Ejido San Jerónimo Bachajón, adherents to the Sixth Declaraton of the Lacandon Jungle, Chiapas, Mexico, on the 14th of July, 2014.
To public opinion,
To the national and international media,
To defenders of human rights,
To non-governmental organizations,
To the adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle,
To the friends of the Indigenous National Congress
To the Sixth commission of the EZLN
To the Good Government Councils
To the different peoples and organizations that struggle for justice and dignity.
We send greetings to all our friends from the different organizations that follow the Sixth Declaration of the EZLN and to the different peoples that struggle; we send you an embrace from the adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle from the ejido San Jerónimo, Bachajón, Chiapas, Mexico, the World. Just like you are struggling for autonomy, justice and dignity, for seven years we have been struggling against the pillage of the bad government, such as its projects for a superhighway between San Cristobal and Palenque, which will affect our ejido and will not benefit society.
As such we publicly denounce the Commission President, Manuel Jiménez Gómez, the Security Council Pedro Jiménez Gutiérrez, Secretary, Mariano Espinoza Guzmán, Treasurer, Manuel Gutiérrez, and the Secretary to the Security Council, Manuel Hernandez Moreno (Alias “Dios Negro”), who on the 12th, 13th, and 14th of June of this year held a general assembly of the three centres of Jet Ja, Guadalupe Paxila and Bachajón Centre, in which one of the items for discussion attempted to convince the ejido members to deprive our compañero Jerónimo Gómez Mendez, from the Jol Tanchibil Yoc Campo ranch, in the Chilón Municipality, Chiapas, of his ejidal rights, and in which it was agreed to cancel his agrarian rights without investigations being carried out. The authorities allege that our compañero is not honouring the requirements for an ejido member, and has not paid local taxes for 20 years; and they have fabricated the crime of a school shooting in the aforementioned community. In reality, he is honouring the requirements for ejido members, and is paying local taxes. They are taking the compañero’s land, on which were constructed seven latrines, sponsored by the federal, state and municipal government. As an organization we requested the suspension of these works, doing so with their full knowledge, taking a letter about the matter to the municipal presidency, the government representative, and [a government body for] public works. Upon not receiving a reply, we arranged to see the engineer contractor three times. They did not pay attention to the autonomous authorities because the people from the Government want to divide us one from another in the communities, make us fight each other, kill each other, among compañeros , among indigenous people, among brothers. For this reason, the village agreed to work collectively to clear out the prairie and to remove six latrines. When the job ended, we returned, approximately 500 metres, seven people attacked with firearms and machetes, shooting freely into the air by the Bilingual Primary School “Pablo Galeana”. Their names are Domingo Gómez Mendez 1st, Mario Mendez Gutiérrez, Miguel Gómez Gutiérrez, Anselmo Gómez Gutierrez, Nícolas Gómez Gutiérrez. Armando Gómez Gutiérrez, and Domingo Gómez Mendez 2nd. That same day, Manuel Moreno Jiménez, with his professional document number 5631499, from the community of Sacun Cubwitz, Chilón municipality, Chiapas, currently residing in Yajalón, Chiapas, arrived in person to hand a fabricated document blaming this crime on our friend Jerónimo Gómez Mendez, accusing him of using the firearm. For this reason, we ask the competent authorities not to violate individual guarantees nor our human rights as indigenous people.
Justice, Land and Liberty,
Adherents to the Sixth Declaration,
Of the ejido San Jerónimo Bachajón,
Zapata lives! The struggle continues!
Translated by Andrew Green for Dorset Chiapas Solidarity 16/7/2014