FOR THE DEFENSE OF RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
AND THE STRUGGLE FOR LAND AND INDEPENDENCE
Message of Solidarity to the International Meeting
of Indigenous Peoples of Guatemala and Latin America
By Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International League of Peoples” Struggle
March 15, 2019
Dear Comrades and Friends,
As Chairperson of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, I convey warmest greetings of solidarity from the entire ILPS to all the delegates to the Encuentro Internacional de los Pueblos Originarios de Guatemala y America Latina (International Meeting of Indigenous Peoples of Guatemala and Latin America). We congratulate the Movimiento de Pueblos Indigenas por la Autodeterminacion y Liberacion and the ILPS Guatemala Chapter for successfully organizing this meeting.
We agree wholeheartedly with the theme of the meeting, “Por la defensa de los derechos de los pueblos originarios y la lucha por la Tierra y la Independencia.” This is a rallying call for all indigenous peoples and their organizations to unite in Guatemala and in the entire Latin America. You have a common cause in fighting for your rights, for land and for your independence.
You must have a strong united front and rise from the conditions of division that are always taken advantage of by imperialism and the reactionaries in adjacent dominant communities. We hope that your meeting today can strengthen the indigenous people’s movement in Guatemala and Latin America by sharing histories and struggles in defense of territories, sovereignty and independence.
You can have a common understanding of the history of the indigenous people’s movements in Guatemala and Latin America and you can share experiences in the struggles for the defense of land, water, territory, cultural heritage, and autonomy among the indigenous peoples of Guatemala, Latin America and other indigenous peoples of the world.
You can discuss and have a common understanding of indigenous people’s rights. Thus, you can create a platform to introduce and learn more about the Indigenous Peoples’ Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) as a framework to establish a strategy and concrete program on advancing the indigenous people’s struggle for land, water, territory, sovereignty, and independence.
May the IPMSDL serve as the model framework for bringing together the indigenous peoples in other countries and in all continents.
We wish you the utmost success in this gathering. May the IPMSDL serve as the model framework for bringing together the indigenous peoples in other countries and in all continents. We hope that you can promote and propagate on a global scale the unity and common cause that serve to strengthen your organizations in the struggle for national and social liberation and protecting the environment.
In concluding, we take this opportunity to invite all participating organizations in this meeting to send their respective delegates or observers to the Sixth International Assembly of the ILPS in Hongkong on June 23-26, 2019. In this assembly, you can present the IPMSDL, especially to ILPS Commission No. 10 on Rights of indigenous peoples, oppressed nations and nationalities against chauvinism and racism. You can also network with organizations of indigenous peoples in various continents.
Long live the Movimiento de Pueblos Indigenas por la Autodeterminacion y Liberacion and the ILPS Guatemala Chapter!
Fight for the right to national self-determination and other rights and for land and for independence of the indigenous peoples!
Long live the Indigenous Peoples’ Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation!