Solidarity with the people of San Salvador Atenco in Mexico

Defending their lands and opposing the new airport in Mexico City!

British companies are involved!

Take action!

In 2001, the indigenous common landholders of San Salvador Atenco in Mexico were successful in their fight against the building of a new airport in Mexico City on their ancestral farm lands. The Peoples Front in Defence of the Land (FPDT) became emblematic for their highly symbolic machetes, and their determined resistance.

In May 2006, the government seized its chance to punish the community for defeating this megaproject. (Breaking the Seige, documentary here). Following an attack characterised by extreme police brutality and violent repression, 2 young people were dead, 26 women raped by the military police, many injured, and 217 people arrested. 9 leaders of the Atenco farmers were illegally sentenced to 31 years, 2 for 67 years, and one for 112 years. The people organised, and a national and international campaign for the liberation of the prisoners was launched with the support of the Zapatista-inspired Other Campaign; the prisoners were finally absolved and freed in 2010.

The man responsible for ordering this repression and the rape of the women was the former governor of the State of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto. He is now the President of Mexico, and the Atenco issue was the shame of his presidential campaign. Two years later, on 3 September 2014, he announced the plans for a new, much larger, international airport in the same area to the east of Mexico City. The new airport will have six runways and be able to handle 120 million passengers a year, four times the capacity of the existing airport; it will cost an estimated £5.5 billion, and have an associated large scale urbanisation project, known as Future City.

The people of Atenco have known this was coming for a long time, and were ready to renew the fight in defence of their lands. For years the National Water Commission (CONAGUA) has been using pressure tactics to convince people to sell their lands. The FPDT and their lawyer are currently denouncing the illegal changing of the titles to the lands from social (communal) to private as a means to evict the original inhabitants. The FPDT are currently involved in a legal struggle to reverse this procedure. Members of the group were physically attacked by hired thugs, resulting in fifteen people being wounded.

The violence and the threat to their lands has never gone away. Now they are asking for our help again.

The struggle and resistance of the people of San Salvador Atenco is symbolic of struggles going on throughout Mexico and Latin America, where the indigenous peoples are defending their lands, their mother earth, against megaprojects being set up by their governments for the benefit of transnational corporations. They are struggling for land, life, freedom, for communal and collective values.

The land is not for sale. She is to be loved and defended.”

They know they succeeded before because they had worldwide support. Again, they say:

We need the hands of everyone”

The UK Connection:

The architect: The design for the airport has 2 chief architects; one of these is Norman Foster, also known as Lord/Baron Foster of Thamesbank. Norman Foster, as well as being a very famous architect, is British, with his company’s headquarters conveniently situated close to the Thames in Central London:

Foster + Partners, Riverside, 22 Hester Road, London SW11 4AN
T:  +44 (0)20 7738 0455
F:  +44 (0)20 7738 1107

https://www.facebook.com/fosterpartners

Perhaps he doesn’t know the history of blood, rape, years of illegal imprisonment and misery; perhaps he doesn’t know how many people the airport will displace. Perhaps we should tell him.

The engineering consultants, supervising the master plan for the airport:

Much of the project is hidden behind government secrecy, but according to El Financiero, the consultants and technical specialists for the new airport are the ARUP Group, whose British CEO is Sir Gregory Hodkinson, and whose headquarters is also conveniently situated in Central London:

13 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BQ,
T+44 (0) 20 7636 1531 london@arup.com

They also have offices in many UK cities, including:

225 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4GZ

T+44 (0) 141 332 8534 glasgow@arup.com

 

63 St Thomas Street, Bristol, BS1 6JZ

T+44 (0) 117 976 5432 bristol@arup.com

 

6th Floor, Three Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN

T+44 (0) 161 228 2331 manchester@arup.com

What to do:

*Inform yourselves – see the links below

*Share the news – the situation is urgent – through all your networks

*Contact other groups

*Write to Norman Foster and Gregory Hodkinson

*Organise a protest or an action at one of the offices above. Link up with others!

*Organise a video screening

Videos:

Background: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM3jDdGBc4g&channel=laheridasemantiene

Current situation: http://multimedia.telesurtv.net/web/telesur/#!en/video/interviews-from-mexico-282557

Further information

FPDT blog (in Spanish): http://atencofpdt.blogspot.mx/

Latest information in English: https://dorsetchiapassolidarity.wordpress.com/tag/atenco/


What’s up?

2020  Events!

March 20 – March 31 | Footprints of Memory: In the Search for Mexico’s Disappeared | Exhibition and parallel activities

These are the shoes of relatives searching for their missing loved ones in Mexico, engraved with words about their search. In the opening we will have the participation of artist Alfredo González Casanova and María de Jesús Tlatempa Bello, mother of José Eduardo Bartolo Tlatempa, one of the 43 students disappeared in Ayotzinapa since September 2014. Event organised by Huellas de la Memoria, with the collaboration of Amnesty International and the support of LMS

– 20th March – Exhibition Opening | 19:00 – 21:00 | Amnesty International, 17-25 New Inn Yard EC2A 3EA, London.

– 21st March: Film screening of ‘Absences’ and discussion at SOAS, B102 Brunei Gallery | 19:00-21:00

– Special Event at Essex University: 22nd March: Conversation at ESCALA, Essex University 16:00 – 18:00

March 25 – May 13 | Stitched Voices – Aberystwyth | Exhibition

London Mexico Solidarity’s arpillera We Are Seeds will be displayed in the exhibition ‘Stitched Voices’. The exhibition and associated programme is organised by Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Christine Andrä, Lydia Cole, and Danielle House, Department of International politics, Aberystwyth University in cooperation with Aberystwyth Art Centre. Further Info: Stitched Voices Website Aberystwyth Art Centre | Ceredigion SY23 3DE, Wales.

April 3 – April 8 | Footprints of Memory. In the Search for Mexico’s Disappeared | Exhibition in Aberystwyth

These are the shoes of relatives searching for their missing loved ones in Mexico, engraved with words about their search. In the opening we will have the participation of artist Alfredo González Casanova and María de Jesús Tlatempa Bello, mother of José Eduardo Bartolo Tlatempa, one of the 43 students disappeared in Ayotzinapa since September 2014. Event organised by Huellas de la Memoria and Aberystwyth University. Programme:

– 3rd April: Exhibition Opening | Time to be confirmed | Arthouse – Ty Celf, 1 Laura Place, Aberystwyth.
– 5th April: Film screening ‘Absences’ | TBC
– 6th -8th April: Symposium ‘Absence, Presence, and Embodiment’ | Old College, Aberystwyth University, King Street, Aberystwyth, SY23 2Ay

Further info: fb event

April 3 |  War and Journalism in Mexico | 18:00 – 20:30

Join London Mexico Solidarity for a conversation with Paula Mónaco and Miguel Tovar on the brave work that journalists are doing in the context of the so called “War on Drugs” in Mexico. Chaired by Amanda Hopkins and organised with English Pen and Alborada London. Event Organised by LMS in collaboration with Alborada and English PEN.

Further Info: War and Journalism in Mexico | SOAS Room tbc |

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Past Events & Reports

2017

March 8, 13, 14 & 24 | Women Generating Change: A Month of Activities.

A month of activities to feel, explore and express being a powerful, anti-patriarchal, migrant woman.

– March 8th | Women, Creativity and Struggle | 18:00 – 20:30 – A conversation with Wretched of the EarthLAWRS London Mexico Solidarity  and Movimiento Jaguar Despierto

– March 13th & 14th | Tell me your struggle | 18:00 – 20:30 – Art therapy with Wings and Dreams and Consciousness and Movement

– March 24th | Bordered and Resistance | 18:00 – 20:30 – Textiles and Politics Collective and London Mexico Solidarity: allowing the needle and thread to become a political weapon.

– March 24th | Minga for the migrant woman: The Daughter of the Lagoon | 18:00

All workshops have limited seats. Please RSVP at movjaguar@gmail.com indicating the name of the workshop you wish to participate in. Free entrance (Donations are welcome). This event will be held in Spanish but please let us know if you need any translation for any talk or workshop. Collaborating Organisations: War on Want and Unite. Further Info: Mujeres Generando Cambio Unite Union | 128 Theobalds Rd, Holborn WC 1X 8TN

February 24 | Viva México! – Film Screening | 18:30 – 21:30

Viva México! Stories of Struggle and Resistance. Dir. Nicolás Défossé, 120. min (2010) Viva México! brings together the stories of different communities resisting state violence across Mexico, which finally gathered around the Other Campaign (organised by the EZLN and the Zapatista Communities in 2005) to grow autonomy and resistance. Headway East London | Timber Wharf, 238-240 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8AX

January 19th  Amnesty International and London Mexico Solidarity: Mexico’s Human Rights Crisis and the Zapatista Struggle. Organised by the Kingston – AI group. 8:00PM, New Malden Methodist Church, 49 High Street, New Malden KT3 4BY

2016

November 2nd Gatecrishing the Mexican Embassy’s Day of the Dead. Remembering those who the Mexican Government wants to forget

October 8th 14:00 Solidarity with Atenco from London – LMS at GrowHeathrow with Reclaim the Power! Groups fighting against airport expansion in London come together to show their solidarity with movements across Europe and Atenco, in Mexico. This will be part of #StayGrounded!

SEPTEMBER 2016 Ayotzinapa 2 Years On: Stop Disappearances in México Now

* Ayot2inapa 26th September / 17:30 -19:00. Demonstration: Ayotzinapa Two Years On: Stop Disappearances in Mexico Now! Mexican Embassy in London, 16 St George St, W1S 1FD. Report and photos

* Ayot2inapa 24th September / Time to be confirmed ‘Mexico’s Human Rights Crisis: Enforced Disppearances’, a brief talk by FUNDENL, at the British Museum’s Great Court, Great Russell St. London, WC1B 3DG

* Ayot2inapa  23rd September / 18:00 Watching them Die: The Mexican Army and the 43 Disappeared. Documentary Screening and Discussion by War Resisters International and London Mexico Solidarity. Friends Meeting House, Suite B, 173-177 Euston Rd. £3 suggested donation.

* Ayot2inapa  21st September / 18:00 Panel Discussion. Disappearances in Mexico: 2 Years After Ayotzinapa. UCL Institute of the Americas. Room 103. Further Info and Registration

* Ayot2inapa  6th September / 18:00 – 23:00 Night of Music, Art, Dance & Resistance from Mexico The Hive, First Floor Cafe, 260-264 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4DG – £3 suggested donation. Fb event: http://goo.gl/pmwVW5

June 8 2016 Solidarity with Oaxaca and the teacher’s movement in Mexico: Stop Repression

April 2016 Call for Action and Solidarity with Mexico and Frontline Communities, by LMS

April 4 2016 A History of BP in Ten Objects. An Alternative Exhibition at the British Museum. Version en español: La historia de BP en diez objetos: una exposición alternativa en el Museo Británico

March 2016 #TheyDon’tMakeUsSafer Campaign

March 8 Protest for Berta Cáceres in London

February 2016 “LMS-Plane Stupid Solidarity: building solidarity against ariport expansion”: Stop Aviation, Stop Col2nialism, by Plane Stupid in Solidarity with Atenco and Frontline communities fighting airport expansion & Solidarity with Heathrow13, by LMS.

January 20 2016 “Solidarity Meeting with Omar García, from Ayotzinapa – What comes next?” UCL Report and Media Coverage

November 29 2015 Join us in The Wretched of the Earth Bloc at the demonstration for Climate Justice. Colonialism stills, your climate profits kill!!

November 28 2015 LMS at the Latin America Conference Adelante 2015. Presenting Ayotzinapa: A Chronicle of a State Crime. 10:30

November 7 2015 Movimientos 10th anniversary: Roudtable on Latin America with LMS & different grassroots movements  Richmix, 12:00-13:00. Check the complete programme, including music, talks, and films.

November 9 2015 LMS’s talk “Mexico and Students Rights”, Berric Saul Building, York University. 18:30. Organised by English PEN and York PEN

October 30 2015 Join us to Crash BP and Mexican Government party of Day of the Dead, British Museum, 18:30. Press Release / Comunicado de prensa / Media Coverage / Video /

October 26 Discussion “Enforced disappearances in Mexico”, by LMS and Amanda Hopkins at the University of East Anglia. See LMS’ Photos

October 24 Workshop “Zapatistas, The Struggle Against Dispossession”, London Anarchist Bookfair 2015.

September 26 Demonstration: One Year On We Are Still Fighting! 14:00 – 18:00 Mexican Embassy in London Further Information

September 22 Panel Discussion: Ayotzinapa One Year After 17:30 – 19:30 University College London, Institute of the Americas, WC1H 0PN Further information

September 19 Housing Rights and Human Rights: an Evening of Short Films by London Mexico Solidarity, Southwark Defend Council Housing and the South London People’s Assembly. Tiendas del Sur, London SE1 6SF. Further Information

September 18 Workshop “Ayotzinapa, Your Struggle is Our Struggle, with EnglishPEN and StudentsPEN.

September 17 Ayotzinapa: Chronicle of a State Crime: Documentary Screening and Discussion by Alborada London and London Mexico Solidarity Director: Xavier Robles , Mexico, 2015. 18:00 – 21:00 SOAS, University of London Penton Rise. Further Information

September 12 “Stop the Arms” Demonstration. See London Mexico Solidarity’s photos.

September 12 “Refugges Welcome” Rally. See London Mexico Solidarity’s photos.


Resources

Resources 

Grassroots News

 

  • ‘Boca en Boca’ means ‘by word of mouth’ in English and it is an independent news round-up about what is happening in the organised communities of Chiapas. It is a direct counterpunch to the Bad Government’s strategy of misinformation (the pen is mightier than the sword!), and creates solidarity amongst the communities. We archive ‘Boca en Boca’ in English but it is also published in Spanish, French, Portugese and Italian. And the aspiration is to one day publish it in the many Mayan languages spoken in Chiapas. It is archived as a PDF at the bottom of this page. ‘Boca en Boca’ works along lines of international grassroots solidarity. They invite collaboration: Send an email explaining how and why you can help. Similarly then invite you to contact them if you can translate it into another language, encourage you disseminate both electronic and printed copies of the news-sheet, as well as the good old stand-by of a donation to help cover costs of its distribution in Chiapas. Email bocaenboca@riseup.net for more information.
  • ‘Zapatista News Summary’ monthly news-sheet complied by the Chiapas Support Committee. Includes news directly from the Zapatista, adherents of the Other Campaign and other atuonomouse and organised communities in Mexico.
  • SIPAZ News periodic news round up from Servicio International Para la Paz
  • Reports from Grassroots Bridages of Solidarity and Human Rights Observation

 

Websites

Enlace Zapatista Keep updated on the information coming directly from the Zapatista communities, and the communiqués from the EZLN

Zapatista Women – an arena of discussion, collaboration, challenge, education and participation of the women who have offered their lives to the Zapatista movement

Zapagringo

Witness for Peace – NGO organising people-to-people exchange and networking opportunities in Mexico (a handful of other Latin American countries) and the US; the aim is to transform people and US policy towards the region

Upside Down World – covering activism and politics in Latin America; Eduardo Galeano asks ‘If the world is upside down the way it is now, wouldn’t we have to turn it over to get it to stand up straight?’

UK Zapatista Solidarity Network

The Land – is written by and for people who believe that the roots of justice, freedom, social security and democracy lie not so much in access to money, or to the ballot box, as in access to land and its resources

Sipaz – NGO providing accompaniment, an international presence, information in promotion of action, peace promotion and networking since 1995

Schools for Chiapas – provides resources and training for autonomous education centers and schools in the misty mountains and steamy jungles of the Mexican southeast

Revolutionary Women: from Soldera to Comandantas – the role of women in the Mexican Revolution and the Zapatista Up-rising

Radio Zapatista  – is an alternative radio collective reporting on zapatismo and struggles inspired by zapatismo in Mexico, the US, and the world

Narco News – Reporting on the drug war and democracy from all of America, multilingual news analysis

Left Turn – notes from the global intifada

Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Group

Dissident Thinker – Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Kiptik (Bristol)

El Kilombo Intergalactico

Raúl Zibechi´s Articles

The Commoner

Immanuel Wallerstein Commentaries

Books

“The Annexation of Mexico: From the Aztecs to the IMF”, by John Ross

Ross’s witty style makes what could be dry history into easy-to-read, fun trip through the ages of Mexican history.

 

 

“Down the Rabbit Hole”, by Juan Pablo Villalobos, Adam Thirlwell (Introduction), Rosalind Harvey (Translator)

 

A masterful and darkly comic first novel chronicles a delirious journey to grant a child’s wish. Tochtli is a child whose father is a drug baron on the verge of taking over a powerful cartel. Tochtli is growing up in a luxury hideout that he shares with hit men, prostitutes, dealers, servants and the odd corrupt politician or two.

 

“The Meaning of Macho: being a man in Mexico City”, by Matthew C. Gutmann

This book explores women’s conceptions about men as well as men’s ideas about themselves. Readers learn about intriguing, complicated sexual politics among friends and informants and against the stereotype, men’s nuanced, complicated sense of sexual identity encompassing considerable child-care responsibilities and recognition of a newfound female autonomy.

“Never Again a World Without Us: Voices of Mayan Women in Chiapas”, Mexico by Teresa Ortiz

Conveys the little heard voices and personal stories of Zapatista and non-Zapatista Mayan women.

 

“Teaching Rebellion: Stories from the Grassroots Mobilization in Oaxaca”, edited by Diana Denham and the C.A.S.A.  Collective                                               

In 2006 hundreds of thousands of teachers, students, homemakers, religious leaders, trade union members, indigenous community activists, and artists raised their voices against the abuse of the state government. This book is a rare opportunity to hear directly from those living resistance and building the alternative every day. 

“Zapatista Stories”, translated by Dinah Livingstone

Zapatista Stories is in three parts. First, stories of the beetle knight errant, Don Durito de la Lacandona, the Zapatista Don Quixote and a Mexican cousin of the bossy caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland. Second comes old Antonio, Marcos’s other mentor, with stories about the jolly, ‘quarrelsome but wise’ old Mayan gods. Lastly, there are the real lives of Zapatista children in the ‘war against oblivion’, ending with the long piece, The Devils of the New Century, that appeared in February 2001, just before the Zapatistas set out on their great march to Mexico City.

A reviewer in the Ethical Record wrote “A book that everyone who is not asleep will want to read and re-read. It might even wake a few of us up.”

Workshop D-I-Y guidance notes

The Daily Practice of Building Autonomy — a participatory workshop

Why we have hope on earth — a creative tool for public education and engagement

Recursos en Español

Desinformémonos

Koman Ilel

Radio Pozol

Chacatorex – Hormiga Colorada

GRASSROOTS NEWS ARCHIVE. Go to the Adobe website if you need help opening these documents.


Zapatista News Summary May 2016

A. EZLN and CNI

1. Galeano: 2nd May marks the second anniversary of the attack on the Caracol of La Realidad in which the teacher Galeano was murdered, before being reborn as Subcomandante Galeano, and one year since the homage to him.

2. CNI and EZLN denounce repression in Chablekal, Yucatan: In a joint communiqué, the EZLN and CNI condemn an attack on 3rd May by police who beat and use tear gas against the Maya residents of Chablekal, Yucatan, who are trying to prevent the eviction of an elderly couple. Seven people are arrested but freed after intense protests. The police intrusion is seen to be “violent and disproportionate.” The inhabitants of the community are being attacked for defending “what remains of their territory from the theft and displacement they have suffered over the last few years on behalf of speculators and new landowners.”

3. CNI and EZLN issue a joint communique on aggression against Álvaro Obregón, Oaxaca: The EZLN and CNI denounce an attack made on 14th May on the Binizza people of Álvaro Obregón, Juchitán, Oaxaca, who are struggling against a wind energy project being imposed on their territory. The police and bodyguards of the PAN-PRD candidate Gloria Sánchez López fire gunshots at members of the community, injuring six people who are attending an assembly.  One municipal police officer is killed after the community police intervene to defend the community members under attack, leading to fears of an attempt by the government to crush the entire autonomous project.

4. Zapatista Autonomous Justice: An important new book is published in Spanish, Zapatista autonomous justice: Tzeltal jungle zone,by Doctor Paulina Fernández Christlieb.

5. The books Critical Thought against the Capitalist Hydra: Volumes II and III of Critical Thought against the Capitalist Hydra are published in Mexico and are presented at various events. They represent the rest of the contributions made at the seminar/seedbed of the same name which was held in May 2015, and are published in the order the presentations were made. Volume I is now being translated into English, French, Italian, German and Greek.

6. ‘Comparte for Humanity’ Festival: Various preparatory events are being held for this festival, in towns and cities in Mexico, and in Barcelona (where it will be held on 29thand 30th July). The EZLN’s words are “We are hoping that the compas of the Sixth in Mexico and in the world understand what you might call the subliminal message of the convocation, and organize activities—in their own geographies and in accordance with their own calendars—either before, during, or after the festivals/gatherings convoked by the Zapatistas.”

The festival will take place from 17th to 22nd July in the Caracol of Oventik, when only Zapatista bases of support will participate, and then from 23rd to 30th July, 2016, in CIDECI, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, when all registered artists will be able participate. Attendance is open for listeners and viewers for both parts, but requires registration. Entry is free. Registration closes on 15th June.

7. “May, between authoritarianism and resistance”: On 30th May, the EZLN issue a communiqué about the teachers’ movement, signed by Subcomandantes Moisés and Galeano, putting an end to various pieces of apocryphal information that have been circulating. The communiqué makes clear that the EZLN fully supports the teachers in their fight against the education reform, and asserts that with the repression and the refusal to dialogue and negotiate, the government is violating the law and the constitution, while the teachers are “in resistance and rebellion.” There is a good summary in English about the teachers’ resistance here.

B. Chiapas

1. Droughts: According to the National Water Commission (Conagua), rainfall in Chiapas during April was 19% down compared with figures for the previous twenty years. At least 40 municipalities in Chiapas are seriously affected, and the impact on food production is a matter of great concern. In the indigenous municipalities of the highland region of Chiapas this drought is affecting the supply of drinking water, and has led to the drying up of rivers and wells.

2. Collective work in the Ejido Tila: Chol ejidatarios of Tila announce how they are moving forward in their newly established autonomy, and the collective work they are doing as agreed in their assembly, such as cleaning up the town, recuperating public spaces, acting against drugs, and other work for the community such as maintaining the water and sanitary systems. 26th May is the festival of the Lord of Tila, and they say they are well prepared for the arrival of many pilgrims.

3. Meeting in Chicoasen: A declaration is issued, the Declaration by Original Peoples, Organisations and Communities in Defence of Mother Earth and our Territory, following a meeting held in Chicoasen in April. All megaprojects for the building of mines or dams are rejected, and the withdrawal of arrest warrants against the residents of Chicoasen demanded. The ejidatarios of Chicoasen are in struggle against the building of a second dam in their territory.

4. Members of CIOAC take possession of Tojolabal indigenous lands: Residents of the Ejido Guadalupe Victoria, municipality of Altamirano, denounce the invasion of their lands by 15 people who abandoned the community voluntarily after the 1994 uprising, led by caciques from the PRI, saying they are there under orders from the government. Sixteen years after abandoning their land, these former community members applied to the land court in Comitan to get the land back. The ejidatarios say that the invaders are supported by members of CIOAC and by the government, and that they threaten to attack them when they go to the city. They issue a “demand that the government does not support those ex-ejidatarios so as to avoid confrontation.”

5. The Pueblo Creyente of Simojovel give thanks for water and face serious attack: In a ceremony held on 3rd May, the Pueblo Creyente of Simojovel bless and pray at their springs, giving thanks for the sacred gift of water. They pledge to plant trees to protect the springs. Then on 4th May an urgent communiqué is issued following an armed attack on the town of Simojovel by up to 150 paramilitaries and members of the PRI who throw tear gas, molotovs, stones and rockets in the streets and the central park, which are thronged with people. This is condemned as a direct attack on the population, aimed to spread terror, and as a threat to the parish council and priest, permitted with impunity by the government. They reveal that two similar attacks happened during the previous month.

6. Authorities do not allow the displaced of Banavil to return: The displaced families from Banavil, Tenejapa, hold the ejidal authorities of their community responsible for their physical safety, after the authorities circulate a video saying they will not permit the displaced people to return to Banavil. The displaced Tseltales repeat once again that the government of Velasco Coello has been “deaf and blind” to their situation of forced displacement and the forced disappearance of their father, and call for justice.

7. Recuperation and attacks in Bachajón: On 5th May, ejidatarios, adherents to the Sexta, from San Sebastián Bachajón denounce in a communiqué that political party members have taken over the tollbooth and impeded the officially elected ejidal commissioner’s access to the ejido. At the same time, they announce that they have recuperated some hectares of land belonging to them in the San Juan region, in the municipality of Chilon. On 8th May, they denounce an attack on a community member and his family in Xanil by the leader of a group of paramilitaries and his two sons who also serve as state police. Three policemen are detained by the ejidatarios until those responsible are punished. At the same time the Bachajón prisoners thank everyone who supported them on Political Prisoners’ Day.

8. Seventeen years of unjust imprisonment: On 11th May, Alejandro Díaz Santiz completes seventeen years of unjust imprisonment for a crime he did not commit. That is the equivalent of half his life. “His only crime was to be poor and indigenous.” Alejandro spends the day fasting.

9. Cruztón celebrates and then denounces: On 5th May, the community of Cruztón in the municipality of Venustiano Carranza in the highlands of Chiapas, an adherent to the Sexta and a member of the CNI and of the group Semilla Digna, celebrates the ninth anniversary of the recuperation of 249 hectares of its lands. A few days later, a member of the organization is detained and tortured by the group Nuevo Guadalupe Victoria in the community of the same name in a long-standing dispute over the road to a burial ground (panteón.)

10. Unresolved conflict among Las Abejas of Acteal: In October 2014, a small group, the Consejo Pacifista Sembradores de la Paz (Pacifist Council of Sowers of Peace,) split from the main Civil Society Organisation Las Abejas, which was founded in 1992. Recently the newly separated group has been claiming to be the main organization in Acteal, and attempting to discredit both the original Las Abejas, and the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba.) This has caused a lot of confusion, and a press conferenceis called to attempt to clarify the situation. Hermann writes an article explaining what has happened in more detail.

11. Attack on San Isidro los Laureles: The Tsotsil community of San Isidro los Laureles, adherent to the Sexta and member of Semilla Digna and the CNI, recuperated 165 hectares of its land, known as El Refugio, in the municipality of Venustiano Carranza last December. On 12th May, the community is raided by 40 trucks of police and paramilitaries who invade the community and open fire. They then ransack homes, burn possessions and destroy crops. The “white guards” are led by local caciques who claim the land as theirs. The community is displaced, because the attackers are “shooting to kill.” The 60 families have regrouped on nearby land. They have lost 70 hectares of corn which have been harvested and stolen by the attackers. Among those sending messages of solidarity are the community of Candelaria el Alto, and the CGT who highlight the recent increase in acts of government repression against the peoples in movement. Candelaria el Alto itself receives threats after offering its solidarity.

12. Expansion of CIOAC in Chiapas: The paramilitary-style group Central Independiente de Obreros Agrícolas y Campesinos (CIOAC), an organisation closely linked to the Chiapas government, has been growing in power and “expanding its actions and its tentacles in Chiapas.” When the above eviction (item 11) was taking place, CIOAC were holding, with impunity, a roadblock in the state capital Tuxtla Gutiérrez. It needs to be understood that certain municipalities in Chiapas are in a state of almost permanent conflict among caciques and their supporters as to who holds power, and an increasing number of paramilitary-style attacks are happening and scarcely being reported.

13. Zinacantán Mobilizes Against Water Privatization: On 15th May, the Pueblo Creyente of Zinacantan declare an alert against water privatisation. They say the municipality plans to tax water use. A pilgrimage in thanks for water is held to the main spring to denounce this.

14. Chicomuselo communities denounce mining companies in their territory: Residents of several communities in Chicomuselo, who remain alert to the risks of mining exploration in the region, arrest four people on 17th May who say they are promoting a mining project in the Ejido Grecia. The communities denounce that the mining companies continue to divide the communities by offering money to set up projects in the region, which could lead to great social and environmental damage.

15. Primero de Agosto: The people of this community have now experienced one year and three months in forced displacement, without any justice for the aggression perpetrated by CIOAC. They express their solidarity with the peoples of Simojovel and Banavil.

16. Conflict in Chenalho: A violent conflict has been going on in the municipality of Chenalho over the election of a woman as mayor last year. For the last two months a faction has been trying to force her out of office. After they kidnapped two state Congressmen on 25th May, she was forced to resign. A fight between supporters of the two candidates from the community of Ejido Puebla resulted in the death from gunshot wounds of a fourteen-year-old girl and an elderly man. Several others have been seriously injured, and houses burned. Two people are disappeared, and 257 people (80 families) are displaced from ejido Puebla – 80% of the population. The Diocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas has denounced the serious situation of social division that exists in the municipality of Chenalhó along with an uncontrolled use of weapons that could lead to even more violent events, and has offered mediation.

17. Dams: Information published in La Jornada and other publications last month stated that work had started on building the Boca del Cerro dam on the Usumacinta river. Activists have since visited the site and confirmed that no work is yet underway, and that the communities are strongly opposed to any work taking place on the river. If built, this dam would be an environmental catastrophe.

18. Water: Coca-Cola are now digging their third well near their plant in San Cristobal de Las Casas. More than 5,000 people living in the vicinity already have no water supply and have to buy their water.

C. Other

1. San Salvador Atenco, the struggle continues: The Peoples’ Front in Defence of the Land (FPDT) from Atenco and members of the surrounding communities, members of the Fire of Dignified Resistance, who are all threatened with losing their lands to the new Mexico City airport, are much in the news this month. 3rd and 4th May mark the tenth anniversary of Mayo Rojo (Red May) and the terrible attack and brutal repression unleashed on the town of San Salvador Atenco by now-president Enrique Peña Nieto in 2006. Two days of marches, concerts and activities mark the continuation of the struggle. The members then return to fighting and blocking the construction of a new road to the airport, by planting trees and removing construction materials along with other actions. Among the risks posed, the new airport threatens the water supply for Mexico City and surrounding areas.

On 23rd May, the FPDT declare themselves on maximum alert. They denounce that workers from the airport group have illegally entered the territory of Nexquipayac, escorted by more than 200 members of the federal, marine, state and municipal police, with the intention of marking out the perimeter fence of the airport. This violates their court-ordered injunction (amparo.) “These illegal incursions are acts of provocation that the government is mounting to stir up the people and thus justify the repression against the communities and members of the FPDT. The utilization of workers for the airport who come from our own peoples is being used as a tactic to divide the people and make us fight amongst each other.” Similar incursions continue to take place in the various communities affected. On 29th May, the Fire of Dignified Resistance hosts the First Popular Encounter against the Eruviel Law.

2. Mining: Me’phaa Indigenous communities in the state of Guerrero, accompanied by their advisers from the Tlachinollan Human Rights Centre, have urged the Supreme Court to set a legal precedent and declare the 1992 mining act unconstitutional, arguing that it violates international treaties that Mexico has signed and ratified.

3. Kidnappings increase: During the current administration of Enrique Peña Nieto (from December 2012 to April 2016), kidnappings increased by 19 percent, according to a monthly report by the civil organization Stop Kidnapping. During this period, an average of six people a day have been kidnapped, and that is just the ones we know about.

4. Disappeared Activists: The Committee of Relatives of Disappeared Detainees denounces that the Mexican state security forces have disappeared 83 political activists — among them students and human rights defenders — since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office in December 2012.

5. The teachers’ struggle: Huge demonstrations and battles with police are ongoing in many parts of the country, especially in Mexico City, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Michoacan and Chiapas, with the levels of repression increasing. Running street fights are occurring in Tuxtla and San Cristobal, with many parents coming out on the side of the teachers in their opposition to the education reforms as support for the strike continues to grow. In Chiapas, teachers’ marches on 19th and 25th May are attacked by police firing tear gas and rubber bullets from the ground and from helicopters. The government has frozen the union’s bank account, and says it has fired more than 3,000 striking teachers from the CNTE union, whose strike started on 15th May. The president refuses to negotiate. Various apocryphal statements attributed to the Zapatistas and photos of non-existent demonstrations are circulated, until, on 30th May, a communiqué signed by Subcomandantes Moises and Galeano is published on the Enlace Zapatista website, entitled “May, between authoritarianism and resistance.” Civil human rights organisations have condemned the use of violence and called for an end to the harassment, repression and criminalisation of the teachers’ movement. They call on the international community to show solidarity and condemn the human rights violations committed by the Mexican state.

6. Human Rights crisis: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) reveals that it is going through a severe financial crisis that will have serious consequences on its ability to fulfil its mandate and carry out its basic functions. In 2015, the IACHR received 1,164 complaints from its 35 member-states, 849 of which involved Mexico, constituting 73 percent of all complaints. Mexico has 32 human rights organizations at the local level and one national human rights commission, which means that although the Mexican government spends more than US$200 million every year to address human rights, it is the country with most complaints for human rights violations filed before the IACHR, which the IACHR say reveals a deep mistrust of Mexico’s human rights institutions. The human rights situation in Mexico has come under heavy scrutiny, with many international organizations lambasting the Mexican government for allowing impunity to reign.


Korean’s People Army

North Korea is the most militarized country in the world today, there is a belief that Korea might possess fissile material for some 2 to 9 nuclear weapons. North Korea has the fourth largest standing army i the world, nearly 1.2 million armed personnel, with about 20% of men ages 17–54 in the regular armed forces. The Korean People’s Army (KPA), also known as the Inmun Gun has the annual budget of US$6 billions. This is a lot of money for a country like this. Korea is one of the lest remaining communistic countries. The country gets a humanitarian help, but still it spends so many money on the military and on arming. North and South Korea did not sign a formal peace treaty and thus are still officially at war; only a ceasefire was declared. Maybe this is the reason why they are striving that amount of money. The country which is sending the biggest help to Korea is China. Here are some of the photos of North Korean soldiers, just one regular day.


Videos

“El Barrio Women Fighting for Freedom and Against Displacement,” is a film presented by Movement for Justice in El Barrio at the ground-breaking first worldwide online Women’s Freedom Conference, held on October 25th, 2015.

The purpose of this historic conference was to concentrate and amplify the unique voices and experiences of women of color (Black, Asian, Latino and Indigenous women) who have little or no representation, and who have been deprived of their rights not only by patriarchy but also through racism and other forms of oppression. These intersections helps shape and define their identities and their common struggles.

More than 20 presentations by women from all five continents were chosen to be shared at the conference after a rigorous selection process. The only organization selected to participate was Movement for Justice in El Barrio, the migrant community organization fighting for dignity and against displacement in East Harlem, New York.

The film they presented highlights three of the many women of color who lead the organization, as they struggle for freedom and against displacement and oblivion. As they take on local companies and multinational corporations, the women declare their opposition to the new plans for rezoning being imposed from above, which threaten to displace low income tenants, immigrants and people of color from their homes and community in East Harlem. As they struggle for freedom, the women of Movement for Justice in El Barrio are also building a new world in which many worlds fit. This film is a powerful story of migrant women of color coming together and constructing a new culture of resistance in El Barrio.

Feminista Jones, one of the main organizers of the Women’s Freedom Conference, was asked why this particular organization was chosen. She replied:

“We selected Movement for Justice in El Barrio because our mission was to highlight the work being done by women of color around the world. When we read the submission and watched the screen test, we were so inspired by the work of the women featured. The work that Movement for Justice in El Barrio is doing is important, empowering, and inspirational, and the Women’s Freedom Conference was honored to showcase their commitment to social justice on such a global stage.”

21 December 2012 — Zapatista March of Silence (a 3-minute video)

Did you hear it? It is the sound of your world crumbling. It is the sound of our world resurging. The day that was day, was night. And night shall be the day that will be day. Democracy! Liberty! Justice!

From the Mountains of Southeastern Mexico the Clandestine Indigenous Revolutionary Committee

Analysis of the march here: Lessons in organization and dignity from the Zapatistas
Zapatista Videography

History is rarely told by those who live and make it. Communication promoters created these documentaries as part of a collective video project in which the EZLN’s Autonomous Rebel Zapatista Municipalities document and tell their own stories.1998 – 2010 Chiapas, Mexico. English subtitles.

Introduction / Introducción (2010)
(1m11s) AVI file (15 MB)
Zapatista Visual Notebook / Bitácora del audiovisual zapatista (2010 / promedios)
(5m29s) Vimeo / AVI file (74 MB)
The Silence of the Zapatistas / El silencio de los Zapatistas (2001 / promedios)
(12m42s) Vimeo / AVI file (422 MB)
The Other Communication / La otra comunicacion (2009 / promedios)
(7m47s) Vimeo / AVI file (231 MB)
The Land Belongs to Those Who Work It / La tierra es de quien la trabaja (2004)
(15m22s) Vimeo: part 1 / Vimeo: part 2 / AVI file (536 MB)
The Life of Women in Resistance / La vida de la mujer en resistencia (2005)
(17m16s) Vimeo: part 1 / Vimeo: part 2 / AVI file (606 MB)
Chiapas Media Project / Proyecto de medios (1998)
(11m27s) Vimeo / AVI file (311 MB)
The Sacred Land / Tierra sagrada (2000)
(18m45s) AVI file (624 MB)

‘We have to laugh because laughter is the first sign of freedom’.

— Rosario Castellanos (1925 – 1974) , author and diplomat, native of Chiapas

Spring Breakers Without Borders

Who loves beer funnels, wet t-shirts, and out-of-control violence in Mexico? “Spring Breakers Without Borders,” that’s who! This video gives a positive spin the US-financed War on Drugs in Mexico and the tourist trade. And it’s really funny! (7m55s) Gringoyo

F***ed Mexico 2010

In 1810 Mexico rose up and declared independence … in 1910 Mexico got a revolution underway … and now in 201, Field Smith asks isn’t it time for Mexico to accepted it’s f***ed?

Narco-Mania!

Meet four agents from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, and the women who chase them. They lost their children, husbands, siblings and parents because of the U.S. “War on Drugs” in Mexico.

Love In Times of Influenza

Follow the adventures of an executive from U.S. Agribusiness giant Smithfield Foods as he searches for his beloved pig Michelle during the Influenza lockdown of Mexico City exactly one year ago.
News and other stuff

Video message from the San Marcos Aviles Zapatista August 2012 — direct from the highlands of Chiapas. The SMA Zapatistas denounce plans being made by local RPI and Green Party members to attack and displace Zapatitas from their communities. Zapatista denunciations are cooraborated by local party activists who are boasting that they feel very capable of doing this, as the candidate Leonardo Guirao Aguilar (PVEM, Mexico’s Green Party) won the recent local elections in the Municipality of Chilón, and the PRI won at the federal level.

Sign the Worldwide Echo in support of the Zapatistas: Freedom and Justice for San Marcos Avilés

Mexico’s plans for Chiapas angers local – Al Jazeer reports on Bachajon’s story of resisting the mega-eco tourism project.

Residents of San Sebastian Bachajon demand their right to live and work the land surrounding Agua Azul. These three video messages to tell their story of resistance to the Bad Government and private enterprise which want to build a mega eco-tourist resort on their land. .

The community has controlled the toll booth at the entrance to the Agua Azul Waterfalls, but recently local police and paramilitaries make threats against this community on a daily basis. A roadblock at the site and international solidarity campaign have resisted some of the repression, but harrassment and violence continues. Currently 5 community members are unlawfully detained. The community demands their immediate release and that justice be done in their community.

First Video message 06 March 2011

Segundo Mensaje de San Sebastian Bachajon (Second video message 01 April 2011)

Tercer Mensaje de San Sebastián Bachajón (Third video message 24 April 2011)

Salud y Solidaridad / Health and Solidarity – this 21-minute film introduces who the Zapatistas are, and explains how the 40 indigenous villages in the rural Zapatista Autonomous Municipality ’16th February’ in Mexico, are in great need of a better health and education infrastructure. The municipality is twinned with Scotland and a number of solidarity groups who are working to raise money for local projects, and build awareness and support for the Zapatista movement in Scotland. For those indigenous villages, international links and solidarity are vital for their future.

In 2004 they asked the Scottish solidarity groups to support them in building their first autonomous health clinic. Showing its successful construction, this film made by Camcorder Guerillas in collaboration with members of the Chiapas solidarity group in Scotland is being used to raise both awareness and money for continued support of the Health Centre in Municipality 16th February.

For more information, or to buy the video, or to donate directly to the clinic or school visit: edinchiapas.org.uk

Romper el Cerco / Breaking the Siege – a documentary from Canal 6 de Julio and Promedios, 47 minutes.

‘Breaking the Siege’ looks at the first days of May 2006 when the state and federal Mexican police cracked down on the residents of San Salvador Atenco, a town near Mexico City. This film shows the violence that erupted when the police blocked a group of flower vendors from selling in a nearby market town. Previously in 2002 Atenco residents and the authorities battled over the expropriation of town land to build a new six-runway airport. The residents won, there is no new airport. This documentary deconstructs the mass media’s operating methods, which created a climate of fear and an information blockade on these 2006 events in San Salvador Atenco. All in the midst of an especially delicate situation: the lead up to the 2006 presidential elections in Mexico. The attack was also a veiled warning to the Zapatistas who had recently launched The Other Campaign. The federal State of Mexico, with a nod from the Federal Government, simply demonstrated their ability to repress and use counter-insurgent tactics.

Then governor of Mexico State Enrique Peña Nieto ordered the police action, and he is now the leading Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) candidate in this year’s presidential elections. The footage is brutal, but worth watching.


Auxiliares en el extranjero

Support the initiative of the Indigenous Government Council and its spokesman from abroad! Sign up and/or register as an assistant

You can sign from abroad to support Marichuy, IGC spokes staff, to be an independent candidate. If you have your current IFE or INE credential then you can approach the auxiliaries closest to your city.

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We need to collect more than 800 thousand signatures to carry the voice of the peoples!

So far, Marichuy has axuliares in more than 35 cities outside Of Mexico

Learn more about auxiliaries abroad: conmarichuy.sinfronteras@gmail.com

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Auxiliary directory

* Germany

— Berlin: eduardo.calvillo@gmail.com

— Dortmund-Bochum: abigailnievesdelgado@gmail.com

— Dusseldorf: Alert! Lateinamerika gruppe / alerta@posteo.de

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— Hamburg: lupeauxiliar@gmail.com

* Argentina:

— Buenos Aires: monicamexicano@gmail.com / https://m.facebook.com/argentinaconelcni

— La Plata: andreshs88@gmail.com / marbg14@gmail.com

— Rosario: juancaetche@yahoo.com.ar

* Australia:

Gold Coast: jcibañez85@gmail.com

* Austria:

Vienna: solidaridad_mex_aut@hotmail.com / FB-Collective solidarity / www.colectivoaccionsolidaria.wordpress.com/

* Belgium:

— Brussels: paujarito.cervantes@gmail.com

— Mechelen: apatinoa@gmail.com

* Brazil

— Strength: rosset@globalalternatives.org

— Rio de Janeiro: uarhani@gmail.com

— Sao Paulo: asbaca@id.uff.br / amrosim@gmail.com / lichavezluna@gmail.com & fb- contact

* Canada

— Edmontón: slsanche1985@gmail.com

— Montreal: hdezag@gmail.com / ordok@hotmail.com

— Toronto: michaelacoyoli@gmail.com

* Chile:

— Santiago: maribelmag71@gmail.com

* China:

— Hangzhou/Shanghai: antonietacguevaraf@gmail,com

* Colombia

— Cali: andreafc6894@gmail.com

* Denmark:

— Copenhagen: Adeath17@hotmail.com

* Ecuador:

— Quito: gutezisac@gmail.com

* Spain

— Barcelona: – marichuyapoyobcn@tutanota.com

– Adhesive: adhesiva.bcn@gmail.com

— Madrid: Madrid43ayotzinapa@gmail.com / FB-Madrid43

yretiemble2018@gmail.com / FB-Y Retiemble Madrid Tel 659 519 074

— Saint Sebatian (Donostia): karicello27@gmail.com

— Valencia: carlossoledad@gmail.com

— Granada: zairazavala@gmail.com

— Seville: mariazirion@gmail.com

* United States

— Austin, Texas: javeralq@gmail.com

— Arizona: carlo.alt@gmail.com

— Berkeley: rezendiz03100@gmail.com

— California: 32pawns@gmail.com

— North Carolina: auxiliarcarolinadelnorte@gmail.com

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— Los Angeles: almadelaresistencia@gmail.com

— Michigan: reynasgallery@gmail.com

— New York City: cig@aridoamerica.org / castroco@gmail.com

— Salt Lake City: renato@artesmexut.org

— San Diego: sextasd@riseup.net

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— Scottsdale, Arizona: turacachi60@gmail.com

— Seattle: linemarkeroly@gmail.com

— Washington: alina.duarte.1989@hotmail.com

* France

— Avignon: machorra@estudiosjotos.com

— Lyon: machorra@estudiosjotos.com / lunedepluie@gmail.com / intilucia.mg@gmail.com

— Paris: janaina8a@gmail.com

machorra@estudiosjotos.com

zapatoluca@hotmail.com

— Montpellier: machorra@estudiosjotos.com

— East of France: solidaritemx@gmail.com

— Toulouse: karinacristerna@yahoo.com

* Guatemala

— Guatemala: edithlopezovalle@gmail.com

* Holland

— Amsterdam: guanabanadulce@riseup.net

— The Hague: adrianapou_h@hotmail.com

— The Hague: marinaca20@hotmail.com

— The Hague and the rest of the Netherlands: marichuyenholanda@gmail.com

— Eindhoven: miqh@hotmail.com

* Hungary

— Budapest: moka.lafaire@gmail.com

* Italy

— Florence: rubyeugenia@libero.it

* Peru

— Lima: lucestrello@gmail.com

* United Kingdom

— London: – londonmexicosolidarity@gmail.com / FB-LMS

– pablolugo@hotmail.com

— Exeter: nelaconcanela@gmail.com

— Devon (South West): nelaconcanela@gmail.com

— Manchester: helilaia@gmail.com

— Southampton: julieta1227@gmail.com

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Auxiliary Manual: How to capture signatures? How to find the data that the app asks for?

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