Joint National Indigenous Congress – EZLN Declaration denouncing the invasion of the Communal Lands of the Ñatho Indigenous Community of San Francisco Xochicuautla and the attack on Indigenous Yaqui Lauro Baumea

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To the Ñatho Indigenous Community of San Francisco Xochicuautla

To the Yaqui Tribe

To the National and International Sixth

To the Peoples of the World

Once more we express our pain and rage as the peoples in rebellion and resistance who make up the National Indigenous Congress. We unite our voices, our rage, and our pain in response to what is happening in the Ñatho Indigenous Community of San Francisco Xochicuautla and to the members of the Yaqui Tribe who are defending their water source.

Our brothers and sisters of Xochicuautla have defended their forests against the construction of the private highway between Toluca and Naucalpan, because they know that life itself emerges from these trees, mountains, and waters. They were granted legal protection prohibiting this work on communal lands, but since October 8 of this year, workers from the construction company under the protection of public “Citizen Security” Forces of the State of Mexico have been invading their lands and cutting down hundreds of trees. The bad government doesn’t care if we below use their laws to defend ourselves; they break those laws themselves in order to destroy us. They made them for the same reason.

There are currently acts of provocation, persecution, harassment, as well as illegal invasion of communal territory in this community. The construction company Autovan S.A. of C.V. run by one Fernando Ambriz invaded their territory, circulating the rumor that anyone attempting to obstruct their work would be arrested. But the company does not have legal authorization for its presence in that territory, as there is a court injunction (48/2014) nullifying the assemblies held to grant “permission” to the project and invalidating the previous permit and any other matters related project permission. This injunction was issued by Judge Jorge J. de Silva Cano of the Agrarian Tribunal headquartered in Toluca.

Once again the Mexican state, through governor Eruviel Ávila Villegas, is in flagrant violation of our rights and of the judicial orders handed down from the courts, constituting yet another misuse of power. They are against us as indigenous peoples because we pose an obstacle to their plans—plans that favor companies and capitalism but go against life.

We are also pained by what is happening to the ancient and heroic Yaqui Tribe, which is also defending life and water.
There has now been an attack on the life of Lauro Baumea; two cars parked at his house were set on fire, and the attackers said that the next time it would not be cars that they set alight.
These attacks on life and against our lives happen throughout this country, because the dangerous mafias that compose the Mexican State are against all of us who defend the land and its resources. They employ fear and terror because they think this will paralyze us, that it will keep us from organizing. But this war that we suffer will not annihilate us.

Rather, the pain and rage that we feel unites us, feeding our construction of rebellion and resistance and the dignity that nourishes our struggle.
We demand respect for the Otomí-Mexica Forest and the Ñatho Indigenous Community of San Francisco Xochicuautla!
We demand the cancellation of the Private Highway Project between Toluca and Naucalpan, and compliance with the injunction that protects Ñatho territory!
We demand safety for Lauro Baumea and the liberation of Mario Luna and Fernando Jiménez, our brothers of the Yaqui Tribe!

Never Again a Mexico Without Us
October 28, 2014

National Indigenous Congress

Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee-General Command of the Zapatista Army National Liberation Army

Originally Published in Spanish by Enlace Zapatista

October 29, 2014

http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2014/10/29/declaracion-conjunta-del-congreso-nacional-indigena-y-el-ezln-sobre-la-intromision-en-tierras-comunales-de-la-comunidad-indigena-natho-de-san-francisco-xochicuautla-y-el-atentado-contra-el-indigena-ya/

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GUERRERO AND NARCO-POLITICS

Guerrero protesters set Iguala's municipal headquarters on fire during October 22 actions.

Guerrero protesters set Iguala’s municipal headquarters on fire during October 22 actions.

By: Luis Hernández Navarro

A narco-banner of two meters in length was found in the wee hours of October 16. It appeared in the rear fence of secondary school number 3 in Iguala, Guerrero, less than one kilometer from the 27th infantry battalion. On it, in a message written with letters printed in red and black paint, El Choky asks President Peña Nieto for justice. He denounces, with (first) names, last names and pseudonyms, those responsible for the murder and disappearance of the Ayotzinapa students.

The state’s attorney general, Iñaky Blanco, recently pointed to El Choky as chief of the Guerreros Unidos (Warriors United) gunmen, and the one responsible for ordering the massacre and disappearance of the youths last September 26, after the attack on them from police and gunmen.

The list of those associated with the criminal group and denounced in the banner is long: eight mayors, directors of Public Security, the Secretary of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development’s delegate and different personages. According to the denouncer, “they are the ones that the government lets walk around free and committing so much crime against the population.” Finally it clarifies: “I don’t have all the blame.” He signs: “Sincerely: Choky.”

The criminal climate denounced in the narco-message is not exclusive to Iguala and to seven municipal presidencies of Tierra Caliente. The kind of relationship between Mayor José Luis Abarca, his local police and organized crime, uncovered with the massacre of last September 26, is present in many Guerrero municipal governments. We’re dealing with a relationship that also involves important local politicians, state and federal legislators, party leaders, policía chiefs and military commanders. Thus, we are able to characterize the existing political regime in the state as a narco-state.

Denunciations like El Choky’s run from mouth to mouth among Guerrerans. Business leaders, social leaders and journalists have documented this nexus. Part of the local and national press has published it. In some cases, like in Iguala with the assassination of the Popular Union’s three leaders, formal accusations have even been presented to the relevant authorities. Everything has been in vain.

Those that have warned of the extent and depth of the narco-politics in the state have been eliminated and threatened. When the businessman Pioquinto Damián Huato, the leader of the Canaco in Chilpancigo, accused Mario Moreno, the city’s mayor, of having ties with the criminal group (called) Los Rojos, he was the victim of an attack in which his daughter-in-law died and his son was injured.

The politicians pointed to have invariably denied the accusations and have explained them as the result of political quarrels, or that they are not responsible for the behavior of their friends or relatives. They have said that the authorities ought to investigate them and that they are in the most willing to clarify things. But nothing g has been done. The pact of impunity that protects the political class has acted together time after time.

According to Bishop Raúl Vera, who was headed the Diocese of Ciudad Altamirano [1] between 1988 and 1995 impunity is the most lacerating characteristic of Guerrero and its most important challenge. Its extent and persistence –he points out– encourages crime and the violation of human rights and dignity.

But the violence is not only an issue of disputes between political-criminal groups for production centers, routes and plazas. It is also the result of the decision of the behind-the-scenes powers to get rid of opposition social leaders and to offer protection from (State) power to those that liquidate or disappear them.

The victims of forced disappearance and extrajudicial executions during the government of Ángel Aguirre are many. The correlation of murders and detained-disappeared during his administration is enormous.

Among many others, the ecologists Eva Alarcón Ortiz and Marcial Bautista Valle; the students Jorge Alexis Herrera and Gabriel Echeverría; the leaders of the Emiliano Zapata Revolutionary Agrarian League of the South, Raymundo Velázquez and Samuel Vargas; the environmentalist Juventina Villa and his son Reynaldo Santana; the Iguala council member, Justino Carbajal; members of the Popular Union Arturo Hernández, Rafael Banderas and Ángel Román; Rocío Mesino, who was the face of the Campesino Organization of the Southern Sierra; campesinos Juan Lucena and José Luis Sotelo, promoters of a self-defense group in Atoyac; the campesino organizers José Luis Olivares Enríquez and Ana Lilia Gatica Rómulo all make up part of it.

The narco-politics is not an issue exclusive to the old PRI. Members of various currents within the PRD have been pointed out as part of it. A member of the New Left [current] and president of the state Congress, Bernardo Ortega, has repeatedly been pointed to as boss of the Los Ardillos group. His father was in prison for the murder of two AFI agents del and was executed upon being released.

Servando Gómez, La Tuta, revealed in a video that Crescencio Reyes Torres, brother of Carlos, state leader of the Aztec Sun [meaning the PRD] and part of Grupo Guerrero [2], led by David Jimenez, is one of the principal “owners” of laboratories for the manufacture of synthetic drugs, allied with the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel.

At the same time, Governor Aguirre has repeatedly been linked with the Independiente de Acapulco Cartel. It is said that its leader, Víctor Aguirre, is the governor’s cousin. Of course, the governor as well as the rest of those accused have emphatically rejected and nexus with criminal groups.

Despite the multitude of denunciations against mayors and state officials, arrests have been scarce. Feliciano Álvarez Mesino, mayor of Cuetzala del Progreso, was arrested for kidnapping and organized. He was freed from blame as part of Grupo Guerrero. The official PRI mayor of Chilapa, Vicente Jiménez Aranda, was put in prison for kidnapping.

The murder and forced disappearance of the Ayotzinapa students has uncovered the sewer of Guerreran narco-politics. It remains to be seen whether they can put the lid back on.

[1] Ciudad Altamirano is a large city on the Guerrero side of the border with the state of Michoacán.

[2] Grupo Guerrero is a current, or faction, within the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) in the state of Guerrero.

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Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Translation: Chiapas Support Committee

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2014/10/21/opinion/021a2pol

 

 

JOINT DECLARATION OF THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS CONGRESS AND THE EZLN ABOUT THE AYOTZINAPA CRIME AND FOR THE FREEDOM OF THE YAQUI LEADERS

October 22 International Day of protests in Mexico City

October 22 International Day of protests in Mexico City

(NOTE: CNI members read this text in some of the mobilizations that were held in Mexico on October 22, 2014, and not, as reported in the press for pay, by EZLN representatives)

 Mexico, October 22, 2014

To students of the Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College, Ayotzinapa, Guerrero

To the Yaqui
Tribe

To the National and International Sixth

To the peoples of the world

BECAUSE IT IS WITH RAGE AND REBELLION, NOT WITH RESIGNATION AND CONFORMISM, HOW WE BELOW GRIEVE. EZLN. October 19, 2014

From the peoples that we are in our struggles of resistance and rebellion, we send our word as a mirror of that part of this country that we call the National Indigenous Congress, united because the pain and rage call to us because we grieve.

The disappearance of the 43 student compañeros of the Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, kidnapped-disappeared by the Bad Governments, imposes a penumbra of mourning, anxiety and rage. Hope for the appearance of the compañeros is the pain that unites us and it is rage that becomes the light of the candle that mobilizes throughout the country bearing a cry of dignity and rebellion in the Mexico Below.

We know that while the criminals govern this country headed by the supreme chief of the paramilitaries, Enrique Peña Nieto, those that construct conscience by exercising and defending education are murdered and disappeared and those that defend the water for a heroic and millennial people like the Yaqui Tribe are in prison.

The Mexican government has sought to minimize the criminal repression towards the student compañeros as if they were more victims of crime, as they have done time and time again throughout the country. They may be just a few more deaths for the communications media, but we peoples that have suffered multiple forms of repression know that the criminals are in all the political parties, in the chambers of deputies and senators, in municipal presidencies, in government palaces.

Ayotzinapa pains us as native peoples. The 43 student compañeros remain disappeared and the State acts like it doesn’t know where they are, as if it had not been the State that took them away. They seek to disappear conscience and today the disappeared are present in this country’s thoughts, in the attentive gaze and the heart of those of us that are the National Indigenous Congress.

There are dangerous mafias in this country and they are called the Mexican State. We disturb them, we the peoples that struggle, we that have had no face and have had it torn away. We are nobody to them, we who see and feel the violence, we who suffer multiple and simultaneous attacks, we who know that something evil, very evil, is happening in this country in this country. It’s called war, and it is against all of us. It’s a war that we below see and suffer in its totality.

Today we reiterate that as long as our student compañeros of Ayotzinapa do not appear alive and in the state of Sonora our brothers Mario Luna Romero and Fernando Jiménez are in prison for defending the sacred water of the Yaqui River, as long as they remain kidnapped by the bad governments, we will continue responding accordingly.

The Narco State operates in the entire country, as in Guerrero, through repression against the peoples, extraction of natural resources and destruction of territories without scruples. It uses terrorism to manufacture pain and fear as its way of governing.

That pain and rage have been converted into dignity and rebellion against the war of extermination, because the opposite is waiting for death, dispossession and more pain and rage.

We demand the presentation with life of the 43 disappeared students and the dismantlement of the entire State structure that maintains organized crime!

 We demand the immediate liberation of compañeros Mario Luna and Fernando Jiménez!

Your pain is ours! Your rage is ours!

October 22, 2014
 Never More a Mexico without Us

National Indigenous CongressIndigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee-General Command of the Zapatista National Liberation Army 

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 Originally Published in Spanish by Enlace Zapatista: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2014/10/23/declaracion-conjunta-cni-ezln-del-22-octubre-2014-nota-este-texto-fue-leido-por-miembros-del-cni-en-alguna-de-las-movilizaciones-que-se-realizaron-en-mexico-el-22-de-octubre-del-2014-y-no-como-re/

IN CHIAPAS, THOUSANDS OF ZAPATISTAS DEMONSTRATE IN SUPPORT OF AYOTZINAPA aND the YAQUI PEOPLE

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Chiapas México. October 22, 2014

Just like in different parts of the country and the world, thousands of Zapatista support bases once again demonstrated in silence, now from the autonomous communities, to demand the presentation with life of the 43 Ayotzinapa students and for the freedom of Mario Luna and Fernando Jiménez of the Yaqui people, and political prisoners.

As they had announced, the Zapatistas demonstrated on Wednesday afternoon, October 22, in communities and along roads of the state where they have a presence, in solidarity with the Ayotzinapa students and the Yaqui people.

In the Caracol of Oventic and nearby communities, banners are seen with legends that demand the presentation with life of the 43 students of the Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College, of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, as well as punishment for those responsible for the murdered students and the forced disappearance.

The Zapatista bases also demand freedom for members of the Yaqui people, Mario Luna and Fernando Jiménez, prisoners for defending their land from the “independence” aqueduct, which the Sonora government wants to impose.

In the demonstrations the rebel Chiapanecos, are also seen making offerings and carrying candles for the wellbeing of the disappeared students.

In different Chiapas cities, students, teachers, social organizations and human rights centers carried out marches and meetings to demand justice for Ayotzinapa.

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Originally Published in Spanish by Pozol Colectivo

Translation: Chiapas Support Committee

Thursday, October 23, 2014

http://www.pozol.org/?p=9985

 

 

ZAPATISTAS JOIN OCTOBER 22 EVENTS IN SUPPORT OF AYOTZINAPA AND THE YAQUI PEOPLE

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Communiqué from the Revolutionary Indigenous Clandestine Committee-General Command of the Zapatista National Liberation Army

Mexico

October 19, 2014

To the classmates, teachers, and family members of the dead and disappeared of the “Raúl Isidro Burgos” Normal School [1] of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico.

To the Yaqui people:

To the National Indigenous Congress:

To the National and International Sixth:

To the peoples of Mexico and the world:

Sisters and Brothers:

Compañeras and Compañeros:

The Zapatista National Liberation Army joins the actions slated for October 22, 2014, at 6pm, in demand of safe return for the 43 disappeared students; in demand of punishment for those responsible for the murders and forced disappearances; and in demand of unconditional liberation for our Yaqui brothers Mario Luna Romero and Fernando Jiménez Gutierrez,

As part of this global day of action, the Zapatista people will shine our small light on some of the paths that we walk.

Along the highways, dirt roads, paths and potholes, the Zapatista people will add our outrage to that of our Ayotzinapa brothers and the heroic Yaqui people.

Although small, our light is our way of embracing those who are missing and those who suffer in their absence.

Let this light demonstrate that we are not alone in the pain and rage that blanket the soils of the Mexico below.

Because those of us below hurt with rage and rebellion, not with resignation and conformity.

We call on the Sixth in Mexico and the world and on the National Indigenous Congress to also participate, according to their abilities, in this day of actions.

Democracy!

Liberty!

Justice!

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast,

For the Revolutionary Indigenous Clandestine Committee—General Command of the Zapatista National Liberation Army,

Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés.

Mexico, October 2014. In the twentieth year of the war against oblivion

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[1] The Escuelas Normales (Normal Schools) in Mexico are teachers colleges that principally train rural and indigenous young people to be teachers in their own communities.

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Originally Published in Spanish by Enlace Zapatista

Monday, October 20, 2014

http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2014/10/20/el-ezln-se-une-a-la-jornada-del-22-en-apoyo-a-ayotzinapa-y-al-pueblo-yaqui/

 

STATE AGENTS, KIDNAPPERS OF THE STUDENTS: ALEJANDRO SOLALINDE

Ayotzinapa Banner

Ayotzinapa Banner reads: Mexico=Narco-Grave and EPN Government Murderer #Justice Ayotzinapa’Tlatelolco

* Criminals did not participate in the acts, as they want to make you believe, the priest asserts

By: Fabiola Martínez

He pointed out that he is willing to tell what he knows to the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), although he indicated that his informants want to remain anonymous because they are certain that upon denouncing, they will also be killed.

“I am going to tell it and I will repeat it as many times as necessary: it was painful even for me to receive the details of one of those testimonies, on Sunday, about how they had burned them; some of them were alive, some were injured, others already dead, but they burned them. The people that gave me (the information) are worthy of my credibility,” he said.

In an interview, the priest asserted that State agents kidnapped the students and in no way are we dealing with an organized crime action, as they want to make you believe, even when the line between one and the other gang can be imperceptible, he expressed.

“I don’t want to give more details, but they told me how (they burned them). Perhaps the people that did it were compromised.

“Other people looked for me on Tuesday, concerning youths that had been witnesses to the first and second attacks, how they saw that some were injured, others also fell. State agents carried away those that fell, those that attacked them and carried them away. They attacked them (the students) as if they were an Army and not students of a rural teachers college,” he pointed out.

Father Solalinde, director of the Hermanos en el Camino shelter for migrants, was interviewed before offering a short sermon on Bucareli Avenue, in front of the Interior Ministry, where the coffin of Sra. Margarita Santizo, mother of a federal police agent that disappeared in Michoacán in 2009, has been since the afternoon.

He said that people no longer want words from the authorities but rather deeds and “that they present the 43 students alive; if they were not burned, then demonstrate that it’s not so.”

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Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Translation: Chiapas Support Committee

Saturday, October 18, 2014

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2014/10/18/politica/005n1pol

 

 

Raul Vera: Ayotzinapa / Acteal, “a message from the state to intimidate the insurgents”

Massacring social strugglers, “a habit” in Mexico: Raúl Vera

Another day of protests took place in 10 Mexican states on Saturday, October 18, demanding the presentation with life of the 43 students detained and disappeared 3 weeks ago. Marchers in Acapulco (above) also demanded the exit of Governor Angel Aguirre Rivero. Photo by Victor Camacho, La Jornada.

Another day of protests took place in 10 Mexican states on Saturday, October 18, demanding the presentation with life of the 43 students detained and disappeared 3 weeks ago. Marchers in Acapulco (above) also demanded the exit of Governor Angel Aguirre Rivero. Photo by Victor Camacho, La Jornada.

By fabbia @ desinformemonos

Mexico. “I don’t believe it is organized crime; it’s something else. This is a message to social strugglers; we have already seen it in many places,” accuses Bishop Raúl Vera [1] –who has carried out his pastoral work in conflictive sites of Mexico, from Coahuila to Chiapas, passing through Guerrero. The massacre of normalistas [2] at the hands of Iguala’s police, on September 26, has antecedents in other repressions “and the unmeasured use of force,” he indicates.

Vera compares the attacks on students –that as of today have a result of six people executed, 43 disappeared and 25 injured, two of them gravely- with the governmental repression in San Salvador Atenco in 2006. “We’re dealing with State terrorism tactics,” he sums up.

Acteal and Iguala: cruelty

The Bishop of Saltillo, Coahuila, finds as a coinciding point between the massacre of Acteal, Chiapas, in 1997, and the extrajudicial execution and forced disappearance of students, the cruelty with which it is enacted. In Chiapas, the treatment towards the murdered Tzotziles–“chosen pacifists, almost all women and children,” he clarifies”- was “Kaibilesque.” [3] The priest insists that it was a message from the State to intimidate the insurgents.

Another similarity between the massacres, which provoked inter-national condemnation of the Mexican government, is in the impunity that surrounds them. In Acteal, although the paramilitaries were captured, they are now free. And in Iguala, the kidnapping in June 2013 of eight activists and the murder of three of them, belonging to Popular Unity, also remains without punishment. According to a survivor, the one directly responsible for the execution was the mayor, José Luis Abarca, now a fugitive. The criminals continue to threaten the widow of one of the murdered leaders, Sofía Mendoza, continues to be threatened, the Dominican points out.

In Acteal, Raúl Vera insists, there are testimonies that the state police and the Army concealed and took care of the actions of the paramilitaries. “We see this kind of thing in Iguala,” he compares. The Bishop, as part of the organization called Decade against Impunity Network, participated in two human rights observation caravans to Guerrero, one for the Iguala case.

Vera abounds on the asesinato de Arturo Hernández Cardona, leader of the Popular Unity, which “disturbed” Abarca because he organized a “strong” demonstration to demand the application of government aid. He points out that he was captured, together with the other seven militants, and taken to empty land on the outskirts of Iguala, where the mayor threatened him and killed him, accompanied “by the criminals,” he relates. The survivor’s statement took place since March of this year, “and no one moved one single finger.”

“In these disappearances, another type of corps now participates,” the Bishop explains. And he insists that the criminals are the “arms” of the mayor. He classifies as “absurd” the versions that indicate that the normalistas could have disturbed, in any way, the criminals: “That is trying to legitimize what happened.”

“We no longer know where the cartels end and organized crime begins that is in the political structure and the apparatuses of justice. We are already fed up with this frightening connivance,” he laments.

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Notes:

[1] Raúl Vera is the Catholic Bishop of Coahuila, a state in Mexico. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center in Chiapas.

[2] Normalistas are students that attend rural teaching colleges, which principally train campesino and indigenous young people to be teachers in their own communities.

[3] A Kaibil is a member of one of the army’s death squads in Guatemala during its long civil war. The Kaibiles used unusually brutal tactics to terrorize the civilian population.

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Originally Published in Spanish by Desinformemonos

Translation: Chiapas Support Committee

Monday, October 13, 2014

http://desinformemonos.org/2014/10/masacrar-a-luchadores-sociales-un-habito-en-mexico-raul-vera/print/