2 years after his assassination Juan Vázquez Lives!
In San Sebastián Bachajón yesterday 24th April was a day of homage to Juan Vázquez Guzmán, who was an authority of the Ejido who fought with all his good heart to defend their lands against the ferocious appetite of the bad government and of the transnationals in Mexico and the world.
Although his struggle was always peaceful, on 24th April 2013, at 9.00 pm, a group of men entered his house and, after a few minutes of discussion, gun shots were heard, and a truck leaving the ejido. Shortly afterwards his brother saw Juan lying on the ground in front of the door of his house, with several bullet wounds.
The family are still demanding justice, and 2 years later the crime remains unpunished, there have been no investigations and no one has been arrested.
On this day, family, neighbours and nationals and internationals in solidarity gathered in the humble home of Juan Vázquez to recall his memory and continue to demand justice and his firm intention to continue fighting to defend their lands. During the religious ceremony it was open to anyone who wanted to speak in Tzeltal or Castilian. Representatives of the Free Media spoke to give their support. Several statements of support were then read from various regions of Chiapas and the world. The compañera read with much emotion. The ceremony ended with a plate of food shared by everyone present.
WORDS SHARED BY THE BROTHER OF JUAN VÁZQUEZ 24/04/2015
In Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón,
April 24, 2015
By this means we allow ourselves to send you cordial greetings (…)
From the family of the late Juan Vázquez Guzmán
"Today 24th April, 2015, the commemoration is being held of Juan Vázquez Guzmán, human rights defender. His two sons, one of eight and one of six years old, are now living with his grandparents.
This compañero was killed in front of his home on 24th April, 2013, by a group of assassins from the bad government.
Also we honour his memory and remember his dignified struggle for his people.
From the northern state of Chiapas, the women and men of San Sebastián Bachajón send militant greetings.
Never again a Mexico without us.
Tierra y Libertad!
Juan Vásquez Guzmán lives, the Bachajón struggle continues!
Justice for Ayotzinapa,
Hasta la victoria siempre…"
Video: @MovimientoJusticia Transcripcion video: @Pozol Fotos: @Valk