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May 2, 2015

Zapatista News Summary, April 2015

Filed under: Zapatista — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 9:38 am

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Zapatista News Summary for April 2015

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News from Chiapas

1. SupGaleano sends a communiqué The Storm, the Sentinel, and Night Watch Syndrome which gives details and the link to use to register for the seminar “Critical Thought Versus the Capitalist Hydra,” to take place from 3rd to 9th May 2015. It also warns: “the thing is that we, the Zapatistas, see and hear a catastrophe coming, and we mean this in every sense of the term, a perfect storm… what we see is not good at all. We see that what is coming is something terrible, even more destructive than before, if that’s possible.” So they think the forthcoming ‘exchange of thought’ or ‘seedbed of ideas’ is very much needed.

2. Cyber-attack on EZLN webpage. On 7thApril, a few days after registration for the seminar using this site was announced, the webpage Enlace Zapatista suffers a cyber-attack: automated programmes launch thousands of simultaneous hits to saturate the site and take it down. Faced with this kind of attack, the only solution is to disconnect the equipment. The free media responds by reprinting the text of the communiqué and sharing the pre-registration formats for the seminar, so registration can continue. It is subsequently announced that the webpage is back up again, and in a new communique: Why so Serious? SupGaleano thanks everyone who helped, and jokes about the attack. The Cat-Dog is now administering the matrix.

3. Report on registration for the Seminar “Critical Thought Versus the Capitalist Hydra.” In another communiqué on 21st April, SupGaleano reports that so far 1,074 people have registered for the seminar. Of these, 558 people are adherents to the Sixth, 430 people are not adherents to the Sixth, 82 people say they are from the free, autonomous, independent, alternative, or whatever-you-call-it media, and 4 people are from the paid media. The Programme is released on 29th April, by which time 1,528 people have registered.

4. The Pueblo Creyente of Simojovel, in a communiqué released on April 13, denounce an increase in the death threats and acts of persecution and harassment against their priest, Father Marcelo Pérez, following their recent pilgrimage, as well as against members of the Parish Council and the Pueblo Creyente from this municipality.

5. Primero de Agosto, more than 60 days displaced. In a communique published on 17thApril, 2015, the forcibly displaced people (17 families) of the community Primero de Agosto reported the latest acts of harassment they have suffered on the lands they currently occupy. Between April 9-15, members of the Cioac-h from the ejido Miguel Hidalgo fired shots 500 yards from where they are currently forcibly displaced, issued verbal threats, and entered and robbed the dwelling area of one of the displaced people. The villagers have now been displaced for two months, they have no water, many of them are sick, their possessions have been burned, and one of the women is about to give birth.

6. The ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón are denied their petition for amparo against the dispossession of their communal lands, which they first presented to the courts in March 2011.  After three rejections and appeals, an unsuccessful attempt was made to transfer the case to the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation. A new petition has been launched to demand the enforcement of international treaties signed by the Mexican State, “because up to now the Judicial Power of the Federation has favoured and privileged the impunity with which the dispossession of the indigenous peoples of Mexico has been operated”. A Worldwide Pronouncement is released In Solidarity with the Compañer@s of San Sebastián Bachajón, with signatories from over 20 countries, from Palestine to Uruguay, from Denmark to Japan, and from Scotland to Bolivia. The commemoration of 2 years since the assassination of Juan Vázquez Guzmán takes place on 24th April, 2015, with a mass in the family home. His family release a videomessage.  Link to petition

Other news

1. Eduardo Galeano dies.The much-loved writer and poet, friend of the dispossessed and forgotten, dies of lung cancer.

2. Brigade for Ayotzinapa travels to Europe. The tour of the US and Canada culminates in New York on 26thApril. Between 15 April and 19 May, the brigade plans to visit 18 cities in 13 countries in Europe to inform the European community about the continuing struggles of the parents for the presentation with life of the 43 disappeared students. The group visits London on 19th May. Another group will visit Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.

3. Mexico is the second-worst country in terms of impunity according to the results of the 2015 Global Impunity Index.

4. The Caravan of the Fire of Dignified Resistance is announced, representing the union of the struggles and resistances of peoples from the state of Mexico, including the FPDT from Atenco. The caravan is for the defence of the land, the water and autonomy, and is touring the state from east to west until 15th May.

5. The Yaqui tribe, along with many other organisations convoke a National Caravan for the Defence of the Water, Territory, Work and Life, from 11th to 22nd May. The caravan aims to make visible the current crisis, to strengthen struggles, and to form a front in defence of water and against its privatisation.

6. April 20 marks five years since the murder of the human rights defenders Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola, who died while participating in a humanitarian caravan to San Juan Copala in the Triqui zone of the state of Oaxaca. As part of the commemoration, various actions and protests are held. So far, there has been no justice.

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