Communiqué from the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee—General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation
Sixth Commission of the EZLN
September 13, 2006.
To the adherents of the Sixth and the Other Campaign
To the People of Mexico
Compañeros y compañeras:
During the past months of July and August, the Sixth Commission of the EZLN has carried out a series of consultations and contacts with diverse organizations, groups, collectives, families, and individuals, all adherents of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle and the Other Campaign. With the results from these consultations, we sent an evaluation and a proposal to our compañer@s indigenous commanders of the EZLN.
Having received the authorization of the CCRI-CG of the EZLN, the Sixth Commission will begin to make public in the next few days a series of analyses, considerations, and proposals. In these texts, the Sixth Commission of the EZLN will provide a review of the antecedents that gave rise to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle, a summary of the Other Campaign at one year since its inception, an analysis of the electoral fraud that culminated in the imposition of PAN candidate Felipe Calderón as president of Mexico, our critical position on the mobilization against this roguishness, as well as a proposal to all of the adherents of the Other Campaign on the following steps for this struggle we have taken on together.
For now we want to communicate a first resolution made based on this consultation and our evaluation.
First: With the demand for liberty and justice for our compañer@s political prisoners of Atenco, the Sixth Commission of the EZLN will reinforce its solidarity presence in the capital of the country while simultaneously restarting the journey that had been suspended, visiting the 11 states in the north of the Mexican Republic where we have not yet been in order to listen to the “compas” from these lands.
Second: In order to do this, a group of [men and women] commanders from the CCRI-CG of the EZLN/ Sixth Commission will relocate to Mexico City in order to relieve Delegate Zero so that he can finish the suspended journey. While Delegate Zero travels to the north of the country promoting the struggle for the liberation of our “compas” and listening to the word of the Other in these places, the commanders will stay in and around Mexico City, attentive to the situation of the prisoners from Atenco and participating, when possible, in the activities carried out in demand of their liberation.
Third: The journey to be reinitiated will attend primarily to meetings with adherents and indigenous peoples in the states and regions, although we do not discard participation in public acts that are agreed upon by adherents and the Sixth Commission of the EZLN. News of the aggression against Atenco and the situation of the prisoners will be diffused everywhere.
Fourth: Roughly speaking, the journey will restart October 9th of this year with the following itinerary:
Sinaloa (Escuinapa, Mazatlán, Culiacán and Los Mochis); then by maritime transport to Baja California Sur (La Paz and possibly Los Cabos); then by highway to Baja California Norte (Ensenada, Tijuana, Mexicali, meeting with the Other Campaign on the Other Side and at some point visiting the compas of the National Indigenous Congress-Northeast: the Kumiai, Cucapa, Triquis and Mixteco Indigenous peoples); from there to Sonora (Santa Ana, Hermosillo, Guaymas-Empalme, Ciudad Obregón and along the way meeting up with the Papago, Seri, Mayo, Yaqui and Pima indigenous peoples who also belong to the National Indigenous Congress-Northeast); afterwards, from Los Mochis to the Sierra Tarahumara in Chihuahua by train, so that we can meet with the Raramuri members of the CNI; next, continue by train to Chihuahua, then by highway to Ciudad Juarez and Parral; then to the Region Lagunera in Coahuila and Durango; afterwards we’ll head to various points in the state of Zacatecas; from there to San Luis Potosi, the capital and the highlands; next to Monterrey and Linares in Nuevo Leon, afterwards to Saltillo, Monclova and Pasta de Conchos in Coahuila, followed by Matamoros, Ciudad Victoria and the southwest of Tamaulipas; from there to the Huasteca Potosina where we’ll finish our national tour and return to Mexico City (tentatively in the last days of the month of November).
Fifth: The itinerary is based on the proposals for activities which were submitted to us by the adherents in each state or region before the shameful acts in San Salvador Atenco May 3rd and 4th of this year. Details on the dates and routes will be released when possible, as we are still looking at the routes and the highway conditions; these will be communicated to the adherents in the states of the North of Mexico and the Other on the Other Side.
Sixth: This decision of the CCRI-CG of the EZLN and the Sixth Commission has already been considered and approved by the compañer@s of the People’s Front in Defense of the Land, who were attacked, along with other compas of the Other, the 3rd and 4th of May 2006, by federal and state of Mexico government forces. The compañer@s from Atenco have expressed that they are in agreement.
Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee—General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation
Sixth Commission of the EZLN
Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
Mexico, September 13, 2006.