Bachajón ejido owners reject the super highway

** They state their “energetic” opposition to the dispossession of their lands

By: Hermann Bellinghausen, Envoy

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, September 16, 2014

San Sebastián Bachajón’s Tzeltal ejido owners blocked the Ocosingo-Palenque Highway this Monday, at the Agua Azul crossroad, against the construction of the planned San Cristóbal de las Casas-Palenque Toll Road, and to demonstrate their “energetic rejection” to the dispossession of their territory. “We are not going to permit the government to take away our Mother Earth for their death projects that are only for the benefit of capitalists, not for our people.”

The Indigenous, adherents of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle, demanded that the pro-government ejido commissioner al Alejandro Moreno Gómez “stop betraying the people by delivering pueblo its lands to the bad government for tourist projects and the construction of the toll road.” During the intermittent roadblock carried out yesterday, the ejido owners declared that they will not permit the government “to continue delivering the lands that our grandparents left to us.”

The mobilization was also to remember that their murdered compañeros Juan Vázquez Guzmán (April 24, 2013) and Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano (March 13, 2014) “gave their lives for the defense of Mother Earth and they defended their town from the ambition and corruption of the bad governments.” They also demanded the freedom “of our Tzeltal compañeros (that are) unjustly imprisoned: Santiago Moreno Pérez (2009) and Emilio Jiménez Gómez (2014) in the Playas de Catazajá prison and compañero Esteban Gómez Jiménez (2013) in the El Amate Prison.

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