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April 30, 2013

Mexico: Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Hears Campesinos’ Case Against Government Embrace of Neoliberalism

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Mexico: Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Hears Campesinos’ Case Against Government Embrace of Neoliberalism

La Jornada: Gustavo Esteva

maiz in the marketWe accuse the government of Mexico.

We do not accuse it in the Mexican courts, which are complicit in the crimes that have gone to unprecedented extremes of moral and professional degradation. We accuse it before the most important court, the court of national and international opinion, through the most prestigious of the world’s moral courts, the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal.

We accuse the government of many things: there are seven ongoing investigations. But at the preliminary hearing held in Oaxaca this weekend, we accused it the government of crimes related to corn and food sovereignty.

Vandana Shiva was the honour witness of a very well-attended event, where simple campesinos and indigenous people from different states sat side by side with prominent specialists. They presented cases and testimony of the crimes that are the subject of the indictment. Camila Montesinos of Chile, and Joel Aquino and Gustavo Esteva of Oaxaca were the adjudicators of this pre-hearing which is one more of the steps that are being taken to reach the formal hearing before the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal.

The report accurately collected what was presented in the preliminary hearing and made some specific recommendations. “Enrique Peña Nieto and his officials”–stated the report–“are not legally responsible for the series of crimes committed over sixty years. But they are morally and politically responsible, because it was their party [PRI] that committed them. Now we are not only reporting the continuation of this anti-campesino orientation, but that the current administration is deepening it.”

One of the witnesses stated: “Now programmes are no longer established with the front of supporting the countryside but that would only benefit agribusiness enterprises friendly with senior officials. They do not try to fool us by giving us supposedly nutritious food, because we know that all they seek is to strip us of the foods that we produce locally.”

This deals very concretely with one of the programmes of the new administration. Its campaign against hunger is not actually aimed against this old enemy of humanity that reappears among us. It is one more campaign against the campesinos. One of the cases presented stated: “We denounce the cynicism, irresponsibility and perversity with which government institutions have addressed the problem. The men and women of Oaxaca are planting our corn even against a system that wants to end the Oaxaca and Mexican countryside.”

It is a very solid argument. One of the most serious crimes that the Mexican governments have committed is to insist on eliminating the campesinos. The invasion of transgenics is part of that strategy.

At the preliminary hearing, the fallacy that transgenic corn offers advantages to the campesinos or to the country and can be used to fight hunger was fundamentally and solidly dismantled. It is the opposite. If the entire country remains contaminated with transgenics, the maize production would fall. By their very nature, the transgenics decrease production.

The purpose is quite different: to deliver to private corporations the national seed market, which represents a multi-billion dollar business. Moreover, by controlling agriculture, they destroy the foundations of the autonomy of the peoples. This operation would have catastrophic effects on all aspects of national life. Even the cuisine would be affected: a good part of the corn-based dishes consumed by Mexicans can only be prepared with native corn.

Read the evening of Saturday, April 27, the opinion leaves no doubt. The body of the crime exists, the matter will be judged. And there are culprits: besides pointing generally to the responsible institutions, names were given. The judges will have a sound basis for performing their work.

The misuse of power was clearly demonstrated. The public schools have been used to promote private interests. On the one hand, they have been enacting laws that directly benefit corporations and hurt small farmers. On the other hand, they have implemented programs that directly attack all aspects of rural and indigenous life.

There was strong evidence that in addition to all this, they are making arrangements that bypass not only the Constitution and the laws, but international treaties as well–all for the benefit of those private interests.

The holders of the national sovereignty, the Mexican people, made themselves present to show that they [government officials] are violating the very ones whom the Constitution points out [to serve] as guarantors. These serial criminals have committed and continue committing unprecedented and unnamed crimes. Not to stop them now is to make ourselves their accomplices.

Translated by Jane Brundage



April 29, 2013

Bachajón Ejidatarios demand that Juan Vázquez Guzman’s death does not go unpunished

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Bachajón Ejidatarios demand that Juan Vázquez Guzman’s death does not go unpunished

** The indigenous leader “and adherent to the Other Campaign” was assassinated on Wednesday

** They warn that the struggle over the defense of land and the natural springs “will not be diminished”

By: Hermann Bellinghausen

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

juanThe San Sebastián Bachajón ejidatarios, adherents to the Other Campaign of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle, in Chilón, Chiapas, demanded that the assassination of their compañero and representative Juan Vázquez Guzmán, which took place on Wednesday, “is not left unpunished” and warned that: “following the compañero’s death, the struggle must not be diminished: we will continue forward, because we know well that his death was in the defense of our Mother Earth, because the mountains and the natural springs are masters of those who care for them.”

Addressing the Good Government Junta of Los Altos and the National Indigenous Congress, to which the assassinated leader also belonged, the Tzeltal ejidatarios explain that on April 24, at 10 pm “hour of God” (11 pm, “national time”), Vázquez Guzmán “was resting in his house when a person came knocking on his door and he was riddled with six high-caliber bullet, and the man fled in a red pickup truck in the direction of Sitalá”.

In the communiqué “they make known” who Juan Vázquez was: “An active member of the ejido and of the adherents to the Other Campaign. We walked with him for seven years after the Sixth. On April 18, 2010, he was named Secretary General of the three centers of the ejido.”

On December 24, 2011, municipal and judicial police detained him without showing him an arrest warrant, when he was entering his house, and he was taken to prison number 16 in Ocosingo.” Hours later the then Commissioner Francisco Guzmán Guzmán arrived, “carrying a file in his hand and pointing to Compañero Juan as the leader against the neoliberal project but, thanks to the mobilizations of organizations and the intervention of human rights defenders, he was released at midnight and they returned him to his house without making him sign any release paper asking for pardon and forgiveness.”

On November 26 and 27, 2011, Vázquez Guzmán, “accompanied by Compañero Domingo García Gómez, participated in a National Indigenous Congress workshop of dialogue and reflection at San Mateo del Mar (Oaxaca).” He was in charge of following up on the case of protective order (injunction) 274/2011 “against the Neoliberalism Project” and the accompaniment of the three political prisoners from his community.

He maintained his participation in the political prison forums and the mobilizations for the freedom of the political prisoners in Chiapas, in particular of Alberto Patishtán, “and in all Mexico”; also in mobilizations for the defense of the land, like the one on May 7, 2011 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, and in the Tila and Mitzitón ejidos. He went to the country’s capital “in support of the liberation of the last five San Sebastián Bachajón political prisoners.” He also appeared in several video messages to spread the community’s demands internationally.


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Monday, April 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


April 28, 2013

Communique from Bachajon about the death of Juan Vazquez

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APRIL 27, 2013

assassination“We demand that this murder does not remain unpunished.

We the men women and children, ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón, adherents to the Other Campaign, make a call for solidarity to achieve justice,

Following the death of our compañero, our struggle is not diminished, we will continue moving forward towards our goal, because we know that his death was for the defense of our Mother Earth,

because the mountains and springs belong to those who care for them”.

San Sebastian Bachajón, Adherents to the Other Campaign of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, Chiapas, Mexico, April 27, 2013









Compañeros, by means of this communiqué, we would like to make known to you:


An active member of the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón; as Adherents to the Other Campaign, we walked beside him for seven years following the sixth declaration of the Lacandon Jungle; after being a member of the organization, he was appointed Secretary General for the three centers on April 18, 2010.

On December 24, 2011, he was arrested by the municipal and judicial police, without even showing him a warrant, when he was entering his house, and he was put in CERESO no 16 in Ocosingo, hours later the commissioner Francisco Guzmán Guzmán arrived, who today is the ex-commissioner, carrying in his hand a folder identifying compañero Juan as leader against the neoliberal project, but thanks to the mobilization of organizations and the intervention of the Human Rights Centre he was released that night at about 12:00 pm and returned home without having to sign any release document or anyone asking his forgiveness or making any apology.

On 26 and 27 November 2011 the compañero Juan Vázquez Guzmán, together with compañero Domingo García Gómez, participated in a workshop of dialogue and reflection at the Indigenous National Congress in San Mateo del Mar (Oaxaca).

And he has followed the protection order (amparo) 274/2011 against the Neoliberal project. And the accompaniment of the three political prisoners from SSB.

He has participated in the forums about political imprisonment and in the demonstrations for the freedom of the Chiapas political prisoners, and for the release of compañero ALBERTO PATISHTÁN and throughout Mexico.

And he has been involved with the compañeras of San Sebastian Bachajón for the defense of the land and the mobilization last May 7, 2011, in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, in the ejido Tila, in Mitzitón and in DF, and the accompaniment of the release of the last 5 political prisoners from San Sebastián Bachajón, he has been part of several video messages for the release of political prisoners and the defense of Mother Earth.

And other participations.         .


On April 24, 2013, at 10:08 pm, hour of God, our compañero Juan Vazquez Guzmán was resting at home when someone came knocking at his door and he was riddled with 6 high caliber bullets and the culprit fled in a red truck heading toward Sitalá, Chiapas.

And we demand that this murder does not remain unpunished.

We the men women and children, ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón, adherents to the Other Campaign, make a call for solidarity to achieve justice. Following the death of our compañero, our struggle is not diminished, we will continue moving forward towards our goal, because we know that his death was for the defense of our Mother Earth, because the mountains and springs belong to those who care for them.

san-sebastian-bachajon-300x131THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES ONWARDS!






April 27, 2013

Denunciation of attacks on families in Chilón in order to take their land

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Denunciation of attacks on families in Chilón in order to take their land

Caravan of observation has presented a report of their visit to the area

Hermann Bellinghausen

La Jornada, Friday April 26, 2013

San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, April 25

manta sanmarcos1Death threats, threats of rape, attacks and robberies are continuing against Zapatista families in San Marcos Avilés (Chilón). The Network for Peace in Chiapas has released a report about the situation in the community, after a caravan of observation visited last Monday.  “The main source of the aggression is the dispossession of their workable lands by members of the PRI, PVEM and PRD”. There are also threats of displacement “prompted by the disagreement of the party supporters with the progress of the project of autonomy of the EZLN”, the report added.

The women of the community denounced that the party supporters harassed them on a daily basis. One described how: “we are harvesting the coffee with fear. One day when I returned to the house they had stolen the chickens, poisoned the pigs, and robbed other items. They say that if we go out alone, they will rape us. Two years ago my daughter died at the age of 10 of sadness, because they told her many times they were going to rape her.” Children “are constantly asking why they cannot go out and play, they feel the anxiety of their parents”. The psychological consequences “are severe”, the report said. According to another witness, “now we do not sleep on account of the risk”. The discrimination and exclusion against the Zapatistas “is evident”, and provocations “are constant”.

They documented a number of death threats. “For example, on March 27 the ejidal and municipal authorities met in a private place to share information about a Zapatista man and decide if they would kill him. They agreed that once they had done this, they would do the same with the other bases of the EZLN”.

During their stay in the ejido, the caravan experienced “a climate of hostility”, and the party supporters threatened to seize the vehicles of the observers.

Subsequently, the mission of 10 civil organizations met with the Chilón municipal authorities. While the Mayor Leonardo Rafael Guirao Aguilar (PVEM) did not attend, observers met the government delegate Nabor Orozco Ferrer, the receiver (síndico) Francisco Guzmán Aguilar and other municipal officials.

Faced with the documentation of human rights violations, the receiver “acknowledged the displacement and dispossession of land from the bases of the EZLN since 2010, commenting that ‘what is certain is that the Zapatistas bought the land, but it was taken from them because they do not pay property taxes, or pay for their light and water’, but he denied the existence of a situation of violence today”. The Government delegate “admitted that there are political interests behind these events on the part of some people which might be causing the conflict”.

The mission found “food insecurity” among the EZLN families. “This does not allow them to live a full life, among other situations that might constitute acts of torture due to constant and widespread violence committed against them”.

“We regret the lack of action from the government of Chiapas, which has tolerated the constant human rights violations”, the Network for Peace declares, and demands guarantees of health, education, housing and freedom of movement for the EZLN support bases. “There is an imminent risk that, for the second time (the first was in 2010), a forced displacement may be carried out by people from the same ejido who are affiliated with the PRI, PVEM and PRD. We make clear to the government the seriousness and urgency of the situation, and ask them to take immediate action to prevent irreparable harm to the life and personal integrity of the indigenous belonging to the EZLN”, the report concludes.





Attacks in Chiapas

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Attacks in Chiapas

Gloria Muñoz Ramirez,

Los de Abajo

This week, Chiapas was, once again, the scene of violence against the indigenous and campesinos who defend their land and practice autonomy, facts which are blurred in the electronic media, so busy struggling to spread images of the “intolerable violence” – as they call it – of the teachers from Guerrero, who are protesting against the imposition of educational reform, and the students who have taken the rectory of the UNAM.

Both attacks were directly against Zapatistas and pro-Zapatistas. The former are EZLN support bases from the community of San Marcos Avilés, municipality of Chilón, belonging to the caracol of Oventik. The second exemplify the struggle for the defense of their land in San Sebastian Bachajón, home and birthplace of the leader of the adherents of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle, Juan Vázquez Guzmán , assassinated by five bullets.

Active in the defense of his community since 2007, Juan Vázquez had denounced on 17 April, along with other ejidatarios adherent to the Zapatista initiative, new threats to their territory from a tourism project in the region.

The climate of violence in Chiapas, a state visited last week by the president Enrique Peña Nieto to kick-start his National Crusade against Hunger, is escalating with direct threats and harassment against those who defend their territory. The attacks have never gone away, it is true, but the violent events of this week are warnings that should not be overlooked, because a political assassination has not occurred in the state for a long time.

The attacks on San Marcos Avilés are not new either, but right now the hostilities are renewed against the families of this community, which, since August 2010 – when they established the autonomous school Emiliano Zapata – have been threatened by members of the group they call “party supporters”. The core of the conflict is the intention to displace them from their land.

In a recent communiqué, the Good Government Junta based in Oventik detailed the daily violations that they have suffered for the last three years, and commented that “the three levels of official government have done nothing to stop the acts of injustice and the violations of their human rights which are being committed against our support bases of the ejido San Marcos Avilés. The response has been one of swearing, ridicule and more threats to our   compañeros.”

In Chiapas there is a latent threat of forced displacement against the Zapatistas, and a new political assassination.



From New York: On our beloved compa Juan Vázquez Guzmán

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From New York: On our beloved compa Juan Vázquez Guzmán


juan with raul veraIn the community of El Barrio, New York, we are full of sorrow and pain following the murder of our beloved compa Juan Vázquez Guzmán, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, from San Sebastián Bachajón, Chiapas. 

Here in El Barrio, the memory of Juan Vázquez Guzmán will always be with us. His commitment to the struggle, his big smile, his love for his people and his dedication to creating another world will remain in our hearts and will continue to give us inspiration to keep on fighting. 

Juan Vázquez Guzmán, dear brother, the simple and humble people of the Movement for Justice in El Barrio embrace you on your return to Mother Earth. 

Juan Vázquez Guzmán, we will always appreciate you for giving us so much inspiration in our daily struggle. 

Juan Vázquez Guzmán, here in El Barrio, you will always be with us. 

Farewell dear brother.

Hasta siempre querido hermano. 

Movement for Justice in El Barrio


April 26, 2013

At the Mexican Embassy in London: Demand for an End to the Attacks on the Zapatista Support Base Community of San Marcos Avilés

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At the Mexican Embassy in London: Demand for an End to the Attacks on the Zapatista Support Base Community of San Marcos Avilés


SAM_0762Today, 26th April, 2013, the UK Zapatista Solidarity Network held a protest at the Embassy of Mexico in London in solidarity with the Zapatista support base (BAZ) community of San Marcos Avilés in the municipality of Chilón, Chiapas, Mexico. The protestors delivered a letter demanding an end to the threats, aggressions and acts of violence being made against this community by members of the Mexican political parties, with the aim of displacing the Zapatistas from their homes and their lands. This is being done, explained members of the Network, with the full support and backing of the Mexican state, in an attempt to put an end to the advances in Zapatista autonomy.

The protest was organised in response to the recent alarming renewal of the threats and acts of harassment, which has led to fears of an imminent attack and eviction. Only this week, a civil caravan for human rights observation and documentation on its way to San Marcos Avilés was threatened with violence by the party supporters. “Blood will flow”, they said, showing the impunity they enjoy.

The report presented by the caravan is shocking. The community has been living through a terrifying nightmare since it was previously displaced in 2010, following an attack with firearms. At this time 170 people, many of them women, children, the sick and the elderly, had to endure 33 days in the open without food or water, sleeping under plastic sheeting. Although they were able to return, their homes had been ransacked and plundered, and they have never felt safe since.

The letter called for an end to the threats and violence against the BAZ, and for a guarantee of their life, safety and human rights. “We will be monitoring events in San Marcos Avilés closely in the following days, and we will hold the governments of Chilon, Chiapas and Mexico responsible for any harm that may befall the BAZ of this community”.

Meanwhile, in the rest of the United Kingdom, people from Bristol, Edinburgh, Essex, Dorset, Manchester, Exeter, Sheffield and Bradford telephoned the Mexican Embassy in London and the Municipal President of Chilón, Leonardo Rafael Guirao Aguilar, who would be the local official responsible for any eviction. The callers expressed their dismay and indignation and called for immediate action to put an end to the violence.

The group ended the protest by saying “We wish through our actions today to send a message of solidarity to our dignified sisters and brothers of San Marcos Avilés. They have our full support.”

At the same time, the members of the group remembered Juan Vázquez Guzmán, ex- Secretary General of the adherents to the Sixth Declaration from the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón, who was murdered on Wednesday night. A minute of silence was dedicated to his memory outside the Embassy.

Keep informed of the situation:

Watch the videomessage:


Leader of the Pro-Zapatista Ejidatarios of Bachajón, Chiapas, is Assassinated

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Leader of the Pro-Zapatista Ejidatarios of Bachajón, Chiapas, is Assassinated

** Warnings of attempts at dispossession in this territory since April 17

** Juan Vázquez Guzmán was killed with five shots in front of his house on Wednesday night

By: Hermann Bellinghausen,

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, April 25, 2013

____asesinado_-_JuanVazquezGuzman_MEXThe leader of the ejidatarios, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle in San Sebastián Bachajón, Juan Vázquez Guzmán, was murdered on Wednesday night by unidentified individuals who killed him with five shots. The incident occurred around 11:00 o’clock at night outside his home, the ejidatarios reported.

This morning, the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba) condemned the murder of the man who was the Secretary General of the adherents to the Sixth in San Sebastián Bachajón, Chilón municipality. Vázquez Guzmán “stood out for his active participation in defence of land and territory in the face of the governmental plunder of the Agua Azul Waterfalls and the imposition of the ticket booth at the entrances.”

Neighbours in the region, Frayba adds, “say that Juan was attacked just when he was arriving at his home, and the attackers escaped aboard a red double-cabin pickup truck, which took the highway that leads to the Sitalá municipal headquarters,” which connects with “the municipalities of Ocosingo, Cancuc and Chilón.”

Since 2007, Vázquez Guzmán participated actively in the defence of the ejido’s territory, “for which reason it carried a protective order (amparo), currently on review in the Third Collegiate Tribunal, in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, under the record number 118/2013.”

It is appropriate to remember that on April 17 the ejidatarios, who are adherents to the Sixth, denounced that their territory “is threatened by the official policy of dispossession, which is continuing under the current state government.” The previous (government) stood out for persecuting the ejidatarios resisting the dispossession, for tourism purposes, of part of their lands, with the direct participation of the then and now Secretary of Government, Noé Castañón León, according to repeated accusations from the Tzeltal ejidatarios.

At the same time, the Network against Repression in Chiapas considered it “evident that it is a political assassination, by the multiple business, political and economic interests in the zone.” And from the San Cristóbal de las Casas prison, the prisoners of the Voice of El Amate (La Voz del Amate) and Those in Solidarity with the Voice of El Amate condemned the acts and demanded that the authorities investigate and punish those responsible.

In a situation of rising tension in that part of the Chilón municipality, new harassments and threats against the adherents to the Sixth in the Jotolá ejido have also been reported in recent weeks.


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Friday, April 26, 2013


April 25, 2013

Murder of Compañero Juan Vázquez Guzmán from Bachajón‏

Filed under: Bachajon, La Sexta, Other Campaign — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:58 pm

Murder of Compañero Juan Vázquez Guzmán from Bachajón‏


It is with profound sadness and outrage that we share the news of the murder of our compañero Juan Vázquez Guzmán, former Secretary General of the adherents to the Sixth Declaration from the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón.

La lucha sigue
Colectivo Radio Zapatista

San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas

April 25, 2013

Frayba Urgent Information Note

Ejidatario from The Other Campaign in Bachajón Chiapas is Murdered

The Centre for Human Rights condemns the assassination of Juan Vázquez Guzmán, former Secretary General of the adherents to the Other Campaign (La Sexta) in the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón, who was noted for his active participation in the defense of Land and Territory against the government plunder of the Agua Azul Waterfalls and the imposition of the Toll Booth at the entrance.

According to information given to this Centre, on Wednesday April 24 at 23:00 pm persons unknown shot Juan Vázquez five times, killing him instantly.

Neighbors say that Juan was attacked just as he was arriving home, the attackers immediately fled in a red van, with a double cab, taking the road to the municipal headquarters of Sitalá, thus also having access to the roads to the municipalities of Ocosingo, Cancúc and Chilón.

Since 2007, Juan Vázquez had been active in the defense of the Land and Territory of San Sebastian Bachajónone, a situation for which they held an order for legal protection (amparo) which is currently being reviewed in the Third Collegiate Court, based in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, under case number 118/2013.

On April 17th the ejidatarios of San Sebastian Bachajón, adherents to the Other Campaign of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, publicly denounced two that their Territory is being threatened by the official policy of territorial dispossession which is continuing under the current  state government.

1 Video of the struggle for the defense of the Territory, available at: #!

2 See note and statement available at:


April 24, 2013

Zapatistas denuncian agresiones de simpatizantes de PRI y PVEM

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Zapatistas denuncian agresiones de simpatizantes de PRI y PVEM

Amenazan a misión civil de la Red por la Paz de Chiapas

Hermann Bellinghausen

Periódico La Jornada
Miércoles 24 de abril de 2013, p. 22

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., 23 de abril.

La junta de buen gobierno (JBG) de los Altos, con sede en el caracol zapatista de Oventic, denunció las numerosas agresiones que han venido sufriendo en el ejido San Marcos Avilés (Chilón) las bases de apoyo del Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN), en particular este año. Los agresores son identificados como partidistas del PRI y del PVEM.

El comunicado se da en un contexto en el cual este domingo fue amenazada la misión civil de la Red por la Paz de Chiapas durante su visita a la comunidad tzeltal para documentar la violaciones constantes a los derechos de las bases zapatistas. El Frayba, uno de los 10 organismos participantes, denunció que “los partidistas amenazaron a la ‘Caravana Civil de Observación’ con quitarle los vehículos”, y advirtieron que si no los entregaban a la buena sería a la mala, y si corre sangre, va a correr. Las amenazas no se concretaron, pero dan idea del clima en San Marcos Avilés. La caravana concluyó sin más incidentes, y anunció un informe para los próximos días.

En tanto, la JBG recuerda que ha venido denunciando todos los actos vergonzosos de estas personas partidistas que provocan problemas entre indígenas de la misma comunidad; son organizados por los gobernadores Juan Sabines Guerrero y, ahora, Manuel Velasco Coello. Los tres niveles de gobierno no han hecho nada para detener las injusticias que se están cometiendo en contra de nuestros compañeros. Y apunta: La respuesta a nuestras denuncias ha sido de groserías, burlas y más amenazas.

El comunicado detalla más de 20 agresiones contra las familias zapatistas desde julio de 2011 hasta la semana pasada, cuando un zapatista fue despojado de un predio por el edil de Chilón, quien mandó un tractor para aplanar un solar de 32 por 25 metros propiedad de Javier Ruiz Cruz, y así empezó a trabajar, resguardado por 120 personas de los diferentes partidos el 17 de abril. Nuestro compañero no pudo hacer nada por defender su propiedad.

El siguiente día el tractor continuó trabajando en el solar, rodeado por la misma cantidad de personas partidistas y siete camiones de volteo para cargar grava. Antes, el pasado 29 de enero, Ruiz Cruz había informado a la JBG que el terreno, a orillas de una laguna, fue cercado por los agresores, entre rumores de que se trata de la construcción de un campamento militar.

Desde 2011 no han cesado las amenazas y hostigamientos, encabezados habitualmente por el policía municipal y el militante del PVEM Lorenzo Ruiz Gómez. La JBG relata diversas agresiones contra las familias autónomas: despojo de tierras, robo de cultivos y animales, saqueo de cafetales, amenazas de muerte, falsas acusaciones, suspensión de servicio eléctrico y agresiones armadas y con piedras, junto con arbitrariedades de funcionarios municipales de Chilón abiertamente coludidos con los agresores del PRI y PVEM en San Marcos Avilés.

Ya en marzo de 2012 el priísta Ernesto López Núñez alardeaba que los de su partido tienen un nuevo plan para desalojar a los zapatistas y que habría una segunda etapa para quitarles sus derechos.

El 3 de marzo pasado agresores y autoridades del PVEM se reunieron con el principal cabecilla (el mencionado Ruiz Gómez), quien habría dicho que no hay otra forma que asesinar a los hijos de nuestros compañeros, y después pidió a sus cómplices que asesinen a Juan Velasco Aguilar y a los demás zapatistas; sus correligionarios, según la JBG, se dijeron listos para hacerlo y que tienen suficientes armas.

La JBG de Oventic culpa directamente a los mencionados Ruiz Gómez y López Núñez, así como a los hijos del primero, Sócrates e Ismael Ruiz Núñez. Añade a los priístas José Cruz Hernández, Santiago Cruz Díaz, Vicente Ruiz López, Manuel Vázquez Gómez y José Hernández Méndez, además de los verdes Rubén Martínez Vásquez, Manuel Díaz Ruiz, Victor Núñez Martínez, Victor Díaz Sánchez y otras 30 personas. Estos agresores no dejan vivir en paz a las bases zapatistas, que ya fueron desalojadas temporalmente en 2010.




Zapatistas Denounce Aggressions from PRI and PVEM Supporters

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Human rights, San Marcos Aviles, Zapatista — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 7:16 pm


Zapatistas Denounce Aggressions from PRI and PVEM Supporters

 ** They threaten the civil mission from the Chiapas Network for Peace

By: Hermann Bellinghausen,

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, April 23, 2013

BAZ despojadosThe Good Government Junta (JBG) of Los Altos, based in the Zapatista Caracol of Oventic, has denounced the numerous aggressions that the support bases of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) in the San Marcos Avilés ejido (Chilón) have been suffering, particularly this year. The aggressors are identified as “party members” of the PRI and PVEM.

The context in which the communiqué was released is that the civilian mission of the Chiapas Network for Peace was threatened last Sunday, during its visit to the Tzeltal community to document the constant violations of the rights of the Zapatista bases.  Frayba, one of the 10 participating organizations, denounced that: “the party members threatened the ‘Civil Observation Caravan’ with taking away its vehicles,” and warned that if they did not give them up (the vehicles) “the good” would become “the bad, and if blood flows, it is going to flow.” The threats did not materialize, but they give an idea of the climate in San Marcos Avilés. The caravan concluded without further incidents, and announced [it will present] a report in the next few days.

Meanwhile, the Junta recalls that “it has been denouncing all the shameful acts of these party supporters” who provoke problems among the indigenous of the same community. They are “organized by the governors Juan Sabines Guerrero and, now, Manuel Velasco Coello.” The three levels of government “have done nothing to stop the injustices that they are committing against our compañeros.” And he points out: “The response to our denunciations has been swearing, jokes and more threats.”

The communiqué details more than 20 attacks against the Zapatista families from July 2011 until last week, when a Zapatista was dispossessed from a plot of land by the mayor of Chilón, who, on April 17, “sent a tractor to level a 32 by 25 meter plot owned by Javier Ruiz Cruz, which started to work, guarded by 120 people from the different political parties.” “Our compañero was not able to do anything to defend his property.”

The next day “the tractor continued working in the plot, surrounded by the same number of party supporters and seven dumper trucks to carry gravel.” Earlier, last January 29, Ruiz Cruz had reported to the Junta that the land, on the banks of a lagoon, “was circled by the aggressors,” among “rumors that we are dealing with the construction of a military camp.”

The threats and harassment “have not stopped” since 2011, usually headed by the municipal police and the PVEM member Lorenzo Ruiz Gómez. The Junta describes various attacks against the autonomous families: seizure of land, robbery of crops and animals, sacking of coffee fields, death threats, false accusations, suspension of electric service and attacks with arms and with rocks, together with the arbitrary actions of Chilón’s municipal officials, openly colluding with the PRI and PVEM aggressors in San Marcos Avilés.

Already, in March 2012, the PRI member Ernesto López Núñez boasted: “that those in his party have a new plan” to evict the Zapatistas, and that there would be a “second phase of taking away their rights.”

On March 3, “aggressors and authorities of the PVEM met with the principal ringleader” (the above-mentioned Ruiz Gómez), who would have said: “that there is no other way than to murder the children of our compañeros,” and then asked his accomplices “to murder Juan Velasco Aguilar and the rest of the Zapatistas.” His fellow believers, according to the Junta, said they were “ready” to do it and that they have “sufficient weapons”.

The Oventic Junta “blames” the above-mentioned Ruiz Gómez and López Núñez “directly,” as well as the former’s sons, Socrates and Ismael Ruiz Núñez. It adds the PRI members José Cruz Hernández, Santiago Cruz Díaz, Vicente Ruiz López, Manuel Vázquez Gómez and José Hernández Méndez, besides the Greens Rubén Martínez Vásquez, Manuel Díaz Ruiz, Victor Núñez Martínez, Victor Díaz Sánchez and another 30 individuals. These aggressors do not allow the Zapatista bases, who were already temporarily evicted in 2010, to live in peace.


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


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



Zapatista communique about San Marcos Aviles

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Human rights, Repression, San Marcos Aviles, Zapatista — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:37 am


The JBG Central Heart of the Zapatistas before the World denounces the attacks, provocations, threats, plunder and violence from people affiliated to political parties in San Marcos Avilés





20 APRIL 2013










In our last denouncement on July 1, 2011 we described all the barbarities committed by people affiliated to the different political parties, supported by the three levels of the bad official government; since that time the attacks, threats, thefts, destruction of crops and acts of harassment, led by Lorenzo Ruiz Gómez against our Zapatista support bases in the community of San Marcos Avilés have not stopped; we would now like to mention the following events:

1. On July 29, 2011 the compas of San Marcos Avilés realized that one of the attackers had made a deal with another party member from the Tacuba community to exchange a sound system for a rifle, they saw it was a 16 rifle of 22 caliber and afterwards, he was showing off the gun as he was pointing it at the daughter of the compa Juan Velasco Aguirre. Another compa realized that he was carrying the rifle to the coffee plantation where compas had been dispossessed.

The aggressor, who is called Santiago Cruz Diaz, says that he bought the gun to kill some Zapatistas and also to use it against the [human rights] observers.

2. On August 1, 2011 the aggressors went to Chilón to talk to the former municipal president, to the accountant Antonio, and the accountant told the aggressors that he would help them with the problems they have. The former municipal president said that he would ask for a hearing in Tuxtla and asked the aggressors to make a statement to be signed by all the ejidatarios and also by the women, and young people. The statement should explain that all the things for which they are blamed by the Good Government Junta and the Frayba Human Rights Center are all lies.

3. On January 17, 2012 our support base compaňero Gerardo and his compaňeros were cutting their coffee collectively; there were eight Zapatista support bases in the coffee plantation, when at 11:30 am they met the party supporter and leader from the Green Party (PV) Lorenzo Ruiz Gómez and his son Ismael Ruiz Núñez. These people from the political party, mainly Juan Velasco Mendoza, started to say the coffee plantation did not belong to the compas and that they should leave now, and if they did not they would be forced to leave, he also said that the support bases were worthless, that the international observers were useless, he also said that FRAYBA was worthless and so was the good government junta.

4. On January 18, 2012 Vicente Ruiz López (PRI) and his sons Vicente Ruiz Méndez (PRI) and Samuel Ruiz Méndez cut down 100 coffee trees and pulled up the chayote plants from the piece of land of our support base compaňero Gerardo. The party supporters said they were going to continue to do this and kept repeating the same words as before.

5. On February 9, 2012, the compaňeros Javier Ruiz Cruz, owner of a coffee field, and José Hernández Ruiz, at around 1:00 pm found 108 coffee trees destroyed, 94 uprooted, 14 cut from the trunk; the youngest coffee trees were 1 year old, most of the trees were two years old, but in the upper part near the land a pile of 35 trees were found piled up that had been thrown out on a cliff on the way to Tacuba Nueva community. The value of these plants would be an average price of 130.00 for each tree, meaning the total value would be 14,040.00 pesos.

6. On February 19 the ejidal commissioner Ernesto Lopez Nuñez was heard on the radio talking to the agent Aristeo Cante Cruz accusing the Zapatista support base Mariano Pérez of throwing a stone at a car driving down the road. The houses of our support bases who were accused were attacked with stones.

7. On February 21, 2012, at 9 pm party supporters blocked with rocks the main road situated opposite the autonomous school, however, the ejidal commissioner of San Marcos accused the Zapatista support bases who live opposite the school of blocking the road.

8. On February 28, 2012, they cut with machetes and pulled up 75 coffee trees from the field of the compaňero Enrique Pérez Núñez. Also people from the official (ruling) party stole 100 pumpkins from his field.

9. On March 2, 2012, Enrique Pérez Núñez spoke to one of the aggressors, who said the party supporters have a new strategy to evict our compaňeros Zapatistas support bases. They also  said they were going to continue with the second phase of taking away the rights of the support base compaňeros and continue destroying and stealing from the cornfields of our compaňeros, because these attacks have no repercussions; at 9 pm on the same day, the party supporter Lorenzo Ruiz Gómez and his son Andrés Ruiz Nuñez, on their way back to their community of Tacuba, stopped to kick the planks of the house of support base Diego Velasco Aguilar, from there they carried on and threw a stone at the house of the support base Juan Velasco Mendoza and also threw another stone at the autonomous Zapatista school and shouted that the Zapatistas are worthless to them and that they have weapons of .38 caliber (gun), 16 caliber (rifle) and cartridges for them, and they kept saying they had an AK47 and high velocity rifles used by the military, and  are well loaded with two magazines. When these two party supporters came to their houses they fired five shots into the air with a .38 caliber gun, saying they were not afraid at all because they were armed.

10. On March 27, 2012, at 12 noon while our support base compaňeros were praying in the church, the compa Juan Pérez Nuñez was the victim of a robbery in his house, they broke the timbers in the lower part of his house and dug down into the ground and managed to steal a package of dry coffee beans weighing 50 kilos.

11. On March 31, 2012, the party supporters and the aggressors held an assembly.

The first point they dealt with was that they made an agreement  about the compas who had pulled up some pine and they were totally forbidden to cut more wood and if they returned to cut more wood they would seize our compaňeros and take them to the official municipality of Chilón, Chiapas, along with the chainsaw operator; and the ejidal commissioner, the agent and his assistants made a deed of agreement which the 70 ejidatarios signed, telling the chainsaw operator that he must not come back to cut more trees for the compas and forcing him to sign the agreement.

The second point: they made an agreement to request the Final program, all 70 ejidatarios agreed and said to the commission that if anyone objects they will be expelled from the community, and also said that the support base compaňeros were not paying the property taxes each year, that when carrying out land measuring the rights of the compas will be transferred to their children, the ejidatarios will treat them as animals who will have no rights to make cornfields, they will have no right to take trees for firewood .

The third point: agreed that because the compas are not paying for their electricity they would start to remove electric supply from each house of our compaňeros.


On 25 January 2013 at 7 o’clock in the morning, an aggressor from San Marcos community by the name of Pedro Canté Mendoza went to the piece of land of ​​our compaňero Zapatista support base Diego Aguilar Velasco and stole100 coffee bushes which were already planted.

On January 26, 2013, a group of aggressors Vicente Ruiz López, Alejandro Ruiz Núñez, Rubén Martínez Vázquez, Tomás Hernández Aguilar, Jose Cruz Hernandez, Manuel Vázquez Gómez, Santiago Cruz Diaz, Abraham Canté López, Carlos Ruiz Gómez and Ernesto López Núñez invaded a portion of land of our support base compaňero José Hernández Ruiz, and cut down 100 banana plants.

On January 27, 2013, at about 4 o’clock in the afternoon, two aggressors called Socrates Ruiz Núñez and Ismael Ruiz Núñez, both sons of the leader of the attackers Lorenzo Ruiz Gómez, went to the land of Pedro Canté López to pull up 100 coffee bushes, 16 of those bushes they took away.

This was not the first time these aggressors had committed these acts, they have often come to steal sugar cane from the field of our compaňero.

On January 29, 2013, a compaňero support base Javier Ruiz Cruz informs us that he has a 32 x 25 meter field on the bank of a lagoon, but the attackers put a fence around the lagoon, invading part of the field of our compaňero Javier Ruiz Cruz, it is not known why that place is fenced, but there are rumours that it is for building a military camp.

On February 6th 2013, they came in the night to steal some chickens from our compaňero support base Miguel Gómez Guzman, it has not been identified who did it, but it is believe it was one of the previous aggressors.

On February 8, 2013, at 12 noon he found a horse tied in his coffee plantation belonging to one of the attackers called Santiago Cruz Diaz, supporter of the PRI party. This is not the first time the aggressor has tied his horse in the coffee plantation of our compaňero, because he has done so previously on several occasions.

On February 11, 2013, our compaňero Manuel Hernández López was informed by some of the aggressors, that the ejidal commissioner Ernesto López Núñez, Manuel Vázquez Gómez from the vigilance council and auxiliary agent Juan Perez Mecia, belonging to the PRI party, have sent a list of the names of the support bases to the federal electricity company in Yajalón for not paying the tax for the electricity. These aggressors have requested support from other nearby communities and threaten the support bases compaňeros to cut their electricity service.

On 12 February 2013, they stole 2 pieces of embroidery from the home of our support base compaňera Gloria Martínez Vázquez, while she was picking coffee in her coffee plantation, the value of each piece of embroidery is $500, and for the two the amount is $1,000.

On March 3, 2013 at 8 pm the aggressors and party officials met with the main leader Lorenzo Ruiz Gómez, and said there was no alternative but to kill those who walk near their homes, first they would murder the children of our compaňeros and this is their job, asking what they´re going to do about it as the main leader, LORENZO RUIZ GOMEZ, who is from the Chilón municipal police, and afterwards he asked his other compaňeros to murder our compaňero Juan Velasco Aguilar and the other Zapatista support base compaňeros; they said they are ready to kill our compaňeros and they have enough weapons.

On 9 March 2013 our compaňero Juan Velasco Aguilar and other compaňeros were working, and about 50 meters away there were 3 children of the aggressors called Vicente Ruiz Méndez (PRI) Luis Vásquez López (PV) Samuel Vásquez López (PV), of about 20 years of age, these three children of the aggressor struck their machetes 15 times against a stone, as a way to show threat to our compaňeros.

On 13 March 2013 they pulled up seven newly planted coffee plants of our compaňero Agustin Pérez Núñez and the aggressor was identified as Oscar Cante López from the Green Party (PV).

On 17 April 2013 the municipal president of Chilón sent a tractor to San Marcos Avilés to flatten a plot of land, seized 32 by 25 meters, owned by support base compaňero Javier Ruiz Cruz and so the tractor was protected by 120 people from different parties from the same community of San Marcos Avilés. Our support base compaňero could do nothing to defend his property.

The next day, April 18th, the tractor continued to work on the site surrounded by the same number of people from the political parties as the day before and with 7 lorries to carry the gravel. However up to now we do not know for what purpose they are flattening and filling in the land of our compaňero.

To corroborate these facts mentioned we have the testimony of national and international observers who are installed in a camp of observation in the Ejido San Marcos Avilés.

For these acts of provocation, aggression and seizing of the land and property of our compaňeros we blame directly the following men: Lorenzo Ruiz Gómez (PV), José Cruz Hernández (PRI), Rubén Martínez Vásquez (PV), Santiago Cruz Díaz (PRI), Vicente Ruiz López (PRI), Manuel Díaz Ruiz (PV), Ernesto López Núñez (PRI) new member of the commission, Manuel Vásquez Gómez (PRI), Alejandro Núñez Ruíz (PRI), Victor Núñez Martínez (PV), Victor Díaz Sánchez (PV), José Hernández Méndez (PRI), Tomás Hernández Aguilar (PV) Ernesto Méndez Gutiérrez (PV), Raú Cante López (PV), Abraham CanteLópez (PRI), Gustavo Cante López (PV), Juan Pérez Cruz (PRI), Rogelio Ruiz Gómez (PV), Carlos Ruiz Gómez (PV), Pedro Canté Mendoza (PV), Carmelino Hernández Hernández (PRI), Rodolfo Ruiz Pérez (PRI) Antonio Cante Mendoza (PV), Nicolás Cante Cruz (PV), Pedro Cante Cruz (PV) Vicente Ruiz Méndez (PRI Francisco Daniel), Manolo Cruz Díaz (PRI), Antonio Gómez Pérez (¿?), Ezequiel Cruz Vásquez (PV), Cruz Gómez (PV), Sebastián Díaz Vásquez (PV), Manuel Cante Gómez 11(the younger) (PV), Domingo Guzmán Gómez (PV), Celestino Guzmán Canté (PV), Rogelio Núñez Martínez (PV), Pedro Hernández Méndez (PRI), Juan Núñez Martínez (PV), Rus Bel Hernández Núñez Martínez (PV), Alejandro Hernández Sánchez (PV), EMA Ruiz Gómez (PV), José Hernández Méndez (PV).

We as the good government junta of the highlands area of Chiapas have during previous years been denouncing all the shameful acts of these people from the political parties, who always want to make more problems between indigenous of the same community; they were organized by Sabines, and now by Manuel Velasco Coello. But unfortunately the three levels of official government have done nothing to stop the injustice and the violation of human rights that is being committed against our support base compaňeros of the ejido San Marcos Avilés. The response to our complaints has been swearing, teasing and more threats to our compaňeros.

We as the Good Government Junta will not cease to denounce publicly the provocations, harassment and assaults suffered by our brothers and sisters in any community and municipality in our area. Although the bad State, municipal and federal governments will continue supporting, advising and backing the aggressors, so they continue provoking, threatening and depriving our Zapatista support bases of their rights. Because even at this time there are no signs of an end to this aggressive and arrogant attitude of the bad governors and the people affiliated to the different political parties.

Because they think that in this way they will put an end to our struggle with provocations, threats, attacks and persecutions of the Zapatista communities who are struggling for the construction of our autonomy as original peoples, but we want you all to know that no one is going to stop our struggle, because we the Zapatistas are going to keep going forward, whatever it costs us, no matter what happens, because it is our right and obligation to struggle for justice, for freedom and for true democracy.

For now this is all we have to say, we will be watching what may happen in the community where they will not allow our compaňeros to live in peace.










Las Abejas denounce lack of justice in the Acteal case

Filed under: Acteal — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:35 am


Las Abejas denounce lack of justice in the Acteal case


(@Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas)

(@Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas)

On 22 April 2013, in observance of the monthly commemoration of the Acteal massacre of December 1997, members of the Las Abejas Civil Society denounced the “impunity and lack of justice” exercised by the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN) in the case, as newly illustrated with its liberation of 15 Tsotsil individuals who had been imprisoned for participating in the massacre on 10 April.

Las Abejas affirmed that “as survivors of the massacre we clearly know that they were participants; we know their faces, and we clearly know their first and last names.  Although the mass media denies that they have returned to their communities of origin, we ourselves have seen them with our own eyes.”  They noted, “They are liberating the paramilitaries, and so: who is it who massacred our brothers?”  It should be recalled that a total of 73 indigenous persons have now been released where previously they had been incarcerated for the massacre–not because they are innocent, but because there were violations to due process.  Now there remain just six people in prison for the crime.

Las Abejas concluded that they would not demand justice from the SCJN or the authorities from the three levels of government, affirming instead that “Our hope is with international human-rights organizations.”



April 22, 2013

Aggressions in process against Caravan of Human Rights Observation to San Marcos Avilés

Filed under: Human rights, San Marcos Aviles, Zapatista — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 8:15 pm

“Blood Will Flow”: aggressions in process against Caravan of Human Rights Observation to San Marcos Avilés, while they threaten to steal vehicles


San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, April 22, 2013.

Solidaridad San Marcos Aviles4“Blood Will Flow” say political party members, who have operated as aggressors towards the Zapatistas in the community of San Marcos Avilés in the municipality of Chilón, Chiapas. The party members want to keep the vehicles in which the human rights organizations involved in the Caravan of human rights observation travelled to the community: “If you do not hand them over the good will become bad and if blood flows, blood will flow.” The caravan carried out its activities of observation yesterday and today.

With what impunity can a group commit such criminal acts against a humanitarian mission, when the eyes of large sections of the international community are on the lookout for   aggressions against the Zapatista process? They can be protected by no other than the networks of impunity built by the municipal government of Chilón itself, led by Leonardo Rafael Guirao Aguilar, the state government, headed by Manuel Velasco and the federal, headed by Enrique Peña Nieto.

After the attack on the humanitarian convoy to San Juan Copala on April 27, 2010, which resulted in the murder of Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakola by paramilitaries, other caravans of human rights monitoring have been attacked, such as the caravan of observation to Xayakalan where Trinidad de la Cruz Crisóforo was grabbed from the convoy of the caravan and then killed. The attack on the Civil Mission of Human Rights Observation to San Marcos Avilés is part of a sequence in which the Mexican government not only allows the actions of paramilitary groups, but also in the package of ignominy includes not protecting human rights observers.

The following organizations are participating in the Network for Peace in Chiapas caravan: Fray Pedro Lorenzo de Nada Human Rights Committee (CDHFP), Centre for Indigenous Rights, A.C. (CEDIAC), Services and Consultancy for Peace, A.C. (SERAPAZ), Support Committee for Community Reconciliation and Unity, A.C. (CORECO), Economic and Social Development of Indigenous Mexicans, A.C. (DESMI), Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba), Education for Peace, A.C. (EDUPAZ), LINK, Communication and Training, A.C. (ENLACE CC), International Service for Peace (SIPAZ), and Chiapas Centre for Women’s Rights, A.C. (CDMCH).

The Zapatista community of San Marcos Avilés, like several other Zapatista communities fell prey to a spiral of violence when they decided to found their autonomous school three years ago, and the 3 levels of government and all the political parties waged a bitter campaign against Zapatista education. In the 5 Zapatista zones there are similar processes of aggression against Zapatista education and Zapatista autonomy. Even so the Zapatistas have not taken any steps back, and next August will begin the “Little Schools of Freedom according to the Zapatistas.” It is amazing what Zapatista autonomy has built over the years, you will be able to see in August. From here we will be keeping an eye on what happens in the next few hours in San Marcos Avilés. And we will be reporting it.


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