In Chiapas, we see many negative effects and strong resistance movements to megaprojects and transnational capital.
Some examples include the following, named by the National Indigenous Congress: “In Bachajón, Chiapas, the Tzeltal people are being stripped of their land, water, and culture through the construction of tourist complexes around the waterfalls of Agua Azul, as well as the construction of highways and hotels, implemented by repressive paramilitaries” that seek to capitalize on indigenous peoples. “The communities of Bochil, Jitotol and Pueblo Nuevo, which pertain to the Tzotzil village of Altos, Chiapas, reported that there are plans of dams that threaten their territory.”
As the National Indigenous Congress and the Zapatista Army for National Liberation write in “The Mirrors of the Resistance,” from their meeting on Repression against our peoples in August of 2014: “The struggle that we represent is diverse, and the enemy that we name is plunder, because it is what we see, die, and live every day.” Against this dispossession, the Zapatistas have recuperated lands and build a broad vision autonomy and well-being.
Through our experiences in the Zapatista’s “little school” in 2014, we identify the Caravan within this Zapatista vision, and we see the Caravan as part of the struggle against the plunder of capitalism.