Filed under: Action, Communique, Indigenous, Land, Repression, Southern Mexico
From Ejido Tila
Translated by Chiapas Support Committee
The Ejido Tila continues to occupy the municipal building that its members partially destroyed and then occupied on December 16, 2015. Ejido members occupy the building and the ejido publishes frequent updates (comunicados) here. The comunicado below expresses solidarity with other adherents to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration who are facing eviction or paramilitary attacks, thus giving an overview of what’s happening in Chiapas with adherents to the 6th. Also, recently people from within the ejido (communal indigenous land) have issued a statement against paramilitaries and government lies about their struggle.
AGAINST the GOVERNMENT’S PARAMILITARY ACTIONS TOWARDS LAS ABEJAS, RESPECT for SAN ISIDRO LOS LAURELES and A THANK YOU TO BACHAJÓN
Ejido Tila, Chiapas, Mexico January 02, 2016
To: Public Opinion
To: The national and international Mass communications media
To: The social organizations that fight for justice and dignity
To: The Network against Repression and for Solidarity
To: The adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle
To: The Non-Governmental Human Rights defenders
To: The National Indigenous Congress (CNI)
To: The National and International Sixth Commission
Receive a cordial greeting from adherents to the (EZLN’s) Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle from the Ejido Tila, Chiapas Mexico and an embrace to all the organizations in solidarity with our struggle, a struggle that will be tireless because we must be in solidarity with each other against that capitalist monster that converts our lands into merchandise in order to gain more money and subject the poor to being even poorer. To the compañeros and compañeras of San Sebastián Bachajón: thank you for your solidarity with our struggle.
We demand that the state government not repress our compañeros and compañeras of San Isidro Los Laureles  in the municipality of Venustiano Carranza, Chiapas, and from the Ejido Tila and all the corners we will continue demanding because it’s time to join forces, because we will not permit that they continue committing injustices towards the indigenous communities. The lands that our indigenous brothers of San Isidro Los Laureles reclaimed must be respected, just like they respected the belongings of the alleged owner that monopolizes large extensions of land.
Our brothers and sisters fear a possible eviction on the government’s part and from here we demand respect and that decisions to reclaim their lands, which were in the possession of the large estate owners for a long time, and which they have decided to reclaim, be respected. Also, on December 16, 2015, the Ejido Tila recuperated its land and expelled the municipal authorities who wanted to expropriate 130 hectares of our land in order to convert them into private property. We will be demonstrating forcefully over anything that may happen to our brothers because the Ejido Tila is also on maximum alert for whatever counterinsurgency attack that the three levels of government are preparing for attacking the Ejido Tila and other Chiapas organizations with the use of paramilitaries whatever you call them.
We reproach the constant aggressions that our brothers and sisters of the organization Las Abejas of Acteal, Chenalhó, Chiapas have suffered, who paramilitaries ambushed near Pantelhó municipality on December 29, 2015  and as always all these aggressions have been kept in complete impunity as they have the support of the three levels of government, therefore they continue murdering and harming our brothers and the municipal police don’t do anything because they are well coordinated from the three levels of government. Attorney General C. Raciel López Salazar denies that paramilitary groups exist and as always he comes out and tells us that it’s an intercommunity conflict. But from here we demand a stop to the attacks and harassment; and also that those responsible for these acts are punished. There are more social fighters and political prisoners in Mexico’s prisons than criminals, because the government utilizes them for hiding and stockpiling its Armed Forces.
We ask all the social organizations and non-governmental human rights defenders to be on alert for the wave of attacks on our brother and sister fighters and we will continue reporting how often they are and we will not tire.
Tierra y Libertad
NEVER MORE A MEXICO WITHOUT US!
STOP THE REPRESSION AND ATTACKS AGAINST THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES!
WE ARE ALL ABEJAS OF ACTEAL!
Ejido Tila Adherents to the Sixth
 On December 20, 2015, Los Laureles community reclaimed (recuperated) approximately 407 acres of neighbouring land formerly worked by their grandparents as serfs. Los Laureles community is a member of the Semilla Digna organization, which is an adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle.
 On December 29, armed men wearing military clothing shot at 3 young brothers from a family belonging to Las Abejas of Acteal. No one was seriously injured, but one of the brothers sustained an injury to his foot. Las Abejas denounced that these armed men were dressed in the same way as those who murdered Manuel López Pérez 6 months ago in the same region of Pantelhó municipality.