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September 10, 2016

Oxchuc rejects the restoration of the mayor

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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.


Originally Published in Spanish by Chiapas Paralelo

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Re-published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

Posted with minor amendments by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity



July 29, 2016

“Whoever Wins Chamula Governs Chiapas”

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“Whoever Wins Chamula Governs Chiapas”

Municipal palace of Chamula, Chiapas

La Jornada: Hermann Bellinghausen

San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas – After the violent tragedy in San Juan Chamula on the morning of July 23, several questions arise. What’s behind the criminal acts?

According to Arturo Lomelí González, a specialist on the political history of the area: “In reconstructing the political history of San Juan Chamula, we found there has always been an intense dispute over the municipal presidency. It is not the first time that bloody events have occurred in this town. Moreover, confrontations and clashes have been constant.”

Not only that. Today, he adds: “We know of several groups of armed, organized persons with different political and religious affiliations. To this can be added possible personal and community issues.”

Lomeli has observed the evolution of the Chamula people both in the municipality and in their numerous forced exiles to San Cristóbal de Las Casas and Las Margaritas due to conflicts that occurred more than 30 years ago during a period of great communal violence of religious and political nature. It was a commonplace to say that in Chamula, one could only be a member of the PRI and a “traditional” Catholic, opposed to the “liberationist” doctrine promoted by Bishop Samuel Ruiz García beginning in the 1970s.

“The distribution of religious and political cargos [positions of responsibility] has always been an authoritarian act which was accepted as a way of serving the people and God. But previously, the cargos represented an honour instead of an obligation,”  says the researcher.

Lomelí González continues: “As a practice, the PRI remains crucial. The regional importance of Chamula is that it is the largest and has the most political weight of any indigenous municipality. Repeatedly, it has been said that the party that wins Chamula wins the Highlands [region of Chiapas].”

The new multiparty system seemed to confirm that the PRI ingredient was indispensable. In reality, an agreement between the hegemonic groups was always necessary.

The current governor, Manuel Velasco Coello [2012-2018], in a campaign event in Chamula, declared that whoever won Chamula would win the governorship of Chiapas. There is no president or governor who hasn’t received his baton of office wearing the traditional Chuj [local Mayan subgroup] costume and sombrero.

Velasco Coello began his ongoing campaign to become governor as a member of the PVEM [Green Ecologist Party of Mexico] in 2000, with a presence in the media and through tours of the state. He has been a state and federal deputy and senator. He formed a team of young officials and recycled veteran politicians, especially at the municipal level. According to Lomelí, “already before the last campaign, the Chiapas geography ‘was painted green’, based on political organizations of PRI extraction”.

For the municipal elections of 2015, Eduardo Ramírez Aguilar, first as Secretary of State Government and later as president of the PVEM, managed to convince local politicians to compete under the banner of PVEM.

It produced many triumphs, but exacerbated conflicts. The election results for mayor were challenged in the mayoralties of many Indian villages: Tila, Tumbalá, Yajalón, Chilon, Ocosingo, Altamirano. Chanal, Ixtapa, Zinacantán, San Cristóbal. In Oxchuc, the newly elected president was ousted. A state politician told Lomelí: “the pact with the PRI was terminated.”

In Chamula, the same formula was used. Despite the fact that Domingo López González got more than 20,000 votes, twice that of the PRI, he “was ‘invited’ to leave the PRI and compete on behalf of PVEM.”

The researcher says, “Disagreements started immediately, even before López González, who was killed last Saturday, took office. On August 13, 2015, five hundred members of PRI from Chamula demonstrated in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, destroying things in the government palace and battling police with sticks, stones, slingshots and rockets. They damaged the main door and windows. Twelve were arrested. It was the first time the Chamula PRI demonstrated in this way against the government, in the position of being the opposition.”


Translated by Reed Brundage

Posted 29/07/2016 by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity



December 15, 2015

Zinacantan: They are attacked, threatened and have their electricity and water cut for sympathizing with the EZLN.

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Zinacantan: They are attacked, threatened and have their electricity and water cut for sympathizing with the EZLN.



Adherents to the Sexta, from the Autonomous Municipality Vicente Guerrero, denounce attacks and repression

To adherents to the Sexta national and international

To human rights defenders

To the alternative media

To society in general

We formally denounce the following events which took place in the autonomous municipality Vicente Guerrero, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, in the locality of SHULVO:

To give an account of the events which occurred on Tuesday November 3, 2015; groups of supporters of the political party the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and followers of the Protestant group of religions, as well as the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) – all these groups came to the houses of 4 families and were intimidating the compañeras, women and children, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon jungle, they cut off the supplies of water and electricity as well as the telephone with the intention that they could have NO communication; the people from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) said “because they are EZLN sympathizers and adherents to the Sixth Declaration they are under threat” and they said that “they were going to hang them and disappear them because the government does not want organized people;” therefore we are making all the collective organizations aware of what happened in the area of Shulvo since the escalation of violence continues to increase, it originated from  the presidency of the republic of Enrique Peña Nieto and the current governor Manuel Velasco Coello and the municipal presidency of the municipality of Zinacantan, Chiapas.

On 9th December this year our compañeros adherents to the Sixth Declaration were again repressed in the community of Shulvo. At approximately 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, when the children, women and men were in their homes, there arrived groups from the PRI led by agents of the PRI (Mariano Pérez Pérez Assistant Municipal Agent of Shulvo, Mariano Ruiz Vazquez the Alternate) causing damage and destruction to homes, likewise damaging Nissan brand vehicles belonging to the compañeros attacking them with stones and other materials, we regret these acts against the compañeros who suffered Physical Violation.

In a communication by telephone we were informed in our headquarters of the Autonomous Municipality Vicente Guerrero of Elambo Alto and Bajo as adherents to the Sexta, we were advised that our compañeros were being attacked in Shulvo; we immediately went to the rescue of our compañeros (as) since the members of the PRI and those accompanying them were threatening to displace, place, beat and burn them.

Around 9 pm we arrived and found in fact that the houses of our compañeros belonging to the Sixth Declaration had been destroyed, in the place we were talking for about 5 minutes when we noticed that a PRI group began to attack them verbally, we ignored them and decided to retreat in order not to cause any conflict, but then we realized that they were waiting for us at the gates with stones and missiles, attacking the vehicles which were transporting us to leave the place; at that time some of our compañeros were injured by the stones thrown.

We demand the resolution of these events and he punishment of those responsible for the events on the above date.

And we fear for the physical safety of the compañeros who are still today in the community of Shulvo without any food, some of them are deprived of their liberty  being men and women adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN):

1 Juan Pérez Pérez

2 Pascuala Pérez Pérez

3 Petra Vázquez Gómez

4 Juana Lucia González Gómez

5 Rosa Alejandra González Gómez

6 Pedro Víctor González Gómez

7 Martin Fernando González Gómez

8 Mariano Enrique González Gómez

9 Elena Jiménez Gómez

10 Jesusita González Gómez

11 Andrés Dela Cruz López

12 Pascuala Pérez Pérez

13 Martin Pérez Pérez

Total punishment for the oppressors and aggressors, enough of impunity on the part of the federal, primarily the state and municipal, governments.


The autonomous municipality Vicente Guerrero

Adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle

“The country comes first”








July 22, 2015

Ejidatarios from Tila denounce confrontation between PVEM and PRI, with 4 injured

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Ejidatarios from Tila denounce confrontation between PVEM and PRI, with 4 injured


The ejidatarios from Tila, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, denounced that on 20 June, groups pertaining to the Green Ecologist Party (PVEM) and the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) had a confrontation, given that members of the PVEM “blockaded the crossroads of Jolpokitioc and Yajalón, using all the trucks from the City Hall” on the orders of the PVEM candidate, Edgar Leopoldo Gómez Gutiérrez, with the participation of masked youth who created“social intimidation because they have been seen on the paths near the ejido,” as the public denunciation noted.

Furthermore, on 6 July, the ejidatarios reported that the PRI candidate, Eliseo Trinidad Trujillo, was attacked with a firearms, provoking the arrival of eight cars “full of masked men carrying sticks, rocks, and firearms, as guided by the municipal police director, Jorge Antonio Decelis Guillén, the son of the cacique Gustavo Decelis.” “All of this was taking place within our ejido due to the action of the political parties and their elections, which always end in mutual death, because it is a choice between criminals […]. We want to say that in our Ch’ol indigenous people settled on ejidal land, we have spent 72 years confronting attacks on our land and territory, and it is not a legal space for political parties to come to fight, because the ejido is protected by a presidential resolution from 30 July 1934, published in the Official Diary of the Federation on 16 October of the same year,”they added in their denunciation.

State media mentioned that the PRI candidate had submitted a complaint before the State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE). Trinidad Trujillo was injured, but a youth who was accompanying him on tour was injured in the head. Official sources also reported that they had received reports that three youth were injured by gunfire in the Nueva Esperanza neighborhood, being three PVEM militants who were presumably attacked by PRI members.



February 22, 2015

In San Sebastián Bachajón the struggle for life and territory continues: autonomy, resistance and organization.

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In San Sebastián Bachajón the  struggle for life and territory continues: autonomy, resistance and organization.


Ejidatarios from the PRI threaten to evict the new Regional Headquarters

After several years, the conflict in San Sebastián Bachajón has reached a moment of high tension. On the one hand, ejidatarios both adherents to Sixth and independents, hold their positions in the area of ​​Agua Azul, defend the territory from the new Regional Headquarters of Bachajón and demand the formal resignation of the old government-supporting (officialist) commissioner. On the other hand, the national government keeps public forces in the area and supports the ejidatarios co-opted by the PRI who threaten to evict the Regional Headquarters.

Independent ejidatarios and adherents to the sixth depose the officialist commissioner

acta-de-asamblea-EjidatariosBachajOn-375x500After several assemblies held in the centres of population of the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, the ejidatarios from the three centres met together in an assembly held on 7th February 7 outside the ejido house of San Sebastián Bachajón. In this assembly it was agreed to dismiss the officialist ejido commissioner Alejandro Moreno Gómez, and Samuel Díaz Guzmán, president of the vigilance council, for the mismanagement of economic and natural resources, and their formal resignation was demanded. In their place, the ejidatarios declared representatives from each population centre of the ejido: Chich, Alan Sacjun and Bachajón.

The minutes of the meeting were given to the governor of Chiapas, Manuel Velasco Coello, on 9th February in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, along with other public officials, in order to report the changes occurring in the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón.

The withdrawal of CONANP and public forces are formally demanded

At the assembly, those attending read the agreement approved, on February 11 of 2011, in the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez by Francisco Jiménez Guzmán then ejidal commissioner and agreed to its cancellation. The agreement, which the ejidatarios never had knowledge of, declared the Treasury of the State of Chiapas to be the sole administrator of the income from the toll booth located at the entrance road to the waterfalls of Agua Azul. The management was undertaken through the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas, beyond the limits of the protected natural area within its jurisdiction and within the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón.

Indeed, that same year CONANP altered the plan of the Natural Protected Area, modifying the limits of the area established by the Decree of 1980, thus violating the territory of the ejidatarios to the benefit of the federal government through the control of the region. In this way they were exerting their activity, despite the warning of the ejidatarios and the report of independent experts from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, showing that they were transgressing the limits of ejido. This exercise of CONANP also meant the continued presence of public forces within the territory of the ejidatarios.

The assembly also agreed the obligation of the former commissioner to hand over the cash box and the audit of the accounts of the toll booth located on the road to Agua Azul. It also decided that from now onwards both the toll booth and the gravel bank would be managed by the ejido representatives of the three centres of population and by the ejidatarios adherents to the Sixth, without the intervention of government authorities.

Collusion between municipal authorities and national government

The interest of the state and national government in controlling the disputed territory needs to be mentioned, since thanks to its natural resources it is proposed as a strategic area for the tourism sector, and therefore a source of income. It is no coincidence that the arrival of the ejido commissioner that is to say, the ejidatarios from the PRI, in Bachajón, took place in 2007, just when the Palenque Integrally Planned Center (CIPP) was introduced. The CIPP is a macroproject for the construction of infrastructure and the equipping of areas for tourist development in the area around Palenque. The entrance of the PRI into the role of ejido commissioner brought new conflicts, including the lack of transparency in the management of the toll booth on the road to Agua Azul. It also created a social divide between pro-government and independent ejidatarios which is heightened day by day through some counterinsurgency strategies of the state. Strategies known as aid programmes, basic food baskets or even the handing over of housing in poor condition to party supporters and voters in order that they remain faithful to the party political leaders, and in extreme cases, that they will participate in forced evictions.

PRI ejidatarios agree to evict the Regional Headquarters

Specifically, an assembly of officialist political leaders and ejidatarios from the PRI decided to evict the Regional Headquarters after Tuesday 10th February if the national public forces had not done so by then. The assembly was held on Sunday 1st February 1 in Bachajon, in the municipality of Chilón and was attended by the officialist ejido commissioner and by several political officers of the PRI from the municipality of Chilón and the region.

In the assembly, the PRI leaders accused the ejidatarios, adherents to the Sixth, and the independent ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón of having regained control of the territory located around the community of Agua Azul, in the ejido San Sebastián. Likewise, the local leaders insisted to the PRI ejidatarios that they themselves should be the ones to evict the organized ejidatarios if the federal government did not do so during the ten-day period ending on Tuesday 10th February. This agreement was made with the complicity and consent of political officers from Yajalón and neighbouring municipalities, and the Undersecretary of Government of the fourteenth region, which includes the municipalities of Chilo, Yajalón, Ocosingo and Tila.

asambleaPriistas-500x493As shown in the photograph, several political officers were present during the making of the agreement, including members of the officialist ejidal commission of San Sebastián Bachajón such as Alejandro Moreno Gómez, ejido commissioner; Samuel Diaz Guzman, from the vigilance council and Manuel Moreno Jiménez, training adviser to the officialists and lawyer to the officialist commissioner of San Sebastián. But also members of neighbouring municipalities such as Oscar Miguel Sánchez Alpuche, undersecretary of government of Yajalón and Francisco Demeza, government delegate of the government of Chilón in the Undersecretariat of government in region XIV.

Precedents in 2011

It would not be the first time that this happened. In February 2011, Carmen Aguilar Gomez and Francisco Guzman Jiménez, the ejidal commissioner at the time, were the officials who led the PRI ejidatarios to evict the organized ejidatarios from the area around Agua Azul. Their intervention was supported by the state government at all times. Proof of this was when the following day, national and state public forces entered the territory and arrested 117 ejidatarios adherents to Sixth under the pretext that it was all an intra-community conflict.









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