Government failures denounced in “struggle” for land in Chiapas
Desinformémonos, 28th October, 2016
Mexico City | Desinformémonos. Members and adherents to the Sexta from the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, Chiapas, denounced the false struggle for land that the officialist (ie government-supporting) ejidal commissioner, Manuel Guzmán Álvaro, promised to lead when he was a candidate for the position, because "so far he has not fulfilled and respected his word, because his actions have been completely contrary to this."
They recalled that last September 23rd, Guzmán Álvaro came, together with a group of ejidatarios, to the area where the access to the waterfalls of Agua Azul is located, in order to evict those who confront his ideas, and that immediately after his arrival, the State Preventive police took over the headquarters of the Sexta in Bachajón.
Just a week after this happened, Guzmán Álvaro and his supervisory board issued a communiqué designed to convince people that their struggle is for the defence of the land and demanding that the government recognize them as an authority, "but not explaining the background of their true intentions to hand over the lands to the bad government", they said.
In addition, on October 18th the officialist commissioner organised roadblocks in different parts of the ejido to ask for government intervention, ostensibly to solve internal problems, but actually to hand over their natural resources and ratify an agreement signed in 2011 to benefit transnational corporations. That same day, Domingo Pérez Álvaro, Tseltal member of the adherents to the Sexta from the ejido, was assaulted physically and subsequently arrested.
Pérez Álvaro was attacked when he was returning to his home after visiting Santiago Moreno Pérez, indigenous political prisoner imprisoned since 2009 in Playas de Catazajá on false charges with which he was incriminated in order to remove him from his position on the board of autonomous vigilance.
"This permanent presence of the bad government in our territory totally violates the rights of our people to autonomy and self-determination," they said, and repudiated the "servile" attitude of the ejidal commissioner and the supervisory board that makes possible a policy of dispossession, through the support of civil human rights organizations, and the pretence that their movement is a struggle for the defence of the territory.
Now, in addition to giving land to the government, he is committing violent acts against social activists.
Finally, they denounced that members of the Commission of Guzmán Álvaro threw trees on to the roads and burned a municipal police patrol car, in order to call the government to intervene, so they are "solely responsible for any arrest and detention of the authorities and members of the sixth declaration of the ejido Bachajón."
Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity