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(en) South Africa: ABC (SA) protests murderous attacks on the CIPO-RFM in Mexico

From ABC (SA) <abc@zabalaza.net>
Date Wed, 23 Mar 2005 13:29:37 +0100 (CET)


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Comp@s, The Anarchist Black Cross (southern Africa), a member collective of the
Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation (ZACF), held a protest against the
Mexican government on Saturday March 19 as part of the Anti-War Coalition's
contribution to the international anti-imperialist day of action marking the
2nd anniversary of the mass-murder by Coalition forces of Iraqi draftees.
The ABC (SA)'s Anti-Repression Network, the Anti-War Coalition and the Freedom
of Expression Institute were among more than 100 signatories of a protest
petition that was send to Mexico's ambassador to South Africa, M de Maria y
Campos, protesting the murders by death-squads of 27 members of the Indigenous
Popular Council of Oaxaca - Ricardo Flores Magon (CIPO-RFM), numerous attacks
on CIPO-RFM autonomous municipalities and the shutting down of their community
radio station.

The CIPO-RF embraces well over 1,000 members in 24 autonomous villages in
Oaxaca state, southern Mexico. It is named after Oaxacan anarchist
revolutionary Ricardo Flores Magon who was murdered in the American prison of
Fort Leavenworth in 1922, a martyr to anti-imperialism if ever there was one.
CIPO-RFM has close fraternal ties with the Zapatistas' indigenous councils and
autonomous municipalities in neighbouring Chiapas state.

Although it is an unarmed formation that uses passive resistance tactics,
CIPO-RFM has has come under severe repression from death-squads, apparently
backed by the neo-liberal Mexican state under President Vicente Fox. This state
is acting as the instrument of destructive US imperialist policy in Central
America and has filled its jails with almost 400 political prisoners, many
jailed for life for "crimes" of resistance to Free Trade Agreement of the
Americas (FTAA-ALCA).

March 21 was called by the CIPO-RFM as an international day of protest against
the killings of the death-squads which serve US-Mexican elite interests against
the peasantry, working class and the poor. Given the prior plans for the
anti-war march on March 19 and given the common American imperialist source of
both the Mexican and Iraqi people's pain, we combined our protest with those of
our comrades in the social movements.

The ABC (SA)'s action also recalled the centenary of the ABC, founded in
Tsarist-occupied Poland in 1905 during the urprising of that year, and now with
an operational presence in some 64 countries across the globe. The ABC and its
fellow centenarian organisation, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW),
have demonstrated a militant libertarian longevity that has far outlasted any
of the facile "communist" internationals that were mere fronts for nationalist
foreign policies.

As an African anarchist delegate to Zapatista-held Chiapas in 1996 and a
personal acquaintance of CIPO-RFM delegate Raul Gatica, who is in hiding in
fear of his life, I appeal to the international anarchist community to shame
the Mexican government into calling the dogs off our vulnerable comrades in
Oaxaca.

red & black regards
- Michael Schmidt, ABC (SA)
http://www.zabalaza.net/abc/


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