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(en) Ruptura Colectiva (RC): The Citizen Council is formed by the Good Government of San Cristóbal de las Casas; without political parties or those who support the system - Demián Revart (ca, it) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 3 Nov 2017 10:15:29 +0200

THE CITIZEN COUNCIL IS CONFORMED BY THE AUTOGENEOUS IN SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS IN THE HEIGHTS OF CHIAPAS ---- The mythical year 2018 is approaching. If this were a mainstream article, the paragraph would be supplemented by the first sentence saying that "and Mexican society is already readying its bets for the electoral contest ...", but no! far from the electoral vortex, there are countless alternatives that do not seek to match the times of representative politics , but rather to the times of citizen action.Nor do they contemplate the political parties or the "independent" figurines that come from them. The key separation between State and society is being marked by a crack - now yes - in Mexican society that is enlisting "very other" initiatives, after the passage of generations that have seen those who support the political class - from the bureaucrat from the municipal health clinic to the honorable president - as temporary subjects and never as subjects of change.

So ... what's the alternative? Hold on, that's what's coming.

Citizens living in the neighborhoods, colonies, subdivisions, rancherías and communities of the emblematic municipality of San Cristobal de las Casas in Los Altos de Chiapas have long had the idea of creating a 'people's government', with the argument that "the best solution is the self-organization of the people to realize what is established in Article 39 of the Constitution:" to ensure that all public power emerges from the people and is instituted for the benefit of the people. "

This, in order to self-aggravate a remedy to the problems and widespread violence that, despite being an urban territory with the greatest investment as a tourist resort and other capitals in one of the states, paradoxically, with the highest rates of extreme poverty in the country, there also encourages poor governance gradually "social disintegration, lawlessness, impunity, insecurity, invasions, plunder, ecocide, water crisis, lack of jobs and income, traffic chaos, addictions, corruption, etc.", as the members of the Citizen's Council promote a Good Government for San Cristóbal that was constituted last Monday 23 of October after a community assembly in the Victory Hall located in the Street Army National.

Market of Chamula, San Cristobal de las Casas.

In its public convocation - but with a legitimate restriction for political parties, state officials or personal figures that support the capitalist system - the Citizen Council is defined as "an organizational space of service to the community ... formed by councilors recognized by their honesty and spirit of service that will last for three years at most and the coordination of the Council will be collective and rotating. "

Among the objectives to achieve, the companions share the following postulates:

a) Seek its permanent strengthening by incorporating more members and best practices.

b) Elaborate a Citizen Program of Good Municipal Government effective for the integral reconstruction of our municipality.

c) Carry out a truly democratic process so that the citizens of San Cristóbal can propose and support nonpartisan citizens recognized for their honesty and spirit of service who are willing to be members of the Citizen Council Promoting Good Governance.

d) To support so that the candidates of the town participate successfully in the next local electoral process, taking into account that, independently of the results of the electoral day, the commitment of all is to continue promoting the organization of the town and the execution of the Citizen Program of Good Government for the integral reconstruction.
This initiative could be the spearhead for the formation of civil councils in Mexico and the world, due to its high population rate and basically, for being a cosmopolitan city, joining at the same time from its trench - and with their respective differences - to an enormous movement for the autonomy that is being built by the Indigenous Council of Government of the CNI-EZLN, today since October 2016, but in history since January 1, 1994.

Recently and at the same juncture - but thousands of miles away - the Democratic Forces of Syria (SDF) and the Popular Protection Units (YPG) 100% liberated the city of Al-Raqqa from the clutches of the Islamic State, which left the field open for a social experiment that is very similar to the idea for San Cristóbal de las Casas: the Civil Council.

Combatants of the YPG celebrating the full liberation of Al-Raqqa.

In one of their first communiqués in April, they announce that this council structure will take over the administration, security and stability of the city without the intervention of the Bashar al-Asad government or any external military force:

"In our role we announce to our people that the Civil Council of Al-Raqqa will carry out the responsibility of the administration and services of the citizens assuring the needs of them, and the internal security will take care of the security and stability in the zones released. On the other hand, we await the day of liberation of the city, and for this, the city would be in the custody of our Council.

Finally, we call on our people to be united to provide help to free the forces and to cooperate with the Civil Council to form a democratic society. This is the ambition of our people "[1].

Regarding the similarities between northern Syria and southern Mexico, the Argentinean researcher and writer, Nicolás de Antueno, writes about this article:

"Recently, within the Federal Democratic System of Northern Syria, there were some very curious elections, since there were two great things that were not chosen in these elections: a) political parties and b) programs. What is chosen are people (more than 22,000) in charge of carrying out those tasks that exceed the real possibilities of community assemblies. If someone wrongly executes some of the orders given by the assemblies, he is revoked and puts himself to another more obedient. In Zapatista territories this is called "good government". In short, if not already boring: the 200,000 citizens of San Cristobal de las Casas are about to take their lives in their hands.
At the time of drafting this article, the Citizen Council Promoter of a Good Government is in permanent activities of linking, logistics and homogenization with the municipality.

Here is a video record of its official foundation on Monday, October 23.


[1]After liberating the city of Al-Raqqa in Syria from ISIS, progress towards self-government, Collective Breakdown (RC), April 17, 2017. ( http://rupturacolectiva.com/tras-liberar-la-ciudad -of-the-raqqa-in-syria-of-isis-is-advanced-towards-self-government /)

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