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Solidarity with the EZLN in Coyoacan, Mexico || Solidaridad con el EZLN en Coyoacan México

Last month, activists painted a huge red star in Mexico City’s Zocalo to help bring attention to the Red Alert issued by the EZLN. On July 31, 2005, activists in solidarity with the EZLN used a variety of tactics to educate people in downtown Coyoacan, Mexico City about the Sixth Declaration from the Lacandona Jungle and the ongoing Zapatista struggle for land, work, dignity, health, food, education and respect.

El pasado mes un grupo de activistas pintaron una estrella roja en el zócalo de la ciudad de México, en solidaridad con la alerta roja lanzada por los Zapatistas. El 31 de Julio del 2005 se realizaron actividades en solidaridad con el EZLN en el centro de Coyoacan de la Ciudad de México, el tema era la Sexta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona donde se pide tierra, trabajo, dignidad, salud, alimentación, educación y respeto.
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Solidarity with the EZLN in Coyoacan, Mexico

ARTICLE and PHOTOS by Bradley
TRANSLATION by Adriana

Last month, activists painted a huge red star in Mexico City’s Zocalo to help bring attention to the Red Alert issued by the EZLN. On July 31, 2005, activists in solidarity with the EZLN used a variety of tactics to educate people in downtown Coyoacan, Mexico City about the Sixth Declaration from the Lacandona Jungle and the ongoing Zapatista struggle for land, work, dignity, health, food, education and respect.

In the Plaza in Coyoacan, a loud sound-system was set up and several tables displayed books, shirts, buttons, jewellery, coffee, music, videos, flyers, plants and other outreach materials to raise money and awareness for the Zapatistas in the mountains of southeast Mexico. A red star was painted in front of the outreach tables that successfully attracted the attention of people who were enjoying the sunny Sunday in the plaza. Paper and paint was made available and a handmade sign encouraged people to "paint your ideas." Banners and freshly painted signs were hung from the large kiosk and a line was strung across the plaza with photos, flyers and newspaper articles about the Zapatistas and the upcoming meetings of the EZLN, open to all peoples working for social justice, planned for August and September, 2005 in Chiapas.

It is very common to see clothing and other goods displayed on a blanket on the ground in Mexico, but unique to a display arranged by the activists was a hand-painted sign with a crossed out symbol for money. Perhaps the most exciting part of the day was a theatrical performance by children from Santo Domingo, a Colony in Coyoacan, about their daily life and struggle. It is clear that Zapatismo is an ideology which is live and well in the mind, body and soul of people of all ages, genders and colors; from Santa Cruz, California to San Cristobal, Chiapas and all around the world, ¡Viva la Resistencia!


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Solidaridad con el EZLN en Coyoacan México

ARTICULO y FOTOS por Braulio
TRADUCCION por Adriana

El pasado mes un grupo de activistas pintaron una estrella roja en el zócalo de la ciudad de México, en solidaridad con la alerta roja lanzada por los Zapatistas. El 31 de Julio del 2005 se realizaron actividades en solidaridad con el EZLN en el centro de Coyoacan de la Ciudad de México, el tema era la Sexta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona donde se pide tierra, trabajo, dignidad, salud, alimentación, educación y respeto.

El la Plaza de Coyoacan se presento un sound-system, y varios puestos que vendían de libros, playeras, botones, joyería, café, discos, videos, plantas, propaganda informativa, y otros materiales del EZLN desde las montañas del Sureste Mexicano. Se pinto una estrella roja frente a las mesas de información, atrayendo la atención de la gente que paseaba un domingo caluroso por la plaza. Carteles de papel anuncian: “pinta tus ideas? donde la gente puede pintar con papel y pintura que regalan los activistas, a lo largo del kiosco hay varios carteles en apoyo al evento, y un tendedero con fotos, propaganda, periódicos y artículos acerca de los Zapatistas, y se convoca a varias reuniones con los grupos de izquierda, para hablar de justicia social, durante Agosto y Septiembre del 2005 en Chiapas.

Es común ver en los tianguis de México venta de ropa y diversos objetos que se exhiben sobre una cobija en el piso, esta vez un grupo de activistas puso sobre la ropa un anuncio de un signo de pesos con una línea atravesada que significa que no es necesario pagar con dinero. Quizás lo mejor fue la presentación de un grupo de teatro de niños, que viven el la Colonia Santo Domingo en Coyoacan, la obra de teatro se refería a la vida y a la lucha de su colonia. Es claro que la ideología Zapatista se vive en cuerpo y alma, sin importar edad, raza, o nacionalidad. Desde Santa Cruz California, para San Cristóbal Chiapas, y para todo el mundo ¡Viva la Resistencia!
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¡Viva la Resistencia!
 

Re: Solidarity with the EZLN in Coyoacan, Mexico || Solidaridad con el EZLN en Coyoacan México

Whats with the redstar are they going communist on their people. I guess they don't recieve wold news down there or else they would know that system has never worked.
 

Re: Solidarity with the EZLN in Coyoacan, Mexico || Solidaridad con el EZLN en Coyoacan México

Viva el EZLN! Solidaridad con activistas en Coyoacon!

Thanks for the reportback. This looks like a wonderful gathering. Although I know Mexico is oppressive, it great to see people gathering in the plaza, freely expressing their political beliefs. Did the cops show up, did they have to have a lot of permits and did they get a ticket for painting on the sidewalks, like what happens in Santa Cruz? It doesn't look like it!

I wish them goodwill and success.

Viva la Resistencia!
 

Re: Solidarity with the EZLN in Coyoacan, Mexico || Solidaridad con el EZLN en Coyoacan México

reply to Chicano831:

i doubt you really care about the ezln or the red star.... if you cared, the least you could have done is a little search on the internet. i can not say why the star is red, but i can assure you the ezln is not based on communism.

Zapatista Solidarity - Mexico, DF - Centro de Medios Libre
radio.indymedia.org/news/2005/07/5615.php

Remarks of the General Command of the EZLN in the opening ceremony of the First Intercontinental Meeting For Humanity and Against Neoliberalism
www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/3849/opening.html

Mexico - Indigenous and Guerrilla warfare movements
www.z6.com/z6files/z6files/fotw/flags/mx{.html

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response to SantaH Cruz:

You are welcome for the reportback. Adriana and I are happy to publish on Indymedia. Thank you taking the time to read, view photos and post a comment.

It was a wonderful gathering!

Mexico is oppressive is lots of ways, no doubt. However, unlike Santa Cruz, California, there do not seem to be any laws in Mexico City against having a blanket to keep warm after dark while outside. There do not seem to be laws in Mexico City against sleeping outside after dark. And, so far every place i have been in Mexico seems to have a public gathering space, yes a plaza, again, unlike Santa Cruz, California. The face of oppression in Santa Cruz will smile at people gleefully spending money, while trying to hide poverty from tourists. There is a lot of poverty in Mexico (and a lot of billionaires) and it is very sad. The poverty really takes its toll on all people, or so it seems. Everywhere you go in Mexico City, there seem to be people trying to sell something. The list of places and items being sold would be quite long to type... It seems that in most metros in Mexico City, there is someone trying to sell candy, pens, yarn, pirated cds, etc.. etc.. etc.. Yes, this makes me sad. I´m going off on a bit of a tangent here, i think.. and i need to get going... anyways, my point was that there is oppression in Mexico and in Santa Cruz.

Here is a reportback from Oaxaca.

Governor Ulises Ruiz; 6 months of harvesting terror in Oaxaca
by atx indymedia action news team.
austin.indymedia.org/feature/display/20711/index.php

back to resonding to the comment.

"Did the cops show up, did they have to have a lot of permits and did they get a ticket for painting on the sidewalks, like what happens in Santa Cruz?!"

To my knowledge, the cops did not show up. At one point, I was touching up the star with a mop (used as a large brush) and paint after it had been stepped on while still drying. After putting down the mop and walking back towards the star, two men called out to me, "Joven" (which is like saying kid, or young kid) and asked me (in spanish) if i had painted this red star. I simply replied, "No, pero es chido, no." Which means, ´No, I did not paint the star, but it is cool, right.´ Then I walked away and asked a women about the men who questioned me. She told me that the men were, in some way, in charge of managing the plaza. She also told me not to worry because Coyoacan is rebel territory. Coyoacan is also a slighty wealthier part of Mexico City.

The authorities were not so causel with last month´s action in the Zocalo. check out that story here:
www.indymedia.org/en/2005/07/117434.shtml
radio.indymedia.org/news/2005/07/5615.php

here is a link to another reportback, by the way:

Policías Auxiliares en Huelga de Hambre en D.F. || Police on Hunger Strike in Mexico City
santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/18276/index.php

thanks Santa Cruz Indymedia.

¡Viva la Resistencia!
 

Re: Solidarity with the EZLN in Coyoacan, Mexico || Solidaridad con el EZLN en Coyoacan México

i doubt you really care about the ezln or the red star.... if you cared, the least you could have done is a little search on the internet. i can not say why the star is red, but i can assure you the ezln is not based on communism. --- Bradley

How can you possibly know whether or not I care anything about chiapas unless we have communicated before. For the record I do care, they are my brothers and sisters. I am concerned as the motives of EZLN, if they are honest and hold the best interest of the native people I will personally support them. If they are nothing more then false phophets in the like Che and Fidel then they are my enemy. If the EZLN has no communist connection then why the red star, which is a communist icon?

peace

_www.therealcuba.com
 

Re: Solidarity with the EZLN in Coyoacan, Mexico || Solidaridad con el EZLN en Coyoacan México

For the meaning of the red star this will help

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_star
 

Re: Solidarity with the EZLN in Coyoacan, Mexico || Solidaridad con el EZLN en Coyoacan México

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EZLN
 

Re: Symbols

Regarding the use of the red star and connections to Fidel: The EZLN, to my knowledge, had not until la sexta declaracion ever publicly supported the Cuban state due to its close relationship with the Mexican state. Only with the most recent comuniques have the Chiapanecos pledged their support for the Cuban people (by offering to send food).

When Cuba is oppressive and Communist, it is a different oppressive Communism than the oppressive communism of Mexico. Communism is not a monolithic system that exists in a vaccume. Is your problem with stars? Or just the color red? Maybe the combination of the two? Are green stars okay?

Perhaps we need new terms.
Perhaps we need new symbols.
But we cannot assign a single permanent meaning to a symbol as simple as a red star, since it has been 'used' by freedom fighters on every continent.

I personally see the red star as an anti-imperialist symbol more than a Communist one. I see it as a symbol of resistance, not of oppression. Who needs all the cold war McCarthyist redbaiting?

Viva la revolucion--y gracias por este buen ejemplo del globalismo de los pueblos y no de las empresas!

Solidaridad desde Santa Cruz, Alta California!
 

Re: Solidarity with the EZLN in Coyoacan, Mexico || Solidaridad con el EZLN en Coyoacan México

The red star has established itself as being communist, having been used by many variations of that political system, so yes the antiglobalists need a new symbol. Why reuse a antique of the 1960's? Does the left lack originallity? Instead of the star why not a street portrait of emilio zapata or an even longer lasting murial? why not choose a symbol that is indegionous to mexico? Is there a hidden agenda within the EZLN?



viva mexico libre
 

Re: Solidarity with the EZLN in Coyoacan, Mexico || Solidaridad con el EZLN en Coyoacan México

>The red star.... Why reuse
>a antique of the 1960's?

The 1960s, huh? Maybe you should try learning a little history before trying to teach it?

Be it black, red, or yellow, the star has been in common use amongst revolutionaries (communist and non-communist) for a long damn time. Certainly anarchists, socialists, and communists were all using it in the late-19th century. Earlier examples would probably be easy to find...

The use of a simple star is not the same as using a more complex, detailed symbol which might be more readily identified with a specific group or country. For instance, the "hammer and scicle" specifically identifies the USSR. Attempting to relaim such an icon for use in a non-pro-USSR context would be difficult, to say the least. The "hammer and scicle" is hopelessly associated with the brutal totalitarian Bolshevik regime.

However, the same is not true of a term such as "socialism." While the USSR called itself "socialist" (and the USA went right along with that lie), the term (and its underlying ideals) need not be abandoned.

Nor need it be true of the term "democracy." For all of the murderous, oppressive operations that have been funded and directed by the US in the name of spreading "democracy," the term and its underlying ideals are still vital, and are still upheld by true revolutionaries, such as the EZLN.
 

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