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(en) Mexico UNAM URGENT!!!! APPEAL from striking Mexican students.

From Aaron <aarons@usermail.com>
Date Wed, 2 Feb 2000 13:57:43 -0500

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The situation is extremely tense, the army is in our
Today, February 1st, the military police burst into one of the
schools on strike of the UNAM (National Autonomous
University of Mexico). Thereby, the government of our
country shows its clear intention to resolve the conflict by
means of force. It seeks to resolve it using the army; we have
more than 400 companheros arrested and beaten.

We, the students, don't want violence.
For more than nine months we have been resisting the
violence with which the government and the university
authorities have tried to defeat the young people of the
UNAM. They have used it against the students who want a
free education for everybody.

The repression against the student movements isn´t new. We
know that in every place in the world it has existed and
because of that we write this call, because of that we ask for
the support of all the international community by
demonstrating their repudiation of the militarization in the
UNAM and by making their opinion count by protesting at the
embassies and consulates of Mexico in their countries.

We need your support, our fight for a free education marks
one of the many wars against neoliberalism. We don´t want
this fight to be only ours, it will have to be of all, of all the
nations, of all the races.

Because of this, we continue resisting, we continue fighting
for a dream that we intend to become reality.

We send you a fraternal greeting.

General Council of Strike.
National Autonomous University of México.

Stop the repression!

Today, 1 February, in Preparatory  3 [one of the high schools
of the university], students who support and who are against
the strike engaged in a dialog to reach agreements with the
aim of finding a solution to the strike. According to the
reports, when the antistrike students left, a group of goons
arrived, among them members of UNAM auxiliary [police], to
try to evict by force the strikers that would remain in the
school. There were several confrontations, and the control of
the school oscillated between the strikers and the goons.
Later, around 7:15 PM [CST=GMT -0600] members of the
Federal Preventive Police armed with shields, helmets and
oarlocks, entered the school and took control of it. There are
several people hospitalized. A rumor circulated that one
person was dead, but so far it has not been confirmed.
Elements of the grenadiers [riot police] and police initiated a
persecution in the neighborhood of the school,
indiscriminately beating all the people who were there,
including students, parents and people who were found in
the area. The grenadiers arrested 400 students and put them
in trucks. It is not known where they are taking them.

We hold responsible for this repression: the Rector of the
UNAM, Juan Ramón de la Fuente who used the results of the
university plebiscite to instigate the students to "retake" the
facilities, with acts of provocation; the PRD government of
the Federal District, that has repressed students on several
occasions on not being able to impose its interests on the
strike; and the federal government headed by Ernesto Zedillo
who initiated this strike when trying to impose his neoliberal
policies and has prevented its solution by not wanting to
resolve the points of the petitionary sheet.

We make a call to all the population in general that it
demonstrate against any type of repression of the members
of the General Council of Strike. The dialogue is the only
possible way out of the present conflict in the Independent
National Autonomous University of Mexico.

1o of February 21:30 hrs

Internet Commission
General Council of Strike

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