End the Paramilitary War on Zapatista and Indigenous Communities
Stop all megaprojects and extractive industries on Zapatista and Indigenous territories
Para leer la versión en español, haga clic aquí: Alto a la guerra paramilitar contra las comunidades indígenas y zapatistas
November 17, 2021
To the Government of Mexico
To the Government of the United States
The Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN, Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional) issued a grave warning that Chiapas is on the brink of civil war on September 19, 2021. All levels of the Mexican government, (Federal, State, and Municipal) with their backing of paramilitary armed groups, have fueled violent attacks, killing and wounding members of Zapatista and Indigenous communities, burning and pillaging Indigenous community property, and forcing the displacement of thousands of women, children, and men.
We demand that the Mexican Federal Government and the Government of Chiapas end their complicity with the current aggressions against the Zapatistas and the indigenous communities and honor their international responsibility to guarantee, respect, and protect the life and security of the communities of Chiapas that are now under serious, violent attacks.
Public law enforcement authorities, including local and federal police and National Guard, have colluded with or stood by as paramilitaries shoot into communities.
We demand an end to all complicity on the part of Mexican law enforcement and that those responsible for these violent crimes be detained, investigated and brought to justice.
To the Mexican government:
- Stop the attacks on Zapatista and Indigenous communities in Chiapas;
- Protect and attend to the safe return of Indigenous communities who have been forcibly displaced by paramilitary attacks and violence;
- Disarm and disband the paramilitary groups, including ORCAO and others;
- Prosecute the ORCAO and other paramilitary leaders and members responsible for the killings and destruction of Zapatista and Indigenous communities;
- Stop violence against and end the detention of migrants passing through Mexico
- Stop the megaprojects and all extractive industries on Zapatista and Indigenous territories in Mexico; and
- Stop the “Maya” Train, the Transisthmus Corridor including the wind “farms” of Oaxaca and the Proyecto Integral Morelos (PIM).
To the U.S. government:
- End all military funding and assistance to the Mexican government including the Merida Initiative
- Stop violence, detention and deportation of migrants seeking asylum
- Dismantle the Dakota and Line 3 pipelines and all pipelines that go through indigenous territories and communities and that threaten everyone’s water supply and all life.
We hold the Mexican and U.S. governments responsible for any further loss of life and the violent displacement of Indigenous peoples from their lands and territories and the capitalist destruction of the natural world. We are committed to acting for peace to prevent civil war from taking place in Chiapas and we raise our voices and forces in solidarity with the struggles of Zapatista and Indigenous peoples.
SIGNED (initial signatories)
Border Agricultural Workers Project
Chiapas Support Committee
Unión del Pueblo Fronterizo, El Paso
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Xochipilli Chicano/Latino Men’s Circle
Nicaragua Center for Community Action
Global Women’s Strike
Pueblo Y Salud, Inc.
La Red Binacional de Mujeres Que Luchan
Sexta Grietas del Norte
Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice
Peace and Freedom Party, socialist, on the California ballot
Día de los muertos DC
Mexico – U.S. Solidarity Network
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Oakland
Sharat G. Lin
Rafael J González
Matthew de la Torre
Cinaed De Canntun
Charlotte Maria Saenz
Clarissa Del Visco
Carol I Moeller Costa
Muhammad Mustafa Raza Khan
Janice Luna Reynoso
Jessica Toni St Bruno
Norma J F Harrison
Stefan Ali, Esq.
Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen
Amy Raynel Juan