Los Pueblos Zapatistas have organized an Encounter with the Pueblos of the World, for December 30th through January 2nd in Oventik, Liberated Territory (Chiapas), Mexico.
The EZLN, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, has welcomed thousands of visitors to Oventik to celebrate the new year (and the 13th anniversary of their armed uprising) with workshops & meetings designed, in the words of Teniente Coronel Insurgente Moises, to 'speak on the experiences we have had these past years with our autonomous governments; the challenges and problems that we have faced constructing this anti-capitalist project and we will try to, with humility and respect, to respond, speak, and exchange, and above all, share our errors and stumblings, and also our modest achievments.'
An important aspect of this encuentro has been the workshop on Autonomy and an Other government with the five Juntas de Buen Gobierno with the following themes: What does it mean to govern autonomously? What are the challenges? What does autonomy mean for the Zapatistas? What does it mean to command by obeying? Challenges and horizons.
In the words of Moises once again, 'It is time to organize ourselves and to see how together, we will confront this evil that is Neoliberalism and which attacks humanity.'
More information and independent media from this four day Encuentro is available at Chiapas Indymedia, Enlace Zapatista and La Zezta Internazional.
Audio: Listen to the live transmission from the Encuentro
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