Word of Mouth N°6
Attacks and harassment against students of the Jacinto Canek Teacher Training College
Students of Jacinto Canek explain that “The Free Trade Agreement, among the despicable conditions imposed on the Mexican government includes the ending of rural teacher training colleges, which were promoted as an achievement of the 1910 revolution, for the education of the most marginalised people”; they show that the actions against their school are part of the “low intensity war which aims to destroy the identity of indigenous people so that they will not be able to defend themselves”.
On 23 April, student Martin Jimenez was attacked by “people dressed all in black, who got him into a car, put a bag over his head and started to beat him (…) after a three hour drive they took him into a room and tied him to a chair (…) they gave him no food for nearly 24 hours”. The student said that he heard threats against two other comrades. At the time of the attacks he recognised the voice of Dilmar Mejia Perez, Director of the Jacinto Canek Teacher Training College, a man we do not respect as he is despotic and repressive”.
They admit the detention on 29 April of the “administrative sub-director of the school, who at no time was beaten and who was in fact given food and was freed before the government authorities (…) This action was a desperate measure because the government did not want to settle the situation at Jacinto Canek”. They say “eight orders were issued to seize” teachers and students.
They demand punishment before the law for the comrade’s attackers, the dismissal of the head teacher “capable of kidnapping, beating and threatening death”, the cancellation of the detention orders (“ we are teachers and students who want education for the people”), and “the removal of the directives that have done so much damage” to the school.
Paramilitaries strongly threaten the community of Mitziton
The compañer@s from the community of Mitziton report ‘‘that provocations are occurring’’ in the community due to actions by the paramilitaries of the ‘‘Army of God, Eagle Wings’’. On the 28th of May, the paramilitary member “Carmen Diaz Lopez, again planted in our common land where the route of the highway was to be”, as well as cutting down many trees without permission, “thus provoking the community assembly”. “We have learned that Celestino Perez Hernandez said, during a meeting with his people (the paramilitaries) on May 31, that they (the paramilitaries) were going to commit a massacre that would be worse than that of Acteal” On the 30th May, “a supporter of the Other Campaign was attacked by (the same) Celestino Perez Hernandez (…), who took out his gun, and pointed it at to our compañero, who managed to escape by running.” On the 1st of June, armed members of the group “Army of God, Alas de Aguila,” were found cutting wood in our community area”. After the compas had reported these facts to the government, the police arrived. (The police) “were attacked and detained for more than 45 minutes by that group (the Army of God)” The compas expressed their concern “as it is not the first time that they have made threats, and also, what they have threatened to do, they have carried out.” Finally, the compas held the government responsible for what might happen, as well as for removing the paramilitaries from their community, while at the same time requesting public information reports about the serious threats and provocations made by the paramilitaries.
Attacks on Tonala coop fighting for a fair tortilla price
“On 29 May, members of the Tonala Civic Front, members of the Digna Ochoa Human Rights Centre and members of the Autonomous Council of the Coastal Zone of Chiapas, met at the Autonomous Tortilla Bakery belonging to the Civic Front organisation”; “when some vehicles were patrolling the zone around the bakery.” The comrades say “they were members of the Roberto Avendano Cooperative Society of Dough and Tortilla Manufacturers” the same ones “who have a monopoly on selling tortillas in the town of Tonala.” Later they intercepted a tortilla distributor from the Autonomous Coop, robbing him of an ice box, a helmet and 15 kilos of tortillas. He immediately contacted the Director of the Digna Ochoa Human Rights Centre, who arrived on the scene only to be beaten up, together with other comrades. The Roberto Avendano Cooperative Society, together with “los Cuetos” did not only harm them physically, but also damaged their property. Later, “people from the above mentioned cooperative society arrived at the offices of the Human Rights Centre, to cause more damage.” The comrades are launching an appeal to be on the alert to the situation, because they are all under severe threats, the members of the Tonala Civic Front and the members of the Digna Ochoa Human Rights Centre, as well as the distributors working for the autonomous bakery. They hold the three levels of government responsible for not acting in this situation of a rise in the price of tortillas and call on them to punish the attackers. They hold the members of the Roberto Avendano Cooperative Society responsible “because they are the ones who keep watch, pursue, threaten, beat and intimidate the population, and they are the ones who believe they are entitled to do this, legitimated of course by the government.” Finally they ask human rights organisations nationally and internationally to protest about what is happening to them.
Theft of cabling in coastal zone communities:
The JBG of La Garrucha denounces the detention and disappearance of compas On the 11th May, the Good Government Board of La Garrucha (Spanish original says Morelia) reported that “the inhabitants of Peña Limonar had detained 9 Zapatista Bases of Support, and a further 5 were missing (…) these are the tricks (…) prepared by the three levels of bad government”. They further denounced “they also threatened women at their exits and entrances to the community, (…) they want to evict our Zapatista support base compas from their lands’’, while “the real murderers enjoy absolute freedom “. The JBG recalled, “we have already publicly denounced that the problems started when the murderers returned to take possession of Rancheria Amaytic’’. Equally, “when, on the 25th August 2002, they killed a member of the autonomous council, and an assistant, the JBG on several occasions invited the commissioner and the other authorities to resolve the problems, (…) they refused to help find a solution to the problems of Rancheria Amaytic.” ‘’What would the three levels of government do if we took them out of their house with their family when they had committed no crime? If we left them without food, without their luxury home, and sent them to take refuge in a place that was not adequate for them?’’
pronunciamiento de la Red contra la Represión y por la Solidaridad:
LAS ABEJAS DENOUNCE ‘RURAL CITY PROJECTS’ IN CHIAPAS
“Our brothers and sisters died because they asked for respect for our DIGNITY!”, but the government did not offer them respect when they set up Juan Sabines’ ‘Rural Cities’ in Santiago del Pinar and Chenalho’’. Las Abejas’ communiqué of 22nd May denounced the fact that they (Las Abejas) were never consulted or informed,” ‘’they did not ask us if we wanted to leave our houses and lands, ” “The government not only fails to respect international conventions and the San Andrés Accords; it does not even respect its own laws” ‘’forcing them to accept projects from PROCEDE’’.
Las Abejas’ monthly statement ends with support for the struggles of Copala, ‘’where our Triqui brothers and sisters are suffering on account of several murderers ; also in Campeche due to the arrest of a compa who was fighting against high electricity rates ” http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.com/2010_05_22_archive.html
Campaign ‘Our Prisoners First’
In the month of May the second phase of the Campaign ‘Our Prisoners First’ began in Mexico City where a concentrated action took place on the 3rd and 4th May demanding the release of political prisoners. This date is a reminder “of the crimes, the physical torture, the psychological and sexual violence” which were committed in Atenco in 2006, and which our prisoner compas continue to suffer unjustly.
They stated that “the bad federal, state and municipal government show us not only their lack of willingness to implement true justice but also their determination to put an end to the social struggle, to destroy the building of autonomy and advance the dispossession of our lands and territories at any cost. ”
The civil society organisation ‘Las Abejas’ joined the second phase of the Campaign organized by the Network Against Repression remembering that “their only crime is to defend human rights, to defend Mother Earth and to combat neo-liberal capitalist system. This is why they are imprisoned, in an attempt to silence their voice. ”
As part of this struggle for the freedom of political prisoners a Gathering of the families, communities, friends and organizations of poltical prisoners will be held on 12 and 13 June at CIDECI (San Cristobal de Las Casas). During this event there will be reports on the activities and actions of the Campaign in different parts of the country and the world to demand the release of the compañer@s.
The political prisoners in Mexico are victims of the increasing criminalization of social protest:
In Campeche: Sara Lopez Gonzalez, Joaquin Aguilar Mendez, Guadalupe Contreras Borjas. From Chiapas: Patishtán Alberto Gomez, Rosario Díaz Méndez, Manuel Jimenez and Artemio Díaz Heredia Heredia.
In D.F: Victor Herrera Govea.
In the State of Mexico: Ignacio del Valle Medina, Felipe Alvarez Gochicoa Héctor Galindo, Jorge Alberto Romero Ordóñez, Adán Ordóñez Romero Román, Alejandro Pilon Zacate, Juan Carlos Estrada Cruces, Julio Cesar Espinosa Ramos, Inés Rodolfo Cuellar Rivera, Edgar Eduardo Morales Reyes Oscar Hernandez Pacheco, and Narciso Arellano Hernandez.
In Guerrero: Maximum Mojica Delgado, María de los Angeles Flores Hernández and Santiago Nazario Lezma.
In Nayarit: Tomás de Jesús Barranco.
In Oaxaca: Agustín Luna Valencia, Álvaro Sebastián Ramírez, Justino Hernández José, Mario Ambrosio Martínez, Fortino Enríquez Hernández, Eleuterio Hernández García, Abraham García Ramírez, Zacarías P. García López y Abraham Ramírez Vázquez.
Harassment, New Jericho Community, Municipality of Palenque:
Public accusation by Jotola Community: http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.com/2010_05_14_archive.html
Grave situation of MOCRI prisoners on hunger strike in Amate prison:
Las Abejas accuse private company:
FNLS support the Tila community assembly:
Voice of Amate announces a fast from 4 to 12 June:
Alberto Patishtan reports lack of medical attention:
Members of the Other Campaign, San Sebastián Bachajon, reject negotiation with the government:
JBG of La Realidad accusation: organisation of new evictions in Montes Azules: