A call to mobilize in support of the resistance of the Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala next June 8
The Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala has been under siege for the last 6 months. Armed paramilitaries continue to block roads and refuse to allow people to come and go freely. As a result of their actions, there is no electricity, drinking water, or medical attention in Copala. The children can’t go to school because there are no teachers. Paramilitaries shoot at townspeople daily, resulting in the deaths of at least 21 people between last November and May.
The brutal attack on the caravan on April 27, 2010, in which Human Rights observers Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola, were killed, was carried out with total impunity, and the situation in San Juan Copala has gotten worse since then. Timoteo Alejandro Ramírez, the natural leader of the Autonomous Municipality, and his wife Cleriberta Castro were murdered on May 20. These brutal actions not only represent direct repression against Copala, but are also a message from the bad government and powerful interests to all the peoples of Oaxaca and Mexico who are struggling for self-government and defending their forms of organization and existence.
From the depths of our indigenous roots, we strongly feel that we cannot abandon our sisters and brothers in the face of these outrageous attacks. We echo the call sent out by San Juan Copala to all the peoples of Oaxaca, Mexico, and the world to mobilize next June 8, to help the Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola Humanitarian Caravan break the paramilitary siege around the autonomous municipality.
In view of the situation of constant paramilitary hostility experienced by the townspeople, we call on all of you in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the world to organize film showings, rallies, encampments, marches, roadblocks, embassy takeovers, and any and all actions possible in your local situation to bring public attention to the Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola Humanitarian Caravan and assist it in achieving its goals.
We ask you to mobilize and help increase the media coverage by freely spreading information broadcast by Radio Plantón daily from 11am to 5 pm at this link, http://giss.tv:8001/plantonsonoro.ogg.m3u, as well as information published on the independent media networks that will be reporting on the June 8th Caravan. Please stay abreast of the situation and do all that you can to see that minimum security conditions exist for achieving the goals of this humanitarian Caravan.
Support the struggle of the Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala!
Long live the struggle of the Triqui nation!
Paramilitaries out of the region!
Break the paramilitary siege next June 8!
Asamblea en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio del Istmo de Tehuantepec, Brigadas Indígenas 94, CACITA, CASOTA, Coatlicue, Colectivo AAA, Colectivo Revolver, Comunidad Benito Juárez Chimalapa, Coordinadora Juvenil Libertaria, Frente Cívico Tetiteco, Yunhiz Espacio Alternativo, Radio Ricardo Flores Magón, Radio Totopo, THC Colectivo, Universidad de la Tierra, Espacio Cero, Colectivo Arte Jaguar, Familiares de Lorenzo Sampablo, VOCAL.
PROGRAMS OF INFORMATION, REFLECTION AND ANALYSIS REGARDING THE AUTONOMOUS MUNICIPALITY OF SAN JUAN COPALA AND COVERAGE OF THE “BETY CARIÑO AND JYRI JAKKOLA CARAVAN”
With the aim of breaking the siege around San Juan Copala, some independent and community radios have taken on the task of covering the progress of the Caravan with 5 hours of programming on 5 main topics in order to generate information and strengthen the autonomous social movement with a focus on the dignified struggle of the Triqui Nation.
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. COPALA. Constant human rights violations.
A conversation about the situation of the municipality of San Juan Copala, its origin in the context of the broad struggle in 2006, and the violations of the human rights of the municipality by the state government and UBISORT paramilitaries.
12:00 to 1:00PM. INDIGENOUS PEOPLES. The struggle for self determination and a life of dignity.
The struggle for autonomy, self-determination and defense of the land and territory has been constant in the majority of the indigenous peoples of Mexico, as clearly expressed by the San Andrés Accords initiated by the EZLN. As of 2009, and especially this year, 2010, people there has been an escalation in the systematic violence against the struggle of indigenous peoples. This program features a conversation dealing with several examples of the struggle for dignity: Ostula in Michoacán, Atenco, Campeche and the struggle against high electricity rates, Chiapas, EZLN, ACTEAL and the struggle against mega-projects, Guerrero and the Community Police, the Council of People United against La Parota Dam, and the National Indigenous Congress and the struggles of the indigenous peoples of Oaxaca.
1:00PM to 2:00PM. Repression against the autonomous social movements
Just as there has been ongoing aggression against indigenous peoples aimed at taking away their lands and territories, there has also been an intensification of the hostility and persecution against collectives and organizations struggling for autonomy whose politics do not always coincide with those of the political parties or the social struggle. Therefore, it is important to present specific examples and reflections on the support and coverage of the struggle against repression that has come down on people building autonomy.
2:00PM to 3:00PM. Statewide, national, and international informational links.
The proposal is to generate a network of independent and community media to give coverage to the Caravan to San Juan Copala, monitor the actions in support of the municipality, and share reflections and commentaries on the situation in the Caravan.
3:00PM to 4:00PM. International solidarity and support.
In view of the tragic events resulting in the loss of the life of Jyri Jakkola, an anarchist comrade in struggle from Finland, we think it’s important to share reflections on internationalist solidarity and support. We will talk about the contributions made by campers and caravan members to processes in Chiapas, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Palestina, and Oaxaca. Solidarity, said Jyri, is putting your body on the line for what you’re supporting. For the sake of future interchanges in the struggle of the peoples of the world, it’s important to share our evaluations of internationalist contributions.
ADDRESS FOR INTERNET BROADCASTING:
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to send commentaries and information about activities.
Asamblea en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio del Istmo de Tehuantepec, Brigadas Indígenas 94, CACITA, CASOTA, Coatlicue, Colectivo Revolver, Comunidad Benito Juárez Chimalapa, Coordinadora Juvenil Libertaria, Frente Cívico Teotiteco, Yunhiz Espacio Alternativo, Radio Ricardo Flores Magón, Radio Totopo, Universidad de la Tierra, Familiares de Lorenzo Sampablo, VOCAL, Autonomía Radial.