Worldwide pronouncement in solidarity with our compañer@s of San Sebastián Bachajón in their dignified strugg le for their land and territory
We reject, denounce and strongly condemn the repressive actions committed by the three levels of government, their state forces and local lackeys against our compañer@s, adherents to the Sixth, from the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, Chiapas, Mexico.
21st March is a date of great significance for the organized indigenous peoples of Mexico. March 21, 2015 is the sixteenth anniversary of the Zapatista “consulta”, when 5,000 representatives of the EZLN travelled throughout Mexico inviting citizens to vote on four questions concerning the San Andres Accords on indigenous rights and culture. This consulta is just one example of the ways in which the Zapatistas have taught us about true democracy. But, for the Tseltal peoples of Bachajón, the situation has been very different; their rights as indigenous peoples to self-determination and full consultation have been violated again and again, and the only consultations that those from above and their lackeys have offered them have been mere simulations and deceptions.
March 21, 2015 is also the first anniversary of the murder of Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano, regional coordinator of the organization in the community of Virgen de Dolores. It is surely no coincidence that on that day, at 8 am, more than 600 members of the public forces burned down the San Sebastián regional headquarters, with the participation of the ejidal Commissioner Alejandro Moreno Gomez and the Security Adviser Samuel Díaz Guzmán. In this way, our compañer@s were also violently evicted from their recuperated lands, and the bad government has violated once again those same San Andrés Accords.
We remember well that on January 9, 2015, more than 900 members of state and federal police violently evicted the compañer@s guarding and protecting the land that belongs to them and which they had recovered peacefully on December 21, 2014, for the benefit of the people of Bachajón. The ejidatarios adherents remain firm in their resistance, so, to continue and strengthen their struggle, on 29th January they began to build the regional headquarters of San Sebastián on these lands to be a place for work, workshops and sharings.
These lands legally and rightfully belong to the indigenous Tzeltal ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón, and are judicially protected under an amparo. However, the three levels of government have chosen once again to evict the ejidatarios using aggression and repression, in total violation of the rights of the indigenous inhabitants.
It is well known that the government and big companies want to deprive the indigenous peoples of their territory in order to build a luxury tourism development. As indicated earlier, the right of the Tzeltal people of San Sebastián Bachajón to free, prior and informed consent about the megaproject has been ignored, and this area of their ancestral land has been appropriated without the permission or consent of the ejido. This means that the acts of dispossession of 9 January and 21 March were illegal and clear violations of the human rights of the communities.
The rights of indigenous peoples to build their autonomy and to the use and enjoyment of their territory are laid down in national and international treaties that Mexico has signed: the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization, Article 2 of the Constitution of the United States of Mexico, and the aforementioned San Andrés Accords. We demand an immediate end to the violation of these rights. We also demand full guarantees and respect for all the rights of the indigenous peoples of the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, especially their rights to life, liberty and personal integrity.
We are also outraged that two compañeros from the free media have been attacked by the government-supporting group of the ejidal commissioner of San Sebastián Bachajón, Alejandro Moreno Gómez. We will remain alert and vigilant and follow developments in the ejido closely, remaining alert for any acts of aggression. We hold the three levels of government and the current ejidal authorities responsible for the security and integrity of the ejidatarios, and for any acts of violence, harassment or intimidation that may occur.
We offer all our solidarity to our compañeras and compañeros who struggle for the benefit of their peoples and to defend their lands and territories, their natural resources and our mother earth. We call on all people of good heart to undertake actions of solidarity and fellowship to accompany the dignified struggle of the people of Bachajón, according to their own ways, times and geographies.
Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Bachajón Struggle continues!
Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano Lives, the Bachajón Struggle continues!
No to the dispossession of indigenous territories!
Groups and Collectives:
Agencia Prensa India (API), Mexico
ASSI (Acción Social Sindical Internacionalista)
Associació Solidaria Cafè Rebeldía-Infoespai, Barcelona, Catalonia
Associazione Ya Basta! Milano, Italy
Caracol mundo-eco de latido en solidaridad, Austria
Caracol Solidario, Besançon, France
Caracol Zaragoza, Spanish State
Casa Nicaragua, Lieja, Belgium
Centro de Documentación sobre Zapatismo -CEDOZ- Spanish State
Centro de derechos humanos de los pueblos del Sur de Veracruz "Bety Cariño" AC, Mexico
CGT – Spanish State
Colectivo Contra la Tortura y la Impunidad A.C.
Colectivo Educación para la Paz y los Derechos Humanos A.C
Colectivo Votán Zapata, Coyoacan, Mexico
Manchester Zapatista Collective, UK
Comitato Chiapas "Maribel" – Bergamo, Italy
Chiapas Support Committee, Oakland, CA, US
Committee of the True Word for South-West England, UK
Comité Tierra y Libertad de Lille, France
Coordinadora Valle del Chalko, Edo. De Méx., Mexico
CSPCL (Comité de Solidaridad con los Pueblos de Chiapas en Lucha), Paris, France
Decolonial Food For Thought, Los Angeles, US
Digne Rage Collectif, France
Dorset Chiapas Solidarity Group, UK
Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Group, Scotland
Espoir Chiapas, France
Grupo CafeZ, Lieja, Belgium
Gruppe B.A.S.T.A., Münster, Germany
KIPTIK, Bristol, UK
La Adhesiva, Barcelona, Catalonia
La Asamblea Veracruzana de Iniciativas y Defensa Ambiental (LAVIDA) Xalapa. Veracruz, Mexico
La plataforma vasca de solidaridad con Txiapas, Basque Country
LA Sexta en Surponiente-DF,Mexico
Les trois passants, Paris, France
London Mexico Solidarity Group, UK
MASA (MesoAmerica Solidarity Action), Liverpool, UK
Movement for Justice in El Barrio, New York, US
Mujeres y la Sexta,Mexico
Mut Vitz 13, Marseilles, France
Nodo Solidale (Italy and Mexico)
Oye Latino on Wellington Access Radio, New Zealand
Plataforma de Solidaridad con Chiapas y Guatemala de Madrid, Spanish State
Proceso de articulación de la sierra de santa Marta, sur de Veracruz, Mexico
Red de mujeres de la tierra unidas por un futuro y un mundo mejor AC
Red Global por la Paz en México, Tokyo
Resistencias Enlazando Dignidad-Movimiento y Corazón Zapatista, Mexico
Servicio paz y Justicia (SERPAJ), Morelos, Mexico
Shades of Silence, US
Somos los Otros NY, US
TXIAPASEKIN, Plataforma Vasca de Solidaridad con Chiapas, Basque Country
Wellington Zapatista Support Group, New Zealand
UK Zapatista Solidarity Network
UK Zapatista Translation Service
UK Zap Sol
Zapatista Solidarity Group – Essex, UK
Zapatista Teaching and Learning Collective, UK
Alberto Arellano Mariano, Mexico
Pietro Ameglio, Servicio paz y Justicia (SERPAJ), Morelos, Mexico
Abraham Antonio Alonso Reyes, Mexico, D.F
Hugo Blanco, Peru
Raquel Carrillo, Tijuana, Mexico
Marlene Castañeda, Mexico, D.F.
Enriqueta G. Chávez López, Mexico
Paulin Chávez Rojas, Mexico
Susana M. Clares Fuente, Mexico
Jessica Davies, UK
Rosalba Dávila Ortiz, Puebla, Mexico
Gerson de Lima Oliveira, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Rosa de Santiago Fernández, Colima, Col., Mexico
Jair De Zouza Faria, Río de Janeiro, Brazil
Francisco José Díaz Marcilla, Lisboa, Portugal
Joandy Diego, Colorado, US
Juliette Doman, MASA (MesoAmerica Solidarity Action), Liverpool, UK
Rogelio Estrada Serafín, Chihuahua, Chih., Mexico
Gustavo Esteva, Mexico
Michael Farley, MASA (MesoAmerica Solidarity Action), Liverpool, UK
Ángela Fernández, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Iris S. Fiala, Austria
Davey Flynn, UK
Myriam Fracchia, Servicio paz y Justicia (SERPAJ), Morelos, Mexico
Aranza Galván Abrego, Celaya, Gto., Mexico
Milton Gómez Membrila, Colima, Col., Mexico
Víctor Manuel Gutiérrez Torres, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
Jorge Herrera, New Zealand
Malú Huacuja del Toro, Mexican writer
James Jackson, MASA (MesoAmerica Solidarity Action), Liverpool, UK
Karla Jiménez Cano, Puebla, Pue., Mexico
Sensei Gregory C. Lewis, US
Ricardo Lagunes Gasca, Mexico, D.F.
Ninón Llano Guibarra, La Paz, Bolivia
Tomas Alberto Madrigal, multi-medios Karani
Vianey Magallón Martínez, Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit, Mexico
Gabriel Magallón Reyes, Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit, Mexico
José Manuel Martín, Zamora, Mich., Mexico
Juan Carlos Marmolejo Álvarez, Coahuayana, Michoacán, Mexico
Gerardo Medina Reyes, Zamora, Michoacán, Mexico
Hector Mejia, Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico
Erik Montero Espinosa, Mexico, D.F.
Zeb Moon, Colombia
Verónica Munier, Mexico
Violeta Neponuceno Valencia, Tlapa, Gro., Mexico
Óscar Ojeda, Mexico, D.F
Alin Palacios Fonseca, Guanajuato, Mexico
Eleanor Parry, MASA (MesoAmerica Solidarity Action), Liverpool, UK
Hilda Pérez Alejandre, Querétaro, Qro., Mexico
Alexandra Pita González, Colima, Mexico
Guillermo Popoca Boone, Mexico
Susana Ramírez, Zamora, Mich., Mexico
María de Jesús Ramírez Magallón, Mexico
María Isabel Ramírez Magallón, Mexico
Mónica Cecilia R. Andrade. Puebla, Mexico
José Ramírez Magallón, Mexico
María Refugio Magallón Mejía, Mexico
Rita Robles, Mexico, D.F.
Víctor Romo de Vivar Gayol, Zamora, Mich., Mexico
Gabriela Ruiz Manzur, Copenhagen, Denmark
Haydeé Sánchez, Mexico, DF.
Teresa Santos Durán, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Zeus Tepeyolotl Martinez, Mexico, D.F.
Ana Torres, Mexico, D.F.
Miriam Elizabeth Toscano Dolores, Colima, Col., Mexico
Ana Valadez Ortega
Carolina Valdés, Colima, Col., Mexico
Abraham Eduardo Vallejo Moreno, Colima, Col., Mexico
Irene Vázquez Magallón, Puebla, Pue., Mexico
Alejandra Vázquez Mendoza, Zamora, Michoacán, Mexico
Norma Vázquez Torres, Colima, Col., Mexico
Rosa Villanueva Ramírez, Washington, US
Luisa Villanueva Villalobos, Los Angeles, Ca., US
Julie Webb-Pullman, Gaza City, Palestine
Lourdes Zepeda, Colima, Col., Mexico
Raul Zibechi, Uruguay