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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #231 - Chiapas-EZLN: Zapatista share their experience (fr) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 29 Nov 2013 20:24:15 +0200


The Zapatistas organized international meetings in Chiapas in August, according to their desire to reconnect with social organizations and indigenous people of Mexico and the world. ---- The Zapatistas were again surprised everyone this summer, receiving about 1,700 people in their communities for what they called the small school (small school), where they and they taught for a week what " freedom according to the Zapatistas. " Participants from es social movements around the world (as far as India and South Africa), were distributed in different communities-are the five Caracoles (Zapatista regions), where they lived with host families. 'Classes', given by the Zapatista bases with manual created for the occasion, provided details self-management organization that the Zapatistas have developed over the past decade since the creation of juntas de buen gobierno (unions of good government) bodies self-government communities.

During Zapatism

The Zapatistas presented both different programs (health, education) and projects (communication, shopping, crafts, coffee, shoe factory, independent bank) that allowed them to improve their living conditions. On the other hand, they and they explained how their political systems and justice, respectively based on the principles of work mandar obedeciendo (by obeying) and rehabilitation and repair rather than punishment. They and they also stressed the importance of women's role in their movement. The empirical side of the experience was not hidden, with mistakes and guesswork that accompany any process of building a new society.

An example of self-

The small school was one of the first activities organized by the Zapatistas since their recent revival of their national and international activities, after a few years to build their self out of the media spotlight. This new phase was initiated by a massive mobilization December 21, 2012 and numerous press reaffirming the Zapatista revolutionary principles, their vision of self and the requirement of the application of the San Andres. The importance of construction, not just criticism and resistance was emphasized, hence the idea of escuelita to present what has been achieved in Zapatista territory.

Organize the struggle of Indigenous Peoples

In the same spirit of national and international work, the Zapatistas had convened with other indigenous organizations, just after the escuelita the Catedra Tata Juan Chavez, the name of a Purepecha leader died a year earlier. Held in San Cristobal de las Casas, this event brought together about 500 delegates from indigenous peoples of Mexico and the Americas, each explaining the situation and the people's struggle. The Zapatistas are proposed to receive in their communities activists and activists basis of these peoples to develop the principles and practice of autonomy, and a joint statement was issued, demanding justice for Prisoners policies, disappeared and exiled es-es.

Faced with the constant destruction of people and nature by capitalism and bad governments, the Zapatistas reaffirm once again the need to organize, from local to global, to build a mundo donde quepan muchos mundos (a world several worlds). And their experience and their actions, they and they lead by example and hope that it serves to build similar struggles across the globe.

Jocelyn (AL Montreuil).

The San Andres

Fruits of negotiations between the Mexican government, the EZLN and other indigenous peoples, these agreements are signed on 16 February 1996. They recognize the existence of indigenous peoples in Mexico and give new rights, including the right to autonomy, that is to say, to organize themselves according to their own will to the political, economic, social and cultural level. When translating agreements into law, President Zedillo introduced unacceptable changes by the Zapatistas, which quashed the efforts made so far. The introduction of these agreements in the Mexican constitution is still one of the major demands of indigenous struggles.
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