Sunday, 26 January 2014

Essex Zapatista Solidarity Group joins the anti-G8 protests in London.

In June the elected representatives of the 8th largest national economies met in London for the G8 summit.
Activists from all over Europe converged in London to show their opposition to the global capitalist homogeneity.

Protests ranged from targets such as G4S to large investment banks and our own demo outside the Mexican Embassy condemning the attacks on zapatista communities.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Alter-Globalisation Festival VOL 2

For a second year the Zapatista Solidarity Group - Essex gathered dozens of students for a week of discussions and activities focused on the topic of neo-liberalism, its deadly affects on our society, environment and everyday life and, of course, its alternatives. 

The festival kicked off with a gig by our friend from SKA2D2 and a night of anti-capitalist animation. On Tuesday Ted Benton from the sociology department and the horticulturist Marina O'Connell discussed the paradox and contradiction of the idea of green capitalism. On Wednesday John Holloway presented his theory from the book "Crack capitalism" in an online skype session with more than 30 students, numerous questions and support from the local Food Not Bombs group which organized a vegan stall for the event. The festival culminated with the last session which brought the new Mexican resistance to Essex with speakers from the #Yosoy132 movement. A heated discussion and brilliant presentation raised the bar for the next year's organizers of the festival. 

Video from the event:

Sunday, 23 December 2012

SKA for Chiapas - fundraising concert for San Marcos Aviles

With wild skaning on the rhythm of the band SKA2-D2 and solo concert by S. J. with his banjo, the Zapatista Solidarity Group - Essex continued its fund raising initiative for the community San Marcos Aviles in Chiapas. The gig kicked off in the Colchester bar "Tin Pan Alley" where more than 100 visitors came to listen to the music and support the indigenous struggle in the south of Mexico. 

The community San Marcos Aviles was attacked by paramilitary groups earlier this year in a large government-backed attempt to crackdown Zapatista support bases in the region. The intensified attacks provoked huge international campaign in defence of the victims of government, paramilitary and corporate aggression, including the political prisoners - Alberto Patishtan and Francisco Santiz Lopez. The Essex group participated with making a solidarity video, organising a protest in front of the Mexican embassy in London and two fundraisers. 

Facebook page of SKA2-D2:

Video from the Event:

Friday, 30 November 2012

Essex fundraising for San Marcos Aviles

Under the slogan "Not charity - solidarity" the University of Essex Zapatista team fundraised more than 140 pounds for the community of San Marcos Aviles. The activists were selling burritos and Zapatista coffee as part of their efforts to support the attacked by paramilitaries communities in Chiapas. 

Earlier the group from Essex organized a protest in front of the Mexican embassy and filmed a solidarity video, condemning the terror against the autonomous indigenous communities. The fundraiser is part of a larger campaign, backed by the Latin American Society which is also fundraising for the same cause on 30 Nov. The last fundraiser will be a SKA gig in Tin Pan Alley in Colchester on 14 December.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Article on YoSoy132's blog

A brilliant article on our protest against the repressions by the paramilitatires and the Bad Government on the page of our friendsYoSoy132 - Londres, who were there with us:

"Despite the initial YS132 focus was on the fight against the imposition of an illegitimate president and the blatant use of mass media to mislead the population, our stand in solidarity to the groups in resistance in Mexico such as Atenco, Cananea, the SME and the Zapatistas and other indigenous (or Nican Tlaca) groups in resistance, is clearly stated in our manifesto. This is why the movement participated yesterday with Essex Zapatista Solidarity Group and will continue to do so in similar actions, such as to oppose and make life impossible to the oncoming PRI rule in December.
“If we don’t strike up together, who will illuminate this darkness?”
¡ Basta ya !"

The whole article - here!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

"Zapata vive" echoed in front of the Mexican embassy

With chants "Zapata vive, la lucha sigue!" and "El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!" a group of supporters of the Zapatistas gathered to protest in front of the Mexican embassy against the repressions on the communities in resistance carried out in the last few months. The protesters demanded end of the attacks and release of the political prisoners jalied by the Bad Government.
"Our words are our weapon and the our bullets are flying towards Mexico in this moment" said Petar Stanchev from the Zapatista Solidarity Group - Essex. "We are here for the light of tomorrow, for a world in which many worlds fit, for a world where capitalism doesn't threaten us with complete destruction and being indigenous, homosexual, migrant or woman is not a crime". The protest was part of the global campaign "Worldwide Echo in support of the Zapatistas".

In addition, numerous solidarity groups from London such as the Tawantinsuyo Nation group and the Yosoy132 cellulé group took part in the demonstration in support of the recently attacked zapatista communities. Alberto, from the Yosoy132 reminded us of Subcomandante's Marcos words on the indigenous struggle and the recognition of the Other as an equal. Amaru from Tawantinsuyo Nation spoke about the importance of our indigenous roots and identity in the struggle for world recognition and economic redistribution, as well as the liberation from our colonized mentalities and the eurocentric ideas that we have about the justice.

A petition, signed by hundreds of Zapatista supporters was handed to the embassy with a clear message condemning the paramilitary attacks and the government that stays behind them. 

In the last few months a violent campaign of several paramiliraty groups, backed by the Mexican state resulted in attacking, threatening and intimidating peaceful Zapatista communities. Meanwhile, the state itself continued the policy of holding political prisoners and caged with fake alegations new companer@s whose only guilt is rejecting the neoliberal system of opression, poverty and exploitation and creating an alternative to it.