CNI Call for Global Action against Militarization and War

CALL FOR GLOBAL ACTION AGAINST MILITARIZATION AND THE CAPITALIST AND PATRIARCHAL WAR AGAINST THE PEOPLES OF ALL MEXICO AND THE WORLD, AGAINST THE EZLN AND THE ZAPATISTA COMMUNITIES AND AGAINST THE ORIGINARY PEOPLES OF MEXICO

OCTOBER 3, 2022

OCTOBER 12TH

DAY OF RESISTANCE AND INDIGENOUS DIGNITY

To the peoples of Mexico and the world,

To the native peoples,

To organizations and groups that defend human rights,

To La Sexta National and International,

To the Networks of Resistance and Rebellion,

To the Unsubmissive, 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, other than 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, 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 brink of Civil War”; around this time, the Zapatista peoples, in what they called “The Journey for Life”, decided to sail across the Atlantic to reach the other Europe, the Unsubmissive Europe, that of Below and to the Left…, they said: “We are going to thank the other for its existence. To be grateful for the teachings that their rebellion and resistance have given us. To deliver the promised flower. To embrace the other and whisper in his ear that he is not alone. To whisper that it is worth the resistance, the fight, 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 are going to look for complicity… for life.”

On October 12th, 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 the founder and where the forms 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 bad governments. For this reason we raise our voices and mobilize to demand a total halt to the military siege, the paramilitary attacks and the counterinsurgency war directed against the EZLN and the Zapatista communities; and against the original peoples of Mexico through militarization and paramilitarization, organized crime, megaprojects 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, including six women; as well as two disappearances; a year later, these figures 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 with the current 4T regime. The homicides, extrajudicial executions and mass disappearances, as well as the repression of students, women, campesinos, teachers, workers, youth, defenders of human rights and Mother Earth, such as the case of our brother Samir Flores Soberanes, journalists, activists and native peoples is constant and growing; and it ranges from harassment, intimidation, threats, to dispossession, displacement, torture, political imprisonment, disappearance, homicide, femicide…

There are innumerable forms of war that the peoples of Mexico face.

We know that this patriarchal and capitalist system wants to break us in this way throughout the world, as is currently happening in Ukraine, in Afghanistan, in the Middle East, across the planet; but if we unite and organize ourselves we can fight together against war and against capitalism.

The bad governments use the militarization, paramilitarization, attacks and aggressions of organized crime to impose the extraction of minerals and hydrocarbons or death megaprojects 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 members of the public force are assigned to defend transnational companies; it increases the contamination of rivers, water tables, air and land; priority is given to mining, drug trafficking, logging, industries. Communities, peoples and organizations denounce time and time again that the imposition of infrastructure and extractivist projects occurs 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 endless continuity of colonization.

Recently, the Chambers of Deputies and Senators approved legislative amendments to pass the 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 it is intended to prolong the time in which the Army and the Secretary of the Navy can intervene in public security tasks: not only until 2024, —a period that had been agreed to strengthen the state and municipal police— but until 2028, thus imposing a trans-presidential scheme.

These decisions, instructed by the foreman Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador from the executive power, contradict his election campaign promises, to “return the Army to its Barracks” and give the military bodies a leading role and a presence in the life of the country like they have never before had; the foregoing despite the fact that they have systematically violated and continue to violate the human rights of the peoples of Mexico, as evidenced by massacres such as that of October 2nd, 1968, that of June 10th, 1971, the so-called dirty war, the supposed war against drug trafficking, from Calderon to the present day, or the disappearance of the 43 student teachers from Ayotzinapa with the central participation of the Mexican Army.

For all of the above, as agreed by the Expanded Meeting of the CNI-CIG Coordination and Follow-up Commission, as well as by the different organizations, networks and groups that accompany the National Indigenous Congress, we ask so that according to their times, ways , calendars and geographies, on October 12th, 2022, to carry out a…

GLOBAL ACTION AGAINST MILITARIZATION AND THE CAPITALIST AND PATRIARCHAL WAR AGAINST THE PEOPLES OF ALL MEXICO AND THE WORLD, AGAINST THE EZLN AND THE ZAPATISTA COMMUNITIES AND AGAINST THE ORIGINARY PEOPLES OF MEXICO

We call on the peoples of Mexico and the world who resist against death and oblivion, the social, civil and political organizations, LaSexta National and International, the networks of resistance and rebellion, the signatories of A Declaration for Life in the five continents, to the women and men of good heart, so that together we can raise our voices against the war in Mexico and in the world.

To register the activities that will be carried out according to your calendar and geography in this Global Action, we ask you to send your information to the following email: accionglobaloctubre2022@gmail.com

Join in and participate with the following hashtags:

#EZLNnoEstánSolos

#AltoALaGuerraContraElEZLN

#FueraParamilitaresDeTerritorioZapatista

#VsLaGuerraCapitalistaEnMexicoyEnElMundo

#VsLaGuerraHaciaLosPueblosDelMundo

#VsLaGuerraHaciaLosPueblosOriginarios

#AltoALaMilitarización

#VsLaViolenciaHaciaLasMujeres

#AltoALosAsesinatos

#AltoALasDesapariciones

#LibertadALosPresosPolíticos

Originally published at https://www.congresonacionalindigena.org/2022/10/08/convocatoria-a-marcha-y-acto-contra-la-militarizacion-y-la-guerra-capitalista-y-patriarcal-12-de-octubre/

Translated by Schools for Chiapas.

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