The army enters the camp at Polho

Polho Autonomous Municipality in Rebellion,
Chiapas, Mexico
April 13, 1999.


Gentlemen, Ladies:

To All the Governments of the World
To the National and International Press
To Human Rights Organizations To National and International Civil Society

Through this means we are denouncing the incidents that occurred in the Polho Autonomous Municipality, Chiapas, Mexico, in the Xolomtoj barrio, Camp 6 of the displaced, on April 13 of this year at 8:00 AM.

While the community was carrying out its daily, peaceful camp activities, 12 heavily armed soldiers entered the camp, causing panic among the men, women and children. In response to such a provocation, the community immediately gathered together in order to peacefully demonstrate against the presence of the military.

This once more confirms what has been increasing over the last few days. We have no doubt as to the participation and the consent of the PRI Municipal President of Chenalho, ANTONIO PEREZ ARIAS, who receives money from the Federal and State Governments for his own benefit, in exchange for his participation in the war of extermination. He has also organized a group of persons by community in order to identify members of our organization.

In the same way, there has been an increase in the detentions of our companeros, such as the case with Juan Luna Vazquez, recently detained, who is being unjustly blamed for an assassination. Arrest warrants are also increasing, provoking even more panic among the people, causing us to remain in our camps, violating our right to freedom of movement.

We therefore ask, as also did millions of Mexicans who participated in the National and International Consulta, for the return of the soldiers to their barracks, as established by the constitution and the laws.

Because of this, we ask for your swift and valuable assistance in this new violation of our rights.


Autonomous Municipal Council of Polho
Domingo Perez Paciencia

Judge of the Autonomous Municipality of Polho
Vicente Perez Gomez

(Seals of the Municipal Council and the Autonomous Municipal Court of Chenalho, Chiapas)



Calle Ignacio Allende 4
29200 San Cristobal de Las Casas
Chiapas, Mexico
Telephone and Fax: 52-967-82104


Originally published in Spanish by Enlace Civil A.C.
Translated by irlandesa
Date:   Tuesday, April 13, 1999 16:56:14 -0500

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