Chiapas: Increase in conflicts?

January 13, 2009

Caracol of Morelia

During the days before, during, and after the Festival of Justified Rage which was celebrated in the caracol of Oventik and later in CIDECI- University of the Earth in San Cristtobal de las Casas, a number of disturbing conflicts have arisen between various social organizations and support bases of the EZLN. According to a communiqué (on Jan. 7) from the Good Government Council of the Caracol of Morelia, there have recently been a number of problems with members of ORCAO (Regional Organization of Coffee-growers of Ocosingo) regarding a piece of land near the community of Bosque Bonito close to Cuxuljá. On January 9, 2009 more than 300 members of ORCAO gathered in the caracol of Morelia to discuss the possession of the land Chijtal, which was retaken by Zapatista members in 1994 in the autonomous region Che Guevara in the municipality Lucio Cabañas, but was also claimed by members of ORCAO. The problem was not resolved because of the tension between the two groups and the ORCAO was denounced for threatening to invade the caracol of Morelia. The group of the ORCAO left after the arrival of hundreds of Zapatista support bases from nearby communities.

The good government council also denounced the alleged evictions of Zapatista support bases from the hot springs of Agua Clara in the Autonomous Municipality Comandanta Ramona (communiqué on Jan. 8). A number of days earlier, on January 1, in communiqué from the caracol of Roberto Barrios, the good government council denied a supposed confrontation between Zapatista support bases and members of the CUT (Central Collective of Workers) in the ejido EL Desierto, close to Palanque. According the communiqué, in that region there are no support bases.

On the other hand, state and national newspapers have reported frequent confrontations between support bases and other organizations and individuals, which we have not been able to confirm or prove. One of the these reports is of a confrontation between support bases and members of the ARIC Independent (Rural Association of Collective Interests) which left 15 people wounded. Another report suggests the kidnapping on the part of Zapatista support bases of 2 construction workers who were working on paving a planned highway from San José El Contento to San Marcos, part of a statewide highway project being carried out in Chiapas. In the communiqué on January 8 from the good government council of Morelia, it was mentioned that there had been disagreement with the company that is carrying out the construction of the new highway which passes by the entrance to Patria Nueva and San Marcos, but it does not mention the kidnapping.

For More Information (In Spanish):

Comunicado de la Junta de Buen Gobierno de Morelia sobre el conflicto con ORCAO y desalojo en el balneario en Agua Clara (07/01/2009)

Comunicado de la Junta de Buen Gobierno de Morelia sobre el conflicto con ORCAO en Bosque Bonito (08/01/2009)

Comunicado de la Junta de Buen Gobierno de Roberto Barrios desmintiendo conflicto con CUT (01/01/2009)

Por terrenos, se enfrentan zapatistas y cafeticultores, El Proceso (05/01/2009)

Tensión en caracol por arribo de 220 integrantes de la Orcao, La Jornada (09/01/2009)

Enfrentamiento entre zapatistas y campesinos deja 15 heridos, El Proceso (09/01/2009)

Secuestra EZ a trabajadores, Cuarto Poder (10/01/2009)

Coordinación para el dialogo y la negociación en Chiapas – Chiapas en los medios (10/01/2009)

Priístas chiapanecos atizan el conflicto contra los simpatizantes del EZLN, La Jornada (11/01/2009)


Chiapas: the First Festival of Justified Rage

January 12, 2009

From December 31, 2008 to January 5, 2009 the First Global Festival of Justified Rage was celebrated. The festival began in the caracol of Oventik where the 15th anniversary of the Zapatista uprising was commemorated. On January 2 in the center CIDECI- University of the Earth in San Cristóbal de las Casas a series of discussions and activities began, which were moderated by the EZLN and focused on the theme Another world, another politics.

The participants included members of various organizations as well as individuals from a number of different countries. It is estimated that 1500 Mexicans and more than 600 internationals participated in the event. The speakers came from different parts of Mexico as well as from 14 different countries.

For more information (in Spanish):

Página del Festival de la Digna Rabia- con información, audio y fotos del evento

Página de Enlace Zapatista

Festival Cultural Mundial de la Digna Rabia (La Jornada Michoacan, 5/01/2009)

Galería de Imágenes del Festival

Oaxaca: Attempted murder against a member of VOCAL

January 12, 2009

The night of January 10, a member of the organization VOCAL (Oaxacan Voices Building Autonomy and Liberty), Rubén Valencia Nuñez was victim to an attempted murder. After having been insulted in the middle of the street in the center of the city of Oaxaca, he took refuge in a nearby café. According to the urgent action, signed by VOCAL, the CASOTA (the House of Solidarity and Self-Sustaining Work), the University of the Earth- Oaxaca, and Diploma of Barefoot Investigators, Rubén Valencia Nuñez was wounded 3 times with a short, stabbing weapon by a man “who looked like a member of the ministerial or judicial Police”. Rubén was taken to the hospital where his wounds were taken care of and he is now out of danger.

The organizations that signed the urgent action denounce “these acts as part of a strategy of repression and violence orchestrated by the government of the state of Oaxaca, but carried out through paramilitary police groups or civilians in the service of that same state. For this we denounce to the entire world the possibility of the initiation of a selective repression, in the style of the dirty war suffered by the social movements of this country thirty years ago. The aggression suffered at this moment by comrade RUBEN comes at the head of a string of aggressions, intimidations and detentions against different comrades in the social movement over recent months, and whilst none of which have been successful, demonstrate the authoritarian and illegal acts of the State that continue with this latest aggression, which may signal a new and yet more dangerous type of governmental repression and violence carried out by paramilitary police, paramilitaries and thugs in the service of the bad government of ULISES RUIS ORTIZ, in the style of a dirty war.”

For more information:

Attempted Murder of APPO member Ruben Valencia (Infoshop News, 1/11/09)