR, FANAR (RAJAS at present) and in general of all government projects in the indigenous communities of the jungle. The end result is serious confrontation and irreparable division among the inhabitants, and this causes misery in our communities. The indigenous peoples of this area are once again demonstrating for the non-eviction of our communities of the Lacandon Jungle,” they added.

The pilgrimage in Defense of Life and our Land, which is taking place from 15 to 25 November isn’t the only signal of people’s actions demonstrating opposition to the extractive mega-projects in the state. In the past month of October, the Zoque community held mega-marches in town centre of Tecpatan, the administrative head town of the municipality. Similarly since the 26th of September coastal communities in Chiapas are occupying Acacoyagua to stop the operation and continuing work of new mining projects.

This Saturday the 19th the pilgrimage will arrive in the city of Altamirano, where a public meeting about the situation of alcoholism in indigenous communities will be held and, on Sunday the 20th in Oxchuc, the administrative head town, an exchange of community government experiences will be held.

Ocosingo, Chiapas, 18 November 2016: Statement from the “pueblo creyente” of the Parish of San Jacinto de Polonia, Diocese of San Cristóbal de las Casas.

 

Translated by the UK Zapatista Translation Service

http://www.pozol.org/?p=14051

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November 19, 2016

Indigenous begin a 12-day pilgrimage against mega-projects in Chiapas.

 

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Indigenous begin a 12-day pilgrimage against mega-projects in Chiapas.

 

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TUXTLA GUTIÉRREZ, Chiapas

By: Isaín Mandujano

More than a thousand indigenous Choles, Tseltales and Tsotsiles left this Tuesday morning from Salto de Agua, in a pilgrimage that will tour 11 municipalities (municipios) to denounce and protest against the mega-projects that threaten their lands and the life of their communities.

Throughout 12 days, the indigenous will be added to in each one of the municipios through which the march will travel until arriving in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. Today, they left Salto de Agua for Tumbalá where a traditional celebration will be held. They will spend Wednesday night in Yajalón, where they will hold the forum “The Original Peoples’ Fight” from the experience of Pueblo Creyente of Simojovel.

 On Thursday they will be in Chilón, where they will participate in the forum “The fight for the defence of water.” On Friday, the caravan will depart for Ocosingo, where the forum “Care of Mother Earth” will be held. On Saturday, they will be in Altamirano where they will hold the forum “Alcoholism in the indigenous communities.” On Sunday, November 20, the marchers will spend the night in Oxchuc where they will hold the forum “Community Governments.”

On Monday the 21st, they will be in Cancuc, where a traditional indigenous ceremony will be celebrated. On Tuesday the 22nd they will arrive in Tenejapa, where the auxiliary bishop of the San Cristóbal de Las Casas Diocese, Enrique Díaz Díaz, will head a traditional religious ceremony. On Wednesday the 23rd they will be in Huixtán to celebrate the forum “Government projects in the indigenous communities.”

On November the 24th, they will arrive in La Candelaria, a rural community within the municipio of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, where they will celebrate another traditional indigenous ceremony and dialogue about the situations that threaten their community life. On Friday the 25th, they will finally arrive in the central plaza of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, where the gathering of thousands of marchers that have added themselves to movement is expected.

The Movement in Defence of Life and Territory (Modevite) called for this march and pilgrimage, composed of 10 parishes of 11 municipios. For the las four years, the Pueblo Creyente of the Diocese of San Cristóbal have organized in defence of their territory. They have achieved the stopping of the construction of the Palenque-San Cristóbal superhighway, which would have crossed through their territory. Their objective now is to decide the use and destiny of their territory, principally in the face of threats from the extractive industry and the mega-projects.

“We know our rights as original peoples. We seek to unify our voices and our efforts against the ambition of the impresarios and the government that covet our natural resources,” says Father Marcelo Pérez Pérez.

“We are in a strategic place for the mega-projects. This territory is one the objectives of extractivism,” he added.

For example, Father Marcelo says, in the Tulijá (River) Valley they plan to construct an artificial lake that will flood 396 square kilometres of forests and indigenous lands. The lake would have the capacity of 24 billion 540 million cubic meters, which contemplates the construction of “modern industrial, small farming and aquifer population centres” on the sides of the dam.”

“We don’t want projects that only benefit some, we don’t want projects without consulting us, we don’t want improvements for the rich while the poor continue in the same condition,” another indigenous Ch’ol speaker said today before departing for Tumbalá.

“We seek to organize the peoples to construct our autonomy; that our right as original peoples to the life that we want is recognized. We need to join our voices in defence of our forests, our rivers. We demand the governments stop the extractive industry and the mega-projects that are being imposed without consulting us,” Father Marcelo Pérez Pérez stated.

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Originally Published in Spanish by Proceso.com.mx

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

http://www.proceso.com.mx/462639/indigenas-de-chiapas-inician-peregrinacion-de-12-dias-contra-megaproyectos

Re-published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity

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July 26, 2016

Chiapas: “The people’s patience has run out”, Pueblo Creyente express solidarity with the teachers

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Chiapas: “The people’s patience has run out”, Pueblo Creyente express solidarity with the teachers

 

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published by the Pozol Collective, 18 July 2016

Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas. Pozol, 18 July. Thousands of parishioners from 52 parishes of the dioceses of San Cristobal de las Casas pilgrimaged in solidarity with the teachers and to commemorate the 25 years since the establishment of the Pueblo Creyente movement, which began in 1991 “to seek justice and respect for the most basic rights of being human” stated the pilgrimage organisers after a long walk.

Among the participants in this massive pilgrimage were members from the groups in the Highlands, Lowlands, Cho’l, Southeast, South, Tsotsil, Tzetzal and the Centre. They delivered food supplies to the teachers’ picket in Tuxtla, who have been there since 15 May, protesting the self-styled “education reform”. “We demand an alternative education project”, stated the protesters, among whom are teachers from the trade union sections 7 and 40, which belong to the “Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE – or National Coordinator of Education Workers).

The parishioners from Chiapas expressed via a communique their disdain of the political class in Mexico, its corruption, and the fact that they use laws and the police and military forces to their advantage. “It’s necessary to reorient politics to benefit the most vulnerable,” they emphasised, and to this “it’s necessary to look for alternative and autonomous routes.”

“The people’s patience has run out,” said the indigenous communities and campesino pilgrims categorically. “Enough! We’ve had it with so many lies and tricks; with the exploitation of the poor, and with the manipulation of laws and use of violece,” they stated.

The spokesperson for the Pueblo Creyente Joel Padron asked that the CNTE teachers “don’t get up from the table of dialogue with the Government until we have achieved a Mexico that we want.” This pilgrimage will not finish until we have achieved justice,” added the priest who had been imprisoned in 1991 and for whom the indigenous communities went on pilgrimage to demand his freedom.

Father Marcelo from the parish of Simojovel said that if the government continues to insist on imposing this education reform, we don’t discard the possibility of walking from Chiapas to Mexico City. “A pilgrimage is to liberate people through walking, yelling, and telling the truth,” said the pastor. “If the government imposes these reforms by force, it will do so only by making our blood run,” warned the priest from Chiapas.

 

Translated by the UK Zapatista Translation Service

Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity

http://www.pozol.org/?p=13045

 

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May 21, 2016

Zinacantán mobilizes against water privatization

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Zinacantán mobilizes against water privatization

 

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On May 15, 2016, villagers from the pueblo of Zinacantán went on a pilgrimage which started from the church of San Lorenzo and went as far as the spring which is located in the area of the municipal headquarters. Here it ended with a Mass to thank the spring for providing the possibility for the population to have water.

The main reason for this action was to denounce the fact that the municipality wants to privatize water through the collection of a “tax” on water use. “We have never paid tax for water, water belongs to everyone. Whatever their religion, political party or ways of thinking, water is available to everyone here,” said one of the coordinators of the action in an interview.

 

 

http://komanilel.org/2016/05/20/zinacantan-se-moviliza-contra-la-privatizacion-del-agua/

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April 11, 2016

Pilgrimage in defence of Mother Earth denounces dispossession in Chiapas

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 Pilgrimage in defence of Mother Earth denounces dispossession in Chiapas

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The pilgrimage in defence of Mother Earth and in Memory of the Massacre at Viejo Velasco, arrived on 5th April at Pamalhá, Chiapas, as part of its aim to denounce the territorial dispossession suffered by communities and indigenous peoples.

During the pilgrimage they witnessed deforestation “caused by the ambition of the chiefs and the government” which destroys the hills, for the past three years they have been dedicated to selling off all the natural resources in the region.

One of the objectives of the pilgrimage is to set a precedent for the defence of and struggle for our Mother Earth, which is constantly being threatened by already-planned megaprojects which will affect the peoples of the area, as in the case of the 30 communities around the Usumacinta river, who have not been consulted about the construction of the Boca del Cerro hydroelectric dam.

Neverthless, the pilgrimage is moved forward with solidarity, joy and motivation, looking to win the struggle in favour of all forms of life in this country.

 

http://desinformemonos.org.mx/peregrinacion-en-defensa-de-la-madre-tierra-denuncia-despojo-por-megaproyectos/

 

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August 29, 2015

Original peoples make pilgrimage for peace, for life, against violence and dispossession

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Original peoples make pilgrimage for peace, for life, against violence and dispossession

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On July 28th and 29th, a pilgrimage was carried out,organized by the pastoral staff, deacons and coordinators of the Tojolab’al Mission where close to 5,000 tojolab’ales, tseltales, tsotsiles and mestizos were brought together. They expressed and showed their solidarity with the pueblo of Simojovel and denounced the forced displacement of people from Banavil and particularily drew attention to the case of the Poblado Primero de Agosto, where 57 people were forcibly displaced from their lands by members of the ejido Miguel Hidalgo, also members of the Independent Central of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos – Historic (CIOAC-H). The walk started from Ignacio Zaragoza, to the municipal capital of Las Margaritas, ending at the parish of San Sebastian in Comitan de Domínguez.

The gospel teaches us not to remain silent before cases such as Acteal; Simojovel, the forced displacement of Banavil and Primero de Agosto; before cases of the destruction of nature from mining and mega projects and in cases such as alcoholism and drug addiction in our communities,” shared Marcelo Perez Perez, pastor of Simojovel. From their part, the Network for Peace (Red por la Paz) Chiapas, demonstrated that the case of the displaced families of Primero de Agosto is not an isolated case, and at the same time reiterated their solidarity with them, “It is a privilege to pilgrim and walk with you. We will continue walking ts’omanotik (together)” they added. In a pronouncement, The Believing Peoples and the different communities and social organizations that participated in the pilgrimage, expressed that they are organizing, uniting, and transforming their consciousness, “to confront the violence that we live in our communities and the problems that come with structural reforms: such as education, health, labour, and energy”.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/chiapas-native-peoples-pilgrim-for-peace-for-life-against-violence-and-dispossession/

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August 1, 2015

Pilgrimage for Peace, for Life, against violence and dispossession pronounces for the right to be peoples

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Pilgrimage for Peace, for Life, against violence and dispossession pronounces for the right to be peoples

July 30. Walking from their communities to Comitán de Domínguez, the peoples make a call for the defence of Mother Earth, the water, the forests and the jungles that they inhabit ancestrally and for their culture and their right to be Original Peoples.

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July 29.  The indigenous peoples in the municipality of Las Margaritas in Chiapas, undertook ​​the Pilgrimage for Peace, for life against violence and dispossession.

The pilgrimage and the subsequent meeting were organized by the pueblo creyente, the pastoral team, deacons and coordinators of the Tojolabal mission, to express their dissatisfaction and to unite their forces to enable them to confront the violence they experience in their communities and the issues that come with the structural reforms.

Walking from their communities to Comitán de Domínguez, the peoples made a call for the defence of Mother Earth, the water, the forests and the jungles that they inhabit ancestrally and for their culture and their right to be Original Peoples.

They are calling for the prevention of transnational corporations from plundering their territories and Say No to mines, hydroelectric dams, oil exploration and maíz criollo.

The indigenous peoples of the Las Margaritas region demand “an end to all the violence that we experience every day, such as drug trafficking, corruption and impunity, threats and displacement by organizations which are controlled by the government with their political parties which divide and confront within the communities.”

The gathering of the peoples who participated in the pilgrimage agreed and asked others to consider and reflect on the reality of Mexico and continue organising from below.

http://desinformemonos.org.mx/2015/07/la-peregrinacion-por-la-paz-por-la-vida-contra-la-violencia-y-el-despojo-se-pronuncio-por-el-derecho-a-ser-pueblos/

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July 29, 2015

Indigenous peoples in Chiapas are in favour of life and peace and against violence and dispossession.

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Indigenous peoples in Chiapas are in favour of life and peace and against violence and dispossession.

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Las Margaritas, Chiapas. 28th July. Tojolabal, Tseltal, Tsotsil and mestizo peoples are in favour of life and peace and against violence and dispossession of the original peoples in Chiapas.

By means of a pilgrimage, which started from the Ignacio Zaragoza community, heading to the municipal capital of Las Margaritas, indigenous from Los Altos and the Jungle-Border area demonstrated their support to families who have experienced “forced displacement and who resist dispossession and destruction of their land and territory.”

The parishioners, from different communities of Chiapas, especially expressed their solidarity with the families of the village “Primero de Agosto” who were displaced from their community last February 23 by members of the Independent Central of Agricultural and Campesino Workers-Historic CIOAC, the same organization which in May 2014 killed the Zapatista teacher José Luis Solís “Galeano”.

The pilgrimage was a long journey, between landscapes of mountains and small villages, where the faces of the people watching reflected their surprise to see many people shouting slogans in favour of justice and peace. About four thousand people filled the roads with singing.

Upon arrival at the municipal headquarters of las Margaritas the sharing of the word began in the central square, with a Mass and communications from civil society.

“The path is made in community, if there is no justice we must walk making it,” shared the parish priest of las Margaritas, José de Jesús Landín García, in the central square in front of the indigenous and mestizo communities who participated in the pilgrimage. “What is necessary is a proposal for a new life, with respect, organization, discipline, dialogue and agreements, not the vices of the system,” said the priest who is also member of the board of directors of the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Centre.

For their part, the Network for Peace gave evidence that the case of the displaced families from Primero de Agosto is not an isolated one, while they reinforced their solidarity with the evicted Tojolabal families. “It is a privilege to go on pilgrimage with you,” they added.

From the highlands of Chiapas the civil organization Las Abejas of Acteal also joined in, with their word and their walk, they reiterated their support both for the displaced families of Primero de Agosto, and those from the community of Banavil, municipality of Tenejapa, for the believing people from the municipality of Simojovel and for communities from the jungle border area who “resist against the imposition of megaprojects.”

Tomorrow, July 29, it is planned to continue the journey towards the city of Comitan, where a meeting will take place at the barrio of San Sebastian.

http://www.pozol.org/?p=11039

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July 27, 2015

Pilgrimage for peace and for life and against violence and dispossession

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Pilgrimage for peace and for life and against violence and dispossession

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We are fighting for life and for the building of hope, to become aware, organize, coordinate our forces, care for the land, for food sovereignty, to fend for ourselves and defend Mother Earth.

On 28 and 29 July 2015, the believing communities of Margaritas inspired by faith and from the pain and suffering which we experience, we walk to express our disagreement, to join forces, to build hope and to pray to God to help us care for our heritage through Peace for life and against violence and dispossession.

We unite our sorrows, we come out to shout them aloud and therefore we ask you to join us for a great pilgrimage from Ignacio Zaragoza- Margaritas- Comitan , to all the peoples who suffer from great injustice and violence, such as Primero de Agosto, displaced by social organizations controlled by the governmentAyotzinapa, Acteal, Banavil, Chicomuselo. People who suffer from the high electricity rates, from the imposition of hydroelectric dams, oil exploration, megaprojects that they want to impose, threats to our territories from the structural reforms, against our native maize; Also we are concerned about violence against women and so much discrimination, divisions in families, so many murders and abductions, poor medical care, increased number of bars (cantinas), repression, corruption and impunity.

We are in solidarity with the struggle undertaken by the pueblo creyente of Simojovel, accompanied by their parish priest.

We are fighting for life and for the building of hope, to become aware, organize, coordinate our forces, care for the land, for food sovereignty, to fend for ourselves and defend Mother Earth.

“Ts’omanotik Sok Jun Kójoltil”

United with other hearts

Route of Pilgrimage

July 28, 10:00 am: We start on the bridge of the Zaragoza community near Gabino Vazquez, to walk to Las Margaritas.

July 29, 6:00 am: We start in the central park of Las Margaritas, to walk to the barrio of San Sebastian in Comitan.

Convoked by:

The pastoral team, deacons and coordinators of the Tojolabal Mission, united with the Mission of Guadalupe, parish of Santa Margarita de Antioquía

http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/peregrinacion-por-la-paz-por-la-vida.html

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July 1, 2015

Believing People of El Bosque march for a halt to violence in their region

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 Believing People of El Bosque march for a halt to violence in their region

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Pilgrimage in El Bosque (@Radio Pozol)

On June 6, around 2,500 members of the Believing People of El Bosque went on a pilgrimage to demand attention to the problems experienced in the region such as violence, corruption, drug trafficking, lack of basic services such as access to health and potable water.

They asked the three levels of government “to put a stop to all the injustices that are on top of our communities, pueblos, and cities,” the “no repetition of events such as the murders of Chabajebal, San Pedro Nichtal-ucum, and Unio´on Progreso, municipalities of El Bosque, Chiapas. As well as massacres like Acteal, Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Aguas Blancas, etc.”; “a stop to forced disappearances of men, women, and children; a stop to repression”; “a stop to to the imprisonments of human rights defenders and innocent people”; “the presentation with life of all the disappeared persons of the country”; “justice for the deaths of the children murdered by the IMSS from the community of Pimienta, municipality of Simojovel, Chiapas”; and the immediate liberation of all the political prisoners and unjustly imprisoned.

Participants of this march were members of the Believing People of the neighboring municipality of Simojovel, who maintain demanding justice for the death of Yadira González González and Emmanuel Francisco López, the babies who died in La Pimienta after the application of vaccines from the IMSS last May.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/chiapas-believing-people-of-el-bosque-pilgrim-to-for-a-halt-to-violence-in-their-region/

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June 10, 2015

Pilgrimage in Simojovel to demand justice and truth amidst deaths of infants

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Pilgrimage in Simojovel to demand justice and truth amidst deaths of infants

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On 23 May, some 2000 people, including residents of the La Pimienta community and members of the Believing People, an organizational process that pertains to the San Cristóbal de Las Casas diocese, carried out a pilgrimage from Simojovel to said community where two children died recently, with another 29 hospitalized, after the application of immunizations. The objective was to protest against the public-health institutions, and to denounce the offer of compensation of 5,000 pesos from the state government to the families of the 31 affected children.

Upon the march’s arrival to La Pimienta, a communique was read that asserts that “we will not exchange our children for 5000 pesos, as is offered by Manuel Velasco’s government. That proposal is to us more than insulting. We do not have the words to describe our outrage. Life is not worth 5,000 pesos.”

Protestors challenged the official version presented by the Mexican Institute for Social Welfare (IMSS) and the Federal Commission for the Prevention of Health Risks (COFEPRIS) that indicates that 2 children died and 29 became ill not due to the immunizations that they had, but rather because of the way in which medical personnel applied them. Protestors claimed not to believe this story, “because there is no transparency.”

They also warned that “whoever tries to guarantee us that these 29 infants will turn out all right: what will happen if in 5 years they contract cancer, or some other incurable disease? If that happens, the government will say that it was due to lack of food and proper care. We are all concerned by this, that they may not turn out well, and that later we will have to leave our communities to access hospitals, thus spending what little money we have. For this reason, the government is responsible for everything, and it is not just this government, but also the ones to come.”

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/chiapas-pilgrimage-in-simojovel-to-demand-justice-and-truth-amidst-deaths-of-infants/

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April 26, 2015

Rise in threats against the priest and members of the Believing People in Simojovel

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Rise in threats against the priest and members of the Believing People in Simojovel

 

Pilgrimage of the Believing People of Simojovel to Tuxtla Gutiérrez (@SIPAZ)

Pilgrimage of the Believing People of Simojovel to Tuxtla Gutiérrez (@SIPAZ)

In a communique released on April 13 by the Believing People [Pueblo Creyente] of Simojovel, the movement’s members denounce an increase in the threats, persecutions, and harassment against their priest, Marcelo Pérez, as well as against members of the Parish Council and the Believing People from this municipality.  These acts were exacerbated by a mass-march held from March 23 to 26, which ended with the participation of thousands in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the state-capital of Chiapas.  Providing a larger historical account, the Believing People reviewed the latest incidents, including the fact that a million-peso bounty has been placed on Marcelo, in addition to the presence of armed groups near the location where the Parish Council carries out its activities, the threat to“do as in Acteal,” as well as the arbitrary arrest of the catechist who read the press-release before the start of the pilgrimage.

Despite all of this, the Believing People reiterated that they will “continue to fight peacefully for the dignified life of the people, amidst so many injustices, the corruption of the authorities, drug-trafficking, drug-politicians who ambitiously seek to obtain government posts this year–amidst the arms trade, the opening of new bars, and the general decomposition of the social fabric.”

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/chiapas-rise-in-threats-against-the-priest-and-members-of-the-believing-people-in-simojovel-2/

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