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Message of Support to the family of Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano and the Ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón

Posted in Announcement on March 25, 2014 by floweroftheword

New Zealand
25 March 2014

To the family of Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano

To the Ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón

To our comrades and adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle
To members of the mass and alternative media
To the Good Government
To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
To the National Indigenous Congress
To the Network against Repression and for Solidarity
To the Movement of Justice for the District of New York
To the defenders of national and international human rights
To the people of Mexico and the world

Even at the bottom of the world in New Zealand we have heard the terrible news of the shooting death of our comrade Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano on Friday March 21, 2014 after he was ambushed at the San Jose Chapapuyil crossroad while driving his truck towards the Autonomous Community of Virgen de Dolores, of which he was a founder.

We know that at the time of his murder, Juan Carlos was 22 years old, held the post of Regional Coordinator for the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón for the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, and was the father of a six month old baby.

We in New Zealand deplore this cold-blooded assassination, and note that it is yet another example of the sustained campaign of harrassment and murder waged by the army and state preventive police in collusion with corrupt ejido officials Alejandro Moreno Gómez and Samuel Diaz Guzman, and ex-Ejido Commissioner Francisco Guzman Jimenez against the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón, designed to create division within the community and drive the ejido members of the Sixth from their lands.

Two more examples of the growing list of crimes against them are the eviction from their toll booth on February 2, 2011 and the murder of Juan Vázquez Guzmán on April 24, 2013.

We express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano, and raise our fists in solidarity with the men and women of San Sebastián Bachajón and their struggle.

Receive an ‘abrazo combativo’ from us at the bottom of the world.


Wellington Zapatista Support Group, New Zealand

Land and Freedom!
Zapata Lives!
Until victory always!
Political prisoners! Freedom!
Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Bachajón struggle continues!
Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano Lives, the Bachajón struggle continues!
No to dispossession of indigenous territories!

Call for First Anarchist Congress in Mexico

Posted in Announcement, comunicado, Event with tags , , , on February 7, 2011 by floweroftheword

Anarchist comrades: In the twenty-first century, the barbarism of world capitalism is manifested in the increased exploitation, misery and death of millions of human beings. Exploitation, theft, violence, domination and discrimination remain the engine that drives capitalist civilization in this era of new knowledge and technologies. Meanwhile, the thirst for profit of the business generated by the increasing destruction of the planet’s natural resources. —- Dominant states of the world turn to war in order to exercise its hegemony over the countries and societies that seek to subordinate and plunder. Meanwhile, states and governments of different political use repression and seek the destruction of social movements to wipe out the flames libertarian rebellion, attempting to quell the strikes and popular uprisings with dignity and a new world fighting barbaric exploitation and domination.


It is then that exploitation, domination, dispossession, discrimination and a stark devastation of natural resources not only legitimate, but they do need, now more than ever, every struggle against capitalism and the state.


In Mexico, the exploitation and misery left a trail of 55 million poor, starvation wages, destruction of labor rights, unemployment and emigration. Hunger, exploitation and death for the Mexican people. In contrast, for the lords of wealth power and money, high profits and a growing concentration of wealth. Nevertheless, and against what they want their rulers, the Mexican people are not left to overcome, resist, and build alternative rebels against the miserable reality of hunger, deprivation and violence when they want to convict the thieves and corporate and government operators .


A tenacious defiance of the Mexican people, the State responds to the persecution, detention, disappearance and murder of worthy men and women who fight against every injustice and desire a radical transformation of the established system. The commitment of political and economic elites is that of state terrorism by the country’s militarization and criminalization of individuals and anti-systemic social movements. In fact, the state imposes the fear, uncertainty and repression in many social areas in order to immobilize the society. The village, away from a standstill, resist and rebel against that oppression and the terror against the dispossession of their lands; protest against the building of dams, ecosystems defends against greedy construction companies, resisting biopiracy biotech companies ; protest against the Church and conservatives of all signs that seek to impede the rights of women, gays, bisexuals and transgender people to the free enjoyment of their bodies, desires and affections against private businesses who profit from public spaces such as west superhighway, Metrobus and Metro Line 12 in Mexico City, demands freedom for political prisoners, indigenous autonomy and builds out into the streets to demand their right to health, education, housing, land, bread and freedom. In sum, while the lords of power and money spread fear, hunger and violence, the people planting freedom, autonomy and dignity.


State repression, but above all the strength of the Mexican people, make urgent the need for and anarchists around the country we are in a Prime Anarchist Congress to discuss how to organize, how to combat the state and capital in today, and how to accompany the rebellion of the people towards building a new world without exploitation and domination.


The purpose of the First Congress Anarchist in Mexico is to create a space for encounter, dialogue and action in order to practice mutual support, meet our transgressions, exchange experiences among those who agree â â wish, activities and joint actions against current exploitation and domination. Anarchist Congress does not seek to homogenize the fight and think of different ways of understanding and actions of the anarchists of the country, a claim would be contradictory to our nature libertarian. Anarchist Congress does not seek hegemony in the various anarchist forces and trends that are now scattered across the country, which would be a contradiction and would go against the most basic libertarian principles. Emphasize that the Anarchist Congress does not seek to centralize and standardize the action and thinking of libertarians, or create leaders vanguards of anything or anyone.


Prime Anarchist Congress in Mexico seeks to create a space for encounter, dialogue and mutual support among anarchists that would strengthen the anarchist action against the onslaught of government repression of the PAN, PRI and PRD, and create a space that allows him continuity to the social and cultural rebellion of anarchists from around the country.


The space of encounter, dialogue and mutual support which seeks to build with Prime Anarchist Congress in Mexico is based on anarchist ethics is based on individual autonomy, fraternity and equality of human beings.


Inspired by these ethical principles, various anarchist groups and individuals have made a series of meetings convened for the purpose of our sisters and brothers from ideal to attend the First Congress Anarchist in Mexico, to be held in Mexico City, on 29, April 30 and May 1, 2011, Auditorio Che Guevara.


Anarchist comrades:


The urgent need to destroy the exploitation and domination of the rotten capitalist civilization and the aspiration to build here and now a society of autonomous, free, equal and respectful of nature, summoning us to the realization of the First Congress Anarchist in Mexico.


We hope that your heart and true word libertarian and build with all of us that freedom, rebellion and mutual support. Also, we urge the anarchists who live in the states of the Republic confirm their participation in the First Anarchist Congress as soon as possible to prepare the accommodation and to seek financial support to assist their relocation from their place of origin to Mexico City.



Health and social revolution.


Mexico, Planet Earth, January 2011.



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Evento Dia De L@s Muert@s

Posted in Announcement, Event, Uncategorized on September 6, 2010 by floweroftheword

It’s that time again, the annual Wellington Zapatista Solidarity Group Day of the Dead event. All proceeds go to community directed education and health projects in the Zapatista municipality of La Garrucha. Muchas gracias to the musicians and everyone else involved – who are all helping out for free.

The Wellington Zapatista Solidarity Group invites you to join us for:

Celebraciòn Día De Los Muertos – Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life

Saturday 6 November 2010

Street Procession

Mariachi, music, food, face painting and a traditional ofrenda

Meet 4pm at Wellington Museum of City and Sea


With Bella Cajon, Koledsky, Café Tango, Newtown Community Choir, Sudakanz, DJoe, DJ Cut Loose. PLUS tango lesson & demonstration with Viva Latina, spot prizes and more!

8pm til late at Ruby Lounge, Bond Street

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an annual festival observed throughout Latin America originating in pre Columbian culture which celebrates life by honouring the dead. It’s believed that on this day each year the spirits of the dead return to Earth to reconnect with the living, and re-experience the sensory world. Friends and family honour the deceased by celebrating in cemeteries, homes, and public spaces with food, flowers, music, and prayers. Colourful paper cut-outs called papel picado decorate churches and cemeteries. Fancy dress, especially skeletons and other deathly outfits, is the norm.

Ofrenda’s – or altars – often have a photo of the deceased, and are elaborately-decorated with flowers as well as objects, foods and drinks that the dead prized or enjoyed while they lived. It is believed that displaying their favourite things entices their souls to return to take part in the remembrance celebrations.

A traditional ofrenda will be on display at the Museum of Wellington City and all are invited to gather there from 4pm for face painting, music and food. A Mariachi will lead the procession, which will arrive at Ruby Lounge in time for the fiesta. Fancy dress is encouraged, as is colourful memorabilia of deceased loved ones.

This year the Ruby Lounge will host the celebrations: an evening of performances on the theme of life and death, from the Gyp-Hop-Ruski-Roots Reggae of Bella Cajon, to the glorious harmonies of the Newtown Community Choir and Koledsky’s rousing Gypsy, Polish, Mexican, and Middle-Eastern numbers.

Audience members are invited to take part in a short tango lesson with dancers from Viva Latina, and then show off their new moves on the dancefloor to the sound of urban latin ensemble Café Tango.

But the party doesn’t stop there. After the bands, DJs DJoe and Cut Loose will spin a heady mix of global beats to keep the dancefloor grooving til the wee hours.

All this for only $10 on the door, and all proceeds go direct to the Zapitista municipality of La Garrucha in Chiapas.

So bring your friends and join us for a celebration of life, death, and beautiful music!


Posted in Announcement, denuncia with tags , , , , on June 13, 2010 by floweroftheword


SYNOPSIS: The Peoples’ Front in Defense of the Earth (FPDT in its Spanish initials) brings together a number of villages and farming communities on the outskirts of Mexico City, including San Salvador Atenco. In 2002 they commenced a process of peasant resistance to the plan for a new airport that would expel them from their land. After an intense process of social mobilization, the airport project was cancelled. After its struggle The FPDT became a national and international reference for Mexican social movements defending their land. On 3 and May 4, 2006 the residents of San Salvador Atenco suffered Mexican state repression that prompted one of the most violent police operations in the country’s history, resulting in the death of two young men, more than 200 arbitrary arrests, gross human rights violations of detainees involving police brutality, torture and sexual abuse of thirty female detainees, and irregularities in the legal process. The repression in the case of San Salvador Atenco has become emblematic as many different human rights documented the violations and disseminated their reports. Even Mexican state agencies such as the Supreme Court have recognized that such violations took place. More than four years after the events, 12 people are still unjustly imprisoned. They are political prisoners of the Mexican state. As part of a national and international campaign called Freedom and Justice for Atenco an ad was posted in a national newspaper in June, to demand their freedom. Before the end of June the Supreme Court’s Office will decide on the release of these 12 prisoners. It is their last legal recourse. It is a turning point. This legal battle is a fight to throw out sentences ranging from 31 to up to 112 years in prison. This is an urgent request for signatures from numerous individuals and organizations, national and international. The legal elements integrated in the text have been endorsed and supported by leading human rights centers such as the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center and the Fray Francisco de Vitoria Human Rights Center, as well as specialists from the community of expertise in human rights and democracy in the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences Mexico (FLACSO Mexico). That is why we invite you to sign the text attached below. We hope you can support this process for freedom and justice, and in defense of those fighting for the land.

The People’s Front in Defense of the Land, Relatives of Prisoners and Persecuted, Legal Services, Legal Research, Services and Advice for Peace (Serapaz), Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Centre, Women Without Fear, Fray Francisco de Vitoria Human Rights Centre, Comité Cerezo, Romero Committee, Consortium for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity, National Center for Social Communication (CENCOS), Youth in Alternative Resistance, Bishop Emeritus Samuel Ruiz Garcia of the Diocese of San Cristobal de las Casas, actress Ofelia Medina, musician Manu Chao, actress Julieta Egurrola, Raul Vera Bishop of the Diocese of Saltillo, Coahuila, academic Adolfo Gilly, actor Daniel Gimenez Cacho, philosopher Luis Villoro, singer Ruben Albarran, rock band Cafe Tacvba, actor Bruno Bichir, Dominican friar Fray Miguel Concha Malo, director of the Center for Human Rights Fray Francisco de Vitoria, Roco Pachukote vocalist of the rock band Maldita Vecindad and children of Quinto Patio, Gilberto López y Rivas, anthropologist, journalist Luis Hernández Navarro, Carlos Fazio, academic Guillermo Almeyra, Los de Abajo ska and rock band, actresses The Queens of Chulas.

Text to sign:

for the 12 prisoners of San Salvador Atenco

To the Ministers of the First Chamber of the Supreme Court:
Jose de Jesus Gudino Pelayo, Olga María del Carmen Sánchez Cordero de García Villegas, Juan N. Silva Meza, Arturo Zaldivar Lelo De Larrea, Jose Ramon Cossio Diaz.

To national and international public opinion.

We know the serious violations of human rights 3 and May 4, 2006 the Mexican government committed in San Salvador Atenco. Following these events 12 people are still in prison. We are concerned that the legal process followed was full of irregularities, it did not respected the principle of presumption of innocence or the guarantees of due process, and the evidence on which their convictions were founded was illegally obtained. We believe that these irregularities negated their right to a fair trial. It is a grave concern that the offense of “kidnapping” which we believe is unconstitutional, can be used to criminalize social demands, and that the justice system and administration was manipulated to criminalise members of the Peoples Front in Defense of Earth. We also know that there is a legal precedent issued by a judicial organ of the Federation, which held that the acts for which Ignacio del Valle, Felipe Álvarez and Héctor Galindo were sentenced do not constitute the crime of kidnapping; we believe that even though such norms are not legally-binding for the Ministers, this precedent, in the interests of legal safety and consistency as well as regarding the wider implications of the case, can not be ignored. Therefore, we call the First Chamber of the Supreme Court to release the 12 prisoners of Atenco.

IMPORTANT NOTE for those appending their signature:

For individual signatures, please include full name, nationality or state of the country, trade or profession.

In the case of signatures from organizations and groups, include the full name of your organization, and country or state of the organization.

Signatures will be accepted until Sunday, June 20 at 24 hrs.


We will send them a copy of the signature and email of everyone who appends their signature.

All information about the case can be found on our campaign page:

Committee for Freedom and Justice for Atenco
People’s Front in Defense of the Land

Visit our blog at:

Abejas to march on International Women’s Day

Posted in Announcement, comunicado, Event, News, noticias, protesta with tags , , , on March 3, 2010 by floweroftheword

On February 12 the Abejas Civil Society Organization of Acteal extended an invitation to a march they are organizing to mark International Women’s Day on March 8.

The Abejas commemorate the Acteal massacre on the 22nd of each month. This past February 22, the Abejas published a press release in which they shared their analysis of the current situation in their municipality, in light of the recent release of several prisoners accused of the massacre. They also remarked on conflicts taking place in other parts of the state.

read the rest here

Action Alert: Violent Evictions in Chiapas

Posted in Announcement, denuncia, News, noticias, protesta with tags , , , , , , on March 2, 2010 by floweroftheword

Elder Indigenous woman takes part in march for world peace in San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico. The Indigenous Peoples’ march was led by Bishop Felipe Arizmendi on March 14, 2003, days before the U.S. began its “official” bombing of Iraq.

Chiapas, Mexico 2003

photo: Langelle/GJEP

This photo is relevant today for many reasons. Next month is the 7th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and even though that war has slowed down, the attack on Afghanistan intensifies. This photograph was also taken just after an emergency delegation went to Chiapas regarding forced evictions of Indigenous communities from the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve in the Lacandon jungle. Today in Chiapas, there are violent evictions taking place in the Lacandon jungle–this time to make room for oil palm plantations.

In 2003:

In March 2003 Orin Langelle travelled to Chiapas on an emergency investigative delegation to look into threatened evictions of Indigenous communities from the Lacandon jungle, and to examine the level of ecological destruction there. Some communities were already relocated. The delegation, including journalists, photographers and organizers, visited threatened communities in the Lacandon, met with organizations working in the region and conducted overflights of the jungle, documenting the ecological damage.

Why the evictions? Conservation International (CI) teamed up with the Mexican government to declare that Indigenous communities, including Zapatista support base communities living in the Monte Azules Integral Biosphere Reserve were destroying it. This provided a supposedly ecological pretext–protection of the Monte Azules–as the reason for evicting these communities.

Our delegation proved that most of the communities had been conducting sustainable organic agriculture in the jungle for years. They outlawed slash and burn farming and practiced regular crop rotation to protect the soil. In fact, we found that it was the military that was causing massive destruction of the rainforest–which we witnessed on our overflight of the jungle.

This developed during the Mexican government’s thrust to push the Plan Puebla Panama mega-development scheme. One of the PPP plans calls for the establishment of new timber plantations in the region.

Now in 2010:

México: Violent evictions in Chiapas for establishing oil palm monocultures

from World Rainforest Movement Bulletin, February 2010,

What follows is a communiqué from the Latin American Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations (RECOMA) reporting on the violent situation that local communities and Indigenous Peoples of the Lacandona forest in Chiapas are presently going through.

Appeal to international solidarity to protect the Lacandona Forest in Chiapas (Mexico), February 2010.

The Latin American Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations (RECOMA) is hereby denouncing the arbitrary treatment suffered by various communities in the Lacandona forest, in the area declared as the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve, in the State of Chiapas, Mexico.

Last January, the Chiapas State Congress approved funding for the construction of a palm oil processing plant. Shortly afterwards, dozens of families from the Municipality of Ocosingo were evicted from their territory, in order to give way for the expansion of monoculture oil palm plantations.

Dozens of heavily armed police arrived in helicopters and with aggressive violence evicted men, women and children from their homes, which they then burnt down and with no explanation, removed the community to the city of Palenque.

While the government talks about conservation and protection of the zone, it evicts those who have been truly responsible for making this conservation possible. At the same time, it replaces local ecosystems by oil palm monocultures.

Oil palm plantations are being promoted under an “ecological” mask, as if the production of agrofuels based on palm oil could be a solution to climate change. Apart from the falsehood of these affirmations, no mention is made of the serious negative impacts they generate such as violation of the local population and indigenous peoples’ human rights, as is presently the case in Chiapas.

Furthermore, monoculture oil palm plantations are one of the main causes of deforestation and therefore contribute to climate change through the release of carbon stored in the forests, while destroying the means of subsistence and food sovereignty of millions of small farmers, Indigenous and other communities, and generating serious negative environmental impacts. The plantations require agrochemicals that poison the workers and local communities and contaminate soil and water. Monoculture oil palm plantations eliminate biodiversity and deplete fresh water sources.

In sum, monoculture plantations for the production of paper and agrofuels (such as in the case of oil palm) worsen the living conditions and opportunities for survival of the local population and are only beneficial to a small handful of companies that become rich at the expense of social and environmental destruction.

For this reason, we are appealing to the international community to condemn the plans for the expansion of monoculture oil palm plantations in Mexico, denouncing this situation by all means at your disposal.

To Protest these evictions, contact:

Physical address:

187 Featherston Street

Level 2, AMP Chambers

Wellington 6011

New Zealand

Postal address:

PO Box 11-510, Wellington 6142, New Zealand

Phone: +64-4-472-0555

Fax: +64-4-496-3559


(or your local Mexican Embassy)

Support the work of Global Justice Ecology Project for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Forest Protection

For ongoing updates on the progress of Global Justice Ecology Project, please visit our Website:

Climate Connections blog:

Facebook page:

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Thanks for all your support.

From the staff at GJEP,

Anne Petermann, Executive Director

Orin Langelle, Co-Director/Strategist

Camila Moreno, Lawyer/Researcher (Porto Alegre, Brazil)

Hallie Boas, New Voices on Climate Change Coordinator (Berkeley, CA)

Aja Lippincott, Assistant to the Directors

Day of the Dead/Dia De los Muertos Celebration this Sunday!

Posted in Announcement, Event with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2009 by floweroftheword

dayofthedead09revised*The Wellington Zapatista Support Group invites you to join us for:


*Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life** *Sunday Ist November 2009 –

two events!*


*4pm MUSEUM OF WELLINGTON CITY AND SEA* (Queens Wharf Jervois Quay)


*OFRENDA and Face-painting/Preparation for the STREET PROCESSION*

through Wellington’s streets to *Bar Bodega* (departs 6PM)


*7.30pm **BAR BODEGA *101 Ghuznee Street.


*DIA DE LOS MUERTOS* *Fiesta – featuring: Bella Cajon, Julie Bevan,

Carlos Naverrette, Te Kupu, Sam Kelly, German Renthel, and other

performers – **plus music, poetry, dance, and SPOT PRIZES!!*


Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an annual festival observed

throughout Latin America originating in pre Columbian culture which

celebrates life by honouring the dead. It is believed that on this day

each year the spirits of the dead return to Earth to reconnect with the

living, and re-experience the sensory world. Friends and family honour

the deceased by celebrating in cemeteries, homes, and public spaces with

food, flowers, music, and prayers. Colourful paper cut-outs called papel

picado decorate churches and cemeteries. Fancy dress, especially

skeletons and other deathly outfits, is the norm.


In recent years Mexicans living locally have brought this festival alive

for New Zealanders, and once again invite Wellingtonians and visitors

alike to share in their celebrations of this traditional cultural – and

colourful – event.


At *Museum of Wellington City and Sea/Te Waka Huia o Nga Taonga Toku Iho

*there will be a *Traditional Ofrenda *on display*, *as well as

*Face-painting and Preparation for the Procession.*


Ofrenda’s – or altars – often have a photo of the deceased, and are

elaborately-decorated with flowers as well as objects, foods and drinks

that the dead prized or enjoyed while they lived. It is believed that

displaying their favourite things entices their souls to return to take

part in the remembrance celebrations.


This year’s ofrenda is dedicated to Emiliano Zapata, Commandante Ramona,

Subcommandante Marcos, and the people of Honduras. It will be on display

from 4pm, and remain in place 1- 7^th November. (Photo of Diego Rivera

Ofrenda in Mexico City in 2006 attached, as an example)


There will also be face-painting and preparation for the street

procession, which will leave at 6pm. The public is encouraged to join

in, wear fancy dress, and carry colourful memorabilia of deceased loved

ones. The procession will wind through Wellington streets to end at *Bar



Inside *Bar Bodega (*$10 cover charge) there will be performances* *on

the theme of life and death by a variety of acts, from poet Mercedes

Webb-Pullman to musicians such as Bella Cajon and Te Kupu, to Latin

dancers, and more.


All proceeds from the Bodega event will go to the community of La

Garrucha in Chiapas, Mexico.