I have posted several times on the links beteen those arrested in the October 15th 2007 anti terror raids-the “Urewera 17” and the Mexican Zapatista rebels.
Two of those arrested, Marama Mayrick and Emily Bailey visited the Zapatistas in Oventic, Chiapas, probably in 2005, during the making of their radical film Kotahi Ao.
Shortly after the raids, Wellington journalist and Zapatista Support Committee member Julie Webb-Pullman wrote on Narco News Bulletin;
Two hundred people today demonstrated outside the Wellington District Court in New Zealand, to protest Monday’s detention of four Wellingtonians, the first under the country’s new Terrorism Suppression Act. Two peace activists compas from the Wellington Zapatista Support Committee are amongst these supposed “terrorists” – both of whom have been active in Oaxaca and Chiapas in the last year supporting the struggles in Mexico, and fundraising in New Zealand for health services for Zapatista communities.
According to the US based, pro-Zapatista blog Zapagringo;
Members of the Maori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa.. 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.
Who else among the “Urewera 17” has visited the Zapatistas?
According to the minutes of Wellington anarchist website Indymedia 10.5.06
6. Jen and Tim are probably going to Mexico next month and will be encouraged to post news reports on AIM.
I strongly suspect that this refers to “Urewera 17” arrestee Tim/Ira Bailey and his fellow Save Happy Valley Coalition supporter, Jen Bell.
Further evidence came from this posting on the Latin America Solidarity Aotearoa blog;
Would you like to help fundraise for an ambulance for the autonomous Zapatista communities of Chiapas, Mexico? This is also an opportunity to raise awareness in NZ about the Zapatistas.
Ira and I have recently returned from a trip to Mexico, to find out more about the situation there and the opportunities for solidarity projects with the Zapatistas (and other indigenous movements in Mexico -i.e. CIPO-RFM).
We want to set up a group dedicated solely to this project (possibly operating under the umbrella of the Latin America Committee). We think that it would be good to have a group that is specifically focused on this project, as some people who would like to be involved don’t have time to work on other Latin America solidarity stuff 🙂
So we are having a meeting – at 128 Abel Smith St on Monday 31 July at 6pm.
Please come along to this meeting if you would like to be a part of the fundraising group. We will share information about the process of undertaking a project with the Zapatistas, and together we can decide how the group will function / what we are going to do!
If you are unable to attend but would like to be involved, please get in touch with details of suitable meeting times/places for you.
Hope to see you soon!
Other information on the website confirms that “Jen” is indeed Jen Bell.
The use of the name Ira makes it almost certain that Tim/Ira Bailey (brother of Emily Bailey) is the third member of the “Urewera 17” to be positively linked to the Zapatista rebels.
Jen Bell is the third Save Happy Valley Coalition activist (with Tim/Ira Bailey, Emily Bailey) to be involved with the Zapatistas.
Note that Wellington anarchist HQ 128 Abel Smith Street is yet again linked to “Urewera 17” members.
Note also links with the radical and violent Mexican anarchist organisation CIPO-RFM.
Why are peace loving environmental activists, linking up with gun-toting, molotov cocktail throwing, indigenous/anarchist Mexican revolutionaries?
How could such connections possibly have any use in New Zealand?