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(en) Mexico, Chiapas, Update, Zapatista Army of National Liberation declares RED ALERT for consulta period.

Date Wed, 22 Jun 2005 10:49:24 +0300

Belows is the latest communique...Marcos gives at least one reason for the red alert:
a defensive measure so folks will not be attacked while their is a general consultation,
in which they are deciding on whether or not to risk everything with a "new step"...
Communiqué from the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee - General
Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
Mexico. June 20, 2005 To the People of Mexico: To the Peoples of the World:
Brothers and Sisters: First - As has been made public, starting June 19, 2005, the Zapatista
Army of National Liberation established the general Red Alert in rebel territory.
The reason for this general Red Alert is that the Clandestine Revolutionary
Indigenous Committee - General Command of the EZLN has called to consulta
their insurgent troops, all their comandantes and comandantas, regional and
local responsables and their support bases.

This Red Alert is a precautionary defensive measure. As you will recall, in
February of 1995, while the EZLN was carrying out an internal consulta, it
was attacked by government forces. At that time the betrayal was carried out
by Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León (then the head of the federal executive and
today employed by transnational companies) and Esteban Moctezuma Barragán
(then the Secretary of Government and today employed by Salinas Pliego).

Second - During this internal consulta...

- The EZLN leadership is recognizing the sacrifice, willingness and heroism
of their support bases, responsables and activists, and of the insurgentes
and insurgentas, for these almost 12 years of war and resistance. All the
good that we have done and achieved has been by them. The zapatista
leadership has been exclusively responsible for errors that have been

- The CCRI-CG of the EZLN is presenting its members with an assessment of
the stage our organization is in and an analysis of the current national
situation. They are also proposing to their support bases - who make up the
supreme command of our movement - a new step in the struggle, a step which
entails, among other things, risking the much or little which has been
achieved and worsening the persecution and harassment of the zapatista

- Through this means, by speaking to its members, the EZLN is returning the
word it gave on the first of January of 1994. All zapatistas are now morally
free to continue with the EZLN, or not, in the next step which is being
consulted upon, if it is approved by the majority.

Third - When this internal consulta is concluded, we shall inform national
and international public opinion of the results.




From the Mountains of the Mexican Southeast.

By the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee - General Command of
the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos

Mexico, in the sixth month of the year 2005.
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