At nearly half a year of forced displacement, the Poblado Primero de Agosto denounces new threats
Tojolab´al women and children in displacement campsite @RadioZapatista
In their denouncement of August 17th, the 17 forcibly displaced Tojolabal families of the Poblado Primero de Agosto denounced new threats, harassments, and the omission of the three levels of the Mexican Government. The families denounced since August 1st and “to date the authorities of Miguel Hidalgo began to harass us again, firing multiple shots in the air with firearms at 100 meters from where we are displaced”. On August 3rd, “Javier López Pérez passed by 5 metres from where we are displaced […] commissioned by his cioaquista comrades to keep an eye on us and to intimidate us, well he was carrying a pouch and we realized that he would pull his right hand in and out of the pouch with small black firearm”.They also mentioned that on August 6th, “Armando Méndez López and Francisco López Román both ejidatarios of the Historic CIOAC passed by to harass 4 metres from where we are displaced telling us that soon they will hurt us because they are with the CIOAC historical and with the state government”.
They assured that the three levels of government “are aware of the occurrences and they have not done their job and they know about everything that is happening to us”, and they manifested their preoccupation due to the “omission of the Mexican State because the strong death threats against their lives continue, this happens because of the lack of justice.” At the end, they thanked the “Believing People, the different churches in their diverse denominations, the young people, men, women, children Tsotsiles, Tzeltales, mestizos, Tojolabales, among others who with their heart share our pain which is now not only our pain but a collective and universal pain”.
It serves mentioning that on February 23, 2015, ejidatarios of the ejido Miguel Hidalgo, who pertain to the Historic Independent Central of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos (CIOAC-H), forcibly and violently displaced 57 people of the Poblado Primero de Agosto.