Zapatistas Were Ambushed at Entrance to La Realidad


La Realidad Mural

La Realidad Mural

[Note: The Zapatistas have now issued an account of the events that took place surrounding the murder of their compañero.  It will take time to translate. This article, as it says, is based on the Frayba Human Rights Center’s account of events.]

 ** It asks for punishment of those responsible and an impartial investigation

By: Hermann Bellinghausen

Members of the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM) and National Action Party (PAN), as well as of the Independent Central of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos Historic (CIOAC-H) were the ones that murdered the Zapatista José Luis Solís López in La Realidad last Friday, with three bullets and a machete blow to the face, the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba) maintained.

The officialist groups, it added, ambushed, attacked and shot at three vehicles in which Zapatista bases were travelling, and also at those who went to rescue them.

The Center said that last May 2 a “dialogue commission” of 15 CIOAC-H members arrived at the Towards Hope Good Government Junta, in the Caracol of La Realidad, asking for the alleged liberation of Professor Roberto Alfaro Velasco, private secretary of the CIOAC-H.

Nevertheless, that same professor clarified: “At no time have I been retained, I have been free and decided to stay to resolve this problem, because of which we have been meeting and exchanging information continuously.” In light of that, the commission decided to continue the meeting “until agreements are signed.”

The Frayba pointed out that on May 4, at 10:00 PM, the CIOAC-H commission withdrew from the Caracol in the Tojolabal community, part of the San Pedro de Michoacán autonomous municipality.

The meeting has been developing since May 1 in the offices of the Junta, “with the consent and presence of CIOAC-H representatives, members of the Junta” and two people from Frayba “in the role of observers.” Until the afternoon of May 2, “they were reaching agreements for resolving the problem derived from the retention of the Junta’s vehicle.”

Nonetheless, pointed out the Frayba’s eyewitness testimony, “at 6:30 PM, members of CIOAC-H, PVEM and PAN that were outside of the Junta’s offices began to hit” the next door installations of the autonomous school and clinic. “They also heard the retained vehicle being damaged.” The Zapatista bases remained in the Caracol “to avoid confrontation.”

Moreover, the CIOAC-H’s dialogue commission “asked for safekeeping in the Caracol” to guaranty their personal safety. Minutes later they heard “a warning that at the entrance to the ejido, approximately 140 La Realidad residents belonging to the CIOAC-H and members of the PVEM and PAN ambushed and attacked approximately 68 BAEZLN that were headed for the offices of Caracol 1 aboard three vehicles, using firearms, machetes, sticks and stones. The result was BAEZLN injuries, as well as damage to the vehicles in which they were travelling, which consisted of broken windows and lights and dented doors on two small trucks and a 3-ton truck damaged with cudgels.

That resulted in several Zapatistas injured and their vehicles were also vandalized. The Frayba testifies that the EZLN bases that went to the aid of their compañeros were attacked with shots and rocks. Solís López received three bullet impacts: in the right leg, the thorax and in the rear part of the skull, besides blows from a cudgel to his back and head, and a machete blow in the mouth.

The deceased was participating in the referenced dialogue, and a little before had denounced “harassment and threats from the ejido commissioner Javier López Rodríguez, the municipal agent Carmelino Rodríguez Jiménez, the commission’s secretary Edmundo López Moreno, also from Jaime Rodríguez Gómez, Eduardo Sántiz Sántiz and Álvaro Sántiz Rodríguez, all CIOAC-H members.” This Monday, the aggressors cut off the water supply to the Caracol.

The Frayba condemned the aggressions, the interruption of the dialogue and the escalation of violence “that puts the lives of everyone in the Caracol at risk.”

The organism calls on the Chiapas government to: “realize a prompt and impartial investigation, and to sanction the material and intellectual authors of the murder,” and also those responsible for the aggressions that left several “gravely” injured. The clinic was “totally destroyed,” as well as two classrooms, the mesh for the school’s vegetable garden and three damaged vehicles.

On May 1, at 11 AM, in the Caracol of La Realidad, a dialogue was initiated between two CIOAC-H members, Alfredo Cruz and Roberto Alfaro, with the Junta. The purpose, the Frayba says, was to resolve the retention of a truck belonging to the Junta that the Cioaquistas (CIOAC-H members) had kept in the ejidal house since March 16.

In said meeting, the Junta members proposed to their counterparts seeking “peaceful solutions,” and agreed that Alfredo Cruz would go to speak with the official authorities and with his organization, in a fruitless attempt to free the vehicle.

“Assuming responsibility for the CIOAC-H,” the Frayba points out, Professor Alfaro asked Cruz to communicate to Luis Hernández, historic leader of the “históricos,” the situation that prevails in La Realidad, “urging him to reach agreements with the members of his organization.” The civilian organism relates that the parties had declared themselves in a “permanent meeting,” and that “at all times” two of its members had communication with the CIOAC-H leadership.


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Translation: Chiapas Support Committee

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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