Chiapas Support Committee

Category: Dispossession


San Cristóbal officials promote the plunder of Zapatista Huitepec Reserve

By: Ángeles Mariscal On Sunday, July 4, a group of individuals that call themselves “Guardians of the Huitepec Alcanfores Reserve,” entered into the zone of Huitepec, in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, where support bases of the Zapatista Army of…

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Popular self-defense group emerges in Pantelhó against organized crime

Above photo: El Machete Self-Defense group in Pantelhó “OUR PATIENCE IS EXHAUSTED, THEY HAVE KILLED 200 OF OUR PEOPLE” By: Elio Henríquez San Cristóbal de Las Casas Chiapas A group called “Autodefensas del pueblo El Machete” (El Machete Peoples’ Self-Defense…

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Zapatista Community Denounces Dispossession and Harassment; Sees Hope in the Journey of Squadron 421

Above: Collective mural about the Journey for Life in the autonomous community of Nuevo San Gregorio. Photo: Sexta Grietas del Norte The community of Nuevo San Gregorio, in Zapatista Caracol 10, denounces the increasing harassment they are experiencing after being…

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Updates on Aldama: Residents vote amid shooting from Chenalhó

By: Elio Henríquez Excerpted from La Jornada San Cristóbal De Las Casas, Chiapas This Sunday (June 6) in Chiapas 120 municipal presidencies (mayors) were renewed. The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba) reported that as of Sunday…

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CNI members in Chilón, Chiapas are intimidated with rifles

By: Chiapas Paralelo *Chilón is an indigenous municipality with a Tseltal population, where civilian armed groups operate. The Indigenous Government Council (CIG, its initials in Spanish) in Chiapas repudiated the acts of violence and repression of the government and its paramilitary…

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They demand the freedom of those arrested for demonstrating against the National Guard barracks

Ejido residents of San Jerónimo Bachajón and San Sebastián Bachajón make a denunciation. Photo: courtesy of Frayba *The Tseltal people have attended seven hearings with state government authorities to demand the freedom of the ejido residents charged, but as of…

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29 Soldiers “trapped” in Aldama, due to paramilitary fire

By: Elio Henríquez San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas Around 29 soldiers from the Base of Mixed Operations (BOM, its initials in Spanish) were trapped since 11 am this Friday in Cokó community, due to attacks from the Santa Martha…

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IACHR orders stopping the attacks in Aldama

By: Isaín Mandujano From Washington this Tuesday the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) ordered the government of Mexico to implement precautionary measures in favor of the indigenous families of 12 Aldama communities, who live under fire from civilian armed…

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Background: Conquest, national independence and indigenous emancipation [On internal colonialism]

By Francisco López Bárcenas This year marks 500 years since the fall of Tenochtitlan to the power of the Spanish invaders. That event initiated the conquest and subsequent colonization of all of Anahuac, the part of the continent known as…

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The San Andrés Accords, autonomy vs. neo-indigenism

By: Luis Hernández Navarro This February 16th marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the San Andrés accords on indigenous rights and culture. Much has changed since then, but one thing remains: indigenism as a State policy. Indigenism is…

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