National/Chiapas: Day of actions for Ayotzinapa to observe the Mexican Revolution

December 7, 2014

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March in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. Photo @SIPAZ

On 20 November, in observance of the Day for Global Action for Ayotzinapa, protests were held in solidarity with the relatives of the disappeared students from Ayotzianapa in many cities throughout the world.  From three points in Mexico City, thousands of persons marched, accompanying caravans of students and relatives of the disappeared from Ayotzinapa to arrive at the rally in the Zócalo of the capital.  After the rally, when the mobilization that had been peaceful to that point ended, a group of youth launched rockets and attempted to break down the principal entrance of the National Palace.  Riot police intervened against them, as against the rest of the protestors who had not participated in this intensified phase.  People were injured and arrested, but the authorities have not released any official data.  Meanwhile, on social networks photographs emerged demonstrating presumed infiltrators in the protests, who were placed there supposedly to destabilize the protests.

The parents of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa expressed, before hundreds of thousands of people assembled in Mexico City’s Zócalo, that “this is not just about Guerrero: all throughout Mexico there are secret graves full of persons who have been executed outside the law and forcibly disappeared.”  This was their conclusion following the tour they carried out in several states of the country during the previous week, including the north and south of the country.  At the act at the Zócalo, one of the organizers reported that in more than 185 cities of the world, people had come out to the streets to demand the presentation with life of the 43 disappeared students.

In Chiapas, thousands of students, teachers, campesinos, and citizens in general marched in a dozen municipalities to demand the presentation of the students who were disappeared on 26 September.  At least 4000 marched peacefully in the capital Tuxtla Gutiérrez. In San Cristóbal de las Casas, a protest was organized that counted with the participation of a thousand people.  After a group of presumed infiltrators burned down shops after looted them, a strong police presence was deployed, leading to the arrest of several protestors.  Regardless, the police had been nowhere to be seen until 2pm; the morning of the protest progressed without any visible police presence.  The protestors distanced themselves from the counter-violence that was exhibited at the beginning of the march, when some set an Oxxo and part of a Soriana store on fire.  They accused the government of sending agents provocateurs.  Later, authorities announced the arrest of 13 “anarchists.”  Also in Comitán, Venustiano Carranza, Ocosingo, Tapachula, as elsewhere, protests were held.  Dissidents shared similar slogans, including, “You took them alive; alive we want them back,” and “Zapata lives; the struggle continues!”

For more information (in Spanish):

“Les decía ‘no me peguen, ya nos vamos’”; múltiples agresiones policiacas en DF (Aristegui Noticias, 20 de noviembre de 2014)

Marcha pacífica realizan en la capital chiapaneca (Diario de Chiapas, 21 de noviembre de 2014)

Videos: Histórica marcha por Ayotzinapa (Aristegui Noticias, 20 de noviembre de 2014)

Culmina la Jornada de Acción Global por Ayotzinapa (La Jornada, 20 de noviembre de 2014)

La refriega en el Zócalo después de una marcha pacífica (Proceso, 21 de noviembre de 2014)

Identifican en redes a encapuchados, antes de la marcha en DF (Aristegui Noticias, 20 de noviembre de 2014)

Fosas por todo el país: padres de los 43 normalistas (La Jornada, 21 de noviembre de 2014)

Multitudinarias movilizaciones de solidaridad en ciudades del mundo (La Jornada, 21 de noviembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico/Chiapas: National Brigade for the presentation with life of the 43 disappeared normalist students from Ayotzinapa (6 December 2014)

Guerrero: Police beat journalists during protest for Ayotzinapa (6 December 2014)

Guerrero: Parents reject PGR declaration (13 November 2014)

Guerrero: Update in the Ayotzinapa case (12 November 2014)

Guerrero: Update in the Iguala case: former Iguala mayor is arrested; governor of Guerrero resigns; European Parliament divided over Ayotzinapa (3 November 2014)

Chiapas: New actions by the EZLN to support Ayotzinapa (26 October 2014)

National/International: Multiple mobilizations and marches for the “Pain” and “Rage” of Ayotzinapa (12 October 2014)


Oaxaca: 75 arrests following march on 2 October

October 11, 2014

Foto @ Noticias Net

Photo @ Noticias Net

Like similar actions taken throughout Mexico, the 2 October march in Oaxaca was made to commemorate the 46 years since the Tlatelolco massacre and to express rejection of the grave murders and disappearances of students from Ayotzinapa in Iguala, in addition to other situations of violence experienced in Mexico.  The march in Oaxaca resulted in the arrest of 75 persons (44 females and 31 males), the majority of whom were minors.  It was also reported that members of the Indigenous Organization for Human Rights in Oaxaca (OIDHO) and of Section 22 of the National Union of Educational Workers (SNTE) were arrested.  The press bulletin released by OIDHO details that “at the bus stop to return home, eight members of the youth commission of our organization, one of them being a minor and several of the others being communal human-rights defenders, were victimized by an arbitrary arrest by the municipal and state police […].  After subjecting the youth in question to a brutal beating which angered neighbors and other passersby on the same street, they were carried off to two police trucks, and under constant physical and psychological abuse were transferred to the offices of the Secretary for Public (In)Security in San Bartolo Coyotepec.”

Norma Cruz Vázquez, the regional representative of Section 22 of the SNTE, confirmed the release of the 57 normalist students of the Normalist Student Coordination of Oaxaca (CENEO) who had been arrested as the presumed perpetrators of the destruction and vandalizations committed by a group of “anarchists” against at least 8 commercial establishments, an ATM, the offices of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), and the Palace for Governance.

For more information (in Spanish):

Policía en Oaxaca detiene a estudiantes normalistas (Sección 22, 2 de octubre de 2014)

Liberan a normalistas tras detención ‘arbitraria’ por disturbios en marcha; ningún ‘anarquista’ detenido (Noticias Net, 3 de octubre de 2014)

Saldo de la marcha conmemorativa del 2 de octubre en Oaxaca: 75 personas detenidas (Kaos en la Red, 2 de octubre de 2014)

Con 37 marchas, bloqueos y daños a comercios se conmemoró la matanza del 2 de octubre de 1968 (Página 3, 2 de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: More confrontations and repression against social movement, 2 October (25 October 2013)


Chiapas: Presentation of new EZLN magazine

March 2, 2014

Portada de la revista "Rebeldía Zapatista"Cover of magazine “Rebeldía Zapatista”

As had been announced in the previous communique made by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) “Bad and not so bad news” (November 2013), the “Zapatista Rebelliousness” magazine has been born, as directed and written by indigenous Zapatistas.

In the first volume, an editorial signed by Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés presents the magazine: “We have spent 30 years constructing how to think and live better, this before the people of Mexico and of the world.  Humble but sanely  the autonomous way we want to govern ourselves has been decided by thousands of women and men.  There is nothing hidden in what we are doing or what we seek and desire; instead it is there for everyone to see […].  We are sharing with our comrades from Mexico and the world our humble thought of a new world we desire and think about.”

The magazine also features more reviews of the Zapatista Escuelita from BAEZLN themselves: “In this first volume we will begin to share the words and thoughts of our comrade Zapatista support bases, families, guardians, teachers, on how they see the Escuelita that we have been presenting, and also how they saw the student comrades.”  With reference to anarchists, Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés notes that “there are other brothers and sisters who are rebels and not indigenous who can write and share in this medium, so as to share how it is that they think and how they see this system that desires to put an end to planet Earth.  For this reason, in this volume we share some words provided by anarchist comrades.”

For more information (in English):

Nace nueva publicación del EZLN (Desinformémonos, 28 de febrero de 2014)

Editorial. Rebeldía Zapatista. La palabra del EZLN (Enlace Zapatista, 28 de febrero de 2014)

Malas y no tan malas noticias (Enlace Civil, noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Celebration of 20 years since the Zapatista uprising (15 January 2014)

Chiapas/National: “Rebobinar 2: On Death and other excuses” (1 January 2014)

Chiapas: New communique from Subcomandante Marcos, Rebobine 3 (7 December 2013)

Chiapas: EZLN criticizes structural reforms (13 November 2013)

Chiapas: Tens of thousands of Zapatistas mobilize themselves in 5 cities (27 December 2012)


Chiapas: EZLN criticizes structural reforms

November 13, 2013

© Enlace Zapatista, portada de uno de los libros de la escuelita

In a communique published on 3 November entitled “Bad and not so bad news,” the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) took count–both figuratively and literally–of the first generation of the “Escuelita” (Little School) which was held in August, with the participation of 1281 students.  The EZLN announced the new sessions planned for December and January, giving instructions for registration and participation.

The EZLN, through the voice of Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos, also criticized the “badly hidden lies” called “structural reforms.”  Marcos noted that the “well-behaved left” is now united in a “sanctified crusade” which seeks to accuse anarchists, young and mature, who defy the system: “Because now it so happens that these badly hidden lies known as ‘structural reforms,’ such as the labor suppression of teachers, the sale of the Nation’s resources, the robbery perpetrated by the government against the governed through taxes, that fiscal austerity–all of these, which only benefit the large monopolies, are claimed as being the fault of the anarchists.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Malas y no tan malas noticias, Enlacezapatista, 3 de noviembre de 2013

Reaparece ‘Subcomandante Marcos’; critica “reformas estructurales”, Aristegui noticas, 4 denoviembre de 2013

Reaparece Marcos y cítrica reformas, El Universal, 4 de noviembre de 2013

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: EZLN denounces nocturnal military overflights above Zapatista caracoles (21 August 2013)

Chiapas: Celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Zapatista caracoles (21 August 2013)