Communiqué of Las Abejas de Acteal
April 22, 2016
To the independent organizations, movements, and collectives of the world
To the independent defenders of human rights
To the national indigenous congress (CNI)
To the national and international sixth
To the councils of good government
To the free, alternative, and autonomous media
To the third compañerxs
To the national and international media
To the national and international civil society
Brothers and sisters.
The shadow of darkness is marked in the history of the people. All that bears fruit is planted and harvested, in the long, short and medium term. Thus we have protested before and after the massacre of Acteal, and until now violence has dominated in our municipality, but the majority of men and women amongst us do not know where the violence, corruption, discrimination, incarceration, injustice and death comes from.
Sisters and bothers, the civil society organization Las Abejas is concerned by the uncertain violence generated in our municipality during the last couple weeks by the ideological differences and the confusion of the people.
A state government can allocate support and projects but that is not the solution when the people are not unified. They can can generate more violence and death but we as people of god of a peaceful organization, our compromise, our mission, and our vision is to announce the truth, and denounce the injustices and the violence because the government isn’t willing to give a prompt and equitable solution so that peace can be established. They can only deceive the people to gain more time to bring violence.
It is when we allow ourselves to be directed and used by the projects of the bad government, because the root of evil is money, because everyone wants to earn like the high officials, because ambition brings us to wickedness, like Pope Frances says.
“We speak of the earth, of work, of homes…we speak of work for peace and care for the environment…but why are we instead accustomed to see the destruction of dignified work, the eviction of many families, the expulsion of campesinxs, the making of war and the abuse of the environment? This is because this system has taken the man, the human being, the center, and replaced it with something else. Because there is a worship of money, because all that matters is the logic of profit.”
And not only in the neighboring towns of Chenalhó and Chiapas do we see this destruction, but also in other parts of our country like what is happening the indigenous Otomí community of San Franciso Xochicuautla, state of Mexico, where the machinery of the rich in alliance with the government entered to continue the construction of a highway megaproject destroying the houses of campesinxs.
How many compañerxs suffer today by the destruction of their homes and the plundering of their territories by the megaprojects of great capitalists that have attempted to destroy our mother earth!
It is urgent to address the demands of the people, because in our constitution there is the right and the individual and social guarantees, and also the convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (OIT) of the right to land and territory.
Compañerxs, it is necessary to be attentive and to stand in solidarity with our brothers that have suffered so much from displacement, incarceration, violence, and the displacement from their territories. Also we know cases of compañerxs of the community “Primero de Agosto” in the municipality of Las Margaritas that have already completed a year of forced displacement, and the case of those unjustly incarcerated in the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón, the repression against the teachers movement in Tuxtla Gutiérrez and San Cristóbal. Beyond the borders of Mexico is the case of Berta Cáceres assassinated in Honduras, her relatives were in April 7th of San Cristóbal on their way to the United Nations to present their demands and petitions. The people are tired of violence and injustice.
Sisters and brothers have love for our people and be conscious of our peaceful struggle. Justice doesn’t arrive from above but is constructed from below. It is necessary to maintain unity and harmony so that the future of our children will be one of peace that they can enjoy, as well as remember the grand heroes that defended our land, like Emiliano Zapata whom we just remembered his birthday on April 10 who struggled and gave his blood for the campesinxs so we can have “land and liberty.”
Justice for the Acteal Case!
No more crumbs to deceive the people!
No to the megaprojects that destroy the environment and displace the campesinxs!
Freedom to the prisoners of Bachajón and all of the political prisoners
No more massacres and persecutions of our people!
Justice in the case of Berta Cáceres!
Love live resistance and autonomy!
Acteal, site of consciousness and house of memory and hope!
The voice of the civil society organization of Las Abejas!
By the board of directors:
Sebastián Pérez Vásquez
José Ramón Vásquez Entzin
Mariano Jiménez Gutiérrez
Vicente Sánchez Ordóñez
Juan Pérez Gómez
Poorly translated from the original here: http://komanilel.org/2016/04/23/comunicado-de-las-abejas-de-acteal-22-de-abril-de-2016/