Denunciation from San Isidro Los Laureles, Adherents to The Sixth
February 22, 2016
San Isidro los Laureles, Municipality of Venustiano Carranza, Chiapas, Mexico, Adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle, from the Space of Struggle Semilla Digna, Members of the CNI
To the EZLN
To the national and international adherents of the sixth
To the national and international organizations of human rights
To the national indigenous congress (CNI)
To the free and alternative media
To the public opinion of Mexico and the world
After 62 days of having recovered our mother earth, at 12:40 pm, a white double cabin Cheyenne truck with license plate DSF-73-24 passed our territory. The truck had six people inside wearing bulletproof vests and carrying high powered weapons. This truck passed our recovered lands of the municipality of Venustiano Carranza, Chiapas, led by the landowners Rodrigo Ruiz, Francisco Ruiz, Octavin Albores, and supported by some small landholders, with the intent to intimidate our compañerxs, young people, and children of San Isidro los Laureles and other communities. In consequence, we denounce the following:
We make it known that being gathered together in the recovered land “El Refugio”, living with our families in harmony and tranquillity; they passed showing their armed men (white guards of the landowners), creating fear in our compañerxs, youth, girls and boys. At the same time we are aware that our road sign was vandalized with great violence, that same day at 10:30 pm carried out from the orders of the owners Rodrigo Ruiz, Francisco Ruiz and Octavin Albores.
We fear that the same eviction and violence that occurred in 1994 can happen again, when we decided to recover these lands, when the state intervened unleashing repression on our compañerxs.
Through this statement we want to inform all three levels of bad government—federal, state, and municipal—that the land legitimately belongs to us, as you know we are the campesinos and indigenous people have left our footprints and scars in these lands because our grandparents worked these lands without taking anything in return.
Because of this, and through this communiqué, we demand that the authorities take into account and respect our decision to recover the land, and we ask the National Indigenous Congress, public opinion, the organizations of human rights, the alternative media, to stay alert because we will keep you informed, in a timely manner, of everything that comes against our rights and our progress.
Our decision is and will be to resist and defend that which legitimately belongs to us in order to reach our objective, which is to benefit our indigenous families, where we live, where we work, and where we sustain ourselves.
We hold the three levels of government responsible—federal, state, and municipal—with the owners Rodrigo Ruiz, Francisco Ruiz, and Octavin Albores together with Jesús Orantes Ruiz, for everything that can happen to or against us.
Community of San Isidro los Laureles, Municpality of Venustiano Carranza Chiapas
Adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle
Members of Semilla Digna of the CNI
“A revolutionary who does not act with dignity is not a revolutionary”
Translated by Palabras Rebeldes
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