In the context of the 30th anniversary of the EZLN uprising, reports of legal actions for compensation for lands recovered in 1994 could constitute a motive to trigger more attacks on Zapatista communities in an already volatile environment in Chiapas.
The National Indigenous Congress denounces attempts to discredit, delegitimize and criminalize the Zapatista Indigenous Agrarian Movement (MAIZ) through attempts to link it to organized crime.
The Congress further states that, ”as indigenous peoples, Zapatistas and non-Zapatistas, we continue and will continue to resist against the repression that the state exercises through the Armed Forces, the National Guard and the police forces and now against the wave of terror sown by the cartels and the paramilitaries supported by federal and state governments. And we will continue to rebuild autonomous living systems without capitalism or patriarchy that guarantee a dignified life for future generations.”
“We know that we are not alone in this journey. How many compañeros and compañeros have come to these lands of ours to share their knowledge, to teach us and for us to teach them, how much they have dedicated their whole lives to share our word, our thinking, to look for ways to support us in this struggle that belongs to all of us,” Manuel shares, the emotion so visible on his young face. “Thanks to this support we can continue to build our schools and clinics, develop materials, have access to medical equipment that allows us to care for our sick…”