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Zapatistas Renew Demands for Indigenous Unity in Fight Against Capitalist Slavery
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October 13, 2016

The Road of Resistance - an Introduction (muzungutv)

As the iconic Subcomandante Marcos, also known as Subcomandante Galeano, made a rare appearance, the Zapatistas renewed their call this week for Indigenous unity across Mexico in the face of what the movement criticizes as runaway social and environmental destruction for the benefit of a few while the people, especially Indigenous communities, suffer the consequences.

“Today, they truly want to destroy us with the slavery of capitalism and, at the same time, finish off and destroy Mother Earth and nature,” Subcomandante Moises said Tuesday on behalf of the movement during the fifth National Indigenous Congress led by the Zapatistas in San Cristobal de las Casas, in the southern state of Chiapas.

“Talking among ourselves as Indigenous peoples was and is very important, today more than ever,” continued Moises, who Subcomandante Marcos introduced as a new subcomandante in 2013. “Because capitalist destruction against Mother Earth is now extended, and that means that we will also be destroyed, because we live off her.”

The event marks 20 years since the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, also known as the EZLN or Zapatistas, first launched the National Indigenous Congress as a rallying cry in the early years after the movement emerged from the Lacandon jungle and declared war against the Mexican state.

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Related: In Depth: Zapatista Road to Resistance (Camino de Resistencia)

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