Violence Continues Against the Zapatista Community of Nuevo San Gregorio

San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
May 11, 2022
Urgent Action No. 06

  • Acts of violence against the Zapatista community of Nuevo San Gregorio continue.
  • Mexican State responsible for aggressions against communities exercising autonomy.

According to information gathered by the Civil Observation Brigades (BriCO) installed in the Nuevo San Gregorio community of the Zapatista Rebel Autonomous Rebel Municipality Lucio Cabañas in Chiapas, Mexico (official municipality of Huixtán) and the Good Government Council “Nuevo Amanecer en Resistencia por la Vida y la Humanidad”, Caracol 10 “Floreciendo la Semilla Rebelde” (Flourishing the Rebel Seed); there has been an increase in violence against the community, which puts the life, security and personal integrity of 6 families at risk, as well as the support bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN).

On May 8, 2022, the aggressor group once again dispossessed part of the territory of the Nuevo San Gregorio community, and also introduced cattle that destroyed the water pipe that supplies the EZLN Support Bases. On May 9, 2022, the intimidations continued, the aggressor group with machetes and slingshots maintained constant vigilance, while the EZLN Support Bases fixed the water pipe. That same day the group of aggressors began to measure the territory, dividing the remaining work sites of the EZLN Support Bases. On that day, the presence of a Tsuru-type vehicle with the sticker of the organization Coordinadora de Organizaciones por el Medio Ambiente para un Chiapas Mejor (COMACH) (Coordinator of Organizations for the Environment for a Better Chiapas) was documented.

Everyday the group of aggressors continues its presence in the territory, provoking the Bases of Support with verbal threats, the autonomous secondary school and the collective cattle pastures were taken, which caused the death of 4 cows, the destruction of the fish breeding pond and the cutting down of timber and fruit trees, resulting in economic losses for the EZLN Bases of Support.

This has hindered the planting of crops and therefore a nutritious, sufficient and quality diet, as well as insufficient access to drinking water and education for children.

This context of aggressions against Zapatista territory is the result of the events of May 2 and 5, 2022, in the community of Moises and Gandhi where 83 Support Bases of the EZLN were forced to move from the towns of Emiliano Zapata and La Resistencia, after the attack perpetrated by an armed group with presence in the territory.

This is in addition to the indifference of the Mexican State to implement effective action to deactivate the violence, in the face of the interventions that this Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center has carried out due to the risk to life, food security, safety and personal integrity of the Support Bases, defenders and caretakers of their territory.

We ask national and international solidarity to express their condemnation of the Mexican State’s negligence and the increase of violence in the Nuevo San Gregorio community by signing the Urgent Action at the bottom of this page:

Urgent Action posted by FrayBa Center for Human Rights on May 11th, 2022. English translation by Schools for Chiapas.