Las Abejas Denounce Impunity and the Criminalisation of those in Struggle
Communique of Las Abejas of Acteal 22nd March, 2016
Our Political Constitution is Outdated because the President of the Republic Continues to make Reforms that don’t Benefit the Mexican People
Civil Society Organization Las Abejas
Sacred Land of the Acteal Martyrs
Acteal, Ch’enalvó, Chiapas, Mexico.
March 22, 2016
To Social and Political Organizations
To Human Rights Defenders
To the Alternative Media
To the National and International Press
To National and International Civil Society
To the council of good government
To the Indigenous National Congress (CNI)
And to public opinion
Brothers and Sisters,
Again the time has come, the day and the hour, to come together in this sacred land. Today, 18 years and three months after the massacre in Acteal, we celebrate the commemoration of the martyrs. Only for the love of the creator of the sky and earth, we return today to see each other with all physical, moral, and spiritual presence. It is not easy to forget the cruellest acts in the history of humanity. Although the time and the hour have elapsed; the pain and the memory continue present. And each time a situation of injustice and of violence occurs in any part of the world, we feel hurt, because we are all children of GOD.
A very clear and recent example is the death of the compañera, social struggler, Berta Cáceres of Honduras, as a result of a cowardly attack in her residence on March 3, 2016, where compañero Gustavo Castro Soto was injured. It seems that to defend life, people and nature is a crime. And those in charge of administering justice seem to better support and reward the great crimes against humanity, than to punish them. Our world is upside down, with the laws and the authorities protecting the criminals and prosecuting the citizens who struggle for justice.
Our political constitution is out of date because the president of the republic continues to make reforms that do not benefit the Mexican people. They only benefit the rich and foreign companies. And the Mexican people whose rights they violate only receive crumbs and repression.
Our previous constitution was well established; it reflected individual and social rights like the right of the campesinxs to the land, because that constitution was made with the sacrifice of our grandfathers who gave their lives and blood during the Mexican Revolution. We are very sorry that the rulers never had in hand the history of our country. They do not know the meaning of our national flag, or which rights are enshrined in our constitution. Those rulers have completely trampled and forgotten it; they never take into account the people that gave their life for it.
All of those that rise up to defend and protest for their rights are met with the same response from the government: repression, assassination and imprisonment. A clear example of this is the young students of Ayotzinapa who were disappeared. The families of these young people have continued for a year and a half to demand justice and the return of their children alive, but the authorities do not want to heed the cry of the people.
Ultimately, the reason is that they will not judge and condemn their own actions; that is very clear, it is the same thing that happened here in Acteal: they continue to misrepresent the facts of what happened on 22nd December, 1997, because they themselves designed and planned the counterinsurgency, they financed and trained the paramilitaries. And also they gave freedom to the assassins although they were already sentenced and had confessed to these cruel events in Acteal.
Perhaps the rulers do not think of the direction that leads to justice and the direction that our country takes. Today the people are tired and very desperate because there is no justice and because there is no peace in our country. We are an organization which always proclaims the truth and at the same time, denounces the violent acts in our country because our mission and our commitment is to work for peace. To love one another as our Priest (Father) has taught us, but thanks to the prophets who announced the truth and denounced all mortal sins which carry us to perdition.
Today we also thank Father Marcelo Pérez from the indigenous Tzotzil region, who is committed to the struggle for life of the people of Simojovel who are threatened by so much violence, by the trafficking of drugs, by alcoholism, prostitution, the trafficking of arms and even the buying of consciences to make them abandon this dignified struggle.
We, as the authentic Abejas of Acteal join the struggle for the life of the people that we all long for, not only in Simojovel but in many parts of the world, we stand in solidarity with all of those who suffer and struggle for another possible world.
Brothers and sister, we call on you to take up a peaceful struggle because violence does not bring life. We hope to march together until peace triumphs.
Justice for the case of Acteal
No more massacres in Chiapas and in Mexico
Stop the impunity in Chiapas and Mexico
No more privatization of natural resources
No more massacres and persecutions against the people
Justice in the case of Berta Cáceres
Long live Resistance and Autonomy
The Voice of the Organization of the Civil Society Las Abejas
For the Board of Directors:
Sebastián Pérez Vásquez
José Ramón Vásquez Entzin
Mariano Jiménez Gutiérrez
Vicente Sánchez Ordóñez
Juan Pérez Gómez