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Zapatistas attacked: Urgent call to action!
04 May 2006
This is a call for solidarity from the Zapatistas. We in Boston should organize something out of it. Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo.

General Consulate of Mexico in Boston
20 Park Plaza
Suite 506
Boston, MA 02116
Telephone: (617) 426-4181, 426-4942
Fax: (617) 695-1957
the zapatistas have issued a red alert.

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE AND REPOST WIDELY!

repression Against the other campaign has escalated with two shot dead today and many more injured by police outside of Mexico City, and activists and journalists imprisoned after May Day demonstrations in Oaxaca City.

time for solidarity. anyone interested in organizing a local response, write now.

zapata vive! la lucha sigue!

please consider organizing actions in your towns and cities to denounce the repression against the Other Campaign...we just organized a protest for this friday at the mexican consulate here in nyc...this is one of those key moments where visible solidarity can really make a difference!

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Zapatista Red Alert: The Other Mexico on the Verge of an Explosion from Below

The Story Behind the Zapatista Red Alert as the Other Campaign Arrives at Zero Hour

By Bertha RodrÃguez Santos and Al Giordano
The Other Journalism with the Other Campaign in Mexico City

May 3, 2006

MEXICO CITY: From his first statements early this morning on Mexico Citys historic Alameda, Zapatista Insurgent Subcomandante Marcos was clearly informed about and visibly bothered by the police riot underway in the nearby city of Texcoco, where 800 heavily armed riot cops stormed the local flower growers market in the dawns early light, leading to a violent nationally televised standoff between the firearms of above and the worktools of below. By the afternoon after Delegate Zero traveled through downtown Mexico City by foot, by subway and by motorcycle, through its most working-class neighborhoods, listening to the grievances of the people he exploded in the Plaza of the Three Cultures: The Zapatistas have gone on Red Alert, the Other Campaign is suspended, and Marcos is heading to the scene of the crime to confront the Mexican State.

To the death, if thats what it takes, as he said two days ago during a mass meeting in front of the national palace.

And now, the Red Alert...

The first clue came at 10 a.m. During a gathering with sexual dissidents on the historic central park of this metropolis known as La Alameda Marcos referred to the police raid underway in Texcoco: If those above think that they are going to continue repressing us, they are mistaken. The Other Campaign is not just a movement of words. It is also a movement of action. He announced that a meeting with campaign adherents in downtown Mexico slated for six oclock would be suspended to deal with the conflict underway, less than an hour from Mexico City.

After all, the compañeros and compañeras in the line of fire in Texcoco were the Other Campaign adherents of San Salvador Atenco, where, in 2001 and 2002, they chased out the federal government with machete swords and defeated an international airport imposed on their farmlands. These are men and women that Marcos visited on April 25 and 26 and urged to come to the aid of their neighbors; to show the rest of Mexico how to stand up for, and win, its rights and autonomy. This morning the men and women of Atenco went to nearby Texcoco and, together with the local people, drove out the invading police. The government response: to send more police, and thus what the TV news called a riot (in fact, a police riot) ensued.

Later, around noon, during a meeting with workers in Mexico Citys largest marketplace of La Merced, after listening to the complaints of the shopkeepers and others about how the governments national, state and local are trying to destroy the Mexican market to make room for Wal-Mart and similar shopping malls and supermarkets, Marcos again referred to the battle underway nearby, the attack on the small businesspeople of Texcoco, because they are ugly, because they are dirty, and if we scratch the surface we will find a municipal mayor that wants to put a Wal-Mart there. They know that the shopkeepers there sell the better product, that is better than a damn tomato that looks nice but is made of plastic like the ones sold in a supermarket.

All afternoon long, as don Marcos of la Selva found himself in the deepest corners of the concrete jungle of Mexico City, the countrys two national TV stations the duopoly of Televisa and TV Azteca broadcast, live, horrid scenes of violence, teargas, blood and death from the market and highway of Texcoco. At various points during the live broadcasts, women armed with machete swords forced the TV reporters to stop their distortions, at one point chasing a previously macho Televisa reporter down stairs as the camera went dark.

At almost six oclock, an hour away, the Zapatista Caravan, now at the Plaza of Three Cultures in Tlalteloco, received a phone call that a young boy had been assassinated by police in Texcoco. In a speech that will live in history from a plaza where, on October 2, 1968, more than a thousand young Mexicans were assassinated by the federal army for the crime of having demonstrated peacefully against a dictatorship of a government, Marcos spoke with rage and coherence. It was as if the dead themselves spoke through the voice of the spokesman of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN, in its Spanish initials):

"Years ago, here in the Plaza of the Three Cultures, there was a massacre. The government said that the army was attacked. Today the media, including the radio, dont ask what the public security forces are doing in San Salvador Atenco.

He called upon all the Other Campaign adherents to organize blockades of highways and streets, and other actions, beginning at 8 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, May 4.

He announced that the guerrilla troops of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation were now on Red Alert; that the Good Government Councils of Chiapas were closed for tomorrow; that the events of the Other Campaign were cancelled until this situation is resolved; and he offered, if the people of San Salvador Atenco ask, to come physically to their aid tomorrow.

Nobody doubts that the people of Atenco will call him and the rest of the Other Campaign into battle.

In the Plaza of the Three Cultures where the dead still speak Insurgent Subcomandante Marcos called, again, for a "civil and peaceful" rebellion, starting tomorrow, Wednesday, the Fourth of May.

The following day, the Fifth El Cinco de Mayo Mexico celebrates its victory against French colonialists. (And we, our reporters today released from jail after two long nights behind bars in Oaxaca, but still seeking justice for the crime of the Mexican State and the U.S. Embassy against press freedom now calls for a demonstration on Friday, Cinco de Mayo, in New York City, at 12:30 p.m., at the Mexican Consulate in New York City, 27 East 39th Street - be there and let the world media capital know that Mexico is still a dictatorship ruling with violence and repression.)

Thunderclouds are clapping above the central region of Mexico tonight, and from below, too. It's a Red Alert. What happens from here on out is up to people like you, and maybe you, too.

To be continued...

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Re: Zapatistas attacked: Urgent call to action!
04 May 2006
I just called the consolate and they had no idea what I was talking about (mentioning the Other Campaign and the Zapatistas). She took down my information and said that someone would call me back, but I doubt it. If the operator at the consolate has never even heard of the Other Campaign then we really need to be making more phone calls to express solidarity and to demonstrate our outrage at the political repression.

These events come on the heals of other state attacks on the Other Campaign. More information below:

The Zapatistas are organizing a peaceful and civil movement to overthrow capitalism in Mexico. This movement is called the Other Campaign and, on May 1st, participants in the Other Campaign did actions throughout Mexico
in solidarity with the May 1st actions here in the U.S.A.

Hours after the MayDay demonstrations in Oaxaca City, Dulce Santamaria and James Daria were followed by undercover police and arrested along with 5 other Mexican and US journalists.

Dul and James are the members of the Ricardo Flores Magon Brigade that are still reporting on the Other Campaign from Oaxaca. Dulce is also the mother of a 5 year old. James and Dulce raise him together and I'm particularly concerned about his well being right now with both parents unexpectedly locked up.

ACTION:
E-Mail a letter to Oaxaca's Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, Oaxaca Attorney General Lic. Rosa Lizbeth Caña Cadeza, Mexico President Vicente Fox, and U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza (e-mail addresses provided below)...

you can throw a message together real quick with these 3 simple points--and no worries if it's in English because they all know the language of empire...:

* Free Mexican citizens Dulce Estrella Santamaría Robles, Moisés Altamirano Bustos, Hasavias López Cortés; and U.S. citizens James Daria, Jessica Joseph Daria, Hillary Chase Lowenbere, and Andrew William Saltzman.

* End the repression of participants in the Other Campaign.

* Respect freedom of the press and stop using police and other forces to intimidate and arrest journalists.

E-mail letters to:

-Oaxaca Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz: gobernador (at) oaxaca.gob.mx

-Oaxaca Attorney General Lic. Rosa Lizbeth Caña Cadeza:
procuraduria7 (at) oaxaca.gob.mx

-Mexico President Vicente Fox: webmaster (at) presidencia.gob.mx

-U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza: embeuamx (at) state.gov
Re: Zapatistas attacked: Urgent call to action!
04 May 2006
here's a related article:
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=33113

MEXICO CITY, May 3 (IPS) - "They torture and kill us because we are different. But we are going to put an end to that from below, where the best people are found," Zapatista guerrilla leader ‘Subcomandante' Marcos said in the Mexican capital Wednesday, addressing a crowd made up of transvestites, homosexuals, prostitutes and indigenous people, who cheered him on...
Re: Zapatistas attacked: Urgent call to action!
06 May 2006
Oh Great. The Commandante rallies the Queer Revoltionaries. That will really excite the Masses of Mexico. Just what the average Mexican farmer or worker wants to do. Join the Miss Fruitcake contest.