Who Are Las Abejas de Acteal, Chiapas? Find Out About Their Beginnings and Their Struggle

As the 25th anniversary of the Acteal Massacre approaches, we share this article with you as an basic introduction to Las Abejas de Acteal, their origins and the events surrounding the massacre on December 22nd, 1997.
Not all of Las Abejas were in agreement with the agreement made with the AMLO government, which is mentioned in the article. For this reason, Frayba continues to send civil observers to Acteal. As part of Schools for Chiapas ongoing collaboration with Frayba, we are recruiting volunteers. If you would like to find out more about the work of the BriCos, or perhaps even come as a volunteer for two weeks in Acteal, please visit our website here:

More on the Acteal Massacre and CIDE

“Curiously, the directors of a research center par excellence were not informed that the review of the files of the Acteal massacre prisoners that they promoted, of enormous ethical, legal and political relevance, were part of an agreement between the President of the Republic and the professor of the CIDE that brought the case to them. Nor did it seem to matter to them that in reality they were advocating impunity and for the country’s jails to be full of indigenous people, those who in fact are unjustly imprisoned.”

CIDE and the Acteal Massacre

Luis Hernandez Navarro writes, “Curiously, in a country in which the prisons are full of innocent indigenous people, victims of power, the educational institution was involved in the defense of paramilitaries of Acteal that killed off the members of Las Abejas.”

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