Supporting Peace in Chiapas. Stories from La Realidad and Acteal of Brigade Volunteers

An account of the work of the Civil Observer Brigades in Chiapas.
”With 29 years behind them, the Civil Observation Brigades (BriCOs), organized by the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (FrayBa), play a fundamental role in stopping the military and paramilitary violence imposed by the State in the territory. With this initiative, since 1995, thousands of people from all over the world – mainly from Europe – have participated in this mechanism to counterbalance the violence exercised against people; the brigade members break the siege of misinformation, document first-hand and deter attacks.”

The Changes in Zapatista Autonomy

Leading up to the 30th Anniversary of the Zapatista uprising, the EZLN announced some critical changes to the shape of their autonomy.

Compañerxs from Spain look at the course of Zapatista autonomy and the nature of these changes.

The EZLN and Elections in Mexico

Compañerxs from solidarity collectives in the other Spain share an instructive history of the EZLN’s position on elections throughout its 30 year resistance.

““We tell them clearly: When the day comes that you have to vote, vote for the one you want. We do not tell them not to vote. What we tell them is that the solution is not up there. Up there are the political parties and we have seen them again and again, that there is no solution. What we have to do is to organize ourselves as peoples.”

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