In a statement issued on the 1st of July, the community of Mitzitón, adherent to the Other Campaign, reported an increase in threats and provocations of the paramilitary group Eagle's Wing, Army of God and announced the beginning of a permanent block to the San Cristobal Road in the section which passes through the town, until the government relocates the paramilitary group. Updates: http://chiapas.indymedia.org/ URGENT ACTION Imminent risk of repression against indigenous Mitzitón. State government threatens eviction that could lead to serious violations of human rights. The Chiapas state government threatens to make operational the police eviction of residents of the Mitzitón roadblock they are maintaining, as an action to defend their territory. The state government proposes to relocate Mitzitón residents and make their area a forest reserve. The community said that not only do they not accept the proposal but that they will defend their territory at any cost. Given the community response, the state government warned that the roadblock will be evicted. The Mitzitón community since February 2009 has maintained a struggle for the defense of its territory. Evidence indicates that the Mexican government aims to build the highway San Cristobal de las Casas-Palenque and expand the San Cristobal de las Casas - Comitán de Domínguez Road. The state government has repeatedly denied the existence of such a project. However the proposed relocation of the community is evidence that they intend to deprive Tsotsil people of their territory. Background: The blockade is being made to require the state government to relocate to non-cooperating group called the Army of God that has harassed the community for 13 years. The community assembly decided to request the relocation the group. In recent days the Army of God have conducted indiscriminate felling of trees in violation of the rules of procedure of the ejido forestry laws, of which the ejido authorities gave notice to the competent authorities at the time that logging was done, without offenders being arrested so far. As of February 27, 2010, events turned violent when Mr. Andrés Jiménez Hernández, a member of the non-cooperative, felled five trees without the permission of the Community. By agreement of the assembly, the timber was seized and taken to the ejido yard. Sr. Jiménez went to his group instead of going to the authorities, who organized the kidnapping of three adherents to the Other Campaign. The detainees were taken to the house of Francisco Gómez Díaz, who belongs to the non-cooperative. They were blindfolded, tied to poles, sprayed with gasoline threatened that they would be set fire and brutally beaten. Among the attackers was Raul Jimenez Jimenez, of the State Preventive Police and the main instigator of the violence exercised by the Eagle Wings, Army of God. Men and women adherents to the Other Campaign held a road blockade to demand the release of the three detained and also to prevent the transit of the paramilitaries. Subsequently four wounded members of the non-cooperative, were detained at the roadblock. The next day the adherents of the Other Campaign and the other inmates were released. The state government assuming the payment of damages caused by the aggressors. On July 21, 2009 a group of ejidatarios, commissioned by the ejido assembly to measure the land, were intercepted by approximately 60 people in the Army of God, and attacked with stones, sticks and slingshots. Then came a truck with five people on board, two of them with rifles R-15, who fired twice. The van, which was going very fast, ran over several ejidatarios. As a consequence of these facts one person was killed, Mr. Aurelio Díaz Hernández and five were seriously injured: Fernando Heredia Heredia, Heredia Javier Gomez, Raymundo Diaz Heredia, Heredia Jiménez and José Marcelino Hernández Jiménez. After a simulated criminal trial which concluded that the offense was accidental and unintentional, the assailant, Francisco Jimenez Vicente, was freed in late January 2010, having spent only four months in prison. Faced with the imminent threat of a violent eviction we appeal to the national and international community to demand that the Mexican authorities: * Search for a solution through dialogue and not through the use of the security forces. * Respect the law in the territory, which as an indigenous people Mitzitón people have, as required by ILO Convention 169. * Relocate the paramilitary group the Army of God as required by the residents of Mitzitón.