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January 30, 2013

The Other Campaign Disappears; the EZLN Announces “Changes”

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The Other Campaign Disappears; the EZLN Announces “Changes”

 ** “What we struggle for is still to be fully defined”

** He confirms that they will not become allied with any electoral movement

By: Hermann Bellinghausen,

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, January 28, 2013

166581_399534150136591_1590245218_nThe Zapatista National Liberation Army (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) announced new political actions and meetings “on dates to be specified”, and delineated with whom, and how, it will do it. For now, it announces that the Other Campaign and the Zezta International cease to exist as such. In future, those who participate on this “path” will gather around the Sixth, as the new stage of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle will be named.

In its most recent communiqué (number five), in the “protected” passages with the password “Marichiweu”, Subcomandante Marcos, the EZLN’s spokesperson, points out: “The who that we are, our past and current history, our place and the enemy that we confront is defined, as enshrined in the Sixth Declaration, it remains pending to finish defining why we struggle.” With the “nos” being defined, he admits, what is missing is to delineate the “yeses” and the “how,” “when” and “with whom.”

Directing himself to the adherents to the rebel proposal, announced in 2005, which gave rise to the Other Campaign, he reiterates: “Our thinking is not to construct a large organization” with “a centralized command,” because “every attempt at homogeneity” is “a fascist attempt at domination.” When they speak of “unity,” they omit to mention that it is “under the leadership of someone or something.”

“On the false altar of ‘unity,’ not only are differences sacrificed, but the survival of all the small worlds of tyrannies and injustices that we suffer is also hidden”. And “as the world turns”, it is “for us the place of the oppressed”. Nevertheless, “the current system has reached a state of extreme insanity. Its predatory zeal, its absolute disdain for life” is leading humanity “to its disappearance”. To save humanity “and the battered house in which it lives,” “those from above,” have to go and “the social relations that make it possible” for them to be above “have to be destroyed.”

The Zapatistas, Marcos says, see that there is machismo, patriarchy, misogyny, homophobia, scorn of the different, the left as an alternative to the right. “But it’s one thing to be it above and another to be it below.” The most deceiving identity, fashionable each time the State enters into a crisis, is that of “citizenship,” he maintains. The “citizen” from above and the “citizen” from below “have nothing in common.” One more difference, “that cuts across them,” is substantial: “he who has, has because he plunders (dispossesses) those who don’t have.

“To impose answers to those questions, or to avoid asking them, gigantic cathedrals for ideas have been constructed”, some “elaborate;” more often “grotesque.” “It doesn’t have to be this way,” the rebel chief continues.

In this new step “we will make changes in the rhythm, the speed” and “the company.” “One of the many defects that we have is memory. We remember who was where and when, what was said, what was done, what was silenced, what was undone, what was written, what was erased,” Marcos warns, mentioning next those who only took “their own political advantage from the Other Campaign”; those who “go jumping from one mobilization to another,” incapable of “generating something for themselves.” One day they are anti-electoral, another they are “in the fashionable mobilization”; one day teachers, the other students; one day indigenists, “another day they are allied with finqueros and paramilitaries.” And they disappear when the anti-riot tanks arrive. “We won’t walk together with them again,” he says.

At the same time, those who appear “when there are stages, dialogues, good press, attention, and disappear when there’s work to do without any fuss”. Also, “those who climb over the rest”, and “the professionals of assemblies”; those who “hand out defeats wherever they appear directing or moderating round tables”. Likewise “those who present themselves as fighters for the freedom of the prisoners”, but who “demanded we abandon the Atenco prisoners.” With all of these, he says, the Zapatistas “will not walk again.” Now they will do it “together with those who we invite and who accept us,” whether from the coast of Chiapas or from New Zealand; the territory for action is “clearly defined”: Planet Earth.

Being part of the Sixth “does not require affiliation, fee, subscription,” only “commitments and the consequences of those commitments.” “Those who, with the EZLN’s resurgence, hope for a new season of stages and big mobilizations”, will be “disillusioned.” The “walk of the Sixth is in long strides”, “we don’t just want to change the government, we want to change the world.”

The EZLN confirms that it will not become allied with any electoral movement. The “word” that proposes initiatives will be “exclusive” to those who “request it and who we accept”. Finally, the Zapatista spokesperson asks for “patience.” The principal objective of the new initiatives “will be that you are in direct contact with the Zapatista support bases” in the “best way, as students”. Those interested who are also “expressly invited by the Sixth-EZLN”, will have to prepare “to travel to Zapatistas lands on dates to be specified.”


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

En español:

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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