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April 22, 2016

Primero de Agosto Displaced Families Report Enclosure of their Lands

Filed under: Displacement, sipaz — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 7:38 am

 

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Primero de Agosto Displaced Families Report Enclosure of their Lands

Primero.pngDisplacement camp at Primero de Agosto, Photo @ Radio Zapatista

 

On April 14, the displaced of Primero de Agosto in the municipality of Las Margaritas made a public statement denouncing the barbed wiring of part of the land of Primero de Agosto where they lived and from where they were displaced on February 23, 2015. According to their statement, they were provoked by ejidatarios from Miguel Hidalgo, members of the Independent Center of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos-Historical (CIOAC-H) on April 7 and 8 “carrying firearms, machetes, and all uniformed with PRD yellow caps (sic).”

They also reported that intimidation around their camp continues. After the events of April 7 and 8, on the morning of April 9, the authorities of the region passed by performing violent acts on cows and a bull “eight meters from where we are displaced.” The displaced of Primero de Agosto blamed the three levels of government, noting that the members of CIOAC-H from Miguel Hidalgo are “protected and backed by the governments that don’t do anything, that don’t say anything.” It should be mentioned that on February 25 last year, the State Government of Chiapas committed itself to dividing the lands in equal parts. Nevertheless, the lands have not been divided one year later and the inhabitants remain displaced. They reported that to this date the state government “hasn’t fulfilled anything, on the contrary, it has allowed the situation to get worse. The Mexican State has ignored the case.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/chiapas-primero-de-agosto-displaced-families-report-enclosure-of-their-lands/

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April 16, 2016

CIOAC-Histórica Encloses Lands of Displaced Families of Primero de Agosto

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Indigenous — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 2:00 pm

 

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CIOAC-Histórica Encloses Lands of Displaced Families of Primero de Agosto

 

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Photo: encampment of forcibly displaced Tojolabal families, March 30, 2016 (FRAYBA)

 

Public Denouncement 

To national and international civil society

To the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

To the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights

To the honest and independent centres of human rights

To the diocese of San Cristóbal de las Casas

To the alternative media

To the network against repression

To all the honest people of Mexico and the world

 

Compañeros and compañeras, brothers and sisters, we address ourselves to you, we, the 60 Tojolabal campesinos displaced from Primero de Agosto. Our words are to denounce the provocations, of eviction and harassment by the members of the ejido Miguel Hidalgo, militants of the organization the Independent Central of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos—Historic CIOAC-HISTORICA. Much damage has been done to us by falling into their violent traps but we have always said no to violence and yes to life.

Incidents:

April 7 and 8, 2016, the cioaquista ejido members of Miguel Hidalgo provoked us by fencing with barbed wire part of the land of Primero de Agosto, carrying firearms and machetes, and wearing yellow hats of the PRD. The cioaquistas know that we possessed that land and they displaced us from there. We became aware of this provocation because two of our compañeros were searching for cattle that they had lost and came across the fencing.

April 9, 2016, at 8:30 in the morning, Antonio Pérez Román (commissioner of the Miguel Hidalgo ejido), Javier López Pérez (municipal agent), Bernando Román Méndez (Regional Committee of the CIOAC-HISTORICA), Renaldo López Pérez (ex-commissioner), Antonio Méndez Pérez (ex-municipal agent), Adolfo Pérez Lopez (ex-secretary commissioner), Domingo Méndez Méndez, and the Catechist Enrique López Pérez, passed within eight metres of where we are displaced, all carrying machetes. They were violently herding, with dogs and sticks, eight cows and a Simmental bull belonging to Nicolas Roman Lopez and six cows and two bulls belonging to Francisco Méndez Pérez that were found close to where we are displaced and that are the property of these compañeros who are ejidatarios from the ejido Miguel Hidalgo who are also displaced. We saw all of this from the camp because we are here very close to where they passed.

We hold the three levels of government responsible for the above acts, and for the lack of justice and lack of action to resolve the problem of land that is generating threats and harassments from the cioaquistas of Miguel Hidalgo, because they feel protected and supported by the government that does nothing and says nothing, due to the lack of the ability to govern by the Mexican State and by Maria Fernanda, we will continue to bring to light what officials pledge to do, and what they don’t do.

In consequence of the above, we demand the following:

  • the fulfilment of the agreements signed on February 23, 2015 between the state of Chiapas and the community of Primero de Agosto, where the equitable redistribution of the land of El Roble was discussed.
  • The guarantee of security of the compañeros that attend to their cattle
  • The application of justice to those materially and intellectually responsible for the criminal acts, and justice for Maria Fernanda Mendez Perez.
  • Reparation for the damages caused by the theft of our belongings when they displaced us, and justice for the attempted homicide of Arturo Pérez López who was gravely injured in the neck by Aureliano Méndez Jiménez, secretary of the council of security at the time.
  • We demand the authorities of Miguel Hidalgo abandon our community and take down the fence that they are putting up around Primero de Agosto.

Sincerely,

Poblado of Primero de Agosto

Las Margaritas, Chiapas, Mexico, April 13, 2016

 

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From a translation by Palabras Rebeldes at  htps://palabrasrebeldes.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/cioac-historica-near-land-of-displaced-families-of-primero-de-agosto/

 

http://komanilel.org/2016/04/14/cioac-historica-cerca-tierras-de-familias-desplazadas-de-primero-de-agosto

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January 10, 2016

The displaced of Primero de Agosto report escalation of harassment, death threats and evictions

Filed under: Displacement, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 11:54 am

 

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The displaced of Primero de Agosto report escalation of harassment, death threats and evictions

 

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Foto @ SIPAZ

 

December 23 marked ten months since the forced displacement of the inhabitants of the village of Primero de Agosto, who are still receiving threats to this day. In a public statement they made known the latest acts of harassment, which happened between December 28, 2015, and January 5, 2016. On at least three occasions, their encampment was approached by ejidatarios (communal landholders) from Miguel Hidalgo and members of the organization Historical Independent Centre of Agricultural Workers and campesinos (CIOAC-H) in order to threaten the inhabitants. They fired shots at ten metres and on January 5 “C. Carmelino Pérez López forced down, tried to physically injure and threatened to kill and kidnap” one of the representatives of the inhabitants. According to the statement, regarding the people in general, the man said ” […] go and tell your compañeros or whoever that if you don’t accept what we want and what the government says, we will kill you, your father, your representatives […] and for the ejidatarios that are with you…let it be clear that one of these days we will enter to evict them, we will rape their wives and all the women who are in their plastics [plastic makeshift tents] and we will rob your homes like we did the last time, we have weapons of all calibres, we have grenade launchers.”

Given these serious accusations, they demand from the three levels of the Mexican Government: “1. The immediate fulfilment of the minutes of the special agreement of February 25, 2015, the fair distribution of the land in Primero de Agosto. 2. A prompt return to our village. 3. The material and intellectual authors of the crimes be brought to justice immediately. 4. Full reparation for the damage caused on May 9, 2014, December 17, 2015 and February 23, 2015. 5. The authorities of Miguel Hidalgo leave our village alone.

 

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/chiapas-the-displaced-of-primero-de-agosto-report-escalation-of-harassment-death-threats-and-evictions/

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November 20, 2015

8 months of “threats and harassment” against Tojolabales forcibly displaced from Primero de Agosto

Filed under: Displacement, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 1:29 pm

 

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8 months of “threats and harassment” against Tojolabales forcibly displaced from Primero de Agosto

 

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Camp of internally displaced @ChiapasDenunciaPública

On 23 October, those displaced from the Primero de Agosto community denounced the observance of 8 months of forcible displacement due to the “omission of the Mexican State.” The community denounced that the “harassment continues without pause, while the death-threats from ejidatarios belonging to the Miguel Hidalgo ejido, being members of the CIOAC-H […] continue.” Presently, the displaced communards confront the continuous firing into the air, threats of rape against women, threats of kidnapping, and of a new displacement.

They assured that, despite the “eight long months of suffering, death-threats, harassment, injustice, looting, violence, of exposure to the elements and strong rays of the sun, below the rain, under plastic tarps,” they have also observed “8 months of blazing a new path of life. These have been 8 months of sharing our suffering with the world through meetings, visits, reflections. These 8 months have helped us to organize ourselves better.” Among their six principal demands, the communards have requested “the immediate observance of the terms agreed to during the special meeting of 25 February 2015, which mandated the equitable distribution of the lands of Primero de Agosto.”

On 23 February 2015, members of the Miguel Hidalgo ejido pertaining to the Historical Independent Centre of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos (CIOAC-H), “led by Luis Hernández Cruz and Antonio Vásquez Hernández,” violently and forcibly displaced all the residents of the Primero de Agosto community.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/chiapas-8-months-of-threats-and-harassment-against-tojolabales-forcibly-displaced-from-primero-de-agosto/

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October 11, 2015

Displaced Tojolabal families from Primero de Agosto community denounce threats of a new displacement

Filed under: Displacement, Indigenous — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 12:37 pm

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Displaced Tojolabal families from Primero de Agosto community denounce threats of a new displacement

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Tojolabal men, women, and children displaced from the Primero de Agosto community @RadioPozol

Tojolabal men, women, and children displaced from the Primero de Agosto community @RadioPozol

On 1 October, in a public denunciation, the displaced Tojolabales who comprise the Primero de Agosto community denounced that “due to the omission of the official authorities, the violations of our rights, death-threats, threats of kidnapping, threats of a new displacement, and harassment continue.” On 29 September “authorities and ejidatarios from the Miguel Hidalgo ejido came to threaten us from 30 metres’ distance from where we are living displaced to tell us that they had plans to jointly kidnap six of our comrades and perform a new armed displacement with the backing of their leaders, the CIOAC-Historical, and the three levels of government.” Furthermore, on 30 September, “Armando Méndez López fired into the air with a gun, telling us that any one of these days we would be displaced and our comrades taken.” On 2 October, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Centre for Human Rights released an Urgent Action indicating that “the present situation is similar to that which immediately preceded the first forcible displacement. This puts at risk the lives, security, and physical integrity of the displaced families.”

These families, who have now spent seven months displaced in the 23 September community, observed that “the Chiapas state government committed itself on 25 February 2015 to make justice and distribute the lands equally […] but it has not observed its promise; on the contrary, it has allowed the situation to worsen. The Mexican State has been absent or complicit in the criminal actions taken against our people.”

It bears mentioning that on 23 February 2015, ejidatarios from the Miguel Hidalgo ejido who pertain to the Independent Historical Centre of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos (CIOAC-H) violently displaced 57 people from the Primero de Agosto community, which since 1 August 2013 had “suffered death-threats, murder-attempts, and attempted kidnappings, robbery, looting, and destruction at the hands of the ejidatarios from the Miguel Hidalgo ejido, members of CIOAC-H.”

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/chiapas-displaced-tojolabal-families-from-primero-de-agosto-community-denounce-threats-of-a-new-displacement/

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September 8, 2015

At nearly half a year of forced displacement, the Poblado Primero de Agosto denounces new threats

Filed under: Displacement, Indigenous — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:44 pm

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At nearly half a year of forced displacement, the Poblado Primero de Agosto denounces new threats

Tojolab´al women and children in displacement campsite @RadioZapatista

Tojolab´al women and children in displacement campsite @RadioZapatista

In their denouncement of August 17th, the 17 forcibly displaced Tojolabal families of the Poblado Primero de Agosto denounced new threats, harassments, and the omission of the three levels of the Mexican Government. The families denounced since August 1st and “to date the authorities of Miguel Hidalgo began to harass us again, firing multiple shots in the air with firearms at 100 meters from where we are displaced”. On August 3rd, “Javier López Pérez passed by 5 metres from where we are displaced […] commissioned by his cioaquista comrades to keep an eye on us and to intimidate us, well he was carrying a pouch and we realized that he would pull his right hand in and out of the pouch with small black firearm”.They also mentioned that on August 6th, “Armando Méndez López and Francisco López Román both ejidatarios of the Historic CIOAC passed by to harass 4 metres from where we are displaced telling us that soon they will hurt us because they are with the CIOAC historical and with the state government”.

They assured that the three levels of government “are aware of the occurrences and they have not done their job and they know about everything that is happening to us”, and they manifested their preoccupation due to the “omission of the Mexican State because the strong death threats against their lives continue, this happens because of the lack of justice.” At the end, they thanked the “Believing People, the different churches in their diverse denominations, the young people, men, women, children Tsotsiles, Tzeltales, mestizos, Tojolabales, among others who with their heart share our pain which is now not only our pain but a collective and universal pain”.

It serves mentioning that on February 23, 2015, ejidatarios of the ejido Miguel Hidalgo, who pertain to the Historic Independent Central of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos (CIOAC-H), forcibly and violently displaced 57 people of the Poblado Primero de Agosto.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/chiapas-nearly-at-half-a-year-of-forced-displacement-the-poblado-primero-de-agosto-denounces-new-threats/

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July 29, 2015

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

Filed under: Frayba, Indigenous — Tags: , , , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 3:18 pm

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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 22, 2015

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

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

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

Temporary camp, Photo@Sipaz

Temporary camp, Photo@Sipaz

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

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

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

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July 21, 2015

Chiapas: Avalanche of electoral propaganda… and social denunciations

Filed under: Zapatistas — Tags: , , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 1:59 pm

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Chiapas: Avalanche of electoral propaganda… and social denunciations

From: SIPAZ REPORT VOL. XX Nº 2 – JUNE 2015

Pilgrimage / Via Crucis of the Believer People, Simojovel, March 2015 

Pilgrimage / Via Crucis of the Believer People, Simojovel, March 2015

In April, Governor Manuel Velasco announced the resignation of his General Secretary for Governance, Eduardo Ramírez, who was to be replaced by the PRI official Juan Carlos Gómez Aranda. The new General Secretary was a founding member of the Commission for Concordance and Pacification (COCOPA), which participated in dialogues with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). No explanation was given as to these changes in the cabinet, though rumours point to differences between the PVEM and the PRI, in a government that has been formed by alliance between these two parties. It is said that the resignation of Ramírez Aguilar took place following a meeting between the governor and the federal Secretary for Governance (SEGOB), Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong. The upcoming election has been marked by wasteful spending and propaganda, pointing toward a very likely outcome of a PVEM victory.

At the same time, denunciations from social actors have multiplied, with little echo in the electoral campaigns which have failed to outline proposals in response to their demands. In February, a worrying question was the possibility of mining reactivation: in a letter directed to a Simojovel priest signed by a representative from the representative of the Mexican Geological Service and of the firm Geochemistry and Drilling Company SA de CV (GYMSA), the priest was asked to intercede with the representations of the indigenous communities “to provide access to their private and communal territories,” where, within three months, “geological mapping of the region is planned.” The process would involve 20 municipalities of the highlands and Northern Region of Chiapas.

In February the burial of Antonia López Méndez took place, a girl from Banavil, Tenejapa municipality. The family buried their child in the community, accompanied for security reasons by a caravan of civil and social organizations, representatives from the state and municipal governments, and State Security Police. The minor was one of the 13 persons (4 families) who were forcibly displaced in December 2011.

In observance of International Women’s Day, 8 March, close to 200 women and some men marched in San Cristóbal de Las Casas for equal rights and for a halt to violence against women. At the end of the action, collectives and communities reported on the creation of a Movement in Defence of the Land, the Territory, and in favour of the Participation and Recognition of Women in Decision-making Processes, “within the context of the plundering and destruction of natural resources, as well as the generalized violence exercised by the State through its neoliberal policies and gender violence.”

In March, the pilgrimage held by the Believing People ended in Tuxtla Gutiérrez. This action was born through a series of demands that include a halt to violence and domination by narco-interests that have asserted themselves in the past two years. The authorities have been absent while the death threats have worsened against the priest of Simojovel, Marcelo Peréz Peréz, and the rest of the parish staff.

Displaced persons in Poblado Primero de Agosto, municipality of Las Margaritas, May 2015 © SIPAZ

Displaced persons in Poblado Primero de Agosto, municipality of Las Margaritas, May 2015
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Also in March, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Centre for Human Rights (CDHFBC) denounced new threats against the displaced residents of the Primero de Agosto community, Las Margaritas municipality. One month after their forcible displacement by members of the Independent Historical Campesino-Agricultural Worker Centre (CIOAC-H), the Tojolabal families still find themselves “vulnerable, threatened, and at risk of a new attack.” The CDHFBC affirmed that the “government of Manuel Velasco has not assumed its responsibility and commitment to the displaced families; on the contrary, it has provided governmental protection to the CIOAC-H members, as evidenced in the impunity which prevents all the penal denunciations concerning the aggressions in question [from advancing legally].” At the time of this report, the situation continues without resolution.

In May, after vaccines were given to 52 indigenous children from the Simojovel municipality, 29 of them had adverse reactions and had to be hospitalized. Two died, and six others were seriously injured. Civil society organizations have demanded that the State authorities investigate the incident in a profound and impartial way, and they called on the appropriate authorities to determine the chain of negligence among those responsible, as well as to provide the necessary support for families, in addition to access to justice. They expressed their “concern for the situation of new-borns in the State […]. Data from the National Council on the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) indicate that, in 2012, 74.7% of the Chiapas population finds itself in poverty, with 24.9% reporting lack of access to health services.”

EZLN: between attacks and actions

Seminar "Critical Thought versus the Capitalist Hydra", May 2015  © SIPAZ

Seminar “Critical Thought versus the Capitalist Hydra”, May 2015 
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In February and May, threats and harassment were reported against residents of El Rosario and Nuevo Paraíso, communities that belong to the La Garrucha caracol, official municipality of Ocosingo, by armed persons. In March, the harassment by the Mexican Army of the Zapatista Good Government Council (JBG) in La Realidad was denounced. In addition, the Enlace Zapatista webpage suffered a cyber-attack in April.

On Saturday 2 May in the Oventik caracol in the Chiapas highlands, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) rendered homage to the philosopher Luis Villoro Toranzo, who died in March 2014, and to José Luis Solís López, the teacher “Galeano,” who was murdered in May 2014 by members of CIOAC-H in La Realidad, municipality of Las Margaritas. The homage emphasized the continuing struggle of keeping alive the efforts of the murdered comrades. From 3 to 9 May, the Seminar on “Critical Thought against the Capitalist Hydra” took place in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. More than 1,500 people participated, hailing from Mexico and other countries. At the close of the event, Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés concluded with the call to “leave with much to think about and imagine. Go and speak to the rest of your comrades wherever you live, because at other times and using different forms, we will have to find other ways of working together” 

SIPAZ REPORT – SIPAZ REPORT VOL. XX Nº 2 – JUNE 2015

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July 3, 2015

The Primero de Agosto community completes 4 months of forcible displacement and continues demanding its forthright return

Filed under: Displacement, Indigenous — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:00 pm

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 The Primero de Agosto community completes 4 months of forcible displacement and continues demanding its forthright return

Displaced families from the Primero de Agosto community (@Koman Ilel)

Displaced families from the Primero de Agosto community (@Koman Ilel)

In a communique published on 23 June, the residents of the Primero de Agosto community denounced the 120 days of forcible displacement experienced by the “17 Tojolabal families because of [the actions of] ejidatarios from Miguel Hidalgo who pertain to the CIOAC-Historical organization, led by Luis Hernández Cruz,” and it adds that Elvira Méndez Pérez, who just gave birth, “is suffering greatly because of the cold and the rain, as she lacks proper shelter in which her child can grow up happily.”

In their denunciation, the displaced describe “how for the last 4 months we are awakened by raindrops that penetrate the plastic tarps which we use to cover ourselves at night. We awaken with our clothes wet and cold due to the humidity of the land on which we live, as it is the time of rain, and the government has done nothing […]. Look at where we are displaced, and you will see the face of impunity and the reality of indigenous peoples.”

Despite this suffering and the conditions in which the displaced live, the families assure that they continue “to struggle for our land, because it is the only resource we have. We are not asleep in the struggle for our land, which continues, and will live on […]. We will not become tired of denouncing until the government observes its promises. We will not tire of denouncing until there is justice, because we are in favour of justice and peace. As our ancestors say, ‘ts omanotik b’a sk’ulajel jsak’aniltik.’ That is to say, together we build life.”

The Primero de Agosto community continues to demand that the three levels of government guarantee the proper conditions for return, “because there is where our happy Iives take place.” Furthermore, they call on the government to observe the accord that was signed on 25 February 2015, which stipulates that the state government commit itself to redistributing lands equally.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/chiapas-the-primero-de-agosto-community-completes-4-months-of-forcible-displacement-and-continues-demanding-its-forthright-return/

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June 27, 2015

“Our compañera has just given birth, here where we are suffering greatly from the cold and rain”, indigenous Tojolabales displaced in Chiapas

Filed under: Displacement, Human rights, Indigenous — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 8:19 pm

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“Our compañera has just given birth, here where we are suffering greatly from the cold and rain”, indigenous Tojolabales displaced in Chiapas

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“Where will the son or daughter of Elvira Mendez be born?” social organizations and people in solidarity with the displaced families from the community Primero de Agosto,  Municipality of Las Margaritas, Chiapas, asked two months ago. The answer was revealed by the indigenous Tojolabales in a communiqué on 23rd June: “Our compañera has just given birth, here where we are suffering greatly from the cold and the rain.”

Although Elvira gave birth in the municipal headquarters, she did not want to stay away long from her displaced compañer@s, and she has returned to the camp, where along with her new-born child she is suffering the inclement weather along with the other refugees, on the section of the highway from Nuevo Momón to Monte Cristo Viejo.

“After 120 days we continue to denounce the forced displacement of 17 Tojolabal families by ejidatarios from Miguel Hidalgo belonging to the Central Independent Organization of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos – Historical (CIOAC-H), led by Luis Hernandez Cruz,” denounced the families originally from the border jungle zone.

“This morning, 23rd June, 2015, as for the last four months, the raindrops wake us coming through the holes in the plastic sheets which cover us every night, we get up with our clothes cold and wet due to the moisture on the ground where we sleep, since the rainy season has already arrived, because the government has not done anything,” added the displaced people.

“We demand an end to the threats and harassment, we strongly urge the federal government of Enrique Peña Nieto, the State Government of Manuel Velasco Coello and the Mayor of Las Margaritas, Culebro Manuel Gordillo, to fulfil the agreement signed on 25th February, 2015 where they committed to dividing the land equally,” demanded the indigenous Tojolabales.

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Communiqué: http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.mx/2015/06/120-dias-de-desplazamiento-forzado-de.html

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May 28, 2015

Chiapas: The Network for Peace calls for the situation of the displaced people of Primero de Agosto to be addressed

Filed under: Displacement — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:05 pm

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Chiapas: The Network for Peace calls for the situation of the displaced people of Primero de Agosto to be addressed

by SIPAZ

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On May 20, the official report of the Civil Mission of Observation of the poblado Primero de Agosto, municipality of Las Margaritas, was presented in a press conference. 12 organizations participated together on May 11 and 12 in this mission that was carried out to observe and document the situation of the displaced people.

“We are very sad in this forced displacement, where there is much insecurity and we are very uneasy, we can’t sleep because of the fear that the authorities of Miguel Hidalgo are going to hurt us again, our children are becoming ill with cough, fever, headaches, stomach aches, and they always ask us when we are going to return to our home”, shared one of the displaced women.

56 people, amongst them 18 who are underage, were forcefully displaced on February 23, 2015. On this day, they left their houses, belongings, and the land they had occupied since August 1, 2013 (according to the agreement signed by representatives of the state government on January 8, 2015, the ownership of the property is “undefined”). The forced displacement was provoked by 50 people, authorities of Miguel Hidalgo, who are also members of the Historic Independent Central of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos (CIOAC-H), 15 of whom carried high powered firearms.

The Civil Mission of Observation reported that the critical humanitarian situation in which the displaced people find themselves, has not been addressed. They live in precarious homes made of sticks, plastics, and nylon, there is not a sufficient amount of drinkable water, the children are not attending school, there is a small amount of food- they only eat once or twice a day, the health of the displaced community is of concern, especially the children and the women who are pregnant: “The health of the displaced people, not only by the presence of infectious or contagious diseases caused by the situation that is being lived, their integrity is being threatened by the presence of agents of their own environment, such as the climate and the fauna of the area and by the constant threats of the people who displaced them: evidently this is violating the right to food, housing, access to water, a healthy environment, and emotional and social health of the population”.

 

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/chiapas-the-network-for-peace-asks-to-attend-the-dislaced-people-of-primero-de-agosto/

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May 23, 2015

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

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:31 pm

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

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

V. Demands

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

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

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

Network for Peace in Chiapas.

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April 26, 2015

Communique from forcibly displaced families from Primero de Agosto denouncing threats

Filed under: Displacement — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 2:35 pm

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Communique from forcibly displaced families of Primero de Agosto denouncing threats

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In a communique published on April 17, 2015, the forcibly displaced people of the community Primero de Agosto, released the latest harassments they´ve suffered on lands they currently occupy, next to the diversion of the road to Las Margaritas – New Momón towards Monte Cristo Viejo.

In the public denouncement, they shared that from April 9-15, members of the ejido Miguel Hidalgo have fired three shots at 500 yards from where they are currently forcibly displaced, received verbal (shouts) threats, and entered and burgled the house of one of the displaced persons.

It should be recalled that that those who are accused of the recent harassments belong to the Historic Independent Central of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos (CIOAC-H) and are also responsible for, both, the forced displacement of 57 people of the territory “El Roble” on February 23, 2015 and of the previous acts of threats, assaults, and aggressions.

In voice of the displaced women, the statement includes a description of the physical and psychological health of the displaced persons:“… we are becoming ill due to the new threats of attacks and aggressions. Where are we now there is much insecurity, we are restless, uneasy and we cannot sleep due to the fear that the authorities of Miguel Hidalgo might harm us again and because they´ve told us they will kidnap our compañeros. Our children are ill with cough, fever, stomach aches, headaches, typhoid, and they always ask us when we will return to our homes.” They also demand that the government fulfills the agreements made on February 25 – in which it was agreed to distribute the 74 hectares of the Poblado Primero de Agosto equally between the two groups – the administration of justice, the return to Primero de Agosto, the punishment to the perpetrators and masterminds of the attacks, and comprehensive compensation for the damages incurred. Lastly, they hold the three levels of government responsible for whatever could happen to the forcibly displaced Tojolabal families, in case the conflict is not resolved.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/chiapas-communique-from-displaced-families-from-primero-de-agosto-denounce-threats/

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