Violence against women
zapatista grassroots communities
Autonomous rebellious zapatista municipality de la Paz.
Caracol V that speaks for all.
August 6, 2007.
To independent human rights organizations.
To independent women's organizations.
To the nactional and international civil society.
Receive greetings from the women's group of
the autonomous municipality de
la paz, in the northern region of chiapas.
We are a group of indigenous
women of all of the communities of this
municipality that are united to
defend our rights as zapatista women and to
follow the example of our
We direct our attention to you in order to
denounce that on August 2, 3007,
people that are against our zapatista
organization burnt the house of our *
compañera* María López Peñate, who lives
alone with her daughter in the
community of Francisco Villa, which is
recuperated land since 1994. They
were not aware of this (attack) because they were working in their *frijolar* and
only until 3 in the afternoon did they see that
they was smoke and they went
to see what was happening.
The only thing that they were able to save
were some chickens that were in the patio.
Now our compañera Maria is very
sad and worried due to everything that they
burnt: her corn, her blankets,
her money, her dishes, her grinder, her birth
certificate, her seed to plant
her garden, her salt and her machete.
In addition, in the communities of this
municipality we are threatened by
blackouts and because they want to evict us
from our lands. And we women suffer more because we are in fear of being raped.
These problems which are living are because
the bad government does not want
our autonomous organization to exist and
wants to breed fear in order to
discourage us. But we will not be discouraged.
We will continue to organize
ourselves more as zapatista women together
with our *compañeros.*
The women's group of the autonomous
municipality de la paz asks you
compañeros y compañeras in solidarity to be
alert to our situation because
fighting together against the government they
cannot finish us off.
We demand respect for our rights as women
and as indigenous peoples.
¡Ramona vive, la lucha sigue! Ramona lives,
the struggle continues!
the women's group of the autonomous
municipality de la Paz
Autonomous council of the Marez La Paz.
Good governance board, The new seed that will