New attacks against Nuevo San Gregorio Autonomous Zapatista Community
Violence towards the Zapatista autonomous communities has been constant and has escalated as part of the “La Extemporánea” delegation concludes its Tour for Life in Europe.
The Good Government Junta “New Dawn in Resistance and Rebellion for Life and Humanity” of Caracol No. 10 Blossoming the Rebel Seed) in the Patria Nueva Zone, has denounced new aggressions, harassment, and acts of surveillance that from the end of November to December 6 of this year the “Group of 40” has carried out against the Zapatista community of Nuevo San Gregorio, belonging to Lucio Cabañas autonomous municipality, official municipality of Huixtán, Chiapas.
Yesterday the Group of 40 raided the community to work the lands where support bases of the Zapatista National Liberation Army plant and cultivate their food, in addition to grazing cattle. They have pointed out that:
“These invaders set about creating a 50-meter-long trench for the water well that is the source of support and sustenance for the cattle collective of our Zapatista compañeros and compañeras, in order to cause the watering place for their animals to dry up… they are making an attempt on the lives of the animals that have been a sustenance in the struggle of our compañeras and compañeros for years with resistance and rebellion. The water well also feeds the fish collective, a 2×3-meter pond. The two collectives are now at high risk of collapse. It’s worth mentioning that the collectives’ areas are great sources of support and sustenance in our struggle for life. Not to do any harm, but these invaders continue to harass us and invade our territories.”
The dispossession, harassment, threats and surveillance of the Nuevo San Gregorio community began at the end of 2019. Today, the inhabitants have been left without being able to harvest the corn they had planted. The Group of 40 have cut timber and fruit trees on the land recuperated in 1994. Of the 155 hectares, only 10 hectares are in the hands of the community, undermining the development of their political and food autonomy, and their right to collective territorial property.
The Good Government Junta has denounced this series of violent acts, including the illegal and arbitrary detention of autonomous authorities. Therefore, we urge the Mexican State, which has had full knowledge of the facts since March 2020, to implement actions to put an end to the violence that is often sustained by community, municipal and state authorities, with full respect for the land and territory belonging to the EZLN within the framework of the San Andres Accords, the Law of Harmony and Pacification, ILO Convention 169, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Declaration of the American States.
Originally Published in Spanish by the CDH Frayba on December 7, 2021
English interpretation by Schools for Chiapas and Re-Published by the Chiapas Support Committee