Paramilitaries from the Amaytik Ranch killed two companero authorities

Ricardo Flores Mago'n Autonomous Municipality
August 26, 2002, Chiapas, Mexico.

To the People of Mexico
To the Peoples of the World
To Human Rights Centers
To the National and International Press.

Brothers and sisters.

One more time we are raising our voice in order to inform you as to the incidents which occurred on August 25, 2002 in the Amaytik ranch in this Ricardo Flores Mago'n Autonomous Municipality.

1. - At 10:00 AM on August 25, 2002, PRIs and paramilitaries from the Amaytik Ranch killed two companero authorities - 1) Lorenzo Marti'nez Espinosa of the Nueva Esperanza Ejido, spokesperson for the Autonomous Council of Ricardo Flores Mago'n, and 2) Jacinto Herna'ndez Gutie'rrez, of the Amaytik Ranch, the autonomous agent for this ranch. This incident took place in an Autonomous school where the Autonomi'a authorities were meeting.

2. - Companero Lorenzo Marti'nez Espinosa's body disappeared last night, without it being known who removed it, or where it was taken in order to conceal the crime, which was organized by paramilitaries and PRIs from the Pe?n Limonar area, who are operating in that canada, as we have previously denounced. We are, therefore, demanding that they immediately deliver the body of our companero to us.

3. We are holding the bad federal and state governments directly responsible for these events which have taken place.

And, for all of these reasons, we are calling on national and international civil society to mobilize and to demand that the bad government stop the killings and investigate, and see that justice is done, those who are truly guilty of the assassination of our companero authorities. Today, the bad government, along with their paramilitaries, are following through with their death threats against our peoples who are in dignified resistance.

Despite all these threats and assassinations by the bad government, our peoples shall continue resisting and fighting for Democracy, Liberty and Justice.

Autonomous Council

[Signature and seal]

Originally published in Spanish by Enlace Civil, A.C. *********************************** Translated by irlandesa From: Enlace Civil, A.C. Date: Monday, August 26 2002 16:58:33 -0500


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