Chiapas: Chiapas Peace Network repudiates attack on EZLN support bases

May 18, 2014


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On 12 May 2014, the Chiapas Peace Network published a communique condemning the “violence unleashed on 2 May 2014 in Caracol I ‘Mother of the Caracoles, Sea of Our Dreams,’ located in La Realidad, from the autonomous rebellious municipality San Pedro Michoacán (official municipality Las Margaritas).”

The Peace Network noted these “acts represent a rupture in the process of dialogue to resolve preexisting conflicts, as the Good-Government Council and the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights have noted, with the latter being present at the dialogue table.  Beyond this, it is an attack on the autonomy that the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) has been advancing for more than 20 years.  It is to be noted that the attack took place within a context of nine public initiatives of the EZLN which were to be carried out at the end of May and beginning of June; these will now be suspended due to the violence.”

Amidst this situation, the Peace Network urgently called for “a re-establishment of dialogue mechanisms as accompanied by a prompt and efficient investigation to sanction those responsible for the aggressive actions and the murder of Jose Luis Solís López”.

The Peace Network is comprised of 10 organizations working in Chiapas: Fray Pedro Lorenzo de La Nada Human Rights Committee (CDHFP), the Center for Indigenous Rights A.C. (CEDIAC), Services and Assessment for Peace A.C. (SERAPAZ), Commission of Support for Unity and Communal Reconciliation A.C. (CORECO), Economic and Social Development for Indigenous Mexicans A.C. (DESMI), Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (Frayba), Education for Peace A.C. (EDUPAZ), ENLACE, Comumunication and Training A.C. (ENLACE CC), the Chiapas Women’s Rights Center A.C. (CDMCH), and the International Service for Peace (Sipaz).

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín: Las organizaciones de la Red por la Paz reprobamos la agresión a las BAEZLN (Red por la Paz, 12 de mayo de 2013)

Red por la Paz en Chiapas condena violencia en el caracol zapatista La realidad (La Jornada, 12 de mayo de 2014)

Blog de la Red: http://chiapaspaz.wordpress.com/

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: EZLN communique “Pain and Rage” (18 May 2014)

Chiapas: Attacks on EZLN support bases leave one dead and 15 injured among Zapatistas (16 May 2014)

National/International: End of solidarity week “If the Zapatistas are harmed, all are harmed” (3 March 2014)

Chiapas: Report from the Peace Network Observation Mission to San Marcos Áviles and denunciation from Oventic (29 April 2013)

Chiapas: Civil Observation Mission on Human Rights to San Marcos Avilés, Chilón municipality, Chiapas, on the part of the Peace Network (23 April 2013)


Chiapas/Nacional/International: Multiple expressions of solidarity with BAEZLN and call to International Global Action

May 18, 2014

Imagen @ Koman Ilel

Image @Koman Ilel

Multiple expressions of solidarity toward the support bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) have been produced nationally and internationally through different networks and media in terms of the attack suffered on 2 May in Caracol I “Mother of the Caracoles, Mother of Our Dreams.”  Adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle, students of the Escuelita “Freedom according to the Zapatistas,” collectives, networks, independent media, and civil-society individuals indicated that “this latest attack is part of the continuous war of extermination carried out against the Zapatistas.  This armed action was not an isolated act but rather is a clear strategy applied in all Zapatista territory to disguise a State offensive as inter-communal conflicts.  Toward this end, they cynically use different campesino organizations that forgot their principles of struggle in exchange for money that the government invests to buy off their consciences.”

Also, starting on 18 May, there will begin an International Global Action that will include marches and acts at Mexican embassies and consulates and subsidiaries of multinational corporations and banks which support the Mexican government, in addition to public meetings, discussion groups, concerts, informative sessions, and other civil actions in each city, culminating on 24 May with a day of homage for comrade Galeano.  In San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Sunday 18 May will have its first activity in Resistance Plaza starting at 12pm.

For more information (in Spanish):

Pronunciamiento en solidaridad con el EZLN desde San Cristóbal de Las Casas (Koman Ilel, 14 de mayo de 2014)

Llamado a Acciónes en Apoyo a los Zapatistas Semana de Acción y Día de Homenaje: 18 de mayo al 24 de mayo (Enlace Zapatista, 14 de mayo de 2014)

Desde “El Norte” pronunciamiento de solidaridad con L@s Zapatistas(Enlace Zapatista, 15 de mayo de 2014)

Apoyo a compañeros BAZ desde el Ejido Tila (Enlace Zapatista, 14 de mayo de 2014)

San Sebastián Bachajón: solidaridad con los zapatistas (CGT Chiapas, 13 de mayo de 2014)

RvsR: Las comunidades indígenas zapatistas no están solas (CGT Chiapas, 13 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: EZLN communique “Pain and Rage” (18 May 2014)

Chiapas: Attacks on EZLN support bases leave one dead and 15 injured among Zapatistas (16 May 2014)

National/International: End of solidarity week “If the Zapatistas are harmed, all are harmed” (3 March 2014)