Communiqué From The Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee Of The Zapatista Army Of National Liberation
October 30, 2006
To The People Of Mexico:
To The People Of The World:
To All Of The Other Campaign In Mexico And North Of The Rio Grande:
To All International Sexta Adherents:
Compañeros y compañeras:
Brothers and Sisters:
As has been made known to the public, yesterday, October 29th, 2006, Vicente Fox’s federal forces attacked the people of Oaxaca and their most dignified member, the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca, the APPO.
To the date, federal forces have killed at least three people, among them a young child; left tens of people wounded, among them many women from Oaxaca; and tens of people have been detained and illegally moved to military prisons. All of this in addition to the dead, detained, and disappeared since the beginning of the movement to demand the resignation of Ulises Ruiz as governor of Oaxaca.
The attack by federal forces doesn’t have any other objective than to keep Ulises Ruiz in power, and to destroy the popular organizations of the oppressed people of Oaxaca.
The people of Oaxaca resist. There isn’t an honest person that can remain silent and unmoved while all of these people, largely indigenous, are assassinated, beaten, and jailed.
We, the zapatistas, will not stay quiet and we will mobilize in support of our brothers and sisters, the compañeros that are the people of Oaxaca.
The Sixth Commission of the EZLN has consulted the zapatista authorities and the following has been decided:
FIRST: During the entire day of the 1st of November of 2006, the streets and roads that cross territory where the EZLN maintains a presence in the southern state of Chiapas will be closed.
As a consequence, we ask that everyone refrain from traveling by the highways of Chiapas on this day and that they make the necessary arrangements to do this.
SECOND: Through the sixth commission, the EZLN has begun to make contact and consult with other political and social organizations, as well as groups, collectives, and individuals of the Other Campaign, in order to initiate days of solidarity with Oaxaca and to convene organizing together with all of Mexico that is oppressed and to realize a national strike on November 20th, 2006.
THIRD: The EZLN makes a call to the Other Campaign in México and to the north of the Río Grande so that this 1st of November of 2006 there are mobilizations wherever possible, and that streets, highways, tollbooths, bus stations, airports and all types of means of communications are closed entirely, partially or intermittently, be these closures real or symbolic.
FOURTH: The message that the Zapatistas send and will sent to the people of Oaxaca is only this: YOU ARE NOT ALONE, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Ulises Ruiz Out Of Oaxaca!
Immediate Withdrawl Of Federal Occupation Forces In Oaxacan Territory!
Immediate And Unconditional Release Of All Of Those Detained!
Cancelation Of Arrest Warrants!
Punishment For The Assassins!
From northern Mexico.
Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee of the General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.
The Sixth Commission.
Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
Mexico, October 2006
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