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(en) France, UCL - International, The Union Communiste Libertaire reaffirms its support for the EZLN and its journey through life around the world (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 27 Sep 2021 08:28:36 +0300

In the midst of the global social crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, which in many countries led to the demobilization of social movements, political organizations and collectives, Zapatismo launched a new invitation to the struggles "from below and to the left." ---- "Compas Anarquistas: we Zapatistas, we Zapatistas, are not going to blame our deficiencies (including lack of imagination), nor are we going to hold them responsible for our mistakes, much less persecute them for who they are." [1] ---- SupMarcos, 2013 ---- "If you are going to criticize something, do your research first. Well-written ignorance is like well-pronounced idiocy: just as useless. " [2]

Miquel Amorós, paraphrased by SupMarcos, 2013

"Who we met or wanted to lead us or wanted us to lead. There were those who approached and did so with the desire to use us, or to look back, either with anthropological nostalgia or militant nostalgia. So for some of us we were communists. , for other Trotskyists, for other anarchists, for other Maoists, for other millennialists, and there I leave several "ists" for you to put whatever you know about[...]With the Sixth we finally find you. Finally, someone who understood that we were not looking for shepherds to guide us, or herds to lead to the promised land. Neither masters nor slaves. Neither leaders nor headless masses. " [3]

SupMarcos, 2014

"Provoking thought, discussion, debate is something that we, we Zapatistas value a lot. That is why our admiration for anarchist thought. It is clear that we are not anarchists, but their approaches are those that provoke and encourage, those that They make you think. And believe me that orthodox critical thinking, to call it somehow, has a lot to learn in this regard, but not only in that, from anarchist thought. To give you an example, criticism of the state as such is something that in anarchist thought he has already walked a long way. " [4]

SupGaleano, 2015

In the midst of the global social crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, which in many countries led to the demobilization of social movements, political organizations and collectives, Zapatismo launched a new invitation to the struggles "from below and to the left."

Despite the recrudescence of paramilitarism in the regions where the Zapatista movement (broadly, including the CNI-CIG and many other related struggles) disputes the territory with the State and transnationals ; despite a pandemic that affects the most impoverished (the majority of indigenous people in Mexico are in poverty or even extreme poverty) ; despite a government media campaign that points out, like certain French anarchists, that Zapatismo has been dead for years and that said movement has to realize it in order to stop bothering ; Despite the global climate catastrophe, the EZLN made it possible to glimpse the realization of the dream of recent years: the convergence of struggles.

Unlike dogmatic groups from various left-wing currents, Zapatismo shows its respect for those who share the same enemies. Since its uprising in 1994, the EZLN has been the target of attacks from all fronts, based on racism and envy. In 2014, the Zapatista peoples withdrew the insurgent subcomandante Marcos from the EZLN leadership, in addition to renaming him Galeano (in honor of a Zapatista militant assassinated by paramilitaries) to give the death so desired by many to the mestizo.; The insurgent subcommander Moisés, one hundred percent indigenous, was then in command. The attacks directed at the person of Marcos / Galeano, despite the known change in leadership of the Zapatista army, seek to deny the capacity for action of the indigenous Zapatista peoples by pointing to the former leader as the mastermind behind the successes and failures of the movement. ; they are therefore racist attacks.

The Zapatistas have fulfilled, within the possibilities of state racism and despite the limits of the left intelligentsia (European and Latin American), forging links with thousands of struggles throughout the entire European territory, now renamed Slumil K. 'axjemk'op. Still the delegation of almost 200 indigenous people has not touched the lands on the other side of the Atlantic and hundreds of events have already been held, bringing together organizations, collectives and individuals in struggles such as the right to housing, feminist, anti-racist, anti-imperialist struggles, anti-colonial, etc.

Whoever, comfortably, from Europe, criticizes the strategies of the broad indigenous Zapatista movement articulated around the CNI-CIG and the EZLN, should realize that it is not necessary to be an anarchist or Marxist to cause the fall of capitalism, that it is not necessary to follow stand together nineteenth-century dogmas, closing themselves to any different expression anchored in their specific reality, to create counter-powers that, attacking capitalism in its means of production, circulation and consumption, give death stabs to that system.

The 2018 para-electoral experience of the CNI-CIG, following the EZLN's proposal to present a collective candidacy for the presidential elections (and in which the Zapatista army itself did not participate), evidenced all the racism of the State and the lie of the popular representation through elections. This strategy has been criticized from anti-electoral positions that, with epistemological blindness, ignore the achievements of the indigenous campaign: strengthening the ties of very diverse struggles for the defense of the territory and the self-determination of the indigenous communities that, until that moment, were disarticulated. or outside the CNI and break the media siege that encloses the territorial struggles of indigenous peoples in deserts of silence. It should be noted that the Nahua spokeswoman, presented as a candidate by the CNI,

There are those who are not ashamed of their ignorance when they affirm that the EZLN has integrated into institutional politics, for calling to demonstrate by all means the support for the victims of State crimes, including participation in a kind of recent plebiscite ; These positions omit that about 800 indigenous communities in Chiapas held community assemblies (not votes and outside the legal system) to support the demand for justice.; They omit that many of those communities were not even Zapatista communities, but they preferred this exercise (not legally binding) to that of the ballot box, which was carried out in parallel. Where criticism sees integration into the system, reality shows the disintegration of the Mexican state system, at the same time that the articulation of indigenous community autonomies increases.

The trip to Europe has left the Zapatista communities in the red. The different crowdfounding campaigns allow the European geography to prepare the visit of the communities. The pettiness of those who affirm that the visit is carried out for commercial purposes omits, because it does not ignore, that solidarity is a moral duty of militants with an internationalist vision and that, although for now the funds are raised to support the tour of life There is nothing fairer than also promoting any initiative that allows strengthening the economy of the Zapatista communities in the face of the attacks of the Mexican state, its paramilitaries and the transnational corporations that aspire to the Lacandon jungle. They, from their position, have also been in solidarity with the struggles in other geographies. [5][6]

As Union Communiste Libertaire we salute the initiative of the Journey through Life [7], we value the effort that hundreds of thousands of indigenous Zapatistas make, putting their lives at risk, to come and tell us about their struggles and listen to ours, to give us a beautiful reason to find ourselves among militants in Europe and to encourage the creation of a global network of resistance and rebellion that puts an end to colonialism, patriarchy, and capitalism.

Libertarian Communist Union Sep 13, 2021

To validate

[1] Bad and not so bad news

[2] Bad and not so bad news

[3] Between light and shadow

[4] The Wall and the Crack. First Note on the Zapatista Method

[5] On Ayotzinapa, the Festival and hysteria as a method of analysis and guide for action

[6] Cafe organized against the wall

[7] Sixth part. A mountain on the high seas

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