Worldwide Declaration

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NEW WORLDWIDE DECLARATION DEMANDING AN END TO THE LOW INTENSITY WAR AGAINST THE ZAPATISTA COMMUNITIES.

Given the situation of repression faced by the Zapatista Support Bases (BAZ), the Committees of the True Word of Kolkata in India, South-West England, and Western Colombia, have asked everyone to show their solidarity by signing and delivering this Worldwide Declaration, to demand an end to the low intensity war against the Zapatista communities.

The proposal is that everyone delivers or sends the letter to President Felipe Calderon and to the Governor of Chiapas, Juan Sabines Guerrero, during the second stage of the International Campaign: “Worldwide Echo in Support of the Zapatistas”, which runs from 12 October to 17 November.

There are several ways to deliver the letter – by mail, for example – but it is suggested that the best way is to deliver it directly to the offices of the Mexican government and leave it there. If this cannot be done, it is proposed that it is sent by mail, from any corner of the world. Delivering it, or sending it by mail, ensures that a record is kept in the archive.

The addresses can be found below.

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LIC. FELIPE CALDERÓN HINOJOSA, PRESIDENTE DE LA REPÚBLICA
Residencia Oficial de los Pinos, Casa Miguel Alemán
Col. San Miguel Chapultepec, C.P. 11850
México DF 

 

LIC. JUAN SABINES GUERRERO, GOBERNADOR
Oficina del Gobernador
Palacio de Gobierno, 1er. Piso, Centro C.P. 29000
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México. 

 

 

WORLDWIDE DECLARATION DEMANDING JUSTICE AND FREEDOM FOR THE ZAPATISTA COMMUNITIES.

TO PRESIDENT FELIPE CALDERÓN HINOJOSA:
TO GOVERNOR JUAN SABINES GUERRERO:

By way of the following worldwide declaration, we address you, Pres. Felipe Calderón Hinojosa and Gov. Juan Sabines Guerrero, with regards to the situations of injustice and repression meted out against the Zapatista Support Base Communities (BAZ) of Comandante Abel, Unión Hidalgo, Guadalupe los Altos, San Marcos Avilés, Moisés Gandhi, Jechvó, and the Zapatista political prisoner Francisco Sántiz López, originally from Banavil, Municipality of Tenejapa, Chiapas.

Given that these situations take place with the backing and complicity of the government that you, as President of the Republic of the United States of Mexico and Governor of the State of Chiapas, respectively, represent:

We, the undersigned, from our respective communities, cities, and countries hold you both responsible for any and all past and possible acts of violence that have and/or will occur upon the autonomous communities in Chiapas.

It is absolutely clear that the ongoing government repression being carried out against the BAZ of Comandante Abel, Unión Hidalgo, Guadalupe los Altos, San Marcos Avilés, Moisés Gandhi, and Jechvó, as well as the unjust imprisonment of the Zapatista political prisoner, Francisco Sántiz López, stem from the same source: the shared ambition and strategy of the municipal, state, and federal governments in their war of counterinsurgency to annihilate the indigenous Zapatistas.

Once more, we hereby make public before you, as well as before international civil society, the most recent cases of repression and provocation, backed by the governments that both of you represent:

  1. Comandante Abel: Beginning on September 6th and 7th, and until the present, the paramilitary group “Peace and Justice” has carried out an armed invasion into Zapatista territory in the Comandante Abel ejido (BAZ). As a result, the entire community was violently displaced and several people were missing for some time while they sought refuge from the violence. Many remain severely ill. The Zapatistas’ land remains occupied by the aggressors, who are currently constructing their own houses as a way to perpetuate the occupation.
  2. Unión Hidalgo: Similarly, this Zapatista community was displaced by the violent aggressions of “Peace and Justice.” With the use of firearms, the aggressors have managed to occupy and expand their invasion throughout a significant section of the community. The situation is made worse because many compas are ill.
  3. BAZ of the ejido Guadalupe los Altos: Six BAZ compañeros were arrested under absurd charges made by the ejidal authorities of Guadalupe los Altos together with the local organization CIOAC HISTORIC: Five of these Zapatista compañeros were arrested on the 30th September, and the last compañero on the 4th October.
  4. Moisés Gandhi: Throughout the month of August, the Zapatista Support Base members of this community have suffered violent attacks and threats of forced displacement by the group of “coyotes” called the Regional Coffee Growers Organization of Ocosingo (Orcao).
  5. Jechvó: In October, groups of PRI militants started harassing Zapatistas bases of support of Jechvó, Zinacantan, violently denying them access to their own water source.
  6. San Marcos Avilés: This community has endured a never-ending nightmare that has garnered international public attention. This nightmare comes at the hands of a local attack group, with backing from political party members, and is the result of their having opened an autonomous school “Emiliano Zapata” in 2010. From forced displacement to sexual assault, these compas have suffered multiple forms of violence and repression solely for wanting to live with dignity and freedom as indigenous peoples.
  7. Since December 4, 2011, Francisco Sántiz López – a Zapatista Support Base Member – has remained unjustly imprisoned on the false accusation that he led a confrontation, which took place in the community of Banavil, Tenejapa Municipality, Chiapas. Despite the numerous witnesses who have attempted to testify on his behalf, the authorities responsible for imparting justice have refused to consider their crucial testimony. These witnesses unambiguously confirm that the accused was not present at the site of the incident. Moreover, both the Good Government Council headquartered at Oventic and the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center have illustrated the impunity enjoyed by the real perpetrators of the murder and acts of aggression that took place in Banavil, Tenejapa, Chiapas.

There are many of us. We represent numerous civil, social, and political organizations, collectives, and groups. We are from dozens of countries, with more joining our cause on a daily basis. Together, we issue the following demands:

  1. An immediate and absolute end to the war against the Zapatistas. An end to the attacks against them carried out by the attack groups that receive any and all forms of government support, be it active or passive, direct or indirect.
  2. The release of the Zapatista political prisoner Francisco Sántiz López and the six support base compañeros from the Guadalupe los Altos ejido: Cesar Aguilar Jiménez, Armando Aguilar Santis, Genaro Aguilar Santis, Delmar Aguilar Santis, Misael Aguilar Vásquez and Hipólito Aguilar Vásquez. May this occur immediately and absolutely unconditionally.

The short time that remains in both of your terms does not mean that we will give up our pursuit of justice. On the contrary, we vow to continue building and advancing in our campaigns and actions. At both the local and international levels, we will continue to disseminate the truth about your political careers, the atrocities that your employees and officials commit, and the legal inconsistencies that have transpired under your oversight.

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International Campaign: “Worldwide Echo in Support of the Zapatistas”

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PROTEST AT THE MEXICAN EMBASSY IN LONDON

WORLDWIDE DECLARATION DELIVERED

Today, being the first day of the second phase, “From Truth to Action, Stopping the Repression”, of the “Worldwide Echo in Support of the Zapatistas” campaign, and also the Day of Indigenous Resistance, a protest was organised at the Mexican Embassy in London, England, by activists from Bristol and Dorset, against the attacks by the bad government of Mexico against the Zapatista communities. News had just broken of a new attack on the community of Guadalupe los Altos, and the imprisonment of 6 Zapatistas.

The following document was delivered to the Embassy:

THE WORLDWIDE DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF THE ZAPATISTAS

The UK Zapatista Solidarity Network, representing groups, individuals and collectives from throughout the United Kingdom, hereby send this message to accompany our presentation of the ‘Worldwide Declaration in support of the Zapatistas of Chiapas, Mexico’ to the Embassy of Mexico in London, England.

We are delivering the Declaration today, Friday 12th October, 2012, because it is the Day of Indigenous Resistance, and marks the 520th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas, and the start of the colonial endeavour to destroy the indigenous peoples of these lands. This date also marks the beginning of the second phase of the ‘Worldwide Echo in Support of the Zapatistas’ campaign.

The Declaration has been signed by 112 organisations and 162 individuals from 24 different countries, all of whom are shocked and appalled at the blatant acts of violence, abuse, intimidation, harassment and attrition currently being directed against the Zapatista support base communities in Chiapas, Mexico, in violation of theirinalienable right to autonomy as indigenous peoples, as enshrined in the internationally recognized ILO Convention No. 169 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, both of which the government of Mexico has signed.

Since this Declaration was issued in July 2012, there has been an alarming escalation in acts of aggression against Zapatista communities, and 83 members of two villages remain displaced more than five weeks after being attacked by paramilitary groups with firearms, openly supported by the local authorities and police force.

We wish to reiterate our horror and dismay that a government which seeks to portray itself as a model of liberty and justice could openly support such hostilities against its own indigenous people.

WORLDWIDE DECLARATION DEMANDING JUSTICE FOR THE ZAPATISTA COMMUNITIES AND FREEDOM FOR FRANCISCO SÁNTIZ LÓPEZ

We view with profound concern, and demand an immediate end to, the continued acts of intimidation and aggression and the human rights abuses being committed against members of the Zapatista support base community in San Marcos Avilés, official municipality of Chilón, Chiapas, Mexico. We also call for the immediate liberation of the Zapatista political prisoner Francisco Sántiz López, who has been jailed since December 2011 in a flagrant abuse of justice.

Responding to the numerous denouncements and calls issued by the Zapatista Good Government Junta of Oventic and the community of San Marcos Avilés, we manifest in this declaration our solidarity with our brothers and sisters there, as well as with Francisco Sántiz López.

We are aware of the very serious new threats being made against the community of San Marcos Avilés by representatives of political parties in the area. Of particular concern are the open and blatant threats of displacement, physical violence, and the on-going climate of hostility promoted by these individuals. We consider such reprehensible aggression to be extremely serious in light of the events of September 2010, when vigilantes from the Green Ecological Party of Mexico (PVEM), the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), led by Lorenzo Ruiz Gómez and Vicente Ruiz López, attacked Zapatista support bases, displacing 170 people and destroying their property and crops.

In relation to the case of Francisco Sántiz López, a Zapatista support base from the Banavil ejido of Tenejapa, who was originally detained in December 2011 under false charges of having orchestrated a conflict in Banavil, we affirm the evidence collected by the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Centre and recounted by several witnesses, that he indeed was not present at the location where the events took place on 4th December 2011. His false imprisonment and the continued refusal of local authorities to examine this evidence are, in our view, further indication that the judicial system in Chiapas is wielded as a tool of political repression against those who struggle for justice.

In respect to current events in San Marcos Avilés, we demand:

· An immediate end to all death threats, verbal and physical harassment, and threats against the property and well-being of the Zapatista Support Base members by elements of the political parties in the San Marcos Avilés ejido

· Protection for the life and safety of the Zapatista support base members of San Marcos Avilés

· Respect for the Zapatista Support Base community’s inalienable right to autonomy as indigenous peoples, as enshrined in the internationally recognized ILO Convention No. 169 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, both of which the government of Mexico has signed

In respect of the case of Zapatista support base Francisco Sántiz López, we demand his immediate and unconditional release, as well as a swift investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators of violence in Banavil, Tenejapa Municipality, Chiapas.

To our brothers and sisters suffering injustice and violence in Chiapas, we remind you that your struggle is not carried out in silence, nor is it invisible. Indeed, countless individuals, organizations, and communities from around the world remain vigilant regarding your situation and have joined an international campaign in solidarity with your struggle. For our part, from cities across the world we send you a warm embrace, to let you know that we know who you are and what you are fighting for, and to say that we will do whatever we can to support you. We will all continue to make an echo of your just demands, an echo that resonates with the collective heartbeat of the earth.

Organisations:

Argentina

Agrupación Martín Fierro (Varela – Alte. Brown – Matanza – Mar del Plata, y Neuquen)
Agrup.Sindical Tolo Arce-ATE-SENASA,
Agrupación “Germán Abdala” – ATE-Ministerio de Trabajo de la Nación,
Agrup Agustín Tosco-Río Segundo-Córdoba,

Convocatoria Por La Liberación Nacional Y Social, Frente Sindical,

El Club De La Pluma

FeTERA Flores (colectivo de base de la Federación de Trabajadores de la Energía de la República Argentina en CTA.)

Movimiento de Trabajadores Desocupados Flamarión-Rosario, Democracia Popular-Rosario, Comunidad Campesina de Tratagal-Salta, Biblioteca Popular Fernando Jara-Cipoletti-Río Negro, Unión de Trabajadores de la Provincia de Chubut.-

Basque Country

Plataforma Vasca de solidaridad con Chiapas

Canada

Yo Soy 132 Montreal

Catalunya

La Adhesiva, Espai de Trobada i Acció. Barcelona

Yo Soy 132 Barcelona

Chile

La Ruta del Teatrino (LRT), Chile y Argentina

Yo Soy 132 Chile

England

Birkbeck Student Union, University of London,

Comite’ de la Palabra Verdadera de Londres

Grupo Solidaridad con Chiapas, Dorset

Grupo Kiptik

Grupo Solidaridad con México, Londres

Grupo Solidaridad con los Zapatistas, Manchester

Grupo Solidaridad con Chiapas, Oeste de Yorkshire.

Yo Soy 132 Londres

France

Americasol France

Asociacion Civil Francesa TLAXNAIWALHAC

Asociacion Espoir Chiapas/ Esperanza Chiapas

Mut Vitz 13, Marseille

Germany

¡Alerta! – Lateinamerika Gruppe Düsseldorf

Gruppe B.A.S.T.A., Münster

Pax Christi Alemania

YA-BASTA-NETZ de Alemania

YoSoy132 Munich

YoSoy132Wuppertal

Greece

Anti-Authoritarian Movement of Thessaloniki

Assembly for the solidarity to Zapatistas

Colectivo Farma

Thessaloniki’s Buddhist Center “Karma Gyalsten Ling”

Guatemala

Caracol Producciones

Italy

Associazione Jambo -comercio justo Fidenza

Mexico

BoCa En BoCa

Brigada por la Libertad por l@s Pres@s Politic@s (BLPP) en conjunto del Colectivo de Trabajos/Labores Psicosociales (CTLP), Guadalajara

Brújula Roja

Casa de la Mujer Ixim Antsetic, A.C.

Centro Autónomo de Capacitación y Formación Política de las y los Trabajadores de la Otra Campaña

Centro de Derechos de la Mujer de Chiapas

Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, A.C.

Centro de Estudios Ecuménicos, A.C. (Ciudad de México)

Coalición de Trabajadores Administrativos y Académicos del STUNAM

Colectivo Acción Inteligente de Desempleados Estudiantes y Trabajadores

Colectivo Alas (Ciudad de México)

Colectivo de Arte Independiente CAIN

Colectivo Contra la Tortura y la Impunidad A.C. de México

Colectivo de Mujeres Tejiendo Resistencias

Colectivo Diversidad Sexual

Colectivo Los Angeles

Colectivo “Pensa En Voz Alta”

Colectivo Venado Rebelde

Comunidad Autónoma Ernesto Guevara de la Serna

Comunidad Autónoma Ollin Alexis Benhumea Hernández

Dorados de Villa

El Otro Tampico

Enlace Urbano de Dignidad

Espacio social y kultural, LA KARAKOLA

Frente del Pueblo en la Otra Campaña

Frente Único Nacional de Trabajadores Activos, Pensionados y Jubilados del IMSS

Grupo de Difusión en Lenguas Indígenas de Yo Soy 132

Kolectivo Revuelta

LA OPC-CLETA

La Otra Campaña De Morelos

La Otra en Surponiente-DF

La Otra Huasteca Totonicapán

La Sexta Querétaro

La Otra Tamaulipas del Otro México.

Maderas del Pueblo del Sureste, AC

Melel Xojobal A.C.

Mujeres y la Sexta

Multimedios Cronopios Distrito Federal

Municipio Autónomo de San Juan Copala

Nicte-Há Dzib

Niñas y Niños en LOC-DF

Observatorio Eclesial (Ciudad de México)

Okupachamama, universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Texcoco, edo. Mex

Organización Zapatista “Educación para la Liberación de Nuestros Pueblos”

Permanent Peoples Tribunal, Mexico Chapter

“Proceso de articulación de la sierra de santa Marta”, Sur de Veracruz

Resistencias Enlazando Dignidad-Movimiento y Corazón Zapatista

Sector Nacional Obrero y de Trabajadores de la Ciudad, el Campo, el Mar y el Aire de la Otra Campaña.

Servicio Internacional Cristiano en Solidaridad por los Pueblos de América Latina. (Sicsal-México)
Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de Uniroyal

The Graduate Program For the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights, Autonomous University of Mexico City (Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México)

Unión de Lucha Anticapitalista, México

Yo Soy #132 Chihuahua, Chihuahua

New Zealand

Wellington Zapatista Support Group

Scotland

Grupo Solidaridad con Chiapas, Edimburgo

Spanish State

Associació Cultural el Raval “El Lokal”

CEDOZ

CGT

Comité Monseñor Óscar Romero De Madrid

L’Adhesiva, espai de trobada i acció

Oficina De Derechos Sociales De Sevilla

Plataforma De Solidaridad Con Chiapas Y Guatemala De Madrid

Red de Apoyo Zapatista de Madrid

S.O.S. Laciana de Espanya

United Kingdom

National Campaign against Fees and Cuts, UK

Red de solidaridad con los Zapatistas del Reino Unido

United States

Comité De Apoyo A Chiapas,

Marin Task Force on the Americas

Movimiento por Justicia del Barrio, La Otra Campaña Nueva York

Portland Anarchist Black Cross

Yo Soy 132 Chicago

Yotambiencuento

International

Secretariat, International Tribunal of Conscience of Peoples in Movement

Individuals:

Lynton North, Inglaterra

María de los Ángeles Gallegos Ramírez, México

Mercedes Palencia Villa, México

Guillermo Castillo, México

Jorge Luis Carrasco, Canadá

Pérez Salazar, Canadá

Julia Mena, México

Marco Gaibazzi Fidenza, Italia

Nelly Bocchi Fidenza, Italia

Sara Soldi Fidenza, Italia

Paul Escajadillo Lock, Perú

Juan Pablo Nava Gomez, México

Avaye Zan, Irán

Ζωή Τζελέπη, Grecia

Andrea Spotti, México

Oscar Pérez Caba, México

Danny Mitchell, Londres
Lorna Fox, Londres
David O’Connell, Londres
Jenni Clapham, Reino Unido
Andrew Green, Londres
Catherine Raveczky, Boulder, Colorado, EU
Adriana Díaz Encisco, Londres
Ian Macdonald, Londres
Denise Drake, Londres
Pavel Ramirez, Londres
Emma Baily, Londres
Jamie Kuse, Brighton
Hamish Low, Londres
Marina Muñoz, Londres
Martina Droandi, Reino Unido
Christina Briggs, Reino Unido
Tom Peters, Londres
Jaci Smith, Birmingham, Inglaterra
Miranda Stone, Londres
Corryn Llewellyn, Nueva Zelanda

J. Nicol, Inglaterra

José Guadalupe Sánchez Suárez, México

Pilar Clúa Nieto, Madrid, España

José Antonio López Reynoso, México

Alfredo Postlethwaite Sánchez, Estado Español

Carlos Taibo, Profesor, Madrid, Estado Español

Claudia Elena Favela Pérez, Bilbao, Estado Español

Álvaro Revenga, Guatemala

Teresa González de Chávez Fdez., Estado Español

Iñaki García García, Estado Español

Teresa González Gómez Huelva, Estado Español

Arturo Martínez Parra, Estado Español

Jordi Gatell Castro, Estado Español

Pedro Tostado Sánchez, Madrid, Estado Español

Ana Tomás Soria, Estado Español

Santiago Hernández, Madrid, Estado Español

Alba Ayuso Yuste, Madrid, Estado Español

Gema Puntada, Beja, Portugal.

Cátedra Mauricio López UNSL pcia. de San Luis Rpca, Argentina

Sebastián Gómez, México

Isabel Lázaro Salcedo, Bristol, Reino Unido

Martina Jaques, Argentina

Alfonso Leija salas, México

Luz María González Armenta, Tamaulipas, México

Aida Gómez Hernández, Estado Español

Irini Papa, Grecia

Montserrat Balcorta Sobrino, México

Patricia Chandomí, periodista, Chiapas.

Adrián Fernández Vega, México
Eusebio García González, México
Alberto Coria Jiménez, México
Delfino Barrios López, México
Evangelina Iturbe Clavellina, México
Carmen Silva Barrios, México
Claudia Torres Roux, México

Dale Sorensen, EU

Felipe I. Echenique, México

Will Simpson, Inglaterra

Aurora Tumanischwili Penelón, Argentina

María Rosa González, Comunicadora Social

Graciela García Trejo, México

Laura Bravi, Argentina

Juan Alberto Aguirre Portillo, México

Georgina Rodríguez Palacios, México

Aligiorga Elisabeth, Thessaloniki, Greece

María Gracia Castillo Ramírez, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México

Marianna Kondyli, Assembly for the solidarity to Zapatistas, Athens, Grecia

Mariana Berenice Cedillo Lopez, México

Hélène Bennès, Lyon, Francia

Maria Tzioka, Grecia

Alicia Fdez Gómez-Enseñante, Estado Español

Issel Campos, EU

Corinne Rhodes, Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA), EU

Lina Odena Güemes H., México

Lara Lohmann, Oldenburg, Alemania

Skondras Andreas, Grecia

Rafy Jean, Francia
Faucher Yve, Francia
Chef Régine, Francia

Efthimia Christodoulopoulou, Grecia
George Rallis, Grecia

Dimitris Tsitakis, Grecia

Umberto Arciero, Italia

Adriana Chávez Tejeda, México

Adriana Vicario Chávez, México

Héctor Vicario Montiel, México

Arnoldo Garcia, EU

Jose Plascencia, EU

Todd Davies, EU

Karyl Averill, Occupy Santa Rosa, EU

Jorge Herrera, ¡Oye Latino! Nueva Zelanda

Sasha R. Novis, Conozco Collective, EU

Peter N. Jones, PhD, Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources, EU

Linus Lancaster, Land Buoy Project, EU

Real Lapalme, EU

Patricia Barba Avila, Radio República, México

Juan Carlos Arauz, E3, Bay Area Dreamers, EU

Dr. James D. Cockroft, EU/Canadá

Diana Bohn, Co-Coordinator, Nicaragua Center for Community Action, EU

John Hasemeyer, EU

Dana Bellwether, EU

Glen and Dixie Dixon, EU

Carolina Dutton, EU

Mary Ann Tenuto Sánchez, EU

Dorinda Moreno, U.S/México

Dr. Camilo Pérez Bustillo, International Tribunal of Conscience of Peoples in Movement, México

Alfonso Leija Salas, México

Albert Moliner, Estado Español

Cecilia Granados Salgado, México

Anna Pacchiani, Italia

Massimo Vecchi, Italia

Blase Bonpane, Office of the Americas, EU

Lena García Feijoo, México

Alfredo Ramírez Ogando, Alemania

Gustavo García Rojas, México

María Esther Pina Soria Calderón, México

Ricardo Antonio Sánchez Pina, México

Héctor Ricardo Sánchez Coronado, México

Vassiliki Nomidou, Grecia

Georgitsis Konstantinos, Grecia

Ειρήνη Κονταρίδου, μέλος της οργάνωσης ΑΡΑΝ και της ΑΝΤΑΡΣΥΑ, Grecia

Konstantinos Issas, Grecia

Antonis Moraitis, Grecia

Addy Pérez Sánchez, México

T.J, Randall, Inglaterra

J. Sorrell, Inglaterra

Anita Payne, Inglaterra

Michael Difiore, Inglaterra

Eileen Foley, Inglaterra

Paul Cretella, Inglaterra

Guillermo Villaseñor, México

Rosalba Estefanía Quiñones Rodríguez, México

Marta Speroni, Militante Internacionalista Por Los Dd. Hh., Argentina

Alejandro Cabrera Britos, Delegado General Ate Senasa, Dilab/ Martínez, Cta. Argentina

Igor Calvo, Militante De Base Del Fnrp, Honduras

Cristina Castello, Poeta Y Periodista, Argentina

Aline Castro, Red Por Tí América, Brasil

Carlos Guanciarrosa, Agrupación Enrique Mosconi, Fetera En Cta, Argentina.

Aurora Tumanischwili Penelòn, Argentina

Guillermo López, Argentina

Carina Maloberti, Consejo Directivo Nacional – Ate-Cta, Argentina

Ingrid Storgen, Amigos Por La Paz En Colombia Y En El Mundo, Responsable Del Colectivo

Carlos Loza, Junta Interna De Ate, Agp (Asociación General De Puertos En
La Central De Trabajadores De La Argentina, Cta)

Eduardo Espinosa, Ate (Asociación De Trabajadores Del Estado, En Cta),
Ministerio De Desarrollo Humano De La Provincia De Buenos Aires. Argentina

Adriana Díaz Enciso, México

José Mª Burgaleta, Estado Español

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WORLDWIDE ECHO FOR FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR SAN MARCOS AVILÉS AND FRANCISCO SÁNTIZ LÓPEZ: DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF THE ZAPATISTAS IN CHIAPAS, MEXICO 

August 2012

The UK Zapatista Solidarity Network would like to propose that we all issue a joint statement from our various places in every corner of the world. We invite everyone to sign this worldwide declaration in support of the dignified struggle of the Zapatista support bases of San Marcos Avilés and the Zapatista political prisoner Francisco Sántiz López. This declaration is being circulated in association with the “Worldwide Echo in Support of the Zapatistas: Freedom and Justice for San Marcos Avilés and Sántiz López” Campaign, called by our compañer@s from the Other Campaign New York.

The plan is for the declaration to be presented, with all the collected signatures, during the second phase of the Campaign in September 2012.

We ask you to send your signatures of support, including the name of your group, organization or collective, and your town or country, to laotranuevayork@yahoo.com before 20th September, 2012. Following this date, we will ask that you join us in actively distributing the signed declaration as widely as possible, particularly to local, national and international media, and Mexican government offices, Embassies and Consulates, to demand an immediate end to the repression confronting our Zapatista compañer@s.

WORLDWIDE ECHO FOR FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR SAN MARCOS AVILÉS AND FRANCISCO SÁNTIZ LÓPEZ: DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF THE ZAPATISTAS

We view with profound concern, and demand an immediate end to, the continued acts of intimidation and aggression and the human rights abuses being committed against members of the Zapatista support base community in San Marcos Avilés, official municipality of Chilón, Chiapas, Mexico. We also call for the immediate liberation of the Zapatista political prisoner Francisco Sántiz López, who has been jailed since December 2011 in a flagrant abuse of justice.

Responding to the numerous denouncements and calls issued by the Zapatista Good Government Junta of Oventic and the community of San Marcos Avilés, we manifest in this declaration our solidarity with our brothers and sisters there, as well as with Francisco Sántiz López.

We are aware of the very serious new threats being made against the community of San Marcos Avilés by representatives of political parties in the area. Of particular concern are the open and blatant threats of displacement, physical violence, and the on-going climate of hostility promoted by these individuals. We consider such reprehensible aggression to be extremely serious in light of the events of September 2010, when vigilantes from the Green Ecological Party of Mexico (PVEM), the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), led by Lorenzo Ruiz Gómez and Vicente Ruiz López, attacked Zapatista support bases, displacing 170 people and destroying their property and crops.

In relation to the case of Francisco Sántiz López, a Zapatista support base from the Banavil ejido of Tenejapa, who was originally detained in December 2011 under false charges of having orchestrated a conflict in Banavil, we affirm the evidence collected by the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Centre and recounted by several witnesses, that he indeed was not present at the location where the events took place on 4th December 2011. His false imprisonment and the continued refusal of local authorities to examine this evidence are, in our view, further indication that the judicial system in Chiapas is wielded as tool of political repression against those who struggle for justice.

In respect to current events in San Marcos Avilés, we demand:

  • An immediate end to all death threats, verbal and physical harassment, and threats against the property and well-being of the Zapatista Support Base members by elements of the political parties in the San Marcos Avilés ejido
  • Protection for the life and safety of the Zapatista support base members of San Marcos Avilés
  • Respect for the Zapatista Support Base community’s inalienable right to autonomy as indigenous peoples, as enshrined in the internationally recognized ILO Convention No. 169 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, both of which the government of Mexico has signed

In respect of the case of Zapatista support base Francisco Sántiz López, we demand his immediate and unconditional release, as well as a swift investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators of violence in Banavil, Tenejapa Municipality, Chiapas.

To our brothers and sisters suffering injustice and violence in Chiapas, we remind you that your struggle is not carried out in silence, nor is it invisible. Indeed, countless individuals, organizations, and communities from around the world remain vigilant regarding your situation and have joined an international campaign in solidarity with your struggle. For our part, from cities across the world we send you a warm embrace, to let you know that we know who you are and what you are fighting for, and to say that we will do whatever we can to support you. We will all continue to make an echo of your just demands, an echo that resonates with the collective heartbeat of the earth.

For further information please go to: https://sanmarcosavilesen.wordpress.com

Or contact: laotranuevayork@yahoo.com

Please send your signatures of support, including the name of your group, organization or collective, and your town or country, to laotranuevayork@yahoo.com before 20th September, 2012.

“We want our corn to be no longer stolen. We want tranquillity to be able to grow our pumpkins on our land. We want to find peace again in our hearts. We want to eat with love what we have”.

The Worldwide Declaration is available to download here: WORLDWIDE ECHO FOR FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR SAN MARCOS AVILÉS AND FRANCISCO SÁNTIZ LÓPEZ updated version

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