10th April 2011
The Movement for Justice in El Barrio is making an urgent new call to action for 5 more days of worldwide action in support of the five remaining political prisoners from San Sebastian Bachajón. The new days of action will be the 24th to the 28th April 2011.
On the morning of 8th April the compas from San Sebastian Bachajón regained control of the tollbooth situated in their lands which marks the entrance to the waterfalls of Agua Azul. This was another step for them towards building their autonomy.
The following day, 9th April, over 800 state and federal police and troops violently evicted them. Following this act of repression by the bad government, 3 of the Other Campaign supporters disappeared. Once again the government shows violence, brutality and repression. When the humble and simple people organise autonomously towards dignity and against displacement, the bad government responds with aggression and injustice.
Our 5 compañeros Jerónimo Guzmán Méndez, Domingo Perez Alvaro, Domingo García Gómez, Juan Aguilar Guzmán and Mariano Demeza Silvano remain political prisoners, hostages of the state, in horrible conditions. They sent us a very moving letter recently, describing their daily reality. This affected us deeply and inspired us to continue struggling for their freedom. They are given food only once a day, with very little water. They are becoming ill as a result, but are given no medicines. They are not allowed to have the food brought for them by their families. They are forced to do ‘humiliating’ daily work, and are threatened with being put in the punishment cell.
It is clear that all these acts of aggression are the result of the organised resistance of the people of Bachajon, and of the national and international pressure resulting from all our solidarity actions. “The bad government are repressing us and continuing to pressurise us to hand over our lands and natural resources”. The World Organisation Against Torture
(OMCT) wrote recently in a letter that it feared that the threats and acts of violence and repression by the government were due to the actions of solidarity realised in support of the prisoners.
In spite of everything our brothers and sisters of San Sebastian Bachajón continue to resist, and continue to move forward in their struggle. We also must not give up. We must not rest until our 5 brothers are free and the just demands of the community of Bachajón are respected.
We therefore propose:
1) That we remain alert and watchful, ready for emergency protests against any acts of violence committed by the bad government against the ejidatarios.
2) That we organise 5 more days of worldwide action for the Bachajon 5, for freedom for the prisoners and in support of the dignified struggle of the people of Bachajon to defend their lands and natural resources against the rapacious greed of multinational corporations and their political lackeys who want to take over the natural wealth of the territory of the ejido. These days of action to take place on the 24th to 28th April 2011.
We send you hugs of love and solidarity
Movement for Justice in El Barrio, the Other Campaign, New York