A tragic Christmas for us

Las Abejas on the Acteal massacre


San Pedro Chenalho, Chiapas
December 23, 1997

A TRAGIC CHRISTMAS FOR US

TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF MEXICO
TO THE MEXICAN PEOPLE
TO NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY

We the civil society "Las Abejas" of Chenalho, Chiapas, denounce the violent acts which ocurred yesterday, the 22nd of December 1997, while we were in prayer adoring and requesting to God that the problems we have been suffering these past months in the municipality of Chenalho would calm down; we are members of a civil society that seeks peace and tranquility for all.

We have always stood up against the use of weapons. However, that day our members were massacred without pity at the hands of murderous "priistas". What have we done to deserve that our women, our children and our men be killed? What have our children done that they deserve to be massacred with high-power weapons? We of the civil society "Las Abejas" demand the imprisonment and a life-time sentence to all the assassins in this crime, that the government doesn't turn a blind-eye and continue pronouncing that there is no low-intensity war going on in Chiapas. We demand that the appropiate authorities punish the intellectual authors of this crime.

If the government is so afraid of losing power, it should try to maintains it fairly; and not by spreading paramilitary groups and by forming death squadrons to terrorize the people of the region. If these killers are so eager for war, they should confront themselves with people who could at least defend themselves.

We are members of a popular group that for five years now has named the searched for peace and justice the cause for our struggle as an organized civil society. We will not use weapons, but they kill us with weapons.

We demand the subsitution of the follows persons as being directly or indirectly involved as intellectual authors of this massacre:

1. Julio Ceasar Ruiz Ferro, the current, imposed State Governor, for being indirectly responsable of the massacre of innocent people in the state, because he has not listened to our demands. We request that he be punished and that he be put in jail, any other course of action would be inconcievable with so many innocent people already dead in the North, in the Highlands, and in the Coast -- all regions in the state of Chiapas.

2. Jacinto Arias Cruz, substituted Municipal Pesident of Chenalho, Chiapas and his City Council, whose activities include are transportation of weapons, and who spend their efforts supporting and paying the paramilitary "White Guard" police forces; therefore as residents of Chenalho, we demand his removal and punishment.

3. We as residents of Chenalho, demand that Uriel Jarquin, the Subsecretario of the Government, be punished because he is responsable for directing the police force that is killing us, the Indigenas people.

4. That the Secretary of State, Homero Tovilla Cristiani, be put in jail because is responsable for the police who are training and supporting the paramilitary forces.

And we demand punishment for the murderous "priistas" and "cardenistas" that live in the communities of Los Chorros, La Esperanza, K¥anolal and Tzanembolom, Chimix, Acteal, and Colonia Puebla, all in the municipality of Chenalho, Chiapas.

We denounce that in the community of Los Chorros there exists a training camp, where these assassins receive their orders to exterminate to the Civil Society: men, women and children, who are sympathetic to the EZLN and the Autonomous Municipality of Polho.

WE ALL HAVE TO DEMAND JUSTICE NOW, AT A LATER DATE IT WILL ONLY BE MORE DIFFICULT. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH WITH THE DEATH, POVERTY AND REPRESION!

PUNISHMENT FOR JULIO CEASAR RUIZ FERRO, URIEL JARQUIN AND HOMERO TOVILLA CRISTAINI! FOR THIS WE REQUEST EVERYBODY¥S SUPPORT; OTHERWISE, IT IS SIMPLY A SCANDAL AND AN EMBARRASSMENT THAT IN MEXICO WE CONTINUE TO HAVE MURDERERS AS OUR GOVERNMENT. WE BELIEVE THAT THIS SITUATION CAN NO LONGER BE PERMITED.

SINCERELY

THE CIVIL SOCIETY "LAS ABEJAS" OF CHENALHO, CHIAPAS


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