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December 15, 2016

Lawyer for Yaqui Tribe Fighting Mexico’s DAPL Kidnapped

Filed under: Displacement, water — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:26 pm

 

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Lawyer for Yaqui Tribe Fighting Mexico’s DAPL Kidnapped

 

abogada-maria-anabela-carlon-flores-jpg_1718483346Human Rights lawyer and legal representative for the Yaqui Tribe, Anabela Carlon Flores | Photo: Radio Popular Enrique Torres

 

Yaqui tribe lawyer was kidnapped on her way to a community meeting to plan the next steps in their fight against the U.S.-Mexico Agua Prieta pipeline.

On Tuesday a group of masked men kidnapped at gunpoint Anabela Carlon Flores, a lawyer for the Yaqui tribe, who are facing increasingly violent repression in their fight against the cross-border Agua Prieta pipeline in Northern Mexico.

Anabela Carlon Flores told reporters she was driving with her husband to a community meeting in the Yaqui community of Bacum on Tuesday at approximately 7 p.m. when their car was stopped by a group of armed masked men. She and her husband were blindfolded and put in another car where the human rights lawyer was told to “stop fucking around.” She was later dropped on the outskirts of nearby Ciudad Obregon, while the kidnappers held on to her husband, Isabel Lugo Molina, who remains captive. Carlon Flores said she fears for his life.

The incident is the latest in a series of escalating attacks on members of the Yaqui Tribe who are opposing the construction of the Texas-based Sempra Energy pipeline project, which aims to bring natural gas from Arizona to the Mexican state of Sonora, crossing Yaqui territory.

On Oct. 21, a Yaqui encampment set up to block construction was attacked by an armed group of pipeline supporters leaving one killed. Some Yaqui Tribe members from neighbouring communities support the project, but those protesting the project say they are simply acting on behalf of the government and pipeline company. Teodulo Gonzalez, commissioner for the defence of land, water and human rights of the Yaqui tribe, said at the time, “It was a provocation by the state government and the IENova company (the Mexican partner of Sempra Energy) to finish with the defence of the territory.”

In November, with the help of Carlon Flores, the community won a temporary moratorium on pipeline construction, successful arguing that the project, undertaken without full, prior, and informed consent of the Yaqui people, is a violation of Yaqui sovereignty, which is also protected under Mexican law. Despite the moratorium, construction activities reportedly continue.

Despite her kidnapping and fears for the life of her partner, Carlon Flores remained defiant, telling reporters on Wednesday, “I think no company and no public servants are interested in respecting Mexican law. What interests them here is to do business, no matter the rights of Mexicans and even less of Indigenous peoples.”

 

Posted by Dorset Chiapas Soldarity

 

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Lawyer-for-Yaqui-Tribe-Fighting-Mexicos-DAPL-Kidnapped-20161215-0002.html

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Statement from the Tila Ejidatarios

Filed under: Autonomy, Indigenous — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 2:17 pm

 

Statement from the Tila Ejidatarios

 

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In a public complaint issued on November 24, the Tila ejidatarios, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, announced the threats and intimidation that they continue to suffer. They especially noted the intimidation suffered by an ejidatario on November 22 and the threats received by the parish priest of Tila, Heriberto Cruz Vera, despite the fact that “he has nothing to do with the struggle of the ejido.” It denounces a “minority group of approx. 150 people (…) throwing stones intimidating the passers-by and a string of insults against the ejidatarios.” In their statement, the ejidatarios state their nonviolent position by clarifying that they are opting for “peace and tranquillity.”

They conclude their statement warning “non-governmental social organizations to be aware of what will happen in Tila ejido” and blaming “the government of the state of Chiapas, the state congress, the public registry of property and municipal council of being responsible for deceiving people for an alleged legal fund violating Article 74 of the agrarian legislation in trying to modify the definitive plan of the ejido being unconstitutional.”

 

Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/chiapas-statement-from-the-tila-ejidatarios/

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Citizens of Tuxtla Gutierrez Worried about Drinking Water

Filed under: Uncategorized — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 1:44 pm

 

 

Citizens of Tuxtla Gutierrez Worried about Drinking Water

 

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On December 6, the Promoting Committee of the Citizen Observatory “Aguas SMAPA con el Agua”, for the Defence of Life, Land and Territory issued a statement warning of the privatization of water in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas.

The Committee is composed of a group of citizens, academics and members of civil and social organizations. It seeks to establish by 2017 a citizen observatory of the Drinking Water and Sewerage System of Tuxtla Gutierrez (SMAPA) in order to “monitor and check the functioning of the municipal unit, in addition to compliance with the human right to drinking water.” It pointed out that in Tuxtla about 60 colonies of the 500 that comprise it do not have the universal service of drinking water, which violates human rights.”

In a statement, the members of the Promoter Committee denounced: “We know of SMAPA’s financial crisis, generated by robbery, pillage, corruption and diversion of resources, which are intended to justify a poor service and its privatization; this, like an ant advances under the modern mercantile strategy called “outsourcing” that is nothing more than “subcontracting a service”, this is to transfer the resources and responsibilities of certain tasks to a third party, as an example we have the concession of The installation and management of the meters to the company CISSA”.

 They warned that: “The water service is bad because it is a strategy of the authorities to bother us and make us believe that privatization is necessary, but it would be the same as with Proactiva [for the management of waste] and would fail.” Due to this, they expressed their “total rejection of any form of water privatization and operator systems”.

 

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/chiapas-citizens-of-tuxtla-gutierrez-worried-about-drinking-water/

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December 14, 2016

Communities in Chiapas Say No to the Environmental Gendarmerie.

 

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Communities in Chiapas Say No to the Environmental Gendarmerie.

 

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They consider it a strategy to destroy their communities.

Mario Marlo, Noe Pineda

Ocosingo, Chiapas, 8th of December 2016.

As a result of the Forum for the Defence of the Earth, Life and Territory, which took place on the 5th of December 2016, communities of the Lacandon Jungle and Montes Azules rejected the introduction of the Environmental Gendarmerie in their territory, as they consider it to be just another way Transnational companies are trying to make an inroad into the area. The communities Amador Hernández, Galilea, Benito Juárez, Pichucalco, Chapultepec, Candelaria, San Gregrorio, Betania, Santa Lucía, Nueva Ibarra, San Jacinto, San Francisco, San Salvador, Israel, Barrio Guadalupe and representatives of the 23 regions of the municipality of Ocosingo argued that the real objective of this security force is the destruction of their communities, cultures and organisations, as well as the violation of their rights and the beginning of the destruction of the Lacandon Jungle and Montes Azules.

They say that the Gendarmerie allow entry into the area to Transnational companies whose principal objective is the extraction of natural resources for the benefit of big business. They explained that the real contamination that exists on the planet comes from the world’s big cities, because of vehicle pollution, chemical substances, forestry exploitation and big monopolies that produce on an irrational scale.

In light of this, they questioned the step taken by the Government since they explained that the activities that they carry out in this area simply obey the subsistence needs of the people who live there. “Since the foundation of each of the communities located in the Lacandon Jungle and Montes Azules, we have created our own means of environmental conservation, such as the implementation of rules that include fines for those residents who cause unjustifiable harm to the ecosystem.”

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They suggested that if the authorities concerned do not take their inconformity into consideration, they will take action against the Environmental Gendarmerie until they are heard.

The Gendarmerie plans to set up in 61 locations throughout the country, including the Lacandon Jungle, the reserves at Montes Azules and of the Monarch Butterfly, the Pico de Orizaba (the highest mountain in Mexico), the Nevado de Toluca (the largest stratovolcano in central Mexico) and Tulum.

 

Translated by Ruby Zajac for the UK Zapatista Translation Service

 

http://www.somoselmedio.org/article/pueblos-de-chiapas-dicen-no-la-gendarmer%C3%ADa-ambiental

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From Mexico City, Mexico: Pronouncement From John Gibler In Support Of The Sexta Bachajón

Filed under: Autonomy, Bachajon, Corporations, Displacement, Tourism, water — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 4:49 pm

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From Mexico City, Mexico: Pronouncement from John Gibler in support of the Sexta Bachajón 

Week of Worldwide Action in Solidarity with the Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón, from 4th to 10th December 2016

 

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Capitalism and its bad governments, as is well-known, have an infamous ability to turn beauty into destruction and pain. Murder, displaced communities, fallen trees, and poisoned water and land, all for so called “luxury hotels”. Everything just to be able to sell tickets to a parade of tourists who will pay to take their picture in front of Agua Azul waterfalls, beneath the subjective gaze that seeks conquest, and further disconnection from natural life.

Also well-known is the strength of the people’s ability to live among beauty, plant their cornfield beside the waterfalls, enjoy and care for life, water, and land with the work and affection typical of farming life.

And there is the struggle. The women and men, compañeras and compañeros, from San Sebastián Bachajón, are there resisting invasion, struggling against displacement, while taking care of life.

I send you all my respect and hugs, compañeros and compañeras.

The struggle continues!

John Gibler

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December 12, 2016

From Italy: Asociación Ya Basta Milan declares support for the Sexta Bachajón

Filed under: Uncategorized — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 1:14 pm

 

From Italy:  Asociación Ya Basta Milan declares support for the Sexta Bachajón

 

 Week of Worldwide Action in Solidarity with the Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón, from 4th to 10th December 2016

logoThe Hydra with its thousands of heads wants to dominate the world. The Hydra is capitalism, and the Hydra cannot bear that in this world there are rebellious men and women who do not want to serve capitalism as consumers. The Hydra cannot bear that there are indigenous communities defending their lands from the greed of the business developers with plans for mega-tourist projects. The Hydra cannot bear that dignified men and women love and care for nature, nor the fact that organised communities stand in solidarity with compañeros who have been kidnapped by the bad government because they defend their land and their culture.

Kidnapping, killing, threatening, sowing fear, corruption, theft and displacement, that’s how the Hydra responds to rebellious people.

zapatista-mx-la-hidra-capitalistaWe, members of Asociación Ya Basta Milan, Italy, stand in solidarity with the compañero Domingo Pérez Álvaro who has been threatened, kidnapped, and beaten by agents from the bad government, as well as by people from the corrupt parties that the Hydra uses like puppets.

We stand in solidarity with Domingo’s family and we stand in solidarity with each and every man and woman from San Sebastian Bachajon. These men and women have for many years stood fighting, resisting and defending their land, and defending the forests and the water which gives life and happiness to the ejido residents. They fight with the dignity of those from below, against the arrogance of those from above.

 

Respect all human rights for indigenous communities!

Stop militarising Chiapas and end protection for paramilitaries working for business interests!

A militant hug of solidarity for Domingo!

Punishment for Domingo’s attackers!

Justice for Juan Vázquez Guzmán!

Justice for Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano!

Solidarity with the organised community of San Sebastián Bachajón!

 

Asociación Ya Basta Milan, Italy

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Indigenous forbid the sale of alcohol in the municipality of El Bosque

Filed under: Indigenous — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 12:40 pm

 

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Indigenous forbid the sale of alcohol in the municipality of El Bosque

 

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Residents of the municipality El Bosque, located in the Highlands of Chiapas, have come to the agreement, through their traditional and constitutional authorities, to ban the sale of alcoholic drinks and close all cantinas.

The agreement was supported by the Parish Council of the Diocese of San Cristobal de las Casas. In a communique released this Sunday, they expressed their concern about alcohol and drug abuse, the proliferation of cantinas, and the insecurity affecting the region.

For these reasons, they explained, they sought dialogue with the municipal authorities and on the 23rd of November, they came to a historic agreement, signed by representatives of all the barrios, Commissioners of the Ejido and Communal Goods, and by the entire town council.

Included in the agreement is the ban on selling, distributing and consuming alcoholic drinks and beer, in the municipality. They also agreed on the closure of the canteens.

It was agreed that consumers of alcoholic drinks and beer found walking around the town’s streets would be detained by the municipal police for public security, and sanctioned with a fine of 5000 pesos.

The residents of the area recognized that alcoholism is a problem that generates violence in the municipality and in the region in general. They therefore ask other municipalities to join them in taking these steps.

Translated by Ruby Zajac for the UK Zapatista Translation Service.

http://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2016/11/indigenas-prohibe-venta-de-alcohol-en-municipio-el-bosque/

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December 10, 2016

Insumisión: Community Self-Defense Against Narcos and the State

Filed under: Indigenous, Migrants, news — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:03 pm

 

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Insumisión: Community Self-Defense Against Narcos and the State

8th December 2016, section on Chiapas from the latest edition of Insumisión

Mobilizations and Repression in Chiapas 

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On November 15, members of eleven municipalities in Chiapas began a twelve-day pilgrimage through communities threatened by neoliberal development projects, ending in San Cristóbal. The Movement in Defense of Life and Territory (MODEVITE) is a project of indigenous Catholic parishes practicing liberation theology, known the Pueblo Creyente, or Believing/Faithful People. “We seek to organize the peoples to construct our autonomy; that our right as original peoples to the life that we want is recognized. We need to join our voices in defence of our forests, our rivers. We demand the governments stop the extractive industry and the mega-projects that are being imposed without consulting us,” said one priest.

After traveling through 11 states, the Caravan of Mothers of Disappeared Migrants wrapped uptheir eighteen-day tour in Tapachula, Chiapas on December 3. Forty-one parents from Central America made the trip to call attention to the attacks, murders and disappearances of Central American migrants in Mexico and to denounce Enrique Peña Nieto’s Southern Border Plan, implemented at the behest of the U.S. in 2014, which has gravely increased the risk to migrants travelling through Mexico.

 

mothers-central-american-caravanCaravan of Mothers of Disappeared Migrants

In the autonomous indigenous communities of Ejido Tila and San Sebastian Bachajón, statements have been issued decrying attempts by local politicians to incite violence in the communities in order to justify the entrance of the state in order to crush their autonomous projects. In Bachajón, the community has identified Juan Jiménez as the one responsible. As it happens, Jiménez is a local leader of MORENA, the “leftist” party of Andres Manuel López Obrador. In Tila, the community has barricaded the entrance to the village to prevent paramilitaries or provocateurs from entering.

During a meeting to resolve a labour dispute in Ixtacomitán, four teachers belonging to the dissident CNTE branch were shot by gunmen linked to local politicians and the mainstream, sell-out SNTE union. Roberto Díaz Aguilar was killed and the three others wounded.

And of course we can’t talk about Chiapas without mentioning the Zapatistas. They’ve released four statements – two jointly with the National Indigenous Congress – in the past three weeks. The first, “It’s Not the Decision of One Person”, is an angry rebuke to mainstream critics of their proposal to run a presidential candidate for 2018. The second outlines the schedule for the conclusion of consultations and the planned announcement on the decision of whether or not to run a candidate. The third is a lengthy “Story to Try to Understand.” At over 30 pages, I have not read it yet, but it is an explanation as to how the Zapatistas arrived at the decision to propose the idea of participating in the presidential elections. The fourth statement denounces the attacks on indigenous peoples in Mexico, and gives a nod to Standing Rock, all while confirming that the community consultations over the proposal continue.

 

https://fallingintoincandescence.com/2016/12/08/insumision-community-self-defense/

 

Update

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On October 11, 500 delegates from the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and the military command of the Zapatistas (EZLN) met in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of the CNI. The opening comments from the Zapatistas were largely a call for indigenous peoples to get organized. It was the closing statement that caught everyone’s attention though. The CNI and EZLN announced they would begin consultations with their communities on the EZLN’s proposal of naming “an indigenous woman, a CNI delegate, as an independent candidate to the presidency of the country under the name of the National Indigenous Congress and the Zapatista Army for National Liberation in the electoral process of 2018.”

The reactions were immediate. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the darling of the liberal electorate, was furious. He blames the Zapatistas for his losses in 2006 and 2012, and now they seem poised to interfere again with his presidential plans. Meanwhile, some anarchists pointed out that this proves the Zapatistas aren’t anarchists and that those who support the EZLN have been duped. Never mind that the EZLN has never claimed to be an anarchist group. On the authoritarian left, Mexico’s Socialist Workers Party could barely contain its glee over the news, emphatically endorsing the EZLN’s proposal.

The Zapatistas responded with a defensive and irritated statement largely arguing that this proposal is valid due to the impact it would have on the spectacle of electoral politics in laying bare the racism and sexism inherent in that process. A few days later, another statement communicated that the CNI and EZLN will announce the decision to run a candidate or not on January 1. They also said the “Zapatistas and ConSciences for Humanity” gathering will begin in Chiapas on December 25.

In reading and discussing these developments with compas in Mexico, the generally attitude seems to be to wait and see what happens. Some feel it is a publicity stunt, designed to provoke just the sort of reaction it did, and that this will be made clear on January 1. On the other hand, if a joint CNI-EZLN candidate is put forward, then a re-evaluation by many anti-authoritarians would have to occur. While some of what they are proposing is interesting – to have an indigenous woman as president guided by the decisions of an assembly – to consider entering the electoral arena strikes many as a betrayal and is difficult to reconcile with the EZLN’s strident critiques of the system and power. To flirt with electoral politics even with the goal of détournement is to engage with a system fundamentally opposed to liberation, designed to consolidate power and legitimize repression. Such a move seems more akin to Michael Moore and his ficus plant than the Zapatistas and their uncompromising, decades-long struggle for autonomy and self-determination. Stay tuned.

In related news, a member of the CNI from the autonomous Tzeltal community of San Sebastián Bachajón was detained and severely beaten by a group led by a local government official. Two days later, on October 19, 800 police and 400 paramilitaries positioned themselves on the outskirts of that community. Fearing a raid, the alarm was sounded, but it appeared to just be an intimidation tactic. For other Chiapas news, be sure to check out Dorset Chiapas Solidarity’s Zapatista news summaries for September and October.

https://itsgoingdown.org/insumision-fear-resistance/

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From Mexico: Pronouncement by Sylvia Marcos and Jean Robert in support of the Sexta Bachajón

Filed under: Bachajon, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 1:51 pm

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From Mexico:

Pronouncement by Sylvia Marcos and Jean Robert in support of the Sexta Bachajón

Week of Worldwide action in solidarity with the ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón, from 4th to 10th December 2016.

 

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We do not want to miss this opportunity to support the compañeros of San Sebastian Bachajón with some phrases of indignation, compañerismo and solidarity.

We are with them, the guardians of the earth, caretakers of the water and protectors of the air, in this Mexico that is sinking under the dispossession and destruction guided by  voracious capital and supported by the powers of the State, which seeks to expropriate their lands, resources and territory .

The Agua Azul waterfalls and their territory are the heritage of the peoples who care for and maintain them.

The compas of Bachajón are constantly harassed, persecuted and murdered as was our beloved and admired Juan Vázquez.

Long live their struggle and resistance, we are with them!

 

Sylvia Marcos

Jean Robert

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From Oaxaca, México: Pronouncement from Gustavo Esteva in support of the Week of Worldwide Action in Solidarity with San Sebastián Bachajón from 4 to 10 December 2016

Filed under: Bachajon, Uncategorized — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 12:54 pm

 

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From Oaxaca, México:

Pronouncement from Gustavo Esteva in support of the Sexta Bachajón 

Week of Worldwide Action in Solidarity with the ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón from 4 to 10 December 2016 

To the Compañeros of the Sexta from San Sebastián Bachajón

 

download-3It is a time of danger. Everywhere. The nightmare is in reality, not in dreamland.

It is the time to maintain our resistance. And what we have learned in the past years is that  the best way to resist is to build a new world. Saying “no” is not enough. At the same time we need to be open to all the new “yeses” that communities make each day.

The Worldwide Week for Bachajón is an expression of that new world. In all corners of the world we face formidable challenges, and to worry and keep up with the compas who have resisted for so many years might seem irrelevant. The aggressions they have faced cost the life of compañero Juan Vázquez Guzmán and threaten many others. Every day they deal with threats and betrayals, fending off the bad government’s harassment, intimidation and forced disappearances. But those challenges are not to be faced by those from above, those in the centres of oppressive power. The challenges we face are the ones between us, below. Together, intertwining arms, heads and hearts to make ourselves present in our struggles. Far from being insignificant, they are the ones that have real meaning.

hqdefaultFrom a corner of Oaxaca, we send the Bachajón compas a hug of solidarity. We want to accompany you. We can’t be very optimistic considering the storm, but we are full of hope. And hope is born in courageous hearts that don’t shirk adversity.

Today all of us, brothers and sisters, we will continue to give life to compa Juan Vázquez Guzmán.

Long live the struggle of San Sebastian Bachajón!

 

Gustavo Esteva

10-dec-2016

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December 8, 2016

Manchester Zapatista Collective at Manchester and Salford Anarchist Bookfair

Filed under: Uncategorized — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:47 pm

 

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Manchester Zapatista Collective at Manchester and Salford Anarchist Bookfair

 

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Manchester Zapatista Collective will be at the Manchester and Salford Anarchist Bookfair this Saturday 10th December at Islington Mill. For more information see here: http://bookfair.org.uk/

We will have fresh off the press and on sale the English translation of the book published after the Seminar for Critical Thinking from May 2015, Critical Thought in the Face of the Capitalist Hydra I: Contributions by the Sixth Commission of the EZLN, on sale for GBP 12.

In May of 2015, the Zapatista Army for National Liberation (EZLN) hosted a seminar in Chiapas, Mexico, titled “Critical Thought in the Face of the Capitalist Hydra,” in which they invited thinkers from across the world to join them in analyzing the economic instability, unceasing war, mass displacement, and ecological devastation that today characterize our world. This book presents the complete set of interventions made by the EZLN at that seminar. https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/by-way-of-prologue-on-how-we-arrived-at-the-watchtower-and-what-we-saw-from-there/

We will also give a talk at 6pm on ‘The Zapatistas: New Initiatives and Critical Thinking in the Face of the Capitalist Hydra’

It has been 34 years since the Zapatista Army for National Liberation in Chiapas started organizing in clandestinity, 22 years since the Uprising, and 13 years since the Good Government Councils in autonomous Zapatista territory were announced. This talk gives an overview over what has been done to date, of new initiatives since 2013, and
introduces the book ‘Critical Thinking in the Face of the Capitalist Hydra’, a collection of contributions of EZLN members to the seminar on critical thinking organized in Chiapas in 2015.

We hope to see you there!

In solidarity, MZC

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December 7, 2016

DESPITE AGGRESSIONS, THE CONSULTATION CONTINUES

Filed under: Uncategorized, Zapatistas — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 12:01 pm

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DESPITE AGGRESSIONS, THE CONSULTATION CONTINUES

 

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DESPITE AGGRESSIONS, THE CONSULTATION CONTINUES
JOINT COMMUNIQUE BY THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS CONGRESS AND THE ZAPATISTA ARMY FOR NATIONAL LIBERATION.

December 2, 2016.

TO THE PEOPLE OF MEXICO:

TO THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD:

TO THE FREE MEDIA:

laconsultava-350x298The steps taken by our peoples are great, steps wise when taken in collectivity, and the National Indigenous Congress turns with attentive ears to listen to each other, to the thoughts of we who are the word and the agreements of the 5th CNI. We continue in permanent assembly, traveling to all corners of our country, Mexico.

Our permanent assembly arises from and convenes among the peoples, nations, and tribes of all the languages spoken by the National Indigenous Congress; in large and small assemblies; in meetings of communal councils, in deep reflections by dispersed families; in regional forums and ceremonial spaces. In our collective words, we continue to conclude that it is the time of our peoples, time for the earth to tremble at its core.

The fears of the powerful, the extractive companies, the military, and the narcoparamilitaries are so great that our consultation is being attacked and harassed in the places where our peoples are meeting to discuss and decide the steps to take as the CNI. For that reason, we denounce the following:

– In the indigenous Nahua community of Santa María Ostula, Michoacán, there is intensified narcoparamilitary harassment by the Caballeros Templarios [Knights Templar] cartel, which threatened, on a paper signed on November 19, 2016—the same date that a regional assembly on the coast of Michoacán was discussing the resolutions from the first stage of the 5th CNI—to undertake a “cleansing” of those participating in mobilizations alongside the community police.

– As agreed upon in the assembly of the 5th CNI in October 2016, our compañeros have travelled to different geographies of the country where originary peoples have requested dialogue with delegates of other peoples with respect to our political proposal. These compañeros have been victims of aggressions and harassment by criminal gangs or unknown people, including the burning of homes in their communities and aggressions by vehicles trying to push them off the roads they must travel.

– While foreign companies attempt to take control of 12 oil wells in Zoque territory in Northern Chiapas, this past November 23, 2016, a group of armed men pretending to be government-sponsored teachers, and with the consent of the Subsecretary of Federal Education in Chiapas, Eduardo Campos Martínez and the boss, Delfino Alegría García, kidnapped a group of indigenous professors from the National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE) in the northern zone of Chiapas. They also attacked them with high-powered weapons outside the office of the Secretary of Education in the municipality of Ixtacomitán, Chiapas. The sneak attack claimed the life of Zoque teacher Roberto Díaz Aguilar, originally from Chapultenango, Chiapas, and injured three others.

– The teacher Irineo Salmerón Dircio, Coordinator of the House in Justice of San Luis Acatlán and member of the Regional Coordination of Community Authorities (CRAC-PC), was kidnapped/disappeared by an armed group in the municipality of Tixtla, Guerrero. Two days later his lifeless body was found in the municipality of Chilapa, Guerrero, just a few days after at least 15 communities from the Indigenous and Popular Council of Guerrero Emiliano Zapata had held an assembly in the same municipality as part of the consultation we are currently carrying out.

– From the collective heart of the originary peoples of the National Indigenous Congress, we pronounce our absolute respect for the territory of the Sioux people, in Standing Rock, North Dakota, where more than 200 tribes are organizing to stop the plunder the capitalists are trying to impose through oil pipelines which destroy water sources and ceremonial sites. We condemn the brutal repression these tribes were subject to this past November 20, and the repression planned against them with the announcement of an ultimatum to vacate their lands. If we originary peoples had ever responded to the ultimatums of the powerful, we would have ceased to exist centuries ago. To the Sioux People we send a brotherly embrace and we reiterate that they are not alone, that their pain and rage are ours, also. We call on the originary peoples of the United States and Mexico, on the free media, and on civil society to strengthen their solidarity with this historic struggle.

We send a greeting of solidarity to the compañer@s of the community Chanti Ollin, adherents of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle, who were violently evicted—in the middle of the night on November 22, 2016—from the building where they promote culture, art, and the alternatives necessary for a new world. We repudiate the repressive, sellout policies represented by the bad government of Mexico City.

We salute the mobilizations held by the Committee in Defence of Indigenous Rights (CODEDI) from the coastal region of Oaxaca against the repressive policies of the bad governments who, for lack of any valid reason, use criminalization as their only recourse to impose 11 hydroelectric projects in the coastal region of Oaxaca, including the Multi-Use Hydraulic Exploitation Project Paso de la Reyna.

Likewise, the peoples, nations, and tribes of the CNI express our profound respect for and solidarity with the Cuban people, who have shown the world that through dignity we can reconstruct the fabric unravelled by capitalism. We know that their resistance and rebellion will continue shining and concretizing hope.

Attentively,

DECEMBER 2016

FOR THE FULL RECONSTITUTION OF OUR PEOPLES

NEVER AGAIN A MEXICO WITHOUT US

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS CONGRESS

ZAPATISTA ARMY FOR NATIONAL LIBERATION

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The Road of Resistance of la Sexta Bachajon, Chiapas

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The Road of Resistance of la Sexta Bachajon, Chiapas

 

 

Week of Worldwide Action in Solidarity with the ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón, from 4th to 10th December 2016. 

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The road od Resistance in Chiapas: A Road of Violence and Repression.

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December 6, 2016

Demonstration at the Mexican Consulate of New York in support of La Sexta Bachajón

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Demonstration at the Mexican Consulate of New York in support of La Sexta Bachajón

 

Week of Worldwide Action in Solidarity with the ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón, from 4th to 10th December 2016. 

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On Sunday, December 4, 2016, Movement for Justice in El Barrio started off the Week of Worldwide Action in Solidarity with the ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón with a demonstration in front of the Mexican Consulate in New York.

That afternoon, migrant families from El Barrio, New York went to the Consulate of the bad government of Mexico. During the action, several compañeras, members of Movement, took the floor to demand the following:

 

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  1. Respect for the fundamental human rights of the indigenous Tseltal peoples of San Sebastián Bachajón, and guarantees for their security and integrity
  2. Respect and guarantees for their right to the full use and enjoyment of their territory and to self-determination and the construction of their autonomy
  3. An end to the plunder and dispossession and the theft of commons,
  4. An end to the permanent police presence and the militarisation of the area, and to the threats and violence which are being experienced
  5. A full and fair investigation into the material and intellectual authors of the assassinations of Juan Vázquez Guzmán and Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano. Also a fair and comprehensive investigation into the savage attack against Domingo Pérez Álvaro, and the punishment of those responsible.
  6. Freedom and justice for Esteban Gómez Jiménez, prisoner in Cintalapa de Figueroa, and for Santiago Moreno Pérez and Emilio Jiménez Gómez, prisoners in Playas de Catazaja.

 

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The women, men, girls and boys finished the demonstration shouting the following slogans:

Land, Freedom and Justice for the Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón!

Stop the Aggressions against the Adherents to the Sexta!

Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives! The Bachajón struggle continues!

Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano Lives! The Bachajón struggle continues!

Long live La Sexta Bachajon!

Long Live the EZLN!

 

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