Date: Wednesday, December 16, 1998 11:27:03 -0500 (EST)
IMMINENT ATTACK ON SAN JUAN DE LA LIBERTAD AUTONOMOUS MUNICIPALITY
SAN JUAN DE LA LIBERTAD AUTONOMOUS MUNICIPALITY (FORMERLY EL BOSQUE),
CHIAPAS DECEMBER 15, 1998
TO PUBLIC OPINION TO THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PRESS TO NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CIVIL SOCIETY TO ALL THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF MEXICO
At this moment we are urgently directing this to public opinion in order to strenuously denounce that paramilitary groups and public security forces, as of this moment (8 at night) are entering in order to attack, once more, the community of Union Progreso in the same municipality of San Juan de la Libertad; the exact number of paramilitaries and public security forces cannot be determined, because the darkness of the night does not allow them to be seen.
At this moment, the men, women, children and old ones have had to leave their homes out of fear of being massacred by the paramilitaries and the public security forces; because of that, at this late hour of the night, and in the rain, hundreds of children, women, men and old ones are fleeing to the mountain. For this reason, we call for the intervention of the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Center, and on the other national and international Human Rights organizations, and for the presence of the media, in order that they may witness what the State and Federal governments are doing to the indigenous peoples.
REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMMUNITIES OF THE SAN JUAN DE LA LIBERTAD AUTONOMOUS MUNICIPALITY (three signatures)
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