San Cristóbal, Chiapas, April 13, 2017
“Migrants didn’t leave because they wanted to, but rather because they could no longer stay in their finca, better known as a country,” Subcomandante Moisés said this evening, upon reiterating his support to those who have emigrated to the United States, due to the poverty and violence in their place of origin; where they are exploited, repressed and dispossessed just like on a finca 100 years ago. Sup Moisés made these statements on the second day of the seminar “The walls of capital, the cracks on the left,” at Cideci Unitierra, Chiapas.
“One must support those who supported us. Now it falls to us to tell them to fight with resistance and rebellion,” is how Moisés explained the reason they are in solidarity with discriminated and exploited society. They helped us 23 years ago after our Uprising, the Zapatista spokesperson said and reported that they will support migrants in the American union with income from the sale of 3791 kilos of coffee.
The indigenous Zapatista called once again on society to organize because “the capitalist enemy is not going to let the people rule.” “The enemy is not going to negotiate and say, I’m going to half exploit,” the Subcomandante pointed out. “Those below must help each other, to demonstrate that we don’t need those that give conditioned aid,” Moisés added, in reference to the government and the political parties. “One must re-organize, re-educate what we thought was already educated,” he summoned.
For his part, the historian Carlos Aguirre Rojas, with his speech “the Latin American situation, seen from below and to the left,” invited learning what the Zapatistas have taught, which is to look at the world from below and to the left. “We cannot understand XXI Century capitalism without relying on Marx’s theory of value and history,” the academic also added.
How can we look at the above of Latin America, the social researcher began by asking, to which he answered that two elements exist. The first are the States: which can be of the ultra right, like that of Peña Nieto, which are anti-national, surrendered to another, repressive and anti-cultural; or they can be so-called “progressive” States, like in Venezuela, Bolivia or Ecuador, which at first don’t rely on repression, but rather on cooptation, and which despite their discourse are profoundly pro-capitalist, like in the case of López Obrador, he explained.
Another of the questions Aguirre Rojas posed was how the picture of those above is presented, answering with the analogy Subcomandante Moisés made yesterday, in that countries have become like fincas in charge of the international bourgeoisie, which it not interested its domestic market and is anti-nationalist, citing the case of Carlos Slim in Mexico. “The State is part of above, it will always be the enemy,” the historian said, therefore he recommended putting in place a government like that of the Zapatistas that rules by obeying.
The sociologist Arturo Anguiano was also at this evening’s session. He emphasized the vindictive character of the struggle of the peoples against the neoliberal policies of the governments. There are governments that cannot be defined as progressive or left, because they permit mining extractivism and agro-businesses, which set aside the parameters of sustainability and destroy the environment, the social researcher pointed out.
Anguiano asked: What can truly be characterized as left? He indicated that it’s only that which attacks discrimination, dispossession and oppression, in other words finishes with capitalism. “One cannot be more left than the anti-capitalist, someone below, who with the original peoples, campesinos and proletarians fights against power and capital, for true equality, for self-management and for autonomy,” he said.
For tomorrow, Friday, at 4:00 pm, we will have the participation of Paulina Fernández and Magdalena Gómez. Then, at 7:00 pm, Alicia Castellanos, Luis Hernández Navarro and the EZLN’s Sixth Commission will speak, which you can tune in to through the webpage http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx
PHOTOS: Area of Communication Abejas of Acteal and Pozol
Originally Published in Spanish by Pozol Colectivo
Friday, April 14, 2017
Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee