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(en) Mexico, Collective Rupture (RC): In a historic assembly, the municipalities of Chilón and Sitala in Chiapas elect a council of spokespersons to walk towards self-government without political parties - Demián Revart (ca) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 6 May 2018 14:11:50 +0300

The Mexican State is increasingly shaken by the paws when it realizes that the exercise of self-government in its territories (or rather "exterritories") is expanding. By providing foreign capital concessions on the largest biological and water reserves, in this case, in the state of Chiapas - the main region from which water is extracted for the monopolistic Coca-Cola industry, as an illustrative feature of this abomination -; by ignoring the millionaire deviations of resources in the municipalities of the most marginalized municipalities; and, of course, by creating a climate of paramilitary violence and internal divisionism in the villages that have deeply hurt the Cuklejalil lekil [1].... It is a clear response that populations encourage social organization to"Look for another way to govern without affecting the nature or the people themselves ".

I have stated it too many times: the peoples who decide to self-govern not only establish a rupture with the structure of the nation-state, but have also glimpsed their antagonistic class position and understood without hesitation the chains of harmful situations that this provokes and that threaten seriously against natural and human life.

One of the municipalities that has joined this break to self-govern is Chilón -located in the jungle region of Chiapas- that holds 70% of its population in a state of poverty, which is in contrast to the high annual budget received by the municipality exceeding 700 million pesos . "It is an insult to the people that the government receives so much money and that even then, this is one of the poorest municipalities in the country. Enough of the bad government! " [2]has been the main political argument of the communities of Chilón (mostly Chol, Tzotzil and Tzeltal) to generate an organizational nucleus in them and decide to confederate in the " MOVEDITE "( Movement in Defense of Life and Territory)that also promotes diverse strategies of militancy and internal communication in more than 12 municipalities of Chiapas that are "candidates" for the imposition of developmental projects that are being planned within their territorial demarcation, such as hydroelectric dams on the Chakté-Cancuc rivers and the Florido River -Huixtán-; explorations of oil wells in the community of El Jardín -Ocosingo-; the project of the military barracks in Patria Nueva; a new Coca-Cola factory in the community of Río Molino -also Huixtán-; as well as the validity of the project of the Palenque-San Cristóbal superhighway that would cross dozens of towns affecting both their lands and the natural resources they protect.

Although in Chilón the extractive industry or some megaproject has not been installed as such, the environmental-territorial affectations that their sister communities will suffer soon will touch them, although their people know thoroughly that "there will always be affectations under the command of any partisan government because those leaders are not people from here, from the people, " so in 2016, a very visible scenario linked to the billionaire budget robbery by the City Council that have denounced all their mobilizations, because " the health clinic of the municipal capital of Chilón, has been under construction for years without seeing its end ", causing as in much of the national territory, health services are scarce and negligent, forcing in the event of illness or accidents, residents have to travel hours and hours to state capitals to try - still the matter Stagnate in an "attempt" - receive the necessary medical attention.

With interstate meetings, pilgrimages to promote the union "beyond belief" and gathering signatures to validate the entry of a request delivered on November 17, 2017 to the Institute of Elections and Citizen Participation of the State of Chiapas to achieve legal recognition of his free determination, Chilón is walking quickly through the path of self-government. His most recent step towards that goal - and which is described in the title of this text ... but he could not omit the preamble to the causes of this movement without reaching this part! - emerged last Friday, April 20; about 4 thousand people gathered at the Bachajón community fair park to publicly present to the Council of Community Government Speakers, an elected group of men and women in 20 regions of the municipality through their respective assemblies that "will walk spreading the word in our communities about this alternative organization that seeks to resist the system of election by political parties and recover the constitutional right of indigenous people determination (...) that allows us to exercise our own mode of government ".

For its part, on Saturday April 21 in the municipality of Sitala was made public presentation in the municipal seat of the councilors who will have the same task as chiloneros: "These comrades are not authorities, they are a community charge that will have the mission to strengthen the word in the communities in the search for Community Government in our territory. "

I have also mentioned - in a stream of occasions! - that what happens in rurality is not unique to that geography, since the paradigm shift from the representative to the autonomous is applicable in any substantivity (oh, we have everything the work that the Citizen Council has done for the Good Government in San Cristobal de las Casas!, who support the objective of banishing the party in that gentrified city so that the citizenship can self-administer the City Council).

For self-government in Chilón and Sitala, this radical change is summarized in 'renew social relations and politics': "(...) we promote COMMUNITY GOVERNMENTS that renew social relations among indigenous people, mestizos, diverse religions, adults and youth; COMMUNITY GOVERNMENTS that renew the policy (...) to combat corruption and division of bad governments and thus guarantee the defense of our Mother Earth and community harmony ".
"To those who want something, something has to cost them," the Turkish DHKP-C[3]militants say when governments attempt any organizational process, repress or ignore the signs of violence within the communities. I quote this sentence because the struggle for autonomy in Chilón has also met with different threats.

According to the research carried out by the Center for Indigenous Rights, AC (CEDIAC) , insecurity and robbery crimes due to external factors have increased since October 2017 to date, with the main concern being the theft of products and raw materials. the Women's Cooperative "Luchiyej Nichimetic"[4], which allegorically represent two primary objectives of the Community Government proposal: 1) protection, comprehensive support and non-sexist reeducation for the emancipation of indigenous women; and 2) enhance the projects of economic self-management and own culture, as is the trade-art of traditional weaving.

These crimes -which are added to the constant and express death threats against several of those implicated in the Council of Community Government- give guidelines to affirm that yes: 'the State trembles the legs'. Baia ... it is not the first time that the state machinery takes advantage of the isolation of the communities of the Selva de Chiapas to militarize and assassinate the rebelling populations right and left.

I could not keep silent ... I feel tremendous indignation at the impunity and the 'alertness' in which people who dare to risk their lives live for a common good, however, we all know that good always triumphs and in Chilón and Sitala will not be the exception.




[1]In Tzeltal, "the Good Life in Common".

[2]"'Enough of the bad government!', Demands in Chilón, the pilgrimage in defense of the land and the territory," Pozol Colectivo , November 16, 2016. ( http://www.pozol.org/? p = 14041 )

[3]Partido-Frente Revolucionario de Liberación del Pueblo , an armed communist organization in Turkey that has been active since 1994, promoting class organization in universities, neighborhoods and cities. In recent years they have carried out actions and protests in defense of the Kurdish people and ethnic minorities, which are constantly violated by the regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the popular neighborhoods and borders of the country.

[4]"The Bachajón Mission denounces threats to defenders and attempted robbery of a women's cooperative", Radio Zapatista , February 22, 2018. ( http://radiozapatista.org/?p=25799 )

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