Last February 7th, 198 people in the municipality of Las Margaritas, Chiapas, had their homes destroyed for not joining the “social organization” of the mayor of Las Margaritas, Chiapas. Curiously, the attack was also apparently prompted by their refusal to leave the CIOAC-H an organization with a history of paramilitary activity since February 2014.
From Frayba we have pointed out the responsibility of the Mexican State in the negligence and continued impunity with respect to the actions of armed groups in the region of the Highlands of Chiapas that threaten, murder and displace the inhabitants, which constitutes a continuous and manifold violation of human rights…
Hermann Bellinghausen on the phenomena of internal colonialism. “Since the 19th century, the countries of the hemisphere began a progressive dispossession that, under national rather than colonial arguments, has never been interrupted. It takes on distinct guises, changing with historical junctures.”
We are a people that lives under the hail of gunfire from armed paramilitary groups from Santa Martha in the municipality of Chenalhó, we are people of struggle and resistance. We are the seed of our Mayan ancestors. We are people. Whose blood, to this day, still runs in our veins. We are bats ‘i vinik-antsetik. We are Tsotsiles.