Huge state operation evicts Other Campaign adherents

Today 9 April a huge operation of 800 state and federal police backed up by troops evicted the Other Campaign supporters of San Sebastian Bachajon from the toll booth at Agua Azul, which the Other Campaign supporters had reoccuppied yesterday.  The police fired in the air during the operation, and although there are no reports of arrests or injuries, three of the Other Campaign supporters are reported to have disappeared.  In the face of the overwhelming strength of the state attack, the 600 indigenous tzeltales of San Sebastian Bachajon retreated.
The Other Campaign adherents denounced the operation, declaring that this shows that the Government fully intends to establish the ecotourist centre, without caring about the safety of the people, and that it also shows that  the comisario of the ejido is determined to sell the land and its resources.  They condemn the state and federal governments as the main culprits for this situation.
photo shows helicopter used in the operation.


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