Communiqué from the Ejido San Sebastian Bachajón, Adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle, 20th November, 2015
"We want to tell the bad government that we are not afraid of their repression, imprisonment and death"
"On this day we remember with dignified rage the struggle and great example of the revolutionary life of our General Emiliano Zapata who gave his life to defend the Mother Earth and to achieve better living conditions for the people of Mexico."
FROM EJIDO SAN SEBASTIAN BACHAJÓN, ADHERENTS TO THE SIXTH DECLARATION OF THE LACANDON JUNGLE, CHIAPAS, MEXICO, 20th NOVEMBER 2015
To the Clandestine Indigenous Revolutionary Committee – General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
To the Good Government Juntas
To the Indigenous National Congress
To the compañer@s adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle
To the mass and alternative media
To the Network for Solidarity and against Repression
To Movement for Justice in El Barrio from New York
To national and international human rights defenders
To the people of Mexico and the world
Compañeros and compañeras of good heart, and with honest and combative hearts, we demonstrate from the bottom of our hearts through this communique the commitment we have to defend our territory as an indigenous and united people, and to those people and communities who resist day by day the repression of the bad government, their cursed war which they wage on the peoples and communities of Mexico and the world who struggle for a better world, a world where many worlds fit, free of the lords of money, the lords of power who destroy everything in order to make more money in the name of progress and development, which the Tzeltal indigenous of Bachajón call death, destruction, dispossession and discrimination.
Our people are aware of your struggle to defend the life and dignity of your communities, peoples and the Mother Earth, we would like to do more for all of you sisters and brothers in the struggle but we are also fighting our own battle for the defence of our land, which the bad government wants to take away with violence and repression, our land which was left to us by our ancestors; at the same time we demand the release of our political prisoners and other prisoners of Mexico and the world who are unjustly imprisoned for the great crime of defending life and Mother Earth. Although we are not with you compañeros and compañeras, our prayers, thoughts and struggle seek to make a contribution to the defence of life and human rights that the bad government always wants to exterminate because it does not care about the dignity of the people, but only about money to be rich and powerful, as if all that money and power could overcome death. Our thinking is very different from that of the bad government and so they are upset that we have this love and respect for Mother Earth and all that she gives us so we can be able to live.
On this day we remember with dignified rage the struggle and great example of the revolutionary life of our General Emiliano Zapata who gave his life to defend the Mother Earth and to achieve better living conditions for the people of Mexico.
We want to tell the bad government that we are not afraid of repression, imprisonment and death, because Mother Earth is everything for our people, because the land belongs to those who work it, not those who destroy it, and we are ready to give our lives to defend it, whatever the cost, just like our compañero in struggle, the human rights defender and former Secretary General of the adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, Juan Vázquez Guzmán gave his life; he was killed on 24th April, 2013 and compañero Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano, regional coordinator of the organization, was killed by more than 20 shots from high calibre firearms on 21st March, 2014 near the Virgen de Dolores community.
We call on the compañeros, compañeras, communities and peoples in resistance to unite their forces and join our struggle so that together we can work to stop so much evil and injustice from the bad government, from a capitalist government, and build a world where there is life, peace and justice. It does not matter if we have different ideas and thoughts or if our ways of doing things are different, we respect difference and consider it a necessary strength to build that world where many worlds fit. We are tired of so much deprivation, forced disappearance, murder, detention and discrimination from the bad government, we raise our voice and hands to demand the immediate release of our political prisoner compañeros Esteban Gómez Jiménez prisoner in Cintalapa de Figueroa, Chiapas (amate No 14), Santiago Moreno Pérez and Emilio Jiménez Gómez, prisoners in Playas de Catazaja, Chiapas (cereso No 17) who were imprisoned for having the commitment to fight and defend the mother earth and also for the freedom of other political prisoners of Mexico and the World.
From the northern zone of Chiapas the women and men of San Sebastián Bachajón send combative greetings to all the compañeras, compañeros, communities and peoples of Mexico and the world who are in resistance, we greet the dignified struggle of San Francisco Xochicuautla, Coyotepec, Atenco, Tocuila, Acuexcomac and neighbouring communities in resistance in the State of Mexico, communities in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca struggling against the theft of their land and to defend their autonomy as Binissa peoples and Ikoots peoples, the Chol people of Tila, the people of Banavil, los Llanos, Viejo Velasco, Acteal, the towns and communities of Semilla Digna, the peoples of Guerrero from the Regional Coordination of Community Authorities in Guerrero and their political prisoners who are imprisoned for defending a dignified life, the Yaqui people and all the compañeros and compañeras who, without our knowing their name or their struggle, are resisting and fighting and looking for a better way of living, with justice and peace.
Never again a Mexico without us
Land and Freedom
Hasta la victoria siempre!
Freedom for political prisoners!
Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Bachajón struggle continues!
Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano Lives, the Bachajón struggle continues!
No dispossession of indigenous territories!
The state police out of our indigenous territory!
Immediate presentation of the disappeared and assassinated compañeros from the Normal School Raúl Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa!
Long live the dignified struggle of our Chol compañeros y compañeras from the ejido Tila!
Long live the dignified struggle of our compañeros and compañeras from San Francisco Xochicuautla!
Long live the peoples who struggle for their autonomy and freedom!
JUSTICE FOR AYOTZINAPA, ACTEAL, ABC, ATENCO!