Chiapas Support Committee

Category: Self-defense


“El Machete” celebrates first anniversary of its struggle against the chiefdom in Pantelhó

By: Isaín Mandujano *Members of the Pueblo Creyente (Believing People) organization and other civil organizations that have accompanied them were present at the event, from which they also sent a greeting to the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN, Ejército Zapatista…

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The political economy of revolt  

… Indigenous people on a local bus in 2021 Cali, Colombia protests against tax increases. Photo: Al Jazeera By: Raúl Zibechi Oaxaca 2006, Quito 2019, Cali 2021. They are just some of the Latin American cities that experienced important revolts…

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The urgency of educating (ourselves) in self-defense  

By: Raúl Zibechi When the system has become death. When capitalism is synonymous with risk to life, environment and peoples. When the great works to accumulate capital go hand in hand with femicides and genocides, we should stop to think…

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Pantelhó and the videotaped [alleged] disappearance of 21 people

On July 26, 2021, in Pantelhó, 21 men were removed from their homes; the houses were burned and they were filmed while masked men tied their hands. Eight months later, they have [allegedly] not been located. Proceso Magazine By: Isaín…

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Search Commission tours Pantelhó to find the 21 missing residents

El Machete Self-Defense Forces of Pantelhó  Above Photo from La Jornada By: Elio Henríquez, Correspondent San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas Supported by National Guard agents and members of the Mexican Army, officials from the National Search Commission for Missing…

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El Machete separates itself from the 21 missing residents

By: Elio Henriquez San Cristóbal De Las Casas, Chiapas The El Machete Self-Defense Forces of the People, an armed group, stated that it does not know the whereabouts of 21 residents detained 6 months ago in the municipal seat of…

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Communities, barrios and “Machetes” disavow the Pantelhó mayor in front of the government palace

The above banner reads: “Austroberto Herrera, Dayli De Los Santos and their hit men murdered all these people.” Photo: Isaín Mandujano By: Isaín Mandujano Raquel Trujillo Morales left Pantelhó after the irruption of the “Los Machetes” Self-Defense group. However, he…

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Narco-governments and organized crime add to the repression in Chiapas

Above: Presentation of the El Machete Self-Defense group, in Pantelhó, Chiapas, last July – Photo: Image taken from YouTube This is the second of two articles from Hermann Bellinghausen that gives an overview and analysis of the current situation in…

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Comandante Machete: That the government recognizes our elected authorities and not Trujillo Morales!

The El Machete Self-Defense group asks the government to recognize its authorities and not Raquel Trujillo Morales Photo: Isaín Mandujano By: Isaín Mandujano The El Machete Self-Defense group warned today that if “anything happens to” any of the three councilors…

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Altamirano residents resort to armed self-defense to shake off the caciques

Above Photo is a screen shot taken from the armed self-defense group’s video. By: Angeles Mariscal In Altamirano, the municipality located in the jungle zone of Chiapas, the Kanter family has governed since 2002. The men of the family and…

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