DAY OF RESISTANCE AND INDIGENOUS DIGNITY
To the peoples of Mexico and the world,
To the original peoples,
To the organizations and collectives that defend human rights,
To the National and International Sexta,
To the Networks of Resistance and Rebellion,
To the Insubmissive, Dignified and Rebellious Europe,
To the signatories of A Declaration for Life.
530 years after the misnamed Conquest of America, we have nothing to celebrate but the resistance and rebellion of the original peoples.
This date marks the beginning of the resistance of our peoples and communities against the greatest genocide in the history of humanity, against the invasion, against the conquest, against the dispossession of our lands and territories, against the extermination of our institutions, languages, culture and traditions; that is to say, against the death produced by patriarchal capitalism.
In contrast to the pain and rage of our peoples, last year, while the EZLN denounced that «Chiapas was on the verge of Civil War»; at this time, the Zapatista peoples, in what they called «The Journey for Life», decided to cross the Atlantic to reach the other Europe, the Europe of the Insubmissive, the Europe of Below and to the Left…, they said: «We are going to thank the other for its existence. To thank the teachings that their rebellion and their resistance have given us. To deliver the promised flower. To embrace the other and tell them in their ear that they are not alone.
To whisper to them that it is worth the resistance, the struggle, the pain for those who are no longer here, the rage that the criminal is unpunished, the dream of a world that is not perfect, but better: a world without fear. And also, and above all, we will seek complicity… for life.»
Next October 12, it will be 26 years since the founding of the National Indigenous Congress, the House of Indigenous Peoples in Mexico, a space for reflection and solidarity of which the EZLN is a founder and where the different ways of organization, representation and decision-making are respected. The struggle for life has been our collective word for 530 years and the war against our peoples has always been the response of the bad governments. For this reason we raise our voices and mobilize to demand a total halt to the military encirclement, paramilitary attacks and the counterinsurgency war directed against the EZLN and Zapatista communities; and against the original peoples of Mexico through militarization and paramilitarization, organized crime, mega-projects of death and the dispossession of our lands and territories.
Last year, the CNI denounced that up to that date, 33 murders of its members had been documented, among them six women, as well as two disappearances; one year later, these numbers have increased considerably, the common denominator is impunity.
Mexico has always faced flagrant and systematic violations of individual and collective human rights that have worsened under the current 4T regime. Homicides, extrajudicial executions and mass disappearances, as well as repression against students, women, peasants, teachers, workers, youth, defenders of human rights and Mother Earth, as in the case of our brother Samir Flores Soberanes, journalists, activists and indigenous peoples is constant and growing; and ranges from harassment and threats, to dispossession, displacement, torture, political imprisonment, disappearance, homicide, femicide….
There are innumerable forms of war that we, the peoples of Mexico, face.
We know that this patriarchal and capitalist system wants to subdue us all over the world, as is currently happening in Ukraine, in Afghanistan, in the Middle East, all over the planet; but if we unite and organize ourselves we can fight together against war and against capitalism.
The bad governments use militarization, paramilitarization, attacks and aggressions of organized crime to impose the extraction of minerals and hydrocarbons or mega-projects of death such as the misnamed Mayan Train, the Interoceanic Corridor and the Morelos Integral Project. The dispossession of water is institutionalized practically throughout the national territory, and military and police members are assigned to defend transnational companies. The contamination of rivers, groundwater, air and land is increasing; priority is given to mining, drug trafficking, illegal logging and industry.
The communities, peoples and organizations denounce over and over that the imposition of infrastructure and extractivism projects is carried out with the direct participation of the National Guard, which increases the militarization of daily life in many regions and indigenous peoples. This situation is nothing more than the never-ending continuation of colonization.
Recently the House of Representatives and Senators approved legislative modifications to pass operational and administrative control of the National Guard to the Secretary of National Defense (SEDENA), even though this contravenes Article 21 of the Constitution. Now they are seeking to extend the time in which the Army and the Secretariat of the Navy may intervene in public security tasks: not only until 2024 – the term agreed upon to strengthen state and municipal police forces – but until 2028, thus imposing a trans-sexennial scheme.
These decisions, instructed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador from the executive branch, contradict his campaign promises to «return the Army to its barracks» and give the military a leading role and a presence in the life of the country as they have never had before. This despite the fact that they have violated and continue to systematically violate the human rights of the people of Mexico, as evidenced by massacres such as that of October 2, 1968, that of June 10, 1971, the so-called dirty war, the alleged war against drug trafficking, from Calderón to the present day, or the disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa with the central participation of the Mexican Army.
For all of the above, as an agreement of the Expanded Meeting of the Coordination and Follow-up Commission of the CNI-CIG, as well as of the different organizations, networks and collectives that accompany the National Indigenous Congress, we call so that according to their times, ways, calendars and geographies, on October 12, 2022, we carry out a….
GLOBAL ACTION AGAINST MILITARIZATION AND THE CAPITALIST AND PATRIARCHAL WAR AGAINST THE PEOPLES OF MEXICO AND THE WORLD, AGAINST THE EZLN AND THE ZAPATISTA COMMUNITIES AND AGAINST THE ORIGINAL PEOPLES OF MEXICO.
We call upon the peoples of Mexico and the world who resist against death and oblivion, the social, civil and political organizations, the National and International Sexta, the networks of resistance and rebellion, the signers of A Declaration for Life in the five continents, the women and men of good heart, so that together we raise our voices against the war in Mexico and in the world.
To register the activities that will take place according to your calendar and geography in this Global Action, we ask you to send your information to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join and participate with the following hashtags:
#AltoALaGuerraContraElEZLN (Stop the War Against the EZLN)
Never again a Mexico without Us!
For the Integral Reconstitution of our Peoples!
NATIONAL INDIGENOUS CONGRESS
Organizations, collectives and networks accompanying the CNI