Chiapas Support Committee

Category: Zapatistas


Tila, political bosses, paramilitaries and autonomy

By: Luis Hernández Navarro For centuries, the Lord of Tila has been venerated with fervor. On the Feasts of Corpus Christi, the Holy Cross, in Holy Week and the miraculous renewal of January 15, thousands of devoted faithful celebrate him….

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CNI-CIG Condemns aggression against Zapatista community and calls for solidarity

To the people of Mexico and the world. The Indigenous Government Council-National Indigenous Congress condemns the cowardly attack by members of the paramilitary group called the Regional Organization of Ocosingo Coffee Growers (ORCAO), who last Saturday, August 22, around 11:00…

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Chiapas burns

By: Luis Hernández Navarro Chiapas burns. The masters of the paramilitaries let go of the reins and, emboldened, they do their thing. They attack indigenous rebel communities with firearms, are given the luxury, as in Santa Martha, of showing themselves…

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One dead and one injured as armed attacks persist in Chiapas; they fear another Acteal

There is cause for concern about what’s going on in Chiapas right now, perhaps cause for alarm! To at least some of us who vividly recall the lead-up to the Acteal Massacre, the present reminds us all too painfully of…

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Chiapas municipality suffers 30 armed attacks in three days

By: Hermann Bellinghausen This past weekend grave armed attacks began against residents of various communities in the Maya Tzotzil municipality of Aldama, in the Chiapas Highlands. The attacks come from Santa Martha and other towns in Chenalhó municipality, also Maya…

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Zapatista Coffee growers under attack in Chiapas

For four years, Aldama residents have lived under constant threat from paramilitary groups that shoot at them and force them to displace. Despite a non-aggression pact promoted by Alejandro Encinas in 2019, the conflict rages. Residents denounce the loss of…

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This is how they protect themselves from Covid-19 in Zapatista territory

How do the Zapatistas protect their territory from the coronavirus? With a diffuse and extensive territory, the EZLN has bet on prevention and lack of physical movement of the inhabitants. Text: Orsetta Bellani Photo: Isabel Mateos OCOSINGO, CHIAPAS. Doctor Luis…

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The Maya Train and the rights to health and life

By: Giovanna Gasparello * and Jaime Quintana Guerrero ** Last May 8, the response to the demand for an amparo [a protective order, in this case a suspension] filed by members of the Ch’ol Maya indigenous people of the municipalities…

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Oscar Chávez, “big brother” to the Zapatistas

By: Luis Hernández Navarro Oscar Chávez was a leading figure in the formation of a critical mass culture and in the sentimental education of several generations. He kept the Mexican popular songbook alive. He recuperated and spread the songs of…

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The post-pandemic world

By: Raúl Zibechi “The period from 1990 to 2025/2050 will most likely be a period of little peace, little stability and little legitimation,” wrote Immanuel Wallerstein en 1994*. In periods of turbulence and confusion, it’s advisable to consult compasses. He…

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