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The Capitalist World is a Walled Plantation – Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés

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The Capitalist World is a Walled Plantation
Words of Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés
Seminar “The Walls of Capital, the Cracks of the Left”
Cideci / Universidad de la Tierra Chiapas
Wednesday April 12, 2017

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Good evening, good afternoon, good morning, according to where you’re listening from.

Brothers, sisters, compañeros, compañeras:

What I’m going to talk about today is not what I believe, but rather what our great-grandfathers and grandfathers and great-grandmothers and grandmothers told us.

I talked with one of our great-grandfathers who says he’s 140 years old. According to my calculations he’s around 125 years old. You have to get very close to his ear for him to be able to hear what you ask him.

I spoke with about 20-some of them, of our great-grandfathers and great-grandmothers. We were asking them– the compañeros from the Clandestine Committee were there too–and it turns out that part of what SupGaleano was saying is exactly what they told us about.

For example, for the bricks that they used to make for the plantation owners—that is, the owners of the haciendas, the hacendados they call them, or the patrón—they had to fill large sacks with horse manure. Then they dried them, and after having dried the sacks of manure, they turned the manure into dust using a heavy club to beat the sacks. Then they mixed that with mud to make the adobe bricks with which they built the plantation owner’s house.

This great-grandfather said that he remembers that the work was organized by quota. Quota means that each one of them had to turn in a certain number of sacks. So each time there was fresh horse manure, they had to bring it,  with the water running down their backs. The point is that they had to turn in the number of sacks that the patrón demanded.

They learned how to make their own houses that way too, they used the same materials. They called it mud wall, mud construction is what it’s called. So, they learned to build this way, but their houses were much smaller, with just two rooms.

So, what I’m going to explain here further is where our ideas come from, as the Zapatistas we are—what we’re seeing and studying about how we are exploited today. In sum, I’m going to tell you this because this is what is going to help us to understand what happened before and what situation we’re in now, and what the future will hold.

Our grandfathers and great-grandfathers, great-grandmothers and grandmothers tell us that the patrón is the owner of the plantation,of  many plantations, many haciendas. All the plantation-owners have their managers [caporales], foremen [mayordomos], and overseers [capataces]: those three, well four with the patrón.

They tell us that there are plantations of fifteen thousand hectares, of twenty thousand and twenty-five thousand hectares. There are plantations with different kinds of work, and some plantations that only produce one thing, like coffee. There are others that produce coffee, livestock, corn, beans, sugar, and lots of different things.

They tell us, too, about the methods of exploitation. They tell us that there are plantation owners, landowners, who never paid them anything, and they gave their whole lives to work. Others tell us that Sunday was the only day they had for themselves; all the other days were for the patrón. Still others tell us that they worked one week for the patrón and one week for themselves. But that it was a trick, a swindle, they tell us, because that week our great-grandfathers and great-grandmothers supposedly had for themselves, whatever they harvested that week (whether it was beans, corn, or a few animals they were able pull together), when it came time to sell, they had to give half to the patrón and they kept the other half.

They tell us that when the patrón wants to see if his herd of animals is complete, they had to go and get them, herding the animals and putting them in the corral. They tell us that if one of the patrón’s animals was missing, they had to go look for it and bring it back, dead or alive. How did the patrón, that is, the landowner, require that they prove that it was dead? They had to bring back a piece of its hide so that the patrón would know for sure that his animal was dead. If they couldn’t find it, they had to keep looking until they found it, dead or alive.

When the patrón took the livestock to market, he organized the workers into groups who were responsible for so many heads of livestock. Whether it was ten or twenty people, men, they had so many heads of livestock that they had to transport. The patrón would count them before leaving and he count them again upon arrival at the destination where the animals were taken. Each person had to deliver all of their livestock; if they didn’t account for every single one, they would have to pay for it, or the person in charge of that group would.

They tell us that the corral, if the patrón so desires, is made of stone. If not, it’s made of wood carved with an axe. And they say that it had to be pure heartwood. That means that it’s the hardest part of the wood, so that it doesn’t rot later. The patrón wouldn’t accept softer wood, he would refuse it.

They also tell us that when it was time to take the pigs to market (not the patrón, the animal: the hogs) it was the same process as with the cattle. But there was a difference, say the grandfathers and the great-grandfathers. They say they had to transport the load at night, because the hogs get overheated during the day. So their flashlight, their light source, was a torch made of ocote wood.[i] They carried bundles of ocote as their lamp to walk by night. The same as with the cows, each person was responsible for a certain number of pigs. And if they wanted to advance by day, they had to carry water with them to wet the hogs down, that is, to cool them off so they didn’t suffer in the heat.

The women, the grandmothers and the great grandmothers, tell us that the patrón had his way of how he liked things done. For example, the grandmothers and great-grandmothers say that when the work was difficult, it was always the married women who had to do it. What was their job? To grind coffee, to grind salt in bulk. They tell us that the mothers went with their children to grind salt, with a flat stone for grinding, a metate. And the managers, foremen, and overseers were right there, as well as the patrón and his wife. The women had their babies on their backs but weren’t allowed to take care of them, even though they cried and cried, because the patrón was there watching and the women had to meet their quota. It wasn’t until the patrón or his wife decided to go use the bathroom that the mother would have a chance to breastfeed her child.

They tell us that the patrón would ask for only young women to attend to him in his plantation house, to do different jobs. But one of the patrón’s tricks was to choose a young woman and say, “You, I want you to go and make up my bedroom,” to make the bed. And when the young woman went into the room, the patrón would follow to rape her. So he chose them one by one. And they tell us too that he would grab them whenever he wanted to.

They tell us also about what I already mentioned, that they were there grinding the coffee, grinding the salt, and the pay that the patrón would give them was three pieces of beef, but from animals that were already dead. That was their payment.

They also tell us that the children were given work too. No one escaped it. They called them porteros, keepers, but not the keepers like in soccer, they just called the children that. The job of those six-year-old children was to grind the nixtamal [partially cooked maize] without lime; this was for the dogs, the pigs, and the chickens. Once that was done they had to carry water, usually in a barrel on their backs we are told. The barrel was made of wood in which they would make a hole, that is, they would perforate it. The barrel held between 18 and 20 liters, and this is what the children had to carry so the patrón could wash his hands, use it to bathe, or whatever he wanted. Once that was finished, the children had to go and carry wood. After they brought the wood, they were responsible for de-kerneling the corn.

The elders tell us also that once the men got old and couldn’t work in the fields, and the older women too…well, nobody was free from work. The older men would go look for a plant that we call “ixchte.” The men would scrape it until a kind of thread was formed. One group would do this part. Another group of older men would then make the thread into a kind of rope. Another group would be responsible for turning that into nets. That was the work of the old men. And the older women? One group would be responsible for unraveling cotton. Another group would turn the cotton into thread and another group would weave the thread into cloth. And then that little piece of cloth is what our great-grandfathers and great-grandmothers would later have to buy to use as clothes. They tell us that the clothes they wore were just to cover the most necessary parts, nothing else, not like we are dressed today.

They also told us about punishment. There were various kinds of punishment. One was that the patrón would have some corn mixed with beans, and he would throw it on the ground and tell you to separate the corn from the beans. And the patrón knew—the elders tell us—that you weren’t going to be able to do it, because he would give you a a time limit. He’s say: “I’m going to spit and in the time that it takes my saliva to dry is the time you have to separate the corn from the beans.” But how were you going to pull that off?

Since you couldn’t possibly do this, there close by the patrón would have gathered some little rocks together, prepared a little piece of ground with rocks. That’s where he would make you kneel because you couldn’t separate the beans from the corn. So you had to kneel there and you couldn’t get up until the patrón decided to let you. And if you got up, that meant you were not accepting your punishment. So you had to endure kneeling there and thats where the whip came in. I’m going to tell you exactly what the grandfathers told me. They said that whenever one of the patrón’s bulls died, he’d have the penis cut off the bull, dried, and that’s what he used to whip the workers. So while you’re kneeling there, the patrón would come whip you and you couldn’t get up because—this is what they tell us—if you got up it would be worse. But they tell us that you had to get up because of the pain from the whip and and the pain from your knees—that it was intolerable and you just had to get up.

But the moment you got up, there were the managers, the foremen, and the overseers to grab you and tie your hands and feet to the beams of the house until the patrón got tired of whipping you or until he realized that—as our grandfathers say—you were beaten senseless. In other words,  you had fainted or lost consciousness. That’s how he left you.

They tell us that all of the work that had to be done was by quota. There wasn’t any task that didn’t have a quota. And everything was under the watch of the managers, the foremen, and the overseers. They told us for example about the coffee fields. When it was time to harvest the coffee, everyone had a quota for how much coffee they had to turn in. The children who couldn’t pick coffee, who were too small to reach the coffee beans, their work was to pick up everything that fell on the ground. When it wasn’t  coffee harvest time, there was other work: one group had to clear the coffee field, that is, the vegetation and weeds; another group was responsible for what’s called “crating,” that is, they had to make a kind of crate for each coffee bush that would hold the composted fertilizer; another group had to tend to the coffee bush, because it gets growths on its trunk which had to be removed. Our grandparents and great grandparents tell us that you couldn’t do it with your hands; you had to burn a corncob—because when you burn a corncob it develops a sharp edge and that’s what you use to clean the trunk. And the overseer would go around checking to make sure it was good enough, and if it wasn’t, you had to start over. If not, then punishment.

They also tell us that another group had to prune the coffee; that there couldn’t be vines or vegetation climbing up the coffee plant. They say there was also a group for “de-shading,” as they call it. That is, if there were trees above the coffee plants, they had to cut them back to remove the shade, only as much as necessary the patrón would say.

They also say that on all the plantations then—and now, because there are still some today—there was always an ermita, as they call it, a chapel. When it was time to go pray, our great-grandparents couldn’t sit on the chairs and benches in the chapel. If they sat there they would be physically pushed off. And the priest would be there watching, but wouldn’t say anything. Only the patrón and other mestizos could sit there. If our great-grandparents wanted to sit down, well then it was on the floor.

In the cities, our great-grandfathers and great-grandmothers tell us, they weren’t allowed to go sell the little they had. They say that they were told that they made the city ugly. They weren’t allowed to go to the center city; what the mestizos would do was close off the entries to the city at the outskirts and either just take everything [the indigenous people] had brought if they felt like it, or pay whatever they wanted for it.

Our grandparents tell us that there were no highways at that time, just wagons pulled by horses. So when the patrón’s wife wanted to go to the plantation, she wouldn’t use the horse and wagon, because “an animal is an animal, it doesn’t think,” and there could be an accident with her on board. So what they had to do was send a group to the city in order to carry the patrón’s wife back. But they also had to bring back goods, so a group would go and they take turns carrying her back. When they arrived at the plantation, the patrón’s wife would be asked if anything had happened to her, and they would ask those who carried her if they had had any accidents. They had to do this all the way to the plantation and all the way back.

They told us many more things. For example, they showed us a cent, which is what they were paid at that time. They say that when the patrón started to actually pay them something, he paid them one cent a day. They showed us the coin. They also said that at some point they couldn’t put up with the mistreatment anymore. So they tried to organize themselves, to look for land where they could live. The patrones found out that they had fled the plantation and begin to investigate where they had gone. Our grandparents say that the patrones dressed up like soldiers and went themselves to evict, destroy, to burn down the little house that our great-grandparents were building where they wanted to live.

That’s what they told us happened. And that’s how they found out that the patrón was disguised as a soldier—because one of our grandfathers had worked on various plantations. They say that [the patrones dressed as soldiers] destroyed the little huts they had built, that they got everyone together who had fled to create a community and asked them, “who headed this up?” That’s what the soldiers said, “whose idea was this? If you don’t tell us who’s leading this, all of you will be punished.” And the people said “it was so-and-so,” the one who led the escape from the plantation and the search for where to live. So they [the patrones] said to that person: “you have to pay 50 pesos.” Our great-grandparents say that to come up with 50 pesos—at that time, because this great-grandfather is 140 years old, so we’re talking about 140 years ago—at that time it would take a year to come up with 50 pesos.

So they realized that it would be difficult for someone to choose to lead an attempt to flee the suffering. But they also told us that once they realized this, what they did was not name anyone, but rather say that it was the group. They began to rebuild…they found another piece of land and began to build their houses again, but this time, with all of them leading. Nothing more about who would lead. That is, they became a collective. That’s how they began to start a life somewhere else.

So, why are we telling you about this? We as Zapatistas see that today we are re-entering this same scenario. In capitalism there are no countries, that’s how we see it. Capitalism is going to turn the whole world into a plantation. It will break everything up, as it already is—what we call the country of Mexico, the country of Guatemala, but it will all be under a group of governing patrones. All those who say things about Peña Nieto’s government…no, no, we say, it’s not a government. Because the person in charge is no longer the person in charge. The capitalist patrón is in charge. What are referred to as the governments of Peña Nieto, of Guatemala, of El Salvador, and elsewhere are just the managers. The governors are the foremen. The municipal presidents are the overseers. All of them act in the service of capitalism.

We see then that it doesn’t take a lot of study to see how things are. For example, this new law on structure, the new structural law that was passed here in Mexico: we don’t think this law was made by congressional representatives and senators. We don’t buy it. That law was mandated by the patrón: capitalism. They are the ones who want to do again what their own great-great-grandparents did. But now it’s even worse.

That’s why we are beginning with this topic. We are talking about, for example, Absalón Castellanos Domínguez, the ex-general, who had plantations here in Chiapas and had or has a plantation in Oaxaca. We’re talking about 5,000, 10,000 hectares. Here, in today’s capitalism, the capitalist patrón says: I’m going to my plantation Mexico, I’m going to my plantation Guatemala, I’m going to my planation Haiti, I’m going to my plantation Costa Rica… all of the capitalist underdeveloped countries are going to be plantations.

This means that the governing patrón, capitalism, is going to turn the entire world into its plantation, that is, if we allow it. Our question there as Zapatistas is: why do they—the capitalists—change their mode of exploitation? And why don’t we change our form of struggle to save ourselves from that?

That’s why I’ve been telling you about what our great-grandparents did, where we indigenous come from. They said that they made a mistake when they said “so-and-so led us.” But they didn’t give up. They searched for a way to continue struggling, for a way to escape from the patrón and they said, “nobody led us,” “we are all of us.”

So, why all of us now? Because under capitalism today, it is not only we indigenous who are suffering in the world. Now we are suffering in the countryside and the city, that is, indigenous and non-indigenous. So, what are we going to do?

We Zapatistas who live here in the shit of capitalism, we are still fighting, still struggling, and we will continue to struggle… small as we are, but we are showing—just like our great-grandparents taught us—that there is a way. We have our small freedom. We still have to liberate Mexico. But now we say, how will we liberate the world?

Here in this little piece of the world, in Chiapas, the compañeros and compañeras have their freedom, the freedom to do whatever they want to do. They have in their hands what it means to be autonomous, independent. So how are we all going to do it? What are we going to do? Because now we are seeing that the whole world is going to be turned into the capitalists’ plantation.

So then, look at this reality, think about it, analyze it. See how it works where you live, where you are; see if you are also living in the shit of capitalism and what to do about it. Because this is what capitalism is doing now.

Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano is going to continue.


[i] The wood of the ocote pine tree can be used as a light source as it catches fire at the stroke of a match and burns steadily.

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(Español) Inicia el registro al seminario “Los muros del capital, las grietas de la izquierda”

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Chiapas, México. 10 de abril. En las redes sociales del Blog de la Comisión Sexta del EZLN, se informó este día que el registro al seminario de reflexión crítica “LOS MUROS DEL CAPITAL, LAS GRIETAS DE LA IZQUIERDA”, será a partir del martes 11 de abril de 2017 a las 10:00 horas, en las instalaciones del CIDECI-Unitierra, en San Cristóbal de las Casas. El encuentro se dará en el contexto de la campaña mundial: “Frente a los muros del Capital: la resistencia, la rebeldía, la solidaridad y el apoyo de abajo y a la izquierda”, convocada por las y los rebeldes chiapanecos, levantados en armas en enero de 1994.

La campaña internacional Frente a los Muros del Capital, tiene el objetivo de “llamar a la organización y la resistencia mundial, frente a la agresividad de los grandes dineros y sus respectivos capataces en el planeta, y que aterroriza ya a millones de personas en todo el mundo”, comunicaron los indígenas zapatistas el pasado 14 de febrero en su página oficial. “Llamamos a organizarse con autonomía, a resistir y rebelarse contra las persecuciones, detenciones y deportaciones. Si alguien se tiene que ir, que sean ellos, los de arriba”, argumentaron las y los rebeldes chiapanecos con respecto a las deportaciones masivas de migrantes a nivel mundial. “Cada ser humano tiene derecho a una existencia libre y digna en el lugar que mejor le parezca, y tiene el derecho a luchar para seguir ahí”, agregaron.

“Hay que organizarse. Hay que resistir. Hay que decir “NO” a las persecuciones, a las expulsiones, a las cárceles, a los muros, a las fronteras. Y hay que decir “NO” a los malos gobiernos nacionales que han sido y son cómplices de esa política de terror, destrucción y muerte. De arriba no vendrán las soluciones, porque ahí se parieron los problemas”, expusieron los neozapatistas, en un clima de constantes manifestaciones de inconformidad que se han dado en México, con la administración de Peña Nieto y Donald Trump, en la unión americana.

Las y los ponentes al seminario de reflexión crítica “LOS MUROS DEL CAPITAL, LAS GRIETAS DE LA IZQUIERDA” a celebrarse los días del 12 al 15 de abril del 2017, en las instalaciones del CIDECI-UniTierra, serán: Don Pablo González Casanova; Carlos Aguirre Rojas; María de Jesús Patricio Martínez (CNI); Arturo Anguiano; Paulina Fernández C; Sergio Rodríguez Lascano; Alicia Castellanos; Christian Chávez (CNI); Magdalena Gómez; Carlos González (CNI); Gilberto López y Rivas; Luis Hernández Navarro y la Comisión Sexta del EZLN.

COMUNICADO: LOS MUROS ARRIBA, LAS GRIETAS ABAJO (Y A LA IZQUIERDA).

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CNI-EZLN

Convocation to the Constitutive Assembly of the Indigenous Governing Council for Mexico


Convocation to the Constitutive Assembly of the Indigenous Governing Council for Mexico

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS CONGRESS

CONVOCATION

Given the decision made in the second phase of the Fifth National Indigenous Congress December 29, 30, and 31, 2016 and January 1, 2017, during which it was agreed:

FIRST: “…to name an Indigenous Governing Council with men and women representatives from each one of the peoples, tribes, and nations that make up the CNI. This council proposes to govern the country. It will have an indigenous woman from the CNI as its spokesperson, which is to say, a woman of indigenous blood who knows her culture. This indigenous woman spokesperson from the CNI will be an independent candidate for the presidency of Mexico in the 2018 elections.”

SECOND: “…[to call] on the originary peoples of this country, the collectives of the Sixth, workers, coalitions and committees who struggle in the countryside and the city, students, intellectuals, artists, scientists, the elements of civil society that are not organized, as well as all good-hearted people to close ranks and go on the offensive. We call on you to dismantle the power of above and to reconstitute ourselves now from below and to the left, not only as peoples but as a country, to come together in a single organization where dignity will be our final word and our first action. We call on all of you to organize with us to stop this war, and to not be afraid to sow our seeds and build ourselves upon the ruins left by capitalism.”

THIRD: “…[to convoke] a constituent assembly of the Indigenous Governing Council for Mexico in the month of May 2017…to make the earth tremble at its core, to overcome fear and recuperate what belongs to humanity, what belongs to the earth, and what belongs to the peoples, to recuperate the territories that have been invaded or destroyed, for the disappeared of this country, for the freedom of all political prisoners, for truth and justice for all of those who have been murdered, for the dignity of the countryside and the city…making dignity the epicenter of a new world.”
We have agreed to convoke the authorities, representatives, delegates, and councilpersons named by the indigenous peoples, nations, tribes, barrios, communities, and organizations that participate in the CNI to celebrate the:

CONSTITUTIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE INDIGENOUS GOVERNING COUNCIL FOR MEXICO

To be held May 26, 27, and 28 of 2017 at the facilities of the Indigenous Center for Integral Learning (CIDECI-UNITIERRA) in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Zapatista territory, in accordance with the following schedule:

PROGRAM (Continuar leyendo…)

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Instituto Autónomo Rubén Jaramillo

(Español) Convocatoria a los pueblos de Morelos y sus cercanías al Encuentro-Discusión sobre la propuesta del CNI

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A LOS PUEBLOS, COMUNIDADES, ORGANIZACIONES Y PERSONAS DEL ESTADO DE MORELOS Y SUS CERCANÍAS:

La palabra de los pueblos hizo retemblar la tierra, convocada/invocada por vientos del sureste. Las voces de la tierra hablan, preguntan, crean. Quienes queremos escuchar y acompañar, nos preguntamos también a nuestro modo. Sabemos que en las preguntas compartidas se bordan horizontes, caminos, en el paisaje del silencio. Para entrecruzar los colores de esos hilos caminados y por caminar, es que invitamos a este ENCUENTRO-DISCUSIÓN EN TORNO A LA PROPUESTA POLÍTICA DEL CONGRESO NACIONAL INDÍGENA respecto a la formación de un Concejo Indígena de Gobierno para nuestro país, y la propuesta de una Vocera Indígena que lo represente en la coyuntura política de 2018.

¿Qué significa para nosotr@s, para el país y más allá, en nuestro contexto histórico y en los tiempos que corren? ¿Cómo dimensionamos las tareas, en una perspectiva histórica y de largo plazo? ¿En qué condiciones toca hacerlo?

Es para explorar en conjunto esas y otras preguntas, que estamos convocando, hermanas, hermanos, hermanxs, a reunirnos en un conversatorio que además es HOMENAJE AL GENERAL EMILIANO ZAPATA SALAZAR EN SU 98 ANIVERSARIO LUCTUOSO, y conmemoración del CENTENARIO DEL MAYOR FÉLIX SERDÁN NÁJERA, Hermano Mayor, gran caminador y preguntón, compañero, guía y ejemplo.

La cita es en el Instituto Cultural Rubén Jaramillo, domicilio conocido en la Colonia Azuchilera, en Tehuixtla, Morelos, los días 8 y 9 de abril de 2017, a partir de las 10 horas del sábado 8. L@s organizador@s proveeremos alimentación y hospedaje en caso necesario, y desde luego será bienvenido el itacate y/o aportaciones para la “compartición”, y la previsión de llevar sleeping bags, colchonetas, cobijas etc., para reforzar la logística.

La agenda de discusión es abierta a partir de las preguntas expresadas arriba, y la organización pormenorizada del conversatorio se implementará al iniciarse el mismo.

Favor de confirmar asistencia detalladamente al correo encuentromayorfelix@gmail.com

Vaya y vuele este avioncito de papel amate, con el viento rebelde, abriendo grietas de abajo y a la izquierda.

Invitan Fraternalmente:

FAMILIARES DEL MAYOR HONORARIO FÉLIX SERDÁN NÁJERA

INSTITUTO CULTURAL RUBÉN JARAMILLO

Tehuixtla, Morelos; marzo de 2017.

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La Sexta Ejido Bachajón

(Español) Libre Emilio Jiménez, defensor y ejidatario de Bachajón, Chiapas

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EN EJIDO SAN SEBASTIAN BACHAJON ADERENTES A LA SEXTA DECLARACION DE LA SELVA LACANDONA. CHIAPAS, MEXICO. A 18 MARZO 2016.

A la Comandancia General Comité Clandestino Revolucionario Indígena del Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional.

A las Juntas de Buen Gobierno

Al Congreso Nacional Indígena

A l@s compañer@s adherentes a la Sexta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona de México y el Mundo

A los medios de comunicación masivos e alternativos

A la Red contra la Represión y por la Solidaridad

Al Movimiento de Justicia por el Barrio de Nueva York

A los defensores de derechos humanos nacional e internacional

Al pueblo de México y el mundo

Jmololabex ants winiketik icha spatil a wotanik ta pisilik machatik nokol skoltabel te lum kinalik te yuun ta skuenta te nokol spojbel te chopol ajwalil.

Compañeros y compañeras, reciban nuestros saludos combativos de parte de los adherentes a la Sexta Declaración del ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, Chiapas.

En este medio compartimos con ustedes y damos a conocer la libertad de nuestro compañero adherente a la sexta que salió libre el día 16 de marzo del presente año, nuestro compañero Emilio Jiménez Gómez que se encontraba preso en Playas de Catazaja, Chiapas (CERSS #17) hoy en día ya se encuentra con sus familiares y en medio de todos nosotros, a pesar de que se vulneraron sus derechos aun así estuvo años en prisión, secuestrado por el mal gobierno dentro de un muro, hasta hoy obtiene su libertad.

En nuestras voces exigiendo su libertad y las voces de otras organizaciones, quienes participaron, apoyaron, creyeron y lucharon con nosotros por cambiar el mundo, el futuro de nuestros hijos.

Estamos resistiendo y luchando juntos para decir ya basta, para demostrar que no somos cómplices de un sistema que encarcela al pobre, donde por alzar la voz somos atacados, somos mandados a la cárcel, por no querer ser partícipes de un negocio corrupto, al que vende nuestras tierras a empresas privaras para hacerse millonario, por eso estamos construyendo nuestra autonomía, solidarizándose en el camino de la lucha para que nadie nos juzgue y ni sean juzgados, siempre buscando un futuro en libertad.

Vamos a seguir luchando y le decimos a este gobierno capitalista represor que no tenemos miedo, nunca vamos a agachar la cabeza, nunca vamos a callarnos, ni hoy ni mañana vamos a dejar de exigir libertad a nuestros compañeros que aún están secuestrados por el estado, Esteban Gómez Jiménez preso en San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, (CERSS #5) y Santiago Moreno Pérez, preso en Playas de Catazaja, Chiapas (CERSS #17) que fueron detenidos de manera arbitraria, por el hecho de defender nuestros recursos naturales, por tener el compromiso de luchar en contra de las malas acciones del mal gobierno, eso fue el delito que cometieron, por alzar la voz y defender la vida y el territorio

Nuestra lucha lo vamos a mantener en pie, no vamos a rendirnos porque el camino a la justicia para el pueblo es larga y más que nunca hoy necesitamos fortalecer nuestra solidaridad y nuestras luchas.

Desde la zona norte del estado de Chiapas las mujeres y hombres de San Sebastián Bachajón enviamos saludos combativos a todos los compañeros y compañeras, comunidades y pueblos de México y del mundo que están en la lucha y resistencia contra los malos gobernantes.

Nunca más un México sin nosotros

Tierra y libertad

¡Zapata vive!

¡Hasta la victoria siempre!

Presos políticos ¡libertad!

¡Juan Vázquez guzmán vive, la lucha de Bachajón sigue!

¡Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano vive, la lucha de Bachajón sigue!

¡No al despojo de los territorios indígenas!

¡Fuera los policías estatales de nuestro territorio indígena!

¡Presentación inmediata a los compañeros desaparecidos y asesinados de la Normal Raúl Isidro Burgos de Ayotzinapa!

¡Viva la digna lucha de los compañeros y compañeras choles del ejido tila!

Viva la digna lucha de los compañeros y compañeras de San Francisco Xochicuautla!

¡Vivan los pueblos que luchan por su autonomía y libertad!

¡JUSTICIA PARA NUESTRO COMPAÑERO JUAN VAZQUEZ GUZMAN, AYOTZINAPA, ACTEAL, ABC, ATENCO!

 

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Regeneración Radio

(Español) Desmantelan la cabina de Regeneración Radio

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El pasado martes 7 de marzo, nos percatamos de que nuestra cabina de radio fue abierta por la fuerza. Al ingresar, lo primero que vimos fue la ausencia de nuestro equipo: micrófonos, cables, consolas, ecualizadores de audio, computadoras con el acervo de Regeneración Radio -entre otras cosas- fueron extraídos de nuestro centro de trabajo. Llama la atención que de una casa completa, solo el espacio radiofónico fue afectado.

Estos acontecimientos se dan en un clima de violaciones al derecho a la comunicación, agresiones a la prensa y ataques constantes a los proyectos ubicados en la CDMX, en donde la consigna es exterminar a todo aquel que pretenda construir desde el aspecto político, social y cultural; desde abajo y a la izquierda.

ANTECEDENTES: No es la primera vez que recibimos un ataque. Es preciso recordar que el 21 de septiembre de 2015 nuestra anterior cabina fue completamente destruida por un grupo porril en la UNAM, aunado a las agresiones físicas, amenazas de muerte y el intento de asesinato a uno de nuestros integrantes. Aquella vez logramos reconstruirnos y reinventarnos en un nuevo sitio.

(Continuar leyendo…)

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Radio Zapatista

(Español) Un encuentro de mujeres “Abajo a la izquierda… desde adentro y con todo el corazón”

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San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas.
9 de marzo, 2017.

Por: Concepción Suárez Aguilar (para Radio Zapatista)

Abajo a la izquierda… desde adentro y con todo el corazón
¡Tenemos derecho a la tierra, tenemos derecho a decidir!

Rostros varios, ojos limpios, voces fuertes, mujeres indígenas y no indígenas reunidas en asamblea del Movimiento en Defensa de Tierra y Territorio y por el Reconocimiento a la Participación de las Mujeres en la Toma de Decisiones, este 6 y 7 de marzo en las instalaciones de CIDECI Las Casas, abrimos nuestros corazones, compartimos nuestras rabias frente al despojo, el que viene de los proyectos neoextractivistas, pero también el que viene de los hombres del campo y la ciudad.

(Continuar leyendo…)

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Congreso Nacional Indígena

Communique from the National Indigenous Congress

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Communique from the National Indigenous Congress

March 9, 2017

To the national and international Sixth
To the free media
To civil society in general

Compañeros, compañeras, as our peoples continue to organize ourselves, each in our own ways and forms, analyzing and making agreements in order to form a Concejo Indígena de Gobierno [Indigenous Council of Government], the war against our peoples doesn’t stop. The three levels of bad government continue to act against our mother earth, our peoples, and our autonomous organizations through plunder and repression.

In the state of Oaxaca

We denounce and condemn with outrage the events in the community of San Francisco del Mar in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region, Oaxaca, where violent actions were carried out, including the use of firearms, in order to try to impose approval of wind power projects that would dispossess the community of a good part of their common use lands and seriously affect the rich and delicate ecosystem there.

These events unfolded during the assembly of the comisariado de bienes comunales [communal resources or the commons] of San Francisco del Mar which was convoked to discuss authorization of the use of over 15,000 hectares for shrimping projects in Pueblo Viejo in the zone known as bocabarra. Various speakers expressed their opposition to the authorization, giving evidence that its true purpose was for wind power projects. They explained that bocabarra is a vital area for thousands of fishermen, that approval of the project would remove their source of livelihood, and that such an important decision required the participation and decision of the whole population.

Bocabarra is part of the Isthmus lagoon system and a vitally important area for its role as a key fishing zone and for its sacred and spiritual sites. In this part of the region, fishing provides the most important source of economic livelihood and food for the population. It is also a highly coveted zone for wind power companies because of its powerful winds, and there has already been an attempt by Mareña Renovables to construct a wind power plant in the Barra of Santa Teresa which provoked large mobilizations in opposition from the surrounding communities.

It is necessary to add that what happened in San Francisco del Mar is not an isolated event but rather a comprehensive plan of plunder and dispossession to be applied to the territories of the communities of the Isthmus in order to allow the imposition of megaprojects in the region via the Special Economic Zone of the Tehuantepec Isthmus [ZEE by its Spanish acronym] which undergirds this second phase of wind power development.

In the state of Michoacán

On February 24, in the community of Calzonzin, the bad government of the state of Michoacán in complicity with the federal government savagely repressed the P’urhépecha people of Caltzontzin who were protesting in defense of their right to restitution of communal territory.

That day the repressive forces of the Mexican State laid siege to the community of Caltzontzin, not allowing anyone to enter or exit, and then proceeded to launch tear gas bombs from a helicopter over the community and invaded community territory to arbitrarily arrest 17 community members, of which 13 are still being held and one of which is mentally disabled. At the same time, they entered various homes in the community without search warrants, destroying what they found and violating human rights in their mission to defend the privileges of the transnational railroad company Kansas City Southern.

We demand the immediate release of the political prisoners of the originary peoples of Michoacán, in particular the 13 community members detained in Caltzontzin whose only crime is the defense of communal property, of dignity, and of life for their communities and for future generations.

On the coast, the Nahua community of Santa María Ostula is under attack by criminal organizations which have penetrated the territory to the southeast of the municipality of Aquila and, through death and looting, attempt to dismantle the community’s autonomous organization and community security in order to bring back to the area terror and the extraction and exploitation of natural resources and communal lands.

On February 5 of this year, five community police from San Pedro Naranjestil, to the south of the municipality of Aquila affiliated with the municipal police, were kidnapped by members of the Marines who later turned them over to the organized crime groups led by Jesús Cruz Virrueta (alias Chuy Playas), Fernando Cruz Mendoza (alias El Tena), José María Cruz (alias el Tunco), Federico González Medina (alias Lico) and Mario Álvarez López (alias El Chacal). This act has been followed by actions impeding operations by the self defense groups of the Aquila, Chinicuila, and Coahuayana municipalities to detain members of organized crime.

To the former we must add the frequent instances in which the armed forces of the bad government have acted in coordination with criminal gangs against the indigenous community of Santa María Ostula, which has contributed to the collective grief and the demand for justice for the 34 community members who were murdered and the 5 who are disappeared.

In the state of Querétaro

The bad government is unjustly holding prisoner the indigenous Ñhañhú compañero Raymundo Pascual García, of San Ildefonso, Amealco, Querétaro, who was detained along with other compañeros for participating with his community in the protests against the gas hikes. We also denounce the continued plunder of the lands of the Fundo Legal of the Galeras and La Peñuela communities in the municipality of Colón though the corrupt actions of the bad governments and political parties.

As a consequence, the peoples, nations, and tribes who make up the National Indigenous Congress declare that:

  1. We hold the municipal president and the commissioner of the bienes comunales of San Francisco del Mar responsible for the violent acts in Ikoot territory and the attempt at land dispossession. We denounce the complicity between well known state and federal authorities and politicians and we demand clarification of the events and punishment of those responsible for the shots fired during the assembly. We demand respect for the legitimate right of the people of San Francisco del Mar to determine the destiny of their lands and natural resources.
  2. We demand that the autonomy and communitarian organization of Santa María Ostula be respected. We demand the arrest of Jesús Cruz Virrueta (alias Chuy Playas), Fernando Cruz Mendoza (alias El Tena), José María Cruz (alias el Tunco), Federico González Medina (alias Lico), and Mario Álvarez López (alias El Chacal), the dismantling of the political and economic structure that sustains them, the punishment of the soldiers and politicians responsible for the murder of the child Hidelberto Reyes Garcia and all of the murdered community members, the cancellation of arrest warrants for the [community police] commanders in Ostula and the Sierra Costa region, the return of the disappeared, and absolute respect for the communal territory of Ostula.
  3. We demand immediate and absolute freedom for the compañero Raymundo Pascual García from San Ildefonso, Amealco, Querétaro, who was detained for protesting with his community against the gas hikes imposed by the bad government, a halt to land dispossession in the communities of Galeras and La Peñuela in the municipality of Colón, Querétaro, and punishment of those responsible for the unjust imprisonment of over 3 years of the Ñhañhu indigenous compañeras of Amealco, Querétaro, Jacinta Francisco Marcial, Alberta Alcántara Juan and Teresa González.

We say to our brothers and sisters of the Ikoot, P´urhépecha, Nahua and Ñhañu peoples in these regions and the rest of the country who everyday sustain our hope, rebellion, and dignity with their struggle: you are not alone. In the colors, tongues, and geographies that make up the CNI, we are you; your yearning for justice is ours, your pain is ours, and your demand, which brings into bloom the birth of another world, is our heart and our unwavering certainty.

Until dignity becomes tradition

Freedom for all of the political prisoners
Return of the disappeared
Justice for San Francisco del Mar
Justice for Calzonzin
Justice for Santa María Ostula
Justice for the Ñhañu people of Querétaro

Attentively,

For the Full Reconstitution of Our Peoples
Never Again a Mexico Without Us
March 2017

National Indigenous Congress

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Ké Huelga Radio

(Español) Convocatoria a mitín popular contra el despojo de las inmobiliarias en CDMX

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A un año de la lucha en defensa del agua en Av Aztecas 215

Mitin popular contra el despojo de las inmobiliarias

La actividad se realizará este viernes 24 de febrero de 2 a 5 pm en las oficinas de la inmobiliaria ecocida quiero casa que se encuentra en Av Ejército Nacional 425, Col. Granada, cerca del metro Polanco.

!Fuera Quiero Casa!

!Alto al estado inmobiliario!

Promo invitación:

(Sigue este link para escuchar el promo)

Convocan: Asamblea General de los Pueblos, Barrios, Colonias y Pedregales de Coyoacán.

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Comunidad Indígena de Santa María Ostula

(Español) Comunicado de la comunidad indígena de Santa María Ostula

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COMUNICADO DE LA COMUNIDAD INDÍGENA DE SANTA MARÍA OSTULA, AQUILA, MICHOACAN

17 DE FEBRERO DE 2017

AL CONGRESO NACIONAL INDÍGENA
AL EJÉRCITO ZAPATISTA DE LIBERACIÓN NACIONAL
A LOS MEDIOS LIBRES
A LOS MEDIOS NACIONALES E INTERNACIONALES
A LOS COLECTIVOS Y ORGANIZACIONES

Durante años hemos denunciado la complicidad que las fuerzas armadas represivas del mal gobierno han sostenido con el crimen en la Sierra-Costa de Michoacán.

En mayo de 2010 alrededor de mil elementos federales entre marinos, ejército, policía federal y hasta agentes estadounidenses catearon casas de la comunidad en busca de armas para dejar libre el camino a un grupo de 150 narcoparamilitares que en plena luz del día ingresaron a la comunidad para tratar de secuestrar e intimidar a los comuneros.

En diciembre de 2011, pese a estar cercanos al sitio donde emboscaron al compañero Trinidad de la Cruz Crisóstomo (Don Trino) y a un grupo de observadores y periodistas
que lo acompañaban, la Marina fue omisa a los disparos de arma de fuego realizados por los sicarios que perpetraron el ataque, siendo cómplices de la tortura y asesinato del compañero, a lo que siguió el saqueo de minerales, maderas preciosas y narcotráfico que sometió a la comunidad en dos años de terror.

En junio 2015, las fuerzas armadas del mal gobierno, intentando detener la resistencia de la comunidad y así abrir campo a la delincuencia organizada, asesinaron al niño Hidelberto Reyes García, cuando dispararon en contra de los comuneros de Ostula, mientras se realizaba una protesta pacífica por la detención del comandante de la policía comunitaria Cemeí Verdía Zepeda.

El pasado 5 de febrero cinco compañeros, policías comunitarios de San Pedro Naranjestil, municipio de Aquila, fueron secuestrados por elementos de la Secretaría de Marina, quienes después los entregaron a los grupos delictivos encabezados por Jesús Cruz Virrueta (alias Chuy Playas), Fernando Cruz Mendoza (alias El Tena), José María Cruz (alias el Tunco), Federico González Medina (alias Lico) y Mario Álvarez López (alias El Chacal), así como los dos comunitarios que posteriormente fueron retenidos en el proceso de negociación.

Como se anunció en el comunicado fechado el 8 de febrero, fueron liberados, pero la comunidad desconoce las condiciones y acuerdos a los que se haya llegado con los delincuentes. Denunciamos que no han sido detenidos ninguno de los responsables materiales e intelectuales de este nuevo atentado, ni ha sido esclarecido el vínculo y la complicidad entre estos y los elementos de la Secretaría de Marina.

Por lo anterior la comunidad de Ostula mantendrá un bloqueo en la carretera federal 200, mientras no se cumplan las siguientes exigencias:

1. Que se realice de manera urgente un operativo dirigido a la detención de los líderes templarios Jesús Cruz Virrueta (alias Chuy Playas), Fernando Cruz Mendoza (alias El Tena), José María Cruz (alias el Tunco), Federico González Medina (alias Lico) y Mario Álvarez López (alias El Chacal), así como la desarticulación verdadera de dicho cártel y de su estructura política y económica.

2. Cancelación de las órdenes de aprehensión que existen en contra de integrantes de nuestra guardia comunal y de los otros grupos de policías comunitarios de la región
Sierra-Costa.

3. Desmilitarización de la región de la Sierra-Costa de Michoacán, el castigo de los mandos y de los integrantes de las corporaciones militares y policiacas que asesinaron al niño Hidelberto Reyes García, hirieron y golpearon a diversos comuneros y destruyeron los bienes de la comunidad de Ostula, así como la reparación de los daños causados a los bienes de la comunidad y la devolución de los siguientes artículos: cuatro radios de comunicación, el sello e identificaciones del consejo de vigilancia, una pistola con
registro y cuatro juegos de llaves.

4. El respeto y otorgamiento de garantías para la operación y funcionamiento de la policía comunitaria de los municipios de Aquila, Coahuayana, Chinicuila y Coalcomán.

5. Presentación con vida de los 6 comuneros desaparecidos y el castigo a los autores intelectuales y materiales del asesinato de 34 comuneros pertenecientes la comunidad de Ostula a lo largo de los últimos ocho años.

6. Alto a la desinformación y la creación de grupos de choque en el pueblo nahua.

7. Respeto al territorio comunal de Santa María Ostula y solución integral al conflicto agrario con pequeños propietarios de La Placita.

8. Que se resuelva favorablemente la solicitud del presidente municipal de Aquila respecto a la instalación de una Base de Operaciones Mixtas en la localidad de Huahua, ubicada al sureste del municipio y que esté articulada en torno a la policía municipal de Aquila.

Pedimos a la sociedad civil nacional e internacional, así como a los organismos internacionales, a estar atentos a lo que pase en la región y a no permitir un nuevo asesinato, un nuevo secuestro, un nuevo despojo en contra de las comunidades de la región. Apoyos y donativos para la continuación de la lucha de la comunidad indígena de Santa María Ostula:

Cuenta de Banco Número: 813411733
CLABE: 062090008134117330
Banco Afirme
A nombre de Diego Domínguez Mercado

Para apoyos en especie solicitamos estar al pendiente de los puntos de acopio que se establezcan con los equipos de apoyo a la comunidad (Ciudad de México y Guadalajara) o con colectivos y organizaciones solidarias.

A T E N T A M E N T E
COMUNIDAD INDÍGENA DE SANTA MARÍA OSTULA
“NOSOTROS LUCHAMOS POR LA VIDA Y LA PAZ, NO LUCHAMOS POR EL PODER Y MENOS POR LA MUERTE”
“NUNCA MAS, UN MÉXICO SIN NOSOTROS”

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