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Different faces of Dispossession: Banavil

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Different faces of Dispossession: Banavil

What happened in Banavil


On December 4th , 2011 in the community of Banavil, in the municipality of Tenejapa, Chiapas, members of the Revolutionary Institutional Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional, PRI) armed with firearms, assaulted families sympathizing with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN). This assault led to the forced displacement of 13 people, who´ve lost everything and, with current threats, they are still being prevented from returning to their community. The attack resulted in the murder of Pedro Méndez López, six people injured, and the forced disappearance of Alonso López Luna. In addition, there were two arbitrary detentions: Lorenzo López Girón, who was injured by firearms and accused of aggravated assault; and Francisco Santiz López, member of the Zapatista support base, who was in another location during the incidents. They later regained their freedom; in the case of Francisco…

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