Ejido Tila, Chiapas, Mexico: August 3, 2016
To the national indigenous congress
To the national and international adherents of the sixth
To the network against repression and for solidarity
To the councils of good government
To the free media
To the national and international mainstream media
To the organizations that struggle for justice and dignity
To the honest and nongovernmental defenders of human rights
To the struggle of Mexico and the world
Receive a strong embrace and greetings from the compañerxs of Ejido Tila, Chiapas, Mexico, as we are daily constructing our ejidal autonomy and auto government as a means of reconstructing what those of above have driven to the cliff of a precipice, displacing us of our mother earth, doing whatever they please.
We publicly denounce the intrusion of the marines in the Ejido Tila, Chiapas, Mexico at 6:20 pm August 2nd, 2016 violating the constitution, the agrarian law, and international Indigenous rights. These members of the military arrived in the center of the town of Ejido Tila to photograph the ruins in the city that was destroyed to bits, and they were taking notes and photos terrorizing our Indigenous compañerxs in our own lands aboard three military vehicles. However, they began to flee when the people became aware of the situation and began to gather, escaping to the town Limar. Two municipal police vehicles were seen waiting on the outskirts of the town coordinating this aggression in our community.
We energetically reject this act of provocation and we will not play into their games. But we do not want them to continue provoking us because we only want to live in peace, in spite of the people that sympathize with the municipal president while he wages violence, constantly intimidating us in our Ejido Tila, where the local government was expelled because its rule was totally illegal. All of this has been promoted by a small group of pro-government people of the Ejido, dissatisfied with the ejidal autonomy. Under false pretenses they are promoting the entry of the army and the judicial sector and they are organizing in the communities an attack on the ejido. We say it clearly, that this is a small group and that if they continue acting as such, they will be expelled from the town, because we have had a lot of patience, but we will not permit them to continue planting shit in our community.
It should be noted that in article 1 and 2 of the constitution our right to auto determination and self-government is to be respected. Along with article 39 where the general will of the people is said to be legitimate. Because this was the only manner in which we could recuperate what is ours, our mother earth that the authorities arrive to displace without respect to our ejido. They discriminate against us saying that we are stupid, and we do not want progress when our territory has served to enrich them and this mentality has been instilled in our political leaders to discriminate against us in our own land. No longer though, never again a Tila without us.
In the Ejido Tila they have to do nothing because we are self-governed, without the necessity of a corrupt governmental system. These lands that we occupy belong to our ancestors and because of this we defend them, because it is this heritage that feeds us and gives sustenance to our families. In a general agreement, we do not accept the projects that have tried to divide the people, we do not want their development nor accept the political parties. We have thus sent them a letter of explanation of our autonomy to all of the governmental officials that have been in the ejidal house put secretly into our communities.
We send a maximum alert to the organizations that honestly struggle for dignified and truthful justice and that you do not keep your solidarity pending; that we are already living through critical moments and as such, we will block the entrances to the town again.
Land and Liberty
Ejidal Organs of Representation
Never More a Mexico Without Us
Long Live the People and Their Autonomy
Long Live the Comparte Festival for Humanity
Poorly translated from the original here: http://radiozapote.org/2016/08/04/ejido-tila-denunciamos-entrada-de-la-marina-en-el-pueblo-y-alerta-maxica/