Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Here's a communique from subcomandante Marcos, of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, whose goals of a free and empowered indigenous population in Mexico highwayscribery wholeheartedly supports. It was provided us by the Direct Action Anti-Authoritarian Network.


To the people of Mexico: To the people of the world: To the Other Campaign in Mexico and the other side of the Rio Bravo: To the entire Sixth International: Comrades: Brothers and sisters: It is now known publicly that yesterday, 29th of October 2006, Vicente Fox´s federal forces attacked the people of Oaxaca and its most legitimate representative, the Peoples´ Popular Assembly of Oaxaca (APPO).Today, the Federal Troops have assassinated atleast 3 people, among them a minor, leaving dozens of wounded including many women from Oaxaca and dozens of detainees were illegaly transported to military prisons. All this, in addition to the total of deaths, detainees and missing persons since the beginning of the mobilization demanding that Ulises Ruiz steps down as Oaxaca´s governor. The sole objective of the Federal attack is to maintain Ulises Ruiz in power and to destroy the popular grassroots organization of the people of Oaxaca. Oaxaca´s people are resiting. Not one single honest person can remain quiet and unmoved while the entire society, of which the majority are indigenous, is assassinated, beaten and jailed. We, the Zapatistas, will not be silent, we will mobilize to support our brothers, sisters and comrades in Oaxaca. The EZLN´s Comision Sexta has already consulted the Zapatista Direction and the following has been decided: First- During whole day of the 1st of November 2006, the major and minor roads that cross Zapatistas territories in the Southwest of the state of Chiapas. Consequently, we ask that everyone avoids travelling by these roads in Chiapas on this day and that one makes the necesarry arrangements in order to do so.Secondly- through the Comision Sexta, the EZLN has begun making contact and consulting other political and social organizacions, groups, collectives and individuals in the Other Campaign, in order to coordinate joint solidarity actions across Mexico, leading to a nationwide shut-down on the 20th of November, 2006. Thirdly- the EZLN calls out to the Other Campaign in Mexico and north of the Rio Bravo, so that this November 1st mobilizations happen where possible, completely, partially, at intervals or symbolically shutting down the major artery roads, streets, toll booths, stations, airports and commercial medias. Fourthly- The central message that the Zapatistas send and will continue sending is that the people of Oaxaca are not alone: They are not alone!Ulises Ruiz out of Oaxaca! Immediate withdrawal of the occupying Federal Forces from Oaxaca!Immediate and unconditional freedom for all detainees! Cancel all arrest warrants!Punish the murderers! Justice! Freedom! Democracy! From the north of Mexico.

For the Comité Clandestino Revolucionario Indígena- Comandancia General of the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional.For the EZLN´s Comisión Sexta.Subcomandante Insurgente MarcosMexico, October, 2006.

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