Be a Zapatista wherever you are
- The EZLN (Zapatista National Liberation Army) came briefly to the worlds
attention when they seized several towns in Chiapas on New Years Day in
1994. This image of a new armed rebel movement in the period when such
movements were meant to have recognized their own redundancy was startling
and demonstrated that history was not yet over.
Since then most of the continued support the Zapatistas have received is
strongly based on the idea that the Zapatistas are different. Different not
just from the neoliberal world order they oppose but, more fundamentally,
different from the armed revolutionary groups that exist and have existed
elsewhere in the world.
Those involved internationally in Zapatista solidarity work are drawn to it
not because they believe Mexico is uniquely repressive. There are many
countries that are far worse, Colombia being one obvious example. They hope
there is something in the Zapatista method that they can take home to their
own city or region. Hence the popularity of the call from the EZLN to �be a
Zapatista wherever you are.�
So although the Zapatistas remain isolated in the jungles and mountains of
south eastern Mexico their ideas have influenced many activists across the
globe. Not least in the round of global days of action against capitalism.
One call for these protests actually arose at an international conference in
La Realidad, Chiapas in 1996 and is part of the reason for the
�anti-capitalist� demonstrations of London J18 and Seattle N30 in 1999 and
those that followed in 2000 including A16 Washington and S26 Prague. (read
the full article at http://zap.to/chiapas)
Visit www.geocities.com/Zaptistablock after January 10th, 2002 for
information about the upcoming Zapatista Block mobilization to Washington DC
Also: National Conference on Organized Resistance in Washington DC, January
25 � 27, 2002 (www.organizedresistance.org)
Rally and Direct Action against the World Economic Forum in New York City,
January 31 � February 4, 2002 (flier to download as pdf file:
Colombia Mobilization and Direct Action in Washington DC, April 19 � 22,
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