Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Group
The Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Group is one of many groups across the world which support the Zapatistas in their struggleand is part of the 'UK Zapatista Network'. Our main purpose is to raise awareness of the Zapatista struggle and to give practical help wherever possible.
We do this by organising talks, film showings, benefit gigs, street stalls and direct actions as well as publishing articles. We import Zapatista produce such as coffee, clothing and jewellery for sale with the money going directly back to the communities.
In Spring 2004 the Edinburgh-Chiapas Solidarity Group and the Glasgow Zapatista Solidarity Group twinned with the '16 de Febrero' Zapatista autonomous municipality. The municipality is in a poor, rural community which lacked access to basic medical care and education. We have raised funding that enabled the community to build a health clinic in their area and further help is now needed to purchase medical equipment and supplies.
With Support from ORPHAN
Zapatista benefit gig
Thursday 22nd September 2011
£5 entry on door
19a West Register Street
The critically acclaimed Das Contras bring their unique combination of folk, jazz, reggae and soul from Fife in support of the indigenous Zapatista communities of Chiapas, Mexico. Funds raised go towards supporting the autonomous health clinics and schools in the Zapatista 'communities in resistance'.
"Blend folk, rock, latin, punk, reggae, shake them around a bit and take yourself off to a distant place and you've found their sound. And what a sound it is- they really are making some great music"
"Das Contras- one of the most talented bands in Scotland".
Good Government Junta Denounces Destruction of Houses of EZLN Supporters, 'Bases de Apoyo', by Orcao
** It points out that the three levels of “bad government” organised attacks on autonomous territories.
** The house that served as a kitchen for civilian observers was razed by some 150 people.
By Hermann Bellinghausen, La Jornada.
The Good Government Junta Heart of the Rainbow of Hope, of the Zapatista Caracol of Morelia, denounced that last August 17 in Patria Nueva community, January First Region, Lucio Cabañas autonomous municipality, Chiapas, the Regional Organization of Ocosingo Coffee Growers (Orcao, its initials in Spanish) committed new aggressions, when some 150 people destroyed a casa belonging to the EZLN’s support bases that was used as a kitchen for the peace campers and civilian observers.
The aggression was directed by Orcao’s local representatives Cristóbal Gómez López, El Saddam, and Manuel Bautista Moshan, El Empresario, coordinated by the directors Antonio Juárez Cruz, Alejandro Gómez Navarro and Carlos Ramírez Gómez, and advised by Nicolás López Gómez, El Tzirin, Juan Vázquez López and José Pérez Gómez.
Poet Sicilia: "In Spite of the Betrayals, We Will Renew Dialogue with the 'Legislature' on Wednesday"
Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada
* “The lords of death must ask the nation and the victims for pardon,” points out the poet
By: Víctor Ballinas and Alonso Urrutia
The Poet Sicilia announced Sunday August 14th that the second week of September they will begin a caravan to the country’s south: “we remember that there, more than 17 years ago, in the Chiapas mountains, was established one of the highest and most profound examples of dignity that continues illuminating the country’s darkness. The faces and names denied to the Indian peoples appeared, which shook up the nation and reminded us of the profound roots of the injustice that are of long standing in Mexico".
** The aggressors come from the Guadalupe Victoria, Las Conchitas and Pojcol Ejidos
By: Hermann Bellinghausen
The Good Government Junta, Path of the Future, of the Zapatista Caracol of La Garrucha, Chiapas, denounced armed attacks by groups from the Regional Organization of Ocosingo Coffee Growers (Orcao, its initials in Spanish)), who it describes as paramilitary that has the backup of state and municipal police. The aggressors come from the Guadalupe Victoria and Las Conchitas ejidos (Ocosingo), as well as from Pojcol (Chilón), where they have attempted to invade lands of the EZLN’s support bases in Francisco Villa autonomous municipality.
Google translated from German:
** It asserts that state authorities and ejido owners provoke EZLN support bases
** It places responsibility on members of the PAN, PRI, PRD and PVEM for covering up the aggressions
By: Hermann Bellinghausen, La Jornada
Thursday, August 4, 2011
The Good Government Junta (Junta) Towards Hope, of the Zapatista Caracol of the jungle border region in La Realidad, Chiapas, denounced “provocations and damages” by authorities and ejido members of Monte Redondo (Frontera Comalapa) against EZLN support bases belonging to Tierra y Libertad autonomous municipality. They place responsibility on members of the four political parties: PAN, PRD, PRI and PVEM, and on the state government, for covering up the aggressions.
The campesinos remained prisoners more than five months in the prison of Playas de Catazajá, accused of the murder of an Agua Azul ejido member.
By Hermann Bellinghausen
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas.
The last four of the “Bachajón Five” were liberated this Saturday. The campesinos, adherents of the Other Campaign from San Sebastián Bachajón ejido (Chilón Municipality), who remained prisoners more than five months in the Playas de Catazajá prison, accused of the murder of an ejido member from Agua Azul (Tumbalá), and of alleged crimes related tp protests at the Agua Azul crossing in the first week in February. Although the serious charges turned out to be false, the indigenous men remained incarcerated as “hostages” of the government, according to what the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba) has been maintaining.
Zapatista Autonomous Councils Install Signs Again Showing Toniná As Rebel Zone
** State officials took them down in June, previous to Juan Sabines’ visit to the archaeological site
** They corroborate that the property owners of the lands next to the pyramid are EZLN support bases
By: Hermann Bellinghausen, Envoy
Ejido San Sebastian Bachajon, adherents to the Other Campaign, the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle.
July 6, 2011
To human rights defenders, national and international.
To members of the Other Campaign, national and international
To members of the Movement for Justice in El Barrio in New York and its allies around the world.
To the people of Mexico and the world.
To public opinion.
To civil society in Mexico and the world.
We hereby advise all the comrades in the world in writing that yesterday, the July 6, 2011, following your many protests, they have borne fruit.
Thanks to each and everyone who made everything possible, the protests and demonstrations have given their first fruit, as yesterday the minor Mariano Demeza Silvano was released from his imprisonment at the Villa Crisol Center for Social Rehabilitation, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas.
Although he is not completely free. The government of Juan Sabines Guerero freed him five months after he was abducted without committing any crime, a political prisoner whose only crime was speaking out to defend their land and autonomy.
We hope that the release of the other detainees is pending because there are still four other persons who remain wrongfully detained that the bad government has taken as bait for their neoliberal interests.
The Fray Bartolomew Centre for Human Rights based in San Cristobal, Chiapas issued the following URGENT ACTION CALL on 27 June. Civilian Zapatistas in the ejido, or communal land holding, of San Marcos Aviles are being subjected to death threats and are at risk of violent eviction. On 1 July the Zapatista Good Government Council for the Highlands issued a similar denunciation, detailing numerous episodes of harrassment in San Marcos Aviles.
Please write to the Mexican authorities demanding that the rights of the indigenous Zapatistas in San Marcos Aviles be respected: addresses/emails, and the full texts of the Urgent Action Call and Zapatista statement are below: