In a communiqué on May 29, Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés, spokesperson for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), announced the new dates and the place for the exchanges between the Zapatistas and the indigenous peoples of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI). This event had been suspended in earlier dates due to the murder of Zapatista support base “Galeano” in La Realidad in May.
The meeting will take place from 4 to 9 of August in the Zapatista “Caracol” of La Realidad (Chiapas), and will not be open to the general public. “The exchange is only between the Zapatista people and the National Indigenous Congress. No one else will be allowed in, not even the independent press or compas from the Sixth Declaration.” However, “the session on resolutions and agreements from the exchange is open to compas from the sixth and the independent press.”
Finally, complementing another communiqué entitled “Condolences,” the EZLN announced that the event with the CNI will be named “David Ruiz Carcía.” David was a ñhañú indigenous from the community of Xochicuatla, in the State of Mexico, and a member of the CNI, who died following an accident suffered while coming back from the tribute to murdered Zapatista “Galeano,” held on May 24 in La Realidad: “This Compañero David did not die while on some vacation trip, but because he was fulfilling his duty on the mission given to him by the compañeras and compañeros of his community and of the National Indigenous Congress. This mission was to accompany us as Zapatistas in our homage to our Compa Galeano. That is why we have decided to honor the memory of this compañero by giving the first exchange between the Indigenous Peoples of Mexico and the Zapatista people his name.”
Subcomandante Moisés, on behalf of the EZLN, offered condolences to the family, the peoples and the CNI companions of the deceased.
For more information (in Spanish):
Comunicado EZLN: Compartición con CNI (Enlace Zapatista, 29 de mayo de 2014)
Comunicado EZLN: Pésame (Enlace Zapatista, 30 de mayo de 2014)
EZLN retoma diálogo con Congreso Nacional Indígena (El Universal, 29 de mayo de 2014)
Anuncia EZLN fechas para diálogo indígena (El universal, 30 de mayo de 2014)
EZLN se reunirá con el Congreso Nacional Indígena (CNI) (Chiapas Paralelo, 31 de mayo de 2014)
EZLN anuncia que encuentro ‘Compartición’ será a partir del 4 de agosto (La Jornada, 31 de mayo de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: EZLN announces upcoming activities (June 10, 2014)