The “First Meeting of the Zapatista Peoples with the Indigenous Peoples of Mexico” (EZLN)
In a 3 August communique, Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés, spokesperson for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), reported that between 2 and 3 August, 312 members of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) arrived at La Realidad, representing the Nahua, Purépecha, Peninsula Maya, Mazahua, Zoque, Wixarika, migrant, Tepehuan, Coca, Hñahñu, Pame, Triqui, Mixtec, Binni zaa, Chinanteco, Ikoot, Afro-Mexican, Popoluca, Tsotsil, Ch’ol, Tojolabal, Tseltal, Totonaco, Kumiai, Amuzgo, mestizo, Huarijío, Mixe, Ñhato, and Chontal peoples. On the part of the EZLN, some 1300 support-bases were reported as present, including representatives who would share their experiences.
On 4 August, the CNI meeting proceeded, being named “Comrade David Ruiz García,” in honor of the CNI youth who died in an accident while returning home after visiting La Realidad to render homage to José Luis López (Galeano), who was murdered in May.
The event will be held until 8 August, named the “First Meeting of the Zapatista Peoples with the Indigenous Peoples of Mexico.” As the EZLN has stated, participation during these days will be exclusively between Zapatistas and adherents who are accredited by the CNI, such that no external patry will be allowed entry.
The resolutions and accords of the meeting will be announced on Saturday 9 August, in an “open space for the press.” Subcomandante Moisés indicated that, beyond the members of the National and International Sixth, members of autonomous, alternative, and free media are invited to attend the meeting; they are allowed to arrive on Friday the 8th. Subcomandante Moisés invited members of the “free, autonomous, alternative, or whatever-you-call-them media” to find a way to stay an additional day after the end of the press-conference: based on the proposal of Subcomandante Galeano (formerly Marcos), the proposal was for members of free media to remain so that they could be interviewed for a special issue of the Rebeldía magazine that will dedicated to them.
For more information (in Spanish):
Palabras de bienvenida del Comandante Tacho al Encuentro (3 de agosto de 2014)
“Llegaron bien” (comunicado del Subcomandante Moíses, 2 de agosto de 2014)
Arranca Congreso de Pueblos Zapatistas y Pueblos Originarios de México (Proceso, 4 de agosto de 2014)
EZLN se solidariza con Palestina tras conflicto en Gaza (El Universal, 4 de agosto de 2014)
Israel está librando “una guerra de exterminio en contra del pueblo palestino”: EZLN (La Jornada, 4 de agosto de 2014)
Inicia encuentro entre EZLN y pueblos indígenas de México (Chiapas Paralelo, 4 de agosto de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: EZLN and members of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) united against the plundering of their peoples (29 August 2014)
Chiapas: EZLN announces dates for the exchanges between Zapatistas and indigenous peoples of the CNI (12 June 2014)
Chiapas: EZLN announces upcoming activities (10 June 2014)