Pronouncement on the unjust imprisonment of three compañeros from Virgen de Dolores in the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón

presos politicos ssb

Faced with the recent arrest, torture and imprisonment on false charges of three ejidatarios from the recuperated lands of Virgen de Dolores, we find it necessary once again to express our solidarity with our compañer@s, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle from the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, and our anger and indignation at the repression they continue to experience from the bad government and the forces of capitalism.

The ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón are engaged in an ongoing struggle against the plunder and dispossession of their lands by the three levels of government and transnational corporations who wish to profit from a world class ecotourist megaproject they plan to build there. As a direct result of their resistance, two of their compañeros have been assassinated with high calibre gunshots, Juan Vázquez Guzmán on April 24, 2013 and Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano on March 13, 2014.

On 16th September, 2014, Juan Antonio Gómez Silvano, Mario Aguilar Silvano and Roberto Gómez Hernández, three Tseltal indigenous from the community of Virgen de Dolores, part of the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, were threatened with firearms and arrested by members of the municipal police from Chilón.

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Centre has documented what occurred and confirms that the detained were subjected to acts of torture and cruel, inhuman and/or degrading treatment committed by members of the Chilón Municipal Police in order to force them to incriminate themselves; they were forced to put their fingerprint on a statement which was not read to them, although none of the three can read or write; and they did not have a translator, nor a lawyer they trust to assist them during their statement, although their mother language is Tseltal. The three have now been formally imprisoned for the crime of attempted murder – the shooting and wounding of an officer of the municipal police in Ocosingo, even though their confessions were obtained under torture.

We demand:

  • investigations of the municipal police of Chilón and the Prosecutor of the Public Ministry of Ocosingo, for the crime of torture
  • that the evidence illegally obtained under torture be discarded
  • immediate freedom for the prisoners Juan Antonio Gómez Silvano, Mario Aguilar Silvano and Roberto Gómez Hernández
  • justice and full respect for the rights of the people of San Sebastián Bachajón
  • an end to the criminalisation of those who struggle for the wellbeing of their peoples and in defence of their natural resources and the mother earth

We will monitor the situation closely and remain vigilant as to what may happen. We hold the three levels of government, and especially Leonardo Guirao Aguilar, Manuel Velasco Coello and Enrique Peña Nieto, responsible for the safety and integrity of the prisoners and for any violence, attacks, killings or acts of harassment and intimidation that may occur.

We know that the just struggle of the compañeros will continue, with the support of people of good heart from Mexico and the world. As their struggle will not end, neither will our solidarity.

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!

ALUMNXS DE LA ESCUELITA ZAPATISTA (Seattle, tierra ancestral de los Duwamish y Suquamish), US

Asociacion Espoir Chiapas / Esperanza Chiapas. France

ASSI (Acción Social Sindical Internacionalista)

Associació Solidaria Cafè Rebeldía-Infoespai, Barcelona

Associazione Ya Basta! Milano

Caracol mundo-eco de latido en solidaridad, Austria

Caracol Solidario, Besançon, France

Casa Nicaragua, Belgium

Centro de Documentación sobre Zapatismo –CEDOZ-, Spanish State

CGT-Estado Español, Spanish State

Chiapas Support Committee, US

Committee of the True Word for South-West England

Committee of the True Word, Western Colombia

Comitato Chiapas "Maribel" – Bergamo, Italy

Decolonial Food For Thought, US

Dorset Chiapas Solidarity Group, England

Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Group, Scotland

Groupe Cafez de Liège, Belgium

Gruppe B.A.S.T.A., Münster, Germany

Julie Webb-Pullman, New Zealand

KIPTIK, Bristol, England

la Adhesiva, espai de Trobada i Acció, Barcelona

La Plataforma de Solidaridad con Chiapas y Guatemala de Madrid

les trois passants, Paris, France

London Mexico Solidarity Group, England

Manchester Zapatista Collective, England

Movement for Justice in El Barrio, US

Mut Vitz 13, Marseille, France

Red de El Norte en Apoyo a la Sexta, US

UK Zapatista Learning and Teaching Collective

UK Zapatista Translation Service

UK Zapatista Solidarity Network

UK Zap Sol

Wellington Zapatista Support Group, New Zealand

Zapatista Solidarity Group – Essex, England

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