FROM EJIDO SAN SEBASTIAN BACHAJÓN, ADHERENTS TO THE SIXTH DECLARATION OF THE LACANDON JUNGLE, CHIAPAS, MEXICO, 24 SEPTEMBER, 2014
To the Good Government Juntas
To the Indigenous National Congress
To the adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle
To the mass and alternative media
To the Network for Solidarity and against Repression
To Movement for Justice in El Barrio from New York
To national and international human rights defenders
To the people of Mexico and the world
Compañeras and compañeros
On September 16, 2014, at about 4 am, 40 members of the municipal police from Chilón, under the command of commander Francisco Sanchez Guzman, arrested and tortured our compañeros Juan Antonio Gómez Silvano, Mario Aguilar Silvano and Roberto Gómez Hernández, accusing them of shooting a member of the Chilón municipal police whose name is Alfredo Bernabé Aguilar Fuentes. Two compañeros from the organization who were not arrested at that time managed to get to the community of Virgen de Dolores to give news of the arrest and the compañeros being taken to an unknown destination.
At 6 am, relatives of the three detainees and authorities of the organization went to look for the compañeros in the police station in Chilón, but they denied that they were there, then we went to the Public Ministry in Ocosingo where they also denied that they were there, then we went to the office of the General Prosecutor of the Republic in Ocosingo but they also said that they knew nothing, we told them that we wanted to give them something to eat and to know how they were, by this time it was about 1.00 in the afternoon.
As no authority of the bad government was saying where the compañeros were held, we submitted an amparo concerning their detention, being held incommunicado, torture and possible forced disappearance. The families of the three detainees went to the police headquarters at Yajalón to continue looking for the compañeros around 3 pm, but they also gave them no information and so they returned to the community of Virgen de Dolores at 6 in the afternoon and the authorities went to the prison in Ocosingo, but we did not find them.
At 6pm compañeros from the organization who were still searching for the three compañeros in Ocosingo learned that they were in the cells of the municipal police in Ocosingo and their families quickly brought food and arrived at about 8 pm, but even so they would not allow the relatives to see them, but just took the food because they could not see them.
On September 17, 2014, at 10 in the morning we were able to see the three compañeros in the public ministry of Ocosingo, this was when we saw that all the compañeros had been beaten, we wanted to speak with them but they were surrounded by municipal police who kept the prosecution surrounded and only allowed the relatives to pass through but not the authorities but they were making a statement with no translator and no lawyer.
Through information from the three prisoner compañeros we know that they were tortured by Rodolfo Gómez Gutiérrez from the Public Ministry who pointed a gun at the head of compañero Mario Aguilar Silvano and put a bag over his head forcing him to incriminate himself.
In the evening of the same day they were forced to sign documents without knowing their contents and the three compañeros were also informed that they could go out on bail, so for this reason the compañeros were able to communicate with compañeros from Virgen de Dolores who came to the public ministry of Ocosingo at 11 pm, but they did not want to let them see them then and a guard told them that they would not see them until 7 am the next day.
It was only on 18 September, 2014, when the relatives were able to speak to Octavio López Martínez from the Public Ministry who told them that they would have to stand bail for an amount of 35,000 pesos each. At that time members of the Frayba human rights centre also arrived with a doctor to certify the torture of our compañeros in the cells of the municipal police of Ocosingo where they could only see Mario Aguilar Silvano, because the term of the public prosecutor to resolve their legal status had expired, so then at about 1 pm they were taken to the prison in Ocosingo where they finally finished certificating the two compañeros Juan Antonio Gómez Silvano and Roberto Gómez Hernández.
On 19 September 2014, the Ocosingo Judge Omar Heleria Reyes set bail for our compañeros of 332,000 pesos each, and at 1.25 pm on that day his time to resolve the legal situation of our compañeros expired.
Our prisoner compañeros were able to identify among the Chilón municipal police who arrested them one by the name of Agustin Sanchez Jimenez, who is a friend and neighbour of Sebastian Mendez Hernandez who is currently in prison at El Amate for the murder of our compañero Juan Carlos Gomez Silvano in the morning of March 21, 2014, near the community of Virgen de Dolores, where he was killed with more than 20 gunshots. For this reason we consider it an act of revenge against our organization for looking for those responsible for the murder of our compañero Juan Carlos.
We demand that the bad government release immediately our compañeros JUAN ANTONIO GOMEZ SILVANO, MARIO AGUILAR SILVANO and ROBERTO GOMEZ HERNANDEZ who were tortured by the bad government and are prisoners in the prison (cereso) of Ocosingo.
Our organization will continue to fight for the defence of our territory from the bad government which has plundered it since February 2011 in order to impose world class ecotourism projects and has given over our lands to the national Commission for natural protected areas even though this is part of our lands, it is not in the decree of Agua Azul, all with the complicity of former ejidal commissioner Francisco Guzman Jimenez also known as the goyito and the current ejidal commissioner Alejandro Moreno Gómez.
We also demand the release of our compañeros SANTIAGO MORENO PEREZ imprisoned since 2009 in Playas de Catazajá for a crime he did not commit, also of EMILIO JIMENEZ GOMEZ imprisoned since July 2014 in Playas de Catazajá for a crime he did not commit and compañero ESTEBAN GOMEZ JIMENEZ imprisoned since 2013 in Playas de Catazajá and then transferred to El Amate, for crimes he did not commit.
From the northern zone of the state of Chiapas we send combative greetings to all the compañeros and compañeras who defend the mother earth from capitalist projects of dispossession.
Never again a Mexico without us
Land and Freedom! Zapata Vive!
Hasta la victoria siempre!
Freedom for political prisoners!
Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Bachajón struggle continues!
Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano Lives, the Bachajón struggle continues!
No to the dispossession of indigenous territories!