The EZLN and the National Indigenous Congress will celebrate 20 years of resistance and autonomy in October
Mexico City | Desinformémonos. “We have forged a word and a way of acting that has contributed to the struggles of resistance and rebellion throughout the entire national territory, and not only do we maintain our decision to continue to exist, but we honour that decision with the strength of our fists raised in the air, we honour it through weaving deep and collective agreements which are reflected in the care for the earth, for our languages, our traditions, for our collective governments which take many names and forms,” proclaims the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) as it announces the forthcoming celebration of its 20th anniversary.
The works and festivities will be held from 9 to 14 October in the premises of CIDECI- Unitierra, the Indigenous Integrated Training Centre in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, and as the convocation sent out by the CNI and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) says, the fifth National Indigenous Congress will be a space of unity, reflection and organization to continue “promoting the integral reconstitution of our peoples and the construction of a society into which all the cultures, all the colours, all the peoples who are Mexico will fit.”
20 years since its appearance, and after 20 years of uninterrupted work in the permanent construction of the autonomy and self-determination of the peoples who are joined together in the CNI, they are continuing to build “the worlds we dream of, while we weave life, capitalism draws and sets up ‘its’ own territories of death, linked to ours, in every corner of our hurting country Mexico.”
Despite the imposition of mining projects on indigenous territories, the emergence of cartels of organized crime, agro-industrial projects, political parties, urbanisation and all the capitalist onslaught, the peoples continue to resist, say the organizers.
Despite the devastation, criminalization and assassination of those who are building, struggling and working for the creation of other worlds, the peoples keep walking “on the only road possible for those from below and to the left, building and practising the justice which is denied them by the powerful who say they are the governors.”
Given the adverse context of violence in our country, the CNI calls on the authorities and direct representatives of the peoples, nations, tribes, neighbourhoods, communities and indigenous organizations to meet together and, with the love and ancestral commitment to the mother, join the resistance, autonomy and rebellion “which shine in every one of the indigenous peoples”, spinning the threads of new worlds from the very bottom, walking towards collective, autonomous and rebellious hope.
Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity on 19/08/2016
The full Convocation is available here: