Las Abejas de Acteal Publicly Denounce the Group Consejo Pacifista Sembradores de Paz
To the Indigenous National Congress (CNI)
To the adherents to the Sexta national and international
To the councils of good government (JBG)
To the human rights defenders
To the political and social organizations
To the alternative media
To the national and international press
To the public opinion in general
Brothers and Sisters:
Today we publicly denounce the actions that have been carried out against our Civil Society Organization Las Abejas de Acteal, by members of the group Consejo Pacifista Sembradores de Paz, led by José Patrocinio Hernández Gómez, spokesperson for the group, who is originally from the colonia Yashgemel, municipality of Chenalhó.
Our Civil Society Organization Las Abejas de Acteal and the survivors of the massacre committed on 22nd December, 1997, agreed in our general assembly to denounce the action of the group Consejo Pacifista for doing nothing to help the peaceful struggle of our organization.
The group Consejo Pacifista cover the actions they carry out by usurping the name, stamp, and logo of our organization. Currently they maintain a double discourse: in their public and written word, they speak of conciliation, of peace, and that they want dialogue, but their word is false because they act with threats and harassments. What they want is to appropriate and dispossess the physical and symbolic spaces of our organization in Acteal, House of Memory and Hope.
For their purposes, they have allied with Ricardo Arturo Lagunes Gasca, who along with members of the Consejo Pacifista has betrayed the path of the people, because this adviser has deepened the division, and in turn acts like the bad government with its counterinsurgency and deceit, bringing lawsuits against us in federal court, thus eroding and deflecting the struggle because we are in pursuit of true justice, the Lekil Chapanel.
The aim of the actions of the Consejo Pacifista is to be taken into account by other organizations, collectives, and solidarity movements, and to use that to confuse the brothers and sisters that have accompanied our resistance for Memory, Truth, And Justice, faced with the impunity of the Mexican State.
From 28th October, 2014, those that currently form the group Consejo Pacifista ceased to be members of our Civil Society Organization Las Abejas, and since that date they have carried out violent actions against members of our organization and especially of our Board of Directors.
Today we decided to speak so that the people, organizations, collectives, and movements are not confused. They have used the name of our Organization because they want to be recognized and so they can appropriate our headquarters of the Martyrs of Acteal.
From the Tsotsil path and experience of our organization, we have had several meetings in order try to talk and dialogue with the brothers and sisters of Consejo Pacifista, however they have decided not to continue the dialogue. Currently, José Patrocinio Hernández is the voice of Consejo Pacifista and has been making denouncements, letters and invitations usurping the name, stamp and logo of our organization, making it look like he is a member of Las Abejas.
Brothers and Sisters in solidarity with our Civil Society Organization Las Abejas de Acteal, we will not allow them to continue to use the name of our Organization. Furthermore, we do not want any more dialogue with them because already we have tried many times, since their words and actions do not give confidence and now the pathway of dialogue is ended.
Today we tell the members of Consejo Pacifista that they cannot go into the headquarters of our organization, and carry out their meetings, conferences, make videos or take pictures, because they only use it to confuse people and make them believe that they are Abejas; by the agreement of members of the organization they must stop using the name, the stamp, and the logo of our Organization.
We had not completely denounced these and other actions of the Consejo Pacifista, so we do it today, we the Civil Society Organization Las Abejas de Acteal; we did not say anything because we thought that they would reflect and recognize their mistakes. They have never taken account of their actions and provocations. We see that they have forgotten all the suffering resulting from what happened in 1997.
We thank our compañeras and compañeros in solidarity, and the collectives, movements, organizations, the Indigenous National Congress, the national and international adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the EZLN, the Pueblo Creyente, the Diocese of San Cristóbal, Frayba and especially Bishop Raúl Vera López, and everyone who from their heart has strengthened our path in search of Truth and Justice.
We reaffirm that Acteal is the Site of Conscience for Humanity, is Sacred Land, place of Martyrs, House of Memory and Hope.
Voice of the Survivors of the Acteal Massacre and the Civil Society Organisation Las Abejas
For the survivors and board of directors:
Juan Vásquez Luna
María Vásquez Gómez
Mariano Pérez Cura
Sebastián Pérez Vásquez
José Ramón Vásquez Entzin
Vicente Sánchez Ordoñez
Juan Pérez Gómez
Mariano Jiménez Gutiérrez