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July 17, 2016

Communique from Semilla Digna in Solidarity with the Teacher’s Struggle

Filed under: Repression — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 1:26 pm

 

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Communique from Semilla Digna in Solidarity with the Teacher’s Struggle

 

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From the teachers’ roadblock in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas

During the delivery of supplies to the CNTE

 

To the teachers and students in resistance

To the parents of families

To all the organizations, collectives, and neighbourhoods present here

The communities in rebellion and resistance, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle of the EZLN, those of us who make up the space Semilla Digna (Candelaria el Alto, San Isidro los Laureles, San Francisco, Grupo de Trabajo No estamos todxs, Alcanfores, San Isidro del Ocotal and Cruztón), express our solidarity with your dignified struggle because we feel like you, against the structural reforms of the bad government.

Also, as indigenous communities, we have suffered humiliation, contempt, displacement and neglect. We understand well your struggle because we share the same struggle, and we share the pain and rage in our hearts. As such, we are with you in support with our presence and our word.

We want to encourage you because we already know of the aggression and violence with which the bad government represses the people in resistance. We want to say to you that you are not alone, and that we, as indigenous men and women of our lands and communities, as organizations in resistance, we are with you and we share your path.

We want to say to you that also with the action you have taken, you are raising consciousness in civil society more and more, making visible the lies that the bad government tells in response to our demands.

We demand the immediate liberty of all of the compañerxs unjustly imprisoned for protesting, and we ask that their rights be respected, and, more concretely, the liberty of all the teachers and the civil society which supports them, who in recent weeks have suffered repression and imprisonment for exercising their right to demonstrate against the misnamed structural reforms, when all these will do is to continue to deprive everyone of a dignified future.

We condemn and hold responsible the three levels of the bad government for all the harassments and assassinations that they have already committed, and for whatever future action may be carried out against the organizations, collectives, neighbourhoods, parents of families, students and teachers here present.

Forward compañeros! Your struggle is our struggle. Receive a great combative hug from all communities that make up the space of struggle known as Semilla Digna.

If you injure one of us, you injure all of us!

The people united will never be defeated!

Zapata lives, the struggle continues!

 

Translated by Palabras Rebeldes

Minor amendments by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity

 

http://komanilel.org/2016/07/14/semilladigna-entregan-viveres-a-la-cnte-en-solidaridad-a-la-lucha-magisterial/

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June 11, 2016

“They destroyed our houses and cornfields,” denounces San Isidro los Laureles, Chiapas.

Filed under: Indigenous — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 2:11 pm

 

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“They destroyed our houses and cornfields,” denounces San Isidro los Laureles, Chiapas.

 

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Organised group of San Isidro los Laureles and communities in the municipality of Venustiano Carranza, Chiapas, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle Mexico.

Semilla Digna.

Public denunciation.

To the good government junta.

To the adherents the the sixth, national and international.

To non-governmental organizations.

To national and international human rights agencies.

To the Indigenous National Congress (CNI).

To the alternative media.

To public opinion in Mexico and the world.

On 12th May after being evicted from the estate of el Refugio, recuperated land, by those who claim to be the owners, Rodrigo Ruiz, Francisco Ruiz, Octavin Albores, along with the bad government and white guards.

We hereby inform you that we, San Isidro and the communities, will continue resisting in struggle, until we achieve our goal; somewhere to work, somewhere to live, since it is the heritage of our families; we, men, women and children denounce the following.

We disclose and inform you that we had already planted between 50 and 60 hectares of maize, which were already close to be ready to harvest the corncobs, we inform you that all the sacred cornfield was cut in order to keep the cattle of those who claim to be the owners, leaving the 60 families who form the organized group without food, within 20 days of being evicted from the ranch el Refugio, land that is rightfully ours, as indigenous we have rights to the land.

We make known also that they destroyed our small houses, made of wood and sheets of laminate, burning all our belongings like sleeping mats, jackets, sweaters, bags, crowbars, planters, seeds and vegetables.

The owners, the white guards together with two trucks of accredited police continue to intimidate us with high-calibre gunshots, at the same time we are concerned about the wellbeing of our young compañeros and compañeras and children.

chiapas-conflicto-agrario2-e1351717042884Through this communiqué we inform you that the three levels of federal, state, and municipal government, as we know from our history, exploit people like us, the campesinos and indigenous, they humiliate us, taking possession of something which does not belong to them.

That is why through our communiqué, we call for the authorities to take into account our decision to recover our land, we announce that we will return to recover our lands and territory, which ancestrally belongs to us.

We therefore ask for support from public opinion, human rights organizations, the CNI, the alternative media, and the good government junta, because we will keep you informed, in a timely manner, of everything that comes against us and our rights. Because our decision is and will be to resist and defend what belongs to us legitimately, in advance we hold responsible the three levels of government, federal, state, municipal, along with the landowners Rodrigo Ruiz, Francisco Ruiz, Octavin Albores, the chief of the region (cacique) Jesus Orantes Ruiz and the leader of the sugarcane organization (delegation), Raquel Aguilar Castaneda, for anything that may happen to us.

Sincerely.

San Isidro los Laureles and the communities in the municipality of Venustiano Carranza, Chiapas. Mexico.

Adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon jungle.

If a revolutionary does not act with dignity (s)he is not a revolutionary!

 

http://www.pozol.org/?p=12475

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May 20, 2016

Chiapas: Escalation of violence against communities adherents to the Sixth

Filed under: Bachajon, Displacement, Indigenous — Tags: , , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 3:54 pm

 

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Chiapas: Escalation of violence against communities adherents to the Sixth

By Aldo Santiago

 

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The space for coordination and struggle Dignified Seed (Semilla Digna) of the Peoples of Chiapas, brings together some of the communities, families and groups of adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the EZLN. Formed by the community of San Francisco, the organized family El Chivero (Teopisca), the organized families of San Isidro Ocotal, Candelaria el Alto, the community of Cruztón and San Isidro de los Laureles (Venustiano Carranza) and the organized family of Alcanfores (San Cristobal de las Casas), as well as the Working Group No estamos todxs, they are all also members of the Indigenous National Congress. As examples of organization and struggle in the reclamation of land from landholders in Chiapas, the communities of Cruztón and San Isidro de los Laureles have suffered a wave of repression in recent days.

 

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On December 20, 2015, members of the Tzotzil community of San Isidro de los Laureles took possession of a total of 165 hectares in the municipality of Venustiano Carranza. The territory used for cattle and (sugar) cane growing, monopolized by caciques who dominate the sugar business in the region, was recovered because “these lands were worked by our grandparents and parents who were indentured peons. They worked since 1940 for a minimal wage, and they have never been given benefits and bonuses. Since we now have nowhere to live or work for the livelihood of our families as indigenous, we recuperated the lands for our families,” said the community members who are also adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, after receiving threats of eviction on subsequent days.

 

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After 83 days defending the territory, in the morning of May 12, 2016, about 35 trucks with policemen and white guards entered the lands to violently evict the community of San Isidro de los Laureles. Among the civilians responsible for the aggression is Octavin Albores, a relative of the former governor Roberto Albores Guillen, who shot to kill with high-calibre weapons. “We then withdrew because it was already too much, we were already seeing the bullets passing close to us, and we felt death, the bullets were close to our heads, but thankfully nobody was hurt,” recounts a member of the Tzotzil community.

Among the material losses were almost 70 hectares of cornfield ready to harvest, which are being cut and taken away by the attackers. Nevertheless, after trying three times while they were being shot at, the 50 organized families managed to reposition themselves in the land of Tres Picos (30 hectares,) property of Albores, from where they are building strategies to recover the remaining 135 hectares, packed with white guards, owned by Francisco and Rodrigo Ruiz, relatives of Jesús Alejo Orantes Ruíz, leader for 23 years of the Local Union of Producers of Sugarcane (CNC) based in the Pujiltic mill, the third largest sugar producer in the country, belonging to the group Zucarmex that controls other mills in Veracruz and Jalisco.

 

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Orantes Ruiz, in his turn, inherited the position of cacique from his father Carmen Orantes, who passed down to him control of PRI affiliated organizations such as the National Campesino Confederation and the National Confederation of Rural Producers. A member of the cacique family Los Orantes, he also owns 40 thousand hectares in the sugarcane region which includes the municipalities of Venustiano Carranza, Villas las Rosas, Socoltenango, La Concordia and Tzimol, among other locations where there are six thousand cane producers altogether.

Considered the country’s richest sugar cane producer, Orantes Ruiz, who is also a former local PRI deputy, has kept the majority of the ejidal commissioners and municipal authorities within his area of influence under his control, which has allowed him to avoid responsibility for crimes such as the fraud of nearly three million pesos against cane producers in the municipalities of Venustiano Carranza, Tzimol, Las Rosas and Socoltenango.

According to a publication by Notimex in June 2011, the fraud materialized through unjustified and arbitrary deductions made by Alejo Orantes and the businesspeople of the Pujiltic mill against campesinos at the end of the agricultural cycle, for supplies received during the period of planting, harvesting and delivery to the industry.

 

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It is the custom for Orantes Ruiz to take over the production of the cane and, on the pretext of inputs delivered, only pay up to 40 per cent of the total value of the cane delivered to the mill, approximately 20 thousand tons of cane per production cycle, of which 53 percent of the value is paid to the campesinos, while accounting for the remaining 47 percent as alleged discounts. Coupled with the fact that the campesinos are not allowed to take their cane production to market with other buyers in the country, the fraud committed by Orantes violates the livelihoods of thousands of farming families.

The memory of almost 24 years ago, after the EZLN uprising, when they were evicted from these same lands by the shore (marina), was revived on 12th May last, when the caciques tried to retake the territory where communities carry out the work of construction of their autonomy. Neither the owners nor government officials have approached the adherents to the Sixth of los Laureles to reclaim the lands or to try to negotiate with them; instead they speak with the language of violence that supports the dispossession of ancestral lands in this region of Chiapas.

 

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If they do not give justice, we will take it with our own hands

Days after the celebration of the ninth anniversary of the recovery of 249 hectares of their lands, the people of Cruztón, a community in Los Altos de Chiapas, in the municipality of Venustiano Carranza, received the news that a member of the organization had been detained and tortured by the group Nuevo Guadalupe Victoria in the community of the same name. The origin of the incident dates back to 21st March, when they blocked the way to the cemetery (panteón: pantheon or mausoleum), a sacred place for the families.

 

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Members of the community of Cruztón told how the denuncia which was raised in the Public Ministry was ignored. “Our own hands will be the ones that do justice, as we told the MP, if they do not do justice, what they have to expect is that the dead will be raised, because it is not right, it is unfair what they are doing, the cemetery is ours, the land is ours, it is our territory, it is ours by right, and will be ours whatever it costs.”

The history of attacks against the community of Cruztón extends from the blocking of the road that leads to their village, to the invasion of small holdings of five hectares by the same group from Guadalupe Victoria, without those responsible for the constant harassment yet being prosecuted and punished. “They even accused us of agreeing with the gringos to exploit the minerals (on the hill of the Mispia where they are trying to extract gold;) now we can see that Guadalupe Victoria is very conflicted; now our route to the pantheon has been closed to us and this process is now leading to much crime; the authorities say they are not stuffed, but yes they are stuffed, as they know perfectly well,” explains a member of Cruztón.

 

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Finally, on 8th May last, inhabitants of the Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, which is located in the middle of the jungle in the Zapatista region of San José en Rebeldía, denounced the aggression against Esteban Jiménez Gómez and his family by the paramilitary group led by Carlos Jiménez Gómez and consisting of his sons, who also serve as state police, acting with impunity, protected by the police structure of the region.

The people who are adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle in Bachajón struggle to defend their territory against the government’s drive to impose a tourism megaproject in the region of Agua Azul. During the process of resistance, since 2008, in demand of the legitimate use and enjoyment of their territory by two thousand Bachajón ejidatarios, the coordinators of the Sixth, Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano (2014) and Juan Vazquez Guzman (2013,) have been killed. As of today, those responsible for the killings have not been punished.

 

Photos: Pandilla and Friends

Translation by the UK Zapatista Translation Service

http://subversiones.org/archivos/123607

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May 15, 2016

Velasco evicts women and children from San Isidro but allows CIOAC to operate a roadblock in Tuxtla Gutierrez.

Filed under: Displacement, Indigenous, La Sexta — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 1:19 pm

 

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Velasco evicts women and children from San Isidro but allows CIOAC to operate a roadblock in Tuxtla Gutierrez.

 

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Chiapas Mexico. 12th May, 2016. “They are shooting at us, shooting to kill” denounce members of San Isidro los Laureles, municipality of Venustiano Carranza, who through an audiomessage report that “the police along with white guards, evicted us from the land of our ancestors we had recuperated.”

“We are 60 families and are from the collective Semilla Digna, adherents to the Sexta,” explain the campesinos who were attacked, and say that the eviction began at six in the morning, when they 40 cars, vans and three local police trucks sector arrived.

“We are concerned about the physical wellbeing of the compañeros and compañeras, and their belongings, such as clothing, household utensils and tools and seeds for cultivation” share the people originating in central Chiapas. “We are concerned because we have our crops, our maize, our corncobs, which are for the support of our families,” he added.

“We are going to carry on. We are not leaving, we have always lived here, and we will get our land back no matter how long it takes us, “say the campesinos, members of the Indigenous National Congress, and made a call for national and international solidarity.

The violent eviction of the families from San Isidro los Laureles occurred just at the same time as the Independent Central of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos (CIOAC), an organisation close to the government of Velasco Coello, was holding, with impunity, a roadblock in the capital Tuxtla Gutierrez; he did not act against them like he acted against the children, women and elderly of the community in Venustiano Carranza.

 

Translated by the UK Zapatista Translation Service 

http://www.pozol.org/?p=12247

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May 14, 2016

San Isidro Los Laureles, Semilla Digna, Denounces Eviction from their Recuperated Territory

Filed under: Displacement, Indigenous, Uncategorized — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 10:32 am

 

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San Isidro Los Laureles, Semilla Digna, Denounces Eviction from their Recuperated Territory

 

 

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To the EZLN

To the CNI

To the free media and to all the communication media

To the national and international Sixth

To the national and international civil society

To the defenders of human rights

Compañeras and compañeros,

We want to inform you that today at seven in the morning caciques entered our territory claiming to be owners of the recuperated land that rightfully belongs to us, accompanied by their White Guards in 30 disguised trucks. They entered violently, beginning to burn our stuff and throw gases.

We, as people organized in the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, in the space of struggle of Semilla Digna and member of the Indigenous National Congress (CNI), decided to recover these lands on the 20th of December, 2015; they rightfully belong to us, since they are the lands that we have worked for generations; those that claim to be the owners of the lands are Francisco Ruiz, Rodrigo Ruiz, and Octovin Albores.

For all these reasons, we ask you to be attentive to whatever aggression may be carried out against us, and we hold the three levels of the bad government responsible. Compañeros and compañeras, we will keep you informed of the situation.

San Isidro Los Laureles, Municipality of Venustiano Carranza

Members

of the space of struggle Semilla Digna, Adherents to the

Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, and

Members of the Indigenous National Congress

 

From a translation by Palabras Rebeldes

http://komanilel.org/2016/05/12/san-isidro-los-laureles-semilladigna-denuncia-desalojo-de-su-tierra-recuperada/

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April 16, 2016

Fly-overs and gun shots around recovered land in Chiapas

Filed under: Displacement, Indigenous, Uncategorized — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 12:30 pm

 

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Fly-overs and gun shots around recovered land in Chiapas

 

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Public Denouncement 

9 April 2016

San Isidro Los Laureles, municipality of Venustiano Carranza, Chiapas. Members of the “Semilla Digna”(*) and the National Indigenous Congress (CNI as known by its acronym in Spanish) and adherents to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration of the Lancandon Jungle.

We want to publicly denounce that yesterday, the 8th of April 2016, at approximately 12pm, a helicopter flew over the land that we recovered on the 20th of December 2015. For about 10 minutes the helicopter, flying at about 80 metres off the ground, circled over the main house of the hacienda. They took our photographs and videoed us. Later, between 2 and 3pm, a red, double cabin, Chevrolet pick-up truck drove past the recovered land and two guards. Seven 9mm shots were fired towards the trees in order to intimidate.

We ask the public, human rights bodies, the CNI, the alternative media and the Councils of Good Government to stand in solidarity with our just struggle for a place to live and work in order to sustain our families. We will keep you up-dated on this situation and the violation of our rights, because our decision is and will be to resist and defend what legitimately is ours. In advance, we put the responsiblity on the State if anything should happen to us.

Yours sincerely,

San Isidro Los Laureles, municipality of Venustiano Carranza, Chiapas, adherents to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration of the Lancandon Jungle.

 

Long live the EZLN!

If a revolutionary does not act with dignity, she/he is not a revolutionary.

(*) The group “Semilla Digna” is made up of communities adherent to the Sixth in Chiapas to defend land and territory.

 

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Translated by the UK Zapatista Translation Service

http://komanilel.org/2016/04/09/sobrevuelan-y-disparan-armas-de-fuego-contra-tierras-recuperadas-en-chiapas/

 

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March 5, 2016

Denunciation from San Isidro Los Laureles, Adherents to The Sixth

Filed under: Indigenous, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 4:38 pm

 

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Denunciation from San Isidro Los Laureles, Adherents to The Sixth

 

 

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February 22, 2016

San Isidro los Laureles, Municipality of Venustiano Carranza, Chiapas, Mexico, Adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle, from the Space of Struggle Semilla Digna, Members of the CNI

Public denunciation

To the EZLN

To the national and international adherents of the sixth

To the national and international organizations of human rights

To the national indigenous congress (CNI)

To the free and alternative media

To the public opinion of Mexico and the world

si los laurelesAfter 62 days of having recovered our mother earth, at 12:40 pm, a white double cabin Cheyenne truck with license plate DSF-73-24 passed our territory. The truck had six people inside wearing bulletproof vests and carrying high powered weapons. This truck passed our recovered lands of the municipality of Venustiano Carranza, Chiapas, led by the landowners Rodrigo Ruiz, Francisco Ruiz, Octavin Albores, and supported by some small landholders, with the intent to intimidate our compañerxs, young people, and children of San Isidro los Laureles and other communities. In consequence, we denounce the following:

998278_413225682116174_1052008252_n (1)We make it known that being gathered together in the recovered land “El Refugio”, living with our families in harmony and tranquillity; they passed showing their armed men (white guards of the landowners), creating fear in our compañerxs, youth, girls and boys. At the same time we are aware that our road sign was vandalized with great violence, that same day at 10:30 pm carried out from the orders of the owners Rodrigo Ruiz, Francisco Ruiz and Octavin Albores.

We fear that the same eviction and violence that occurred in 1994 can happen again, when we decided to recover these lands, when the state intervened unleashing repression on our compañerxs.

Through this statement we want to inform all three levels of bad government—federal, state, and municipal—that the land legitimately belongs to us, as you know we are the campesinos and indigenous people have left our footprints and scars in these lands because our grandparents worked these lands without taking anything in return.

Because of this, and through this communiqué, we demand that the authorities take into account and respect our decision to recover the land, and we ask the National Indigenous Congress, public opinion, the organizations of human rights, the alternative media, to stay alert because we will keep you informed, in a timely manner, of everything that comes against our rights and our progress.

Our decision is and will be to resist and defend that which legitimately belongs to us in order to reach our objective, which is to benefit our indigenous families, where we live, where we work, and where we sustain ourselves.

We hold the three levels of government responsible—federal, state, and municipal—with the owners Rodrigo Ruiz, Francisco Ruiz, and Octavin Albores together with Jesús Orantes Ruiz, for everything that can happen to or against us.

Sincerely

Community of San Isidro los Laureles, Municpality of Venustiano Carranza Chiapas

Adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle

Members of Semilla Digna of the CNI

“A revolutionary who does not act with dignity is not a revolutionary”

 

 

Translated by Palabras Rebeldes

 

http://komanilel.org/2016/02/26/denuncia-de-san-isidro-los-laureles-chiapas-lasexta/

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February 9, 2016

Campesinos intimidated after taking back their lands

Filed under: sipaz — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:54 pm

 

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Campesinos intimidated after taking back their lands

 

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Assembly in San Isidro Los Laureles community @RadioZapatista

 

In a communiqué on January 21, the San Isidro Los Laureles community, Venustiano Carranza municipality, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle and members of the ‘space for struggle Semilla Digna,’ reported intimidation “on the part of the landlords” 31 days after taking back their lands. They reported that, “On the part of the landlords, they are going around intimidating on the recovered estates, in the latest models of Ford trucks with darkened windows, with four people on the back of the truck, wearing bullet-proof vests and high-powered weapons.” They ask public opinion, human rights organizations, the National Indigenous Congress (Congreso Nacional Indígena – CNI), the alternative media, and the Councils of Good Government of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) “of everything that comes against us and against our rights, because our decision is and will be to resist and defend what legitimately corresponds to us (sic).”

 It is worth noting that on December 20, 2015, the San Isidro Laureles community decided to take back “about 165 hectares from various properties: “Tres Picos” (property of Octovín Albores, owner of 30 hectares), “Las Delicias” (property of Francisco Javier Ruíz, owner of 60 hectares), and “El Refugio’ estate (property of Rodrigo Ruíz, owner of 75 hectares).” 

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/chiapas-campesinos-intimidated-after-taking-back-their-lands/

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January 20, 2016

San Francisco Teopisca defends its land

Filed under: Indigenous, La Sexta — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:50 am

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San Francisco Teopisca defends its land

After 19 years of defending their land, provocations continue against San Francisco Teopisca, an adherent to the sixth

 

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San Francisco Teopisca, Chiapas, Mexico.

“We place responsibility on the 3 levels of government for what can happen to any one of our compañeros for not giving priority to our land demands that we demand as campesinos. We also place responsibility on Señor Pedro Hernández Espinoza for any physical harm that any of our compañeros may suffer.” (Campesinos and campesinas of San Francisco, municipio of Teopisca, Chiapas México, January 10, 2016.)

To the EZLN

To the CNI (Congreso Nacional Indígena, National Indigenous Congress)

To the adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle

To the alternative communications media

To the human rights defenders

To national and international society

We are a group of men and women adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle since 2009, when we started in the struggle as the Other Campaign. Currently, we are part of Semilla Digna (Dignified Seed), which is a group formed by communities of the Sixth in Chiapas, belonging to the CNI. Our struggle is the defence of land and territory.

In 1995, we campesinos started to take steps with the state government of Chiapas to legalize the piece of land called “El Desengaño,” approximately 170 hectares (421 acres) owned by Pedro Hernández Espinoza. But the government never gave us a solution to our need for land. Much time passed and we saw that it was impossible that the government would attend to our request. We decided to occupy these lands because we have the legitimate right being the original peoples and the right to free determination as Convention 169 of the ILO points out.

We have been defending these lands for 19 years, organizing men and women and after several years we decided to formally work these lands. In 2012, we placed a banner on which it says that these lands are ours for the reasons mentioned on March 24, 2014. We placed various hand-painted signs (letreros) to declare and demand our legitimate right. On July 19, 2014, we declared ourselves to be in formal possession of “El Desengaño.”

On September 24, we campesinos once again pronounced that we would continue working it. We, the campesinos of this San Francisco group, have been looking for the most kind and peaceful way to dialogue with Señor Pedro Hernandez Espinoza. We have extended various invitations in various ways, but he never accepted or fulfilled any invitation we made. Now, Señor Hernández Espinoza’s animals are kept in a smaller space and we gave him 5 days to come and take them out, because we hold to our word that we don’t want the animals, WE WANT THE LAND.

We place responsibility on the 3 levels of government for what could happen to any of our compañeros because of not giving priority to our demands for the land that the campesinos urgently need. We also place responsibility on Señor Pedro Hernández Espinoza for any physical harm that any of our compañeros may suffer.

Sincerely,

Organized Group of Teopisca, Chiapas, Mexico

Adherents to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration

Members of Dignified Seed, 
a space for struggle

Members of the National Indigenous Congress

NEVER MORE A MEXICO WITHOUT US

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Originally Published in Spanish by: Pozol Colectivo

Monday, January 11, 2016

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

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January 5, 2016

San Isidro Los Laureles Community reclaims lands that “our grandfathers, grandmothers and parents worked as serfs”

Filed under: Displacement, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 7:57 pm

 

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San Isidro Los Laureles Community reclaims lands that “our grandfathers, grandmothers and parents worked as serfs”

 

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Members of the community of San Isidro Los Laureles, municipality of Venustiano Carranza, decided to reclaim “about 165 hectares from various properties: “Tres Picos” (property of Octovín Albores, owner of 30 hectares), “Las Delicias” (property of Francisco Javier Ruíz, owner of 60 hectares), and “El Refugio’ estate (property of Rodrigo Ruíz, owner of 75 hectares)” on December 20thThe members of the community declared that, “our grandfathers, grandmothers and parents who were serfs worked these lands. Since 1940 they have worked on minimum wage and have never received loans or bonuses. We reclaim these lands for our families because we no longer have anywhere to live or work for the livelihood of the families as indigenous people.”

They also mentioned that in 1994 they had already used these lands after a failed attempt to reclaim them in which they were evicted “with convoy, the marine and helicopter,” and explained that “today the need has arisen for the families that have nowhere to live of work, nor livelihood for the family, where they can have beans to eat.”

In a communiqué issued after December 29th, ten days after reclaiming the lands, they reported they could be evicted between January 2nd and 5th from the lands that “legitimately belong to us, by those who say they are the owners, Francisco Ruíz, Rodrigo Ruíz, Octovin Albores, along with Jesus Orantes Ruíz, and other smallholders, from the three properties we have reclaimed.” Furthermore “we fear that the same eviction could occur with excessive violence as happened in 1994 when we decided to reclaim the same properties when the state intervened unleashing repression, violently evicting our people.”

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/chiapas-san-isidro-los-laureles-community-reclaims-lands-that-our-grandfathers-grandmothers-and-parents-worked-as-serfs/

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July 27, 2015

Communique from some communities of the CNI in Chiapas in solidarity with Ostula and Xochicuautla

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Communique from some communities of the CNI in Chiapas in solidarity with Ostula and Xochicuautla

cni
25-July-15

To the EZLN
To the CNI
To the alternative media
To civil society
To the national and international Sixth

Compañeros and compañeras of the EZLN and the CNI, we are communities of the CNI from the state of Chiapas, and organizations and collectives adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle. We send a combative embrace with which we say that here we continue organizing ourselves from our respective trenches.

We want to share with you that it hurts us very much that the bad government is cutting down the sacred forests of our brothers and sisters of the community of San Francisco Xochicuautla for their capitalist interests, but we say that while we are far away and cannot follow the call they made ​​to come to the camp, from here we will take care of our mother earth and remain aware of your struggle.

Brothers and sisters of the rebel community of Santa Maria Ostula, the news has come to us of what is happening in your recovered lands, it fills us with rage that they have killed our son Idilberto Reyes Garcia, and our compañeros who resist the many heads of capitalist hydra, and that they have taken prisoner our compañero Cemei Verdía, commander of the community police of Ostula, we tell you not to be discouraged, you are not alone and from here you have our support.

Compas from la Garrucha, communities in resistance, we know what it is like to live with harassment in our daily life and the anger that it gives you when they do not let you live in peace.

Compañeros and compañeras of the EZLN and the CNI, from our communities we say that we will continue to organize together and to walk together towards the freedom of autonomy, we reaffirm ourselves as indigenous peoples defenders of the mother earth who we will continue to protect from the mega-projects that see her as something you can sell and plunder and destroy without any respect for life. We continue resisting so as to remain who we are and to improve our ways of organising to build a world fit for our children who are the future of our indigenous cultures.

Step by step we work towards a society where there are no more prisons and there is true justice and consciousness of building for life and not for death, and if we work together we will achieve freedom for all our brothers kidnapped by the state.

Brothers and sisters of the EZLN and the CNI, we feel proud and happy to form part of this collective dream, we embrace each and every one of your struggles and resistances which are our example and hope to continue resisting, so we do not feel alone and it motivates us to fight when we think of you who are our mirrors and as such we are reflected in you and feel your joys and sorrows and make them ours, and from pain comes struggle and resistance to keep walking together, more united despite the distance to achieve respect for our rights and indigenous cultures.

We know that the companies and megaprojects are not acting alone, but with the complicity of the 3 levels of the bad government.

WE DENOUNCE:

– We denounce the decree issued by Enrique Peña Nieto to expropriate the land of our brothers from San Francisco Xochicuautla, ignoring convention 169 of the ILO, thus violating the right to prior and informed consultation of the indigenous peoples of Mexico.

– We denounce the complicity between drug traffickers and the government.

– We demand respect for Mother Earth.

– We demand the immediate release of our compañero Cemeí Verdía.

– We demand justice for the murder by the Mexican army of Idilberto Reyes García.

– We demand an end to the harassment by paramilitaries and the 3 levels of bad government of the Zapatista autonomous municipalities and communities in resistance.

– We demand the immediate release of our Yaqui compañero Mario Luna.

– We demand the live appearance of our 43 missing compañeros from Ayotzinapa and justice for our 3 compañeros massacred by the state on the night of September 26, 2014 in Iguala Guerrero.

– We demand respect for the Community police of Ostula

Respectfully

The communities of:

-Civil-Society Las Abejas of Acteal. 

-Ejido Tila. 

-Semilla Digna.

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