Chiapas: Zapatista Mass Meeting in Realidad Caracol 25 Years after Armed Uprising

January 14, 2019

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On December 31st, within the framework of the 25th anniversary of the armed uprising, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN in its Spanish acronym) announced from the Caracol de La Realidad, in the Lacandon Jungle, border region, that it will oppose several of the plans “of destruction” of the new president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), including the massive planting of trees in several states, including Chiapas, the Maya Train, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec Project (Oaxaca) or the National Guard (which would prolong the military presence in public security work as has been pointed out by national and international human rights organizations): “As much as they try to humiliate us with the repressive forces such as the National Guard, we will not rest in defending our Mother Earth because in her we were born, in her we live and in her we will die. We will not surrender, we will not sell out and we will not give up.” “Let us fight. We are going to confront, we are not going to allow (Lopez Obrador) to pass his destruction projects here. We are not afraid of his National Guard, who changed its name, so as not to say Army”, Sub-commander Moises said.

“We tell him that we do not believe him”, he added, describing AMLO as “tricky” and “crafty” for wanting to pretend to be with the original peoples of Mexico when, in fact, he said, he seeks to “destroy them.”

Although during the five days prior to the anniversary, the EZLN held a meeting with members of the National Indigenous Council (CNI in its Spanish acronym), the Indigenous Council of Government and solidarity groups, it said that for 25 years “we have seen that we are alone; what we have achieved has been with our work and effort, with our mistakes. (…) We went to awaken, we went to tell the poor people of Mexico, of the countryside and the city. Many did not pay attention to us, some are organizing themselves, and we hope they continue yo organize. But we see that most did not listen to us. But we did the work, and we have more to do. (…) People come and go from outside. We continue here. Each time they come as tourists, but misery, inequality and injustice are not for tourism. The young people of Mexico will continue to die. What a pity that they pay attention to someone who is there deceiving the people.”

He finished his statement emphasizing: “we are going to defend what we have built. (…) The change we want is that one day the people, women and men are those who have to decide how they want their life, not that a group decides the lives of millions of human beings. We say it only with these words: the people rule, and the government obeys. That is why we say: here we are, we are the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, and here we will continue!”

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador affirmed that he will not fall into “any provocation” from the Zapatista movement: “Even if they want to confront us, there will be no response. (…) I express my respect for their plans, programs and decisions. We live in a free country, there is no repression and there is no censorship,” he said.

For more information in Spanish:

López Obrador responde al EZLN: ‘Amor y paz… no me van a cucar’ (Vanguardia, 2 de enero de 2019)

EZLN y Marcos: ¿cuál es el principal aporte del zapatismo a México a 25 años de su levantamiento armado? (BBC, 1ero de enero de 2019)

EZLN, balance a 25 años (Proceso, 1ero de enero de 2019)

AMLO está engañando a los pueblos; nosotros no le creemos: EZLN (Aristegui Noticias, 1ero de enero de 2019)

EZLN: a 25 años del embeleso mundial que causó el zapatismo (Excelsior, 1ero de enero de 2019)

El EZLN advierte que se opondrá al Tren Maya y a la Guardia Nacional (Animal Político, 1ero de enero de 2019)

El EZLN advierte que se opondrá a los proyectos de AMLO (ADN Político, 1ero de enero de 2019)

En su 25 aniversario el EZLN critica al gobierno de AMLO (La Jornada, 1ero de enero de 2019)

Las victorias del EZLN (La Jornada, 31 de diciembre de 2018)

Los 25 años del EZLN: la vigencia de sus demandas (Proceso, 31 de diciembre de 2018)

EZLN prepara “red de resistencia” contra proyectos de López Obrador (Vanguardia, 30 de diciembre de 2018)

PALABRAS DEL CCRI-CG DEL EZLN A LOS PUEBLOS ZAPATISTAS EN EL 25 ANIVERSARIO DEL INICIO DE LA GUERRA CONTRA EL OLVIDO (EZLN, 31 de diciembre de 2018)

EZLN: veinticinco años (LA Jornada, 24 de diciembre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas/National/International: EZLN Invitation to 25th Anniversary of Zapatista Uprising and Meeting of Networks (December 11th, 2018)

Chiapas : segunda y tercera parte del comunicado del EZLN compartido durante el Encuentro de Redes en Morelia, (23/08/2018)

Chiapas: Comunicado EZLN (primera parte) UNA FINCA, UN MUNDO, UNA GUERRA, POCAS PROBABILIDADES, (22/08/2018)

Chiapas: Meeting of CIG Support Networks, COMPARTE 2018 “For Life and Liberty” and 15th Anniversary of the Zapatista Caracoles (August 22nd, 2018)

 

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Chiapas: Prisoners in San Cristóbal carry out fast to demand respect for their rights

January 4, 2019

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On December 17th, Adrián Gómez Jiménez, Alfredo Gómez López and Juan de la Cruz Ruiz, members of the organization “The voice of the Indigenous in Resistance”, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacadonan Jungle of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), started a fast of three days to demand that their human rights are respected.

Said prisoners are imprisoned in the Center for Social Reinsertion No. 5 in San Cristóbal de las Casas, ask for better medical attention and hygiene within the prisons as well as a thorough revision of their cases. They ended their protest act December 19th in the afternoon.

More broadly, they expressed that one of their fast’s objectives was to “demand from Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president of the Republic, [that] he fulfills what was promised to the people of Mexico: no more lies, violence, disappearances, unjust imprisonments (…). We are making a call to the three levels so there will be justice, liberty, rights and health”.

On the other hand, they called to the Governor of Chiapas, Rutilio Escandón Cadenas to “positions himself and exhort the judges of different prisons in Chiapas to be fair in their work”.

At the end of the press release they invited all independent organization that work on a state, national or international level to show solidarity and keep demanding “true justice in the whole world”.

For more information in Spanish:

Presos en San Cristóbal ayunan para exigir justicia, derechos y salud, Chiapas paralelo, 18 de diciembre de 2018

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas : Roberto Paciencia Cruz, ex injustamente preso llama a la solidaridad con Alejandro Díaz Santíz (14/09/2017)

Chiapas: Carta de Roberto Paciencia Cruz en el marco del dia internacional de los presos (24/09/2016)

Chiapas: Niegan entrada a visitas del injustamente preso, Roberto Paciencia Cruz, en el CERESO No. 5   (30 de agosto de 2016)

 


Chiapas/National/International: EZLN Invitation to 25th Anniversary of Zapatista Uprising and Meeting of Networks

December 11, 2018

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In a communiqué published on November 17, the date of its 35th anniversary, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN in its Spanish acronym) invited people to two events to be held at the end of the year: from December 26th to 30th, to a “Meeting of Resistance and Rebellion Networks, of Support for the CIG (Indigenous Council of Government), or Whatever they Are Called” to be carried out in the “Traces of Memory. Subcomandante Insurgente Pedro Did his Duty” center,” in the vicinity of the town of Guadalupe Tepeyac, MAREZ San Pedro de Michoacan.

Also, on December 31st, 2018 and January 1st, 2019, the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the armed uprising will be held in Zapatista La Realidad, location of the caracol “Madre de los caracoles del mar de nuestro sueños”, in the Border Jungle zone.

The email for registration to the first event is redesdic18@enlacezapatista.org.mx; and for the second anniversary25@enlacezapatista.org.mx.

For more information in Spanish:

Invitación a la celebración del 25 Aniversario del Alzamiento Zapatista y a un Encuentro de Redes (EZLN, 17 de noviembre de 2018)

Convoca EZLN a encuentro de apoyo al CIG (La Jornada, 18 de noviembre de 2018)

#EZLN: 35 años de lucha (Subrayado.mx, 18 de noviembre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: EZLN Publishes Program for First Film Festival “Puy Ta Cuxlejaltic”  (November 5th, 2018)

Chiapas: EZLN Announces “The Impossible Cinema”  (October 14th, 2018)

Chiapas : segunda y tercera parte del comunicado del EZLN compartido durante el Encuentro de Redes en Morelia, (23/08/2018)

Chiapas: Comunicado EZLN (primera parte) UNA FINCA, UN MUNDO, UNA GUERRA, POCAS PROBABILIDADES, (22/08/2018)

Chiapas: Meeting of CIG Support Networks, COMPARTE 2018 “For Life and Liberty” and 15th Anniversary of the Zapatista Caracoles  (August 22, 2018)

Chiapas/National: Roundtable Discussion “To Watch, to Listen, to Speak: Forbidden to Think?”  (May 5th, 2018)

 


Chiapas: First Festival of Zapatista Cinema “Puy ta jkuxlejaltik” in Oventik

November 20, 2018

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From November 1st to 9th, the first Zapatista film festival entitled “Impossible Cinema – Puy ta Cuxlejaltic” (Caracol of our Life) took place, mainly in the Caracol at Oventik, but also with activities and films in the Integral Indigenous Training Center (CIDECI) in San Cristobal de Las Casas. The festival was “fundamentally conceived for the original Zapatista peoples, for their viewing and the eyes of the people who work in or around fiction films and documentary films, who have been invited.” To attend and make the event possible, about four thousand Zapatistas came from the Caracoles in Chiapas. In addition, civil society organizations from San Cristobal de Las Casas, interested people and personalities of Mexican cinema, such as Gael Garcia Bernal, attended.

In addition to the presentation of films of various genres and numerous documentaries a day in two cinemas and on an open-air screen, there was a cultural and interactive program in the form of discussions and workshops. The festival was proposed as an “alternative to the times of death we live”, as well as to “rethink our world with a critical vision and imagine other possible worlds.”

Part of the festival was not only the presentation, but also the recognition of films in their corresponding category (for example “Fall and Get up” or “Look at Yourself in the Mirror”) and of workers in the film industry for their work.

Finally, the festival ended as it began with music, dance and joy combined with Tsotsil traditions and the memory of key events in the Zapatista struggle and growth. It closed with the promise that this first festival will not be the last.

For more information in Spanish:

Una invitación a: “El cine imposible”. Comisión Sexta del EZLN, octubre del 2018. (Enlace Zapatista, 4 de octubre de 2018)

Festival de cine “Puy ta Cuxlejaltic”. Programa General. (Enlace Zapatista, 30 de octubre de 2018)

Termina el Festival de cine Puy ta Cuxlejaltic – Caracol de Oventic (Radio Zapatista, 10 de noviembre de 2018)

Arranca el Festival de cine zapatista Puy ta Cuxlejaltic (Somos el medio, 3 de noviembre de 2018)

Gael García, de abrazo con el sub Galeano (El Universal, 5 de noviembre de 2018)

Festival de cine Puy ta Cuxlejaltic (Caracol de nuestra vida) (Radio Zapatista, 9 de noviembre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: EZLN Announces “The Impossible Cinema” (October 14th, 2018)

Chiapas : segunda y tercera parte del comunicado del EZLN compartido durante el Encuentro de Redes en Morelia, (23 de agosto de 2018)

Chiapas: Meeting of CIG Support Networks, COMPARTE 2018 “For Life and Liberty” and 15th Anniversary of the Zapatista Caracoles (August 22nd, 2018)

Chiapas: Comunicado EZLN (primera parte) UNA FINCA, UN MUNDO, UNA GUERRA, POCAS PROBABILIDADES, (22 de agosto de 2018)

Chiapas/National: Roundtable Discussion “To Watch, to Listen, to Speak: Forbidden to Think?” (May 5th, 2018)

 

 


Chiapas: EZLN Publishes Program for First Film Festival “Puy Ta Cuxlejaltic”

November 5, 2018

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In a communiqué published on October 30th, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN in its Spanish acronym) published the program of the First Film Festival “Puy Ta Cuxlejaltic” (“Caracol de Nuestra Vida”) that will take place from November 1st to 9th at the Caracol in Oventik, along with projections at the CIDECI-Unitierra in San Cristobal.

They clarified that the Festival “is conceived FUNDAMENTALLY for the original Zapatista peoples, for their eyes and the eyes of the people who work in or around fiction film and documentary films, who have been invited.” They expressed that there will also be musical activities, theater, dance, a photographic exhibition and storytelling.

They reported finally that access to the two venues will only be for invited and registered attendees. To register as an assistant, interested persons will have to send their information to the email: festivalcine@enlacezapatista.org.mx

For more information in Spanish:

Festival de cine “Puy ta Cuxlejaltic”. Programa General (EZLN, 30 de octubre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: EZLN Announces “The Impossible Cinema” (October 14th, 2018)

Chiapas: Meeting of CIG Support Networks, COMPARTE 2018 “For Life and Liberty” and 15th Anniversary of the Zapatista Caracoles (August 22nd, 2018)

Chiapas/National: Roundtable Discussion “To Watch, to Listen, to Speak: Forbidden to Think?” (May 5th, 2018)

 


Chiapas: Second Assembly of National Indigenous Congress (CNI)

October 22, 2018

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From October 12th to 14th, the National Indigenous Congress (CNI in its Spanish acronym) and the Indigenous Council of Government (CIG in its Spanish acronym) held their second assembly in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas with the objective of “seeing each other, consulting and taking new steps for the construction of the new world we need.”

During the first two days of the event, participation was limited to the members of the CNI-CIG and to some guests who worked at thematic tables from which multiple proposals emerged. The call for the last day was opened to external supporters and representatives of non-governmental organizations. In total, more than 500 people participated, most of them delegates of indigenous peoples in the country who reported situations of violence and violations of their rights in numerous parts of the Republic.

In their final statement, they emphasized the “urgency” to continue in their process of organization “from below”, “in our struggle against the deep disease caused by capitalism.” “The Indigenous Council of Government is the way to honor our differences, to find there the word in which we reflect, and to be a true government,” they ratified.

They marked a clear distance with the incoming government: “we will not be part of any exponential capitalist transformation.” They denounced the “continuity in neoliberal politics”, specifically questioning several projects already announced as the continuation of the Special Economic Zones (SEZ), the trans-isthmus project, the Mayan train, the million trees in the South, the new City of Mexico airport and mining concessions in indigenous territories.

One of the proposals of the incoming government is to resume the San Andres Accords on indigenous rights and culture signed between the federal government and the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) in February 1996. In response, the final declaration speaks of the “cynicism” of the proposal if it is not intended at the same time “to touch the murderous capitalist assembly that is the Mexican State”, “without ending the regimes of water concessions, mining, national goods and hydrocarbons, without imposing limits to the imperial power repealing the current Free Trade Agreement and severely limiting the large transnational corporations, without destroying the control exercised by the big crime cartels, supported by military corporations, over our territories.”

They informed that they will take these resolutions to their regions to consult the proposal “to continue building the organization that becomes a self-government, autonomous and rebellious, with compañeros from other geographies, to break the collective inertia imposed on us, to see among us all where the storm comes from and in the middle of it we cannot stop weaving, until our fabric meets the others, which sprout in all corners of Mexico and the world so that councils can be made, that together, we can be a council of government with networks supporting the CIG. They unfold with their own forms and their own identity in the countryside and the city irrespective of borders.”

For more information in Spanish:

Pronunciamiento de la segunda asamblea nacional del Congreso Nacional Indígena-Concejo Indígena de Gobierno (CNI, 14 de octubre de 2018)

“Una mentira la cuarta transformación de López Obrador” CNI-EZLN (Chiapas Paralelo, 14 de octubre de 2018)

Zapatistas e indígenas marcan distancia de López Obrador (Proceso, 15 de octubre de 2018)

La cuarta transformación de AMLO “tiene su mirada puesta en nuestros territorios”, dice el EZLN (Sin Embargo, 15 de octubre de 2018)

Los pasos del Congreso Nacional Indígena (La Jornada, 16 de octubre de 2018)

Volver a casa: segunda asamblea del CNI-CIG (Subversiones, 16 de octubre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas/Mexico: Invitation to the Second National Assembly of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and the Indigenous Governing Council (CIG) (September 18th, 2018)

National: First National Encounter of Women Convened by CNI (August 10th, 2018)

National: CNI Will not Support any Presidential Candidate and Calls on Peoples to Organize. (May 10th, 2018)

Chiapas/National: Roundtable Discussion “To Watch, to Listen, to Speak: Forbidden to Think?”  (May 5th, 2018)

 


Chiapas: EZLN Announces “The Impossible Cinema”

October 14, 2018

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The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN in its Spanish acronym) announced the first film festival in Oventik caracol, (with alternate projections in CIDECI in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas). It will be held from November 1st to 5th, 2018 and will be named Puy ta Cuxlejaltic (Caracol de Nuestra Vida).

“The films that will be exhibited and the activities in the aforementioned festival (which apparently include, among other absurdities: a round table, perhaps rectangular, on … football?! But is not it a film festival?; a film that is read and directed by a schizophrenic beetle?), Will be made public in a few days (or so we hope),” according to the festival announcement.

For more information in Spanish:

Una invitación a: “El cine imposible”. Comisión Sexta del EZLN, octubre del 2018, Enlace Zapatista, 4 de octubre de 2018

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas : segunda y tercera parte del comunicado del EZLN compartido durante el Encuentro de Redes en Morelia, (23/08/2018)

Chiapas: Comunicado EZLN (primera parte) UNA FINCA, UN MUNDO, UNA GUERRA, POCAS PROBABILIDADES, (22/08/2018)

Chiapas: Meeting of CIG Support Networks, COMPARTE 2018 “For Life and Liberty” and 15th Anniversary of the Zapatista Caracoles (22/08/2018)

Chiapas/National: Roundtable Discussion “To Watch, to Listen, to Speak: Forbidden to Think?” (05/05/2018)