Raul Zibechi shares reflections on how we must face the state of society as we find it today. “We owe it to ourselves in these difficult moments to have a profound debate about the ways to confront the war from above. Without giving up or selling out, but taking the paths that allow us to avoid the war and continue building without falling into provocations.”
Almost three decades later, the municipalities are today once again in the throes of violence, but now with the aggravating factor of the presence of organized crime as new actors. For two decades now, criminal violence has entered the state and progressively taken over the municipalities. Its presence as a political actor in the territories has complicated the performance of electoral processes and public administration, but also undermines the autonomy of indigenous peoples, day by day penetrating deeper.
Autonomy is not built during protests, but before, during and after. Above all, afterward. The protest must not be something only reactive, because in that way, the initiative is always outside of the movement. Autonomy demands a long process of internal work and requires daily tension to keep it going.