Message from the
INDIGENOUS REVOLUTIONARY CLANDESTINE COMMITTEE, GENERAL COMMAND
ZAPATISTA ARMY FOR NATIONAL LIBERATION
30th of October, 2006.
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:
Brothers and sisters:
It is now publicly known that yesterday, 29th of October 2006, Vicente Fox´s federal forces attacked the people of Oaxaca and its most legitimate representative body, the Peoples’ Popular Assembly of Oaxaca (APPO).
Today Federal Troops have assassinated at least 3 people, among them a minor, leaving dozens wounded, including many women from Oaxaca, and dozens of detainees were illegaly transported to military prisons. All this in addition to the total deaths, detainees, and disappeared persons since the beginning of the mobilization demanding that Ulises Ruiz step 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. No honest person can remain quiet and unmoved while the entire society, of which the majority are indigenous, is assassinated, beaten, and encarcelated.
We, the Zapatistas, will not be silent, we will mobilize to support our brothers, sisters, and comrades in Oaxaca.
The Sixth Commision of the EZLN has already consulted the Zapatista Command 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 will be closed.
Consequently, we ask that everyone avoid travelling these roads in Chiapas on this day and that one makes the necesarry arrangements in order to do so.
Secondly- Through the Sixth Commision, the EZLN has begun making contact and consulting with other political and social organizations, 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 the November 1st mobilizations happen wherever possible—completely, partially, at intervals, or symbolically, shutting down the major roads, streets, highways, toll booths, stations, airports and commercial routes.
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!
From the north of Mexico.
For the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee- General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation.
For the EZLN´s Sixth Commission.
Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
Mexico, October, 2006.