Attempted murder of human rights defender and adherent to the Sixth denounced
TO THE GOOD GOVERNMENT COUNCILS OF EZLN.
TO THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS CONGRESS.
TO NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ADHERENTS TO THE SIXTH.
TO THE INDEPENDENT HUMAN RIGHTS CENTRES.
TO THE ALTERNATIVE MEDIA PLATFORMS.
TO THE PERMANENT TRIBUNAL OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES.
Comrades, of all genders.
United peoples for the defence of electric energy (PUDEE). Adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle. From the northern-jungle region, to which the municipalities of Tila, Sabanilla, Tumbalá and Salto de Agua belong. We denounce all three levels of the bad government: Enrique Peña Nieto, President of the Republic; Manuel Velasco Coello, Governor of the State of Chiapas; and Edgar Leopoldo Guttiérez Gómez, Municipal President of Tila, Chiapas.
28th of August, 2016. Events occurred constituting the attempted homicide of our comrade Manuel Martínez Pérez, of the Masoja Shucja community, municipality of Tila, Chiapas. At 11.30pm, as he slept in his home, a person and suspect, whose name we cannot presently reveal, entered through the undergrowth of his yard, opened the gate, and approached the window of the house with a shotgun, shooting towards the interior of the room where our comrade slept with his family. Leaving bullet-holes in the wall, with 11 munitions left scattered on the ground. Fortunately, nobody was wounded by a bullet. There was no electricity that day, as such it was impossible to identify the man responsible with certainty, there were just some traces indicating where the material author of this attempted homicide came from.
On two separate occasions, shots have been heard near the residence, but it was never thought that they were meant to intimidate and threaten him. Equally, when our comrade was participating in the CompArte that took place recently in Cideci, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, his familiy were at home alone, when, at midnight, shots were heard close by the residence once again. Similarly, the authorities who intend to denounce these events are being threatened. We speak out against this act and regret the events that have taken place threatening our comrades, and what might happen in the future.
What we know so far is that the events were motivated by the fact that our comrade carries out celebrations in memory of those who fell in the social conflicts of 1997. He also has meetings with the families of victims of the conflict in the lowlands of Tila. We will not let them remain unpunished for this regrettable incident. Our comrade Manuel Martínez Pérez is a community human rights defender, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, participant in different national meetings such as EZLN’s CompArte, the National Indigenous Congress, the Dignified Rage festival, the permanent Tribunal of the Originary Peoples, seminars, forums and other activities.
Brothers and sisters, we ask that you remain alert to what might happen to our comrade now. Because this is not an isolated incident; similar incidents are taking place in various communities, including organised crime, shooting of firearms, arms and drug trafficking, and the prostitution and trafficking of migrants. The municipal, state and federal police forces are turning a blind eye to this, for which we hold responsible all three levels of the Bad Governent and the political parties that have divided and harmed our orginary Ch’ol peoples. Thank you brothers and sisters.
Jolnopa Guadalupe, Tila, Chiapas, 19th of September, 2016.
UNITED PEOPLES FOR THE DEFENCE OF ELECTRIC ENERGY (PUDEE). ADHERENTS TO THE SIXTH DECLARATION OF THE LACANDON JUNGLE.
Translated by Ruby Zajac for the UK Zapatista Translation Service
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