Chiapas: Communiqué from Sup Galeano

April 10, 2015

Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano. Foto de archivo @ SIPAZ

Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano. Photo @ SIPAZ archive

On 19 March, Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano, or Sup Galeano, published a communique “On Homage and Seminar,” in which he reports on the homage to Luis Villoro Toranzo and the Zapatista teacher Galeano, who was murdered on 2 May 2014.  This homage will take place on 2 May in the Oventik caracol, an event to which relatives of the “46 who are missing from Ayotzinapa,” as the communique notes, “as well as relatives of the comrade teacher Galeano and autonomous Zapatista authorities from the 5 zones.”  Furthermore, Sup Galeano reminded his readers of the forthcoming seminar “Critical Thoughts in light of the Capitalist Hydra,” as organized by the CIDECI-Unitierra and the Sixth Commission of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), planned for 3 to 9 May.

Galeano also mentioned “the notable rise in military activity in the vicinity of the Zapatista caracoles (aggressive patrols, intimidating checkpoints, threatening overflights), particularly in the La Realidad and Oventik caracoles.”  He further affirmed the lack of will on the part of the State to initiate a dialogue with the EZLN “since 2001.  That is to say, no federal official has approached the EZLN for the past 14 years without seeking to assassinate the Zapatista leadership; no, the federal and state governments are not seeing the lives of the indigenous of Chiapas improving, but instead they seek to divide communities.  The only governmental approaches that can be noted by Jaime Martínez Veloz have not been toward the Zapatistas but instead toward the paramilitaries they support.  Before, this was done by Luis H. Álvarez, Juan Sabines Guerrero, and Felipe Calderón Hinojosa; now it is done by Manuel Velasco Coello, Rosario Robles Berlanga, and Enrique Peña Nieto, one of whose shock-groups (CIOAC-H) is materially responsible for the murder of our comrade teacher Galeano.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Sobre Homenaje y Seminario. El SupGaleano (Enlace Zapatista, 19 de marzo de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: new communiques from the EZLN (21 March 2015)

Chiapas: threats against families sympathizing with the EZLN(29 December 2014)

Chiapas: EZLN requests support for the reconstruction of the autonomous school and clinic in La Realidad (13 June 2014)

Chiapas: EZLN pays tribute to murdered Support-base and announces organizational changes (10 June 2014)

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Chiapas: EZLN announces homage to Zapatista murdered in La Realidad and announces primary results of investigation on the case

May 18, 2014

Galeano. Foto (@EZLN)

José Luis Solís López (Galeano). Photo @EZLN

In “Fragment of Reality I,” Subcomandante Moisés announces a planned homage to the EZLN support base José Luis Solís López (Galeano) who was murdered on 2 May by members of the Historical Independent Center of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos in the La Realidad ejido.

“The idea is that we will arrive to La Realidad on Friday 23 May to render homage to comrade Galeano on Saturday 24 May, and then on 25 May everyone will return to their homes,” noted Subcomandante Moisés in the note.

The homage is open to all those who would like to attend, according to the message, particularly independent and alternative media that adhere to the Sixth Declaration, given that “the General Command of the EZLN might give a press-conference.”

On 24 May, there will be celebrated homages in all the Zapatista caracoles, and it is proposed that this be done in other locations “according to the desires and time of each and everyone.”

In the same communique, Subcomandante Moisés shares some of the primary findings of the investigation being carried out by the EZLN into the murder of Galeano: a young female Zapatista support-base in La Realidad relates the conversation she had with a CIOAC-H member on 10 May, when the Cioaquista recognizes having been Galeano’s executor: “I was the one who killed him.  I shot him in the head and he died.”  In the same way, the Cioaquista threatens that more Zapatistas will die: “Those who we will take into our hands are Raúl, el Jorge y el René.  We will take them into our hands and kill him the way we killed [Galeano].”  He warns that Caracol I, headquarters of the “Towards Hope” Good-Government Council, will be taken: “Enjoy your caracol.  Walk through all its parts, because we will take it very soon, and the Caracol will soon be for us.  Out of pleasure I will go there as my home when it is ours, because very soon we will take it.”

Subcomandante Moisés took this information with caution and doubts the truth of the claims made by the Cioaquista.  “We do not know if it is he who killed [Galeano] or whether he is only being macho and trying to intimidate a lady.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Fragmentos de La Realidad I (Enlace Zapatista, 13 de mayo de 2014)

Anuncia Subcomandante Marcos homenaje a maestro asesinado (Proceso, 13 de mayo de 2014)

EZLN rendirá homenaje a Galeano, zapatista asesinado en La Realidad(Chiapas Paralelo, 14 de mayo de 2014)

Caracoles zapatistas rendirán homenaje a ‘Galeano’ el 24 de mayo (La Jornada, 14 de mayo de 2014)

Denuncia EZLN amenazas y anuncia homenaje a zapatista asesinado en La Realidad (Grupo Fórmula, 14 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Chiapas Peace Network repudiates attack on EZLN support bases (18 May 2014)

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: EZLN denounces nocturnal military overflights above Zapatista caracoles

August 21, 2013

Manual de la Escuelita (@Enlace zapatista)

On 14 August, Zapatista Comandate Tacho read a brief communique released by the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee of the General Command of the EZLN (CCRI-CG EZLN) before the students attending the Zapatista “Escuelita” (school), with their respective guardians in the CIDECI-Unitierra, located in San Cristóbal de Las Casas.  He reported that “on 12 and 13 August during the night, military planes were flying over the five Zapatista caracoles, where the course ‘Freedom according to the Zapatistas’ is taking place.”  He added that “perhaps it is that, serving their master, the Mexican soldiers are spying for the U.S. government, or the U.S. planes are directly spying themselves.  Or maybe it is that the soldiers want to know what it is that is taught in the Zapatista communities to those whom they have attacked so much without being able to destroy.”

Sine 11 August, some 1700 people from different states of Mexico and other countries have been meeting in communities associated with the five Zapatista caracoles to participate in the “Escuelita” which will end on Friday 16 August.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado del CCRI-CG del EZLN, avisan de sobrevuelos de aviones militares en las zonas de los 5 Caracoles. (Audio, Comandante Tacho, CCRI-CG del EZLN, 14 de agosto de 2013)

Comunicado ZAPATISTAS DENUNCIAN SOBRE VUELOS EN LOS CINCO CARACOLES (versión escrita, CGT Chiapas, 14 de agosto de 2013)

Denuncia “Tacho” vuelos militares sobre los “Caracoles” (Proceso, 14 de agosto de 2013)

Denuncia el EZLN sobrevuelos militares nocturnos sobre caracoles(La Jornada, 15 de agosto de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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


Chiapas: Celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Zapatista caracoles

August 21, 2013

(@SiPAZ archivo)

From 8 to 10 August, members of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) celebrated 10 years since the founding of their autonomous governments, corresponding to their form of implementing the San Andrés Accords, which were signed by the EZLN and the federal government in February 1996.  At the cultural, political, and sport events that accompanied the celebration, there were present many intellectuals and activists from Mexico and other countries.  In 2003, the EZLN announced the creation of five Good-Government Councils (JBGs) corresponding to 5 autonomous regions in the state of Chiapas, based in La Realidad (border zone), La Garrucha and Morelia (Jungle highlands), Oventic (central highlands), and Roberto Barrios (close to Palenque).  Starting on 12 August, they will share the advances and difficulties of their form of self-government with the students at the “Escuelita” (little school).

For more information (in Spanish):

Parten a los caracoles casi 1,700 alumnos que asistirán a la Escuelita zapatista (La Jornada, 12 de agosto de 2013)

La cruzada contra el hambre, plan de ataque a nuestra autonomía: zapatistas (La Jornada, 11 de agosto de 2013

EZLN agradece acompañamiento en 10 años (El Universal, 9 de agosto de 2013)

Celebran zapatistas 10 años de las juntas de buen gobierno en Chiapas (La Jornada, 9 de agosto de 2013)

Simpatizantes del EZLN celebran 10 años de Juntas del buen gobierno (CNN México, 9 de agosto de 2013)

Alistan festejos por los 10 años de Los Caracoles en Chiapas (Proceso, 8 de agosto de 2013)

Nada es igual que antes (Desinformémonos, agosto de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: EZLN communiques “Them and Us,” parts II-V (29 January 2013)