File spoon-archives/marxism-international.archive/marxism-international_1997/97-01-29.113, message 31

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 1997 20:27:44 -0500 (EST)
Subject: M-I: [Fwd: EZLN RED ALERT]

To marxism-international:

I was asked to forward this to the list by Jim Jaszewski,  a Canadian
activist and one-time subscriber. 
Louis Godena

Call for demonstrations on January 31 throughout country
please forward to everybody you can.

NCDM National Office Declares "Red Alert"

"EZLN: Mexican Army Has Received The Order To Attack"
U.S. Financial Interests Appear Influential

     "The pre-military campaign of the government has begun. The
Mexican federal army is saturating its barracks with troops and
armaments; the military patrols have doubled in size; planes and
helicopters are practicing time and again the surgical attack;
the Public Ministers are preparing to count the captured and
dead. The Division Leaders of "Operation Rainbow" have their
orders sitting on their desk. They were accompanied by a
presidential promise that "there would be no turning back"...
     In the southeastern mountains the Zapatista rebels, the vast
majority of whom are indigenous people, resist and wait for
answers. They have on their side reason, history and legitimacy.
The armed forces of the government cast their shadow of death
over the dignity that animates all of those who live and die for
the "everything for everyone, nothing for US, but their plans do
not include surrendering". - EZLN document, "7 Questions",
published January 24, 1997
     "It is important to raise another series of very practical
questions: Was the payment of the debt ahead of time by the
Mexican government to the United States and the International
Monetary Fund done to ensure that the Mexican Stock Exchange not
be impacted by the effects of a sudden social explosion in
     Is the escalation of violence that is growing orchestrated
to justify the devaluation of the peso that was recommended by
experts (see the article of Ilan Semo in the January 22, 1997 La
Jornada), with the intent that the devaluation be blamed on the
Zapatistas and therefore avoiding damaging the image of the PRI?"
- Jaime Aviles, "The Village Idiot", January 25, 1997
     The national office of the National Commission for Democracy
in Mexico has declared a red alert and calls on all people of
conscience, commitment and faith to take action to prevent the
re-initiation of a full-scale conflict in Chiapas. Conditions
have severely deteriorated in recent days, and the possibility of
open warfare is very real. Conditions are of the utmost urgency
as it appears that Zedillo is prepared to go to war to wipe out
the Zapatistas, and U.S. financial interests seem to be a driving
     We ask that all forces possible be marshaled to target both
the Mexican and U.S. government as well as U.S. financial and
corporate interests. Phone calls, faxes, telegrams and protests
should be directed at the Mexican consulates, President Zedillo,
U.S. Congressional representatives, the U.S. Secretary of State,
and the heads of U.S. Fortune 500 corporations and mutual funds.
These leaders must hear from the general public in the United
States that no military action can be taken against the
Zapatistas, that a peaceful solution to the conflict must be
developed. National media also should be contacted and pressured
to send reporters to the region.
     Last week the NCDM issued a call for protests at all of the
Mexican consulates for January 31st. Broad mobilization for those
actions is critical to send a message to the Mexican government
>from the U.S. people that the San Andres agreements regarding
indigenous rights be respected.
     Please join us in demonstrating that the Zapatistas are not
alone, that their just and dignified struggle for democracy,
liberty and justice is ours, and that we will not allow them and
the hope for humanity that they create to be erased.

January 25, 1997

National Commission for Democracy in Mexico (NCDM)
601 N. Cotton Street, #A103
El Paso, Texas
79902 USA
Phone/fax: (915) 532-8382


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