La Realidad

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Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas

Report: La Realidad, a context of war.

En estos últimos años, en el territorio de la Junta de Buen Gobierno de La Realidad, el Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas (Frayba) ha documentado diversos eventos donde la contrainsurgencia del gobierno mexicano, junto con agentes no estatales, trata de destruir al proyecto de autonomía de las comunidades zapatistas. Esta acción de contrainsurgencia está relacionada a los intereses del control territorial y vulnera los derechos colectivos a la tierra, el territorio, los recursos naturales, el autogobierno, la autonomía y la libre determinación.

Read or download here the Report: La Realidad, Context of War.

Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas

Mexican Army Harasses Zapatistas in La Realidad

San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, México
10 March 2015

Ejército en La Realidad

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba), has documented, through the Civilian Observation Brigades (BriCO), systematic incursions by the Mexican Army, who are harassing the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) bases of support, in the territory of the Good Government Council of La Realidad, Jungle-Border zone, Caracol I “Toward Hope” (JBG).

The military actions in the territory of the JBG consist of incursions in convoys with trucks, hummers, jeeps, and motorized equipment; with members of the Mexican Army that range from 4 to 30 people. There are also low flights with light aircraft and helicopters photographing and filming members of the BriCO, zapatistas, and the JBG facilities. Since July 2014 these actions have been increasing, both in the size of the troops and the frequency with which they happen. (See the record of military activity at La Realidad).

Frayba is concerned with the increasing harassment by the Mexican Army in zapatista territory, since it constitutes actions to provoque and besiege that harm the rights to autonomy and free determination stipulated in the Mexican Constitution, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the San Andrés Accords.

Therefore, this Human Rights Center demands: Respect for the free determination and autonomy of zapatista peoples; and an end to the harassment by the federal government through the Mexican Army.

Finally, we recall that on May 2, 2014, members of the Central Independiente de Obreros Agrícolas y Campesinos Histórica (CIOAC-H), ambushed zapatista bases of support in the territory of the JBG of La Realidad; durng the attack, the armed group murdered José Luis Solís López, “Maestro Galeano,” and destroyed the Autonomous Clinic and School. The aforementioned organization is part of the municipal government of Las Margaritas and has the protection of the state government of Manuel Velasco Coello, which has allowed it to carry out aggressions, forced displacements, and murders in the region. (See Frayba Bulletin 16 on the aggression to zapatista bases of support at La Realidad on 5 May 2014.)

Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés

Thank You Part II. Capitalism destroys, the people build.

Capitalism Destroys, the People Build

Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés

The words of the EZLN’s General Command in the voice of Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés in the Zapatista community La Realidad at the presentation of the Zapatista Autonomous School, “Compañero Galeano” and the Autonomous Clinic 26 of October, “Subcomandante Insurgente Pedro” to the Zapatista bases of support, March 1, 2015.


Good morning to everyone, compañeros and compañeras of this zone, in this caracol of La Realidad, Selva Fronteriza zone.

We are here with you today, compañeros, compañeras of this zone, to officially turn over these buildings to the compañeros and compañeras bases of support of this Zapatista community, La Realidad, Nueva Victoria, as it is called in the struggle for us as the Zapatista Army for National Liberation.

Compañeros and compañeras, what we must make clear and understand is that the pain carried by each Zapatista continues, not only the Zapatistas in Mexico, but across the world, because we do not have with us the compañero whose name this new construction carries: compañero Galeano.

This construction was the fruit and the work, the efforts and the organization of the compañeros and compañeras of the International Sixth and the National Sixth. Here we are demonstrating what we Zapatistas are, in Mexico and in the world.

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Thank You Part I.

On Sunday, March 1, 2015, after more than six months of work, the building that houses a health clinic and a school was presented to the Zapatista bases of support of La Realidad. The solidarity of people and collectives throughout the world made this construction possible. Here we present to you the accounts, the words expressed during this event, and some photos from that day.


-Construction began on July 31, 2014. It was finished at the end of February 2015.

-Work days: approximately 2015 compa/work days.

Note from The Tercios Compas[ii] on the compa/work day, abbreviated CWD. CWD is a Zapatista unit of measure that could be thought of as equivalent to Socially Necessary Labor Time (SNLT). However, in addition to the fact that it is not measured in hours, CWD is not a unit of measure of value. CWD is a referent in order to compare the individual and the collective (an individual would have taken almost 7 years to do what a collective did in almost 7 months), and to contrast that which is done below and to the left with that which is done above and to the right (a government from above would have taken 14 years and still wouldn’t have finished the job). For example: with billions in their budget, the Chiapas state government cannot finish building hospitals in Reforma, Yajalón and Tuxtla Gutiérrez. The one in Tuxtla Gutiérrez is just one of the examples that abound of the corruption of the “leftist-PRDista-AMLOista” Juan Sabines Guerrero (who, as his predecessor Pablo Salazar Mendiguchía confessed, created and financed the paramilitary group known as CIOAC-H in Chiapas; the Aryan Velasco carries on those same politics). In 2012, to “inaugurate” the hospital in Tuxtla, they moved equipment there from other hospitals. After that psychopath Calderón and the criminal Sabines cut the ribbon, they dismantled everything. Now it is just a shell (information from “Chiapas Paralelo” and “Diario Contra Poder” The Aryan Velasco hides his patron’s enormous fraud and follows in his footsteps. Meanwhile, the money paid out above is spent on media propaganda, binge parties, decor, and makeup and beauty salons. In addition, of course, to being spent on persecuting the small independent paid media that still exists in the state, and buying silence on social networks. It is one thing to use handouts to corral people into praising the Aryan rancher, and a very different thing to organize in order to build what the people need. More information on the concept of SNLT, in Capital, Volume 1, Section 1, Chapter 1. We don’t remember the author, but he was a Jew, so proceed with caution. More information on the concept of CWD later on. End of the note from the Los Tercios Compas, press that is neither free, nor autonomous, nor alternative, nor independent, but it is compa. Copyright still in process because the Junta de Buen Gobierno told us “more information later on” (sonofa….didn’t I tell you?).

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Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano

En el tablón de avisos. El conserje.

On the Bulletin Board

The Concierge.


March 2015.

Early morning in reality.

Just here, as usual: watching and listening. The crack in the wall is barely visible from the other side. On our side it expands with persistence.

In the classrooms and in the huts of the thousands of Zapatista families who received, housed, fed, and cared for thousands of others,[1] men, women, and children from the five continents, the evaluations made by the teachers and votanes after you all left still resound.

Some of the evaluations were harsh, it’s true, but that probably won’t matter to those who claimed to had been moved by the experience and then continued on with their lives as if nothing had happened, avoiding looking in the mirror or editing that glance at their whim. Despite this, according to what I’ve heard, there were some, a few, that were evaluated as “pretty good.”

“Pretty good” is how the compas describe something good without making a fuss. “How are you?” “Well, I’m here, pretty good,” is how we greet each other.

Meanwhile time marches on just as we do, without fuss, just moving along, like shadows…

And the compa Galeano, who lit up these classrooms, houses, and schools with his word, now fallen and silent, murdered.

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Exalumnos de la Garrucha

Exalumnos de la Garrucha en Solidaridad con los zapatistas

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Ex alumnos-as de la escuelita de la Garrucha: compas zapatistas aquí seguimos!

A los hombres, mujeres y niños del Caracol III:
Resistencia Hacia un Nuevo Amanecer, La Garrucha,
A la Junta de buen gobierno El camino del futuro,
A los hombres y mujeres del EZLN,
A la sexta,
A los hombres y mujeres de México y del mundo que caminan y sienten abajo y a la izquierda.

Mes de agosto de 2014.
Compañeros y compañeras:

Nosotros, los individuos y colectivos abajo firmantes, tuvimos el honor de haber estado en territorio Rebelde de la Garrucha durante la escuelita zapatista en el mes de agosto de 2013. Cuando pisamos ese digno y rebelde territorio, sabíamos desde el principio que nada seria igual para nosotros y nosotras, que mucho fue lo que aprendimos y lo que compartimos, no solamente fue el maíz, las tortillas, el pozol, los frijoles, la casa donde nos acogieron, los pasos, las platicas, las risas y los buenos ratos lo que nos marcaron, también fue la rabia y la rebeldía la que hoy- tal vez mas que antes- será lo que nos haga voltear a ver y sentir con el corazón cuando hostigan, agreden e intimidan a los niños, hombres y mujeres zapatistas que fueron y son nuestros maestros, votanes, acompañantes y compas.

Bastantes veces, nuestras familias nos platicaron que no hay que tener miedo a cambiar las cosas, a tomar la vida entre nuestras manos, muchas veces recibimos los consejos de que siguiéramos como pudiéramos la lucha por cambiar este mundo, para hacerlo mejor. La autonomía, la libertad cuestan – nos decían- pero al final los resultados están ahí, y así lo vimos y lo vivimos.

Después de 20 años hemos caminado, hemos aprendido de los zapatistas, pero la escuelita zapatista fue sin duda la experiencia mas profunda que hizo que hoy para nosotros nada puede ser igual.

Los paramilitares, los programas del gobierno, los acosos sistemáticos, las groserías y los asesinatos siempre han tratado a lo largo de muchos años de aplastar la rebeldía concretizada en autonomía cotidiana – nos platicaban nuestros compas- “pero aquí seguimos”- nos decían.

Pues aquí seguimos también nosotros compas, aquí estamos mirando, sintiendo y no queríamos dejar de decirles que estamos mirando lo que el mal gobierno les ha estado haciendo desde que el votan Galeano murió asesinado cobardemente…pero el compa murió para vivir.

Y él vive en cada uno de nosotros y nosotras y muy humildemente les decimos, que cuando decimos que para nosotros nada puede ser igual, es que nos miramos en el espejo y día a día nos decimos que si se puede crear otra cosa, otros pasos pueden caminar con dignidad y que tenemos los suyos como ejemplo.

Hoy no solo decimos que condenamos los ataques perpetrados recientemente por los miembros de la ORCAO contra nuestros compas zapatistas, hoy decimos que estamos sintiendo esas agresiones y que lo único que nos queda, es seguir dando lata – como quien dice seguir la lucha – seguiremos dando lata como podremos desde nuestros espacios de lucha para decirle a los malos gobiernos que no nos rendimos, que no olvidamos, que no nos vendemos y que seguimos mirando y sintiendo la rebeldía de los hombres, mujeres y niños zapatistas que son semilla, andar y camino.

Esa fue la lección que nos dejo la escuelita y como alumnos que fuimos, aquí seguimos!

No están solos, no están solas!
Galeano vive!

En solidaridad
Ex- alumnos de la escuelita zapatista del territorio autónomo rebelde de la Garrucha:

Anaid, México
Carla Peracchi, Barcelona
Claudia I. Espinosa Díaz, México
Iván de Jesús Rodríguez Muñoz, México
Miguel Ángel Martínez Ramírez, México
Yael García, Chiapas, México
Colectivo Les trois passants, Francia

Colectivos en México y el Mundo

International Support for Zapatistas against counterinsurgency in Chiapas

To National and International Civil Society,
To the National and International Sixth,
To the free, autonomous, independent media or whatever they are called,
To the Good Government Juntas,
To the EZLN,
To the support bases of the EZLN,

Companeras, Companeros,

From our corners of this planet in resistance and rebellion against capitalism, we come together to publicly denounce the recent aggression against our brothers and sisters, support bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, by the members of the organization ORCAO (Regional Organization of Coffee Growers of Ocosingo) against the BAEZLN communities of San Jacinto, El Egipto, Kexil and El Rosario, in the Autonomous Municipality of San Manuel.

The members of ORCAO arrived on the 25th of July, armed to take the reclaimed land, firing into the air, building roofs and threatening the 3 BAEZLN communities. On July 30, they came to poison the collective livestock of the autonomous municipality and wounded a young bull. Following the harassment, the armed group returned on the 1st of August, to attack the BAEZLN village of El Egipto. The women and children had to withdraw to another Zapatista settlement to avoid having to face the group. About 5 days later, they returned to cut down a tree, firing into the air close to two Zapatista communities.

Finally, on the 14th of August, in the very early morning, ORCAO paramilitaries surrounded the town of San Jacinto and fired into the houses, awakening the sleeping BAEZLN compas who had to take refuge in the other Zapatista village leaving behind all their belongings.

We vigorously denounce this intense violation of human rights, harassment, persecution and repression, and we denounce the direct strategy of the bad government against the Zapatistas, to counter the new Zapatista initiatives proposed during the exchange between the Indigenous National Congress and the EZLN. As the HRC Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas stated, this is a war of counterinsurgency being pursued by the bad state and federal government and their business allies against the Zapatistas.

We are well aware of this strategy which affects several regions of Chiapas, and we also do not forget the attack on our sisters and brothers from La Realidad, the murder of our companero Galeano, and the destruction of the clinic and school of the community on May 2nd, perpetrated by paramilitaries from CIOAC-H.

That is a direct attack against Zapatista autonomy, as the Zapatistas are becoming stronger, we realise more and more that the construction of Zapatista autonomy, which is this other world that they are building, is working and walking. Likewise we also become stronger and more organised, and the plans of the bad government will not be enough to stop the progress of the Zapatistas.



Denunciation from The Caracol Resistance towards a New Dawn of Attacks by ORCAO in Several Communities of BAZ in La Garrucha

Urgent Action against displacement


Consejo Autónomo Regional de la Zona Costa de Chiapas
Frente Civico Tonalteco
Centro de Derechos Humanos Digna Ochoa AC
Colectivo de Mujeres “Tejiendo Resistencias en La Sexta”
Comunidad Autónoma Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, Puebla.
Sector de Trabajadores Adherentes a la Sexta
Colectivo Azcapotzalco adherente a la Sexta
Kolectivo de BoCa En BoCa
Pozol Kolectivo
Colectivo Radio Zapatista, Chiapas, México
Colectivo Votán Zapata
La Sexta del totonacapan
Colectivo Autónomo de Colaboración Social, Toluca, México
Biblioteca Popular


Asociacion Espoir Chiapas/ Esperanza Chiapas (Francia)
Comitato Chiapas “Maribel” – Bergamo (Italia)
ASSI (Acción Social Sindical Internacionalista
20zln – Milano – Italia
Groupe CafeZ, Liège Belgique
Casa Nicaragua”, Liège, Belgique.
Associació Solidaria Cafè Rebeldía-Infoespai, Barcelona
Rl Centro de Documentación sobre Zapatismo -CEDOZ
Caracol Zaragoza
Gruppe B.A.S.T.A., Münster, Alemania
Alternative Libertaire (France)
UK Zapatista Solidarity Network:
Dorset Chiapas Solidarity Group
Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Group
Kiptik (Bristol)
London Mexico Solidarity Group
Manchester Zapatista Collective
UK Zapatista Translation Service
UK Zapatista Learning and Teaching Collective
Zapatista Solidarity Group – Essex
La Adhesiva, Barcelona.
CGT Estado Español
Union syndicale Solidaires, France
Fédération SUD éducation, France
Fédération anarchiste (France)
Comité Tierra Y Libertad, Lille France
Réseau Latino de Lille, France,
Caracol Solidario, Besançon, Francia
Associazione Ya Basta NordEst
asociación Mut Viyz 13 de Marseille, Francia
Les Grains de sable, Francia


Colectivo de la Red de Solidaridad con México, Chicago, Illinois, EEUU
Mexico Solidarity Network collective, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Medios Libres en La Realidad

Words by Comandante David at the Closure of the Exchange between the CNI and the EZLN

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Buenas tardes compañeros, compañeras del Congreso Nacional Indígena.

Compañeros, compañeras de La Sexta Declaración

Compañeros, compañeras, bases de apoyo, consejos autónomos, juntas de buen gobierno.

Compañeros, compañeras, milicianos, insurgentes, donde quiera que se encuentren.

Compañeros, compañeras, responsables locales, regionales.

Compañeros, compañeras, de los medios alternativos, nacional e internacional.

El día de hoy hemos llegado a la culminación de nuestro primer encuentro y compartición entre compañeros y compañeras del Congreso Nacional Indígena, y del Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional.

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Una de las tantas adherentes

Chronicle of a Return Fortold. Subcomandantes Galeano and Moisés to Free Media

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San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. 13 de agosto de 2014.

PRIMERA PARTE: habla el sup Galeano

Un templete inesperado

Es mediodía de la noche de la segunda súper luna de verano. En el caracol zapatista de La Realidad, Chiapas, se congregan algunas decenas de personas un día después de concluida la compartición entre el Congreso Nacional Indígena (CNI) y el Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN), donde se honró la memoria de David Ruiz García durante una semana. Está por cumplirse un año del arranque de ese enorme proyecto formativo que las comunidades zapatistas llamaron “escuelita”. Nadie imaginaba entonces que un año después tendría que reconstruirse otra escuelita despedazada por paramilitares. Es domingo 10 de agosto de 2014. Fuera de La Realidad, los ecos de Hiroshima y Nagasaki resuenan en Gaza, Ucrania, Siria, Líbano, Irak o Afganistán. Dentro del caracol sigue gritando en silencio la indignación por el asesinato de José Luis Solís López, compañero y maestro Galeano.

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Medios Libres | Tercios Compas

Words by Subcomandante Moisés to the Free, Autonomous, Alternative Media or whatever they’re called at La Realidad

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Transcription by “Los Tercios Compas” below:

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