A Possible Walmart Connection to San Sebastián Bachajón Dispossession?


Juan Carlos Silvano

Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano, regional coordinator of adherents to the Sixth Declaration in Chilón and murdered  on March 21, 2014     

** They say the attempt to dispossess plots of land is for a toll road and a supercenter

** “Our struggle is peaceful, but we demand respect,” say the ejido owners and adherents to the Sixth

Photo: provided by the Gómez Silvano family. Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano, regional coordinator of the Sixth in Chilón and executed with more than 20 gunshots last March 21 on the road to his community, Virgen de Dolores.

By: Hermann Bellinghausen

Tzeltal ejido owners of San Sebastián Bachajón, in Chilón, Chiapas, adherents to the (EZLN’s) Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle, rendered homage this Saturday to two leaders assassinated in recent months, “fallen in defense of their people and their territory,” Juan Vázquez Guzmán and Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano.

In the message read today in the community of Nah Choj, the Indigenous expressed: “We know that capitalism doesn’t rest day or night in order to dispossess us of our culture and of Mother Earth, because it wants to make businesses and a lot of money that goes into the pocket of the big impresarios. The only thing that capitalism leave us is poverty, misery, violence, prison and death; it wants to kill our hope and our way of life so that only capitalist life, individualism and the law of the strongest exist.”

They remembered that Juan Vázquez Guzmán “understood the traps of the bad government and capitalism and because of that he embraced the struggle even more and the love for his people grew, working without rest for the liberation of political prisoners and for the defense of the lands. He dreamed about his people free of the oppression of capitalism. Juan was not afraid of doing work for his people; he was always a brave compañero that struggled for his community to live well.”

The night of April 24, 2013, he was assassinated at the door of his house “by the bad government, to try to quiet the voice and hope of our organization,” the ejido owners maintained; “as they also did last March 21 to Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano,” who was the regional coordinator, “still young and with a lot of participation in the organization.

“Our struggle is peaceful, but we demand that the three levels of the bad government respect our people, because we are not going to remain seated watching how they continue violating our rights,” they emphasized.

The Tzeltal community of the Northern Zone denounced: “the contrivances and corruption of ejido commissioner Alejandro Moreno Gómez, his vigilance councilman Samuel Díaz Guzmán and the former ejido commissioner Francisco Guzmán Jiménez, who are accomplices of the government’s dispossession and are not content with what they have done. They want to continue dispossessing more lands to make way for the toll road from San Cristóbal de las Casas to Palenque and for an Aurrerá (owned by WalMart)[1] supercenter in Bachajón, because they are government puppets and have done it completely behind the community’s back for personal interest.”

Lastly, they pointed out that the situation in the country “is more difficult all the time for the communities and for the peoples. They want to accelerate the privatization of our territories and exploiting them for the million-dollar benefit of the few; it is a lit that it is for progress and development, because it is only a pretext for taking our lands away from us. They are death projects.” Therefore, they called “to struggle organized and to defend the life of our peoples,” and they greeted “the peoples and communities of Mexico and the world in resistance against the capitalist megaprojects of dispossession.”

Meanwhile, dozens of solidarity organizations of France Francia, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Spain demanded from the Mexican government gobierno “the return of communal lands to the San Sebastián Bachajón population; respect for the rights of these Tzeltal indigenous peoples over their lands and territories; respect for their right to free determination and their search for alternative ways of life.”

[1] Aurrerá is a chain of supercenters for one-stop shopping in Mexico that is now owned by WalMart!!


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Translation: Chiapas Support Committee

Sunday, April 27, 2014

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2014/04/26/politica/013n1pol



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