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)

Chiapas/National: Second issue of “Zapatista Rebelliousness” released

May 2, 2014

(@Rebeldía zapatista)

(@Rebeldía zapatista)

On 24 April, the second issue of the magazine Zapatista Rebelliousness came out; it includes “an evaluation by Zapatistas of the Escuelita,” an open organizational process that began last August.  In the editorial, signed by Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) made a call for organization both in rural and urban settings when “the neoliberal capitalists do not rest in thinking of how to succeed in always being the dominators.”  It noted that “in only 19 years we have dodged the the bad system which has dominated for 520 years, and now we are the beneficiaries of liberty and democracy.  And we are only a few thousand women and men who self-govern.  What would happen in we organized with the millions of others from the cities and countryside?”

“Who says it cannot be done?” they asked, affirming that “now is the time for us to organize the poor of the land and the cities and it is the time that the peoples of the city and countryside take their destiny into their own hands.  That is to say, to govern themselves rather than just for a few people, particularly rich people; we know what they are doing […].  Let us leave this place, leave them alone to see if they can live without exploiting us and all the rest of us.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Editorial 2. Rebeldía Zapatista. La palabra del EZLN (Enlace Zapatista, 24 de abril de 2014)

Dejemos solos a los poderosos a ver si pueden vivir sin explotarnos: EZLN (Radio Formula, 24 de abril de 2014)

“¿Quién dice que no se puede?”: mensaje del subcomandante Moisés del EZLN (La Jornada, 25 de abril de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Presentation of new EZLN magazine (2 March 2014)

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: New communique from Subcomandante Marcos, Rebobine 3

December 7, 2013

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On 17 November, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), also known as El Sup or Sup Marcos, made public a new communique for the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of the EZLN.

The communique, entitled “Rebobine 3,” seeks to bring light to the “way in which, taking advantage of our anniversary, el Sup seeks to explain how the Zapatistas see their own history–without succeeding in this.”

Two of the concepts addressed in the document are fanaticism and freedom.  With regard to the former, Marcos declares that “the fanatics of race, color, creed, gender, politics, sports, etc., are in the end fans of themselves.  And all share the same fear of what is different.  They encage the entire world in the box of exclusionary options: ‘if you are not this way, then you are the opposite.”  His explanation with regard to his views on fanaticism is tied into the idea that the Zapatistas have of freedom and their form of autonomy, given that they must “evade the trap that says that freedom is the ability to choose between two imposed options…  There are not only two paths, and similarly there are not only two colors, two sexes, two beliefs.  Thus, neither here nor there.  It is better to make a new path that leads to where one wants to go.”

The text also mentions the next Escuelita of December-January, as organized by the EZLN: “Those who come to be with us to watch us watch ourselves, to listen to us, to learn in the escuelita, you will discover that, in each photo, we Zapatistas have added an image that is not easily perceivable.  It is as though the apparent movement of images would hide the particular thing each photo contains.  That which is not seen in the everyday decanting is what we will be.  And there is nothing that can capture such images.  Only a very large heart can appreciate them.”

In this document there can also be found a criticism of mass media with regard to the way of life of the Zapatistas: “For the commercial mass media, it is they who are the modern ones, and we the archaic ones.  They are the civilized, while we are the barbarians.  They are the workers, we the lazy.  They are the ‘respectable people,’ we the pariahs.  They are the wise ones, we the ignorant ones.  They are clean, but we are dirty.  They are pretty, but we are ugly.  They are good, yet we are the bad ones.”  And he continues with this idea: “They forget the most important thing: this is our history, our way of seeing it and seeing ourselves, our manner of thinking, and of making our own path.  It is ours, with our errors, our falls, our colors, our lives, our deaths.  It is our freedom.  That is our history.”

As a final comment, el Sup mentions the anniversary that the EZLN remembers: “Health, and that we celebrate very happily, that is to say, in struggle.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Rebobinar 3 (Enlace Zapatista, 17 de noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: EZLN criticizes structural reforms (13 November 2013)

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)

Chiapas: end of Zapatista “little school”

September 13, 2013

Material de estudios en la Escuelita zapatista

Material for study from the Zapatista “little school”

From 12 to 16 August, more than 2000 students from several Mexican states and other countries attended the Zapatista “little school” which was held behind closed doors in the five caracoles and CIDECI-Unitierra in San Cristóbal de Las Casas.  Some of these students could also follow the classes on “Freedom according to the Zapatistas” online, by accessing the Enlace Zapatista webpage.  The students received a package containing two CDs and several books dealing with the issues “autonomous government, participation of women in autonomous government, and autonomous resistance,” and they moreover were invited to stay with a “votán,” or an EZLN member who was especially designated to serve as comrade, teacher, and guide.

The first day examined the question of “autonomous government” in which was detailed the functioning of the Good-Government Councils (JBGs) which are based in the five caracoles, 10 years after their creation.  The Zapatistas noted that the fact that they are called JBGs does not mean that they are already good, “but rather refers to the tendency permanently to be vigilant.”

The second day explored the participation of women at the local level, in the autonomous municipalities and the JBGs.

The third day presented the paths of the Zapatista communication media, educational system, and communal organization, which include farms, stores, shoe-stores, and autonomous banking systems, all of these based on communal work.

The fourth day saw discussion of the question of justice, thus strongly challenging the failures of the official system and presenting the model of autonomous justice which the EZLN has implemented in its spaces of influence as an alternative.

On the fifth and last day, democracy was discussed, with the contrast established between the operation of the “official democracy” with its elections every 3 or 6 years and the Zapatista system, in which “the most important thing is that the people give their opinion and proposals, and if they make mistakes in electing their authorities, remove them.”

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)

Inicia clases la Escuelita zapatista en San Cristóbal de las Casas (La Jornada, 12 de agosto de 2013)

A puerta cerrada inician clases mil 700 alumnos en la “escuelita zapatista” (Proceso, 12 de agosto de 2013)

Detalla EZLN el sistema de gobierno en sus Caracoles (Proceso, 12 de agosto de 2013)

Destaca EZLN participación de mujeres en la segunda jornada de la Escuelita (La Jornada, 13 de agosto de 2013)

Presumen zapatistas sus granjas, zapaterías y banco (Proceso, 14 de agosto de 2013)

Manifiestan en la Escuela Zapatista que en el gobierno autónomo la justicia no se vende (La Jornada, 15 de agosto de 2013)

El EZLN muestra en su ‘escuelita’ los logros de 19 años de autonomía (CNN México, 16 de agosto de 2013)

La democracia se simula con elecciones cada 6 años: EZLN (La Jornada, 17 de agosto 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)

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)