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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Zapatistas 'Chiapas on the Verge of Civil War'


Zapatistas Tour for Life delegation in Vienna, Austria, protests in front of Mexico's Embassy. Photos Radio Zapatisa
https://radiozapatista.org/?p=39527



Chiapas on the Verge of Civil War

Communique from the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee-General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation


September 19, 2021

To the people of Mexico:
To the peoples of the world:
To the Sixth in Mexico and abroad:
To the Networks of Resistance and Rebellion:

First: On September 11, 2021, in the early morning, while the Zapatista air delegation was in Mexico City, members of ORCAO – a paramilitary organization serving the Chiapas state government – kidnapped the compañeros Sebastián Nuñez Pérez and José Antonio Sánchez Juárez, autonomous authorities from the Good Government Council of Patria Nueva [New Homeland], Chiapas.

The ORCAO is a political-military organization with paramilitary characteristics: they have uniforms, equipment, weapons, and ammunition purchased with money they receive from [government-sponsored] “social programs”. They keep part of the money for themselves and use part of it to pay off government officials for reporting that they [the ORCAO] are complying with the terms of the social programs. They fire on the Zapatista community of Moisés y Gandhi every night with these weapons.