The following declaration in support of the Zapatistas was presented at
Liberty Plaza in October and is now being passed around in Witzenhausen.
The indigenous Zapatistas and their support base communities are currently
facing SEVERE GOVERNMENT-BACKED REPRESSION – including sexual assault,
attempted rape, forced displacement, death threats, and physical attacks.
PLEASE SIGN AND CIRCULATE AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE. DO NOT LET THE 1% IN MEXICO
VIOLENTLY REPRESS OUR ZAPATISTA SISTERS AND BROTHERS WHO, LIKE US, ARE
FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY, JUSTICE, AND FREEDOM!!! LET’S STAND IN SOLIDARITY
AND DEMAND AN END TO THIS BRUTAL REPRESSION!!
For over 17 years, with the public uprising of the EZLN on January 1,
1994, the Zapatistas have made enormous contributions to the social,
cultural, and political struggles of those from below for another world.
In doing so, they have touched the hearts of countless people of good
conscience from every corner of the planet; and have proven that justice,
dignity, and democracy are not simply ideas to be imagined or discussed,
but realities to be lived and created.
They have successfully created spaces of true autonomy and practice genuine
democracy. In their communities, they exercise self-determination and
develop self-sustained community institutions, such as schools, health
clinics, and cooperative farms, that reflect and embrace indigenous
worldviews and cultures.
They are living proof that it is possible to create this other world that
Over the past year, the autonomous indigenous communities of San Marcos
Avilés, San Patricio, and Rancho La Paz have endured numerous acts of
violence, harassment, and displacement. In recent months, these grave acts
have intensified at alarming rates.
In San Marcos Avilés, since September 2010, the population has suffered
from death threats, harassment, dispossession, sexual assault (including
attempted rape), forced displacement, and malnourishment, which has
resulted in the deaths of at least two children. These horrific crimes
have been and continue to be committed by members of the PRI, PRD, and
PVEM political parties.
Similarly, last September 7, inhabitants of the San Patricio community
have received constant threats of displacement and even death by a
paramilitary group called, “Peace and Justice,” which desires to seize
their territory. Beginning this past October 6, community members of
Rancho La Paz have suffered equally heinous attacks.
These horrific crimes are part of a deliberate strategy to retaliate
against the Zapatistas for exercising their rights to be autonomous and
not allowing the bad government and its lackeys to seize what rightfully
belongs to them: their ancestral territories, resources, and labor. The
bad government with its corrupt political parties does this with the goal
of displacing them from their land so that they can take possession of it
and later construct lucrative tourist zones for the benefit of those from
In light of the abovementioned forms of violence targeting the Zapatista
indigenous communities of San Marcos Avilés, San Patricio, and Rancho La
Paz in Chiapas, Mexico:
We, the undersigned, participating in Occupy Wall St. in New York City,
gathered at Liberty Plaza and part of the civil society of the United
States, declare the following:
1. The Zapatistas are not alone in their struggle for a world of dignity,
justice, and democracy. We echo and repeat their honorable “¡Ya Basta!”
here in New York City.
2. We strongly condemn the violations taking place in Chiapas, Mexico, and
will remain on alert for further aggression.
3. We will not let Mexico’s bad government achieve its objective of
annihilating the Zapatista communities.
4. We hold the three levels of government (federal, state, and municipal)
in Mexico responsible for all of the repressive acts against the Zapatista
indigenous communities, who are targeted for exercising their undeniable
right to autonomy and self-determination as indigenous peoples.
1. Respect for the autonomy and self-determination of the Zapatista
2. An end to the violent repression towards the Zapatistas, and their
support communities, such as San Marcos Avilés, San Patricio, and Rancho