Solidarity Caravan January 2021

To the Indigenous Governing Council;
To the National Indigenous Congress;
To the national and international human rights organizations;
To the free, independent, autonomous media or whatever they are called;
To the national and international media;
To public opinion;
To organized civil society:

The observation and solidarity caravan made up of organizations, collectives, and individual persons, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, report that today, January 11, we will go out to the community of Nuevo San Gregorio, autonomous municipality of Lucio Cabañas as a follow-up to the first caravan of observation of human rights, documentation, and delivery of humanitarian aid carried out in the month of October 2020. [See video below]

The decision to give continuity to this caravan responds to the need of the  communities Bases of Support of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (BAEZLN) to return to work in the fields that since November 2019 have been fenced off as part of the acts of harassment they have suffered from a group of aggressors. These actions have prevented the BAEZLN families from having access to their main source of livelihood- the land.

For this reason, the solidarity caravan will accompany the bases in their return to their lands, to carry out the work of observation, documentation; to guarantee respect for human rights, life, physical and emotional integrity of the BAEZLN.

After the first visit as a caravan to the autonomous communities of Moisés Gandhi and Nuevo San Gregorio, harassment and the presence of aggressors have been registered again in both communities.

Their position is, and has been in favor of peace, for that reason we demand respect for the right to autonomy and free Zapatista self-determination, for their recuperated lands that make up part of their territory, as well as respect and guarantee for the integrity, security and life of the EZLN Support Bases.

The member organizations of the caravan will be accompanied by the international and human rights observation of the International Service for Peace (SIPAZ), the Swedish Movement for Reconciliation (SweFOR) and the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba).

We ask you to be attentive and aware of the events that may occur during this solidarity caravan and to disseminate the public content of the events that occurred during and after the caravan.

Yours sincerely:

Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas, A.C. (CDMCH).
Economic and Social Development of Indigenous Mexicans, A.C. (DESMI).
Technological Development and Community Services El Puente, S.C.
Enlace Civil, A.C.

Space for the Fight against Oblivion and Repression (ELCOR).
Working Group No Estamos Todxs.
Lumaltik Herriak.
Doctors of the World, Switzerland-Mexico.
Living Memory.
Averages of Community Communication A.C.
Network of Resistance and Rebellion Ajmaq.
Health and Community Development, A.C. (SADEC).
And other collectives, organizations and people who are adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle.

This announcement was originally posted by the Red de Resistencia y Rebeldía Ajmaq in Spanish. This English interpretation has be re-published by Schools for Chiapas.

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