Zapatistas to Send Delegations to Northern Mexico
A National Call for Action to Free the Political Prisoners in Yucatan, Oaxaca and Atenco
By Sixth Commission of the EZLN
April 8, 2007
COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE INDIGENOUS REVOLUTIONARY CLANDESTINE COMMITTEE – GENERAL COMMAND OF THE ZAPATISTA NATIONAL LIBERATION ARMY
April 8, 2007
The EZLN, by means of their Sixth commission, respectfully addresses friends, and adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle and sympathizers of the Other Campaign, to announce the following:
I. CONCERNING THE INTERNAL DISCUSSION ON THE SIX POINTS OF THE OTHER CAMPAIGN
A). – In March 2007, the Sixth Commission of the EZLN entrusted all the deliberations received directly or through the organizational units of the Other Campaign throughout the country, to a group of compañeras and compañeros adherents, in order to systematize the results and to present them afterwards.
B). – The work was not easy, but in the course of the next few days these compañeros will present the final results, and as soon as we have them, we will make them known to all the compañeros of the Other Campaign. For now we can say that they are representing the words of more than 10,000 adherents, individuals and families as well as groups, collectives and organizations (not including the Zapatistas).
II. CONCERNING THE FIRST STAGE OF THE DIRECT PARTICIPATION OF THE EZLN IN THE OTHER CAMPAIGN:
A). – As EZLN we believe that the first stage has already covered what we intended: to listen in order to know and respect. Thru this process struggles and resistances throughout the country were brought to light, and the majority of us who are part of this process will be able to say who we are, where we are, how we see the world and our country, and what we want to do and how we are going to do it.
B). – Contrary to what some of those from above have said, the Other Campaign survived the electoral hangover, and advances to become a symbol for the struggles walking below and to the left. People, who had previously stayed away, are now turning their attention towards the Other Campaign, wondering whether this might provide a way to consolidate an independent and leftist path in the struggle for another Mexico.
C). – Those who predicted that the Other Campaign would have no echo in the Northern part of our country, claimed that the support in the North for the PAN-affiliated right would prevail, were utterly mistaken. Northern Mexico not only suffers the same injustices as the rest of our population, it is also rich in anti-capitalist and leftist struggles and efforts. The (Other) North also exists.
D). – According to what we have seen and continue to see as Zapatistas, the indigenous peoples, the young people and the women, as workers and with many differences between them, are representing the most determined part of the Other Campaign.
III. CONCERNING THE REPRESSION SUFFERED BY OUR COMPAÑEROS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, PARTICULARLY IN YUCATAN, AND THE DEMAND FOR FREEDOM AND JUSTICE IN ATENCO AND OAXACA
A). – Almost one year ago, in May 2006, after the cowardly attack against the people of San Salvador Atenco, a campaign of persecution and repression against compañeros of the Other Campaign has been unleashed throughout the country. Since then the construction of a network has been initiated that will allow us to denounce the repressions we are suffering, and, although still in an imperfect manner, to support each other.
B). – Although not in the same order of magnitude as the repressions against Atenco and Oaxaca, attacks have been and are perpetrated against our compañeros of the Otra, which have not received the full support of the adherents.
C). – In addition to the attacks and harassments against Zapatista indigenous communities, there is also the repression and the incarceration suffered presently by our compañeros of the Other Yucatan, who have been attacked for demonstrating against the visit of George Bush in these lands. The authorities are trying to prevent several of our compañeros from being released by setting very high bails, or they are keeping them imprisoned with ridiculous accusations lacking any legal basis.
In this specific case we are making a special call to all compañeros of the Other Campaign in Mexico and north of the Rio Bravo, to initiate, starting with April 10, a campaign of support and solidarity with our compañeros in the Other Yucatan, in order to secure their freedom.
D). – Also the struggle for the freedom of our imprisoned compañeros of Atenco is not yet over, we are also calling on the entire Other Campaign to demonstrate together on May 3rd and 4th, demanding liberty and justice for Atenco and Oaxaca.
In particular, on May 4, 2007, a rally will take place in Mexico City, starting at the Angel of Independence at 16:00 hours (4:00 PM) and proceeding towards the Zocalo of Mexico City. On May 5 a motorized rally to Santiaguito prison will take place, in order to let our compañeros prisoners know that we have not forgotten them and that they are not alone.
IV. ACCORDING TO THE ZAPATISTAS ON WHAT THE SECOND STAGE SHOLD ENTAIL, AND ON THEIR DIRECT PARTICIPATION IN IT
A). – Having fulfilled the first stage of listening and learning, we Zapatistas believe that it is already necessary to proceed developing a first draft of the national struggle program.
The suffering of our people cannot consist any longer of just public denunciations, they must begin to be organized and attention brought to those who are suffering.
It is no longer enough for instance to denounce the Stalinist reform of Article 27 of the Constitution that has legalized land robbery against farmers and indigenous communities. We must begin to not only propose the annulment of this legalized injustice, but also to articulate what should replace it from below and to the left.
In every corner of our country this deprivation has a name, but the solution demanded by the people has concrete words also.
B). – All the sufferings and demands must be systematized to later become part of a plan for a national struggle.
The plan for a national struggle is not to be designed by a single group or organization, neither by the EZLN nor by a leadership nor by a group of organizations. It is to be edified with the demands expressed by our people in their own voice.
C). – Therefore we are calling on all adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle and all organizational units of the Other Campaign, to continue to renew or initiate the contacts with those in our movement whom they have approached, sympathized or are allied with, this time in order to elevate the first draft of what will come to be the plan for a national struggle.
D). – The Sixth Commission of the EZLN will do the same throughout the country, in order to begin lending form and content to the pain and the struggle organized beyond and to the left.
V. CONCERNING HOW THE SIXTH COMMISSION OF THE EZLN WILL ORGANIZE ITSELF FOR THE SECOND STAGE OF DIRECT PARTICIPATION IN THE OTHER CAMPAIGN
A). – For its participation in this second stage, the Sixths Commission of the EZLN has established the following territorial distribution in zones and regions:
NORTHERN ZONE – with 3 regions:
Northwestern Region.- Sinaloa, Baja California Sur, Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, and the trans-border region.
North-central Region.- Aguascalientes, Durango, Zacatecas, Central San Luis Potosí and Highland of San Luis Potosí.
Northeastern Region.- Coahuila, la Comarca Lagunera, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas and North of the Río Bravo.
CENTRAL ZONE.- With 3 regions:
East-Central Region.- Querétaro, Hidalgo, Puebla, Tlaxcala, central and northern Veracruz and the Huastecas.
Mid-Central Región.- State of Mexico and the Federal District.
West-Central Region.- Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Guanajuato and Michoacán.
SOUTHERN ZONE.- With 2 regions:
Southern Region.- the states of Morelos, Guerrero and Oaxaca.
Southeastern Region.- the states of Chiapas, southern Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES - In agreement with the National Indigenous Congress a joint effort of the CNI-EZLN will visit in particular the adherent indigenous peoples throughout the national territories.
B). – In the course of the next few days the installation of the three delegations of the Sixth Commission in the Northwestern, North-central and Northeastern regions of the Northern Zone of Mexico will be completed. They will stay and work with the compañeros of the Otra in the states in this part of our country, beginning on April 10, 2007 to the beginning of June of the same year.
Over the next few days we will also establish contact with the respective delegation of the National Indigenous Congress, to visit the indigenous peoples in the North of our country.
D). – The Delegations of the Sixth Commission will perform visits according to the same format of the first journey, that is, we will establish dates for each state, the Otras in each place will send us their activity proposals and we will make an agenda. We are only asking you as before, to support us with lodging, food and if possible with the fuel for transportation.
E). – The Zapatista delegation that will carry out the work in the North of Mexico is composed by Comandante Zebedeo, Comandanta Miriam, Comandante David, Comandante Tacho, Comandanta Susana, Comandanta Yolanda, Comandante Moises, Comandanta Sandra, Comandante Emiliano, Comandanta Eucaria, Comandante Maxo, Comandanta Kelly, Comandante Eduardo, Comandanta Dalia, Comandante Guillermo and Insurgente Subcomandante Marcos.
The delegation of the Sixth Commission for the Northeast of Mexico (Nuevo León, Coahuila, La Laguna, Tamaulipas and North of the Rio Bravo) is already in place in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo León.
The delegation of the Sixth Commission for North-central Mexico (Aguascalientes, Zacatecas, Durango, central San Luis Potosi and highland of San Luis Potosi) is already in place in the city of Aguascalientes, Aguascalients.
The delegation of the Sixth Commission for the Northwest of Mexico (Sinaloa, Baja California Sur, Sonora, Baja California and Chihuahua), for the Cucapá peace camp and the indigenous peoples (together with the National Indigenous Congress) will initiate their respective works on April 10, in the indigenous Cucapá community of “El Mayor”, in Baja California.
F). – From September to December of this year 2007, the Sixth Commission of the EZLN will form new delegations, which will disperse themselves and go to the Central and Southern Zones to accompany the work of the Other Campaign in those regions.
VI. CONCERNING THE OTHER CAMPAIGN BELOW AND TO THE LEFT
So far ignored by those who are from above, but amongat ourselves we are seeing and listening, the Other Campaign continues searching, finding and constructing, not only for those walking but also a way, a path and a destination: an Other Mexico, a better one, more just, more free, more dignified.
This is all, compañeras and compañeros.
LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ATENCO!
LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR OAXACA!
From the mountains of Southeastern Mexico
For the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee – General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
Sixth Commission of the EZLN
Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
Mexico, April 2007
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