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September 1, 2015

Zapatista News Summary for August 2015

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Zapatista News Summary for August 2015

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In Chiapas

 

  1. Level 2 of the Zapatista Escuelita: The “second grade” of the course is now available online for students who passed the first level, held in Chiapas in 2013 and 2014. Groups of approved students are gathering together to watch the video and prepare their questions. Only those who passed the first level have the password for the video.
  1. Anniversary of Caracoles: The twelfth anniversary of the birth of the Caracoles and the creation of the Good Government Juntas (JBG) is celebrated in all the Caracoles on August 8th.
  1. Two murderers of Galeano are free: On August 18th the EZLN denounce in a communique, signed by Subcomandantes Moisés and Galeano, that two of the intellectual authors of the murder of the Zapatista teacher José Luis Solís López, Galeano, on May 2, 2014 in La Realidad, have been declared innocent and freed, “despite that fact that they and their accomplices in the CIOAC-Histórica know that they are guilty of organizing the crime.” They have returned: “fat and happy, to their homes in the village of La Realidad. They were supposedly being held prisoner for the murder of our teacher and compañero….they have been declared innocent of this crime by the same people who financed and supported them: the federal and Chiapas state governments.” “Truth and justice will never, ever come from above. We will have to construct them from below.”
  1. EZLN new book; More presentations of the book “Critical Thought against the Capitalist Hydra” volume 1 are made at places like Cideci and Nemi Zapata in Chiapas, in other parts of Mexico, and internationally.
  1. Banavil: On August 3rd, the forcibly displaced families from the community of Banavil, municipality of Tenejapa, return temporarily for a period of 15 days to work their lands, in order to be able to sustain their families. Frayba denounce that this return is happening without the agreed guarantee of minimum safety conditions from the Mexican State. While they are there, the Tseltales denounce that the women and children have become ill with cough and fever, and that they found that their lands have been invaded, trees and fences cut down, and the boundaries moved. The return is accompanied by 100 people, including human rights observers and independent media. A new film is released about their struggle.
  1. Primero de Agosto: The 17 forcibly displaced Tojolabal families denounce new threats from members of CIOAC-H from Miguel Hidalgo, including firing shots in the air from close by.
  1. Las Abejas de Acteal: The civil society organisation calls a press conference for the anniversaries of 2 months since the murder of Manuel López, which has not been investigated, and of 6 years since the release of paramilitaries responsible for the massacre. “In Mexico there is a pestilential disease called impunity.” A photographic exhibition on the process of the construction of justice is opened. Confusingly, a group of ex-members of Las Abejas, called “Council of Pacifist Sowers of Peace, Voice of the Civil Society Organisation of ‘Las Abejas,’” set up in 2014, also mark the same occasion, with a “Day for Historical Memory, Justice and against Impunity.”
  1. No medical treatment for the Selva Lacandona: The air ambulance service to 11 remote indigenous communities in the Selva Lacandona ceases operation because the Chiapas government has failed to make the promised payments for the service for the last 2 years, owing nearly 2 million pesos. This leaves over 20,000 people without access to emergency medical care, medical staff, medication or vaccines. To reach the nearest hospital, in Ocosingo, requires a 9 hour walk across the mountains to reach the nearest track. The journey is then another 6 hours in a pickup truck over a dirt road.
  1. New road from San Cristobal to Palenque: Press sources say that following the failure of the new super-highway project, due to the amount of local opposition, the federal government will invest three thousand million pesos in modernising the existing road.

 

  1. Attacks on the offices of Sipaz: Between Friday, August 14 and midnight August 17, 2015, the office of the organization of international observation and accompaniment, the International Service for Peace (SIPAZ) in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, was trespassed. Money was stolen and an intimidating note left. On the night of August 17/18, the office was broken into again. Human Rights organisations demand guarantees of the personal safety and integrity of members of Sipaz.

 

  1. Three Bachajón political prisoners released: Three young Tseltales from the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, Juan Antonio Gómez Silvano, Mario Aguilar Silvano and Roberto Gómez Hernández, are released from the prison in Yajalón on 18th August, following an amparo which recognised that they were detained illegally and tortured. They were arrested on 16th September, 2014. Three other indigenous men from Bachajón who are imprisoned unjustly remain incarcerated.
  1. New threats in Simojovel: The Pueblo Creyente from Simojovel denounce an increase in threats, attacks on the Casa Parroquial, and death threats to Father Marcelo Pérez Pérez, and to the President and members of the Parish Council. In a letter of 24th August, they list the most recent incidents.
  1. Frayba: The lawyer Pedro Faro Navarro becomes the new director of Frayba.

14: Cideci: Celebrates its 26th anniversary

  1. Confrontation in Ocosingo: The paid media is carrying stories of an argument with bullets over land in the community of “El Nuevo Paraiso” in the municipality of Ocosingo. We must await confirmation/elucidation/denial from the JBG.

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  1. Murders in Mexico City: Alejandra Negrete, Yesenia Quiróz. Mile Virginia Martín, activist Nadia Vera and journalist Ruben Espinosa, who collaborated with Proceso magazine and other media, are murdered in Mexico City. The killing of Espinosa marks a new level of violence against journalists, as he is the first to be killed while in exile in Mexico City. Vera is the 36th women’s rights defender to be murdered in Mexico since 2010. Since the attack on Vera and Espinosa, two more journalists have been assassinated in Veracruz and the offices of a local newspaper have been firebombed. In total, 12 journalists who cover Veracruz have been killed since December 1, 2010. Mexico today is the second most dangerous country in the world for journalists, at least 107 having been killed since 2000. Less than 10 percent of the cases have resulted in the sentencing of a responsible party. Mexico also has the second highest rate of impunity in the world.
  1. Miguel Ángel Jiménez, who helped uncover mass graves around Iguala, is found shot dead inside his taxi on the outskirts of Acapulco.  Miguel was a political activist who played a prominent early role in the search for 43 missing students and others in southern Mexico.
  1. Threats to native corn:court decides to lift the preventative (precautionary) measure that for the last two years has halted the process of authorizing planting permits for GM corn, and that has prevented transnational businesses, including Monsanto and Syngenta, from planting GM corn in Mexico. An appeal against this decision is filed immediately by Demanda Colectiva, who brought the original lawsuit that blocked the sowing of GMOs in the country. This means that GM corn cannot yet be sown.
  1. Ayotzinapa: After eleven months of searching, on 26th August the 15th Global Action for Ayotzinapa is held, with a presence at the embassies of several countries and a march in Mexico City marked by police aggression. The demonstrators demand that the federal government extend for another six months the time for the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to continue its investigations into this crime. This has now been extended by 2 monhs.
  1. Tlachinollan: The Human Rights Centre of the Mountains of Guerrero reaches its 21st anniversary, demanding truth and justice for Ayotzinapa.
  1. Yaqui leader free: Fernando Jiménez, leader of the Yaqui tribe, is released on 27th August, after a year of unjust imprisonment. He was imprisoned together with Yaqui spokesperson Mario Luna, who remains in prison.

 

  1. 25,000 disappearances since 2007: On August 27th, Amnesty International presents a report to mark the International Day of the Disappeared. The report states that since 2007 almost 25,000 people have disappeared in Mexico. AI reports that almost half the disappearances, 12,500, have occurred during the current administration. They cite the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students as a case with great impact worldwide. AI has organized a campaign of letters in Spanish called #Noesnormal, urging the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, to adequately investigate the thousands of disappearances.

The latest edition of Boca en Boca is available here: https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/boca-en-boca-35-august-2015-english/

The Energy Reform vs the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples

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The Energy Reform vs the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples

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Miguel Concha
La Jornada, 29th August, 2015

According to Convention No. 169 of the International Labour Organization, indigenous peoples are those who descend from the populations that inhabited the country, or a geographical region to which the country belongs, at the time of conquest or colonization or the establishment of present state boundaries and who, irrespective of their legal status, retain some or all of their own social, economic, cultural and political institutions.

A fundamental condition in order to be subject to indigenous rights is that indigenous peoples and their members are fully aware of their identity. In this article, I will address two rights that I consider basic in order for indigenous peoples to live in freedom under all the rights that have been recognized to them: the right to self-determination and the right to land. The first recognizes the freedom of indigenous peoples to decide the ways that allow them to continue their traditional lifestyle. The second grants them special importance with regard to their relationship with the lands or territories they occupy and use in some way or another, in particular the collective aspects of this relationship.

If we talk about land, we are touching on the relationships that people have forged and continue to forge in this vital space where they develop a cultural, spiritual, social, economic and political life that, in turn, lends itself to the construction of their identity. However, with the energy reform, the imposition of megaprojects on indigenous lands and campesinos is now legal, even though unwanted by the community.

download (1)Before the reform, the strategy was to intimidate and threaten in order to scare the indigenous population and force them to give rights of way over their land, ignoring not only the will of the people, but also the community assemblies that are fully viable political institutions in indigenous communities.

Such actions on part of the State are not far from reality in some villages of Tlaxcala, which remain in resistance to imposition of the Morelos pipeline, as this project is of no benefit to the population. On the contrary, this type of infrastructure is intended to strengthen the industrial sector, which in turn, needs a lot of energy to carry out its operations.

The pipeline is part of the Comprehensive Morelos Project, which consists of a combined cycle power plant that runs on both natural gas (the pipeline) and steam (an aqueduct) to produce electricity that will lead to the installation of new industrial cities along the pipeline through branches that distribute energy. It impacts 29 municipalities in three states, Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala.

Despite knowing the real impact of this work, the Federal Electricity Commission and the federal, state, municipal and community governments act with trickery and complicity to facilitate and expedite the construction, thus ignoring the will of community assemblies that have said “No” to the passage of the pipeline—both through their territories and elsewhere.

Community committees in San Vicente Xiloxochitla, San Jorge Tezoquipan, San Damiano Texoloc, and La Trinidad Tenexyecac in Tlaxcala, show clear signs of a struggle waged to defend the will of their assemblies. However, the communal decision as a whole is under fire by both the Mexican State and transnational private companies Elecnor, Enagas and Bonatti.

Approved by the energy reform, right of way to access oil and gas deposits is simply a way to deprive people of their freedom to decide which projects are carried out on their lands, and to impose other ways of relating to water, land, agriculture, traditions, rites, communal life and collective work.

Right of way to access oil and gas deposits—according to the new law on hydrocarbons—will be imposed over the will of the people. So, if they choose not to give up their lands for oil or natural gas wells, pipelines, hydroelectric or wind farms, the energy projects will be carried out anyway. To do so, companies and their invasive machinery will besiege communities from different parts of their territories in order to make the work done irreversible, taking into account neither any litigation in progress nor the violated rights of indigenous communities.

download (2)None of these energy projects, driven by governments and corporations, are intended to resolve the needs of communities, but rather to extend the plight of urbanization and industrialization that displace local cultural projects. The devastating consequences for their territories and people can already be seen.

However, the indigenous communities are still standing, demanding that the agreements generated in the community assemblies are respected. The pipeline is intended to cross densely populated areas like San Vicente Xiloxoxitla in the municipality of Nativitas; San Jorge Tezoquipan in Panotla, and Trinidad Tenexyecac, in the municipality of Ixtacuixtla.

In Trinidad Tenexyecac, the indigenous community makes its living through the creation of pottery, baked in ovens that generate temperatures of 950-1050 degrees Celsius. Since the pipelines pass less than a few meters away, residents are placed at high risk. They also pass 100 meters from Emiliano Zapata Distance Learning Middle School. In San Vicente Xiloxoxitla, the people make their living by the production of soft tacos, so burners are lit the major part of the day.

This all represents a great risk to indigenous communities. With the arrival of machinery and the force of law enforcement, they want to change their tranquillity and above all, their culture and way of life. For this reason, the communities are resisting—and they will not give up in the face of these projects.

Translated by Laura Turner

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2015/08/29/opinion/018a2pol?partner=rss

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Decolonizing critical thought and rebellions II

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Decolonizing critical thought and rebellions II

Buen Vivir

Translated by Chiapas Support Committee

By: Gilberto López y Rivas/II

The construction of another world in Latin America, according to Raúl Zibechi, is being carried out by means of organizations not state-centric nor hierarchical, which at times don’t even have permanent leadership teams and, as a consequence, tend to overcome bureaucracy, a traditional, elemental and very old form of domination. Women and youth play a new role in these new “modes of doing.”

In a first time criticism of the progressive governments, Zibechi identifies that, despite differences, all the processes have in common the continuity of the extractive model, either open sky mining, hydrocarbons or mono-crops. “In all the cases it’s about the production of commodities, the mode that neoliberalism assumes today in the region,” as well as the expansion of social policies that seek to neutralize the movements and buffer or impede conflict. “The map of the progressive governments and those of the left would have to establish a difference between those countries in which social action made the political system enter into crisis, like Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, and those like Brazil and Uruguay, where stability has predominated, Argentina being in an intermediate situation.”

Upon questioning the principal dangers and benefits that the arrival in government of the progressive parties implies, Zibechi makes a remark, in my judgment transcendent, and starting from three scenarios: “The interstate relationships, in other words, the question of the governments, the relationship between movements and states, that is to say, the question of emancipation and the relationship between development and living well (buen vivir) [1], that is, post-development. If we look at the state question, the existence of the progressive governments is very positive, because within them is at play the relationship with the United States and with the big multinationals of the north, the crisis of imperialist domination that these governments accentuate. But, if we observe the question of emancipation or development, these governments have represented a step back. The problem is that there are social and political forces that cannot have any horizon other than being government, which converts them into administrators of the State.”

In the specificity of Latin America, Zibechi emphasizes that on the one hand “we have an official society, hegemonic, with a colonial heritage, with its institutions, its ways of doing things, its justice and all that. On the other hand, there is another society that has property in the remote rural areas and is organized into communities and also in the expanded urban peripheries. This other society has other ways and forms of organizing, has its own justice, its own forms of production and an organization for making decisions parallel to or at the margin of the established one.”

Our author maintains that indigenous practice questions various aspects of western revolutionary conceptions and denounces that only the State-centric can be theorized, coinciding with authors like Leopoldo Marmora, who in the middle of the 1980s made note of the Eurocentric roots of Marxism in the treatment of the national question and in the concept of “peoples without history.” “There are various themes that the Indian movement puts on the table. The first is their conception of time, the present-past relationship. The second is the idea of social change or revolution, the Pachakutik… The third is related to rationalism and to the relation between means and ends, which involves the ideas of strategy and tactics, as well as the question of program and of plan.”

In all these themes and processes, the role of the intellectual is important. Zibechi rejects being defined as an intellectual, even in the terms in which Lenin and even Gramsci plated them, and he prefers being called an activist/militant and thinker/educator, which in any case doesn’t stop him from being intellectual. He maintains, aptly, that many of the ideas of those who work in the movements are the patrimony of many people. “If people are at the centre of the movement, then the intellectual tends to be one more in the movement… therefore the intellectuals must also be in movement and move away from that place of being at the top of the people.”

Zibechi considers that the autonomic anti-systemic movements started a new era of social struggles or classes that is in its first phases. This new era is one of the self-construction of a world, with the necessity of passing over the taking of state power, and concentrating on the territories where these new worlds are being constructed. The most evident case is that of the Zapatista Caracoles, where forms of supra-communitarian power have been constructed, like the Good Government Juntas each of which unites hundreds of communities (although the federalism in Kurdistan also shows an unpublished experience in this conflictive region of the world). The Zapatista experience –Zibechi asserts– is a historic achievement that had never existed before in the struggles of those below, except for the 69 days that the Paris Commune lasted and the brief time of the Soviets before the Stalinist state reconstruction.

The reappearance of the EZLN, according to Zibechi, “combines historic positions (among which one would have to emphasize the rejection of the electoral scenario and the construction of homogenous and centralized organizations) with new developments that imply a different relationship with its support bases outside of Chiapas and, above all, a novel mode of intervention in popular sectors, consistent with demonstrating what they have been capable of constructing which, in reality, is teaching a distinctive and different path for transforming the world.”

In our author’s judgment, the Zapatista discourse recuperates the tradition of anticolonial resistance defended by Frantz Fanon, who emphasizes the existence of “two zones,” that of the oppressor and that of the oppressed, “those of above and those of below.” At the same time, Zibechi distinguished Zapatismo from other movements starting with integral autonomy, which leads them to reject aid and social policies from the government; the construction of organs of power on three levels, different from the forms of State power, inspired in the community; being a movement of youth and of women, and being consequently anti-capitalist.

[1] Buen Vivir – (Good living or living well, in English) is rooted in the cosmovision (or worldview) of the Quechua peoples of the Andes, sumak kawsay –or buen vivir, in Spanish– describes a way of doing things that is community-centric, ecologically balanced and culturally sensitive. In the concept of buen vivir, the individual lives in harmony with community, nature and culture.

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Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Translation: Chiapas Support Committee

Friday, August 28, 2015

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2015/08/28/opinion/023a2pol

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August 30, 2015

25,000 Persons Disappeared since 2007; 12,500 in 3 Years of Peña Nieto’s Administration – Amnesty

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25,000 Persons Disappeared since 2007; 12,500 in 3 Years of Peña Nieto’s Administration – Amnesty

   Salil Shetty, Secretary General, Amnesty International Photo: Amnesty International

Salil Shetty, Secretary General, Amnesty International Photo: Amnesty International

In listing emblematic cases of enforced disappearance, Amnesty International cited the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students as a case with great impact worldwide. The AI report states: “Even with the world’s attention on the case, Mexican authorities have failed to properly investigate all aspects of the case, especially the disturbing criticism regarding complicity of the armed forces.”Aristegui Noticias

Like Gambia, Syria, Sri Lanka and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mexico is a country whose government uses enforced disappearance to silence their critics and instil fear, reported Amnesty International (AI).

On August 27, Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, presented a report to mark International Day of the Disappeared, which reveals that since 2007—i.e., during the administrations of Felipe Calderón [2006-2012] and Enrique Peña Nieto [2012- ]—almost 25,000 people have disappeared in Mexico.

AI reported that almost half the disappearances, 12,500, have occurred during the current administration. AI then added that “governments in all regions of the world, from Syria to Mexico and from Sri Lanka to Gambia, could have hundreds of people, and even thousands, locked away in secret.”

AI has asked the Government of Mexico to solve the problem of disappeared persons. To this end, it has organized a campaign of letters in Spanish called #Noesnormal, urging the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, to adequately investigate the thousands of disappearances. http://alzatuvoz.org/noesnormal/

AI’s letter to Enrique Peña Nieto:

Enrique Peña Nieto
President of the Republic 

Mr. President, 

I am writing to express my deep concern about the human rights crisis that Mexico is going through. 

It is time for authorities to recognize that the abductions and enforced disappearances in Mexico are one of the issues that has framed this crisis and to fulfil their obligation to implement effective measures to combat it. Therefore, I ask that the following steps be taken; namely, that:

– Protocols and teams for ‘rapid search’ be established for all cases of disappeared persons.

– Comprehensive law on enforced disappearance be adopted that would include the declaration of absence owing to disappearance.

– Single register of disappeared persons be created.

– Legislative measures be adopted to ensure that enforced disappearances committed by the military against civilians be investigated and tried by civilian authorities.

– Investigations be thorough, exhaustive to the last line of investigation and facilitated by the participation of persons close to the victims.

Also, I ask that you prevent and punish acts of intimidation and harassment against families of disappeared persons and against the organizations that support them. 

Sincerely, 

SIGNED

Translated by Jane Brundage

http://aristeguinoticias.com/2908/mexico/12500-personas-desaparecidas-durante-el-sexenio-de-pena-nieto-amnistia/

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Universities, organizations and groups present the EZLN book “Critical Thought versus the Capitalist Hydra.”

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Universities, organizations and groups present the EZLN book “Critical Thought versus the Capitalist Hydra.”

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Chiapas, Mexico. August 22nd. “We are not making a party or an organization, we are making an observation. For this view we need concepts and not wishful thinking; we need practice with theory and theory with practice; we need critical and not qualitative analysis,” affirm the EZLN, in the text “Critical Thought versus the Capitalist Hydra.”

The book, which collects together the participation of the Sixth Committee of the EZLN in the seminar of the same name last May in San Cristobal de las Casas, will be presented both nationally and internationally, by collectives and individuals adherents to and supporters of the Sixth, and students from the Zapatista escuelita.

In this first volume the Chiapas insurgents share their word through the voices of Comandantas Miriam, Rosalinda and Dalia and the Support Base Lisbeth and the Listener Selena, under the heading “Towards a genealogy of the Zapatista struggle.”

Subcomandantes  Moisés and Galeano also expressed their word in the text, explaining about the Resistance and Rebellion of the Zapatistas; their Political Economy; their view over the capitalist hydra; the coming storm; and words in memory of the Zapatista teacher Galeano and the Zapatista philosopher Luis Villoro Toranzo.

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The presentations will take place next Tuesday 25th August at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the UNAM and the ENAH in Mexico City; on the 27th in the Cideci Unitierra in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas; on the 29th in the Tlanezi Calli Community Centre at Iztapalapa in Mexico City, and on the 30th in Escobedo Sur # 414, in the city of Monterrey, and on the 31st at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the UANL, in the same city.

“As Zapatistas, our first instinct is to ask questions, but now in the question, you can choose if you seek certainties or more doubts. Like a challenge, as soon as is met, can lead to another. As if the different explanations were the launch pad for further explanations,” they explained in the Rincon Zapatista Zacatecas and the cultural space “Viejo Antonio” last August 18th, reflecting on the text of the Chiapas rebels.

Collectives and individuals have released the text in Colombia and Argentina; as well as Querétaro, Guadalajara and Puebla, according to the collective Pueblos en Camino.

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“And if, as is our Zapatista way, the end is also the beginning, we have to have more and better seedbeds; to make a place for practice, but also for self-reflection on this practice; understand the need for theory and the urgency for critical thinking,” point out the Zapatistas in the foreword to the text.

“To look outside, we need to look inside. The consequences of what we see and how we see it, will be an important part of the answer to the question: what next?” add the indigenous Zapatistas of Chiapas.

Times and locations of presentations: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/

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http://www.pozol.org/?p=11126

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Yaqui Leader Fernando Jiménez Released From Prison Vows to Continue Opposition to Independence Aqueduct

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Yaqui Leader Fernando Jiménez Released From Prison Vows to Continue Opposition to Independence Aqueduct

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Ulises Gutiérrez Ruelas

La Jornada, 29th August, 2015

Hermosillo, Sonora – On Thursday night, Fernando Jiménez Gutiérrez, one of the Yaqui leaders opposed to the Independence Aqueduct, was released from the Social Rehabilitation Centre (CERESO) one in Hermosillo. Jiménez had been imprisoned almost a year.

Greeted by members of the tribe and his family, Jiménez Gutiérrez said that during his captivity he was Governor Guillermo Padrés Elías’s political prisoner. He said that he will continue fighting for the Yaquis’ right to water and for the release of his compañero Mario Luna Romero, who remains in CERESO.

Jiménez explained: “This is another example of the arrogance of a political leader who didn’t know how to take the reins of this state. Right now we are not complete, because compañero Mario Luna isn’t here. I was his support in activities for defending the water, when we went to the federal courts, so the government already had me on file.”

11887964_949043011821068_6873389259668987496_nJiménez pointed out that law enforcement authorities coming under the state governor accused him of robbery and kidnapping as a result of his participation, together with other members of the Yaqui Tribe, in the roadblocks at the Vícam community against the extraction of water from the Yaqui River, and its transfer 120 kilometres to the Sonora state capital, Hermosillo, via the Independence Aqueduct, built during the PAN administration of Governor Padrés.

Jiménez explained: “They’re not going to be able to put an end to the cry of the Tribe. We were imprisoned for a while, but others remained outside. We [Mario Luna and I] are just a single cog in the struggle. This is going to continue until the rule of law is respected, and the looting of the water is ended.”

The Yaqui Tribe charges that the aqueduct deprives this Yaqui community of the water needed for agricultural use; thus, condemning the southern Sonora region to poverty and unemployment.

Translated by Jane Brundage

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2015/08/29/politica/017n1pol?partner=rss

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August 29, 2015

EZLN denounces the release of the murderers of Zapatista teacher Galeano

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EZLN denounces the release of the murderers of Zapatista teacher Galeano

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“It is once again made clear that truth and justice will never, ever come from above. From above the only thing we can expect is pretence, deceit, impunity, and cynicism.

The criminal above will always receive absolution and reward, because the one who judges him is the same one who pays him. They are the same, criminals and judges. They are poisonous heads of the same Hydra.”

The Zapatista Army for National Liberation (EZLN) denounced in a communique signed by Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés and SCI Galeano (previously Marcos) on August 18th that the two people accused of the murder of the Zapatista teacher Galeano were freed. Galeano, José Luis Solís López, was murdered on May 2, 2014 en La Realidad, municipality of Las Margaritas, Chiapas.

In the communique, they informed that on August 12th, the self-proclaimed judge declared innocent the two intellectual authors of the murder, “despite that fact that they and their accomplices in the CIOAC-Histórica know that they are guilty of organizing the crime. They aren’t the only ones responsible, but they are guilty”. They further stated: “fat and happy, to their homes in the village of La Realidad. They were supposedly being held prisoner for the murder of our teacher and compañero. We already know that they have been declared innocent of this crime by the same people who financed and supported them: the federal and Chiapas state governments.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/chiapas-ezln-denounces-the-release-of-the-murderers-of-zapatista-teacher-galeano/

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Displaced families of Banavil return temporarily to their community

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Displaced families of Banavil return temporarily to their community

Photo: SIPAZ Banavil

Photo: SIPAZ Banavil

On August 3rd, the forcibly displaced families from the community of Banavil, municipality of Tenejapa, returned temporarily to work their lands for a period of 15 days “without a guarantee of minimum safety conditions from the Mexican State”, affirmed the Centre for Human Rights Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas.

Before this temporary return, representatives of the displaced families made it clear in a press conference that they are returning “not because their denouncements are resolved, or because the authorities have offered full guarantee that the aggressions will not be repeated”, but because they want to work their land to be able to sustain their families. “Our temporary return is to check up on our houses, clean the adjoining properties of our parcels and it is a temporary return without justice”, they mentioned.

From their part, the Human Rights Centre Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas denounced that “Since months ago the authorities told us they could return”, but it was not until the last meeting held with officials, hours before going to Banavil, when they were warned that there were no safety conditions. “Those were the exact words of Edgar Alonso, legal adviser of the authorities in Banavil, who were responsible for the attacks.” He told the government to say that there is no security, remarked the CDHFBC.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/chiapas-displaced-famailies-of-banavil-return-temporarily-to-their-community/

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Original peoples make pilgrimage for peace, for life, against violence and dispossession

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Original peoples make pilgrimage for peace, for life, against violence and dispossession

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On July 28th and 29th, a pilgrimage was carried out,organized by the pastoral staff, deacons and coordinators of the Tojolab’al Mission where close to 5,000 tojolab’ales, tseltales, tsotsiles and mestizos were brought together. They expressed and showed their solidarity with the pueblo of Simojovel and denounced the forced displacement of people from Banavil and particularily drew attention to the case of the Poblado Primero de Agosto, where 57 people were forcibly displaced from their lands by members of the ejido Miguel Hidalgo, also members of the Independent Central of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos – Historic (CIOAC-H). The walk started from Ignacio Zaragoza, to the municipal capital of Las Margaritas, ending at the parish of San Sebastian in Comitan de Domínguez.

The gospel teaches us not to remain silent before cases such as Acteal; Simojovel, the forced displacement of Banavil and Primero de Agosto; before cases of the destruction of nature from mining and mega projects and in cases such as alcoholism and drug addiction in our communities,” shared Marcelo Perez Perez, pastor of Simojovel. From their part, the Network for Peace (Red por la Paz) Chiapas, demonstrated that the case of the displaced families of Primero de Agosto is not an isolated case, and at the same time reiterated their solidarity with them, “It is a privilege to pilgrim and walk with you. We will continue walking ts’omanotik (together)” they added. In a pronouncement, The Believing Peoples and the different communities and social organizations that participated in the pilgrimage, expressed that they are organizing, uniting, and transforming their consciousness, “to confront the violence that we live in our communities and the problems that come with structural reforms: such as education, health, labour, and energy”.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/chiapas-native-peoples-pilgrim-for-peace-for-life-against-violence-and-dispossession/

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August 28, 2015

Decoding the Zapatista Message On Elections

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Decoding the Zapatista Message On Elections

Why Voting Isn’t Enough

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by Courtney Parker

 August 24, 2015

The Zapatistas recently responded to circulating false accusations that charge the peaceful revolutionary group with attempting to turn the public against electoral democracy, and even more specifically, against voting. The winding narrative exposes intersecting themes that, while sometimes contextualized in specific terms, can be decoded by stakeholders in every sphere as a deep-cutting critical analysis of modern electoral politics as a whole.

The Zapatista critique is sharply objective in a fashion that only a truly outsider/out-group perspective oriented analysis can achieve. In their critical process, they diplomatically yet unapologetically challenge the assumptions and projections of the ‘institutionalized left’ while simultaneously decoding the oppressive and pervasive nature of the capitalist state. The critique systematically heists the veil from the crass sensationalism and sleight-of-hand seduction motifs that propel modern electoral campaigns.

This false momentum, based on unsustainable levels of manufactured collective effervescence, is further destabilized by the tacit subtext that one can fulfil their political responsibility merely by choosing the right candidate. This quasi-consciousness unavoidably aggregates and assumes itself into the political identity of each candidate as each are forced to pretend that they can deliver more than is humanly, let alone politically, possible. Campaigns are valorised by hype and sound bites, not works and wisdom, while time and resources are continually co-opted from more honourable and productive pursuits. The political cycle becomes the means and the end; a careening race to sustain itself for the mere sake of sustaining itself. It is an existence that becomes almost devoid of larger purpose.

The age old promise that this time things will be different–that this time things will be fair and ethical–remains so central to electoral campaigns because it almost never truly delivers. It’s the optimistic and dichotomous alternative to the manic street preacher promising that this time it really is the end of the world.

A belief popularly espoused in the United States, that the political mainstreaming of third party candidates is the key to reviving this withering democracy, is demonstratively perforated in context as well. The Zapatista narrative illustrates that such fragmentation might even have the unintended consequence of inviting even more chaos into public and private life, creating more divisions and schisms in the process. However, their critique of the multi-party system in Mexico is by no means an endorsement of a two party system.

The recent communiqué is not solely concerned with undermining the efforts of ‘partidistas’ (people who identify with a particular political party or its ideology), nor is it intended to directly challenge anyone’s opinions on representative democracy. By pointing out the trappings and failings of the system, they effectively demonstrate their central point, which is that voting will simply never be enough.

The Zapatista message is that people must organize themselves outside of the institutionalized political process in order to satisfy their roles in the larger socio-political, and even geopolitical, landscapes. It is not enough to rally around the latest hero of the day and then sit idly by and wait for them to deliver – and then when they ultimately fail, to conjure and display seasoned disillusionment until the apparatus grows yet another newly packaged figure head. An oppressive and corrupt system is not likely to generate a savior that can effectively save the world from itself. One can navigate the system as one sees fit, but at the risk of oversimplifying, each must first save themselves in order to save the world.

From the Zapatista view, the world is indeed in need of saving. In the grips of unsustainable capitalism -which they maintain oppresses every individual, from every walk of life – the world is conceived as being in the midst of a rapidly unfolding crisis.

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The Zapatistas are not issuing a final indictment of partidista politics, nor are they explicitly proselytizing their socio-political perspective. In fact, their take home point is that one’s ability to vote is simply not the sum total of one’s inherent political power, nor the full extent of one’s political responsibility. Reclaiming political and economic power, and thereby overcoming disenfranchisement from within the institutionalized system, is not going to be achieved simply by voting for your favourite candidate- but by all means vote for them. The guise is that one’s vote is enough. It’s not.

In order to truly change the dynamics of, or achieve a new and lasting outcome within, the quasi-democratic electoral process, “…people have to learn for themselves that no one will solve their problems for them, but that instead we have to solve them ourselves…” If the Zapatistas have one overarching political strategy that they deem worthy of prescribing –be it in their carefully crafted non-paternalistic manner- it is to: organize, and then organize… and then organize some more after that.

https://intercontinentalcry.org/decoding-the-zapatista-message-on-elections/

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BoCa En BoCa #35 August 2015 English

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BoCa En BoCa #35 August 2015 English

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Boca en Boca No 35 – August 2015

IN BRIEF

29/06- Communiqué from the teachers denouncing government repression in Chiapas. http://elzenzontle.org/index.php/mresistencia-zenzo/533-tuxtla-gtz-chiapas-a-29-de-junio-del-2015.html

29/06- MOCRI-CNPA-MN denounce the arbitrary detention with violence of 3 women in La Trinitaria by members of FDROC, because of a land dispute. They were released the same evening. http://mocricnpamn.blogspot.mx/2015/06/retencion-ilegal-y-golpes-tres.htmlhttp://mocricnpamn.blogspot.mx/2015/06/liberan-las-dos-companeras-retenidas.html

07/07- A year after the Southern Border Programme was announced, La 72 reported increased deportations from Mexico to Central America and an increase in crimes committed against migrants (mainly by the INM and Federal Police). http://www.la72.org/?p=585

08/07- La Casa de la Mujer IximAntsetic A.C., Salud y Desarrollo Comunitario A.C. and Xi’nich demanded the fulfilment of the creation of a shelter for relatives of sick and pregnant women in Palenque. “The projects and works are not a favour, it just means they’re doing their duty”. https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/cam-sadec-and-xinich-demand-a-home-for-residents-of-their-communities-who-are-ill/

08/07- The wetlands of María Eugenia in San Cristóbal de las Casas are declared a sacred area. http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.mx/2015/07/invitacion-declarar-como-lugar-sagrado.html

09/07- “The water management we want for Tuxtla is an integrated management; this means maintaining the water cycle, and all that is involved in getting water to our homes,” shared the Chiapans in Defence of Water during the forum “Defence of water, for everyone.” http://www.pozol.org/?p=10952

14/07- The Centre for Women’s Rights in Chiapas expressed its concern at the state of violence in the municipality of Tila due to conflicts between political party supporters which generated a state of terror among the families in the communities. https://fronterasurmx.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/el-cdmch-realiza-un-llamado-urgente-por-la-violencia-que-viven-las-mujeres-y-hombres-del-municipio-de-tila-quienes-se-encuentran-en-riesgo-y-secuestrados-por-los-partidos-politicos/

17/07- The FNLS denounce extortion and the kidnapping of compañero Diego Rodríguez López in Altamirano by political party supporters. http://fnls.mayfirst.org/spip.php?article1878

17/07- Alexander, Salvadoran migrant and taxi driver, unjustly imprisoned in el Amate, denounces fabrication of crime, torture and extortion. http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.mx/2015/07/migrante-salvadoreno-denuncia_17.html

19/07- Several communities and the Regional Autonomous Council of the Coastal Zone of Chiapas signed the first declaration against megaprojects in the municipality of Pijijiapan, declaring their territories free from mining and mini hydroelectric schemes. https://fronterasurmx.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/declaratoria-de-los-pueblos-en-contra-de-megaproyectos-pijijiapan/

20/07- The Community Committee of San Miguel Chiamalapa, Oaxaca, was created in order to “defend our ancestral territory.” http://chimalapas.blogspot.mx/2015/07/base-comunal-de-san-miguel-chimalapa.html

21/07- Ejidatarios of Chicoasen denounce the impunity and corruption they are experiencing  in the face of injustice, that the CFE intends to violate their land rights and dispossess them of their land without paying them the appropriate amount for the creation of the Chicoasen II dam. http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.mx/2015/07/ejidatarios-de-chicoasen-demandan.html

22/07- The Abejas of Acteal House of Memory and Hope marked the completion of a month since the unpunished murder of compañero Manuel López Pérez, ambushed in Pantelhó. https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/the-mexican-state-is-governed-by-political-and-narco-criminal-mafia-abejas-of-acteal/

27/07- the EZLN announced the start of the second level of the Zapatista Little School.  https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/ezln-second-grade-of-the-zapatista-little-school/

FOLLOW-UP

02/07- After 3 years and 7 months of displacement, families from Banavil, Tenejapa still have no adequate resolution of the situation. https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/displaced-families-from-banavil-complete-3-years-and-7-months-of-forcible-displacement/

11/07- Judge recognizes there are reasons to consider that there were acts of torture by local police against the prisoners of San Sebastián Bachajón. https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/judge-recognises-that-there-are-reasons-to-consider-torture-by-municipal-police-of-prisoners-from-san-sebastian-bachajon-chiapas/

21/07- Esteban Gomez Jimenez from San Sebastián Bachajón, unjustly imprisoned in El Amate, calls for solidarity after two years in prison. https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/words-of-esteban-gomez-unjustly-imprisoned-from-san-sebastian-bachajon/

28/07- Families from the village of Primero de Agosto remain in inhumane conditions and threatened by paramilitaries from CIOAC-H.

http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.mx/2015/07/familias-tojolabales-en-desplazamiento.html

https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/peace-network-denounces-absence-of-chiapas-state-government-in-the-primero-de-agosto-case/

 

SUMMARIES

A choice between criminals

On 07/07 ejidatarios of Tila shared that “on 20/06 violence was unleashed by the Green and the PRI political parties blockading the crossroads, using trucks from the Town Hall and recruiting young people to put on masks and thus sow social intimidation.” On 06/07 “a candidate from the PRI carrying out his campaign in the town was attacked with firearms, an hour later the mobilization began of 8 cars full of masked men armed with sticks, stones and firearms.” “Their elections always end up with mutual killings because it is a choice between criminals,” they observed. Then they recalled the different strategies of the municipalities against their ejido since 1943. “Our indigenous Chol people settled on our ejido land have experienced 72 years of them coming to attack our land and territory, and it is not a legal space for the political parties to come to fight each other.” They declared that “the Assembly has raised minutes of meetings with the government and the Congress for the transfer of the municipal headquarters out of our ejido; the place where it is legally appropriate for their government to command and to exercise its law of the official municipality, we do not want it here.” https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/ejidatarios-from-tila-denounce-confrontation-between-pvem-and-pri-with-4-injured/

“Our look at the Hydra”

The EZLN announced the launch of the book “Critical Thinking against the Capitalist Hydra.” They presented a passage from “A World War” by SupGaleano. “The first thing that got our attention was the protests and disagreement on social media. Then came the articles that managed to get a place on the pages of the paid independent media. So a team of Tercios Compas [Zapatista Media] were sent to confirm or dismiss the reports. If you pick up your camera and photograph a series of “onsite” images of one of the principal cities of the south-eastern Mexican state of Chiapas, you will see the disorder, abandonment, and chaos that reign there. But if, over time, you zoom out to a broader view, you will begin to notice a particular logic and order to this chaos. Now, if you combine a panoramic view over time and space, you will have a fairly accurate image of reality. Not of the image represented there, but rather the genealogy of that image. That is, you will see the before, during, and after of that image.”

“Has the nation-state, that is, the state as we know it, remained untouched in the system’s war? In order to know the answer, we need to reconstruct the genealogy of the nation-state and compare our conclusion to the current reality. Then we can ask: what were the foundations of the state, and which of these have been maintained, which have been disappeared, and which have mutated? What were its functions, its place, its sphere of influence, its areas of interest?”

http://espoirchiapas.blogspot.fr/2015/07/ezln-anuncia-presentacion-del-libro-el.html

https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/passage-from-the-text-a-world-war-may-june-2015-by-supgaleano-in-our-view-of-the-hydra-part-ii-of-volume-i-of-critical-thought-versus-the-capitalist-hy/

Harassment of the HRC in Tonalá

The Digna Ochoa Human Rights Centre A.C. in Tonalá denounced “acts of harassment by members of the State Special (Ministerial) Police from the Procuraduría General de Justicia of the State of Chiapas, who presented themselves at the offices of this agency” on 01/07.

“In Mexico the work of defending human rights still remains a high risk for civil human rights defenders. So we express our concern that the wave of harassment, threats and intimidation still continues to increase against defenders of HR. It is important to say that the Declaration of Human Rights Defenders recognizes the work of defenders, as well as the responsibility of states to protect, and promote the protection of human rights defenders.”

http://cdhdignaochoa.blogspot.mx/2015/07/hostigamiento-judicial-en-contra-de.html

HIGHLIGHTS

Violent dispossession of the Xochicuautla community, Edomex

On 07/07 the indigenous community of San Francisco Xochicuautla and the Indigenous Peoples’ Front in Defence of Mother Earth denounced in a communiqué that “staff of the construction company Autovan SA de CV, a subsidiary of Teya and the Higa Group, have arrived in the indigenous community and begun work again with heavy machinery accompanied by overflights of helicopters and hundreds of riot police, almost all of them located on the outskirts of the community awaiting orders.” They also denounced that the police were “trying to intimidate and wanting to arrest the indigenous from our community. We are being regularly informed of continuing aggression towards children, women and men, they are knocking down houses and cutting the water supply pipeline.” Then they reported that the Interior Ministry of the State of Mexico had agreed to “hold an information table on 06/07, with a commission of authorities and representatives of the indigenous community of Xochicuautla, where they stated that representatives of the state government and most of the agencies involved in the Toluca Naucalpan Highway Project would be present;” but only “two representatives of the General Directorate of Government attended,” “which we felt to be disrespectful, because the community members who attended did so in a timely manner, respectfully, without threatening, without offending them, respecting their physical integrity, something which they did NOT do to us.” They also warned that “the representative of the Autovan company, a subsidiary of Teya Eng., said that the work would continue.”

http://komanilel.org/2015/07/08/alertaxochicuautla-comunicado-urgente-por-despojo-violento-a-comunidad-indigena-de-xochicuautla/

Ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón sent a communiqué to the people of Xochicuautla “We want to say to the community of San Francisco Xochicuautla that you are not alone, compañerxs, because we are following your struggle.” https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/communique-from-san-sebastian-bachajon-in-solidarity-with-san-francisco-xochicuautla/

 

Authorities kill and wound in the Nahua community of Santa María Ostula, Michoacán

On 19/07 the team of support and solidarity with the indigenous community of Santa María Ostula announced that “the indigenous community of Santa María Ostula, municipality of Aquila, Michoacan, has been attacked severely by federal, state and municipal forces in a joint operation deployed by the Michoacán Coordination Group. As a result of the aggression one minor was killed and several comuneros were seriously injured” and several others were also arrested. “They tried to pass as comuneros and provoke the community to confront the Army, radios used by the community for communication to protect their communal land were stolen. Also stolen was the seal of the Vigilance Committee.” Faced with this attack and in order to not have any more members detained “several roadblocks were established in each area” but “federal and state forces used their vehicles to ram the roadblocks of the community police and burned several trucks and trailers which were there, they also used tear gas.” “They shot indiscriminately at members of the community,” which resulted in the death of a 12 year old boy, and the wounding of a 6 year old girl and three other people. They stated that “the headquarters of the municipality of Aquila was surrounded by members of the federal forces preventing the Aquila self-defence group, which is in solidarity with the community of Santa Maria Ostula, from coming out to aid them against the attacks they were experiencing.” The communiqué recalled that this operation is contrary to the agreements “signed between the community and government, where the commitment to respect the community police was established.” Finally they added “none of the heads of organized crime operating in the region have been arrested.”

https://zapateando.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/agresion-de-fuerzas-federales-estatales-y-municipales-a-la-comunidad-indigena-de-santa-maria-ostula/

A few hours later, the CNI and CCRI-CG of the EZLN issued a joint communiqué in solidarity to denounce the government’s complicity with organized crime “to escalate the war of conquest”. https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/joint-cni-and-ezln-cg-communique-on-the-attack-by-federal-forces-against-the-indigenous-community-of-santa-maria-ostula/

 

Ts´omanotiksok jun kaltsiltik (United in one heart)

From the pronouncement that was given at the end of the first great Pilgrimage for Peace, for Life and Against Violence and Dispossession, from the ejido Ignacio Zaragoza, municipality of Las Margaritas, to Comitán de Domínguez, which took place on 28 and 29/07, convened by the catechists and deacons of the Tojolabal Mission for the parish of St. Margaret of Antioch and the Mission of Guadalupe; the brothers declared:

“We express our dissent, uniting our strengths, building hope and praying to God to help us take care of our patrimony.” They walked “to organize, unite and transform our consciousness, confront the violence that we experience in our communities and the problems that come with the structural reforms: such as problems with education, health, labour, energy, taxes, and politics, among others.”

“We demand an end to all the violence that we experience every day, such as drug trafficking, corruption and impunity, threats and displacement by organizations which are controlled by the government with their political parties which divide and confront within the communities.”

“We thank the Pueblo Creyente from Simojovel for having joined our pilgrimage and offer them our solidarity in the courageous struggle they have undertaken […] We are inspired by the long journey of the Civil Society Las Abejas of Acteal […] we share the pain of people who have been displaced by an armed group, like the people of the village of Primero de Agosto, who have now spent five months of living under plastic … like the struggle of the Banavil families who have been displaced since 11/12/2011 […] We welcome also the Movement in Defence of Life and Territory, who oppose the construction of the superhighway from San Cristobal to Palenque and who are an example of organization and resistance to megaprojects. ”

“We invite all the individuals and peoples of our region, to reflect on the reality we live, to continue to make our voices heard, so that this gathering of peoples is only the beginning of our transformation of awareness, that all we join together with all our differences,” they concluded.

http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.mx/2015/07/peregrinacion-por-la-paz-por-la-vida.html

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August 27, 2015

Court’s Decision to Lift Ban on Planting GM Corn Is an Attack on Native Corn – Agro-Ecology Supporters

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Court’s Decision to Lift Ban on Planting GM Corn Is an Attack on Native Corn – Agro-Ecology Supporters

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Angélica Enciso L.

La Jornada, 25th August, 2015

In a statement, members of the network of agro-ecology supporters in 11 Chiapas municipalities working with the Union of Scientists Committed to Society (UCCS) pointed out that the court decision to lift the preventative measure that for the last two years has halted the process of authorizing planting permits for GM corn is an attack on the capacity of campesinos to manage their native corn in their local territories and in the country.

[Further,] they warned that Monsanto, Pioneer and Dupont already own 95 percent of [Mexico’s] native seeds, including corn, listed in the National Catalogue of Plant Varieties.

In face of this, they said, seeking the preservation of native corn is not an “emotional” whim, public misinformation or “invalid” evidence as stated by: “Monsanto employees or the one in charge of Science in the Office of the President (Francisco Bolívar). For us corn is identity, knowledge, territory, culture, history, health and the possibility of food self-sufficiency.”

In a statement, they pointed out that in overturning the precautionary measure, Judge Francisco Peñaloza, presiding over the Twelfth District Court for Civil Matters of the First Circuit, left out arguments presented by the UCCS that expose the health risks associated with industrialized and GM food.

Although the judge lifted the injunction, planting of GM corn cannot take place because [as soon as Judge Peñaloza’s ruling was announced,] the Corn Collective that had filed the original class action lawsuit against GM corn in 2013, immediately filed an appeal, which still has to be resolved in court.

Network members added that there is great interest among the transnational corporations driving the planting of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Mexico, because Monsanto expects GMOs to represent between 75 and 80 percent of its sales.

They pointed out that the judge did not consider that it is not possible to control the GMOs affecting native corn. [The judge’s ruling] violates “the right of present and future generations to access native Mexican biodiversity. We declare that we know the way in which Monsanto and the transnationals grouped together in Agro-bio together with the Mexican government manipulate and weave their strategies of misinformation.”

They added that cultivation of GM corn “has nothing to do climate change or hunger or supposed humanitarian aid: what they want is to steal our corn.”

Translated by Jane Brundage

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2015/08/25/sociedad/037n1soc?partner=rss

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“Judge’s Decision to Order Release of Yaqui Leader From Prison Must Be Implemented Now” – Human Rights NGOs

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“Judge’s Decision to Order Release of Yaqui Leader From Prison Must Be Implemented Now” – Human Rights NGOs

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José Antonio Román

La Jornada, 26th August 2015

After learning about a new court decision in favour of Fernando Jiménez Gutiérrez, leader of the Yaqui tribe imprisoned since September 2014 for opposing construction of the Independence Aqueduct in the state of Sonora, several human rights and civil society organizations demanded that the Mexican State refrain from carrying out other delaying tactics and order his immediate release.

The day before, the Second Appellate Court for Criminal and Administrative Matters in Sonora rejected the appeal lodged by the Public Ministry against the indirect amparo won by Jiménez Gutiérrez, in which the Second District Court ordered the Judge to release the leader.

Fernando Jiménez, human rights activist and spiritual leader of the Yaqui tribe, and Mario Luna, who at that time was spokesman and traditional authority of the village of Vícam, are currently imprisoned. Jiménez was arrested on September 23, 2014, and Luna was arrested on September 11, 2014, by the Sonora state government, which charged both men with illegal deprivation of liberty and robbery—crimes they did not commit.

The NGO’s declared: “We call on the Second Appellate Court for Criminal and Administrative Matters in the state of Sonora, the Second State District Court Judge and the Tenth Judge in Criminal Matters to notify and implement expeditiously the decisions granting the release of Jiménez Gutiérrez. We call on the Mexican State to prevent any criminalization of Fernando or any other person or traditional authority who defends the human rights of the Yaqui tribe.”

Translated by Jane Brundage

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2015/08/26/politica/018n1pol?partner=rss

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August 26, 2015

Impunity and Provoking the EZLN: Part of a Global Strategy?

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Impunity and Provoking the EZLN: Part of a Global Strategy?

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Magdalena Gómez*

La Jornada, 25th August, 2015
Once again we are given evidence that we live in times of uncompromising impunity. Justifiably outraged, the Zapatista leadership charged that it has no reason to trust the justice handed down by those from above. Unfortunately, it is a justice that includes neither impartiality nor objectivity. In the case of social sectors and movements outside the political and economic elites, it is a justice that systematically avoids the historical truth or manufactures it to suit itself, as in the Ayotzinapa investigation.

In their August 16, 2015, communiqué, Subcomandantes Moisés and Galeano reported that: “Two of the intellectual authors of the murder of the compañero and teacher Galeano have returned, fat and happy, to their homes in the village of La Realidad. They were supposedly being held prisoner for the murder of our teacher and compañero. We already know that they have been declared innocent of this crime by the same people who financed and supported them: the federal and Chiapas state governments.

“On August 12 of this year, the self-proclaimed “judge” Victor Manuel Zepeda López, of the criminal court in Comitán de Domínguez, Chiapas, declared that Mr. Carmelino Rodríguez Jiménez and Mr. Javier López Rodríguez are innocent, despite that fact that they and their accomplices in the CIOAC-Historical know that they are guilty of organizing the crime. They aren’t the only ones responsible, but they are guilty.”

Pedro Faro, director of Frayba, said that both Tojolabal indigenous men were presumably released on the grounds that: “witnesses retracted their testimonies, and that the Public Ministry prosecutor did not authenticate the body” of the teacher at the Zapatista escuelita. Faro asserted that there are also 10 arrest warrants against members of the CIOAC-H -charged with being involved in the events – that 15 months after they were issued have not been carried out (La Jornada, 22/08/2015).

Let’s keep in mind that on May 2, 2014, CIOAC-H members murdered the teacher Galeano, José Luis Solís López, a Zapatista from the community of La Realidad, with firearms and machetes. In those days, the Zapatista leadership pointed that:

1) It was a pre-planned attack, militarily organized and carried out with malice, premeditation and advantage. It is an aggression that took place in a climate created and encouraged from above;

2) The leadership of the CIOAC-Historical, the Green Ecology Party (name by which the PRI governs in Chiapas), the National Action Party [PAN] and the Institutional Revolutionary Party [PRI] are all involved;

3) At the very least, the state government of Chiapas is involved.

Still to be determined, they said, is the extent to which the federal government is involved. As at Acteal, once again decisions taken under counter-insurgent logic are justified under the customary failures of due process.

We cannot assume that it is about a decision taken apart from the political intention to provoke the EZLN; specifically, the Zapatista bases in the emblematic community of La Realidad. It would appear that they aim to inflame a local confrontation with paramilitary support to prevent coordination with other of the country’s resistance movements, such as the Yaqui, Xochicuautla, Ostula and Ayotzinapa and the democratic teachers, among many others that the subcomandantes named in their communiqué.

In Support of Mexico’s Entry into Global Economy

Nor is this scenario removed from the pending announcement of the project that Enrique Peña Nieto will send to Congress as an initiative for authorizing the Executive Branch to establish special economic zones in Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero, under the argument of facilitating strategic transnational investment. According to Treasury Secretary: “in these states, the positive effects of the entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA], and Mexico’s entry into the global economy are not observed.” They add that welfarism and extreme poverty will be overcome. They are going for all the territories; their plan against the indigenous peoples is well underway.

Thus tension in La Realidad is revived in order to:

  • Justify in the events a local siege of the EZLN;
  • Defend the Army at all costs for its involvement in the events at Tlatlaya, Tanhuato, Apatzingán, Ayotzinapa;
  • Keep imprisoned the Yaqui Mario Luna and Fernando Jiménez Salgado, Nestora Salgado and Semeí Verdía; and
  • Send 15,000 Federal Police to Oaxaca to contain the protest in the teacher ranks.

All this while the mantle of impunity stretches out not only over the self-exoneration and “excuse me” announced for the [conflict of interest] regarding the so-called White House, but for the incapacity and chain of complicities in El Chapo Guzmán’s escape—neither of which will be evident in the next presidential Report. The coming months will be crucial for stopping this offensive. As the Zapatistas concluded well in their recent seminar Critical Thinking in the Face of the Capitalist Hydra: “Things are bad, and they are going to get worse.”

*Magdalena Gómez is a lawyer specializing in Agrarian Law, Indigenous Rights and Law, Political Education and Society.

Translated by Jane Brundage

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2015/08/25/opinion/022a1pol?partner=rss

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