PRI harassment of Zapatista support bases returns to Jechvo


PRI harassment of Zapatista Support Bases returns in Jechvó

** Just like in 2004, they are violently denied a water supply

** The aggressors arbitrarily detained a member of the affected community

By: Hermann Bellinghausen, Envoy

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, October 17, 2012

Groups of PRI members in Zinacantán municipality, who not so long ago were PRD members, are again harassing the Zapatista community of Jechvó, denying them thejr water supply with violent acts, like they did in 2004, and jailing an autonomous representative. The Good Government Junta Central Heart of the Zapatistas before the World, for the Caracol of Oventic, said: “These are the same people who attacked our compañero and compañera support bases on April 10, 2004, when they went to give some water to our compañeros in the community of Jechvó, because the party members had deprived them of their right to using spring water.”

Remembering the ambush that almost cost the life of several indigenous who were marching that afternoon: “Several compañeros were injured in this attack, with rockets, stones, clubs and firearms, for the crime of giving water to our compañeros. The different authorities didn’t do anything about it. Those people who are looking for a problem over the water,” it is not because they are short it. “There is no reason for what they are doing,” adds the Junta.

Mariano Gómez Pérez, Zapatista base (civilian) from the community, solicited the intervention of the autonomous judge and the Junta, after the “officialists” threatened to cut off their water on September 30. “The autonomous judge sent a letter inviting the PRI agent and some former Zapatistas to deal with the issue on October 7. The letter arrived in the hands of the PRI agent on October 5. Instead of accepting the invitation, the agent and his community planned to detain a compañero and thus cause a provocation”.

They break the silence faced with violations

Gómez remained imprisoned the entire day in reprisal for his notification to the autonomous judge, and later “was taken out of the jail and taken before the authorities and an assembly of more than 100 people,” where they accused him of “other fabricated crimes.” They drove him to the Zinacantán municipal judge, and he (the municipal judge) advised the PRI members not to accept the invitation from the Zapatista judge, and openly “favoured” them.

“Faced with so many injustices, human rights violations and inhumane attitudes” from community and municipal authorities “and the bad state and federal governments,” the Junta warned: “We will not remain silent nor with our arms folded. We will defend what is ours, what belongs to us, our resources and our territories.”

Moreover: “What is indeed clear is the nightmare for the supposed Governor Juan Sabines Guerrero and the supposed president of the Republic, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, of having their hands stained with (the) blood of lots of innocent compañeros; of carrying in their thoughts all the horrors that they have committed. Sabines Guerrero and Calderón Hinojosa are surnames that stain the history of our country, along with many other previous surnames.”

It recapitulates how, since 2003, the Zapatista bases “started to be deprived of their right to water” in Jechvó, Elambó Bajo, Elambó Alto, San Isidro Chaktoj, Jechch’entik and other communities, “by people affiliated with the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) with the objective of making them surrender”. The Junta for the region bought a natural spring and constructed a tank, “which people from the parties, backed up by the official authorities, now (want).” The aggressors are “the same people,” but now they are returning as the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI, its initials in Spanish).

“Although in lots of propaganda they try to hide their unjust actions, and in the communications media they publish that the government is in favour of justice, democracy, respect and development, and that ‘they are actions and not words’, meanwhile attacks, threats, evictions, unjust incarcerations, violation of rights and persecution are what exist in our towns, yes indeed these are actions and not words,” the Zapatista Junta says. “No matter how much you try to hide rotting flesh, you cannot stop it smelling. And however beautiful its covering may be, you won’t stop it rotting”. The Junta concludes by demanding that the rights of the Zapatista bases be respected.

Comunicado integro (Entire communiqué in Spanish)


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Thursday, October 18, 2012

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