Social organizations are seeking signatures to defend the people of San Sebastián Bachajón on www.change.org in their case before the Federal Court after it endorsed the dispossession of indigenous ejido lands in Chiapas.
“The judges obey and operate politically for the transnationals and for this reason we include their names, emails and phone numbers, so that from anywhere in the world we can let them know that we are aware of their corruption.”
Since 2011 the Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, located in the municipality of Chilón, has conducted a legal battle because the Mexican government has awarded itself ownership of the ejido land in common use where you gain access to the “Agua Azul Waterfalls” Ecotourism Centre, according to the version of villagers.
“The agreement with which they try to give legality to the dispossession of lands in common use was not authorized in the ejido assembly, the highest representative body of the ejido. Faced with such arbitrary decisions, the ejidatarios filed, in March 2011, a petition for amparo 274/2011 before the Seventh District Judge in the State of Chiapas.”
After three cancellations decreed by the Seventh District Judge, on September 29, 2014 the Third Collegiate Court in Tuxtla Gutierrez, to resolve the Amparo in Review 224/2014, overturned the acquittal and asked the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation to review the case due to its legal transcendence.
“The case of Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón reflects the conflicts which gave rise to the armed uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in 1994, for which reason the Court noted it was appropriate for the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation to resolve the root of the ejido problem, so that thereby the local courts could sit to solve dozens of cases of the same kind in the region on the rights of indigenous peoples.”
Through a press release, they stated that the Third Collegiate Court contradicted their arguments and issued a statement denying the amparo to the ejido, by giving value to the agreement made between the last administration of the state government and the government-supporting then ejidal commissioner of San Sebastián Bachajón, Francisco Guzmán Jiménez.
Following the pilgrimage, threats increase against Father Marcelo and the Pueblo Creyente of Simojovel
April 15, 2015
The Cry for Liberation from the People
March of the Pueblo Creyente of Simojovel and parishes of the northern region. Photo: Angeles Mariscal
Threats, persecution and intimidation are continuing, which put at risk the lives of the priest Marcelo Perez and members of the Parish Council and the Believing People of Simojovel. Incidents which have been recorded since the pilgrimage to Tuxtla held from 23rd to 26th March, include: witnesses report that the price on the head of Father Marcelo Perez has risen to one million pesos, information about the presence of armed groups in locations near to where the activities of the Parish Council are carried out, and the arbitrary detention of the catechist who read the press release prior to the pilgrimage.
In a public denunciation, the Pueblo Creyente from Simojovel state: “we will continue to struggle peacefully for a dignified life for this people, faced with so many injustices, corruption of officials, drug trafficking, narco-politicians who are ambitiously seeking to obtain government positions this year, faced with arms trafficking, faced with the opening of new bars (cantinas), and above all faced with the breakdown of the social fabric.”
The Pathways of Corn
La Jornada, 18th April, 2015
Corn sown in order to eat is the sacred sustenance of the man who was made from corn. Sown by business, it is the starvation of the man who was made of corn.
Simple and profound, each day these words of Miguel Ángel Asturias become more meaningful. Now the business of sowing starvation belongs to four transnational corporations that want to monopolize and transgenically contaminate corn, until the hands that bred and cared for this food of mankind might even have to buy seed from them and pay them for “inappropriate patent use” should their ancestral corns be contaminated with GMOs.[i]
The attack is extensive, but the defence is even more so. So important is maize in Mesoamerica, that the transnationals cannot believe they are encountering so many obstacles to imposing their will, which they have done with impunity on many other issues. So deep are the roots and reasons for the women and men of corn, which like the sun, unfailingly returns, dissipating the clouds, weaving sunrises, germinating new seeds and growing new ears of corn in many colours, shapes and flavours.
For the last 21 months, planting genetically modified corn in Mexico, its centre of origin, has been legally suspended, an unprecedented and praiseworthy event, which is now entering a new phase. Collective AC, the legal representative of a class action lawsuit filed by 53 individuals and 20 organizations, announced that after overcoming a long [legal] process [designed] to prevent this issue from even being discussed, the legal process for considering the case against GM corn for damages that it entails for biodiversity and health, among others, is now set to begin. In 2013, in connection with this class action lawsuit, the court approved an injunction that suspended the planting of GM corn at the experimental, pilot and commercial levels, while it also ordered the authorities to refrain from undertaking any procedure aimed at issuing new planting permits until the charges brought are decided.
Across the last 21 months, they had to face 91 challenges filed not only by Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow, Pioneer (DuPont) but by the Secretariats of both Agriculture and Environment. The challenges presented by the Secretariats represent shameful acts, the diversion of State authority in order to favour the profitability of transnational businesses against the interests of the peoples who created the corn and against the will of the vast majority of Mexico’s citizens. In November 2014, the final ruling of the international Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal made this point clear.
Business and government together have filed 11 petitions for amparo [injunction] (nine by the transnationals; two by the federal government) to reverse the restraining order and another 11 (again nine corporate; two federal) against the grounds for the class action lawsuit. Collective AC had to respond to each of the challenges, and it also filed 26. To date seventeen courts have been involved: one federal court, one court of appeal, three amparo courts, one administrative commission, 10 collegiate [district] courts, and the first chamber of the Supreme Court. When all appeals against the lawsuit are finally turned down, the legal procedure will begin. Along the way, several courts also ruled in favour of the suspension [restraining order] as a precautionary measure, such that it will be maintained during the legal proceeding.
The sowing of GM corn is suspended not only due to this important legal work and the action of honest judges who affirmed the defence of the country’s most important genetic heritage. It is also suspended thanks to the defence of the land, seeds, soil, water and forests by [indigenous] communities and ejidos in all corners of the country; and thanks also to every neighbourhood and organization that decides to eat [corn] tortillas without GMOs, thanks to every school, forum, dining room and talk show where their atrocities are reported and where it is sought to build or strengthen networks for ensuring that the hands of small farmers might remain free of GMOs, these same hands that supply corn to local markets and fairs. Thanks to strong national and international public opinion against the release of GM corn in its centre of origin, because it condemns the inevitable contamination in Mexico, which is the global genetic reservoir of corn that is [with rice and wheat] one of the three grain pillars for the global food supply.
Eduardo Galeano was a beloved presence who always felt and supported the struggles of the peoples of corn. Citing the Popol Vuh, Eduardo told us that when the gods were making human beings, before they made them of the corn that is their true essence, they tried making them of wood. Although they seemed to be human beings, they were insensitive and ambitious; they did not respect the earth or other living beings. The gods thought they had eliminated them, but some escaped and today, Galeano told us, they rule the world.
But despite their assaults, they are also broken and finally die. Defence of the corn and its communal care will live on forever, in perpetuity. Eduardo continues walking along the pathways of the corn. His words and feelings, like the seeds that return to grow and marry with many others bred by the indigenous communities, will continue to germinate.
Translated by Jane Brundage
[i] MV Note: Corn is a crop with open pollination; that is, its pollen can travel long distances on the wind. Thus, in the case of the GMOs, the danger is contamination of native corns by windborne GMO pollen
Mexican Justice approves land grab in Chiapas
Injustice and impunity continues against the ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajon, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), who have been fighting a legal battle over the last four years, after the Mexican government transferred the ownership of the ejido lands.
The Third Collegiate Tribunal in Tuxtla Gutierrez referred the case to the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ), but the minister Beatriz Luna proposed to the court to return the case to the Tribunal. In recent days this body of justice denied the ejido’s amparo, and, although this was derived from the amparo, the Third Tribunal ordered all the government authorities of Chiapas not to continue the acts of dispossession; the decision to recuperate the land on 21st December last was due in part to the legal foundation that was given them in advance of the judgement on their rights.
Despite the strong repression and harassment, the ejidatarios maintain their position of continuing with their actions. On 9th January at least 900 members of the federal and state police evicted them from the lands which had been recovered since 21st December. On 19th March, ejidatarios adherents were victims of dispossession and the burning down of the offices where they shared information, taught workshops for the community and collected contributions from tourists entering the waterfalls of Agua Azul.
San Sebastián Bachajón is one of the largest ejidos in Mexico with 70,000 hectares, it is an area of high biodiversity and natural beauty, where political interests have looked for tourism investment. This land is rich in natural resources, green forest, wildlife and water. The waterfalls of Agua Azul are among the greatest attractions of Chiapas state; in certain seasons they acquire a turquoise hue that makes them even more attractive for foreign tourists.
In 2007, the ejidatarios became part of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, and made the decision to exercise their right to self-determination as a people. They then erected a tollbooth on their territory, so that tourists who wanted to visit the waterfalls of Agua Azul would pay a fee. With the money collected, they decided in assembly, they would support sick ejidatarios and the most needy families, explains the journalist Gloria Muñoz in her opinion column in the newspaper La Jornada.
In March 2011, Juan Sabines Guerrero, former governor of Chiapas, put on the table the representatives of the ejido Bachajón, those from the area of Agua Azul and his entire government Cabinet, and signed agreement no 274 whereby the two peoples supposedly pledged to donate the lands to the state to establish a single toll booth. This left the state as administrator of the road through the Ministry of Finance of Chiapas and the Commission of Natural Protected Areas of the federal government, when the surface area of Agua Azul was not even in this category.
After more than four years of tireless struggle to defend their territory, the San Sebastián Bachajon ejidatarios have resisted even though two of their main leaders were assassinated, many of its inhabitants have been imprisoned and tortured; and six of them are still deprived of their freedom.
THE DESPISED LOST THEIR BEST NARRATOR
By: Raúl Zibechi
Those who listen to the beat from below harbor their sorrows and share their laughs and weeping. Those who make an effort to understand them without interpreting them, by accepting them without judging them, can win a place in the hearts of those below. Eduardo Galeano toured the most diverse Latin American geographies on trains, on the back of a mule and on foot, traveling in the same ways as those below. He wasn’t seeking to imitate, but something better: feeling in his skin the feelings of others to make them come alive in his texts, to help them leave anonymity.
Eduardo was a simple man, committed to the common people, to the nobodies, to the oppressed. His was a commitment to the people of flesh and bone, to men and women living and suffering; much deeper than the adhesion to ideologies that always can be corrupted according to the interests of the moment. The pains of those below, he taught us, cannot be negotiated or represented, not even explained by the best writer. That’s equal to stopping their hopes.
Among his many teachings, it’s necessary to rescue his punctilious attachment to the truth. But he finds those truths far from the mundane noise of the media, in the hungry eyes of the Indian child, in the cut feet of the campesinos, in the candid smile of the sellers, there where the scorned tell their truths every day, without witnesses.
He never had the slightest hesitation in pointing towards those responsible for the poverty and hunger, like these chronicles about the crisis of Uruguayan industry, when at the age of 20 he was the editorial chief of the weekly Marcha, one of the first and best exponents of the critical and committed the press. In them he denounced the powerful with first names, last names and properties, without deviations. Because, as he liked to say: “the media prostitute the words.”
But it was his reports about the struggles and resistances of those below that left an early and indelible impression. Like the one he titled: “From rebellion henceforth,” in March 1964, relating the second “cañera” march (sugar cane workers’ march). His gaze stopped on the more than 90 boys that participated, on Doña Marculina Piñeiro, so old that they had forgotten their age and for whom he seemed to feel a special admiration. “They wanted to conquer us with hunger. But because of hunger what were we going to lose? We are accustomed,” the woman told him, a mother and granddaughter of cañeros.
His pen gave form to the everyday life of the disinherited, but it wasn’t made up of portraying their pain. He toiled at painting –with live colors– the dignity of their steps, their rage capable of overcoming the repression and torture. In first place would appear, always and in each one of his notes, the people that embodied sufferings and resistances. Perhaps because he was obsessed by the indifference of others, which he considered “a lifestyle” whose protective covering we should destroy, that’s why he wrote his articles.
Among the much homage that he received in life, he had the privilege of the teacher at the Little Zapatista School, José Luis Solís López, adopting Galeano as his pseudonym. It is very probable that the teacher was not referencing the writer. Anyhow, Eduardo and Zapatismo knew and recognized each other at once. As if they had been waiting all their lives. Neither a program nor a list of demands called him, but rather the ethics of being below and to the left.
Eduardo Galeano was in La Realidad in August 1996. He participated in one of the tables at the Intercontinental Meeting for Humanity and against Neoliberalism. He talked a little, was clear and said a lot. In those days, and in many more, he planted Galeanos, he infected Galeanos; Galeanos that now walk hoisting their dignity and their Galeano rage. The forever despised carry him in their hearts.
Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada
Translation: Chiapas Support Committee
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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A committee from the Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School is touring Europe between April 16 and May 19 to inform the European community about the continuation of the struggle of the fathers and mothers for the live presentation of the 43 missing students, despite the Mexican government insisting that student teachers were incinerated, without evidence to prove it, said the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center .
The brigade, consisting of a parent, a student and a human rights defender, will travel to thirteen countries in Europe for meetings with student communities, groups, social organizations and union members.
“With marches, rallies in front of Mexican Embassies and Consulates, lectures at universities and meetings with organized communities, the Ayotzinapa Brigade will share the meaning of seven months of struggle and organization against the forced disappearance of 43 students that occurred in Iguala, Guerrero, on September 26, 2014,” a statement of human rights centre announced.
“Among the objectives of the brigade to Europe is supporting the demands of parents and mothers for opening lines of investigation into the responsibility of the Mexican Army and the Federal Police in the forced disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School,” it explained.
BoCa En BoCa #31, April
26/02-March in Escuintla to demand security and justice for the feminicide of Yolanda Hernández Velásquez.
02/03- 12 months after the death in custody of José Rolando Pérez de la Cruz, family members continue to demand justice, denouncing the impunity suffered in the community of Acala.
02/03- The organization PUDEE (Peoples United in Defence of Electricity) denounce unauthorized explorations by CONAFOR in Tila.
04/03- The displaced families of Banavil blamed the government for the death of their daughter Antonia López Méndez, due to the conditions of forced displacement in Banavil and the precarious conditions of health and food.
08/03- In Cuxitali, population denounces government attempts to divide community against itself and foster conflict as it seeks to evict them from their territory.
08/03-Luisa Margareth Castillo Mora declared a hunger strike after the government’s failure to attend to her petition for justice, after having been beaten and tortured.
09/03- Civil society organizations claim to have been betrayed by the government, which is proposing a law promoting the privatization of water.
13/03- The Mexican Movement of Those Affected by Dams and In Defence of Rivers rejects projects to build 12 dams, some already under construction, denouncing the destruction of ecosystems.
13/03- The CFE cuts electricity to the preschool “Julio de la Fuente”, from the community Amado Nervo, Yajalón.
14/03-The Civil Organisation Las Abejas reaffirms its resistance against payment for electricity and the construction of more dams.
17/03-El Refugio La 72, in Tenosique, denounces the National Institute of Migration and the Federal Police for causing the deaths of migrants through their Frontera Sur programme.
18/03- The Tonalteco Civil Front marched to reaffirm their resistance against high electricity prices, 77 years after the expropriation of the oil industry in Mexico.
28/02 Subcomandantes Moisés and Galeano made public a letter to Doña Emilia, the wife of Don Félix, “honoured official that he was of our Zapatista Army of National Liberation”.
19/03- The unjustly imprisoned Alejandro Díaz Sántiz, member of La Voz del Amate, supported in a letter from prison the Lenten Via Crucis pilgrimage.
20/03- Neighbours of the community of Cahuaré share their concern at the expiry of a temporary clause regulating the limestone mining in the Cañón de Sumidero which has harmed the environment.
Violent expulsion of Primero de Agosto continues without resolution
02/03, the families from the village of Primero de Agosto reported that on 23/02 they were displaced “violently by ejidatarios from the ejido Miguel Hidalgo, Las Margaritas, belonging to the organization CIOAC-Historic; some were dressed in black carrying high-powered weapons, while the women carried clubs and machetes.” “We make a call for solidarity about the dispossession we suffer,” they said, demanding that all three levels of government “bring to justice those responsible, guarantee our safety and compensate us for the damage.”
On 07 / 03, in an open ceremony, they invited solidarity in a day of prayer and a closing Mass.
The women made their appeal on 08/03: “There is no peace or security among us.” “We are mothers and we fear further attacks. We want to return to our housess and our lands, so we can work them.”
In the ceremony on 15/03, they thanked those who had provided support. “in this meeting, we are thinking about what has to happen next, and for that reason we ask openly that we are not forgotten. We go on in hope”
On 23/03 they added the following statement: “today we have completed 30 days of suffering, of expulsion, of illness, of having to put up with living in inhuman conditions under trees with nothing but a piece of plastic for shelter. For 30 days we have been demanding a response from the government, which has done nothing. We are suffering threats and are in pain.”
They denounced threats made against them this month: “there have been new threats of expulsion, and of kidnapping and even of killing us… there are plans to turf us out and to kill Antonio Roman Lopez, who is one of our compañeros. They reiterated that “CIOAC-Históric, led by Luis Hernandez Cruz, has shown its manner of resolving conflicts: through threats of kidnapping and murder, while the government looks on doing nothing”.
New attacks on BAEZLN in el Rosario
On 25/02, the Frayba Centre for Human Rights denounced that “threats that have been made for three weeks in the community of El Rosario (Autonomous Zapatista Rebel Municipality of San Manuel) by the Pojcol group ,against members of EZLN support communities”.
On 12 February a building belonging to the Zapatista supporters was destroyed. On 22 February, two letters “signed by a representative of the Poicol Group were received which threatened the Zapatistas if they didn’t withdraw their guard from the area. If this was not done, the letters warned that Pojcol would occupy Nuevo Paraiso (a village in the official municipality of Ocosingo, but also part of the Council of Good Government (Caracol 3 – The Path of the Future). The Zapatistas were warned “to avoid more blood being spilled”.
The situation in this area is particularly tense. On 1 August, 32 people had to flee the area after threats from the Pojcol Group, as denounced in a communique from the La Garrucha Council of Good Government.
Military incursion into 2 Zapatista Caracoles
On 12/03 Frayba warned in a bulletin of “systematic incursions by the Mexican Army, who are harassing the Support Bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (BAEZLN) in the territory of the Good Government Junta (JBG) of La Realidad, in the Border Jungle zone of Caracol I “Towards Hope”. They documented that several “trucks, hummers, jeeps and power equipment, with members of the Army, ranging from four to 30 people” make up these convoys. They also warned of “low-flying aircraft and helicopters photographing and filming members of the civil brigades of human rights observation, and the BAEZLN in the facilities of the JBG”.
For the Frayba Human Rights Centre, this “increasing harassment that the Mexican Army is carrying out in Zapatista territory, represents acts of provocation and harassment that violate the rights to autonomy and self-determination”.
SupGaleano stressed in a communiqué a “significant increase in military activity in the vicinity of the Zapatista Caracoles (aggressive patrols, intimidating checkpoints, threatening overflights)—particularly in the caracoles of La Realidad and Oventik (the first has just opened a school-clinic, and the second will host the tribute to Don Luis Villoro Toranzo)”.
Las Abejas denounce a case of identity theft.
On 22/03, the Las Abejas Civil Society, in their monthly communiqué, announced they would take part in the Lenten Stations of the Cross and also in the pilgrimage of the Pueblo Creyente from the Parish of Simojovel, after denouncing disappearances and displacements, such as in Ayotzinapa, Primero de Agosto, and Banavil,
“Each month, and on each day that our heart beats, there are many things to say… Who can remain indifferent, who can remain with their arms folded in the face of this wave of violence, unleashed by the neoliberal capitalist system and administered by the bad government? We cannot.”
The Abejas also disassociated themselves from a group “that is using the logo and letterhead of our organisation and which has been falsifying the seal which only the directive council is authorised to use”. They also denounced activities by the group to levy tolls on drivers, and to collect funds for medical help for the survivors of the Acteal massacre. “This group has allowed itself to be manipulated by ex-members of our organisation, and by outsiders, who want to take advantage of the strength and prestige of Las Abejas.”
8th March, the women cry out
The Companeras of San Sebastián Bachajón demand that the police leave their territory and their rights be respected.
The women of Las Abejas of Acteal declared during a rally held that day: “This day is important for every one of us, and is in memory of those women who struggled and gave their lives for the respect of the rights of women throughout the world.”
“To the army that is in our land, we come to say that we do not want you here, you do not protect us; on the contrary, you are a threat to our lives.” “We are pacifists and we do not come here to harm you; however, our mission is to denounce the violence and the abuses committed by soldiers against women throughout Mexico”, they said outside an army barracks.
The Movement in Defence of Land and Territory and for Women´s Participation and Recognition in Decision-Making also made a statement “Our fundamental benchmark is the EZLN struggle for autonomy.” “The Movement is against the neoliberal and patriarchal capitalist system that turns people into merchandise and pushes women and men of all ages to abandon our lands and families in search of low-paying jobs, and even running the risk of falling into the hands of human trafficking networks.”
600 police officers burn Bachajón headquarters
On 21/03, three months after recovering their lands, adherents to the Sixth from Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón announced that “at around 8 am, more than 600 members of the public forces burned down our San Sebastián regional headquarters.” They denounced the “politics of death and corruption of the bad government, its contempt for the people and human rights”.
They rejected “the tricks of the bad government to malign our struggle and fabricate crimes against our organization which defends our Mother Earth. The people of the Ejidal commissioner together with the Security Adviser are blocking the Ocosingo-Palenque motorway in order to blame the organization, and also these lackeys of the bad government are cutting down trees and we know they are fabricating crimes of ecocide with the purpose of arresting the autonomous authorities of our organization.” They demanded the “withdrawal of the armed forces and of the National Commission for Protected Natural Areas from our lands dispossessed since February 2011.”
Members of the free media members announced they had been “attacked by the officialist group following the Ejidal commissioner, “they were surrounded, arrested, tugged, beaten and threatened with machetes, demanding they hand over a camera, a cell phone and a tripod.”
The EZLN builds the world’s most expensive school-clinic
The EZLN issued several communiques: a series named “Gracias” [Thank you]. In Gracias I, on 05/03, they announced that on 01/03, a health clinic and a school were “presented to the support bases of the EZLN in La Realidad,” recalling that “The construction was made possible by the solidarity of everyone”. Then they presented their accounts explaining how they would use the remainder (buying and selling cattle, coffee and maize, buying a vehicle, support for a collective shop, dining room and bakery, and part to fund Zapatista resistance). They transcribed the words of companero Jorge, BAEZLN. “What was destroyed has already been rebuilt much better than before.” And the words of the CCRI of the EZLN by Comandante Tacho, giving thanks for solidarity, “This is a fact, and it has shown once more that when we are coordinated and organized we can change our lives, building from below and to the left new things for the good of the people and for the people.” https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/ezln-thank-you-part-i/
In Gracias II, “Capitalism destroys, the people build” published on 07/03, the words of Sup Moisés were presented as he “formally handed over” the clinic and school on 01/03: “We say with all our heart and in truth: we are fighting for the people of Mexico, and perhaps we will be an example to the world.” “Capitalism wants to put an end to this example, and we will not allow it.
Gracias III, published on 08/03, set out the word of Sup Galeano and Sup Moisés, explaining that the clinic and school is the world’s most expensive building. “The entirety of the funds required to construct the huge buildings where the powerful hide in order to organize their thievery and crimes would not be enough to pay for even a single drop of Indigenous Zapatista blood. That is why we feel that this is the most expensive building in the world.” https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/ezln-thank-you-part-iii/
On 04/03 “on the Bulletin Board, the Concierge”, the calendar of the Zapatistas was announced:
From 05/03, the anniversary of the death of Luis Villoro Toranzo, words about critical thought.
On 02/05, in Oventik, a tribute to Luis Villoro Toranzo and Galeano.
From 03 to 09/05, seminar “Critical thought versus the capitalist hydra,” in Cideci.
From July to December: World Seminar decentralised, diverse, simultaneous, selective, massive…
From 31/07 to 02/08, Little Zapatista School second Level.
November or December, Little Zapatista School third level.
Great Lenten pilgrimage: Way of the Cross
After the great pilgrimage from 23 to 26/03 from Simojovel to Tuxtla convened by the Believing People (Pueblo Creyente) of Simojovel, which brought together more than 15,000 people, a statement made on 25/03 was published: “Our demands have been: to close bars, stop the murders, prostitution, drug trafficking, narco-politicians, arms trafficking and people trafficking. We demand clean water, decent hospitals for our sick, better road conditions.” They added: “The whole situation is being experienced in all municipalities of Chiapas, and throughout our country, so we are present here not only believers from Simojovel but several parishes, municipalities, various organizations and religious denominations”.
On 26/03, they expressed “the feelings and demands of everyone present.” The situation of violence in the country, “with each day that passes the situation is getting worse. Let us not allow cases to happen like AYOTZINAPA, ACTEAL AND PUEBLO NUEVO SOLISTAHUACAN, because of the corruption of authorities who have ceased to serve and protect the people”. They set out in 6 points the claims for justice “which show clearly the situation we are suffering as a state and as a country”: Stop impunity and corruption; No megaprojects; No structural reforms; Infrastructure demands; Displacement; Denunciation and solidarity. https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/we-will-not-allow-cases-such-as-ayotzinapa-acteal-and-pueblo-nuevo-to-happen-because-of-corruption-pilgrimage-for-justice/
The civil organization Las Abejas of Acteal also expressed solidarity: “We cannot be indifferent and remain silent in the face of barbarism and the critical situation of human rights in Mexico, but especially for the poor and indigenous peoples”.
The displaced families of Banavil: “we do not want them to trample us as always; we shout and raise our voices.”
And displaced families from First of August: “As men and women we say ‘Ts’omanotikb’as k’ulajel Jsak’aniltik’, which means men and women together building lives.”