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Mexico: Joint Declaration from National Indigenous Congress and EZLN on Ayotzinapa and for Liberation of Yaqui leaders

Zapatistas rally in San Cristobal, Chiapas, for the students disappeared in Ayotzinapa, October 2014.

Zapatistas rally in San Cristobal, Chiapas, for the students disappeared in Ayotzinapa, October 2014.

by National Indigenous Congress and EZLN, Oct 29, 2014

Joint Declaration from the National Indigenous Congress and the EZLN on the crime in Ayotzinapa and for the liberation of the Yaqui leaders

(Note: this text was read by CNI members in one of the mobilizations held in Mexico on October 22, 2014, and not by EZLN representatives, as some of the paid press reported.)

Mexico, October 22, 2014

To the students of the Normal Rural[i] Isidro Burgos, in Ayotiznapa, Guerrero

To the Yaqui Tribe

To the National and International Sixth

To the peoples of the world

Because those of us below hurt with rage and rebellion, not with resignation and conformity.” —EZLN, October 19, 2014

From our peoples in struggle, from within our resistance and rebellion, we send our words as a reflection of this part of the country that we have constitute and call the National Indigenous Congress. We are gathered by the pain and the rage that call to us because it is a pain and rage that we share. Read the rest of this entry

Mexico: Guerrero state HQ torched in demo for missing students

Guerrero state HQ in flames during protests over missing/murdered students.

Guerrero state HQ in flames during protests over missing/murdered students.

, AFP, Oct 13, 2014

Chilpancingo (Mexico) (AFP) – Protesters torched a state government building in southern Mexico in a day of angry demonstrations over the disappearance of 43 students missing since gang-linked police attacked them.

Hundreds of students and teachers ransacked Guerrero state’s sprawling headquarters in the regional capital Chilpancingo, allowing workers to leave before breaking windows and setting a building on fire. Read the rest of this entry

Mexico: First Statement from the Self-Defense Group of Aquila, Michoacán

Self Defence Group of Aguila, in the Michoacan state of Mexico, January 2014.

Self Defence Group of Aguila, in the Michoacan state of Mexico, January 2014.

From the Self-Defense Group of Aquila, Michoacán to the general public:

Aquila, Michoacán, January 18, 2014

Today, the residents of the municipal seat of Aquila, tired of the extortions, rapes, killings, kidnappings and all sorts of criminal acts committed by the Knights Templar; given the complete abandonment of the citizenry by the municipal and state governments who for 12 years did not provide the security needed for our people to have a peaceful and dignified life; we have decided to organize our self-defense group in order to expel organized crime from our town, and we invite the rest of the people of the municipality to rise up against crime, so they never again feel fear or pay protection fees. Read the rest of this entry

Over 100 Mexican Women Take Up Arms To Defend Community In Xaltianguis

Huffington Post, August 20, 2013Mexico women selfdefense group

Mexico City (EFE).- More than 100 women in the southern Mexican town of Xaltianguis have taken up arms to protect their community from organized crime groups, a local self-defense force official said Monday. Read the rest of this entry

Meanwhile, in Mexico: Thousands of Masked Zapatistas March

Zapatistas Dec 21 chiapas 1

Zapatistas: “to be heard, we march in silence”

by Leonidas Oikonomakis on December 21, 2012

The Zapatistas are back! Flowing like the water of the river that beats the sword. And while some were anticipating the Christmas holidays, some others the end of the Maya calendar, and others still the new Communiqué from the Comandancia General of the EZLN that was announced back in November, the main cities of Chiapas woke up today with memories of 1994. Read the rest of this entry

Tensions Flare over Vancouver-owned Mine in Oaxaca

Three dead and community divided over Fortuna Silver’s gold and silver project

by Dawn Paley, Vancouver Media Coop, February 13, 2012

Riot police arrest protester against Fortuna mine, January 2012

It’s been almost three years since hundreds of Zapotec community members took direct action to temporarily shut down Vancouver-based Fortuna Silver’s gold and silver mine just south of Oaxaca City, Mexico.

The blockade ended with a massive police raid, during which demonstrators were beaten and 23 people were taken by police and jailed, some for up to three months. Since then, the neighbouring community of San José del Progreso has been deeply divided, and residents have faced a series of difficult and sometimes deadly confrontations.  Read the rest of this entry