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November 29, 2012

Zapatistas demand halt to hate campaign by mining company targeting Wixarika (Huicholes)

Filed under: Human rights, Indigenous, Mining, Zapatista — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:47 am

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Zapatistas demand halt to hate campaign by mining company targeting Wixarika (Huicholes)

 November 25, 2012

By Brenda Norrell

Photo 1 Wixarika by Robert Free; Photo 2 Yaqui water forum by Brenda Norrell.

Zapatistas are demanding a halt to the misinformation campaign by a silver mining company targeting the Wixarika. Currently, there is a dangerous tension in the sacred territory of Wirikuta (Huicholes) in Mexico, promoted by First Majestic Silver mining company, along with the Mayor de Catorce, San Luis Potosi, Hector Moreno Arriaga, according to the Zapatistas website, Enlace Zapatista.

The mining company and the local government have launched a misinformation campaign in communities and ejidos in the region, inciting violence and harassment toward the Wixárika.

The hatred and disinformation campaign began with a meeting held on October 26 in the town of Estación Catorce. The goal was to promote mining and collect signatures against the Decree of Biosphere Reserve which is designed to protect the sacred land, and pristine region. The misinformation campaign included threats of retaliation by way of the loss of voting rights if the people did not sign documents which would open the door for mining.

Given this scenario, the Regional Council has stated that the Wixárika Decree for Wirikuta protection should involve respect to collective human rights of the peoples of the desert and the people Wixárika. All mining activity should be halted and banned, since it has been shown that it only damages the environment, the people and whole cultures.

Therefore we demand that:
1. Stop the fear campaign of lies and misinformation waged by the mining company and the municipal government and stop a possible violent confrontation with the people Wixárika
2. Uphold the liberty of desert populations to express their opinion freely, without fear or pressure of any kind.
3. That the federal government immediately undertake a campaign to secure efficient and reliable information on the implications of increasing the range of protection for the Wirikuta Ecological Reserve at the federal level in the form of a Biosphere Reserve.
Meanwhile, in Vicam Pueblo of Yoeme (Yaqui) in Sonora, this week, the International Forum on the Defense of Water was held in solidarity with the Zapatistas, and Indigenous battling for their water rights throughout Mexico.

 

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November 27, 2012

Zapatista Craft Shop at Toniná provokes the anger of the Chiapas Government

Filed under: Archaeology / Maya, Zapatista — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:58 pm

Zapatista Craft Shop at Toniná provokes the anger of the Chiapas Government

** There is an arrest warrant against me and I have committed no crimes: José Alfonso Cruz

** They don’t want anything saying ‘EZLN’ during the tourist events for the ‘end of the world’, accuses the property owner

By: Hermann Bellinghausen

On the outskirts of the City of Ocosingo, Chiapas, near the Toniná archaeological site, Zapatistas from Francisco Gómez autonomous municipality recently set up a shop selling artesanía (crafts) on an area of recuperated land. This has unleashed a government rejection from the official municipality as much as from the state, which issued an arrest warrant against the owner of the next door property, who is also a support base of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN, its initials in Spanish).

The core of the conflict is the attractive hand painted sign that the Zapatistas put up on their land, located at the entrance to Toniná, a famous archaeological site where tourist activities will be held next month, taking advantage of the “end of the Maya world” fashion and the end of the year holidays. There is talk of an investment of 5 to 8 million pesos by the municipal government of Octavio Elías Albores Cruz, a PRI member.

According to statements made to La Jornada by José Alfonso Cruz Espinosa, a Zapatista support base who legally owns the Toniná lands up to the foot of the pyramid, who lives near the archaeological zone and who has repeatedly suffered harassment and attempted dispossession by the authorities, they have made it known that they have no objections to the shop, only to the sign which advertises it; this only states that it is an autonomous shop with artesanía from indigenous Zapatistas and that it belongs to the rebel municipality of Francisco Gómez.

“The state attorney is already looking for me,” Cruz Espinosa declared by telephone. “Judicial police dressed as civilians want to search my house, and I had to take shelter in an autonomous community.” He insists that he has not committed any crime, and that his compañeros from the autonomous municipality are within their rights to establish their business and to advertise it.

“The government doesn’t want anything that says ‘EZLN’ [to be visible] during the end of the world tourist events,” he added. These events will be celebrated from December 21 to 23, with the participation of the resident archaeologist, and “almost owner” of Toniná, Juan Yadeum.

Weeks ago, the same Cruz Espinosa denounced the construction of a bridge and a path inside the site, utilizing valuable archaeological material and “destroying a patrimony of humanity.” He placed responsibility on Yadeum, the current mayor Albores Cruz and principally on the former (mayor), Arturo Zúñiga Urbina, who with other associates wants to take advantage of the “end of the world” (events) and the expected influx of tourists from such an exciting event. All this, without the endorsement of the National Institute of Anthropology and History, which while it penalised the archaeologist, did not stop the work.

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Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Monday, November 26, 2012

En Español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2012/11/26/politica/018n1pol

 

English translation by the Chiapas Support Committee for the:

International Zapatista Translation Service, a collaboration of the:

Chiapas Support Committee, California

Wellington Zapatista Support Group

UK Zapatista Solidarity Network

 

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November 26, 2012

Gene Giants Prepare the Genetic Wipe-out of One of the World’s Most Important Food Crops

Filed under: Corporations, Indigenous, Maize — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 7:13 pm
We need urgent, global action to persuade Mexico’s government not to allow the Gene Giants to plant GM maize in Mexico, the center of origin and diversity of maize. Please consider signing the petition created on Avaaz.org directed to Mexico’s president.

Gene Giants Prepare the Genetic Wipe-out of One of the World’s Most Important Food Crops

 

ETCNR-GMmaizefinal15Nov2012_links.pdf

Agribusiness giants Monsanto, DuPont and Dow are plotting the boldest coup of a global food crop in history. If their requests to allow a massive commercial planting of genetically modified (GM) maize are approved in the next two weeks by the government of outgoing president Felipe Calderón, this parting gift to the gene giants will amount to a knife in the heart of the center of origin and diversity for maize. The consequences will be grave – and global. With the approvals and December planting deadlines looming, social movements and civil society organizations have called for an end to all GM maize in Mexico. Mexico’s Union of Concerned Scientists (UCCS) has called on the Mexican government to stop the processing of any application for open-field release of GM maize in Mexico. ETC Group joins these calls, and appeals to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – intergovernmental bodies mandated to support food security and biodiversity – to take immediate action.

Outrage and alarm rang out through Mexico when the world’s two largest commercial seed companies, Monsanto and DuPont (whose seed business is known as DuPont Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.), and Dow AgroSciences (the world’s 8th largest seed company) applied to the government for the planting of 2,500,000 hectares (more than 6 million acres) of transgenic maize in Mexico. The land area is massive – about the size of El Salvador. Scientists have identified thousands of peasant varieties of maize, making Mexico the global repository of maize genetic diversity. If the agribusiness applications are approved, it will mark the world’s first commercial-scale planting of genetically modified varieties of a major food crop in its center of origin.

“If Mexico’s government allows this crime of historic significance to happen, GMOs will soon be in the food of the entire Mexican population, and genetic contamination of Mexican peasant varieties will be inevitable. We are talking about damaging more than 7,000 years of indigenous and peasant work that created maize – one of the world’s three most widely eaten crops,” said Verónica Villa from ETC’s Mexico office. “As if this weren’t bad enough, the companies want to plant Monsanto’s herbicide-tolerant maize [Mon603] on more than 1,400,000 hectares. This is the same type of GM maize that has been linked to cancer in rats according to a recently published peer-reviewed study.”

 


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PVEM militants contrive dispossession of land in Chiapas

Filed under: Repression, Zapatista — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:40 pm

 

PVEM militants contrive dispossession of land in Chiapas

** Junta denounces “acts of provocation”

 

Zapatista support bases facing injustice and acts of provocation in Motozintla

[Archive image. Photo: José Carlo González]

 

 

 

By: Hermann Bellinghausen

The Good Government Junta Towards Hope, from the jungle border zone of Chiapas, with its seat in the Caracol of La Realidad, denounced “acts of injustice and provocation” against the EZLN’s support bases of Tierra y Libertad autonomous municipality. One case involves two Zapatistas, residents of the San Ramón section in the official municipality of Motozintla, who have been imprisoned for five months under false accusations, The other is an attempted land grab by members of the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (Partido Verde Ecologista de México, PVEM) against the town of Che Guevara, located in Belisario Domínguez, also in Motozintla. “The bad government’s injustices give us rage, they are provoking us everywhere.”

On false charges, and therefore without evidence, the brothers Aníbal and Carlos López Monzón, Zapatista support bases from San Ramón, are in prison, detained by state police last June 20th, together with two other brothers, Jacobo and Juan.

The acts that gave rise to this situation occurred on May 15, 2011, when the first three were returning from work on board a truck. “Along the road, Elfego Díaz Velásquez, César López de León (father and son), Argelio Díaz López, Javier Díaz López, Julio Díaz López, Alba López de León, Alida López de León, Bulmaro Santiso López and Vidal López Velásquez were waiting for them. They got them out of the truck and brutally beat them with sticks and stones, attempting to kill them.”

Aníbal, the Junta adds, was beaten more [than the others]. “He remained unconscious, almost dead. At that moment a Tapachula patrol car was passing by, with Commander Victoriano López Aguirre and five auxiliary police, and when they saw that our compañeros were being beaten up they did not intervene and withdrew, becoming accomplices of the aggressors.” Other neighbours gave aid to those who were beaten up. “A patrol car arrived at midnight to pick up the aggressors, not to punish them, but to protect them. With the complicity of the lawyers Juan Antonio Gómez Coello and Antonio López de León, as well as of the Motozintla Public Ministry (MP, its initials in Spanish), they invented false crimes against our compañeros and their brother.”

Their “only crime” is being Zapatistas, says the Junta. “The criminals are organized and paid by the bad government to pursue the Zapatistas; corrupt officials like the Motozintla MP (Ministerio Publico) Rodolfo Cruz Martínez, and the MP for Tapachula, get the process going, and together with the actors begin to invent crimes”: alleged robberies, injuries, damages, break-ins. In the same fashion, six non-Zapatista neighbours who aided them on the day of the attack are accused of similar crimes.

On June 20, Aníbal and Carlos, with their brothers Juan and Jacobo, headed to Tapachula. By that date “the gang of delinquents had already been inventing crimes with their accomplices, and so the ministerial police now detained the four.” The Junta continues: “We have tried to solve the problem, and the bad government has not wanted to do so.” The intervention of the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Centre was requested. They asked that the aggressors rectify their statement. “The bad lawyers justify their criminal clients saying that ‘they weren’t there.”

The State Human Rights Commission “has been looking at the case without results, pure justification of the bad governments.” The Junta asserted: “We just want justice. We are not liars or cheats, we don’t defend those who do bad (things) to the people, be they Zapatistas or not.” Juan and Jacobo López Monzón only aided their brothers. “That’s how the bad governments are; they don’t want anyone to aid the Zapatistas, and whoever does so is considered a criminal.” The Junta demands the freedom of the four and “that they are paid for their days and months of work, because their family members are suffering since no one maintains their life.”

On the other hand, the Junta denounces that members of the PVEM seek to dispossess lands from the support bases of Che Guevara town. On October 17, Olegario Roblero Rodríguez shot Manuel Barrios Hernández of Che Guevara “because of a land problem that the Junta already resolved.”

The EZLN’s support bases live on the “recuperated land. The person that was the owner is dead. He has his son and his daughter Guillermo Pompilio and Ilse Gálvez Pinto. Because of who we are as Zapatistas, we gave them 30 hectares each and we kept 30 hectares and 4 were not distributed because they cannot be worked; 94 hectares in total. It turns out that Guillermo and Ilse put themselves in agreement with the bad governments and the party in power (PVEM) to evict our compañeros.” To do so, “those who are acting are Carmela Oseguera Ramos, Silvano Bartolomé Pérez, Fidadelfo Salas Verdugo, Heladio Pérez Rodríguez, Bersai y Misael Escobar, Olegario Roblero Rodríguez, Ángel Roblero Figueroa and Eusetis and Denser Oseguera,” the Junta denounces.

It places responsibility for “what is happening and what may happen” on the three levels of government: “Oscar René Gonzáles Galindo (mayor), Juan Sabines Guerrero, the new trickery of Manuel Velasco and on the Big Skull (Calaverón) of the skull of Calderón who has already gone.”

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Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Sunday, November 25, 2012

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2012/11/25/politica/017n1pol

 

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November 25, 2012

The JBG of La Realidad strongly denounces acts of injustice and provocation

Filed under: Repression, Zapatista — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 1:54 pm

 

The JBG of La Realidad strongly denounces acts of injustice and provocation against Zapatista Support Bases from San Ramon and Che Guevara

CARACOL 1

MOTHER OF CARACOLES

SEA OF ​​OUR DREAMS

La Realidad, Chiapas, Mexico, November 23, 2012

PUBLIC DENUNCIATION 

To national and international civil society

To the compañeras and compañeros of the national and international Other Campaign

To the compañeras and compañeros of the Sixth International

To independent human rights organizations

To the alternative media

To the national and international press

To our sisters and brothers from Mexico and the world

The Good Government Junta Towards Hope, from this jungle border area, based in La Realidad, Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipality of San Pedro de Michoacan, STRONGLY DENOUNCE TWO ACTS OF INJUSTICE AND PROVOCATION which our   compañeros support bases of the EZLN are suffering. One of them is being endured by our compañeros from San Ramon Fraction of the Autonomous Municipality Tierra y Libertad, which is located in the official municipality of Motozintla, Chiapas, and the other is being suffered by our compañeros from the community of Che Guevara, Autonomous Municipality  Tierra y Libertad, which is located in Belisario Dominguez, official municipality Motozintla of Mendoza, Chiapas.

On May 15, 2011, our compañeros Zapatista support bases Aníbal López Monzón and Carlos López Monzón and a brother of theirs, Jacobo Timo Timo, who is not a Zapatista, were returning from their work on board a van and heading toward their homes in San Ramon Fraction, but on the way these gentlemen were waiting: Elfego Díaz Velásquez, Cesar Lopez de León, Cesar López de León (son), Argelio Díaz López, Javier Díaz López, Julio Díaz López, Alba López de León, Alida López de León, Bulmaro Santiso López and Vidal López Velásquez, who pulled them from the truck and beat them severely with sticks and stones, trying to kill them.

Our partner Hannibal was the one who was beaten most severely, with so many blows that he was unconscious, almost dead. At that time a patrol from the town of Tapachula was passing by, with the Commander Sr. Victoriano Lopez Aguirre and 5 auxiliaries, and when they saw our compañeros were being brutally beaten they did not intervene and withdrew,  so becoming accomplices of the attackers. After our compañeros were beaten, our brothers Elías López Velásquez, Saúl López Zunun, Marcos Lopez Morales, Abigail Lopez González and Juan Lopez Monzón gave assistance to our compañeros.

At 12 midnight a patrol arrived to pick up the aggressors, not to punish them, but to protect them from their crime, and with the complicity of licenciados Juan Antonio Gomes Coello and Antonio Lopez de León, as well as the Public ministry of Motozintla and the bad governments, they invented false crimes against our two compañeros and their brother, as well against the other six people who provided assistance to our compañeros.

Our compañeros have committed no crime, the only crime for the three levels of government is being Zapatistas. These criminals are organized and paid by the bad government to persecute those who are Zapatistas in Mexico, they are starting to walk to the corrupt officials such as the Public minister of Motozintla, Rodolfo Cruz Martines and the Public minister of Tapachula, who together with the actors are starting to invent offences:

They accuse our compañero Aníbal López Monzón of stealing a gold chain, and our compañero Carlos López Monzon of injury and burglary and damage to a house and their brother who is not a compañero, Sr. Jacobo López Monzón, they accuse him of wounding Señora Alida Lopez de León and breaking into a house belonging to señor Gerardo Lopez de León, and those who assisted our compañeros are accused of: Juan López Monzón of stealing $ 10,000 and assaulting Señora Alida Lopez de León, and Abigail López Gonzáles,  Elías López Velásquez, Neri Lopez Salas, Marcos Lopez Morales and Saúl López Zunun are charged with breaking in to and damaging a house.

And on 20 June this year, the mother of our compañeros was unwell, our two compañeros Carlos and Anibal accompanied by their two brothers Juan and Jacobo, who are not compañeros, went to Tapachula in search of medicine for their mother. By this date, the criminal gang had already invented the crimes with their accomplices, the public ministry of  Motozintla, who gave orders for their arrest; that is how our two compañeros Carlos and Anibal were arrested with their two brothers James and John, by ministerial police.

We as the Good Government Junta have tried to sort out and resolve this problem, but the bad government has refused to discuss the case, we requested the intervention of the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Centre, but when Frayba intervened asking the offenders to rectify their statement, the bad governments and bad lawyers justified their criminal clients, saying that they summoned them, but they did not come.

Where is the justice? Our compañeros Anibal and Carlos have committed no crime, they are innocent, their only crime is being Zapatistas.

Currently our two compañeros and their two brothers have spent more than five months in jail. The Human Rights people have been looking at the case but with no result, purely justification by the bad governments and the bad lawyers.

“OUR  COMPAÑEROS HAVE COMMITTED NO CRIME”

So we feel obliged to DENOUNCE PUBLICLY, not because we are protecting our compas Anibal and Carlos, we just want justice. We say as the Good Government Junta, we are not liars or cheats, we do not defend anyone who does harm to the people, whether or not they are Zapatistas; like these two brothers Juan López Monzón y Jacobo Timo Timo López Monzón, whose only crime is that they helped our compañeros.

This is how the bad governments are, they do not want anyone to help us, the Zapatistas, because anyone who does so is considered a criminal.

Therefore we not only want them to release our two compañeros Anibal and Carlos and two of our brothers Juan and Jacobo; we also want them to pay them for their days and months of [lost] work, because we all work so as to eat bread every day, because their families are suffering since there is no one to sustain their life.

WE WANT THEIR IMMEDIATE FREEDOM, AS WELL AS THE CANCELLATION OF THE FABRICATED CHARGES AGAINST THOSE WHO ASSISTED OUR COMPAÑEROS.

The injustices of the bad governments make us angry, everywhere they are provoking us, everywhere they are charging us with false crimes, because, on the other hand, it happened that, on October 17, 2012 they shot our compañero Manuel Barrios Hernández, from the community of Che Guevara, Motozintla official municipality, he was shot by Olegario Roblero Rodríguez, with a “16” calibre shotgun. About a land problem already resolved by the Good Government Junta.

He who was living on the recuperated land of Che Guevara did not own it, in fact the owner was already dead, he had a son and daughter: Pompilio Guillermo Gálvez Pinto and Ilse Gálvez. Because we are the Zapatistas who we are, we gave each of them 30 hectares and we kept 30 hectares and 4 were not distributed because they cannot be worked, as there are 94 hectares in total.

So down with the bad governments, because it turned out that Guillermo and Ilse made an agreement with the bad governments and the party which is in power (PVEM, Green Party), and decided to evict our compañeros from Che Guevara community.

Ilse and Guillermo took charge of those who were going to make the acts of provocation, and those who are making them are: Carmela Oseguera Ramos, Silvano Bartolomé Pérez, Fidadelfo Salas Verdugo, Heladio Pérez Rodríguez, Bersai Escobar, Misael Escobar, Olegario Roblero Rodríguez, Ángel Roblero Figueroa, Eusetis Oseguera and Denser Oseguera.

What are lacking as Zapatistas?  What affects those two people, also affects us, that shit which is sown by the bad governments, so we place responsibility for what is happening and may happen to our compañeros on: Ilse and Guillermo and the people who are used by them, and the three levels of government:  Oscar Rene Gonzáles Galindo, Juan Sabines Guerrero, Oscar Rene Gonzáles Galindo, Juan Sabines Guerrero, the new crafty Manuel Velasco and Calderón who is already known as Calaverón (the Skull), if they do nothing to put a definitive end to these acts of provocation that  your people are unleashing against our Zapatista compañeros.

People of Mexico and the world, this is how the three levels of bad government and their corrupt officials treat us, because we are Zapatistas.

THEY WILL NEVER EVER PUT AN END TO US 

PEOPLE OF MEXICO AND THE WORLD…. WE ARE WITH YOU 

SINCERELY

GOOD GOVERNMENT JUNTA

TOWARDS HOPE

JUNGLE BORDER ZONE

DENUNCIATION SIGNED BY THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GOOD GOVERNMENT JUNTA IN TURN DANNDY YOHALY GABRIEL

AND STAMPED BY THE JBG TOWARDS HOPE

 

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Twenty-nine Years of Dignified Resistance: An Echo in the Heartbeat of the People

Filed under: Movement for Justice in el Barrio, Paramilitary, San Marcos Aviles, Zapatista — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 9:24 am

Twenty-nine Years of Dignified Resistance: An Echo in the Heartbeat of the People

17th November 1983 to 17th November 2012

by the

Dorset Chiapas Solidarity Group

For the last five months, the largest international campaign to be organized in solidarity with the Zapatista support base communities in resistance (BAZ) for a very long time has been rolling out around the world. We, the Dorset Chiapas Solidarity Group, are pleased to have been able, along with many others in 25 countries, to contribute our grain of sand by helping to organize informative events and actions, disseminate news and information, and set up new groups, known as Committees of the True Word, to support our Zapatista brothers and sisters. In our small corner of the world we have been able to reach out to people not previously involved, and we know that, as a result of this joint effort in many places, many more people now know the history of the Zapatistas. As the Campaign says in its first Call to Action, “everyone should know this history of profound pain, hope, and inspiration.”

This history began in Chiapas on November 17th, 1983 and it was on the twenty-ninth anniversary of the founding of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, somewhere on top of a hill in the Lacandón Jungle, by 3 indigenous and 3 mestizos, as the story goes, that the enormous organizing effort that has been the “Worldwide Echo in Support of the Zapatistas” was finally wrapped up.

It is an anniversary that was not only celebrated in the hundreds of Zapatista support base communities throughout the mountains, canyons and jungles of the state of Chiapas in south-east Mexico, butt was also remembered among indigenous communities worldwide who are struggling for recognition of their land and traditions, by groups everywhere struggling against neoliberal displacement and dispossession, and by all people of good heart who work for democracy, liberty and justice. The Zapatista struggle has touched the hearts and awakened hope in people of all colors and continents.

As the “Worldwide Echo” Campaign has now come to a close, we from the Dorset Chiapas Solidarity Group offer the following thoughts to mark where we have been and where we must continue to go. In particular, we hope all those who took part in the two stages find this of use.

The Campaign

Movement for Justice in El Barrio (MJB) is a majority Mexican immigrant women grassroots community organization that fights for dignity and against neoliberal displacement in El Barrio and beyond. They have a long history of supporting other communities and organizations that are part of The Other Campaign, including campaigns in solidarity with San Salvador Atenco and San Sebastián Bachajón, and they first planned the Echo campaign in response to an appeal made by the BAZ of the community of San Marcos Avilés, who are under siege from political party supporters backed by the local government.

The initial aims of the Echo campaign were “an end to the war against the Zapatistas of San Marcos Avilés, and immediate freedom for our Zapatista compañero Francisco Sántiz López”. The campaign was launched with the sending out of a stunning video message from the compas of San Marcos Avilés, telling of the nightmare situation they were, and still are, enduring, which provoked an enormous response. Our group have now shown this video seven times, to great effect.

Shortly afterwards, the war being waged by the three levels of the bad government of Mexico on the BAZ communities had extended to other communities, and the Campaign grew accordingly in order to offer support to all the communities under threat–a total of 6 by October. “It is absolutely clear”, states a declaration promoted by the campaign, “that the ongoing government repression being carried out against the BAZ of Comandante Abel, Unión Hidalgo, Guadalupe los Altos, San Marcos Avilés, Moisés Gandhi, and Jechvó, as well as the unjust imprisonment of the Zapatista political prisoner, Francisco Sántiz López, stem from the same source: the shared ambition and strategy of the municipal, state, and federal governments in their war of counterinsurgency to annihilate the indigenous Zapatistas.”

Background

The Mexican government’s war of attrition has remained the main strategy of its counterinsurgency efforts since 1994, when, under the ‘Chiapas 94 Campaign Plan’, a campaign was drawn up to displace the indigenous population, thus severing their ties from the land. It prescribed: “the forced displacement of the population under Zapatista influence into official shelters or refugee zones; neutralization of the San Cristóbal diocese; capture of Mexicans identified with the EZLN; expulsion of undesirable foreigners; death or control of equine and bovine livestock; destruction of planted and harvested crops, and use of ‘civil defence’ to break the support relationship that exists between the population and the transgressors of the law.”

This plan is currently being carried out through the use of paramilitary groups, or paramilitary-style attack groups, composed of local political party members, and armed, funded, trained and directed by the three levels of the Mexican government, with the aim of eradicating the entire Zapatista organization.

Paramilitary groups have a military structure, dress and operate as soldiers, and bear weapons which are for the exclusive use of the armed forces. They operate through daily threats and acts of harassment whose aim is to generate fear, attrition and stress in the community. The ultimate goal is to provoke a confrontation or to displace the community so as to crumble the foundation of the Zapatista movement: the BAZ.

“The bad government should hold its head in shame to claim that its police are there to safeguard order and social peace, when right in front of them robbery, threats, movement of paramilitaries, and the firing of heavy calibre weapons is carried out”, says the Good Government Junta from Caracol V, Robert Barrios. “What they should state clearly is that the police have been sent to protect the paramilitaries, so the latter can evict, pillage and steal the harvest of our Zapatista compañeros.”

In addition to the formation of paramilitary groups, the counterinsurgency, or civilian-targeted, war also manifests itself through measures including the military occupation of the indigenous territory of Chiapas, the injection of money through coercive social programmes, direct political persecution, the fabrication of charges, and the imprisonment of innocent members of the Zapatista bases of support.

Francisco

One of the latter is Francisco Sántiz López, from the ejido of Banavil. The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba) assert that human rights violations have been committed against Francisco, including: lack of an adequate defence and access to justice, not having a translator or a legal defender who knew his language and culture to assist him, violations of due process, and violations of the principle of presumption of innocence. For these reasons they have filed an appeal for legal protection for Francisco and requested his immediate release, stating very clearly:

“We believe that the case of Francisco is an example of the Mexican state using the system for the prosecution and delivery of justice to criminalize the support bases of the Zapatista National Liberation Army, as a consequence of their exercise of the right to self-determination and autonomy, based on the Agreement of San Andrés and national reference points established in Article 2 of the Constitution of the Republic, as well as the international benchmarks ILO Convention no 169 and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

The current situation

In the face of the historical process of repression, the difference made by the campaign is principally one of increased knowledge and awareness. The perpetrators of repression now know they are being watched and monitored, and that the news of their actions will be rapidly disseminated amongst what has become a multi-country support network of new and veteran activists, organizers, and communities. All around the world, in countries from Korea to Argentina, people have grown aware of the situation. They are watching. Thousands now know about the Zapatistas and the attacks they are facing–many with no prior knowledge–and are creating new ways to offer solidarity to their compas in resistance.

Additionally, our brothers and sisters, the Zapatistas, know full well that they are not alone; that international solidarity, inspired by their struggle, is reaching out to them; that as they celebrate 29 years of the EZLN, strong in the belief that they will never give up, never surrender, there are hands held out to them across the oceans of the world.

In a recent communiqué, following acts of harassment denying the BAZ of Jechvó access to their own water supply, the Good Government Junta of Oventic declared: “We want to make clear to the 3 levels of bad government, the officials and their people who they have paid, controlled and manipulated, that they should not think that, with provocations, threats, assaults and persecutions, they will stop the struggle of the Zapatista peoples, the struggle of all the original peoples from all over Mexico for the construction of our autonomy, self-determination as indigenous people and national liberation; whatever it costs us, no matter what happens, we will continue onwards, because dignity, reason and justice are on our side.”

Support

As the campaign drew to a close, actions and events continued to be organized on a daily basis, and messages of support continued to arrive from all over the world, from young people in the Basque Country to indigenous students in Canada, from the streets of Calcutta to the mountains of Colombia. Likewise, some of the campaign’s more well-known supporters sent new statements backing the Campaign. Here are extracts from a few of the messages we have found particularly moving:

Hugo Blanco, Peruvian social activist and editor of Lucha Indígena:

“There is a campaign by the system governed by the 1% to crush this island of democratic self-government, so that it will not serve as an example to the world that this is both possible and healthy.

Their instruments are the governments of Mexico and the state of Chiapas, political parties, criminal gangs and even campesinos who want to get land easily and with the protection of those from above.

It is therefore both an obligation and in the direct interests of all of us who are seeking a new world, of all who want a horizontal society in solidarity, of all who understand that the 1% is leading us to the extinction of the human species and who are committed to its survival; we must organize with all our strength and collective intelligence, in the defense of this island of freedom and democracy in Chiapas, which shows us that building another world, a world where there is room for many worlds, is truly possible.”

Raul Zibechi, Uruguayan thinker, activist, and writer:

“Hundreds of families are being besieged by paramilitary groups, with the unconcealed aim of putting an end to one of the most remarkable examples in the world of the power of those from below.

They will not succeed. Due the strength of the communities which have sustained for decades their project of life, despite repression, death, hunger and isolation.

They will not succeed, because Zapatismo is the seed which grew from the Ya Basta of January 1, 1994. Because it was rooted in the hearts of millions in the March of the Color of the Earth and it returned stubbornly to fight for life with the Other Campaign.

Zapatismo is indestructible among the many from below who struggle to continue being, who work every day to build a new and different world.

All solidarity with the besieged communities.

Let every heart beat together, intoning the mutual support among those from below, celebrating the joining of all the struggles, of all the other worlds.”

Dr Sylvia Marcos, Mexican feminist, thinker and activist:

“The indigenous peoples appear too often as the object of “help”, “development”, “education” and not as what they are, subjects from whom we can learn and who have already opened a new path which has illuminated hope under so many skies of this world.

This path is today a living possibility, which is manifested in a sustained peaceful resistance which we in the cities, the mestizos, can only admire. Why is there so much fear, on the part of the powers, both governmental and de facto? Why, among other things, this concentration on aggression, this excess of violence? Why?

We know that the paramilitaries are armed with the consent of the three levels of government: federal, state and municipal. So the attacks on the Zapatista support bases raise a crucial question…….

What are they afraid of to make them deploy such destructive force?

What is the danger from the proposal, the resistance and the survival of the Zapatistas for the prevailing capitalist order?

Is it because they show positively that other ways of life, in justice and dignity, are possible? That the satisfactions of life and the joy of being need not be governed by consumerism and commodification? That we can “live well”, as they say in the Andean communities of South America, with other ways of organization, government and campesino production, in which the best way of living is not the accumulation of material goods, but community solidarity and sharing what there is?”

Gustavo Esteva, well-known writer and activist

“The Zapatistas gave us Zapatismo, which now no longer belongs to them.

They gave us hope again, as a social movement, and affirmed for us the value of dignity.

Zapatismo today is a force which travels the world and transforms it. It is always local, and always open to the world, linking all our struggles in coalitions of the discontented and the rebellious.

Adopting Zapatismo as our own, as a new attitude which links us together in these dark times, does not mean forgetting the Zapatistas. Not only do they continue to be a source of inspiration. They have become an effective demonstration of that sense of the possibility of transformation which surrounds us. This has made them the subject of ongoing attacks which try to destroy them or at least to suffocate them, to stop them. For this reason they demand our solidarity.

One of the more radical positions of the Zapatistas has been to argue that they are simply ordinary men and women and therefore are rebels, nonconformists, dreamers. This underscores the fact that Zapatismo is not the work of leaders, vanguards or parties, but of the common people. It is a hugely important political position which still today defines the Zapatistas…..

We must act. We need to continually express our solidarity with the whole Zapatista project, but particularly with the communities which at this moment are exposed to direct and daily more intense aggression. We need to extend this campaign which embraces them.”

Next steps

We have great admiration and respect for the Movement for Justice in El Barrio, and would like to thank them for putting such tremendous efforts into inspiring and launching our collective Campaign. Indeed, as they state: “The government and its people have their strategies, their violence, their terror. But we state here that we also have an option in the face of so much repression: we have the option to organize ourselves and to fight for justice, dignity, and autonomy.”

Although the Echo Campaign has now come to an end, we must not relax our vigilance. The BAZ communities face great risks and remain vulnerable to new threats as they enter their twentieth year in resistance, and the thirtieth year since the founding of the EZLN. We must continue to organize in their support and for our own liberation(s). The newly formed Committees of the True Word must continue their work, walking the word through the world in opposition to the repression and in support of the other world we need.

Why? Perhaps it is best to allow our compa Hugo Blanco to respond: “The Zapatista zone is a living example that ‘another world is possible’. This other world is not only possible but urgent, in order to maintain the survival of the human species.”

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Veintinueve años de Resistencia Digna: Un eco en el latido del corazón del pueblo

Filed under: Movement for Justice in el Barrio, Paramilitary, Repression, Zapatista — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 9:20 am

 

Veintinueve años de Resistencia Digna: Un eco en el latido del corazón del pueblo

Del 17 de noviembre 1983 al 17 de noviembre 2012

por el

Grupo de Solidaridad con Chiapas de Dorset

Durante los últimos cinco meses, en muchas partes del mundo se ha estado realizando la campaña internacional en solidaridad con las comunidades bases de apoyo zapatistas más grande de tiempos recientes. Nosotr@s, el Grupo de Solidaridad con Chiapas de Dorset, estamos muy content@s por haber podido aportar nuestro grano de arena, junto con much@s más en 25 países, organizando eventos informativos y acciones, difundiendo noticias e información, y apoyando a la formación de nuevos grupos, conocidos como los “Comités de la Palabra Verdadera,” para respaldar a nuestras hermanas y hermanos zapatistas. En nuestro rinconcito del mundo, hemos logrado alcanzar a personas sin experiencia previa en la lucha, y sabemos que, como resultado de este trabajo colectivo en muchos lugares, muchas más personas ya conocen la historia de l@s Zapatistas. Como dice la Campaña en su primer convocatoria, “Todo el mundo debe de conocer esta historia de dolor, esperanza, e inspiración profunda.”

Comenzó esta historia en Chiapas el 17 de noviembre del 1983 y en el 29 aniversario del natalicio del Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional — lo cual ocurrió en alguna cumbre de alguna montaña en la Selva Lacandona, con tres indígenas y tres mestizos — se clausurará el “Eco Mundial en Apoyo a l@s Zapatistas,” ese proyecto organizativo tan enorme.

Es un aniversario que no solo se celebro en los centenares de comunidades bases de apoyo zapatistas por las montañas, barrancas, y selvas del estado de Chiapas en el sureste mexicano, sino también se observo entre comunidades indígenas al nivel mundial que están luchando porque se reconozcan sus tierras y tradiciones, grupos de todas partes que están luchando en contra del desplazamiento y despojo neoliberal, y todas las personas de buen corazón que trabajan por la democracia, libertad, y justicia. La lucha zapatista ha tocado los corazones y despertado la esperanza en gente de todos los colores y continentes.

Puesto que se acerca el cierre de la campaña “Eco Mundial,” el Grupo de Solidaridad con Chiapas de Dorset ofrecemos los siguientes pensamientos para marcar a donde hemos ido y a donde debemos seguir yendo. En particular, esperamos que esto les sirva a tod@s l@s que participaron en las dos etapas.

La Campaña

El Movimiento por Justicia del Barrio (MJB), es una organización de base comunitaria, compuesta en su mayoría por mujeres migrantes de México, que lucha por dignidad y en contra del desplazamiento neoliberal en El Barrio (este de Harlem) y más allá. Tiene una larga historia de apoyo con otras comunidades y organizaciones que son parte de la Otra Campaña, incluyendo campañas en solidaridad con San Salvador Atenco y San Sebastián Bachajón, y en respuesta a un llamado hecho por l@s BAZ de la comunidad de San Marcos Avilés, quienes están sitiad@s por partidistas con el respaldo del gobierno local, MJB planificó la campaña Eco. Las metas inmediatas de la campaña Eco fueron: “un fin inmediato a la guerra en contra de l@s zapatistas de San Marcos Avilés y liberación inmediata a nuestro compañero zapatista Francisco Sántiz López.”

La campaña arrancó con la difusión del videomensaje de l@s compas de San Marcos Avilés, que relata la pesadilla en la que estaban. Esto resulto en una respuesta enorme. Hasta la fecha, nuestro grupo ha proyectado este video siete veces, con mucho éxito.

Poco después, la guerra que los tres niveles de mal gobierno de México están llevando a cabo en contra de las comunidades BAZ había llegado a otras comunidades, y la campaña, desde luego, creció para brindarles apoyo a todas las comunidades sitiadas–llegando a 6 en octubre. “Nos es sumamente claro,” dice una declaración promovida por la campaña, “que la prolongada represión gubernamental realizada en contra de las BAZ de Comandante Abel, Unión Hidalgo, Guadalupe los Altos, San Marcos Avilés, Moisés Gandhi, y Jechvó, y el encarcelamiento injusto del preso político zapatista, Francisco Sántiz López, provienen de la misma raíz: la ambición y estrategia compartida de los gobiernos municipal, estatal, y federal de aniquilar a los indígenas zapatistas en su guerra de contrainsurgencia.”

Antecedentes

La guerra de atrición del gobierno de México ha permanecido como la estrategia principal de sus esfuerzos de contrainsurgencia desde el 1994, cuando, mediante el “Plan Chiapas 94”, un programa que fue realizado para desplazar a la población indígena, y de esa forma, cortarles su conexión a la tierra. El plan prescribió: “desplazamiento forzado de la población bajo influencia zapatista hacia albergues o zonas de refugio oficiales; neutralización de la diócesis de San Cristóbal; captura de mexicanos identificados con el EZLN; expulsión de extranjeros perniciosos; muerte o control de ganado equino y vacuno; destrucción de siembras y cosechas, y empleo de la ‘autodefensa civil’ (para) romper la relación de apoyo que existe entre la población y los transgresores de la ley”.

Este plan se está llevando a cabo por medio del uso de grupos paramilitares, o grupos de choque organizados en forma paramilitar, compuestos por partidistas locales, y armados, fundados, formados, y dirigidos por los tres niveles del gobierno mexicano, con el fin de destruir la organización zapatista por completo.

Los grupos paramilitares se basan en una estructura militar, se visten y operan como soldados, y tienen armas que son para el uso exclusivo de las fuerzas armadas. Operan mediante amenazas y actos de hostigamiento cotidianos, con el intento de generar el miedo, la atrición, y el estrés entre la comunidad. La mera meta es provocar un enfrentamiento o desplazar a la comunidad para así quebrar la base del movimiento zapatista: l@s BAZ.

“Les debe dar vergüenza el mal gobierno al decir que sus policías esta para salva guardar el orden y la paz social y que en frente de ellos existen robos, amenazas movimientos de paramilitares y disparos de armas de grueso calibre,” dice la Junta de Buen Gobierno del Caracol V, Roberto Barrios. “Debería decir claro que mando su policía para salva guardar a sus paramilitares para que desalojen, despojen, roben las pertenencias de cosecha de nuestros compañeros bases de apoyo.”

Además de la formación de los grupos paramilitares, la guerra de contrainsurgencia, o la en contra de la población civil, también se manifiesta por medio de medidas tales como la ocupación militar de territorios indígenas por todo el estado de Chiapas, la inyección de dinero mediante programas sociales forzados, la persecución política directa, la fabricación de delitos, y el encarcelamiento de miembros inocentes de las bases de apoyo zapatistas.

Francisco

Uno de éstos es Francisco Sántiz López, del ejido de Banavil. El Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas afirma que las violaciones de los derechos humanos de Francisco incluyen: falta de defensa legal adecuada y de acceso a la justicia, falta de un interprete o defensor legal fluente en su cultura e idioma para ayudarle, violaciones contra el juicio justo, y violaciones del principio de la presunción de inocencia. Por estas razones han entregado una moción por amparo legal para Francisco y han pedido su liberación inmediata, indicando claramente:

“Creemos que el caso de Francisco, es un ejemplo en el que el Estado mexicano utiliza el sistema de procuración y de impartición de justicia para criminalizar a Bases de Apoyo del Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, como consecuencia de su ejercicio del derecho a la libre determinación y autonomía, con base a los Acuerdo de San Andrés y sus referente nacionales, establecidos en el artículo 2° de la Constitución General de la República en relación con el artículo 1°, así como sus referentes internacionales, siendo estos el Convenio 169 de la OIT y la Declaración de Naciones Unidas de los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas.”

La situación actual

Ante el proceso histórico de represión, lo que ha logrado la campaña se trata más que nada de más conocimiento y conciencia. Los culpables represores ya saben que están siendo observados muy de cerca, y que las noticias de sus acciones serán inmediatamente difundidas entre lo que se ha convertido en una red de apoyo de nuev@s y veteran@s activistas, organizadores, y comunidades de varios países. En todas partes del mundo, en países desde Corea hasta Argentina, la gente se ha enterado de la situación. Están mirándola. Miles ya conocen a l@s zapatistas y los ataques que enfrenten–muchas personas sin conocimiento previo–y están creando diferentes maneras de brindar la solidaridad a sus compas en resistencias.

Además, nuestros hermanos y hermanas, l@s zapatistas, saben bien que no están sol@s; que la solidaridad internacional, inspirada por su lucha, les está llegando; que mientras que celebraron sus 29 años del EZLN, firmes en la convicción de que nunca se rendirán, les tienden muchas manos a ellos que están cruzando los océanos del mundo.

En un comunicado reciente, después de los actos de hostigamiento negándoles acceso a su fuente de agua, la Junta de Buen Gobierno declaró: “Queremos dejarles claro a los 3 niveles de malos gobiernos oficiales y a su gente que lo tienen pagado, controlado y manipulado, que no piensen que van a detener con provocaciones, amenazas, agresiones y persecuciones la lucha de los pueblos zapatistas, la lucha de los pueblos originarios de todo México por la construcción de nuestra autonomía, a la libre determinación como pueblos originarios y por la liberación nacional, cueste lo que nos cueste, pase lo que pase, pero vamos a seguir adelante, porque la dignidad, la razón y la justicia está a nuestro lado.”

Apoyo

Puesto que se acerca el cierre de la campaña, acciones y eventos siguen organizándose diariamente, y mensajes de apoyo siguen llegando desde todas partes del mundo, de jóvenes en el País Vasco hasta estudiantes indígenas en Canadá, de las calles de Kolcata, India hasta las montañas de Colombia. Igualmente, un@s de l@s apoyadores/as más conocid@s de la campaña han enviado nuevas declaraciones respaldando la campaña. Aquí les van algunas partes de algunos de los mensajes que nos parecen muy conmovedores:

Hugo Blanco, activista social peruano y editor de Lucha Indígena

“Hay una campaña del sistema regido por el 1% para aplastar esta isla de autogobierno democrático, para que no sirva de ejemplo al mundo de que esto es posible y saludable.

Sus instrumentos son el gobierno de México y el del estado de Chiapas, los partidos políticos, las bandas criminales e inclusive campesinos que desean obtener tierras en forma fácil y protegidos desde arriba.

Es pues obligación e interés propio de todos quienes buscamos un mundo nuevo, de todos quienes queremos una sociedad horizontal y solidaria, de todos quienes comprendemos que el 1% nos está llevando a la extinción de la especie y nos interesa la supervivencia de ella; organizar con mucho empeño e inteligencia colectiva, la defensa de esa isla de libertad y democracia en Chiapas, que nos muestra que construir otro mundo, un mundo donde quepan muchos mundos, es posible.”

Raul Zibechi, pensador, escritor, y activista uruguayo:

“Cientos de familias están siendo sitiadas por grupos paramilitares, con el inocultable objetivo de poner fin a una de las más notables experiencias de poder de los abajo existente en el mundo.

No lo conseguirán. Por la firmeza de las comunidades que sostienen su proyecto de vida desde hace décadas, pese a la represión, la muerte, el hambre y el aislamiento.

No lo conseguirán, porque el zapatismo es semilla que se esparció desde el Ya Basta del 1 de enero de 1994. Porque arraigó en los corazones de millones en la Marcha del Color de la Tierra y se volvió obstinada lucha por la vida con la Otra Campaña.

El zapatismo es indestructible entre los muchos abajos que pelean por seguir siendo, que trabajan todos los días por construir un mundo nuevo y diferente.

Toda la solidaridad con las comunidades sitiadas.

Que todos los corazones palpiten juntos, entonando el apoyo mutuo entre los de abajo, celebrando el hermanamiento de todas las luchas, de todos los mundos otros.”

Dra. Sylvia Marcos, feminista y pensadora-activista Mexicana

“Los pueblos indígenas aparecen demasiadas veces como objeto de “ayuda”, de “desarrollo”, de “educación” y no como lo que son, sujetos de los que se puede aprender y que ya abrieron un nuevo camino que ha iluminado la esperanza bajo tantos cielos de este mundo.

Este camino es hoy una posibilidad viva que se manifiesta en una resistencia pacifica sostenida que los de las ciudades, los mestizos, sólo podemos admirar. ¿Por qué tanto miedo, por parte de los poderes tanto gubernamentales como fácticos? ¿Por qué, entre ellos, esta concertación en la agresión, esta desmedida en la violencia? ¿Por qué?

Sabemos que los paramilitares están armados con la anuencia de los tres niveles del gobierno: federal, estatal municipal. Entonces, las agresiones a las bases de apoyo zapatista plantean una interrogante lacerante…..

¿A que le temen para que desplieguen tanta fuerza destructiva?

¿Cual es el peligro de la propuesta, la resistencia y la supervivencia zapatista para el orden capitalista imperante?

¿Será porque demuestran positivamente que otras formas de vida en justicia y dignidad son posibles? ¿Que las satisfacciones de la vida y la alegría de ser no tienen que regirse por el consumismo y la mercantilización? ¿Que se puede “vivir bien”, como lo aseguran las comunidades andinas en Suramérica, con otras formas de organización, de gobernanza y de producción campesina en las que la mejor forma de vivir no es la acumulación de bienes materiales, sino la solidaridad comunitaria y el compartir lo que hay?”

Gustavo Esteva, muy conocido pensador-activista mexicano

“Los zapatistas nos dieron el zapatismo, que ya no les pertenece.

Recuperaron para nosotros la esperanza, como fuerza social, y nos mostraron el valor de afirmarnos en la dignidad.

El zapatismo es hoy una fuerza que recorre el mundo y lo transforma. Es siempre local y siempre abierto al mundo, a enlazar todas las luchas en coaliciones de descontentos y rebeldes.

Asumir el zapatismo como algo nuestro, como una actitud nueva que nos enlaza en estos tiempos oscuros, no significa olvidarnos de los zapatistas. No sólo siguen siendo fuente de inspiración. Se han convertido en demostración eficaz del sentido de la transformación en que estamos envueltos, de su posibilidad. Por eso son el objeto de ataques continuos que intentan destruirlos o por lo menos sofocarlos, detenerlos. Por eso mismo reclaman nuestra solidaridad.

Una de las posturas más radicales de los zapatistas ha sido sostener que ellos son, simplemente, hombres y mujeres ordinarios y que, por tanto, son rebeldes, inconformes, soñadores. Así subrayan que el zapatismo no es obra de líderes, vanguardias o partidos, sino de la gente común. Es una postura política de enorme importancia que define hasta hoy al zapatismo……

Necesitamos actuar. Debemos expresar continuamente nuestra solidaridad con toda la obra zapatista, pero en particular con las comunidades que en estos días están expuestas a una agresión directa y cada vez más intensa. Necesitamos extender esta campaña que las abraza.”

Siguientes pasos

Tenemos mucha admiración y respeto por el Movimiento por Justicia del Barrio, y nos gustaría agradecerles sus esfuerzos tremendos que han hecho para animar y lanzar nuestra Campaña colectiva. Así es como ell@s dicen: “El gobierno y sus gentes tienen sus estrategias, su violencia, su terror. Pero recordamos aquí que nosotr@s también tenemos una opción ante tanta represión: Tenemos la opción de organizarnos y luchar por la justicia, dignidad, y autonomía.”

Aunque la Campaña Eco está por terminar, no debemos bajar la vigilancia. Las comunidades BAZ enfrentan muchos riesgos y siguen vulnerables a nuevas amenazas, mientras que le entran sus 20 años de resistencia, y sus 30 años desde la fundación del EZLN. Los nuevos Comités de la Palabra Verdadera deben seguir trabajando, caminando la palabra por el mundo en protesta a la represión y en apoyo al otro mundo que necesitamos.

¿Por qué? Quizás sea mejor dejar que nuestro compa Hugo Blanco responda: “La zona zapatista… es ejemplo vivo de que “Otro mundo es posible”… No sólo es posible sino urgente, para mantener la supervivencia de la especie humana.”

 

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November 23, 2012

The EZLN announces a communiqué

Filed under: Zapatista — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 7:04 am

The EZLN announces a communiqué

MVS News 20/11/2012

Within days of the end of the presidency of Felipe Calderón Hinojosa and Juan Sabines Guerrero, the Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) announced that it will break the silence that it has maintained since 2009.

“Soon the word of the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee-General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation Sixth Commission and the International Commission of the EZLN,” says the notice on the website of Enlace Zapatista, the Zapatista source of information.

The comandancia of the EZLN has not issued a communiqué since late 2008 and early 2009, when they met with anti-systemic organizations in in San Cristobal de las Casas for the Festival of Dignified Rage.

During the presidential campaign, their spokesperson, Subcomandante Marcos, maintained a correspondence with the philosopher Luis Villoro where he criticized the campaigns, the candidature and the candidates.

On November 17, the EZLN celebrated 29 years since it was founded in the canyons of the Lacandon Jungle, when three Indians and three Ladinos set up the first guerrilla camp. The date was remembered by adherents to the movement with cultural festivals.

 

Note: The last communiqué issued by the EZLN was actually in April 2011

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November 18, 2012

29 years of the existence of the EZLN

Filed under: Journalists, Zapatista — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:45 pm

 

Los de Abajo

29 years of the existence of the EZLN

Gloria Muñoz Ramírez

Today, the 29th anniversary of the founding of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), the celebrations of its birth will be held in many different forms. Encuentro is the word that sums up the activities to be undertaken in Mexico and in many parts of the world, from the Festival of Remembrance organized by the Free Media Network of Chiapas, the Gathering of Words in the city of Querétaro, information and cultural days in the Zocalo, the activities organized by the National Network against Repression on the esplanade of the Fine Arts in Mexico City, and information leafleting in Fresnillo, Zacatecas. And internationally, parties like the one organized by the Basque Platform for Solidarity with Chiapas, under the consideration that the Zapatista support bases are an example of a transformative struggle of their own reality, and the EZLN represent an example of the old tradition of the guerrilla placed in a new paradigm in relation to taking power.

Many will say that there is no cause for celebration when their peoples are being attacked by paramilitary groups, as in the recent cases in the communities of Comandante Abel and Union Hidalgo, but these are precisely the conditions in which these communities build their autonomy, in the midst of constant harassment, which means the celebration is twofold, since the struggle for dignity is not achieved by good things and they have not tired of putting their bodies [into the struggle].

In addition to the cultural celebrations, in many places, the Zapatista word will be celebrated, putting on the table the battles against dispossession which are taking place throughout the country, mainly in indigenous communities, the legitimate guardians of the natural resources which many megaprojects want to seize. The influence of the 1994 uprising is so common that it is sometimes imperceptible, but as José Carrillo de la Cruz, moral leader of the Wixárika community of Mesa del Tirador, says:  from the Zapatistas “we learned that it is never good to use weapons, there are other means by which we can defend ourselves, using our intelligence, as another way of convincing. We learned this with them, and what we were told stayed with us profoundly, so we started going to assemblies, as we are still doing now.”

“Sharing our experience shows us that where there is plunder there is resistance, and that the link and the sum of these resistances means that together we can resist, defend ourselves, so that we can emerge more free from this difficult situation,” they state from Guadalajara, Jalisco, among the peoples from this organisation who celebrate, on this day, an encounter about and against the intensification of aggression.

losylasdeabajo@yahoo.com.mx. –http://desinformemonos.org

 

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LETTER FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE ZAPATISTA ARMY OF NATIONAL LIBERATION

Filed under: Repression, Zapatista — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:10 pm

 

LETTER FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE ZAPATISTA ARMY OF NATIONAL LIBERATION

For eighteen years, since their armed uprising in 1994, the Zapatistas have achieved one of the hardest things a human being can undertake: they have stopped being servants, they have stopped obeying the causes of others, and they have endeavoured to build and defend their own way of life and government. And that is why, for many, they are annoying or uncomfortable, and all three levels of government are trying to destroy them in many ways and with all the resources at their disposal.

The Good Government Junta “Seed that will produce” has reported that the Zapatista support communities are suffering attacks from armed civilian groups, and the residents of communities Comandante Abel, San Marcos Avilés, and Union Hidalgo have had to flee to the mountains for protection against suffering repeated violent attacks with high calibre weapons.

And we ask ourselves: why do the government and armed groups insist on attacking and destroying them? And the answer we find is this: because the government and the power need to be stronger, the citizens must be weak. And the Zapatistas put this weakness aside. Because accepting and contributing to the lifestyle imposed on us by those in power is to accept and contribute to our own servitude. And the Zapatistas put all servitude aside.

The Zapatistas are no longer slaves, but is that a reason to leave them alone? Is that a reason to allow the paramilitaries to murder them and displace them from their lands? Is that a reason to abandon the displaced to their fate, between the hunger and diseases that attack them in the mountain? If we have not learned anything from the rebellion of the Zapatistas, and we want to continue to serve the power of others, if we want to continue to obey power, then we can look calmly away, and remain silent.

But if we have learned something from the Zapatistas, then it is our duty to defend, with our voice, our hands, our disobedience, our rebellion, that other way of life which does not respond to the orders of power. And to try to be – as the Zapatistas are – free men and women who oppose all conformity, all injustice, and all servitude.

Barbara Zamora

Gabriela Campos

Manuel de la Rosa

Mtra. Elisa Gutiérrez Díaz Responsable de Vinculación Interna Programa de Servicio Social Universitario

Samuel Porras

Ernesto Kavi

Manuel Fuentes

Citlalli Fuentes

Comisariado Ejidal Ejido San Pedro Tultepec.

Comisariado de Bienes Comunales de San Miguel Xoltepec

Representante de la Comunidad de Santa Cruz Atizapán

La Karakola

Comisariado de Bienes Comunales de la comunidad de Ocotepec.

Nayeli Nesme

Cristina Coronado Flores

Santos García

Juan Carlos Martínez Prado

Grupo de Trabajo “no estamos tod@s”

Espacio de Lucha contra el Olvido y la Represión.

Rocío Salcido

Colectivo Rebelión Cotidiana de Guadalajara, Jalisco

El Colectivo Ixcatán de Jalisco.

Nodo solidale (Italia y México)

“Red de feminismos descoloniales”

Dr. Jorge Alonso, investigador del CIEASAS Occidente, de Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Amig@s de Mumia de México

Comité en defensa del bosque El Nixticuil, Jalisco.

Brigada Callejera de Apoyo a la Mujer “Elisa Martínez”, A.C.

Red Mexicana de Trabajo Sexual

Agencia de Noticias Noti-Call

 

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NEW LETTER FROM GUSTAVO ESTEVA ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE ZAPATISTAS

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“Worldwide Echo in Support of the Zapatistas”

http://sanmarcosavilesen.wordpress.com/

NEW LETTER FROM GUSTAVO ESTEVA ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE ZAPATISTAS

 

Compañeras and compañeros:

The simple and humble people of El Barrio, New York, greet and embrace you.

At this time and through this letter, we want to share with you some new words written by our brother, the well-known Mexican thinker and activist, Gustavo Esteva, as part of the “Worldwide Echo in Support of the Zapatistas”.

This letter has a very distinct nature, very other, which feels like a rebellious affection, strong, and full of solidarity. As if it came straight from the heart.

In this way, our brother Gustavo gives us a piece of writing full of life and wisdom and truth, answering the questions, “what is Zapatismo?” and “why be in solidarity with Zapatistas?”

As he explains: “one of the most radical positions of the Zapatistas has been to argue that they are, simply, ordinary men and women and therefore are rebels, nonconformists, dreamers”. Being migrants, displaced from our beloved Mexico, these words touched our hearts, and we know that each one of you will find in them your own truth. This is an essential part of the Zapatismo which all of us in this campaign have put into practice.

With memory, with truth, with our many differences, we will continue breaking borders, boundaries, walls, and any other division imposed by those from above, so as to continue building a new world.

With these thoughts, we offer you here the full text of the new letter from Gustavo Esteva. We ask you to disseminate it very widely.

NEW LETTER FROM GUSTAVO ESTEVA ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE ZAPATISTAS

The Zapatistas gave us Zapatismo, which now no longer belongs to them.

They gave us hope again, as a social movement, and affirmed for us the value of dignity.

Zapatismo today is a force which travels the world and transforms it. It is always local, and always open to the world, linking all our struggles in coalitions of the discontented and the rebellious.

Adopting Zapatismo as our own, as a new attitude which links us together in these dark times, does not mean forgetting the Zapatistas. Not only do they continue to be a source of inspiration. They have become an effective demonstration of that sense of the possibility of transformation which surrounds us. This has made them the subject of ongoing attacks which try to destroy them or at least to suffocate them, to stop them. For this reason they demand our solidarity.

One of the more radical positions of the Zapatistas has been to argue that they are simply ordinary men and women and therefore are rebels, nonconformists, dreamers. This underscores the fact that Zapatismo is not the work of leaders, vanguards or parties, but of the common people. It is a hugely important political position which still today defines the Zapatistas.

As we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, we must not forget the extraordinary actions of those who created it. It is important, in particular, to highlight a central legacy of Zapatismo: it was from the beginning an intercultural creation which was built through interaction. The Zapatistas have created a community which is always learning and which is continually transformed by linking with others.

At this anniversary celebration, honoring especially the memory of those who lost their lives in this undertaking, we need to emphasize that the Zapatista communities today need our solidarity. At the same time as they are consolidating their achievements, the bad governments are intensifying their actions to undermine their successes, to dismantle their institutions, to block their path. They are increasingly using paramilitary groups which carry out direct attacks, supported by local groups of campesinos, indigenous and non-indigenous, who try to seize the assets of the Zapatista communities and even their land. The repressive actions of the bad governments are passed off as inter-community conflicts.

We must act. We need to continually express our solidarity with the whole Zapatista project, but particularly with the communities which at this moment are exposed to direct and daily more intense aggression. We need to extend this campaign which embraces them.

Comandante Abel, present

Autonomous Municipality of San Pedro de Michoacán, present

Community of Jechvó, present

Unión Hidalgo, present

San Marcos Avilés, present

Moisés Gandhi, present

You are not alone, compañeras, compañeros

We are here.

We celebrate with you your anniversary, your life, your strength, your dignity.

San Pablo Etla, November 2012

Gustavo Esteva

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The wound remains open – Atenco

Filed under: Human rights — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 7:25 am

Compañeras and compañeros:

Receive greetings from Movement for Justice in El Barrio. Our compas from Bataclán Cinematográfica have asked us to share this new video of the dignified struggle of the People’s Front in Defence of the Land.

We ask you to please help us circulate it. Thank you very much.

In English:

The experience of San Salvador Atenco, in the State of Mexico, has left a sign in the popular resistance movements of the last decade and the trace continues. After the successful opposition to the construction of an airport that would have annihilated the fertile soils of the valley of Texcoco, the people from Atenco were confronted to police brutality on May 2006, the man responsible for that repression was the former governor of the State of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto. Then their comrades had to face unbelievable prison sentences and the struggle for their liberation. And without a break, the defense of water, soil and the life of the people and their home town which Trinidad Ramírez honors with her voice, her perseverance and her courage. The wound remains open, as are also open the pages of History for this exemplary people.

In only 16 minutes “The wound remains open” synthesizes an exemplary struggle of these last years, a struggle that has added up important triumphs: they revoked the decree that was meant to expropriate their lands in order to construct an airport; they achieved the liberation of their prisoners through a writ of mandamus of the Supreme Court of Justice; they related their struggle to other struggles always declaring the importance of their protest, with Trini at the head of it they confronted Peña Nieto with profound convictions and with the truth. This is quite an achievement in current Mexican  times.

 

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November 17, 2012

Celebrations of the anniversary of the founding of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

Filed under: Repression, Zapatista — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 8:14 pm

 

Celebrations of the anniversary of the founding of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

In San Cristóbal they commemorate the birth of the EZLN: November 17, 1983

On this day the latest phase of the Campaign Worldwide Echo in support of the Zapatistas culminates.

Photo: December 31, 2007, the EZLN militants salute the flag on the anniversary of the uprising on 1 January 1994 – Victor Camacho

 

Hermann Bellinghausen

La Jornada

 

 

Saturday November 17, 2012, p. 17

This Saturday, November 17, marks the 29th anniversary of the founding of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN); it also marks the completion of the new phase of the Campaign Worldwide Echo in support of the Zapatistas, which at this time was joined by groups and social organizations from 24 countries and many localities. During the last week protest actions were held at Mexican consulates and embassies in London, Amsterdam, New York, Bilbao and Florence, among others.

In recent months a group of intellectuals from Latin America has come to support this campaign for the Zapatistas in Chiapas with messages and analysis, and this has unwittingly become a public dialogue about Zapatismo today. The most persistent have been Raul Zibechi, Hugo Blanco, Sylvia Marcos and Gustavo Esteva.

Also this Saturday, the Festival of Remembrance will be held in San Cristobal de las Casas, to commemorate the beginning of the political-military organization of the EZLN, which happened on November 17, 1983 in the Lacandon jungle, a date which, since the public appearance of the EZLN in January 1994, has become memorable in many parts of the world.

The therapist and feminist Sylvia Marcos said for the anniversary: “I try to imagine the profound creative process that those extraordinary beings went through, those who first committed to meet with the struggles for justice already existing in the Chiapas jungle. No, they did not get the chance to “teach them” how to make the revolution. Neither did they teach them how to seize power by force of arms. They managed to put their previous training aside, the strict frameworks of the theories and practices of struggle which they had learned before arriving. Here with the unsubmissive and rebellious Maya, it was necessary to learn other ways.”

As a result of that mutual opening between indigenous and guerrillas, and their subsequent meeting with civil society, “the search for justice became more complex, it became peaceful, expressed through Mayan symbols, and Mayan expressions translated into Spanish” (by Subcomandante Marcos), she adds. The author asks several questions, which she describes as crucial: “Why is there so much fear, on the part of the powers, both governmental and de facto? Why this concentration on aggression, this excess of violence?”

Given the fact that the paramilitaries (in Chiapas) are armed with the consent of the three levels of government, Sylvia Marcos asks: “What is the danger from the proposal, the resistance and the survival of the Zapatistas for the prevailing capitalist order? Is it because they show positively that other forms of life, in justice and dignity, are possible? That the satisfactions of life and the joy of being need not be governed by consumerism and commodification? That we can “live well”, as they say in the Andean communities of South America, with other ways of organization, government and campesino production, in which the best way of living is not the accumulation of material goods, but community solidarity and sharing what there is?”

The Uruguayan writer, journalist and analyst Raul Zibechi trusts that the attacks on the Zapatista communities will not succeed in uprooting the seed, due the strength of the communities which have sustained for decades their project of life, despite repression, death, hunger and isolation.

The thinker Gustavo Esteva in his turn said: “As we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, we must not forget the extraordinary actions of those who created it. It is important, in particular, to highlight a central legacy of Zapatismo: it was from the beginning an intercultural creation which was built through interaction. The Zapatistas have created a community which is always learning and which is continually transformed by linking with others.

At this anniversary celebration, honouring especially the memory of those who lost their lives in this undertaking, we need to emphasize that the Zapatista communities today need our solidarity. At the same time as they are consolidating their achievements, the bad governments are intensifying their actions to undermine their successes, to dismantle their institutions, to block their path. They are increasingly using paramilitary groups which carry out direct attacks, supported by local groups of campesinos, indigenous and non-indigenous, who try to seize the assets of the Zapatista communities and even their land. The repressive actions of the bad governments are passed off as inter-community conflicts,” concludes Esteva.

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2012/11/17/index.php?section=politica&article=017n1pol

 

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The Government Continues to Inhibit Resistance Movements among Indigenous Communities

Filed under: Human rights, Indigenous — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 10:03 am

 

The Government Continues to Inhibit Resistance Movements among Indigenous Communities

** It reactivates armed groups like Paz y Justicia; the attacks in Chiapas continue: Frayba

** The government does not recognize those displaced due to the conflict and the counterinsurgency, it indicates

By: Hermann Bellinghausen

In Chiapas, those people internally displaced by the armed conflict and the counterinsurgency are not recognized as such by the government. In addition, sustained militarization in the state is part of “the scenarios of the strategy for the Security and Prosperity Alliance of North America (Aspan, its initials in Spanish), through the Merida Initiative,” and includes “permanent and itinerant checkpoints that violate the right of freedom of movement, with a particular presence in the border zone and in Zapatista territory,” the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba) maintains in an evaluation of the conflict.

Communities within the EZLN’s zones of influence (“the objective to be destroyed”) continue to be militarized. To this is added the implementation of government social projects which, “together with agencies like the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN, have been complicit in the counterinsurgency in this last six-year term,” says the study, which appeared in the new edition of Yorail Maya, Frayba’s regular publication.

The government “seeks to inhibit the resistance movements with social programmes aimed at dividing the communities, immobilizing the peoples through military occupation and the actions of the authorities in complicity with organizations of a paramilitary character and of groups linked to the government of Juan Sabines Guerrero, for the purpose of striking the communities in resistance.” Concerning the reactivation of the armed groups, it identifies “a pattern of direct confrontation from pro-government organizations with a paramilitary history, such as Paz y Justicia, which attacks the communities in the La Dignidad autonomous municipality.”

Over the course of the years, the authorities have denied both the concept of displacement as a consequence of the war and the existence of these displaced. Consequently, it was a “contradictory and utilitarian” action that, on the governor’s initiative, the Congress would approve, on February 14, a Law for the Prevention of and Attention to Internal Displacement within the state, with the support of the UNDP, with the intention of addressing this historically unsettled problem, which has left an open wound, irreparable losses and impunity.”

Nevertheless, testimonies received by the Frayba point out that the UNDP and Unesco “have caused community division, due to the continuance of a counterinsurgency policy driven by the federal and state governments to confront and exclude both the internally displaced and the returned-displaced.” That is how the authorities respond to the demands [of the displaced] for “attention under the guiding principles for displacement  of the United Nations.”

In the Census for Attention to the Displaced, the UNDP and the Chiapas government calculate that there are 24 to 30,000 people in that situation. This census, Frayba clarifies, “was created by the government with groups close to it, those looking for land with a history of exclusion and marginalization diametrically different from those who suffered forced displacement due to the State’s counterinsurgency.” The institutions involved “seek to misrepresent the crimes against humanity committed in Los Altos and the jungles of Chiapas”, and leave them unpunished.

Among others, it mentions 170 Zapatistas from San Marcos Avilés, 87 from Comandante Abel and several families from Unión Hidalgo who are not recognized as displaced. In addition, there are four families from Banavil, 36 people from Viejo Velasco Suárez –where there was a massacre in 2006–, four families from Busiljá and a minor, kidnapped by paramilitaries despite the precautionary measures requested by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Frayba emphasizes that these displaced people were never recognised as such, and concludes: “Internal displacement is not an isolated event, but rather a manifestation of the military and counterinsurgency strategy applied in Chiapas, which directly violates the territory of indigenous peoples.”

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Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2012/11/14/politica/023n1pol 

 

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