International Statement of Solidarity with the Zapatista Bases of Support
September 15, 2014
“… Our efforts are for peace, their efforts are for war.”
–Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano, EZLN
To the Zapatista support bases
To the Five Autonomous Caracoles
To the good government councils
To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
To the Sixth
To the students of the Zapatista Little School all over the world
From the corners of below and and to the left across the, we have heard of armed attacks that were carried out July 25, 26, 30 July and August 1, 6 and 14 of this current year, perpetrated by members of the ORCAO against our comrades of the Zapatistas BAEZLN El Rosario e Egipto from Caracol III, Resistance Towards a New Dawn, La Garrucha.
Children, women, elders and men “were removed at dawn to seek refuge on the other Zapatista village, leaving everything, they just took what they were wearing. That’s how they avoided not being slaughtered, killed like in Actael. ”
Members ORCOA left two bulls cruelly wounded and dead, five houses cut, 7 zons of corn and 130 kilos of corn grains stolen.
The paramilitaries are funded and organized by neoliberal capitalism through the three levels of bad government, the supreme paramilitary Enrique Peña Nieto and Manuel Velasco Coello. They are the ones who continue moving out, displacing, suppressing and despising our Zapatista brothers and sisters.
This counterinsurgency tactic is part of a low intensity war that is how the bad government responds toward the construction of Zapatista autonomy.
The response from the Zapatistas towards the war of death the bad government wages is resistance, autonomy, justice, peace – not revenge. That is how the Zapatista communities have avoided falling for the provocations, enduring the paramilitary attacks while still building autonomy peacefully.
As the Sixth and alumnxs of the Zapatista Little School we remain committed to continue the path left before us by marching in dignity with the Zapatista rebellion. From below and to the left in each of our geographies: we will not be silenced. We will not give up. We will not surrender.
The low intensity war is intensifying, putting in more risk the safety, physical and psychological integrity of our brothers and sisters Zapatistas that today live again.
We demand justice and the immediate cessation of violence against BAEZLN. We find responsible and guilty of these aggressions such as the murder of our comrade and teacher Jose Luis Solís “Galeano,” the federal paramilitary Enrique Peña Nieto, the paramilitary, and the local foreman Manuel Velasco Coello.
IF THEY TOUCH ONE OF THE ZAPATISTAS THEY TOUCH ALL OF US!
IMMEDIATE STOP TO THE AGGRESSIONS ON THE ZAPATISTA SUPPORT BASES!
THE ZAPATISTAS ARE NOT ALONE!
LONG LIVE THE AUTONOMOUS ZAPATISTA COMMUNITIES!
LONG LIVE THE GOOD GOVERNMENT!
LONG LIVE THE EZLN!
FREE MARIO LUNA!
ATENCO IS NOT FOR SALE!
ALUMNXS DE LA ESCUELITA ZAPATISTA (Seattle–tierra ancestral de los Duwamish y Suquamish)
Bay Area Intifada
Revolutionary Autonomous Communities-Los Angeles (RAC-LA)
Decolonial Food For Thought
Shades of Silence
Qilombo A Radical Community Center, Bay Area
Gruppe B.A.S.A., Münster, Alemania
Centro de Documentación sobre Zapatismo-CEDOZ-, Estado Español
Associació Solidaria Cafè Rebeldía-Infoespai, Barcelona
Plataforma de Solidaridad con Chiapas y Guatemala de Madrid
Caracol Zaragoza, Estado Español
Caracol mundo-eco de latido en solidaridad, Austria
UK Zapatista Solidarity Network:
Committee of the True Word South-West England
Dorset Chiapas Solidarity Group, England
Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Group, Scotland
Kiptik, Bristol, England
London Mexico Solidarity Group, England
Manchester Zapatista Collective, England
UK Zap Sol
UK Zapatista Translation Service
UK Zapatista Learning and Teaching Collective
Zapatista Solidarity Group – Essex, England