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Protest opposite Mexican Embassy, Featherston Street, Wellington, 12.30 pm Tuesday 8 June

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 8, 2010 by floweroftheword

The Wellington Zapatista Support Group unveiled an altar opposite the Mexican Embassy at 12.30pm Tuseday 08 June to commemorate some of those murdered by paramilitaries in the San Juan Copala autonomous community in Oaxaca, Mexico in recent months, and to demand that the Mexican Government give save passage to the international humanitarian caravan that will again attempt to break the siege and deliver essential aid to the members of the community.

The blockade of San Juan Copala and the attack on the caravan delivering aid in April which resulted in the deaths of a Mexican and a Finnish human rights defender, bear an ominous resemblance to the recent Israeli attack on international groups attempting to deliver aid to a besieged Gaza.

Condemnations of both the blockade and the attack on an aid delivery to San Juan Copala have been made by the European Parliament, Amnesty International and scores of social groups and movements, to no avail.

A large international caravan of human rights observers and organisations, journalists, solidarity activists, and aid agencies is today on its way to San Juan Copala, and will attempt to break the blockade and deliver essential food, clothing and medicines within the next 24 hours.

In addition to unveiling the altar and handing out information, the Wellington Zapatista Support Group presented a letter to the Mexican Government, care of Mexican Embassy personnel, demanding:

  • the Mexican Federal and Oaxaca State Government ensure the safe passage of the humanitarian caravan delivering aid to the besieged autonomous community of San Juan Copala;
  • both governments take immediate action to protect the residents of San Juan Copola, and ensure that they have access to adequate supplies of food and water; as well as all necessary health care;
  • an end to the siege of the community by the UBISORT armed paramilitary group, so that residents can move freely, communicate with the outside world and receive visits from humanitarian missions without fear of attack or reprisal;
  • an independent investigation into the deaths of José Celestino Hernández Cruz, Alberta Cariño, known as Beatriz or Bety, Jyri Antero Jaakkola, Alejandro Ramirez, and Cleriberta Castro, with the results made public and those responsible brought to justice;
  • the federal authorities prevent human rights abuses committed by members of UBISORT against local residents, and investigate the group’s links to members of the PRI, the governing party in Oaxaca, and bring all those implicated in human rights abuses to justice.

You can download a pdf copier of the flier given out at the protest here: 8Junflierweb.pdf

Please feel free to copy and distribute this information!

Film Screening and Raffle Draw – Friday 3 July

Posted in Announcement, Event with tags , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2009 by floweroftheword
A Big Noise Film

A Big Noise Film

Wellington Zapatista Solidarity and the Latin American Solidarity Committee proudly present

A screening of ‘The Fourth World War’ (2004, 75 minutes) and Raffle Draw

Friday 3rd July, 6-8pm

Newtown Community Hall, Daniell St, Newtown, Wellington

All proceeds go to the Latin America Solidarity Committee

The Wellington Zapatista Solidarity Committee and Latin America Solidarity Committee are organizing a raffle draw and film screening to raise funds for the people of Atenco, to aid them in their ongoing legal battle for the release of citizens wrongly imprisoned since 3 May 2006.

The screening will take place at the Newtown Community Hall on Daniell St on Friday 3rd of July, 6-8pm. The prize for the raffle will be a $50 voucher for Flying Burrito Brothers restaurant on Cuba Street.

The Fourth World is a documentary about the struggles of men and women around the world resisting global conflict across five continents. Shot on the front lines of struggles spanning five continents, this film is the untold story of men and women who resist being annihilated in the current global conflict. While our airwaves are crowded with a talk of a new world war, narrated by generals and filmed from the noses of bombs, the human face of war is rarely seen. The Fourth World War weaves together the images and voices of the war on the ground – from the front line struggles in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, Korea, ‘the North’ from Seattle to Geneva and the “War on terror” in New York and Iraq.

This is not about some distant foreign people dealing with equally distant and foreign problems; it’s about struggle and oppression, which can happen anywhere that people try to protect land and resources from the powers that be.

Raffle tickets ($2 for one ticket, $5 for three) will be available for purchase on the night.

For more information please email zapatistasolidarity(at)

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