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(en) Aotearoa - New-Zeland, Alt. Media: Origins of the Maori/Anarchist Alliance Part 1

Date Wed, 05 Dec 2007 13:21:22 +0200

Far from being an isolated aberration, the recently discovered quasi-military
training camps in the Ureweras are part of a world wide movement, born more than
a decade ago. ---- Almost all of the 17 people arrested for allegedly training
at those camps were Maori nationalists or anarchists. ---- What brought highly
educated, mainly pakeha anarchists to the forests of the Ureweras, to allegedly
undergo firearms training with some of the country's most militant Maori
radicals? ---- This alliance of Maori nationalists and anarchists has its
origins in an international coalition of radical organizations-Peoples Global
Action. ---- In turn PGA is descended from the 1994 Zapatista uprising in
Chiapas, Mexico, lead by the mysterious Subcommandante Marcos.

In 1996 after the Zapatista rebellion reached a stalemate with the Mexican
government, the rebels held an encuentro (encounter) of invited radical
organizations from around the world. Six thousand people talked and planned for
several days in the southern Mexican jungle.

In August 1997, European Zapatista supporters held a Second Meeting for Humanity
and Against Neo-Liberalism, in El Indiano, Spain. Radicals from around the globe
attended including the militant Landless Movement of Brazilian Peasants (MST),
which is linked to the crypto-communist Workers Party of Brazil and the
Karnataka State Farmers Union from India, famous for burning fields of
genetically modified crops.

Another attendee was the Libyan trained French farmer activist and anti
McDonalds campaigner, José Bové.

This was the beginning of the Global Anticapitalist movement that has grown
exponentially in the last decade.

The next step was the formation of Peoples Global Action in Geneva in February
1998, with delegates from 300 movements from more than 70 countries.

From the PGA website

First Conference of the Peoples' Global Action against "Free" Trade and the WTO,
Geneva, 23-25 February 1998

This conference will lay down the definitive basis of the Peoples' Global Action
(PGA). Its objectives are discussing and amending the manifesto of the PGA,
co-ordinating decentralized protest actions all over the world during the
Ministerial Conference of the WTO in May, promoting the creation of local,
national, regional and topic-based platforms, and setting up the basis of an
information and press network to give more international projection to the work
of peoples' movements.

New Zealand Maori were there from the beginning.

Maori participants, PGA founding conference, Geneva, February 1998

From the PGA website, same page as above link.

This conference is convened by a committee formed by:

Foundation for Independent Analysis / Foundation for an Independent Aotearoa,
Aotearoa Frente Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional (FZLN), Mexico (EZLN to be
confirmed) Indigenous Women's Network, North America and the Pacific
Karnataka State Farmers' Association (KRRS), India
Mama 86, Ukraine
Movimento Sem Terra (MST), Brazil
Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Nigeria
Peasant Movement of the Philippines (KMP), Philippines
Central Sandinista de Trabajadores (CST), Nicaragua
Play Fair Europe! (PFE!), Europe

Note the prominent role played by a tiny Maori organisation, Foundation for an
Independent Aotearoa.

Also significant is the presence of the KMP, a well known front for the Maoist
oriented Communist Party of the Philippines. Note also the role of the
Cuban/communist aligned Sandinista trade union organisation.

While PGA is anarchist in orientation, the old line Marxist-Leninist influence
has been significant from day one.
* As participant in a workshop of the second encountro in Spain with activists
who initiated the PGA, in PGA meetings in Europe, and active in an Israeli local
"infopoint" I think the author is mistaken. He mix between the antiauthoritarian
nonvanguardist Autonomist Marxists and the authoritarian vanguardist
Marxist-Leninists. The Third worldism of the PGA is mostly expressed in the
cooperation with third world movements that are not clearly antiauthoritarian
anticapitalists like the MTS, and the Karnataka State Farmers Union.
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