Indigenous communities meet in Chiapas about super-highway
by Chiapas Support Committee
LOS LLANOS OF LOS ALTOS, CHIAPAS, ADDS ITS REJECTION OF THE SC-PALENQUE SUPER-HIGHWAY AND EXTENDS AN INVITATION
"No to the destruction of our Mother Earth, because we live in her and we will die for her. No to the super-highway," painted on a building in Los Llanos Ejido.
Los Llanos Ejido, San Cristobal de Las Casas, adds itself to the resistance against the construction of the Super-Highway, and extends an invitation to know its culture, to share the fruits that Mother Earth yields and to exchange ideas for walking to defend Mother Earth, on October 12.
After the mega-march of Believing People where 15,000 indigenous marched, the mobilisation of 2,000 ejidatarios from Bachajón, and almost 3,000 people from Candelaria who got together to reject the construction of the Super-Highway on their lands, passing through the sacred Laguna Suyul, and the blocking of the Ocosingo-Palenque highway, the Los Llanos ejido owners join this rejection.
THE COMPLETE COMUNICADO
IN LOS LLANOS EJIDO, MUNICIPALITY OF SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, CHIAPAS, MEXICO, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014
TO THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AND PEOPLES IN RESISTANCE
TO THE COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA
TO THE BELIEVING PEOPLE
TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS
TO THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS CONGRESS
TO THE ADHERENTS TO THE SIXTH DECLARATION OF THE LACANDON JUNGLE
Brothers and sisters, compañeros and compañeras, our people continue organizing in defence of our lands which the government has said publicly it wants to affect through the construction of the San Cristóbal de Las Casas to Palenque super-highway. We are making our struggle a legal and political one faced with the threat from the authorities who want to deprive us of our rights as indigenous peoples without respecting the Constitution and the international treaties, just as it wants to do with other Tsotsil, Tseltal and Chol peoples and communities without taking their opinion in to account. The government only wants to do what it wants without asking, by means of force and threats.
We are not in agreement that we are dispossessed of our territory only to serve the capitalist interests of the rich and to discriminate as always against poor campesinos, against we Indigenous that live from Mother Earth. The government must respect its own laws and respect the peoples that don’t sell their lands and dignity for a few pesos; the land has no price.
Our people want to share their struggle with other communities, peoples and organizations who are resisting in the defence of their territory and therefore our Peoples’ Assembly has made an agreement to celebrate the resistance of the indigenous peoples next October 12, 2014 at 8 o’clock, the hour of God, in our lands.
We want you to accompany us so that you know our culture, share the fruits of Mother Earth with us and exchange ideas for walking together to defend Mother Earth.
We await you on October 12, 2014 at 8 am, hour of God, in the place known as Chivero, located at kilometre 5+100 of the San Cristóbal de Las Casas Highway on the way to Ocosingo, one kilometre before arriving at the State Centre for Social Re-adaptation Number 5 (CERSS 5) of San Cristóbal, in front of the GASCOM gas plant.
Tierra y Libertad!
Ejido Commission de Los Llanos,Municipio of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas
Juan López López, Miguel Jiménez Díaz, Francisco Díaz Gómez, President, Secretary and Treasurer
Vigilance Council of Los Llanos, Municipio of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas