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December 20, 2016

Adherents from the Sexta Barcelona join the Week of Worldwide Action in Solidarity with the Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón

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Adherents from the Sexta Barcelona join the Week of Worldwide Action in Solidarity with the Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón 

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




In the Global Day of Solidarity and Support to the ejidatarios of San Sebastian Bachajón in their fight against dispossession, the Adherents to the Sexta Barcelona will hold an exhibition and video screenings in the local offices of the General Confederation of Labour (as known in Spanish, ‘Confederación General del Trabajo-CGT’). These events will report on the expropriation of lands and natural resources that the bad Mexican Government plan to implement through the imposition of mega-projects which will bring dispossession and death for the indigenous peoples. The community, located in the northern part of the jungle in Chiapas, where the blue waters come together in the waterfalls, is known for its beauty and unique colour and is attractive and generates tourist interest. This area is part of a comprehensive mega-tourism plan, including projects such as luxury hotels, an airport and golf courses. The intention is to continue destroying Mother Earth and all those who live in harmony with her, the last caregivers of the land that remain, the indigenous peoples, all to further grow the coffers of great capital. In addition there is the San Cristóbal – Palenque highway construction project, which if carried out, would affect several communities in the course of the project, and without regard for the fact that these lands are the life, the home and the sustenance for the communities that live there. And let us not forget the compas held prisoner for defending the land which now has cost them their liberty.


Wednesday, 7 December 2016 at 19.00


General Confederation of Labour (as known in Spanish, ‘Confederación General del Trabajo-CGT’) Barcelona

Via Laietana 18, 9



November 19, 2016

EZLN: 33rd Birthday. GGT: Celebrating Organization and the Fruits of its Labour in Zapatista Territory

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GGT: Celebrating Organization and the Fruits of its Labour in Zapatista Territory




To the EZLN

To the National Indigenous Congress (CNI)

To the Sixth

On November 17, 1983, a handful of young members of the now extinct Fuerzas de Liberación Nacional, arrived in the Lacandona Jungle. The unpredictable pathways of struggle brought them from Monterrey to the depths of the Chiapas Jungle. They were few, but had taken the firm decision to struggle. Past failures had still left their spirits intact.

They arrived loaded with theories, influenced by the great thinkers of socialism and of complex political treaties. In the rainy mountains filled with humidity and fog, the theories often became wet paper. However, the Indigenous thought, simple and determined, had for 500 years resisted invasion and dispossession. Daily rebellion is the best treatise to learn. Because for indigenous people, to exist in those days, was already an act of joyful rebellion.

The greatest decision of those guerillas was without doubt to listen to those who were to be the heart, soul, and hands of the future EZLN—to learn the Indigenous thought that the deceased Subcomandante Marcos personified in Viejo Antonio.

Zapatismo would take years to present its covered face to the world. It was on that unforgettable January 1st, 1994, when the Zapatista surprised the world with their unpredictable insurrection. That uprising though, was only possible thanks to a decade of preparation, of learning, of filling the spirit with desires of democracy, freedom, and justice.

From the CGT, we want to celebrate that November 17th, 1983. We want to celebrate the decision that was taken: to organize. That word, like Pandora’s Box, unleashes storms. To organize is to risk suffering repression. But it is also the key to open up pathways where autonomy, dignity and utopia circulate.

We opt for a society of many worlds, based in the permanent construction of personal and collective autonomy. We thus celebrate the organization that began in 1983, as we salute the scream of enough already! Since 1994, that was part and parcel of the internal work and its external presence, and that continues to this day underlying the new world that is the Zapatista Caracoles. We invite all of the people below and to the left to celebrate the organization in the best way possible, putting into practice its rhythms and modes, in whatever geography.

Translated by Palabras Rebeldes

Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity



May 23, 2016

CGT Denounces the Repression against those who Defend the Earth

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CGT Denounces the Repression against those who Defend the Earth


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To the CNI and EZLN

To everyone that walks with the Sixth

To those who suffer displacement, torture, and violence for resisting power

To those who struggle, in their time, way, and geography

The repression carried out by the Mexican Government against those who construct alternatives unfortunately continues to be the order of the day. We have received numerous denouncements and alarming news in the last few weeks. As adherents of the space of struggle that is the Sixth and as fellow travellers of those who sow autonomy in Mexico from below, the General Confederation of Labour (CGT) wants to send a message of solidarity and mutual aid to those who struggle.

We want to express our solidarity with the Binizza community of Álvaro Obregón in Oaxaca, members of the Indigenous National Congress. We want to send good spirits to the six people who were injured by the bullets of the municipal police of Juchitán, who had to deal with bullets trying to stop their dignified struggle to conserve their land. We demand an end to the project intent on constructing a wind farm on the land of this community, and we denounce the political imposition of megaprojects upon indigenous peoples.

With equal concern, we denounce the dispossession of the land of the compañerxs of San Isidro de los Laureles, municipality of Venustiano Carranza, Chiapas. On May 12, members of the “white guards” serving the powerful expelled families of this community from their lands, a community that has embarked on a project of autonomy since December 2015.

In the same municipality, in the community of Cruztón, a member of the Indigenous National Congress was retained and tortured by members of the group Nuevo Guadalupe Victoria. We send a fraternal salute to the compañerxs of the CNI and Semilla Digna in Venustiano Carranza. We hope that soon they can return to cultivate their recovered land, and that justice is served for the injured and tortured.

After the recent three-year anniversary of the assassination of Juan Vazquez, attacks on the community of San Sebastián Bachajón, adherents to the Sixth, continue frequently. The tourist project for the zone of Palenque plans to be constructed on the land of this community, which has always refused to give up without a struggle. On May 8th, Esteban Jimenez Gómez and his family were attacked in their house by a paramilitary and his two sons (both federal police). We condemn this attack and we mark the gravity of the fact that these actions were carried out by the repressive state forces, without any level of government doing anything to prevent such actions.

We want to denounce that the repression, orchestrated against all forms of dissidence, is carried out by elements of paramilitaries and vigilantes, who are not at all unrelated to the structures of power. We know that the entire war of attrition against organized rebellion converts the paramilitaries and the management of campesino organizations into tools of repression at the orders of the state. We name the political authorities and Mexican police as culpable for these episodes of violence and the violation of fundamental rights.

We want to send a fraternal salute, and our sincere solidarity to those who from the trenches of the Sixth and the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) are still inexhaustible in defence of the land and territory and who never cease in their efforts to construct a better world.

We know that the struggle will bring justice for the displaced of Banavil and of the people of Primero de Agosto. We know that justice will be served and reparations will be given to victims of the massacre of Acteal. We are confident that there will be a cease to the harassment of the Zapatista communities. We do now something we have already learned from the Zapatistas and this space of struggle that is the Sixth. Which is, that for those who do not give up, do not sell themselves out, and have resistance as their way of life, it is a long road, but it guarantees its fruits to those who continue to walk it.

Stop the aggression against the Indigenous peoples!

Stop the megaprojects imposed on the communities!

The land belongs to those who work and protect it! Enough of forced displacement!

Out with the paramilitaries of Chiapas, Mexico and the world!

Autonomy is life, submission is death!


From a translation by Palabras Rebeldes




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