Thu, 10 Aug 2000 07:42:19 +0200
globe_l: Paramilitary Attack in YajalŪn, Chiapas
Paramilitary Attack in YajalŪn, Chiapas
August 7, 2000
Paramilitaries continue to occupy territory in the municipality of YajalŪn
they seized in an attack on August 3rd. The attack occurred at 10:30 a.m.
in the community of "Tierra y Libertad" (formerly two communities: Paraiso
and Progreso). The paramilitaries, from the group Paz y Justicia, arrived
in a group of about 70-30 dressed as state public security forces, 40 in
civilian clothing, three in masks-armed with pistols, R-15's, and 22
caliber rifles. They proceeded to loot farms, fire in the air and behind
fleeing townspeople, burn six houses, and drive 48 families into the
The community was forced to flee quickly, and according to those
interviewed much of the population is still in hiding. Two children were
missing for two days and later found with dehydration and fevers from
exposure. As of August 5th one child was still missing.
On August 6th the paramilitaries threatened journalists and human rights
workers on the scene, but they had spoken with journalists after the
attack. They told the Mexican daily La Jornada that the land they've
occupied belongs to them; that they are the owners and that they will not
allow the previous occupants, members of the EZLN's base of support, to
The land in question is actually the subject of a dispute that is still
pending in an agrarian court. The members of Paz y Justicia who took part
in the attack belong to a group that settled on the lands of Tierra y
Libertad after those lands had been transferred to the members of the EZLN
base of support. Those members of the EZLN base of support had lived and
worked on these lands for over 25 years.
A formal legal complaint has been filed with the Public Ministry and the
state prosecutor. The prosecutor has claimed that he knows nothing about
the situation. Members of the community, however, saw public security
forces enter the community after the attack-taking photos and doing nothing
to stop the violence or aid the fleeing community members period. The
presence of public security forces on the scene suggests that the
prosecutor and the public ministry have access to ample information to take
legal and police action against the members of "Paz y Justicia" present in
"Tierra y Libertad."
Given the situation the Non-Governmental Organizations which sign below
1) That the National Prosecutor take the necessary action to disarm the
members of Paz y Justicia present in the community of "Tierra y Libertad."
2) That the Public Ministry and the Governor of Chiapas move to gaurantee
the lives and safety of all of the citizens of "Tierra y Libertad."
3) That the agrarian problem which gave rise to these violent agressions be
resolved in a fair and timely fashion.
4) That the safety and mobility of human rights workers and journalists
attempting to gain access to Tierra y Libertad be gauranteed by the
Governor of Chiapas and the Public Ministry.
WE ENCOURAGE ALL THOSE IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE DISPLACED PEOPLES OF TIERRA Y
LIBERTAD TO MAKE OUR DEMANDS RESONATE BY SENDING FAXES, EMAILS, AND BY
HOLDING PROTESTS AND ACTIONS AT MEXICAN EMBASSIES AROUND THE WORLD.
President of the Republic of Mexico:
Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon
Governor of the State of Chiapas
Lic. Roberto Albores Guillen
Tel/Fax: 5296120917 or 5296112418
National Commission for Human Rights (Mexico)
Senator Luis H. Alvarez (Head of Vicente Fox's Transition Team for Peace in
Mexican Embassy in the United States
Attn: Jesus Ramirez Heroles Gonzalez
1911 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington D.C., 20006 U.S.A.
Tel: (202) 728-1600
Fax: (202) 728-1698
Mexican Consulate in Austin
Attn: Rogelio Gasci Neri
200 East 6th Street, Suite 200
Austin TX. 78701 U.S.A.
Tel: (512) 478-2866
Fax: (512) 478-8008
Mexican Consulate in Chicago
Attn: Carlos Manuel Sada Solana
2nd y 4th Floor, Chicago Il., 60601
Tel: (312) 855-1380
Fax: (312) 855-9252
Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia
Attn: Juan Manuel Lombera Lopez
111 S. Independence Mall
E. Suite 310, The Bourse Building
Philadelphia PA, 19106
Enlace Civil A.C.
Chiapas Community Defenders Network
Autoridades Comunales de San Felipe Ecatepec, Municipio de San CristŪbal
Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray BartolomČ de las Casas
Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Pedro Lorenzo de la Nada
CIEPAC (Centro de Investigaciones EconŪmicas y PolĢticas, A.. C. )
CIUSPAZ (Ciudadanos San Cristobalenses por la PAZ)
Coordinadora Regional de Contacto de los Altos de Chiapas por la Consulta
EAPSEC (Equipo de Apoyo en Salud Comunitaria)
PRODUSSEP (PromociŪn de Servicios de Salud y EducaciŪn Popular)
SYJAC (Skoltael Yu'un Jlumajtik, A. C. )
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