Chiapas Support Committee

Exodus from Pantelhó due to political tension

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Above photo: El Machete Self-Defense Forces of the People

By: Elio Henríquez

San Cristóbal De Las Casas, Chiapas

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba) reported that at least 90 indigenous people from the communities of Nuevo Paraíso, San José El Carmen and the municipal seat of Pantelhó, members of the Las Abejas of Acteal Civil Society Organization, have displaced themselves due to the political tension that place experiences, because of the possible taking of possession of the mayor-elect, Raquel Trujillo Morales, who is due to assume the position on October 1.

The Frayba assured that: “violence has been on the rise after statements from Trujillo Morales, who will take possession of his position, which has impacted and generated fear in the population, thereby causing new displacements.”

The organism over which the Bishop Emeritus of Saltillo Raúl Vera López presides, affirmed that: “the ineffectiveness and simulation of the Mexican State’s actions continues favoring an atmosphere of violence and fear against the Tsotsil and Tseltal communities of Chenalhó and Pantelhó in the Chiapas Highlands, thereby forcing people to abandon their homes.”

Meanwhile, the group called the El Machete Self-defense forces of the People affirmed that: “by the will of the entire population and by the decision of the 86 communities of Pantelhó” Trujillo’s presence will be rejected.

They added that: “the Municipal Council that Pantelhó has now will continue working with us until 2024;” it was elected through the system of uses and customs on August 9, after the request to leave office presented by members of the PRD municipal council, which Delia Janet Velasco Flores, substitute PRD mayor and wife of the mayor-elect headed.

“Political parties no longer exist in Pantelhó, Mr. Raquel Trujillo Morales; you no longer lie to the people; if you really love your people we ask you to please speak and express what the community was like during the government of your wife.”

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Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

https://www.jornada.com.mx/2021/09/29/estados/033n2est

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

ORCAO, the paramilitary arm  

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Above: The mural ORCAO destroyed in Ricardo Flores Magón autonomous Zapatista municipality

By: Luis Hernández Navarro

Just last September 11, two Zapatista authorities from the Patria Nueva good government junta, of Caracol 10 (Ocosingo), José Antonio Sánchez Juárez and Sebastián Núñez Pérez, were kidnapped. They were disappeared for eight days. They were also dispossessed of a radio for communication and 6,000 pesos in cash.

It was not a minor event. The provocation was obvious. That day, the Extemporaneous, a Zapatista airborne delegation of 177 people of Maya roots, was in Mexico City to undertake its expedition to Europe.

The Regional Organization of Ocosingo Coffee Growers (ORCAO), a paramilitary organization responsible for multiple aggressions against the Zapatista support bases in the last 20 years, perpetrated the kidnapping.

The first attack took place on October 28, 2001, when members of this group arrived in the community of Cuxuljá to paint over the mural of the New Dawn of the Rainbow [1] commercial center, created by various autonomous municipalities in rebellion, set a fire, threatening and beating up those who were there. Since then, and with different pretexts, attacks against the rebel support bases have not stopped.

Cuxuljá means Living Water in the Tseltal language. It is part of the municipality of Ocosingo. Some 1500 people live there. For them, water is sacred. Before, it was called “Enchantment Well.” The well gives its inhabitants identity (https://bit.ly/2WhONlG).

In December 2000, the EZLN demanded three signs from the government of Vicente Fox to renew the peace talks: fulfillment of the San Andrés Accords, the release of Zapatista political prisoners and the “withdrawal and closure” of seven Army positions, of the 259 that it had at that time in the conflict zone.

One of those positions was Cuxuljá, on the highway that links San Cristóbal and Ocosingo. The military presence in the community was not secondary. The town is part of a corridor of great geopolitical relevance. It’s a key point of communication for eight autonomous municipalities and a complex social network. Thus, when the soldiers abandoned it, the government replaced them with a counterinsurgency that had a civilian and indigenous face: the ORCAO.

Simultaneously, according to what three autonomous communities warned in October 2001, the Army coopted three community members, who, armed and in uniforms, tried to kill the children of Zapatista authorities, and distributed marijuana seeds for sowing. “To this denunciation –they pointed out– we added the harassment that soldiers, Public Security and Federal Highway Patrol have done about our new store that we’re building in our place that belongs to us at the position that the federal Army abandoned in Cuxuljá.”

The ORCAO was formed in 1987, starting from the work of the Catholic Church with 12 communities in Sibaca. It spread with [land] invasions to the fincas [2] close to Ocosingo, and to towns in the municipalities of Chilón, Oxchuc, Huixtán and Altamirano. In part, it’s a product of the 1974 Indigenous Congress in San Cristóbal and the mobilizations against the extinct Mexican Coffee Institute for better coffee prices, more collection centers and more support, in which the Union of Unions was also formed. It also struggled against the agrarian backlog and opposed the reforms to constitutional article 27. In 1992, it participated in the days to commemorate the 500 years of indigenous, black and popular resistance and vindicated indigenous self-determination. At some point it joined the Emiliano Zapata National Indigenous Campesino Alliance (Anciez, its Spanish acronym). It was part, until its expulsion in 2015, of the Unorca (https://bit.ly/3goUvWS).

The municipality of Ocosingo was constituted in 1921. It was the most extensive in Chiapas. In July 1999, as part of the counterinsurgency policy of “Croquetas,” Roberto Albores Guillén, [3] it was divided to form two new municipalities: Marqués de Comillas and Benemérito de las Américas.

The state, and especially its jungle region, was militarized. So much so that Juan Vázquez, one of the leaders of the ORCAO, now dedicated to businesses, denounced before being coopted by the government, that Chiapas was dressed in green… because of the number of soldiers deployed there. Despite that, on December 19, 1994, the EZLN broke the military siege and founded 38 autonomous municipalities in rebellion, nine in Ocosingo.

When, on April 11, 1998, the federal and state governments launched a violent police-military operation in Taniperlas against Ricardo Flores Magón autonomous municipality, it had as one of its objectives to destroy a beautiful mural that has been replicated by hundreds in different countries, the ORCAO allowed it.

Endowed with a military structure, weapons and uniforms, the association soon forgot its origins and became a paramilitary-style force against Zapatismo. Its leaders became municipal, state and federal public officials during the governments of Pablo Salazar and Juan Sabines. Juan Vázquez was appointed first secretary of Rural Development and then secretary for reconciliation, and Nicolás López (now deceased), director of the Coordinating Center of the National Indigenist Institute in Ocosingo. For more than two decades it has received millions of dollars in governmental resources for a multitude of projects, including cattle ranchers, the engine to parcel out common land.

The political decomposition of the organization has walked hand in hand with the personal degradation of its leaders. With the passage of years and several internal crises, leaders like José Sánchez and Tomás Santiz Gómez, even more violent than previous ones and at the service of a diversity of interests, took control of the association, which divided. Its strike force accommodates to the interests of the highest bidder. Its support for the Green Party in Ocosingo has brought it important dividends.

In Chiapas there is not a series of isolated inter-community conflicts, but rather the crisis of a regional system of domination. The ORCAO is one more piece of that model, one of its paramilitary arms. That crisis places the state, as the Zapatistas warn, on the brink of civil war.

Notes:

[1] Nuevo Amanecer del Arco Iris

[2] Fincas are large estates or plantations.

[3] Roberto Albores Guillén was the governor of Chiapas from January 1998 to December 2000. Subcomandante Marcos nicknamed him Croquetas, which means dog biscuits in Mexican Spanish.

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Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

https://www.jornada.com.mx/2021/09/28/opinion/020a1pol

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

Words of the Zapatista communities on the Occasion of the March Against the Destruction of Nature

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Above photo: EZLN, CNI and FPDTA in the climate strike protest in Vienna, Austria on September 24

In Vienna, Austria. In the voice of compañera Libertad, on September 24, 2021

Good afternoon.

This is our own little word in a short little story.

There is a woman.

The color of her skin does not matter, because she has all the colors.

Her language does not matter, because she listens to all languages.

Her race and her culture do not matter, for in her all ways coexist.

Her size does not matter, because she is at once great and yet fits in one hand.

Every day and every hour the woman is assaulted, beaten, wounded, raped, mocked, and scorned.

A male exerts his power over her.

Every day and every hour, she comes to us, to all of us, female, male and non-binary.

She shows us her wounds, her pains, her sorrows.

And we only give her words of consolation, of pity.

Or we ignore her.

Maybe as a handout we give her something to heal her wounds.

But the man continues his violence.

We all and you all know how it will end.

She will be murdered and with her death everything will die.

We can continue to give her only words of encouragement and medicine for her ailments.

Or we can tell her the truth: the only medicine that can cure her and heal her completely is for her to confront and destroy the one who violates her.

And we can also become one with her, and consequently, fight at her side.

We, the Zapatista peoples, call this woman “Mother Earth.

To the male who oppresses and humiliates her, give him the name, the face and the figure that you wish.

We the Zapatista peoples call that murderous male by one name — capitalism.

And we have come to these geographies to ask, and to ask you.

Are we going to continue thinking that today’s blows will be solved with salves and painkillers, even though we know that tomorrow the wound will be bigger and deeper?

Or are we going to fight alongside her?

We, the Zapatista communities, have decided to struggle alongside her, by her and for her.

That is all we can tell you.

Thank you very much for listening.

Vienna, Austria, Europe, Planet Earth.

September 24, 2021.

War and chaos above; resistance and dignity below

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Above Photo: September 24, 2021 demonstration in front of the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco, California.

By: Raúl Zibechi

From a distance, it isn’t possible to contribute analysis as precise and fitting as those that appear in the EZLN communiqué of September 19, “Chiapas on the brink of civil war,” nor embroidery of facts like those in the great article of Luis Hernández Navarro, “The Chiapas Hell.”

I would like to frame the aggression against the Zapatista support bases, in particular, and the native peoples of Chiapas and of other geographies, in general, within the strategy of “perpetual war” defined by the Pentagon, which is currently unfolding with tremendous destructive capacity.

Counterinsurgency has mutated as much as war. In Vietnam, the Pentagon created “strategic hamlets,” where it incarcerated 8.5 million campesinos, 55 percent of the total population of South Vietnam (https://bit.ly/3kwjmxm). It was the way to isolate the guerrilla in order to prevent them from moving like “fish in water,” according to Mao’s assertion.

In the current wars it’s not a question of “taking the water from the fish,” as was done until the defeat of the United States in Southeast Asia, but rather a question of muddying and poisoning the water so that no one can live in peace, and so that capital continues to “creatively” destroy territories and peoples in order to continue accumulating.

The first thing to keep in mind is that war stopped being a means and has become an end. Before, wars tried to defeat enemies to install a peace that would permit the continuity and fluidity of the accumulation of capital. Now, war is the end, because capital accumulates by dispossessing, robbing and destroying.

The engineers of war are those who have a clearer, starker and cruder vision of the needs of capital and of empire to continue being the dominant power, and not going backwards. Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters, in a transparent text like “Constant conflict,” published in the military magazine Parameters in 1997, teaches about the Pentagon’s conceptual brutality (https://bit.ly/39pEHBY).

Democracy is just “that clever liberal form of imperialism.” Peters recommends the dirty war for maintaining domination, and emphasizes that: “there will be no peace,” since “for the rest of our lives there will be multiple conflicts in mutant forms throughout the world.”

The Pentagon’s “perpetual war” seeks “to keep the world safe for our economy and open to our cultural assault,” with a well-informed military capable of “denying military advantages to our opponents.” It’s evident that when capitalism became synonymous with war, military thinking is what defines the modes of acting and the steps to follow.

The accuracy and lucidity of these analyses cannot be denied, as repugnant as they are. “Perpetual war” seeks to eliminate entire portions of the population that they consider excess, as Subcomandante Marcos has analyzed, in the text “What are the fundamental characteristics of the 4th World War?” more than two decades ago.

That war has become the end of the system changes things at the root. The best scenario for comprehending the “perpetual war” is Syria, where there are no better or worse powers, no acceptable regimes or governments; where Kurdish militias defend their people from a wide spectrum of enemies: from the armies of Turkey and Syria to the gangs of the Islamic State and other terrorist groups.

As in Chiapas, these groups didn’t emerge spontaneously, but rather clothed by the State, supported by the most diverse governments, even by those that are called progressive; simply because they are systemic forms of domination; that is, the ways of keeping the capitalists in the position of bosses.

Assuming that war will be for a long historical period, plagued with systemic storms, supposes deciding the type of organization and forms of struggle appropriate to this new situation. If war seeks to install chaos, we must be the principle of order and clarity in our territories. If they want to install the death of peoples and of geographies, we must defend life in all times and places.

Of course, the progressive governments don’t understand the danger because they dream of being able to govern the narco-paramilitary mafias. They don’t perceive that those mafias are disposed to align their weapons against those same governments that look the other way, while they fire at the peoples. When they see the mistake, it will be too late.

Among those below, the first thing is community cohesion and attachment to the territories in resistance. Although we choose to travel the path of peaceful struggle, we are not pacifists and we do not renounce defending ourselves. At a certain point, a “time out” is needed, a collective “ya basta” (enough now) that puts things in their place.

The EZLN’s powerful communiqué alerts us to the proximity of those moments. Each one, in their geography, are alerted.

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Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Friday, September 24, 2021

https://www.jornada.com.mx/2021/09/24/opinion/021a1pol

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

The Chiapas hell

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San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas. A banner that reads No More Paramilitaries in Zapatista communities.  

By: Luis Hernández Navarro

The Mexican southeast is key in the 4T’s political-territorial project. Three of its large megaprojects are located there: Train Maya, the Trans-Isthmus Corridor and the Dos Bocas refinery. Additionally, many resources for social programs are concentrated there, such as Sembrando Vida; 20 percent of this development instrument is destined only to Chiapas.

It’s not exaggerated to say that, for Obradorism [1], that region of the country is comparable to what Sonora was for the victorious faction of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-17, Michoacán for Lázaro Cárdenas, the Bajío for the PAN or the state of Mexico for the Atlacomulco Group and Enrique Peña Nieto. There is no continuity of a political project apart from its territoriality. And the southeast is the space in which the 4T aspires to be implanted ­permanently.

Two undisputed regional figures were key in forging support for the López Obrador project in that zone: in Tabasco, the lawyer and notary public Payambé López Falconi; in, Chiapas, the businessman Fernando Coello Pedrero.

Don Payambé notarized 20 boxes that documented the fraud that they did to Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the 1994 Tabasco state elections. A close relationship between the two was consolidated then. In 2019, his son Adán Augusto took possession as governor of his state and, last August 26, he was designated Secretary of the Interior (Gobernación). And, his daughter Rosalinda, the wife of Rutilio Escandón, governor of Chiapas, is the general administrator of the Federal Tax Audit in the Tax Administration Service (SAT, its initials in Spanish).

DDon Fernando, who died in December 2020, said of AMLO: “I have had a good relationship with the President for many years, I love the President very much and I respect him. I was a friend of his parents and we have always had a good relationship. I have always accompanied him as his honorary advisor.” Coello Pedrero was the grandfather of Senator Manuel Velasco Coello, former governor of Chiapas, a key figure in the Green Party.

On May 13, 2013, Rosalinda López, then a local deputy for Tabasco, and Rutilio Escandón, president of the Superior Court of Justice of Chiapas got married. The governor of Tabasco, Arturo Núñez Jiménez, witnessed the bride. Manuel Velasco Coello, of Chiapas, witnessed for the groom (https://bit.ly/2Xwn68K).

The alliance paid off. Rutilio won the candidacy for governor of Chiapas, leaving behind figures of great weight in local politics, like the now Senator Oscar Eduardo Ramírez, head of the Comitán group, who conveniently jumped from the Green Party to Morena.

The presence of the Tabasco Group in Chiapas politics is outstanding. The influence of the general administrator of the SAT in key positions of the local government is very relevant (https://bit.ly/3lEquHa)

With the passage of time, the relationship between Manuel Velasco and Rutilio Escandón deteriorates. In the 2021 elections, the Greens won 35 of the 123 contested municipalities. Morena only won in 25, although many of its candidates in reality come from the self-described ecologists. [2] Worse: some mayors who came through local parties are closer to the Velasco family than to Morena.

The situation has been further complicated with what appears to be the anticipated candidacy of Zoe Robledo, director of the IMSS [3], for the state’s governorship, enhanced by her responsibility in the state’s anti-COVID-19 vaccination campaign, by order of President López Obrador. The move has not set well with other aspirants like Senator Ramírez.

Simultaneous to these quarrels above, below, the regional system of domination constructed after the EZLN armed uprising in January 1994 has entered into crisis. The modalities of alliance of the recycled Chiapas family (the surnames are the same ones that dominated lands and men more than a century ago), with emerging indigenous chiefdoms, religious denominations of a Pentecostal nature, paramilitaries and drug traffickers, framed in a counterinsurgency strategy, is taking water.

Violent conflicts erupt everywhere. Some are not alien to the processes of co-optationand fragmentation of the traditional indigenous chiefdoms, undertaken by the Green Party. Be it Ocosingo (https://bit.ly/3lDI2mW), Tila (https://bit.ly/3lEQHW5 ), Chenalhó and Aldama (https://bit.ly/39llEsA), Simojovel and Pantelhó (https://bit.ly/39rlEHr), Pueblo Nuevo Solitahuacán (https://bit.ly/2XxEM3P), Mitontic and a long etcetera, the model is bursting. The narco-paramilitary violence feeds on the peoples in resistance (often without success), with the congratulations of the state government.

To further aggravate things, against the instructions of President López Obrador to give the teachers conflict in the state a negotiated solution, the government of Rutilio Escandón has been closed. It doesn’t matter to him that the teachers are the vehicles that express the profound discontent of Chiapas society (https://bit.ly/3hKL6ws), nor does savagely repressing the rural teachers college students of Mactumactzá (https://bit.ly/3nNn5IN) matter.

It’s still an irony that the 4T wants to impel its project of transformation with the support of a political class so close to the most rancid local oligarchy.

Notwithstanding the importance that it has for the government, Chiapas is, as the EZLN points out, on the brink of civil war (https://bit.ly/2XxONyF). In the midst of the strife above, the exacerbation of narco-paramilitary violence and the tenacious indigenous, campesino and teacher resistance against the dispossession and for autonomy, the hour of hell is announced in the southeast, so feared by all. Whoever doubts it, let them take a look at the experience of the El Machete indigenous self-defense group of the inhabitants of Pantelhó.

[1] Obradorism refers to the policies and projects of Mexico’s current president: Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also referred to as AMLO.

[2] The official name of the Green Party in Mexico is the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico, also known as the PVEM, its initials in Spanish.

[3] The IMSS is the Mexican Institute of Social Security (Spanish: Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, IMSS). It is a federal governmental organization that assists public health, pensions and social security in Mexico. It operates under the Secretariat of Health and forms an integral part of the Mexican health c are system

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Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Tuesday, September 21, 2018

https://www.jornada.com.mx/2021/09/21/opinion/018a2pol

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

Chiapas on the Brink of Civil War

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Communiqué from the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee-General Command of the Zapatista National Liberation Army

Mexico

September 19, 2021

To the People of Mexico:

To the Peoples of the World:

To the National and International Sixth:

A Europe of Below and on the Left:

First – On the day of September 11th 2021, in the morning hours and with the Zapatista airborne delegation finding themselves in Mexico City, members of the ORCAO, a paramilitary organization in service to the government of the state of Chiapas, kidnapped the compañeros Sebastián Nuñez Perez and Jose Antonio Sanchez Juarez, Autonomous Authorities of the Good Government Council of Patria Nueva, Chiapas.

ORCAO is a political-military organization of a paramilitary nature — it has uniforms, gear, weapons and a fleet obtained with the money that it receives from social programs. They keep a portion and the other portion is given to officials in order to publicize that they are complying with the social programs. With these weapons, they are firing every night on the Zapatista Community of Moisés Gandhi.

The EZLN waited patiently until all of the possible channels for a solution were exhausted. While the Chiapas state government sabotaged and hindered the release, it was the organizations in defense of human rights and the progressive Catholic Church who rightly assessed what could be done.

Second – The compañeros were deprived of their freedom for 8 days and were released today, the September 19, 2021. Thanks to the intervention of the parish priests of San Cristobal de las Casas and of Oxchuc, both belonging to the Diocese of San Cristóbal. The compañeros were robbed of their communications radio and six thousand pesos in cash that belong to the Good Government Junta.

Third – The crime of kidnapping is punishable by the laws of the bad government and by Zapatista law. While the Chiapas state government was concealing and encouraging these crimes, and did nothing, the Zapatista National Liberation Army began to take the necessary measures to free the hostages and arrest and punish those responsible for the crime.

Fourth – If the conflict did not escalate to the point of a tragedy, it was because of the intervention of the aforementioned parish priests, the human rights defense organizations, and the mobilizations and denunciations that were carried out in Mexico and, above all, in Europe.

Fifth – The disgoverment of Rutilio Escandón is doing everything possible to destabilize the Mexican southeastern state of Chiapas:

It indulges in violent repression of rural Normalistas (teachers college students).

            It sabotages the agreements made between the democratic teachers and the federal government, forcing the teachers to mobilize radically so that the agreements are fulfilled.

Its alliances with drug trafficking incite the indigenous communities to form self-defense groups, because the government does nothing to protect life, liberty and property of the inhabitants. The government of Chiapas not only conceals groups of drug traffickers, it also encourages, promotes and finances paramilitary groups like those that are continuously attacking Aldama and Santa Martha.

It is pursuing a purposefully slow and disorganized policy of vaccination which is sowing discontent in the rural population that will not take long to explode. Meanwhile, the number of Covid deaths in the communities is rising without being taken into account.

Its officials are stealing all they can from the state budget. Maybe they are preparing for a collapse of the federal government and betting on a change of the party in power.

Just now it tried to sabotage the departure of the Zapatista delegation that is participating in the Journey for Life, European Chapter, ordering the kidnapping of our compañeros by ORCAO paramilitaries, letting the crime go unpunished, and trying to provoke a reaction from the EZLN with the aim of destabilizing a state whose governability hangs by a thread.

Sixth – If the objective of the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM) is to provoke a problem that will have international repercussions, as well as destabilizing the regime in power, it is better to resort to the recall referendum.

The PVEM is one of the names that the old PRI uses in these lands. Sometimes it’s the PAN, sometimes it’s the PRD, but now it’s the PVEM, poorly disguised as the Party for the Movement of National Regeneration. They are the same criminals as before and now they are part of the poorly named “opposition” movement, like the “Fifth Column” in the 4T.

Those responsible are: Rutilio Escandón and Victoria Cecilia Flores Pérez.

If what you want is to remove the current federal government, or cause difficulties such as reprisals for the criminal investigations against you, or if you are playing on one of the factions that is vying for the 2024 election, use the legal channels to which you have access and stop now with playing with the life, liberty and property of the Chiapanecos. Vote and call for a vote for a recall mandate and stop playing with fire, because you are going to get burned.

Seventh – We call on the Europe of below and to the left, and on the National and International Sixth to demonstrate in front of the embassies and consulates of Mexico, and in the houses of the Chiapas state government, to demand that they stop right now with their provocations and abandon the cult of death that they preach. The date is Friday, September 24th of 2021.

In light of the action and negligence of the state and federal authorities in the face of the current and previous crimes, we will take the necessary measures to bring the criminals of ORCAO and the officials who sponsor them.

That is all. On another occasion there will be no communiqué. That is, there will not be words, but actions.

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast,

In the name of the CCRI-CG of the EZLN

Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano

Mexico, September 19, 2021

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2021/09/19/chiapas-al-borde-de-la-guerra-civil/

English interpretation: Schools for Chiapas

Re-Published by the Chiapas Support Committee

The EZLN Breaks the Racist Siege for Now

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By: Magdalena Gómez

The 177-member Zapatista airborne company, called The Extemporaneous (La Extemporánea), took off from Mexico City yesterday bound for Vienna, Austria, with a stopover in Madrid. It was not easy to overcome the structural racism related to the possibility that anyone in the country can obtain a passport. It was necessary to denounce and publicly expose the discourse and disqualifications of public employees in charge of the offices of passport procedures, who had the “backing” of a long line beginning with the birth registry of the Zapatista applicants, which is certainly not foreign to the vast majority of Mexicans who do not represent the urban and classist ideal behind the accreditation requirements. Thus, they became suspect persons. Why and for what reason did they want a passport?  Cultural prejudices plagued with offenses. Luckily,  the denunciation led to an intervention by officials, from Foreign Affairs as well as from the Interior, to overcome the obstacles. If we add to this the context of the pandemic and access to vaccines that meet the requirements of European countries, we can imagine the challenges to the will that the realization of this phase of the Journey for life implied. Certainly, the numerous European collectives, in tandem with the accompaniment of maritime Squadron 421, who returned this past Saturday, have made arrangements for measures to be taken upon arrival in Vienna.

The EZLN reported that The Extemporaneous delegation, named for the recurring designation that they received on their birth registries, “is organized in 28 teams of Listening and Word, made up of 4-5 compas each; one of play and mischief, and one coordinator, so that it can cover 28 corners of the European geography simultaneously. […] A few days later the delegation from the National Indigenous Congress – Indigenous Governing Council and the Peoples’ Front in Defense of Land and Water will join them.”

As evidence of the proverbial congruence that characterizes them, the Zapatistas promoted [their position] of why yes to the consultation and yes to the question. With it they launched the National Campaign for Truth and Justice. And today, they dedicate the effort of this journey “to all of the disappeared, to the families that suffer their absence, and above all, to the women and men who struggle to find them and to attain the truth and justice that we all need and deserve.” Fittingly, they carry with them the minutes from the assemblies of Zapatista, non-Zapatistas and anti-Zapatista communities, with their agreements to support the struggle for truth and justice for the victims of violence, according to the consultation held last August 1st, 2021.

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Moreover, in light of the manhunt for migrants in Chiapas these past days, on September 4th Subcomandantes Moisés and Galeano put out an energetic communiqué, Against Xenophobia and Racism, the Struggle for Life. They dissected the official arguments to show the background of this policy, because it has that status, being linked to agreements with the United States’ government.

It is unacceptable to suggest that only two immigration agents beat up migrants and then were suspended. The images of the persecution of the caravans, by elements of the National Guard and employees of the National Institute of Immigration are all over what once were the blessed social networks. In a show of solidarity that evokes the one they organized on behalf of the National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE) in the days of intense mobilization, they now report that the 12 Good Government Councils (Juntas), as well as the Sixth Commission, gathered a sum of money to send to shelters and humanitarian aid organizations working with migrants in Chiapas.

In Europe, the stigma and persecution of migrants also exists, as well as the struggle against megaprojects and the realities of so many struggles that now organize themselves to receive with dignity the Zapatistas who will listen to and learn from them. They are objectively approaching the central concept that capitalism is not limited to a single country.

The outcome of the intense activity deployed by the maritime command Squadron 421 remains to be seen — they sailed the seas for seven weeks in the opposite route of those who arrived to conquer us, to today respond that they did not conquer us. This was affirmed at the beginning of the 501st year of resistance, and in the arduous deployment in the lands of Insubordinate Europe over three months.

The displays of structural racism articulated here, including the persecution of migrants, and especially Haitians who are easily persecuted for the color of their skin, are just an example of that which  is normalized in mainstream society. A whole task to integrate into the anticapitalist struggle, without reductionism.

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Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

https://www.jornada.com.mx/2021/09/14/opinion/016a1pol

English interpretation by Schools for Chiapas

Re-Published by the Chiapas Support Committee

 

Chenalhó armed group murders a member of the EZLN

Domingo's Home

By: Angeles Mariscal

Above Photo by Ángeles Mariscal: Xuxch´en, Aldama, the hometown of Domingo, the Zapatista murdered by armed civilians from Chenalhó.

Domingo was returning from San Andrés Larráinzar, with his family and other members of the communities that make up the support base of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN), when members of the armed group that operates in Santa Martha, Chenalhó, ambushed him.

The armed group fired at them from area adjacent to the Xuxch’en community, where Domingo is from, a town in the municipality of Aldama, where for several years its residents have experienced harassment to evict them from 60 hectares of land that inhabitants of Santa Martha claim by way of arms.

Shooting towards Aldama communities intensified since last August. On the night of September 15, when Domingo and his family, who were aboard a truck, were returning to their town, “waited for the fire from the intense attack to cease and stayed by the Tabac bridge in Aldama. A shot hit the truck and the compañero threw himself over the side but the river was high and dragged him away,” his compañeros reported.

They had to wait for the shooting to stop and for the light of day to help them to look for Domingo’s body. They found him several hours later on a riverbank. He had a gunshot wound from a high-caliber weapon in his face.

That day, while the body of the EZLN member was taken to his community, the attacks on different Aldama towns continued. “The body was moved to the home of the deceased in the community of Xuxch’en, in Aldama. Upon leaving the highway that leads to Xuxchen, with police corporations (National Guard and state police) present, we were attacked with multiple shots with different caliber firearms from the Tok’oy parapet in the Santa Martha sector. Fortunately, no one was injured,” Adolfo Victorio López Gómez municipal president of Aldama explained.

The attacks against other communities in the municipality also continued. These are the reports: “At 6:56 pm, armed groups fired high-caliber weapons from the Santa Martha Volcán attack point in Chenalhó, in the direction of the Tabac community in Aldama.”

“There were shots from high-caliber weapons at 6:59 pm, coming from Chenalhó towards the community of Xuxch’en Aldama. At 7:01 pm, armed groups fired shots from high-caliber weapons from Tok’oy Saclum, Chenalhó, in the direction of Coco’ community in Aldama. The shooting was directed at homes, in both Xuxch’en, Coco’ and Tabac Aldama from different points on Thursday, September 16.”

When Domingo’s body was still waked in his home, the armed groups from Santa Martha, Chenalhó, continued shooting at his town.  “The armed attack intensified on the community of Xuxch’, in Aldama, from points in Chenalhó at 07:21 pm on September 16, 2021.”

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Originally Published in Spanish by Chiapas Paralelo

Friday, September 17, 2021

https://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2021/09/grupo-armado-de-chenalho-asesina-a-integrante-del-ezln/

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

Urgent action: ORCAO disappears two members of Patria Nueva Good Government Council, Caracol 10, “Cultivating the Rebel Seed”

Caracol 10
At the entrance to Caracol 10. (Photo: Pozol Colectivo)

Jobel, Chiapas, Mexico

As of September 14, 2021

To the peoples of the world

To the National Indigenous Congress (CNI)

To the Indigenous Governing Council (CIG)

To the Sixth National and International

To the Networks of Resistance and Rebellions

Sisters, brothers, compañeras, compañeros and two-spirited-compañeroas:

We denounce the hypocritical, lying and devious discourse of the federal government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, of the governor of the state of Chiapas Rutilio Escandón Cadenas, to respect the autonomies of the Indigenous Peoples, when in fact it has implemented a series of counterinsurgency actions against the Autonomies that the peoples of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation and its Support Bases walk.

Today we announce, with the permissibility of the three levels of bad government: the municipal, state and federal, the kidnapping of two members of the Council of Good Government (JBG, Junta de Buen Gobierno), “New Dawn in Resistance and Rebellion for Life and Humanity,” in Caracol 10 “Blooming the Rebellious Seed.”

Two members of the Council of Good Government (JBG), José Antonio Sánchez Juárez and Sebastián Núñez Pérez, left on September 11 of this year, at around 8:00 in the morning, from the headquarters of the Council in a truck with rear-boards with license plates CW-0001-C to perform a Council task elsewhere.

When other Council members did not receive information on their whereabouts, a search was organized, locating the truck in the community of 7 de Febrero, in the municipality of Ocosingo, Chiapas. Please remember that this town is the headquarters of the Regional Organization of Coffee Growers of Ocosingo (ORCAO)—where, according to information received, the two Council members were detained in what is legitimate EZLN territory and where the store-cooperative, El Arco Iris (The Rainbow), was created as part of the expression of the autonomous Zapatista economy.

To date and time, Tuesday, September 14, the JBG has not been able to see the detainees, verify their state of health, or verify the place where they are, so they are as disappeared.

The ORCAO has perpetrated a series of criminal actions against the EZLN Support Bases of the Moisés-Gandhi autonomous community for several months. The most despicable acts being, those taking place since August 2020, the looting, robbery, destruction and burning of the autonomous cooperative store El Arco Iris, the kidnapping of the EZLN Support Base Félix López Hernández carried out on the day November 8, 2020, and the kidnapping of two Human Rights defenders from the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center on April 12 of this year.

Once again this year, in the month of September, they persist again with their criminal actions. This scale of violence orchestrated from the highest levels of the federal government takes place against the backdrop of the EZLN initiative “Travesía por la Vida Capitulo Europa” (Journey for Life Europe Chapter). The EZLN’s organizational initiative seeks to expand, in a peaceful and creative way, the seed of resistance-rebellion for humanity and Mother Earth, that is; for Life.

Due to these facts, we demand the presentation with life of the EZLN Bases of Support’s José Antonio Sánchez Juárez and Sebastián Núñez Pérez.

Stop the harassment of Autonomy and Life that the EZLN builds

Support Base Comrades: You are not alone! If they touch one by one they touch us all!

We call on the comrades of the Resistance and Rebellion Networks, the adherents to the National and International Sixth, to express their demand for the appearance alive of the fellow members of the Good Government Board

Red de Resistencias y Rebeldías AJMAQ.
Grupo de Trabajo No Estamos Todos y Todas
Espacio de Lucha contra el Olvido y la Represión (ELCOR)
Consejo Autónomo de la Costa
Centro de Derechos de la Mujer de Chiapas AC (CDMCH)
El Puente
Promedios de Comunicación Comunitaria
Bizilur
Proyecto Videoasta a indígenas de la frontera sur (PVIFS), Chiapas.
Salud y Desarrollo Comunitario A. C. (SADEC)
Mujeres y la Sexta
Colectivo Caracol de la Vida Morelos – Red de Resistencia y Rebeldía
Casa de Armonización Ancestral Maya NA CH’UL CHAN.
Diana Itzu Luna
Elena Morúa
Karela Contreras
Barbara Riviello
Gustavo Bárcenas
Alma Sánchez – México
Maria Matilde Salazar Rodríguez- Chihuahua, Chih.

If you want to add your name and signature write to: ajmaq_chiapas@riseup.net

(Photo: Pozol Colectivo)

Patria Nueva

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First published in Spanish on September 14, 2021, by Red de Resistencias y Rebeldías AJMAQ (Network of Resistances and Rebellions AJMAQ) on their blog: https://www.redajmaq.org/es/desaparicion-de-dos-integrantes-de-la-junta-de-buen-gobierno-patria-nueva-del-caracol-10

Translation into Englsih provided by the Chiapas Support Committee, Sept. 15, 2021

177 delegates of the Zapatista National Liberation Army left for Vienna, Austria

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By: Nestor Jiménez

Before the departure of the “Zapatista Airborne Company” called La Extemporánea, the Mexico City International Airport stopped its activities for a moment. Travelers and workers attentively observed the contingent with whom some would share a flight moments later.

Without their customary ski masks to comply with the air terminal’s security requirements, they used face-masks, health shields and caps.

We’re talking about the 177 delegates who traveled yesterday on a first flight at noon and another at night to Vienna, Austria, prior to a stopover in Madrid, for the purpose of “dialoguing, listening, and proposing” with different organizations that invited them to the old continent.

The first group, made up of men, women and some children from the “play and mischief” collective, crossed the security filter slowly at 8 o’clock in the morning in front of the personnel who delayed the review of more than 80 Zapatistas with passports in hand, among them Subcomandante Moisés.

Later on the process was more agile, it only took 10 minutes for the whole group to pass the first filter and reach the security lines. [See photo below in the Mexico City Airport.]

In the Mexio City Airport

Otomís who are occupying the building belonging to the National Institute of Indigenous Pueblos organized the farewell with signs and banners on which they wished the travelers luck.

“They come to listen to them, and to us also; they carry our seed to continue in this struggle for life, it’s to defend our Mother Earth, it’s to go to share struggles and share our pains and also to see that there is another possible world. Unfortunately, we also have a lot of violence; compañeros have gone missing for defending life, our Mother Earth,” explained Isabel, a delegate of the Otomi community.

It’s not the first group to travel to Europe. Just last Saturday the maritime delegation called Squadron 421 returned from traveling in a ship and spending two and a half months on that continent.

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Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

https://www.jornada.com.mx/2021/09/14/politica/007n1pol

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee