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Zapatistas announce details of organisation of Intercontinental encounter

category international | the left | press release author Tuesday November 29, 2005 18:36author by Marcos and Moisés - EZLN Report this post to the editors

The Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona proposed a new Intercontinental encounter to follow up those held in the 1990's in Chiapas and the Spanish state. This communique announces details of a consultation to take place until June 30th on holding it that proposes that “Intergalactic Committees” be formed on the five continents.

Communiqué from the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee –
General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
November of 2005

To the Peoples of the World:
Brothers and Sisters:

Concerning the Intercontinental proposed in the Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona, and in general regarding the international aspects of this statement, the CCRI-CG of the EZLN says its word:

First - The Intergalactic Committee of the EZLN, headed by Lieutenant Colonel Insurgente Moisés, has been named for the coordination and monitoring of the international part of the Sexta. There will be a rotating team of comandantes and comandantas from the CCRI-CG of the EZLN, in addition to help from the EZLN’s Sixth Committee.

Second - So that the conception, organization and holding of the Intercontinental Encuentro proposed in the Sexta can be produced with the real participation of supporters throughout the world, and not as a unilateral decision by the EZLN, as of December 1 of this year and at least until June 30, 2006, meetings and preparation consultations, of groups, personal or cyber, will be held so that proposals can be made for the Intercontinental (including the place and times it is to be held). This will be done by agreement of the majority. At the end of this 7 month consultation stage, it will be decided whether the consultation should continue or if the Intercontinental should be held as of July of 2006.

Third - For those personal meetings and consultations which are held in Mexico, the EZLN’s Intergalactic Committee has asked the Good Government Junta of the Selva Border region to provide us with space in the Caracol of La Realidad, so that direct meetings with the EZLN can be held there.

Preparation meetings can be held in other countries. If they are advised in sufficient time, the EZLN’s Intergalactic Committee will send someone to listen and to take note of everything proposed there, and it will inform the EZLN so it can be aware of it.

Fourth - For the cyber consultation, the Intergalactic Committee will put into operation, as of December 1, 2005, the web page: (yes, like that, with “z”). This web site will receive international subscribers to the Sixth Declaration as well as proposals and comments concerning the Intercontinental. They will be received, systematized and reported to all supporters by the EZLN’s Intergalactic Committee.

Fifth - The zeztainternazional web page will have a very basic design so that it can be completed and improved collectively by those people from the five continents who desire to do so. For now it will just have the main page (which can be changed further along or every so often, according to the proposals) and spaces for support and for proposals for the Intercontinental, the EZLN’s positions and information concerning the international, as well as the EZLN’s actions and messages in support of struggles and resistances against neoliberalism and for humanity.

Sixth - The EZLN is proposing that, where so accepted and desired, “Intergalactic Committees” be formed on the five continents. Their only work would be to propose, debate and agree on everything related to the Intercontinental Encuentro, as well as disseminating and promoting the participation of the entire spectrum which, below and to the left, is struggling and resisting for humanity.




From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast

Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee – General Command of the
Zapatista Army of National Liberation

By the Sixth Committee of the EZLN
By the Intergalactic Committee of the EZLN

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
Lieutenant Colonel Insurgente Moisés
Mexico. November of 2005

Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN
Translated by irlandesa

author by Oliver - Capital Terminuspublication date Wed Nov 30, 2005 01:42author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Perhaps this is just wishful thinking on my part, but it really seems (especially given the context of their recent efforts in Mexico) that the Zaps are trying to create a "6th international" (or zeztainternazionala). This is pretty interesting shit that could potentially be a really awesome vehicle of mass struggle. So i think we Anarchist-communists should discuss what we think of these recent announcements and the potential that a "6th international) would have.

author by Martin - Nonepublication date Tue Dec 13, 2005 20:15author email riley539 at hotmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

How are you going to start a revolution when you have to vote on everything? Where are the leaders? The Zapatistas are spiraling toward paralysis by consensus here. If the leadership has to wait for input on small stuff like web page design then they'll never be able to bring meaningful change to the world. The Zapatista's focus on listening- outlined in the Sixth Declaration will lead nowhere- literally- nothing can be done when you're worried about intergalactic consensus. It sounds as if they've forgotten what they stand for- or lack a plan to do something about it. Marcos should forget international consensus and remember Chiapas.

author by Jasonpublication date Tue Jul 18, 2006 14:15author email s356387 at student dot uq dot edu dot auauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

The sixth international sounds exciting. Is there any possibility of someone translating that site?

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