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Come to our next film night – Tuesday 24 June

Posted in Event with tags , , , , on June 19, 2008 by floweroftheword

Hola a tod@s,

The Wellington Zapatista Support Group will show 2 films made by Zapatista communities next Tuesday 24 June starting at 8pm. The venue for the screening is Happy, corner Vivian and Tory Streets, Wellington city.

‘We Speak Against Injustice’ (2003, 34 mins) and ‘The Silence of the Zapatistas’ (2001, 12 mins) tell the story of the popular struggle for the rights of indigenous peoples in Mexico. Military and paramilitary violence against Zapatista communities is seen in the context of globalisation: The state and federal government uses violence to pressure Zapatista communities to leave their land, so that natural resources can be exploited.

Entry to the film night is by koha/donation. All proceeds go towards the provision of health care in Zapatista communities in the caracol of La Garrucha, one of the areas affected by the recent military and paramilitary attacks.

We look forward to seeing you there!

saludos,

Wellington Zapatista Support Group

Zapatista Supporters Challenge Mexican Ambassador, Highlight Human Rights Violations

Posted in Event, News with tags , , on June 18, 2008 by floweroftheword

On Wednesday 18 June, 15 people gathered outside the Mexican Embassy in central Wellington to denounce the Mexican government’s violent repression of Zapatista communities. Wellington Zapatista supporters held banners reading “For a world where many worlds fit” and “Justice for the Zapatistas and for all indigenous peoples”, drawing attention to the location of the Mexican Embassy, distributing information and inviting passers by to talk about the issues.

In the last month, there has been an alarming escalation of military and paramilitary harrassment of Zapatista indigenous communities in Mexico. Troops have invaded several communities, destroying food crops, cutting off electricity supplies and attacking and intimidating people – some of whom subsequently needed to be hospitalised. After being driven from communities in the caracol of La Garrucha on Wednesday 4 June, the Mexican army threatened to return today, June 18.

For those who would like some background on current events in Mexico, the Wellington Zapatista Support Group will screen two films made by Zapatista communities next Tuesday 24 June at Happy, corner of Vivian and Tory streets. ‘We Speak Against Injustice’ and ‘The Silence of the Zapatistas’ tell the story of the popular struggle for the rights of indigenous peoples in Mexico. Military and paramilitary violence against Zapatista communities is seen in the context of globalisation: The state and federal government uses violence to pressure Zapatista communities to leave their land, so that natural resources can be exploited.

Entry to the film night is by koha/donation. All proceeds go towards the provision of health care in Zapatista communities in the caracol of La Garrucha, one of the areas affected by the recent military and paramilitary attacks.

TO SEE PHOTOS VISIT: http://chiapas.indymedia.org/article_157122

June Film Night – Against War in Chiapas: Breaking The Silence, Speaking Against Injustice

Posted in Event, News with tags , , , on June 17, 2008 by floweroftheword

On Wednesday 4 June 2008, several indigenous communities in La Garrucha were invaded by the Mexican military, under the pretense that they are growing marijuana. The communities managed to rebuff them but the army has threatened to return by June 18. As solidarity actions take place worldwide, the Wellington Zapatista Support Group announces the screening of two films made by the Zapatistas that give context and background to the current military invasion.

We Speak Against Injustice (2003, 34 mins)

and The Silence of the Zapatistas (2001, 12 mins)

Tuesday 24 June, 8pm start

at Happy, corner of Tory and Vivian Sts, Wellington City

entry by koha/donation

All proceeds from this fundraising event will go towards assisting the Caracol* of La Garrucha to deliver basic health services.

The Wellington Zapatista Support Group is organising monthly film screenings to raise awareness of the plight of indigenous peoples in Mexico. This screening is the first in a series of documentaries made by Zapatista communities, explaining their resistance movement and how it is organized.

‘We Speak Against Injustice’ and ‘The Silence of the Zapatistas’ tell the story of the popular struggle for the rights of indigenous peoples in Mexico. Military and paramilitary violence against Zapatista communities is seen in the context of globalization: The state and federal government uses violence to pressure Zapatista communities to leave their land, so that natural resources can be exploited.

Unlike many indigenous communities reduced to accepting government hand-outs, the Zapatistas are committed to the peaceful development and provision of their own health, education and justice systems. All proceeds from this fundraising event will go towards assisting the Caracol of La Garrucha to deliver basic health services.

Please join us at Happy on the corner of Tory and Vivian streets, Tuesday 24 June, 8.00 pm. Admission to the screening is by koha.

*The Caracoles are physical spaces built by the Zapatistas to organise their autonomy – a bit like the seats of government or the parliaments of each Zapatista zone.

Links

Urgent Communique From the Zapatistas – Thursday 4 June, 2008

http://indymedia.org.nz/newswire/display/75539/index.php

More on the Zapatista movement:

http://www.ezln.org.mx (in Spanish)

http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/mexico.html

http://chiapas.indymedia.org

http://www.narconews.com