AUGUST 2014 ZAPATISTA NEWS SUMMARY
1. Zapatista Exchange (Sharing) with the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) – The Zapatistas held an "exchange" (sharing) with the National Indigenous Congress (CNI, its initials in Spanish) in La Realidad between August 4 and 8. A 1st Declaration from the Exchange was issued on August 9 at the Closing, which was open to all Zapatista supporters. Sup Moisés also gave a progress report on school reconstruction. On August 10, both Subcomandantes Moisés and Galeano (formerly Marcos) met with the free media and gave presentations. We posted the English translation of Galeano’s talk in 2 parts because of the length:
2. Paramilitaries Displace 72 Zapatistas in San Manuel – Armed members of the ORCAO fired shots into the air and at homes, and also made death threats against civilian Zapatista supporters in the communities of Rosario, Egipto, San Jacinto and Kexil, causing some of them to flee for their lives to some other Zapatista community. All communities belong to San Manuel autonomous municipality, which has been the Chiapas Support Committee’s partner since 2002. Aggressions began at the end of July and escalated during the first 2 weeks of August. Path of the Future Good Government Junta in La Garrucha and the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba) issued reports and denunciations concerning the attacks, which as of the last report, have displaced 72 Zapatistas. Several of our members are visiting La Garrucha this coming week and will give a report on Friday, September 26.
3. Zapatistas Announce December/January Plans – The EZLN and the CNI announced: the “First Worldwide Festival of Resistances and Rebellions against Capitalism” with the slogan of “WHERE THOSE UP ABOVE DESTROY AND THOSE OF US BELOW RECONSTRUCT.” This big worldwide sharing will be held between December 22, 2014 and January 3, 2015 in different locations. For the complete schedule, click here. There will be a Fiesta of Anticapitalist Rebellion and Resistance in the Caracol of Oventic on December 31, 2014 and January 1, 2015.
Mexico’s Southern Border
1. The Southern Border Strategy Unfolds in Chiapas – Details of Mexico’s "southern Border Strategy" are being released little by little. As more becomes known about the so-called Southern Border Strategy, it is becoming obvious that its focus is on impeding (catching and deporting) Central American migrants. Police and military personnel are pulling migrants off the train called "The Beast." And the federal government announced this month that it is investing $6.058 billion pesos to improve the tracks of the train known as La Bestia (The Beast) so that it can go faster and be more difficult for immigrants to board. Moreover, the government plans to investigate the train’s operators and see if they have ties to organized crime. The stories of human rights and immigrant rights activists in Chiapas are appearing in the press almost every day and many of their organizations have formed a coordinated observation program. Frayba is part of that formation. When the government arrests undocumented immigrants, it calls this "rescuing" them and purports to be saving them from the hands of criminals or injury on the train, although it will then swiftly deport them.
In other parts of Mexico
1. 100 Organizations Meet in Atenco in Defense of Land and Against "Reforms" – Representatives of 100 campesino, union and social organizations met in San Salvador Atenco over the weekend of August 16-17 to define an action plan in defense of land, water and against dispossession and the recently approved structural reforms. The action plan includes both mobilizations and legal actions. The final declaration describes that dispossession is caused by megaprojects that are imposed without consent from the communities that they affect. Mining projects, dams, highways and pipelines or ducts dispossess communities.