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(en) Mexico, Chiapas, Comunique of Zapatista Army for National Liberation Sixth Commission of the EZLN

Date Sun, 14 Sep 2008 11:36:11 +0300

September 11, 2008 ---- To the compañeras and compañeros and compañeroas
adherents of the Sixth Declaration, the Other Campaign, and the Zezta
Internazional: ---- To whomever feels addressed by these words: ---- Compas:
How about this "compañeroa" term? For our part here we are thinking that this
way we can resolve that problem of the @ sign, and go a little further. Because,
as the deceased Elias Contreras always said, it turns out that... Well, I'm
starting off a little muddled. Here we go again: ---- Compas: ---- First of all,
receive zapatista greetings. We are writing you all (todos, todas, y todoas) in
order to talk a bit about what we're thinking, as comrades in struggle.

It is not one single thought, however, but rather several. Well, it is one
thought but it carries many, that is, it's a complex thought. Mixed up, you
could say. And talking about it and writing about it and discussing it with you
all is how we accommodate it, how it comes out clear in the end. So we thought
that we'd start first things first.

And the first thing is our compañer@s who were unjustly taken prisoner those
first days of May, 2006, in the savage repression against the people of San
Salvador Atenco. While some have been freed, others remain unjustly imprisoned,
among them the compañero Ignacio del Valle, of the People's Front in Defense of
the Land. And we name him not because we are forgetting or ignoring the rest,
but rather because his case is emblematic of the injustice that is a law and an
institution in this suffering Mexico.

Well then, you all know more or less what happened, so what we want to talk
about now is what we are going to do, as zapatistas and with other compas that
aren't zapatistas but are part of the Other Campaign, that is, compañeras,
compañeros and compañeroas.

As of the first days after our compañer@s of the Other Campaign and the People's
Front in Defense of the Land were taken hostage by the federal government (then
and now the National Action Party) and the State of Mexico (the PRI), and
unjustly imprisoned, a small group of men and women of the Other Campaign set up
a small encampment in front of the prison at Santiaguito.

Since then, with perseverance and without any recognition whatsoever, this
encampment has maintained itself, first in front of the Santiaguito prison and
later, when our prisoners were transferred, in front of the prison Molino de las
Flores (also in the state of Mexico). Their demand is and has been that of all
of us in the Other Campaign: freedom and justice for Atenco.

But there is more. Over the course of these more than two years, and in adverse
conditions, this encampment has accompanied our prisoners and their families,
assuring them that they weren't and aren't alone, that we have not forgotten.

In these more than two years, dozens of our compas-prisoners have been set free.
According to our thinking, this has been thanks to the mobilizations carried out
in Mexico and around the world, to the committed work of their legal defenders,
and to the tenacity of this small group of compañer@s that, without any
attention from the media (though with substantial attention from the federal,
state, and municipal police that have not ceased to harass and threaten them),
day and night they have raised the call for freedom and justice for Atenco.

In these more than two years, it's true that some have withdrawn or vacated
their presence at the encampment. But there is a nucleus that has remained
constant and it is this nucleus that is the assurance to our prisoners that our
movement has not and will not abandon them.

As you all know, a few weeks ago that tragic farce that is Mexican legal justice
dictated a new and outrageous sentence against our compas in Molino de las
Flores and in the high security prison La Palma (Almoloya), in the state of
Mexico, adding a link to the already long chain of injustices weighing down our

As of this moment, the EZLN made contact with the compañer@s that have remained
firm at the encampment, with some groups, collectives, and organizations who are
adherents of the Sixth Declaration, and with some of those who were prisoners
and have been released. We have had and have now the goal of re-launching the
National and International Campaign demanding liberty and justice for Atenco,
and of maintaining a constant bridge to our compas who are still prisoner so
that they feel and know that here among us they are not forgotten.

We are speaking of, therefore, not just a few actions, as fleeting as the few
lines that were written about this injustice, but rather something longer
lasting, constant, and effective.

Among other things, and as a result of these contacts and counsels, a variety of
individuals, groups, collectives, and organizations that belong to the Other

We suggest that we rotate attendance at the encampment, promoting and
participating in political-cultural activities in that space, and taking up the
contacts that we had made in Mexico and the world to coordinate new activities
in demand of justice.

With the National Network against Repression and for Solidarity (made up
fundamentally by individuals, groups, collectives, and organizations of the
Other Campaign), with the National Independent Union of Popular Organizations of
the Left (UNOPII), and with Labor and Socialist Unity (UNIOS), and with various
libertarian groups and collectives, as well as with compañeras and compañeros
that have supported the Sixth Commission of the EZLN in the Other Campaign, we
have agreed upon a calendar of participation and activities that are to begin
this September 16th, 2008, on the third anniversary of our movement.

That is why we are writing you. To invite you to attend the encampment at Molino
de las Flores, and to participate in the activities to take place there, and to,
in your own groups, collectives, and organizations, and in the local, regional,
and state work units of the Other Campaign, to propose and carry out actions in
demand of liberty and justice for Atenco.

Compañeroas, compañeras, and compañeros:

With this small effort we invite you to say, along with us, and to remind
ourselves and everyone else, that WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN... not our prisoners nor
those who have imposed this injustice upon them.

That is all, compañeros, compañeras and compañeroas. Soon we will send you, on
the Third Anniversary of the Other Campaign (that is, September 16 of this
year), another convocation for an activity that perhaps will interest you.

Vale. Cheers and may the other reaffirm its existence.


From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
Mexico, September of 2008.
translation of EZLN communique
"El Kilombo" <elkilombo@gmail.com>
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