Vigil for Peace & Justice: Stop the violence against the Zapatista communities | Dec. 22 2022

Never again another Acteal

Stop the violence & the attacks against the Zapatista communities!

Join the Chiapas Support Committee

On Thursday, December 22, 2022, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
In front of the Mexican Consulate
532 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94105

  • Raise your voice to pressure the AMLO Mexican government to end the paramilitary violence against the Zapatistas & Indigenous communities and to disarm and dismantle all the paramilitary groups;
  • Stand in solidarity with Las Abejas who still are demanding justice on the 25th anniversary of the Acteal massacre; and,
  • Join the struggle to defend mother earth: Derail the “Maya” train and stop mega-projects here and in Mexico that are forcing Indigenous people from their lands and territories and contaminating the water, the soil and the air, destroying the natural world.
  • If you can’t attend in person, call the Mexican consulate and deliver a message of peace & justice: Stop the paramilitary violence against Zapatista and indigenous peoples. CALL (415) 354-1700

Stop the paramilitary & capitalist violence against Zapatista and Indigenous communities!

The Mexican government has been fueling rightwing paramilitary attacks and violence against Indigenous and Zapatista communities in Chiapas.

The paramilitaries have forced thousands to flee their homes and lands and wounded and killed dozens of people, destroying their crops and livestock, burning down houses, clinics and stores. The escalating right-wing violence reminds people of the conditions that led to the 1997 Acteal massacre.

On December 22, 1997, some 100 paramilitaries attacked and killed 45 Tzotzil people, including women, children and men who were members of Las Abejas, a Christian pacifist group, in the village of Acteal. The paramilitaries sought to crush Indigenous communities suspected of supporting the Zapatista movement. Las Abejas had been founded two years before the 1994 Zapatista uprising. Although they opposed the Zapatista use of force, Las Abejas supported the Zapatistas’s work to build autonomy and regain control of Indigenous lands.

Just as in 1997, when Las Abjeas warned the Mexican government of the growing danger, the EZLN and other human rights and Indigenous land justice groups have been warning the Mexican government that the volatile situation can lead to civil war if the paramilitaries are not stopped.

Along with the paramilitary attacks, the Mexican government mega-projects are destroying the natural world and further displacing Indigenous communities from their remaining lands. The Mexican government also attempts to divide the Indigenous communities from supporting the Zapatista movement for autonomy and land justice.

Join the Chiapas Support Committee on Thursday, December 22, 12:00-2:00pm, in front of the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco, to denounce the capitalist and paramilitary violence and to express solidarity with the struggles of the Zapatista and Indigenous peoples.

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