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Monday, November 19, 2007

More Evidence of "Urewera 17"/Zapatista Links

Evidence of links between the "Urewera 17" and Mexico's Zapatista rebels is becoming overwhelming.

Here's the latest piece of the jig saw.

R J Maccani is a US based educator and activist.

I teach and write to pay the bills but mostly do organizing, education, and media work to build struggles for collective liberation. I organize with RegeneraciĆ³n Childcare NYC as well as the Men's Collaborative of Generation FIVE. I'm an international adherent to the Zapatistas' Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, and write regularly for Left Turn and The Narco News Bulletin.

Maccani runs a blog called Zapagringo which promotes;

zapatista-inspired rebellion on Turtle Island (North America)and throughout the galaxy...

Here's an extract from his latest blog post;

The Maori and the Zapatistas

Maori freedom fighter Tame Iti is out on bail

Members of the Maori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa (known to many by its colonial name "New Zealand"), were amongst those who founded the Zapatista-inspired Peoples' Global Action network (PGA) in 1998. A month ago under New Zealand's 2002 Terrorism Suppression Act, over 300 police raided houses across the country seeking up to 60 activists in Aotearoa's Tino Rangatiratanga, peace and environmental movements.

Among the 17 people arrested in the sweeps were some of these same founding PGA members, along with current Zapatista solidarity activists. With these networks in place, a massive response came from all over the world denouncing the raids and arrests...and the terrorism charges were dropped.

Teanau Tuiono, who has known links to at least four "Urewera 17" arrestees-Tame Iti, Rangi Kemara, Emily Bailey and Tim/Ira Bailey is a key New Zealand contact for Peoples Global Action.

More on this later.


Anonymous Reid of America said...

Upon reading about the numerous links between the Maori and Zapatistas a light bulb went off in my head. Why not organize an underground railroad of Moari revolutionaries to Chiapas, Mexico. They could visit the US on tourist visas and then cross the border into Mexico. Then travel south to Chiapas and put on bandanas just like authentic Zapatista rebels or whatever. New Zealand would be relieved of violent terrorist wannabees. Mexico doesn't care either way. It's a win-win proposition.

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The word is Maori not Moari! In this country we spell the word "organize" organise. Please don't come here Reid ... you can't even spell.

Kore take (ask me for a translation!)


10:02 PM  
Anonymous Steve Nice Guy Northland said...

Indeed something did go off in your head's called an aneurism.....tends to interfere with rational thought processes.

And I have to disagree with you about win-win in Mexico.

It's been said - "Poor far from close to the USA !"

10:39 PM  

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