The Official CIOAC leaders are dictators


To the Local and National Press
To the Media
To Civil Society in General

Brothers:

We are publicly informing you of the serious problem we have been experiencing as a resistance group of Buena Vista Pacha'n, Municipality of San Pedro Michoaca'n, Chiapas, EZLN support bases: more than 3 years ago we separated from the Official CIOAC, because of all the deceptions by its leaders. From that time on, for their own personal benefit, the group which continued with the Official CIOAC of the Buena Vista Pacha'n ejido itself began making provocations and threats. They began by destroying fences and plantings in the San Jose' predio. That occurred on October 8, 1999, also on February 8 and on September 14, 1999 they took wood away from a companero, wood that was going to be for his family's house. All of these incidents have been directed by the Official CIOAC's leaders, who are C. Luis Hernandez Cruz, Jose' Antonio Va'zquez Hernandez - alias "El Camaro'n" - and Miguel A'ngel Va'zquez Hernandez. But this is not all. They also cut us out of a livestock collective project (which was given to the community in 1995: all of us worked equally and signed on to this project), merely for not following the Official CIOAC and for not being accomplices in their bad actions, which we will tell you of further on. The Official CIOAC leaders are dictators and the intellectual authors of the division in our community, because they are involved in Albores Guille'n's plan to intimidate society, involving fighting, money and even weapons. They are using the earnings from the livestock project to buy weapons, and in that way to intimidate and threaten us. Another thing they are doing is agreeing among themselves to also end the natural resource of the San Jose and Santo Domingo predios, without taking our opinions into account. Because what we want is that the benefits of using the wood to be for the entire community, serving for our daily use (in order to make our community, in order to build our houses, our furniture and other things that we need). In this way we can conserve these resources for our children and grandchildren, from that exploitation of the wood, given that those lands are part of the San Pedro de Michoaca'n Autonomous Municipality, given that those lands are for working for those who most need them, without regard to organizations, because these lands were won thanks to the conflict of 94.

When at this time they want nothing other than to be owners, because they feel themselves supported by government institutions, such as the SEMARNAP and backed and financed by Albores Guille'n.

Proof of this is that "Camaro'n" himself has a sawmill and machinery in order to carry out that exploitation, without regard to the fact that people there are in disagreement and are not being taken into consideration. What is important to him is being very comfortable, even though he crushes others and humiliates them. But we are not going to let this be, even though we have been peaceful, because we understand that our fight is not with them. But, if they want it like that, we are not going to allow more corrupt persons and dictators, because the SEMARNAP ignored our objections and paid no attention, because they have agreements drawn up to exploit that wood for 10 years. That is if we allow it. To that we have said YA BASTA!. We will not allow them to continue taking out the wood, cutting down trees that are our protection and our shelter. Because they have also been denying our rights in those lands, in the coffee plantations and fields, to harvest maize. And not just directed against us: they have also been the authors of the expulsions of religious persons from the Saltillo ejido, torturing them and running them out of their community on November 20, 1997. As they also, on March 10, 1999 in the Paraiso ejido, destroyed a Pentecostal chapel. The CIOAC has always been involved in all these actions, and their helper has been the PRD from Las Margaritas, who is also participating and who has not been left behind in doing stupid things. Because they also eat from the same plate, and they plan their actions together, like what happened in Santa Rita Sonora, where they also expelled religious persons on August 12, 1999, destroying 10 homes belonging to Presbyterians. Over the last few days they have also been following their plan of making war on society. They have dislocated religious persons from Plan de Ayala and destroyed 33 houses. The Official CIOAC, Lucha Campesina, took part in those actions, who are the same PRIs with PRDs and, for your knowledge, they are also denying the rights of PRIs from Buena Vista Pacha'n in the Gloria annex.

We are letting this be known so that the people of the Official CIOAC, and also civil society, can judge their leaders and realize what kind of leaders Luis Hernandez and Jose Antonio Vazquez and Miguel Angel Va'sques are. They are responsible for the suffering of many men and women. We are asking that you not be deceived, and also that those who sympathize with the Official CIOAC realize that they are only being used so that they can be comfortable in their nice houses and in their nice cars, and even with their ranch, like the "JOSE DOLORES LOPEZ DOMINGUEZ." This ranch was financed for the Official CIOAC leaders through a TRUST given by Albores Guille'n in order to reward them for their work of repression and harassment of those who do not support the government's policies. This ranch is in the municipality of Frontera Comalapa. They gave it to 40 persons, who are Official CIOAC leaders in various communities. Their names are:

LUIS HERNANDEZ CRUZ, MIGUEL ANGEL VAZQUEZ HERNANDEZ, JOSE ANTONIO VAZQUEZ HERNANDEZ (alias el camaro'n) HERMELINDO LOPEZ, BENITO CRUZ MENDEZ, ENRIQUE ALFARO LOPEZ, ROBERTO ALFARO VELASCO ALFREDO SANTIZ JIMENEZ, VICTOR GARCIA LOPEZ, CESAR MORALES JIMENEZ, ARMANDO GOMEZ DOMINGUEZ, ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ, ELEAZAR VELASCO, GILBERTO GORDILLO PEREZ, FRANCISCO SANTIZ MENDEZ, GUSTAVO MORALEZ LOPEZ, ADOLFO ALFARO, ANTONIO CRUZ CRUZ , ANTELMO LOPEZ LOPEZ, HUMBERTO JIMENEZ, SANTIAGO VASQUEZ LOPEZ, GABRIEL VILLATORIO ALVARADO, LUIS DE JESUS SANTIZ, MANUEL CULEBRO GORDILLO, MARCO ANTONIO GARCI'A JIMENEZ, JUAN CRUZ HERNANDEZ, OLINTO CRUZ HERNA'NDEZ, NOE CRUZ GARCI'A, GERARDO CRUZ, CIRO HERNANDEZ, EDUARDO SANTIZ SANTIZ, BIBIANO CRUZ ALVAREZ, JOSE' LOPEZ ESPINOSA, ROBERTO SANTIZ PEREZ, CELIA MORENO NU~EZ, VICTOR MANUEL PEREZ LOPEZ, CARALIMPIO GOMEZ,PASCUAL LOPEZ GOMEZ, ROQUE DE LEON TORRES Y JOSE ARMANDO ARGUELLO ROJAS,

As well as some PRD councilors, other Commissioners and heads from each community. And there are plenty of the dictator leaders from the Official CIOAC. That is why we are publicly saying that we, as EZLN support bases, do not agree with this disgusting behavior, and we are not going to allow more threats and repression from leaders and the government, much less from those of the PRD in the municipal seat of Margaritas, such as the councilors and former councilors who are only concerned with their own personal well-being, and not with the people. Because that is exactly what former Deputy Antonio Herna'ndez Cruz has done, who promised many things, and then would not even show his face. That is why we should be careful of those who only want to fatten themselves while we are dying of hunger.

We should analyze and look very carefully if it is truly the historic CIOAC which is the only one with a history of division, lies, betrayal of their class, repression, violence and expulsion of religious persons. That is why we want to make it very clear that we will not continue putting up with their plan to do away with us with their dirty politics.

Sincerely,

"RESPECT FOR THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS IS PEACE"

EZLN Support Bases Of Buena Vista Pacha'n,
Municipality of San Pedro de Michoaca'n,
Chiapas, Mexico. March 17, 2000.


Originally published in Spanish by Enlace Civil A.C. enlacecivil@laneta.apc.org __________________________ Translated by irlandesa Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2000, 7:15 PM

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