The systemic violence encountered throughout the migrant route in Mexico is exacerbated by anti-immigrant enforcement policies backed by the U.S. government, fueled by the Mérida Initiative, and paid for by the people of the U.S. and Mexico.
The peasant rebels took up arms in 1994, and now number 300,000 in centres with their own doctors, teachers and currency, but rarely answer questions – until now.
Mexico: On Monday, February 12th, in the Miahuatlan federal road (Oaxaca), repeated shots from assault rifles hit the car where our brothers from the Indigenous people’s Rights Defense Committee (CODEDI) were driving, killing 3 comrades, two of them being underage. Who fired the guns, using weapons very similar to those of the ministerial police, did the dirty work for the governor Alejandro Murat and the businessmen who support him. The CODEDI delegation, headed by Abraham Ramirez Vazquez, was coming out of a meeting with state officials, when it was ambushed and was hit on the way back.
The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) took a surprising twist to their history back on 10 October 2016, one which could yet shape the future of Mexican politics. Together with the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), which they are integrated with, they announced their intention to nominate an indigenous woman as an independent candidate for the upcoming presidential election in 2018 – “an indigenous woman, a CNI delegate, who speaks her indigenous language and knows her culture”.
Updates on Mexican anarchist prisoners Abraham Cortés and Fernando Bárcenas. Abraham is released now and Fernando is out of isolation.
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Message from Subcomandante Moisés and the EZLN.
In early April, the state government of Hidalgo threatened to “start investigations” and take criminal actions against three militants who promote different community resistances in the region. Among them, is our brother and militante comrade Adrián Medina, criminalized in conjunction with Lorenzo Bautista and Armando Monter in many local media and newspapers to facilitate his detention or any repressive act directly against him.
To fight against the sytem… Autonomy and self-government! World solidarity with the community of Hueyapan, Mexico.
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Compañeros and Compañeras, receive a combative salute directed to the organizations and people in resistance from the Adherents of the Sixth Declaration of the Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, Chiapas.
A group of between 30 and 40 people violently attacked members of the Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra (FPDT) and others of the state of Mexico that are opposing the construction of the new international airport of Mexico City.
“We call for grassroots movements to resist, resist and rebel against the persecution, the arrests and deportations.”
Image: Signed by Subcomandante Moises and Subcomandante Galeano, the document reinforced the idea that migrants and refugees are “not alone.”
Just over 200 indigenous communities in Mexico are victims of aggression of some sort, according to the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) and the National Indigenous Congress (CNI).
Originally published by Mexico News Daily
The two organizations, meeting in Chiapas for the fifth national indigenous congress, issued a map indicating the locations of conflicts affecting Mexico’s indigenous peoples.
The document indicates that 202 indigenous municipalities suffer some kind of aggression, including the dispossession of their land, the effects of mining activities or the presence of organized crime groups.
Among the cases cited:
- Toxic spills in Veracruz that have devastated water sources and the occupation of lands belonging to the Wixárika people of Jalisco, Nayarit and Durango.
- Communities in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region of Oaxaca face the dispossession of their land in favor of industry while the creation of natural protected areas has had the same effect on the territory of indigenous peoples elsewhere in the state.
- A new highway between Toluca and Naucalpan threatens a 23-kilometer stretch of forested area in the State of México and communal indigenous lands in Morelos face a similar threat due to the construction of the Pera-Cuautla highway.
- The Cerro Grande forests of Colima, the only source of water for the state, are currently under threat by a mining entrepreneur.
- Organized crime and government are both a threat to Nahua communities in Michoacán.
“In the Nahua communities of Santa María Ostula, Coibe and Pomaro, part of the coastal Aquila municipality of Michoacán, organized crime and the government have killed 34 of their members, including two children, while six more remain disappeared,” said a speaker at the congress, being held in San Cristóbal de las Casas.
To face these attacks, say the EZLN and the CNI, communities have had to develop autonomous forms of government and defense.
Indigenous peoples from across Mexico are participating in the meeting, one of whose outcomes is expected to be the designation of an indigenous woman as an independent candidate for president in the 2018 election.
While the Zapatista movement has stated its support of the candidacy, it has made it clear that the nominee will not be a Zapatista.