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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Décembre - Chiapas: Indios without a king (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 19 Dec 2017 08:28:55 +0200

The Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) has left the pages of the mainstream media. This rupture was assumed by the Zapatistas who chose to work with independent, militant and alternative media. ---- The publication of Indios without a king: Encounters with women and men of Chiapas of Orsetta Bellani is part of this choice. This strange title - Indios without a king - comes from a quote by the writer Eduardo Galeano recounting the surprise of the Spanish conquerors to the Mayan communities who elected their leaders among those who knew best how to listen. ---- " This book, which in many ways has the form of a logbook, brings us closer to the Zapatista communities. People who are not informed about the Zapatista insurrection find elements to go back to the origins of the movement while the others draw from it updated information ... " (extract from the preface).

The book returns first on the before 1994 and the birth of the insurrectional movement. This part ends with the disappearance of the sub-commander Marcos before its reappearance under the name of Galeano.

The inhabitants of San Sebastián Bachajón a few days after the recovery of their territory - (c) Orsetta Bellani
Over the course of the chapters, the issues of power, women's liberation, justice, education and health, as practiced in the Zapatista communities, are discussed. It is through encounters that we learn from men and women engaged on a daily basis what the construction of autonomy means. Orsetta Bellani also discusses lesser-known topics such as the " Zapatista Bank " or the attraction to young Zapatistas of migration in the United States. But Orsetta also does not forget the counter-insurgency and the violence that is striking the communities in resistance.

Many black and white photos dot this cheap short book and it is essential for those who want to know more about the Zapatista movement.


Orsetta Bellani, Indios without a king. Meetings with women and men from Chiapas, libertarian creation workshop, 2017, 150 pages, 10 euros.

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