Communiqué from San Sebastián Bachajón 23rd March 2015

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2015 by floweroftheword

Source: Dorset Solidarity

FROM EJIDO SAN SEBASTIAN BACHAJÓN, ADHERENTS TO THE SIXTH DECLARATION OF THE LACANDON JUNGLE, CHIAPAS, MEXICO, 23rd MARCH 2015

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To the General Command of the Clandestine Indigenous Revolutionary Committee of the Zapatista National Liberation Army

To the Good Government Juntas

To the Indigenous National Congress

To the compañer@s adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle

To the mass and alternative media

To the Network for Solidarity and against Repression

To Movement for Justice in El Barrio from New York

To national and international human rights defenders

To the people of Mexico and the world

The support by the bad government for the paramilitary leaders Alejandro Moreno Gomez ejidal commissioner and the security consultant Samuel Diaz Guzman can be clearly seen when, on 21st March last, after they had set fire to the regional headquarters of San Sebastián, they verbally and physically assaulted a compañera and a compañero from the free media who had come with courage and dignity to document human rights violations by the bad federal and state government.

We reject the attacks on our compañera and compañero from the free media, and we hold the paramilitary chiefs Enrique Peña Nieto and Manuel Velasco Coello responsible for any other aggressions attempted against the free media and women and men of our organization.

Enough of so much abuse and corruption in order dispossess our people of the land and water, we will not allow it, we are not defeated, our struggle and resistance is for all of life and no matter if the government comes to sow terror and destruction, those from below will reconstruct as we were taught by our grandparents who also fought the lords of money and power.

From the northern zone of the state of Chiapas, the women and men of San Sebastián Bachajón send our combative greetings.

Never again a Mexico without us

Land and Freedom! Zapata Vive!

Hasta la victoria siempre!

Freedom for political prisoners!

Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Bachajón struggle continues!

Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano Lives, the Bachajón struggle continues!

No to the dispossession of indigenous territories!

Immediate presentation of the disappeared compañeros from Ayotzinapa!

JUSTICE FOR AYOTZINAPA, ACTEAL, ABC, ATENCO!

Help! AK Press Damaged in Fire.

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2015 by floweroftheword
"We are not in the least afraid of ruins…. We carry a new world here, in our hearts." —Buenaventura Durruti
Dear Friends,

In the early morning of March 21, the building behind ours caught fire. Two people lost their lives. The fire spread to the mixed-use warehouse building we share with 1984 Printing and 30+ residents. Everyone in our building got out safely, but several units were completely destroyed. There was extensive water and smoke damage to other units, including the ones occupied by AK Press and our neighbors at 1984 Printing.

Yesterday, we got more bad news when the City of Oakland red-tagged our building, which prohibits us from occupying it. We don’t know how long this will last, but it obviously means we can’t conduct business as usual. We are hopeful that we can recover from this tragedy but we will need your help to get through it, and to support our neighbors who have also suffered major losses.

If you can, please consider a donation to our Fire Relief Fund. If you’re not in the position to donate, please help us by sharing the campaign. We will split all contributions to this fund with 1984 Printing and our neighbors affected by the fire, and we will all be very grateful for whatever you can give.

We’ll keep you all posted as we struggle through this awful mess. Thank you all, so much, for your support thus far—we can’t tell you how much it means.

—The AK Press Collective

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Communiqué from San Sebastián Bachajón 21st March 2015

Posted in Uncategorized on March 22, 2015 by floweroftheword

Public Forces burn down regional headquarters

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FROM EJIDO SAN SEBASTIAN BACHAJÓN, ADHERENTS TO THE SIXTH DECLARATION OF THE LACANDON JUNGLE, CHIAPAS, MEXICO, 21st MARCH 2015

To the General Command of the Clandestine Indigenous Revolutionary Committee of the Zapatista National Liberation Army

To the Good Government Juntas

To the Indigenous National Congress

To the compañer@s adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle

To the mass and alternative media

To the Network for Solidarity and against Repression

To Movement for Justice in El Barrio from New York

To national and international human rights defenders

To the people of Mexico and the world

Compañeros and compañeras, we denounce that today, March 21, 2015 at around 8 o’clock in the morning more than 600 members of the public forces burned down our San Sebastián regional headquarters with the participation of the ejidal Commissioner Alejandro Moreno Gomez and the Security Adviser Samuel Díaz Guzmán. Once again the politics of death and the corruption of the bad government are demonstrated, and its contempt for the people and human rights because it seeks to achieve its ambition to get hold of our territory through the dispossession of the land, the water and everything that exists in our country, as if it were merchandise, in order to gain money.

We hold the paramilitary chiefs peña nieto and manuel velasco responsible for the violence in San Sebastián Bachajón and for the human rights violations, death and repression of women and men in our organization who do not sell their dignity in exchange for their crumbs.

We reject the tricks of the bad government to malign our struggle and fabricate crimes [and attribute them] to the organization which is defending the mother earth. Together with Alejandro Moreno Gómez the ejidal Commissioner and the Security Adviser Samuel Díaz Guzmán, they set up a roadblock on the road from Ocosingo to Palenque at the high point at the turning to agua azul in order to blame our organization for blocking the road, and also these lackeys of the bad government are cutting down trees and we know that they are fabricating crimes of ecocide so they can arrest the autonomous authorities of our organization.

We disclaim [any link to] these actions organized and supported by the bad government, together with the ejidal commissioner, they are only looking for a way to bend the law so they can put us in prison and dispossess us of our territory for transnational projects which only benefit those from above. After the violent eviction of January 9, 2015, we in our organization established the San Sebastián regional headquarters to continue caring for the land and to demand the withdrawal of bad government, this is where we will continue because we are the original peoples of these lands and we will not allow the bad government to come to command the people.

We remember today with dignified rage that it is a year since the killing of our compañero Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano, coordinator of the organization in the community of Virgen de Dolores, and next month will mark two years since the killing of our compañero Juan Vázquez Guzmán, secretary general of our organization, in whose memory the struggle in San Sebastián Bachajón continues.

We demand the withdrawal of public forces and of the national commission for protected natural areas from our lands, dispossessed since February 2011.

We demand freedom for our political prisoners Juan Antonio Gómez Silvano, Mario Aguilar Silvano and Roberto Gómez Hernández and of the unjustly imprisoned compañeros Santiago Moreno Perez, Emilio Jimenez Gomez and Esteban Gomez Jimenez.

From the northern zone of the state of Chiapas, the women and men of San Sebastián Bachajón send our combative greetings.

Never again a Mexico without us

Attentively

Land and Freedom! Zapata Vive!

Hasta la victoria siempre!

Freedom for political prisoners!

Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Bachajón struggle continues!

Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano Lives, the Bachajón struggle continues!

No to the dispossession of indigenous territories!

Immediate presentation of the disappeared compañeros from Ayotzinapa!

JUSTICE FOR AYOTZINAPA, ACTEAL, ABC, ATENCO!

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Bachajón reports new threat of dispossession

Posted in Uncategorized on March 22, 2015 by floweroftheword

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March 20, 2015

The compañeros of the ejido San Sebastian Bachajón, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, report that the roadblock conducted by political party supporters at the turning to the waterfalls of Agua Azul, which started on 17th March, is continuing; now it is the people of Commissioner Alejandro Moreno Gómez (ejidal Commissioner) and Samuel Díaz Guzmán (vigilance councillor) who are in charge of this.

The ejidatarios informed us by telephone that the Commissioner is organizing his people to evict the compañeros from San José en Rebeldia and from the “San Sebastian” Regional Headquarters, land recuperated by the compañeros of San Sebastián Bachajón.

The compañeros will not give up the struggle for the defence of their land and territory and for the release of their prisoners.

We ask that you remain aware of the situation of the compañeros.

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Ejido Bachajón alerts to possible attempt at displacement.

Posted in Uncategorized on March 22, 2015 by floweroftheword

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Chilón, Chiapas, March 20. Tzeltal indigenous from the ejido San Sebastian Bachajón, adherents to the Sixth Declaration, again disclaim any links with the roadblock at the turning to the Agua Azul waterfalls on the Ocosingo-Palenque highway. They state that it is the people of the ruling ejidal Commissioner Alejandro Moreno Gómez, and Samuel Díaz Guzmán (vigilance councillor) who are in charge of the blockade.

The ejidatarios reported that Moreno Gómez is organizing his people to evict the ejidatarios from San José en Rebeldia and from the “San Sebastian” Regional Headquarters, land recuperated by the indigenous of Bachajón.

Adherents to the Sixth make it clear that they will not give up the struggle to defend their land and territory and for the release of their prisoners, and ask people to remain aware of the situation of their members, via Kolektivo Zero.

In the same way, commercial dailies report that “at any time, an armed confrontation is expected between opposing groups that are in dispute over the area,” which could lead, as on previous occasions, to government repression. e.g. From Quinto Poder: “Armed group hinders tourism transport and is on the point of a confrontation. Tourism businesses on the Ruta Maya report that at this time, near the Agua Azul Waterfalls, heavily armed people, allegedly Zapatistas, have blocked the road with the aim of recovering 100% of the territory, so they are delaying any vehicle which drives through the area. The conflict, which has lasted for years and has intensified in recent months, is known of by the Government Secretary, Eduardo Ramirez, who has done nothing about it and who has answered repeatedly that he has instructions from the Governor Manuel Velasco Coello not to intervene in the indigenous areas. An armed confrontation is expected at any moment between opposing groups who are disputing the area, which is one of the attractions of our state to national and international tourism.”https://www.facebook.com/mxQuintopoder/photos/a.659347497429276.1073741841.657066724324020/921659737864716/?type=1&theater

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EZLN: About the Homage and the Seminar

Posted in Uncategorized on March 22, 2015 by floweroftheword

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ZAPATISTA ARMY FOR NATIONAL LIBERATION.

March 2015.

To the compas of the Sixth in Mexico and in the World:

Compas:

I have been asked to let you know that…

Despite the significant increase in military activity in the vicinity of the Zapatista Caracoles (aggressive patrols, intimidating checkpoints, threatening flyovers)—particularly in the caracoles of La Realidad and Oventik (the first has just opened a school-clinic, and the second will host the tribute to Don Luis Villoro Toranzo)…

Despite the growing belligerence of the paramilitary groups sponsored by the Chiapas government…

Despite the tired “new” lies in the paid media /no, there is not and there has not been any proposal for dialogue; no, not since 2001, that is to say that no federal official has approached the EZLN in the last 14 years for any reason other than in an attempt to assasinate the Zapatista leadership; no, the federal and state governments are not looking to improve the living conditions of indigenous people in Chiapas, rather, they are trying to divide communities; no, the only governmental approaches that Jaime Martinez Veloz claim for himself were not to Zapatistas but to the paramilitaries backed (before he took over) by Luis H. Alvarez, Juan Sabines Guerrero, Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, and now Manuel Velasco Coello, Rosario Robles Berlanga and Enrique Peña Nieto, one of whose groups (the CIOAC-H) is responsible for the murder of the compañero teacher Galeano; no, and so forth and so on/…

Despite the fact that truth and justice are still missing in Ayotzinapa…

Despite the fact that out there they’re busy with other things (more important things, right?) and that quickly changing trends in “mobilization” only prove that frivolousness is the overall strategy…

In spite of the fact that dignity reveals, time and again, reality / in the far north of Mexico it is discovered that there are still methods of exploitation from the time of President Porfirio Diaz. “In the North we work and have to support the lazy ones in South,” say the powerful; and while the fields are cultivated by men, women, children and elderly indigenous Triqui and Maya, the powerful say nothing and kneel before foreign power. In the Valle de San Quintin, Baja California, in what is known as Oaxacalifornia, the day laborers ask for fair wages and labor rights. They boil it down to few words: “we only want justice.” The government represses them “for going around like rowdy troublemakers”: 200 are detained. The governor, a PANista, meets with the commanders of the 67 infantry battalion of the federal army “to maintain social peace.” The top headline in the paid media is “007 in the Zócalo”. The hashtag #SanQuintinEnLucha isn’t trending /

In spite of it all…

Or precisely because of it all…

the EZLN confirms the celebration of:

– The homage to the compañero Luis Villoro Toranzo and Zapatista teacher Galeano, on May 2, 2015, in theCaracol of Oventic, Chiapas, Mexico. In this homage, in addition to the Zapatista compañeras and compañerosbases of support, the following people have confirmed their participation: Juan Villoro Ruiz, Fernanda Navarro, Adolfo Gilly, Pablo Gonzalez Casanova, Don Mario Gonzalez Contreras, father of César Manuel Gonzalez Hernandez, one of the 46 missing from Ayotzinapa, and Doña Bertha Nava, mother of Julio Cesar Ramirez Nava, one of the 46 missing from Ayotzinapa; as well as family members of compañero teacher Galeano and Zapatista autonomous authorities of the 5 zones.

– The kick-off of the seminar “Critical Thought Versus the Capitalist Hydra,” convoked by CIDECI-Unitierra and the EZLN’s Sixth Commission on May 3-9, 2015, in the mountains of the Mexican southeast. I have been told that the following people have confirmed their participation in the Seminar:

Doña Bertha Nava, Don Mario González Contreras and Doña Hilda Hernández Rivera, (family members of Ayotzinapa’s missing 46). Pablo González Casanova. Adolfo Gilly. Juan Villoro Ruiz. Elena Álvarez-Buylla. Catherine Marielle. Álvaro Salgado. Alicia Castellanos. Óscar Olivera (Bolivia). Margarita Millán. Sylvia Marcos. Mariana Favela. Karla Quiñonez (USA). Xuno López. Jean Robert. Carlos González. María Eugenia Sánchez Díaz de Rivera. Eduardo Almeida Acosta. Vilma Almendra (Colombia). Philippe Corcuff (France). Luis Lozano Arredondo. Juan Wahrem (Argentina). Rosa Albina Garabito. Jerónimo Díaz. Rubén Trejo. Manuel Rosenthal (Colombia). Hugo Blanco (Perú). Juan Carlos Mijangos Noh. Greg Ruggeiro (USA). Ana Lydia Flores Marín. Javier Hernández Alpízar. Pablo Reyna. Christine Pellicane (France). Efraín Herrera. Domi. Antonio Ramírez. John Berger (Great Britain). Donovan Hernández. Sergio Rodríguez. Raúl Zibechi (Uruguay). Sergio Tischler Visquerra (Guatemala). Jorge Alonso. Jerome Baschet (France). Paulina Fernández C. Carlos Aguirre Rojas. Gilberto López y Rivas. Daniel Inclán. Enzo Traverso (Italy). Silvia Federici (Italy). Immanuel Wallerstein (USA). John Holloway (Ireland). Michael Lowy (Brazil-France). Marcos Roitman (Chile-Spanish State).

From the concierge of the Little School, stacking boxes and more boxes marked “FLUNKEES.”

Mexico, March 2015.

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Section entitled “From the Diaries of the Cat-Dog”

On options:

Imagine you are having a nightmare. You find yourself in the midst of a desolated landscape. Not like after a war, but rather as if in the midst of its horror. On the right side of the road dividing the landscape is a modern building complex. At the entrance, a sign gives notice or warning: “Visions of Reality Mall.” Two modern imposing buildings stand out. The marquee for one of them reads, “Course in Ethical Jounralism and Objetive Reporting. Taught by: Ciro Gómez Leyva, Ricardo Alemán, Joaquín López Dóriga, Javier Alatorre and Laura Bozzo.” The building by its side announces: “Course in Ethical Journalism and Objetive Reporting. Taught by: Jacobo Zabludovski and 4 others from the only remaining free and independent spaces.”

You, a discerning person, of course, tolerant, of course, inclusive, of course, civilized, of course, reasonable, of course, with reasoned arguments, of course, educated, of course, with an actual e-d-u-c-a-t-i-o-n, of course. Even in your nightmares you maintain your composure, obviously.

That’s why you understand why there are long lines to get into one place or the other.

You are feeling self-congratulatory due to the fact that there are informational options for every preference when you hear, in a corner to the left, a little girl trying to play the tune of “the long and winding road” by the Beatles on her school flute.

You, unable to hide your irritation at the child’s off-key notes, realize that on the left side of this long and torturous road there is a group of beings (incomprehensible, of course), constructing little huts (miserable little things, of course), and their signs do not offer courses or discounts, of course, but rather manage only to stammer “free, autonomous, alternative, or whatever you call them media.”

You are faced then with a dilemma: either you—generously of course—widen your criteria, your tolerance, your inclusiveness, your civility toward this side of the road; or you feel grateful that there are things that never go out of style (like the bulldozer, the nightstick, the police, the antiriot squads). You are paralyzed in the face of this complex dilemma. Since you don’t know what to do, your smartphone—thanks to a modern application that gives you a zap whenever the hard drive is reconfigured (yours, of course)—activates in order to awaken you. You come to attention, but everything looks the same: the war landscape, the fancy buildings on the right side, the poor ones on the left. Ah, but instead of the out-of-tune flute playing “the long and winding road” you hear a disconcerting rhythm, a mix of ballad-cumbia-corrido-ranchera-tropical-hiphop-ska-heavy-metal that, played on the marimba, launches into “Ya se mira el horizonte…” [the Zapatista anthem].

In that terrible situation you know that you have to take drastic measures. But you can’t decide, should I get a new cell phone, or just update the operating system? That, my friend, is a real dilemma. But vote or not vote, what is that??

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On the paid media:

– They say that those wise men and women, of grand studies and knowledge, realized that what the ignorant, illiterate, and premodern indigenous said was true: “in capitalism, the one who pays rules.”

– On the “five free and independent spaces” and Molotov: uh oh, it seems that Jacobo did make someone stupid.[1]

On postmodernity:

– Note to divers: the pool doesn’t have water, just shit. Proceed with caut…. Splash!

– Break-up conversation of a postmodern couple: It’s not you, it’s the context.”

On the seminar:

– The following message came from Italy: “So-and-so said he would only attend (the seminar) if he could personally talk to subcomandante insurgente marcos.” When the deceased heard that, thinking the message was from Monica Bellucci, he began to stir in his grave. Later they told him who the message was from and, disappointed, the deceased settled back down. SupMoy said to just send a message back that “il supmarcos e morto,se volete, potete cercare in inferno” [italian in original] along with a calendar. Questioned on the subject by Los Tercios Compas S.A. (without) C. (nor) V. of (i)R. (i) L.[2] (note: use of this brand prohibited without the express written consent of those who (can’t) pay for it), SupMoy declared “the thing is that there are people who don’t realize that we are in 2015.

– Pst. Pst. The organization of the seminar is a mess. But pretend you didn’t hear that. Place yourself in harmony with the universe. Now repeat with me “ommmm, the seminar is already organized, ommmm.”

I testify: meow-woof (and vice versa).

[1]“Que no te haga bobo Jacobo” (Don’t Let Jacobo make you stupid) is a song by Molotov referring to media giant Televisa’s ex-anchor Jacobo Zabludovsky.

[2] S.A. de C.V. de R.L. in Spanish stands for Sociedad Anonima de Capital Variable de Responsibilidad Limitada, or Anonymous Society of Variable Capital, Limited Liability. The formulation here, S.A. (sin)C (ni) V de (i)R (i)L, would mean Anonymous Society (without) Capital (nor) variable capital of (un)limited (ir)responsibility.

Boca en Boca no.30, March 2015

Posted in Uncategorized on March 21, 2015 by floweroftheword

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Power to the people can only be put into practice when the power exercised by social elites is dissolved into the people".

Murray Bookchin (US Anarchist)

As stated by Bookchin, the inspiration of the Kurdistan struggle, power to the people must come from the people themselves. What we all know and understand [about power] is that it is not by asking for it, demanding it or claiming it from the government or the social elites, that we will get it but instead we must take it ourselves. In order to do so, there are various ways, among them those taken up through resistance and civil disobedience by various struggles and initiatives, such as the Civil Society Las Abejas, the Popular Constituent Citizen [Assembly], the Zapatista movement and others.

Due to the diverse forms of repression, deepening and often reaching collectives and individuals on a daily basis, various groups of people reassert and strengthen their convictions in their struggle for freedom, justice and dignity.

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So we hear from the Pueblo Creyente of Simojovel [PCS], when they mobilize with dignity against corruption and monopoly; also we hear from the inhabitants of Pantelhó protesting against mining that only brings death for the benefit of the elites; or from the Women of Acteal, and from elsewhere, when they organize themselves against exclusion and dispossession; or from Candelaria el Alto fighting for respect for the way they organize to defend their lands. The People of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, when they get angry about the mismanagement and corruption in their institutions, angry at seeing the not so natural environmental disasters happening in their lands. The people of Bachajón, exercising justice by guarding their natural resources for their free will and enjoyment; the migrants tired of fleeing and hiding from the inhumane treatment which they suffer during their journey through Mexico.

The reconstruction of the country, like that of the world, must begin with respect between everyone who lives there or even just passes by, and the responsibilities involved in living together, ensuring the application of justice, freedom and dignity.

We remind you that via the PDF version of this document you can find the links to the full articles which provide more information on the stories in this bulletin. If you need this bulletin in another language, or if you can translate it into another language, please email us! We invite you to follow us on our Facebook page, "Kolectivo Boka En Boka".

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