Impunity and provocation of the EZLN: A Global Offensive?

Compañero Galeano. Justice not revenge.

Compañero Galeano. Justice not revenge.

By: Magdalena Gómez

Once again it is demonstrated that we live in times of impunity without concessions. The Zapatista commanders justifiably and indignantly acknowledge that they have no reason to trust in the justice of those from above. Justice which lamentably doesn’t have impartiality and objectivity and which, dealing with social movements or sectors outside the political and economic elites, consistently avoids the historical truth or fabricates it, as in the Ayotzinapa case.

In their comunicado of 16th August, Subcomandantes Moisés and Galeano reported that: “two of the intellectual authors of the murder of the compañero and teacher Galeano have returned to their homes in the community of La Realidad. They were supposedly being held prisoner for the murder of our teacher and compañero. We now know that they have been declared innocent of this crime by the same people who financed and supported them: the federal and Chiapas state governments. On 12th August 12 this year, the self-appointed “judge” Victor Manuel Zepeda López, of the criminal court in Comitán de Domínguez, Chiapas, declared that Mr. Carmelino Rodríguez Jiménez and Mr. Javier López Rodríguez are innocent, despite that fact that they and their accomplices in the CIOAC-Histórica know that they are guilty of organizing the crime. They aren’t the only ones responsible, but they are guilty.” The director of Frayba, Pedro Faro, pointed out that both of the indigenous Tojolabales were allegedly released with the argument that “the witnesses retracted their statements and the agent of the Public Ministry did not witness the dead body” of the Zapatista ‘little school’ teacher. He asserted that there are also 10 outstanding arrest warrants for members of the Cioac-H –accused of being involved in the events– which have not been executed, although 15 months have now passed (La Jornada, 22/8/15).

We remember that on 2nd May, 2014, members of the CIOAC-H murdered José Luis Solís López, the teacher Galeano, a Zapatista from La Realidad community, with firearms and machetes. The Zapatista comandancia pointed out at that time that: 1) it was a pre-planned attack, militarily organized and carried out with malice, premeditation and advantage. And it is an attack inscribed in a climate created and encouraged from above; 2) the directors of the so-called Cioac-Historica, the Green Ecologist Party (the name with which the PRI governs in Chiapas), the National Action Party and the Institutional Revolutionary Party are implicated; and 3) at least the state government of Chiapas is implicated. The degree of involvement of the federal government, they pointed out, has not yet been determined. Today, as in the case of Acteal, they once again justify resolutions in counterinsurgency logic under the customary failures in due process.

We cannot assume that we’re dealing with a decision outside the political intention of provocation of the EZLN and specifically of the Zapatista bases in the emblematic community of La Realidad. Apparently, they seek to inflame local confrontation, with paramilitary support, in order to prevent co-odination with the other movements in the country which are organized in resistance, like the Yaqui, Xochicuautla, Ostula, Ayotzinapa or the democratic teachers, among many others that the Subcomandantes indicate in their comunicado.

Nor is this scenario foreign to the very soon-to-be-announced project that Enrique Peña Nieto will send to Congress as an initiative for authorizing the federal Executive in his decision to create special economic zones in Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero,[1] with the argument of facilitating strategic transnational investment and, according to the Treasury Secretary: “in these states one does not observe the positive (sic) effects of the Free Trade Agreement entering into effect or of the insertion of Mexico into globalization.” They add that now welfare handouts and extreme poverty will be overcome. They are going all out over the territories, and their plan against the indigenous peoples is underway.

This is the reason for re-activating the tension in La Realidad, in order to extend a local circle around the EZLN; for defending the Army at all costs in the Tlatlaya, Tanhuato, Apatzingán and Ayotzinapa cases; for keeping the Yaqui Mario Luna in prison, as well as Nestora Salgado and Cemeí Verdía, for concentrating 15,000 members of the Federal Police in Oaxaca to contain the teachers’ protest. All this while the mantle of impunity is extended, self-exoneration and self-forgiveness are announced in the so-called Casa Blanca case, and incapacity and a chain of complicity are exhibited in the escape of El Chapo Guzmán, which will not be included in the next Presidential Report. The coming months will be crucial for stopping this offensive. The Zapatistas said well in their recent seminar Critical Thought versus the Capitalist Hydra: things are bad, and they are going to get worse.


[1] Last November (2014), Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that he would propose the creation of 3 “special economic zones” to Congress. These 3 zones would be: 1) the Inter-Oceanic Industrial Corridor on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, which will connect the Pacific with the Gulf of Mexico; 2) a second zone at Puerto Chiapas; and 3) the third in the municipalities adjacent to Port Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán, which borders on Guerrero.

In July of this year (2015), Peña Nieto reiterated his intent to send this proposal to the new Congress in September.


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Translation: Chiapas Support Committee

Minor edits for UK readers: Dorset Chiapas Solidarity

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

En español



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