Gilberto López y Rivas on the deepening of counterinsurgency tactics under the current administration. He was one of several panelists on the topic of violence in the Forum: From the Horror of War to Resistance for Life, held July 31 and August 1.
“In his morning conference on June 23, the head of the federal executive, accompanied by the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of National Defense and the Governor of Chiapas, minimized the attacks against Zapatista communities and the serious and widely documented situation in the state of Chiapas. This attitude not only seems alarming to us, but we are concerned that it could be the preamble to an even greater physical and/or media attack. Minimizing violence encourages paramilitary groups by covering them with a cloak of impunity. The words directed against Samir Flores Soberanes prior to his assassination, a crime that remains unpunished to this day, are engraved in our memory.”
The war that has been declared against the native peoples, guardians of mother earth, obliges us to act in an organized manner in defense of life. To the peoples and governments of the world To the media To the National and International Sexta To the human rights organizations We, the indigenous peoples of the National Indigenous Congress, repudiate the cowardly attack that the Regional Organization of Coffee Growers of Ocosingo (ORCAO) carried out against support bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, in the autonomous community of Moisés Gandhi, in Ocosingo, Chiapas, during which our comrade Gilberto López Sántiz …
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On the night of May 22, 2023, Gilberto López Sántiz, an indigenous Tseltal member of the Support Bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (BAEZLN) was the victim of an armed attack that put his life at serious risk. He received a bullet wound to the left side at chest level. Hours earlier, the Moisés y Gandhi Autonomous Community, Lucio Cabañas Autonomous Municipality (Ocosingo, Chiapas) reported the armed attack perpetrated by members of the Regional Organization of Coffee Growers of Ocosingo (ORCAO).