STATEMENT ON THE KIDNAPPING OF CNI MEMBERS IN CHILÓN, CHIAPAS, FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE DAYS OF ”WE ARE ALL SAMIR”
February 26 2020
To the people of México:
To the networks of resistance and rebellion:
To the National and International Sixth:
To the communications media:
To the Human Rights organisms:
To the organizations in defense of territory and Mother Earth:
By means of this communiqué we make public that compañeros and compañeras of San Antonio Bulujib and Guaquitepec communities in Chilón municipality, Chiapas, belonging to the National Indigenous Congress (CNI, its initials in Spanish), were assaulted, repressed and kidnapped at 5 o’clock in the afternoon last February 23 by the San Antonio Bulujib ejido authorities belonging to the paramilitary groups called “CHINCHULINES” and “ORCAO”, as well as by members of the MORENA political party in the region, in REPRISAL FOR HAVING PARTICIPATED IN THE “WE ARE ALL SAMIR” DAYS IN DEFENSE OR TERRITORY AND MOTHER EARTH” convoked by the Zapatista National Liberation Army and the CNI. We’re talking about María Cruz Espinoza, Juana Pérez Espinoza, Feliz López Pérez, María Cruz Gómez, Ana Gómez Hernández, Alejandra Gómez, María Luisa Pérez Gómez, just 1 year old, María del Rosario Mazariegos Gómez, 11 months old, Manuel Cruz Espinoza, Juan Gómez Núñez and Isidro Pérez Cruz, who were beaten and kidnapped for having placed a sign about the days of “We are all Samir” at the entrance to San Antonio Bulujib.
On February 24, until 8:30 at night, after more than 24 hours of having been deprived of their liberty, our compañero and compañera CNI members were released under conditions: the authorities of San Antonio Bulujib community said that if the CNI group wanted to fix the problem they would have to pay a fine of fifteen boxes of soft drinks and $2,500 pesos, being threatened that in case they don’t pay the fine that the authority imposed, their permanence in the community would be conditioned on the eleven detainees renouncing being CNI members. At the same time, the ejido authorities indicated that if our compañeros and compañeras don’t pay the fine by the afternoon of Sunday, March 1, 2020, they will be evicted from their lands and houses, which will be sold, and they will be enclosed in the town jail.
We hold the three levels of government and the paramilitary groups organized in the communities responsible for what can occur to our compañeras and compañeros, and specifically we hold responsible the head of the federal executive, ANDRÉS MANUEL LÓPEZ OBRADOR, the head of the state executive of Chiapas, RUTILIO ESCANDÓN, the San Antonio Bulujib ejido authority, MIGUEL LÓPEZ GUZMÁN, the Vigilance Council, MATEO GÓMEZ MÉNDEZ, a member of the ORCAO and CHINCHULINES organization, the Municipal Auxiliary Agent JUAN SILVANO MORENO, his alternate MANUEL GÓMEZ PÉREZ, and JOSÉ PÉREZ, the alleged leader of the ORCAO, promoter of the paramilitaries that are dedicated to provoking and invading lands, protected by the bad federal, state and municipal government, who in the name of a supposed fourth transformation are threatening the security and the life of the eleven above-named compañeros and compañeras and other CNI families.
We call for SOLIDARITY AND SUPPORT TOWARDS OUR CNI BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHILÓN ON THE PART OF ALL THE COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATIONS AND COLLECTIVES THAT ARE ADHERED TO THE DAYS IN DEFENSE OF TERRITORY AND MOTHER EARTH “WE ARE ALL SAMIR,” in Chiapas, in Mexico and in the world.
February 26, 2020
For the Integral Reconstitution of Our Peoples
Never more a Mexico without Us
National Indigenous Congress
Indigenous Government Council
Zapatista National Liberation Army