Greetings friends and comrades,
We wanted to share a quick update on what we’ve been up to, as well as provide some information on the current situation in Fidencio’s community of Loma de Bácum.
Our thanks and gratitude to all who participated in the letter-writing and art campaign in June. In total, we received more than 60 letters and 15 pieces of artwork. Letter writing events, bike rides, mural paintings and rallies were held throughout the so-called U.S., Mexico, and Germany. Numerous social movement organizations released statements on behalf of Fidencio, as well as fellow Indigenous political prisoners in Chiapas. We are thrilled with the outpouring of support for Fidencio and the growing awareness of his unjust imprisonment. Currently, we have translated all correspondence into Spanish and are compiling the material to deliver it to Fidencio. We’ll be sure to report back with his response!
As a result of this show of international solidarity, we now have more materials on our Resources page, including additional artwork from the campaign and a PDF formatted for DIY sticker printing. Please check them out and share them around. If you happen to see stickers up in your area, we’d love to receive photos of them!
As you may have seen, the situation in Loma de Bácum has become increasingly tense and alarming in the past month. The community has seen incursions from the military, the arbitrary detention of various companerxs, and the disappearance of 15 members of the community – ten of whom remain missing. Avispa Midia released an article looking at the recent disappearances, which residents believe are not linked to organized crime but rather are intimidation tactics by mining interests, as the Mexican government has issued 12 mining concessions within Loma de Bácum, which the community in turn has pledged to resist.
We will continue to share news about the struggle of Loma de Bácum in these newsletters and on our Twitter account. And if you are able, we are always grateful for donations to the campaign, which can be made via a variety of platforms here.
As always, thank you for your support and solidarity.
In the struggle,
Fidencio Aldama Support Group