Chiapas is on the brink of civil war, warns the EZLN

TUXTLA GUTIÉRREZ, Chis.– The Subcommander Galeano, military political leader of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), said today that Chiapas is on the brink of civil war and that “The mismanagement of Rutilio Escandón is doing everything possible to destabilize the state of Chiapas.”

The armed group announced this afternoon the freedom of the two indigenous Zapatistas kidnapped by members of the Regional Organization of Coffee Growers of Ocosingo (Orcao), a paramilitary group, according to the EZLN, and which is sponsored or sponsored – an accusation – by the Escandón Cadenas government.

They said that the release of these two members of the Patria Nueva Good Government Board, located in Ocosingo, was thanks to human rights defenders and parish priests from Oxchuc and San Cristóbal de Las Casas, who intervened decisively, even against the attempts. to obstruct and sabotage it by officials of the General Secretariat of Government.

In his statement entitled “Chiapas, on the brink of civil war,” Galeano said that on September 11, while a Zapatista delegation that left Chiapas was in Mexico City, “Members of ORCAO, a paramilitary organization at the service of the Chiapas state government, kidnapped Sebastián Núñez Pérez and José Antonio Sánchez Juárez”, autonomous authorities of the Good Government Board of Patria Nueva.

ORCAO “It is a paramilitary political-military organization, it has uniforms, equipment, weapons and parks obtained with the money they receive from social programs”, he claimed.

“They keep one part and give the other part to the officials so that they can publish that they are complying with welfare. with those weapons they shoot every night against the Zapatista community of Moisés Gandhi “, according to Galeano.

“The EZLN patiently endured until exhausting the possible channels for a solution. While the government of the state of Chiapas sabotaged and hindered liberation, it was human rights organizations and the progressive Catholic Church who justly assessed what could happen “the spokesperson said.

He mentioned that the two Zapatistas were deprived of their freedom for eight days and that they were released, “thanks to the intervention of the parish priests of San Cristóbal de Las Casas and Oxchuc, belonging to the Diocese of San Cristóbal.

And that the two released were stripped of a communication radio and six thousand pesos in cash that belong to the JBG.

Galeano recalled that the crime of kidnapping “It is punishable by the laws of the bad government and by the Zapatista laws. While the Government of the State of Chiapas covers up and encourages these crimes, and does nothing, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation proceeded to take the necessary measures to free the hostages and detain and punish those responsible for the crime ”.

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Clarified that “If the conflict did not escalate to a tragedy, it was due to the intervention of the parish priests mentioned, the organizations that defend human rights and the mobilizations and complaints that were carried out in Mexico and, above all, in Europe.”

Galeano accused that “The misgovernment of Rutilio Escandón is doing everything possible to destabilize the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas, repressing the rural normalistas with the luxury of violence. It sabotages the agreements made between the democratic teaching profession and the federal government, forcing teachers to mobilize radically so that said agreements are fulfilled ”.

He referred that “Their alliances with drug trafficking cause the native communities to be forced to form self-defense groups, because the government does nothing to preserve the life, liberty and property of the inhabitants.”

And that the Government of Chiapas “It not only overlaps drug gangs, it also encourages, promotes and finances paramilitary groups such as those that continually attack communities in Aldama and Santa Martha.”

He asserted that the Chiapas government carries out a deliberately slow and disorderly vaccination policy that is causing disagreements among the rural population and that it will not take long to explode. Meanwhile, the number of deaths from covid in communities is increasing.

He stressed that Escandón government officials “They are stealing everything they can from the state budget. Perhaps preparing for a collapse of the federal government or betting on a change of party in power ”.

“Now he tried to sabotage the departure of the Zapatista delegation that participates in the journey through life, the Europe Chapter, by ordering its ORCAO paramilitaries to kidnap our comrades, leaving the crime unpunished, and trying to provoke a reaction from the EZLN with in order to destabilize a state whose governance hangs by a thread ”, indicated in his letter.

He said that if the goal of the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM) is to cause a problem that will have international repercussions, as well as destabilize the regime in power, it is better to resort to the consultation for the revocation of mandate.

“The PVEM is one of the names that the old PRI used in these lands. Sometimes it is PAN, sometimes it is PRD, now it is PVEM badly disguised as the National Regeneration Movement party. And that they are the same criminals as before and now they are part of the so-called “opposition” movement, such as “fifth column” in Q4.

For all this, Galeano points out that Rutilio Escandón and Victoria Cecilia Flores Pérez are responsible.

“If what they want is to remove the current federal government, or cause difficulties in retaliation for the criminal investigations they have against them, or they are playing in one of the factions that dispute the succession of 2024. Use the legal channels to which you they have access and stop playing with the life, liberty and property of the people of Chiapas. Vote and call to vote for the revocation of the mandate and stop playing with fire because they are going to burn ”, said the hooded leader.

He called on groups in solidarity with the EZLN of Europe from below and to the left and the Sixth National and International to demonstrate in front of the embassies and consulates of Mexico, and in the houses of the government of the state of Chiapas, to demand that they stop provocations and abandon the cult of death that they profess.

And he proposed as a date Friday, September 24, 2021.

Galeano says that before the action and omission of the state and federal authorities in the face of the current and previous crimes, they will take the pertinent measures so that justice is applied to the criminals of the ORCAO and officials who sponsor them.

“That’s all. For another time there will be no communication. that is, there will be no words, but deeds ”, Galeano sentence, ironizing the phrase of the third government report by Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador.

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