The Center for Women’s Rights in Chiapas (CDMCH), at the request from the Autonomous Compañeras of the Coast, disseminate the following statement:
Statement from the Autonomous Women of the Chiapan Coast, Autonomous regional council of the Costal zone of Chiapas, Adherents to the Other Campaign
To public opinion
To the national and international press
To human rights organizations
To the alternative media
To adherents of the Other Campaign
Through this message, we, the women of the Autonomous Council of the Coast, want to make public from our engaged and simple word, our denouncements and demands to the government and our will to continue struggling for it to respect us.
First: We tell the government that we do not want their compassion, but rather their respect. We do not want them to impose their politics nor their ways of life, we want to decide for ourselves, that they listen to our petitions and that they respect the decisions we take autonomously.
Second: We demand that the government does not intimidate us, nor send its armies, which maltreat us when we pacifically protest for our rights. We are free to express our demands and to demand respect toward our decisions and initiatives. We have the right to defend ourselves, we do it and will continue to do it pacifically.
Seventh: That they cease the violence and the apprehension orders against all *luchadores sociales*, especially against Nathaniel Hernández Núñez, member
of the Committee of Dignified Human Rights Ochoa, and also to take steps toward just prices for the tortilla and electricity. Also we demand punishment to the aggressors, and for them to move to respect our fundamental rights to defend ourselves and to protest.
Autonomous Women of the Chiapan Coast
For the construction of new cultures of rights from gender equality, class and ethnicity