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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]
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
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
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.
ALL THE SOLIDARITY WITH THE PROPOSALS THAT ARISE FROM BELOW AND THE HEART!, FOR LIFE AND
After liberating the city of Al-Raqqa in Syria from ISIS, progress towards
self-government, Collective Breakdown (RC), April 17, 2017. (
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