Saturday, November 26, 2005

JBG clarifies incident in Altamirano

Originally published in Spanish by La Esperanza JBG
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Translated by irlandesa


Caracol: Madre de Los Caracoles Del Mar de Nuestros Sueños

La Realidad, Chiapas, Mexico, November of 2005


Brothers and Sisters

To National and International Civil Society.

The Good Government Junta is clarifying the following:

We have been informed of what happened on November 25 in the community of Lucha Campesina in the official municipality of Altamirano in which EZLN support bases were [purportedly] involved.

We are, therefore, clarifying and denying the statements by Señor Jose Antonio Vázquez Hernandez, Municipal President of Las Margaritas, Miguel Ángel Vázquez Hernández and Luis Hernández Cruz, that members of the EZLN ambushed those persons. This incident is between persons who have nothing to do with the EZLN.


Sincerely,

Hacia La Esperanza Good Government Junta

Letter from the FZLN to the EZLN

Originally published in Spanish by the FZLN
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Translated by irlandesa


To the Comandancia General – Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation


On January 1, 1996, in its Fourth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation called for the establishment of the Zapatista Front of National Liberation. At the end of the second of the three parts which made up the declaration, and after having cited the political characteristics of the new organization they were calling for, you wrote the following: “With the organized unity of the civilian zapatistas and zapatista combatants in the Zapatista Front of National Liberation, the struggle which began on January 1, 1994 will enter into a new stage. The EZLN will not disappear, but its most important efforts will be directed to political struggle. At the proper time and circumstances, the EZLN will participate directly in the establishment of the Zapatista Front of National Liberation.

Twenty months later, during the Founding Congress of the FZLN which was held in Mexico City and which was attended by 1111 zapatista delegates who had left the mountains of the Mexican southeast, the EZLN explained the following: “…Many people are asking why we have come just to observe your Congress and not to participate in it directly. Many are asking why we have stated over the last few days, again and again, that the EZLN will not form part of the FZLN, and we will be two sister, but different, organizations…When we called for the establishment of the FZLN, we thought peace was close and our rebellion had to seek new paths and means of struggle in order to continue its determined march…We thought we would soon be like you and next to you. With the same rebellion in the face of the powerful, but without the necessity of arms…With the same dignity for the morrow, but without the face hidden by the black of sorrow or the red of blood. But we were wrong, Frentista brothers and sisters…Peace was not close. Peace is still far away. Before and now the government used and uses the lie of peace that it imagines as nothing but surrender and punishment. But nor could we continue holding you back or asking you to wait for us, not to move forward, not to grow, not to make yourselves large, not to organize until there was a just and dignified peace and the EZLN could share present and future with you. It will not be a military force which directs your civilian steps and puts you at risk. This should not and cannot be like that.”

More than eight years later, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation issued the Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona, and, along with several thousand more Mexican men and women, it undertook the construction of what has been called the Other Campaign. And then, just like they said in the Fourth Declaration, they are going to do, among other things, the following: “We are going to go and listen to and speak directly with, without intermediaries or mediations, the simple and humble people of Mexico, and, according to what we hear and learn, we are going to build, along with those people who are like us, humble and simple, a national program of struggle, but a program which will be clearly of the left, anti-capitalist, anti-neoliberal, for justice, democracy and liberty for the Mexican people.

In short, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation is going to come out in order to engage directly in politics, a new way of doing politics, in all corners of the country.

And then we, the Zapatista Front of National Liberation, got together with you, compañeros from the EZLN, the ones who called on us to form the organization and gave us name. At that meeting we saw that the FZLN had fulfilled its duty in that stage from the Fourth Declaration until the Sexta came out, but now the new stage has become too much for us because of what is to come. And so we made an internal consultation among all the members of the FZLN, with the following results:

Of the 127 Civil Committees of Dialogue which make up our FZLN, 123 declared themselves for the FZLN to be completely dissolved as a national, political organization and for the name to be returned to the compas from the EZLN.

Three Committees said we should continue as an organization, but with another name, although two of them stressed that if the majority accepted something else, they too would accept it.

And one said that it would not make a specific declaration, instead it resigned from the FZLN.

In addition, nine individual Frentistas came out for the option of dissolving the FZLN and returning the name to the EZLN.

And so, the agreement having been made by majority, we would like to communicate the following to you:

The Zapatista Front of National Liberation is completely dissolved as a political organization, and it is returning its name to the Zapatista Army of National Liberation so that it, in turn, can decide what to do with it. Those committees and individuals who so decide can remain together in each location and join the Sexta and the Other Campaign, but no longer using the name of an FZLN committee.

Lastly, we would like to tell you, dear compañeros and compañeras of the EZLN and of all the indigenous zapatista communities, of the zapatista autonomous municipalities, of the Good Government Juntas, that it has been an honor for the Frentistas to have walked with the name you gave us for all these years. We know we committed many errors, and things did not always turn out as we had thought they would and how they should have turned out, but everything we have learned from you and your dignified struggle for a better Mexico and World for everyone, will certainly serve as a first step for us in joining this path that is beginning now with the Other Campaign, where we will also try to be, in order to collaborate from each one of our spaces, along with thousands more, in the building of a more just, more free and more democratic Mexico, from below and to the left.

Zapatista Front of National Liberation

Mexico
October of 2005

Friday, November 25, 2005

EZLN: 2 communiques - new website & international

Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN
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Translated by irlandesa


[Two communiqués follow]


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

Mexico


November of 2005

To the People of Mexico:
To the Peoples of the World:
Brothers and Sisters:

In accordance with that which was stated in the Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona, the CCRI-CG of the EZLN says its word:

First - The EZLN continues to move forward with organizing its participation, civil and peaceful, in the tasks set forth in the Sixth Declaration which are: the “Other Campaign,” agreements and alliances with political organizations of the left in Mexico, holding an International Encuentro and helping struggles and resistances for humanity and against neoliberalism throughout the world.

Second - Given that the “Other Campaign” is no longer just the EZLN’s, but instead belongs to everyone who has embraced it, we have organized a working team for direct, exclusive contact with the EZLN’s Sixth Committee. This team will work under the Sixth Committee’s leadership, and it has been named “Enlace Zapatista.” While the Other Campaign’s supporters will be deciding and starting up the organization for all of us to communicate among ourselves, the EZLN’s Sixth Committee will continue its work, now through Enlace Zapatista, of receiving, processing and distributing to everyone the information produced by those who make up the Other Campaign.

Third - The EZLN thanks the compañeros and compañeras of Revista Rebeldía for the unconditional help they have been giving us since the Sixth Declaration was issued. Through their website and the direct participation of those who produce it, they have been helping us receive and process subscribers to the Sexta and communications directed to the EZLN, and in holding the preparatory meetings and the Other Campaign’s plenary.

Fourth - As of December 1, 2005, the EZLN’s Sixth Committee’s communications with those who are active in work which involve the EZLN and the Other Campaign will no longer be through Revista Rebeldía, but through Enlace Zapatista.

Fifth - As of November 30, a special web site will be operating for direct cyber communication with the EZLN’s Sixth Committee (regarding the national, Mexico) and with the EZLN’s Intergalactic Committee (for everything having to do with the international arena): www.ezln.org.mx The cyber information which Revista Rebeldía has been gathering will be moved to this page.

This page will have two links: one to the EZLN in the Other Campaign (www.enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx ) and the other to the EZLN concerning international matters (zeztainternazional.ezln.org.mx – yes, like that, with “z”).

Sixth - Regarding the Other Campaign, the Sixth Committee will maintain communication from and with everyone who makes up the Other Campaign, and it will continue reporting on subscribers, as it had been doing previously through Revista Rebeldía, but now through Enlace Zapatista. At this time we are informing you that, as of November 20, 2005, the following have subscribed to the Sexta and the Other Campaign:

64 Political Organizations of the Left
120 Indigenous and Indian Peoples’ Organizations
203 Social Organizations
498 Non-Governmental Organizations, Groups and Collectives
2020 Individuals and Individuals representing Families, Barrios and Communities
427 Internationals

When the Other Campaign so decides, the Sixth Committee will cease doing this work, and only Enlace Zapatista will devote itself to the EZLN’s participation in the Other Campaign.

Democracy!
Liberty!
Justice!

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast

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

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos

Mexico, November of 2005

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

Mexico


November of 2005


To the Peoples of the World:

Brothers and Sisters:


Concerning the Intercontinental proposed in the Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona, and in general regarding the international aspects of this statement, the CCRI-CG of the EZLN says its word:

First - The Intergalactic Committee of the EZLN, headed by Lieutenant Colonel Insurgente Moisés, has been named for the coordination and monitoring of the international part of the Sexta. There will be a rotating team of comandantes and comandantas from the CCRI-CG of the EZLN, in addition to help from the EZLN’s Sixth Committee.

Second - So that the conception, organization and holding of the Intercontinental Encuentro proposed in the Sexta can be produced with the real participation of supporters throughout the world, and not as a unilateral decision by the EZLN, as of December 1 of this year and at least until June 30, 2006, meetings and preparation consultations, of groups, personal or cyber, will be held so that proposals can be made for the Intercontinental (including the place and times it is to be held). This will be done by agreement of the majority. At the end of this 7 month consultation stage, it will be decided whether the consultation should continue or if the Intercontinental should be held as of July of 2006.

Third - For those personal meetings and consultations which are held in Mexico, the EZLN’s Intergalactic Committee has asked the Good Government Junta of the Selva Border region to provide us with space in the Caracol of La Realidad, so that direct meetings with the EZLN can be held there.

Preparation meetings can be held in other countries. If they are advised in sufficient time, the EZLN’s Intergalactic Committee will send someone to listen and to take note of everything proposed there, and it will inform the EZLN so it can be aware of it.

Fourth - For the cyber consultation, the Intergalactic Committee will put into operation, as of December 1, 2005, the web page: zeztainternazional.ezln.org.mx (yes, like that, with “z”). This web site will receive international subscribers to the Sixth Declaration as well as proposals and comments concerning the Intercontinental. They will be received, systematized and reported to all supporters by the EZLN’s Intergalactic Committee.

Fifth - The zeztainternazional web page will have a very basic design so that it can be completed and improved collectively by those people from the five continents who desire to do so. For now it will just have the main page (which can be changed further along or every so often, according to the proposals) and spaces for support and for proposals for the Intercontinental, the EZLN’s positions and information concerning the international, as well as the EZLN’s actions and messages in support of struggles and resistances against neoliberalism and for humanity.

Sixth - The EZLN is proposing that, where so accepted and desired, “Intergalactic Committees” be formed on the five continents. Their only work would be to propose, debate and agree on everything related to the Intercontinental Encuentro, as well as disseminating and promoting the participation of the entire spectrum which, below and to the left, is struggling and resisting for humanity.

Democracy!

Liberty!

Justice!

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast

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

By the Sixth Committee of the EZLN
By the Intergalactic Committee of the EZLN

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
Lieutenant Colonel Insurgente Moisés
Mexico. November of 2005

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

EZLN: FZLN dissolves and devolves to EZLN

Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN
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Translated by irlandesa


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

Mexico


November 20, 2005

To the People of Mexico:
To the Peoples of the World:
Brothers and Sisters, Compañeros and Compañeras:

The CCRI-CG of the EZLN speaks its word:

First - In 1996, in its Fourth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona, the EZLN called for the formation of the Zapatista Front of National Liberation (FZLN), a political, civil and peaceful organization, that would not fight for power and which would strive to build a new way of doing politics. At that time we thought that the end of the war was approaching, and we would be able to move on to open political struggle in the FZLN. It was not like that, the bad governments continued their war against us, and we have continued resisting since then. Even though it was without our direct participation, many men and women from all over Mexico (and even from other countries) entered the FZLN, and, complying with the principle of not fighting for power, endeavored to build a new way of doing politics throughout these almost 10 years.

Second - This year, in 2005, the EZLN issued the Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona with a series of initiatives which included a group of zapatistas from the EZLN leaving in order to engage in open, civil and peaceful political work in the "Other Campaign." A new stage was thus opened in the zapatista struggle for democracy, liberty and justice for Mexico, and a few changes are necessary in order to fully achieve it.

Third - At the end of October of this year of 2005, a delegation from the CCRI-CG of the EZLN met with some members of the Zapatista Front of National Liberation and asked them to consult with all the compañeros and compañeras from the Frente concerning the possibility of dissolving the organic structure of the FZLN and returning to the EZLN the name of that political, civil, zapatista organization, whose origin and ends had been called for by the EZLN.

The purpose was to leave the EZLN free to reestablish a zapatista, civil and peaceful organization which, ratifying the principles articulated in the Fourth Declaration, will incorporate those put forth in the Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona (anti-capitalist and of the left), with the good achieved by the FZLN in its 10 years of life, trying to avoid the errors and defects which occurred in its work, and now with the direct participation of zapatistas from the EZLN.

Fourth - A few days ago the FZLN finished its internal consultation, and the majority of the compañeros agreed to break up, returning the name of the "FZLN" to the EZLN, and to await the call for the reestablishment of the Zapatista Front of National Liberation with new principles, requirements, regulations, structure and objectives. They so communicated this to the EZLN.

Fifth - Learning of this decision, the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee - General Command of the EZLN, is informing the people of Mexico and the peoples of the world that, as of Friday, November 25, 2005, the Zapatista Front of National Liberation, sister organization of the EZLN, will cease to exist, and no one shall be able to use its name for any purpose, no matter how kindhearted it might appear or be. At the express request of the EZLN, some Frentistas will be forming a transition committee in charge of conveying all the FZLN's works and assets to the EZLN's Sixth Committee.

Sixth - The EZLN appreciates and recognizes the effort and sacrifice of those compañeros and compañeras of the Frente who carried with dignity the name of "zapatistas", honoring the civil and peaceful brotherhood with the EZLN and who carried themselves in accordance with the principles which encouraged our just struggle. The indigenous rebel communities, now organized in the MAREZ' and Good Government Juntas, had the unconditional support of the Frentistas throughout this time. There was no moment of suffering, anguish or danger when the FZLN was not at the side of the EZLN. Because of that, in the name of the women, men, children and old ones of the EZLN, we give you our most sincere thanks.

Seventh - There were, it is true, those who used the FZLN and its closeness to the EZLN for their own benefit, in order to hurt others, in order to isolate it and isolate us, in order to take power through personal rivalries and useless fights, as a platform for individual or small group prominence and in order to feign commitment where there was nothing but a comfortable position. In addition to those which correspond to itself, the EZLN assumes as its own those errors which, under the flag of civil zapatismo, have been committed by the FZLN. As the EZLN, we are publicly apologizing to all men and women who have felt hurt by actions, words or inattention.

Eighth - A new stage of civil zapatismo is beginning. We will now be making - along with those persons who demonstrate, through attitude and work, that they so want to - a new political zapatista organization, civil and peaceful, anti-capitalist and of the left, which will not fight for power and which will strive to build a new way of doing politics. The same destination towards which we have been going by parallel paths up until now.

Ninth - This new organization will be born being led directly by the Sixth Committee of the EZLN, admission to it will be only upon express invitation, and it will be particularly strict in seeing that zapatista principles are carried out, always imposing ethics above pragmatic considerations.

Tenth - The EZLN's Sixth Committee will, with this organization, draw up the form and paint the zapatista color in the multicolored embroidery of the "Other Campaign."

Democracy!
Liberty!
Justice!

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast

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

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
Mexico, November of 2005