Sicilia Movement Shows Support for Zapatistas

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Sicilia Movement Shows Support For Zapatista Bases

** He demands guarantying the life and integrity of said communities

** Indigenous install occupation demanding the liberation of prisoners

By: Hermann Bellinghausen, Envoy

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, October 8, 2011

Javier Sicilia showed “moral and political backing to each and every one of the Zapatista support bases” by the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD), headed by him.

In a message read this morning by the MPJD’s Resistance Actions Commission, in a press conference, Sicilia expounds: “During the time that we were in the state of Chiapas, with the Southern Caravan (in September), we were informed about the threats and attacks the Zapatista support bases suffer, particularly in San Patricio community, La Dignidad autonomous municipality, corresponding to the official municipality of Sabanilla.”

Similarly, the civilian movement demands that the federal and state governments “immediately guaranty the life and integrity of all the EZLN’s support bases” in the autonomous community of San Patricio. That, continues Sicilia, “besides that free access is guaranteed and respect for the said community’s lands since we consider that said aggression is an attack, not just against the Zapatista support bases, but on a new hope for the nation’s reconstruction: the autonomies.”

Sicilia emphasizes that in the MPJD: “different indigenous peoples participate with the hope that we may construct ‘a world where many worlds fit;’ therefore, any attack on any of the country’s indigenous communities, we consider an attack on our Movement.”

The MPJD’s delegation also announced a message to the Good Government Juntas in the Los Caracols, of Roberto Barrios and Oventic, announcing to them that it will meet in Chiapas to “be informed directly in your voice what is happening here, we are here to demonstrate our support.”

The movement “has given punctual follow up about what happens in the Zapatista towns, and we observe with concern what happens in different villages inside their autonomous municipalities.” He also observes: “how the autonomous education projects developed by the Zapatista peoples in different population centers receive attacks in Los Altos, the jungle and the Northern Zone of the state.”

In two more messages, directed to Las Abejas of Acteal and to the prisoners on a hunger strike and fast in the San Cristóbal prison, the MPJD reiterates its peaceful vocation. To the latter he says: “We fully recognize the fast and hunger strike as two forms of struggle of great moral and physical radical [nature], which seek to bring afloat the truth and touch the conscience of those who do them and of their adversary. We trust fully that this hunger strike and fast that they have started may bear the fruits that everyone hopes as soon as possible, and that we will be able to meet in a solidarity embrace of freedom.”

Also this morning, the family members of these indigenous prisoners, in the majority women, installed themselves in an occupation at one side of the Cathedral, demanding the liberation of members of the Voice of El Amate, Innocent Voices, Solidarity with the Voice of El Amate and the organized community of Mitzitón.

In the same atrium of what’s called the Cathedral of Peace the World Summit of Adventure Tourism will be celebrated next weekend, to which the hotel and restaurant owners expect a large number of visitors that come to evaluate the state’s beauties. Authorities already installed a big pavilion of plastic for the event, a few meters from where the indigenous occupation demanding justice is found.


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Saturday, October 8, 2011

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