UK Zapatista Newswire Archive
05-10-2010 00:421. 170 Zapatista Bases Expelled from Chilon
2. More Army of God Aggression in Mitziton
3. Torrential Rains Batter Chiapas
04-10-2010 00:06In the early hours of the morning on Thursday 9th September 2010, 170 Zapatista supporters were expelled from their homes in the Tzeltal community of San Marcos Avilés, in the municipality of Chilón, Chiapas. They were attacked by members of the Mexican political parties PRI, PRD and PVEM (the green party), in retaliation for the construction of an autonomous school.
03-10-2010 00:24LATIN AMERICA: THE ECOSOCIALIST ALTERNATIVE
Wednesday 13 October at 7 pm
Main Building, Cardiff University, Park Place,Cardiff (opp. Student Union Building)
Organised by local environmental, green, trade union, socialist and latin american solidarity groups.
29-09-2010 12:52One of the Zapatistas' most notable achievements has been the creation of an autonomous education system, designed to meet the needs of the people in the communities. Now 170 people from two indigenous communities have been evicted and are homeless on the mountain, because they would not destroy their autonomous school.
21-09-2010 23:18translated and condensed by Nancy Davies from El Universal, and Milenio
Monday, 20/09/2010 – 13:31
18-09-2010 22:11LATIN AMERICA: THE ECOSOCIALIST ALTERNATIVE -
Hugo Blanco Speaks!
Wednesday 13 October at 7pm
Main Building, Cardiff University, Park Place, Cardiff (Opposite Student Union)
07-09-2010 00:41Communique from Las Abejas, issued one year after the release of the paramilitaries.
Harrassment of people from the Zona Costa (Coastal zone)
El Pueblo Creyente (the Believing People) of Chenalhó oppose the ciudades rurales (rural towns)
Special: THE STRUGGLE IN SAN CRISTOBAL
SPECIAL: EUROPEAN BRIGADE IN SUPPORT OF THE ZAPATISTAS
06-09-2010 23:09In July 2010, a European Solidarity Brigade visited the Zapatista communities and Caracoles of Chiapas and reported on the current situation there[ii]. One aspect of their reports was autonomous education, which is for the Zapatistas an important part of their “construction of autonomy and resistance to capitalism”. The school is only a part of the education process, along with “sharing and working in the community throughout life”. It is based on “the ancient and fundamental principle of caring for the earth and its natural resources. Food sovereignty depends on the principles of agro-ecology, the rejection of chemicals and the conservation of native seeds”. “Everything we take from the earth, we must return”.[iii]
08-08-2010 23:311. Mitziton Protest Blocks Pan-Am Highway
2. Mitziton Denounces Torture of 2 Other Campaign Members
3. Virgin of Dolores Ranch Denounces Provocations
4. Other Campaign Members Denounce Drainage Plan
5. European Brigade Visits Zapatista Caracoles
6. Oventik Junta Updates Brigade on El Pozo
7. Morelia Junta Denounces Provocations by the CIOAC-I
8. State Elections
07-08-2010 19:52A new campaign has been launched to support the inspirational autonomus Zapatista communities of Chiapas in their resistane to attacks from government forces and paramilitary groups. Another world is possible!
John Holloway is a Professor in the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades of the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Mexico. His publications include Crack Capitalism (Pluto, 2010), Change the World Without Taking Power (Pluto, 2005), Zapatista! Rethinking Revolution in Mexico (co-editor, Pluto, 1998) and Global Capital, National State and the Politics of Money (co-editor, 1994).
01-08-2010 20:09Following Police Raid of San Juan Copala
14-07-2010 17:44“They are guilty of the crimes of murder, torture, kidnapping, rape, illegal felling of trees, and trafficking in migrants. We demand the government relocates the criminal delinquent paramilitaries”
14-07-2010 17:39"Hiding behind environmental pretexts, they clear the way for the entry into the jungle of the big investors, the exploitation of the area for luxury tourism, and the appropriation of biological resources for patenting".
Protestors defied police to take up position directly in front of the Embassy entrance, refusing police orders to move to the opposite side of the road. After around 20 minutes the possibility of arrest under the Public Order Act forced the dozen or so demonstrators to move a few yards back to a traffic island in the middle of the road.
Nevertheless leafleting continued right in front of the Embassy while Mexican revolutionary songs blasted out a message of defiance. Certainly the Embassy authorities were well aware of the protest as their Security officers were filming and photographing demonstrators.
"The Atenco prisoners have been imprisoned for the crime of standing up for the poor peasant farmers of the area," said Esther McDonald of the UK Zapatista Solidarity Network, who organised the protest. "It was therepresentatives of the state who committed violent atrocities at Atenco: Amnesty International has detailed shocking systematic sexual assaults and rapes by the police on 26 women during and after the police assault on Atenco in May 2006."
The events of 3rd /4th May 2006 were sparked off when police tried to arrest peasant farmers selling flowers in the street. When locals went to the flower-sellers aid and drove off the police, a massive state force gathered and then invaded Atenco. Police killed two youths, Alexis Benhumea and Francisco Javier Cortes, and arrested over 200 people. Dozens of homes were invaded without warrants, and hundreds of people were tear-gassed and beaten. Police subjected 26 women to serious sexual assaults, including rape, in attacks described by Amnesty International as "torture".
22-06-2010 22:42While world headlines feature the deployment of the army by the Mexican government in a seemingly losing battle against drug cartels, it's less well-known that the Mexican government has moved ruthlessly to crush grassroots people's movements who have nothing to do with organised criminality.
22-06-2010 22:38While world headlines feature the deployment of the army by the Mexican government in a seemingly losing battle against drug cartels, it's less well-known that the Mexican government has moved ruthlessly to crush grassroots people's movements who have nothing to do with organised criminality.
22-06-2010 21:44While world headlines feature the deployment of the army by the Mexican government in a seemingly losing battle against drug cartels, it's less well-known that the Mexican government has moved ruthlessly to crush grassroots people's movements who have nothing to do with organised criminality.