MITZITON PUBLIC LETTER TO THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE BAD GOVERNMENT IN CHIAPAS, JUAN SABINES GUERRERO

September 6, 2010

Mitziton community, municipality of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

PUBLIC LETTER TO THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE BAD GOVERNMENT  IN CHIAPAS, JUAN SABINES GUERRERO
To the media

The organizations, groups, communities and individuals who are present or who have sent delegates to the community of Mitzitón  and who have signed this letter, say to you:

– On 1st July of this year, 2010, we and our companer@s from the community of Mitzitón, municipality of San Cristobal de Las Casas, held a roadblock on the stretch of highway from San Cristóbal – Comitan, as a measure to demand the removal of the paramilitary group ‘Army of God’.

– The blockade was lifted on July 5th after representatives of yourself, the governor, signed a memorandum of agreement by which they pledged to:

First, respect the land rights of Mitzitón community, municipality of San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas.

Second: they undertook, along with representatives of the community of Mitzitón, to initiate a process of dialogue between the government and the paramilitary group “Eagle Wings  –  Army of God” to seek their relocation outside the community of Mitzitón.

Third: The members of the community pledged to unblock the federal Pan-American Highway at Mitzitón .

On August 19, 2010, the Mitzitón authorities made a public denuncia in which they reported that they were tired of receiving so many threats from the paramilitaries, and of the continual shooting at night, They also announced that the 48 people, who failed to cooperate a year ago, could return to participate in the community once they had met the assembly agreements and obligations, but the paramilitaries could not do so.

This was done through the goodwill of our companer@s. And since the 5th of July WHAT HAVE YOU DONE GOVERNOR? You promised to relocate the paramilitaries, THOSE WERE YOUR WORDS, WHERE ARE YOUR ACTIONS?

On September 1st, our brothers and sisters from Mitzitón reported that the paramilitaries were continuing to threaten them and cut down their forests. They tried to burn their houses, robbed them and beat their women. Because of this, since August 31st, , women, men, children and elderly people have been gathered in the ejido house under threat of death.

Given these facts, as adherents to the Other Campaign, we have agreed to gather together in Mitzitón delegations from different organizations, groups and communities, to give solidarity with our presence to the dignified struggle of our sisters and brothers of Mitzitón. Many many more people in Mexico and other countries are not present here, but are watching the situation and from their own places will be raising their voices and adding to this denuncia.

All the signatories demand:

– THE RESPECT OF THE AGREEMENTS MADE BY THE ASSEMBLY OF THE EJIDATORIOS OF MITZITON, BEING THE MAXIMUM AUTHORITY OF THE PEOPLE.

– THE FULFILLMENT OF THE AGREEMENTS SIGNED ON THE 5th JULY, and that THE GOVERNMENT DOES ITS WORK AND RELOCATES THE PARAMILITARIES. MEANWHILE WE ARE GATHERED TOGETHER HERE WAITING FOR YOUR ANSWER.

-THIS IS NOT AN INVITATION FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN TO BUILD ANY TYPE OF RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU, WE ARE HERE IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE JUST DEMANDS OF THE ORGANISED PEOPLE OF MITZITÓN, ADHERENTS TO THE OTHER CAMPAIGN.

WE ARE ACTING IN A CIVIL AND PEACEFUL MANNER. WE ARE NOT SEEKING CONFRONTATION, NOR TO FALL FOR PROVOCATIONS.

RESPECTFULLY

Brigada Universitaria de Trabajo Andrés Aubry. D.F.

Red contra la represión Chiapas.

Movimiento Independiente de Mujeres.

Movimiento Integración y Desarrollo. España

Concejo Autónomo Regional de La Costa

Comunidad de San Francisco Teopisca.

Adherentes de San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

Organización Emiliano Zapata Región Selva

CIEPAC, A.C.

Molino Utrilla.

Molino  Los Arcos.

Comunidad de Candelaria, Venustiano Carranza.

Comunidad San Antonio, Teopisca.

La Otra Campaña Australia.

Resistencias Enlazando Dignidad. Movimiento y Corazón Zapatista

Red contra la represión y por la solidaridad.

Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón.

Comunidades en Resistencia a las altas tarifas de energía eléctrica, zona costa: Nicolás Bravo, El Fortín, La Conquista, La Central, Alambrado, Las Cuaches, Nuevo Urbina, El Carmen, Las Garritas, Gustavo López, Joaquín Amaro, Santa Virginia, Los Pinitos.

Frente Cívico Tonalteco, Barrios: Colonia Evolución, Barrio Nuevo, Nicatán, San Francisco, San Felipe, Las Animas, colonia Miramar, Nuevo Milenio, Rosario Las Flores, Infonavit.

Centro de Derechos Humanos Digna Ochoa.

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