A communique from the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) “Intergalactic Commission,” Dec. 24 (our translation):
Compañer@s, Herman@s: In a few days more will be Dec. 30, 2006, the start of the “Encuentro de los Pueblos Zapatistas con los Pueblos del Mundo” (Meeting of the Zapatista Villages with the Peoples of the World), which will end Jan. 2, 2007.
The compañer@s of the support bases and the authorities of the autonomous municipalities and Good Government Committees (juntas de buen gobierno) of the Carcol of Oventic are very happy and animated, as are the compañer@s of the other caracoles preparing for the encuentro.
As of Dec. 24, we have counted compañer@s from 30 countries whose rpesence is confirmed. From the American continent, we have registered compas from Argentina, Brasil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Estados Unidos, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela. From Europe, brothers and sisters have arrived at Oventic from Germany, France, Belgium, Basque Country, Catalonia, Spain, Greece, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland. And from Oceania, we have met compas from Australia and New Zealand.
We have also had communication from compañer@s who, while very animated, were unable to come this time, but say they are preparing to attend the next encuentro in July…
After registering by Internet, all attendees should check in at the offices of Enlace Zapatista in San Cristo’bal de las Casas, Chiapas, Ignacio Allende Street, number 22-A, Barrio de San Antonio, telephone: (967) 6781013…
For our compañer@s around the world who have access to the Internet, if all goes well, there will be information transmitted live and direct of all our activities. You can also read accounts,updates, and see photos on our page:
You can also write us, tell us what you are doing, what you think, or send word by e-mail:
The Zapatistas invite you to speak with us and exchange ideas and experiences. For the first time in our history, we are bringing together representatives from our five Good Government Committees and our Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities (MAREZ) to speak publicly about our humble work and the problems and challenged we confront… We are only trying to show what we are building, with many difficulties, but also with many desires construct another world, one in which those that command, command obeying.
Very well, compañer@s, we will be seeing you the days of the encuentro. We are waiting for you.
Insurgent Lieutenant Colonel Moises
EZLN Intergalactic Commission
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