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(en) US, NYC, Protest at Mexican Consulate in solidarity with EZLN and Atenco

Date Tue, 09 May 2006 22:51:25 +0300

In Solidarity with EZLN and La Otra Campana, New Yorkers demanded an end
to violence in Atenco http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2006/05/69462.html
includes photos. A number of NYMAA* members took part in the
demo. Good incense, lots of flyers handed out, immersion Spanish chanting.
Given only one days' notice, 40-50 people showed up at the Mexican
Consulate to demand the government end state repression of the people of
Atenco, free the detainees, stop the violence and intimidation against the
other campaign, and stop harassing journalists. A diverse,
multi-generational mixing of zapatista supporters chanted, marched,
banged drums, and yelled PRESENTE!, while someone from the National
Lawyers Guild handed a letter to the consulate expressing great concern at
the human rights abuses in Atenco and Texcoco.

It was a quick, energetic, and highly spirited demonstration.
See you there

For background:

As of the afternoon of May 3, Subcommandante Marcos of the EZLN
(National Zapatista Army of Liberation) announced during a public act in
Mexico City a new red alert and closure of Zapatista caracoles and
suspension of activities of La Otra Campaña, which has now become a
struggle to support the people of Texcoco, who for the past two days have
been experiencing severe government repression.

Thursday morning found the south of Mexico City entangled in street
blockades and protests with students, workers and peasants demanding
justice for the people of Texcoco. Dozens of people have been arrested and
the city police have been brutally detaining the protests. Early afternoon, it
looks like student demonstrators will return to the National Autonomist
University of Mexico (UNAM), Latin America’s largest institute of
higher-learning, and attempt to occupy various sections of the school.

Wednesday morning, flower vendors from People in Defense of the Land
Front (Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra) occupying a space in the
Texcoco market were brutally repressed by state police. As they moved to
reoccupy their space in the pre-dawn hours, the 40 flower vendors received
back-up from the nearby municipality of Atenco. Arming themselves with
machetes and Molotov cocktails, the vendors were hit with tear gas and
batons. While defending their space in the market in Mexico state, a 14
year-old boy died from the impact of tear gas in the chest and more than
forty people were arrested.

Protest at Mexican Consulate in New York, Friday, 12:30 p.m. | Virtual
Sit-in Against Mexican Government!

See also: Live radio coverage from Mexico City | NarcoNews | Centro de
Medios Libres | Mexico Indymedia | Chiapas Indymedia Marcos called for
regional coordinators throughout the country of Mexico to organize
themselves in solidarity with Texcoco.

“The municipal president wants to evict these people because he
thinks their market leaves the area dirty and he wants to put a commercial
center, a Wal-mart in Texcoco,” Marcos said before thousands of
people during a public rally in Tlatelolco.

The peasant flower venders have been resisting eviction for weeks. The
area they use has been eyed by local authorities for a new commercial
center. As part of the People in Defense of the Land, the flower venders
have been joined by people in struggle from Atenco, a municipal adjacent
to Texcoco . In 2002, the people of Atenco successfully resisted the
construction of a national airport on their land with machetes and popular

America del Valle a member of People in Defense of the Land spoke before
the crowd. “The reason of this aggression is something that they repeat
every day; it is for the crime of reclaiming one piece of land to sell products
that we produce from our land: nopales, verduras, flowers,” she said.

She announced the demands of the movement: liberation of arrested
individuals and return of the market space.

“We will see who is really with la Otra. Here we will see if this is true
of la Otra; if it is not only speeches but if its solidarity and urgent

Marcos announced meetings after the rally to coordinate actions for
Thursday, which will begin at 8 a.m. He also announced a new red alert,
closure of Zapatista caracoles and suspension of activities in La Otra
Campaña, which is wrapping up its tour in Mexico City.

“The Zapatistas are, today, Texcoco. We are going to be alert to their
demands. Closure of streets, highways, flyering, painting, protests. We
respect their decisions, we will arrive to where they tell us to go,”
Marcos said.

Contact your local Mexican consulate and demand justice for the people of
Texcoco: http://www.travelguru.net/html/consulates/mexico.html

For more information on the Atenco struggle:

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