Samir Lives, the Struggle Continues! Statement by CNI-CIG and EZLN

Published March 6, 2019

Samir Lives, the Struggle Continues! Statement by CNI, CIG and EZLN

To the peoples of the world

To organizations and groups in resistance and rebellion

To the networks of resistance and rebellion

To the sixth national and international

To the media

Almost 100 years after the assassination of General Emiliano Zapata, the Ayuuk, Binizza, Chinanteco, Chol, Chontal, Guarijío, Maya, May, Mazahua, Mazateco, Mixteco, Nahua, Nayeri, Otomí, Popoluca, Purépecha, Raramuri, Tepehuano, Tlapaneco, Tojolabal, Totonaco, Tzeltal, Tsotsil, Wixárika, Yaqui, Zoque and Quichua (Ecuador) people are all together to celebrate the Third National Assembly of the National Indigenous Congress and the Indigenous Council of Government. We find ourselves in pain and rage before the war against our people, before the assassination of comrade Samir, killed for defending the land and his people. From our national assembly we send a combative hug in solidarity to your family and the community of Amilcingo, Morelos. We send you a solidarity hug from the CNI-CIG and the EZLN, where the comrade will always be a lit candle.

Samir was killed by the neoliberal regime; We do not know if he was killed by the government, the entrepreneurs, their criminal cartels, or, by the three together. The offers made by AMLO, not to those below, but to the owners of money and power, and the veiled threats against those who defend life laid the foundations of the murderous assassination. It is, in the case of the new holder of the federal executive, the promise to deliver to the big businessmen and the military leaders what neoliberal capitalism and its bad governments that come and go have not been able to take away. It offers entrepreneurs to put at their disposal the land with the supposedly new Agrarian Development Law, to finish dismantling the collective property and organization, calling the shameless robbery and destruction “development,” militarily threatening our peoples with their National Guard and reconfiguring our country.

What they call “transformations” for our people have always meant that people are killed in the interests of the oligarchies and those who have power, who are increasingly few and large, who do not stop living from the oppression, exploitation, and destruction as usual.

The so-called “Fourth Transformation” follows the same path of its 3 predecessors, although with more brutality and cynicism if possible.

In the War of Independence it was the local exploiters, children of the European invaders, who took power and divided our lands, trying to make the existence of our peoples invisible on the basis of the liberal discourse that until today is the discourse of the Power.

In the Reformation our communal lands, sacred to us, were proscribed to be delivered to the same plunderers. The laws of the Reformation and the subsequent laws of uncultivated land and colonization propitiated the growth of the large haciendas under the regime of Porfirio Díaz.

During the Mexican Revolution, while the political power was divided, we defended the water and earth with our blood. While Madero and Carranza betrayed and murdered Zapata, our people demanded a radical and profound social and agrarian transformation that never came.

Thus, in each “transformation” the exploitation, the dispossession, the discrimination and the contempt against our peoples increased and intensified.

We have no doubt that this new stage of government deepens neoliberalism and the forced integration of our country into the imperial orbit of the United States, since it has faithfully committed to give continuity to the macroeconomic policies of previous governments, establishing austerity and financial restrictions that were not seen from the government of Miguel de la Madrid: guaranteeing the autonomy of the Bank of Mexico, respect for foreign investments and the promotion of free trade. It goes against us and our territories; it goes for the extermination of our peoples in every corner, and for a war that we suffer today with mourning and courage. We see ourselves in this general assembly and in our sorrows we see that it is a war made of many wars functioning in an integral way, as if it were one.

Today, Francisco I. Madero, who betrayed Zapata, is the greatest inspirer of the discourse of the new federal executive, admirer of the liberal and neoliberal developmentalism that is exterminating our peoples.

In fact, the self-styled “Fourth Transformation” began with Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado, deepened with Carlos Salinas de Gortari, followed his war of conquest with Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon, Vicente Fox Quezada, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa and Enrique Peña Nieto; and now it continues with Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the National Regeneration Movement Party. For the indigenous peoples the only “true change” is the increase of lies, deceptions, persecutions, threats, imprisonment, dispossession, assassinations, ridicule and contempt, human exploitation and the destruction of nature; In sum: the annihilation of the collective life that is our existence.

What the people who orchestrate the destruction of the world need are the peoples, and we will defend them from their capitalist transformation with our resistance and rebellion, although, as we are seeing, we face the military plot of domination and repression that has capital as a standard. The same applies to police, military, shock groups, drug cartels and paramilitaries.

The bad federal government stands on the ravages left by decades of neoliberalism, deepening contempt and racism to be able to deprive the original peoples. Search for indifference and the government goes to ask if you agree or not on the destruction you saw of “progress.” That is, their supposed consultations are nothing more than the harvest of hatred and fear left by neoliberal capitalism. That harvest is called “democracy.”

In view of all the projects aimed at the dispossession and destruction of our territories and cultures, we state that citizen and popular consultations, and even those organized under ILO Convention 169, aim to validate these megaprojects and put them in a false legitimacy. We denounce that the consultations that the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples currently organizes around the National Development Plan 2018-2024, the Mayan Train or the Transismic Corridor are a simulation for its validation. Our peoples, in exercise of their fundamental rights of territorial autonomy say NO to policies and megaprojects of dispossession, death and destruction, as well as to the consultations organized by bad governments to obtain the consent of our peoples to said policies and said megaprojects.

The neoliberal government headed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador has its sights set on our towns and territories, where, with the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples, a network of co-optation and disorganization is laid, opening the way to a war that has an industrial name, made of projects and violence, which, together with the other wars and war networks, spread a dark web of death in the native peoples of the country.

The Integral Morelos Project, for example, consists of 2 thermoelectric plants, gas pipelines and aqueducts that seek to strip the land, water, security, health, identity and peasant life of the Nahua indigenous peoples of the Popocatépetl volcano in the states of Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala. The strength of the State and the companies Elecnor, Enagas, Abengoa, Bonatti, CFE, Nissan, Burlington, Saint Gobain, Continental, Bridgestone and many more, has imposed this project through state, federal and military public violence, infusing terror in the villages through torture, threats, imprisonment, judicial persecution, closure of community radios, and now the murder of our brother Samir Flores Soberanes.

The neoliberals, first with the criminals Felipe Calderón and Enrique Peña Nieto and now with Andrés Manuel López Obrador, seek to end the resistance of the peoples that rightly say NO to the Integral Morelos Project. However, the racism sown by capitalist contempt, disinformation and forgetfulness, go back to criminalize us. AMLO said, in 2014 and 2018, that it would be with the towns against the thermoelectric in Huexca. Today, we are called left radicals and conservatives point to the money invested in the project as the biggest reason not to stop the death this project announces, regardless of the pain and anger of our people.

Today, the lie is nicknamed “democracy” to what they call “consultation,” made in a context of violence, disinformation and discrediting, regardless of the risk that the Morelos Pipeline involves in the danger zone of the sacred volcano of Popocatepetl. No matter that they finish with the irrigation water of the common lands of Ayala and contaminate the Cuautla River. That is, life is worthless when talking about big capital.

In the Mayan towns of the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo, the sacred sites are being snatched from the communities to increase the profits of transnational tourism companies; making a war in which the same train that will transport the fruits of the genedically modified agroindustry, will take the meat of the mega pig farms that destroy the sacred waters of the natural wells; the same that will serve to connect to the special economic zones of Puerto Progreso and Campeche in the peninsula, where it also imposes in wind farms. Also in the indigenous territories of Tabasco and Chiapas, where, in addition, this war becomes a network with the repressive military and paramilitary groups. Afterwards, a single war is waged with the megaprojects deployed in the territory of the original peoples of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

While orchestrating the capitalist transformation against the Mayan peoples, the land is being stolen from the people, bought for a few pesos and destroyed by the exploitation and transgenic contamination in the whole region, strongly affected by agrochemicals.

To the native peoples that inhabit the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the bad capitalist government announces the imposition of the project coveted by the great international capitals for the transit of its merchandise and the sacking of the natural and cultural goods of the south-southeast where a large number of native peoples live and the main jungles, forests, rivers and the largest area of biodiversity exist in the country.

The bad capitalist government uses the forms of imposition of previous governments to impose this mega death project that aims to reactivate the ports of Salina Cruz and Coatzacoalcos interconnected by a high-speed freight train for the transport of goods from the large capitals that control the world. It is a neo-Porfirismo “transformed” with “progressive” clothes.

It aims to turn the Isthmus into a wall of contention for Central American and national migration to the United States, hiring migrants with precarious and poorly paid jobs through the installation of textile industries, automotive factories, logging, energy megaprojects, such as wind energy and hydroelectric projects, as well as the exploitation of hydrocarbons through conventional methods and fracking, mining exploitation and transport of goods throughout the transisthmic belt.

This project is not for the benefit of the people, nor the country, nor for transporting our local products, but it is the delivery of our territories and our lives to international capitalism, led by the United States, from which networks of wars for which there are no walls or contentions.

The “Fourth Transformation” version of the Trump Wall is nothing but a multiplication of walls built from the border with Guatemala and Belize to the Mexican Isthmus. These walls are built with materials resulting from the destruction of nature and native peoples, and its “glue” is dispossession, exploitation, contempt and repression.

In the center of the country, the wild expansion of Mexico City is accompanied by industrial developments and agrarian and real estate speculation, which is leading to the destruction and dispossession of a large area. With the works in Texcoco by the NAICM, more than 100 hills were destroyed to extract materials with which they intended to kill the lake, impacting water sources throughout the region. As chosen by the new government, the airport in the military base of Santa Lucia is accompanied by dispossession of the surrounding villages, which they intend to submerge in the misfortune that afflicts us for the great capital.

With concern, we observe, on the one hand, that the PINFRA company is continuing the work on the Mexico Tuxpan-Peñón Texcoco highway, on the Nexquipayac Ejido land, while several companies intend to continue several NAICM works in Texcoco and are currently carrying out works that they do are not duly explained; on the other hand, the federal government promises the military the administration and profits of the new airport in Santa Lucia. They are the quotas in exchange for protecting the power of big capital against us the peoples that organize to stop the war in every corner of the country, always betting on life. That is why the CNI-CIG will continue to fight for the cancellation of the NAICM project, whether they intend to continue it in Texcoco or in Santa Lucía, as is the decision of the federal executive.

In this sense and in the exercise of our territorial rights and autonomy, we say that these megaprojects will be met head-on with the will of our peoples.

The bad capitalist government of López Obrador sharpens the war against the women of our country, because, with its redoubled support to the powerful, it leads to an increase in femicides, trafficking in women, torture and exploitation. That is why we, the National Indigenous Congress and the Indigenous Council of Government and the EZLN, think that if we organize the women to fight in our rural and urban towns, we will undermine, until it falls, that war of capital.

Below, in all the geographies that we are the original peoples, we continue to sow autonomy, we build and deploy the power from below in what are also networks of resistance and rebellion, which are also the mirrors not only of the peoples that make up the CNI-CIG and the EZLN, but many others that sow hope and who are our mirror, our third national assembly.

Consequently, from here, we denounce the open war against the dignified struggle of the Nahua indigenous community of Santa María Ostula, Michoacán, using the repressive force of bad government in its three levels, as well as organized crime groups that are deployed throughout the country as a tool of death against our peoples and as a justification for militarization and the creation of the National Guard.

We stand for full respect for the autonomy of the Tila common land in the state of Chiapas and condemn the threats of dispossession and repression made by the spurious common land commissioner with the support of the bad governments for the formation of paramilitary groups against our comrades who have given an example of dignity and organization.

Also, by agreement of our national assembly, we continue to demand the live presentation of our comrade Sergio Rivera Hernández who was disappeared since August 23, 2018 for his fight against the mining company Autlán in the Sierra Negra de Puebla. We demand the cancellation of the Coyolapa-Atzala hydroelectric project and the mining in the Sierra Negra.

We demand the live presentation of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa and justice for the murdered classmates.

We demand the cancellation of mining concessions throughout the national territory, which involve destruction in the states of Oaxaca, Sierra Sur, and in Chontal territory by the Salamera company, in the Chimalapas region, where the same Canadian company intends to expand its concessions, in the desert of Wirikuta, San Luis Potosí and throughout the country.

We call for redoubled efforts for the freedom of our comrade Fidencio Aldama Pérez, of the Yaqui people of Loma de Bácum, Sonora; and of our comrades Pedro Sánchez Berriozábal, Rómulo Arias Mireles and Teófilo Pérez González of the Nahua community of San Pedro Tlanixco, in the State of Mexico, as well as of all political prisoners in Mexico.

We demand that the harassment and threats against our brothers and sisters in the community of Amilcingo, Morelos, be stopped, from where the light that is our brother Samir shines, on the part of the three levels of the bad government that want to impose at all costs the Comprehensive Project Morelos.

We demand the cancellation of the projected wind farm known as Gunaa Sicarú, of the French company EDF, in more than 4 thousand hectares belonging to the communal lands of the Binnizá community of Unión Hidalgo and we reject the consultation that the government intends to carry out in order to obtain the “consent” to the same. We also demand the immediate cancellation of prospector studies carried out by cavers belonging to the PESH (Speleological System Huautla) in caves and caverns of the Mazatec village of Huautla without authorization thereof.

We call the indigenous peoples, the networks and organizations that have supported the CIG-CNI, as well as the collectives and organizations of workers, students, women, peasants and young people who fight against neoliberal capitalism, to grow our resistance and rebellion and to participate in the National Assembly among the peoples of the National Indigenous Congress and the organizations, networks and collectives that in Mexico and the world fight and organize themselves; also to the action on the occasion of the centenary of the assassination of General Emiliano Zapata Salazar, on April 9 and 10 of this year in the state of Morelos, where we will say clearly again:



From the Third National Assembly of the National Indigenous Congress and the Indigenous Council of Government.

March 2019

For the Integral Reconstitution of Our Peoples

Never More A Mexico Without Us

National Indigenous Congress

Indigenous Government Council

Zapatista Army of National Liberation

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