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Different Faces of Dispossession: the case of Viejo Velasco

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Different Faces of Dispossession: the case of Viejo Velasco

The Campaign was launched on the anniversary of the massacre The Campaign was launched on the anniversary of the massacre

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In 1954, the Lacandon Jungle in the state of Chiapas was first settled by indigenous families (of Tseltal, Tsotsil, Chol, and Tojolabal communities, among others), who arrived looking for land on which to survive. In 1972, then-President Echeverría granted to 66 indigenous “Lacandon” families 614,321 hectares of land in the Lacandon Jungle. The Decree in favour of the Lacandon people affected the different communities that had been claiming their rights to the land. Since then, the communities have suffered forced displacements, losing their homes as well as their material and cultural possessions. The violence sharply increased with the implementation of the Chiapas ’94 Campaign Plan, based on the military strategy of the federal and state governments that had the goal of furthering their interests of territorial plunder and national and…

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