Frayba denounces a counterinsurgency strategy against the EZLN in Chiapas

Isaín Mandujano
Proceso, August 18, 2014


Zapatistas in Oventic. Photo by Germán Canseco

Zapatistas in Oventic. Photo by Germán Canseco


Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas. – The Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba) denounced today that the support bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (BAEZLN) are subjected to a systematic aggression from regional social organizations in the service of the State, in a type of counterinsurgency strategy.

In a statement, the civilian agency said in this state "a comprehensive war of attrition persists against the peoples who struggle and resist, using media tactics which include the use of human rights concepts, [such as] multiculturalism, and the collective rights of indigenous peoples, emptying them of meaning."

According to Frayba, "there is a continuity in the position of the state government in its public discourse about recognition and respect for the autonomous communities and the Good Government Juntas and the EZLN, as a media action, as opposed to the absence of direct action to change the situation of constant risk experienced by the residents of Zapatista communities, especially those who are displaced and threatened such as San Marcos Avilés and Comandante Abel."

In the view of Frayba, the developments reported in La Realidad on May 2 are evidence of counterinsurgency in Chiapas:

"A strategy of provocation and repeated attack against the EZLN and their support bases, with paramilitary actions such as the vicious killing of José Luis Solís Lopez, Galeano, teacher at the Escuelita Zapatista, with machete blows, firearms, including the coup de grace, and the destruction of the autonomous school and clinic."

The latest events documented by Frayba are the attacks on the communities of Egipto and El Rosario, which confirm the climate of constant aggression and provocation, and which were launched after each holding of space for dialogue and exchange, with the Indigenous National Congress, held from 4 to 9 August in La Realidad.

These actions represent a new onslaught on the Zapatista project of autonomy, with the aim of undermining the construction of a change of system which they are promoting from below, "walking projects of life from the community and the collective, from the conception of living well".

Nevertheless, Frayba warned that it will continue to document attacks on the Zapatistas and correspondingly to denounce human rights violations; in addition, it will accompany the "people who demand the rights that belong to them, which for obscure interests they try to take from them."


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