Zapatistas Celebrate 10 Years of Good Government Juntas


By: Hermann Bellinghausen, Envoy

Oventik Celebration

Oventik Celebration

** The Crusade against Hunger, a plan of attack on our autonomy: Zapatistas

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, August 10, 2012

Celebrations for the Good Government Juntas’ tenth anniversary of “humble service” concluded today in the five Zapatista Caracoles. In Oventic, in the region of Los Altos, some three thousand people listened in Tzotzil, Tzeltal and Castilla (Spanish) to a message from the Juntas that celebrate that 10 years ago the Zapatista peoples “decided to reorganize their autonomy” and denounce “the bad government’s plans against autonomy,” like the National Crusade Against Hunger, “which is nothing but a counterinsurgency program.”

Despite that, “the Zapatista peoples and our autonomous governments are trying to strengthen our work in all las areas.” The Zapatistas called on national and international civil society: “to join together our rebelling.”

While only the alternative communications media were admitted, and not any of the “commercial (media),” the former report today that a woman, a member of the Central Heart of the Zapatistas Before the World Junta, read a message on Friday night: “These 10 years of practice and construction of our autonomy have not been easy, of our own way of living and thinking, of organizing and governing ourselves. It has not been easy for many reasons, due to a lack of experience or lack of more preparation.”

Nevertheless, she recognized, “what we have done is of much importance because we have learned and we continue learning to resist and confront all the evil things that the three levels of government do to us, which day by day increase their attacks against the peoples.”

In the event, where Comandante David also took the word to salute the Juntas as a representative of the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee-General Command of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (Comité Clandestino Revolucionario Indígena-Comandancia General del Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN), the Junta reproached the regimes of Enrique Peña Nieto and Manuel Velasco Coello. Although the three levels “of the bad governments” talk a lot “about justice, freedom, democracy and respect for human rights,” they are “the principal violators of those rights and accomplices of the crimes that are committed in our state and our country. Therefore, the bad governments, past and present are seeking all ways of how to finish us off and destroy our struggle and resistance.”

The spokeswoman for the rebel autonomous government cited what’s called the National Crusade Against Hunger, “which is nothing more than a counterinsurgency plan with the purpose of dividing, provoking confrontations in the communities and destroying the resistance of the Zapatista peoples, because it is an economic, political, social, ideological and cultural attack against the construction of autonomy of the original peoples in our country.”

According to the Zapatistas, “Peña Nieto’s national plan will only bring more hunger, diseases and deaths,” since “the militarization and paramilitarization of all the indigenous territories are causing more insecurity, terror, fear and discontent for our peoples, who do not agree with seeing our communities invaded by thousands of federales, soldiers and paramilitaries that support human rights violations.”

And “despite this war of extermination,” they are trying to continue with their form of autonomy. Admitting to “mistakes” because “we lack a lot for improving our work for a more just, more dignified, more humane life,” the Zapatistas asserted that they still believe “in a better world, a world where many worlds fit.”

Lastly, the Junta called to the EZLN’s support bases that: “we continue forward; that we don’t go backwards or get discouraged,” because “our struggle does not end while we live in a situation of injustice, of exploitation, discrimination and sacking of natural riches from our lands.”


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Sunday, August 11, 2013

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