CNI, 20 years of joyful resistance and rebellion
"When the people rise up, only they direct themselves," SCI Moisés
Oventic, Chiapas, October 12th. Delegates from 32 indigenous peoples, nations and tribes organized in the National Indigenous Congress arrived at the Caracol of Oventic to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the CNI. A large number of Zapatistas also arrived from the five zones of rebel territory and over a hundred adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle.
The CNI delegates and other guests were greeted by the Zapatistas with the generosity and affection of those who walk the same path in search of a better world and a better country. The delegates walked between hundreds of Zapatistas formed in two rows on both sides of the road leading from the entrance to the caracol to the ballcourt, following the formation of militia marching with impeccable organization. The slogans were heard: Long live the National Indigenous Congress! Long live the EZLN!
They held the celebration on the court, which began with the words of Comandante David, of Maribel Cervantes from the CNI and of Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés, and continued with a cultural event which was attended by Zapatista artists, musicians and poets from the five caracoles.
The event ended with a demonstration of the discipline and organization of the militia troops, under the leadership of an insurgent commander of the EZLN.
Under a light drizzle and fog characteristic of Oventic, delegates and other guests were sent on their way, after a generous meal, with the same formation of Zapatistas on both sides of the road, with smiling faces whose joy their balaclavas were unable to hide.
Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity