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(en) US, Zapatista Solidarity March hits Washington, DC

From Chuck0 <chuck@mutualaid.org>
Date Fri, 2 Jan 2004 07:25:20 +0100 (CET)


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Last night around 100 people took to the streets of Washington DC to celebrate
a decade of Zapatista Autonomy. The march raged through the streets to the
rythym of bucket drums, saxophone and all sorts of other noise makers. Torches,
and black flags were carried along with several banners that read: VIVA
ZAPATISTA, JUSTICE AND DIGNITY, FROM CHIAPAS TO DC: CLASS WAR IN O4'.
Paint bombs hit the following corporate targets: CINGULAR WIRLESS,
SUBWAY, STARBUCKS, RIGGS BANK and more.
The police attempted to shut down the gathering, but were foiled by the
high spirits and determination of the crowd, that out smarted them at
two attepted blockades. The march started on U street near the African
Civil War Metro and ended at Dupont Circle. There were no arrests. As
the march moved through the streets, the following communique was
distributed:

A Message from the Heart: Join us in our Celebration of Dignity!A Decade
of Zapatista Autonomy!

As the clock strikes midnight, one year imperceptibly changes into
another, and a joyous celebration seizes the streets of Washington DC,
the heart of the empire itself. Unlike those busy drinking themselves
into oblivion, this midnight fiesta of drums and noise resists oblivion.
For, even in the darkest heart of the empire, there is hope for a world
of dignity, justice, and democracy. Only a few thousand miles to the
south, and only a decade ago, the Zapatatistas showed the world that
such a world was possible. We celebrate the survival of the Zapatistas,
the rebel indigenous communities of southeast Mexico. On Jan 1st, 1994,
the day that NAFTA signed the death warrant of their communities in the
name of cheaper sneakers and coffee for us in the United States, the
Zapatista army, the EZLN, rose up and seized San Cristobal, proclaiming
the autonomy of their communities against the Mexican Government. Ten
years later, the Zapatista communities are autonomous (without police
even!), answering to the desires and needs of their people. Food,
health, education, good governance – all of these needs formerly thought
to be impossible for ordinary people to achieve, have been achieved from
the bottom-up by and for the people in the remote jungles and highlands
of Chiapas, Mexico.

All of this against perpetual oppression and murder by the Mexican
government, with aid from their right-hand men; the paramilitaries, and
their master; the United States government. We in the United States
demand an end to all military and paramilitary activity in Chiapas! An
immediate halt to Plan Pueblo Panama, which seeks to turn all of Chiapas
into a sweatshop! That all governments respect the dignity and autonomy
of the Zapatistas!

Our celebration of solidarity in DC demonstrates that hope is contagious
– that the sparks lit by the Zapatistas on New Years of 1994 have spread
over the entire world. If our celebration in DC shows anything, it shows
that even those in the heart of the empire can throw off their shackles
as well, proclaiming dignity, justice, democracy – and life! – against
the terrifying logic of war, terror, work, and death that Emperor Bush
and his cronies proclaim from every television set. The Zapatistas are
only the beginning… For memory, and against forgetting! For solidarity,
not in words, but deeds! Not just for a new year, but a new world!
Signed,-Those in the heart of the United States who stand with the
Zapatistas!(12/31/03 // 1/1/04)

For more information about the Zapatistas, visit “Zapatistas in
Cyberspace” at
http://www.eco.utexas.edu/faculty/Cleaver/zapsincyber.html, find the
book “Homage to Chiapas” by Bill Weinberg.

For more information about a new world: www.indymedia.org, (including
dc.indymedia.org for local news!) www.infoshop.org, www.crimethinc.com…

Zapatista Solidarity March
by Chris Crass(hole)


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