the Zapatistas Declare a “full RED ALERT”

COMUNICADO DEL COMITÉ CLANDESTINO REVOLUCIONARIO INDÍGENA-
COMANDANCIA GENERAL DEL EJÉRCITO ZAPATISTA DE LIBERACIÓN NACIONAL.
MÉXICO.
JUNE 19, 2005
TO THE PEOPLE OF MÉXICO:
TO THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD:
HERMANOS Y HERMANAS:
FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, EL EJÉRCITO ZAPATISTA DE LIBERACIÓN NACIONAL HAS
DECREED, IN ALL OF REBEL TERRITORY, A
FULL RED ALERT.
BASED ON THIS, WE COMMUNICATE TO YOU THE FOLLOWING:
FIRST.- THAT AT THIS TIME WE ARE CARRYING OUT THE CLOSURE OF THE
CARACOLES AND THE OFFICES OF THE JUNTAS DE BUEN GOBIERNO IN THE
ZAPATISTA COMMUNITIES OF OVENTIK, LA REALIDAD, LA GARRUCHA, MORELIA AND
ROBERTO BARRIOS, AS WELL AS ALL OF THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE AUTHORITIES
IN EACH OF THE MUNICIPIOS AUTÓNOMOS REBELDES ZAPATISTAS.


SECOND.- THAT WE ARE ALSO EVACUATING THE MEMBERS OF THE DISTINCT JUNTAS
DE BUEN GOBIERNO AND THE AUTONOMOUS AUTHORITIES, FOR THEIR PROTECTION.
RIGHT NOW, AND FOR AN UNDEFINED PERIOD, THEY WILL CARRY OUT THEIR WORK
CLANDESTINELY AND IN TRANSIT. PROJECTS AS WELL AS THE AUTONOMOUS
GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE FUNCTIONING, ALTHOUGH THEY WILL DO SO UNDER
DIFFERENT CONDITIONS THAN THEY HAVE UNTIL NOW.
THIRD.- THAT BASIC COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO FUNCTION
IN THE DISTINCT CARACOLES. THOSE ARE BEING PROVIDED BY CIVILIANS, AND
THE CCRI-CG DEL EZLN DISASSOCIATES THEM FROM ANY OF ITS FUTURE ACTIONS
AND DEMANDS THAT THEY BE TREATED AS CIVILIANS AND THAT THEIR LIFE,
FREEDOM AND PROPERTIES BE RESPECTED BY GOVERNMENTAL FORCES.
FOURTH.- THAT ALL OF THE ELEMENTS OF OUR EZLN THAT WERE INVOLVED IN
SOCIAL PROJECTS IN THE ZAPATISTA COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN CALLED TO RANKS
AND OUR REGULAR TROOPS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO BARRACKS. IN THE SAME
MANNER, WE HAVE SUSPENDED ALL OF THE FM AND SHORT WAVE TRANSMISSIONS OF
RADIO INSURGENTE, “LA VOZ DE LOS SIN VOZ.”
FIFTH.- THAT, SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH THE PUBLICATION OF THIS COMMUNIQUE,
WE ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGING THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CIVIL
SOCIETIES THAT ARE WORKING IN THE PEACE CAMPS AND COMMUNITY PROJECTS TO
ABANDON REBEL TERRITORY OR, IF IT IS THEIR OWN FREE AND VOLUNTARY
CHOICE, THAT THEY REMAIN, ON THEIR OWN AND ACCEPTING THE RISK, IN THE
CARACOLES. IN THE CASE OF MINORS, THEIR DEPARTURE IS MANDATORY.
SIXTH.- THAT THE EZLN ANNOUNCES THE CLOSURE OF THE CENTRO DE
INFORMACIÓN ZAPATISTA (CIZ), BUT NOT BEFORE THANKING THE SOCIEDADES
CIVILES THAT HAVE PARTICIPATED IN IT, FROM ITS BEGINNINGS UP TO THIS
DAY. THE CCRI-CG DEL EZLN FORMALLY DISASSOCIATES THOSE PEOPLE FROM ANY
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE FUTURE ACTIONS OF THE EZLN.
SEVENTH.- THAT THE EZLN DISASSOCIATES ALL INDIVIDUALS AND CIVIL,
POLITICAL, CULTURAL, CITIZEN, AND NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS,
SOLIDARITY COMMITTEES, AND SUPPORT GROUPS THAT HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH IT
SINCE 1994 FROM ANY OF OUR FUTURE ACTIONS. WE THANK EACH AND EVERY MAN
AND WOMAN THAT, WITH SINCERITY AND HONESTY, OVER THOSE NEARLY 12 YEARS
SUPPORTED THE CIVIL AND PEACEFUL STRUGGLE OF THE INDIGENOUS ZAPATISTAS
FOR THE CONSTITUTIONAL RECOGNITION OF INDIGENOUS RIGHTS AND CULTURE.
¡DEMOCRACIA!
¡LIBERTAD!
¡JUSTICIA!
>From the Mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
For the Comité Clandestino Revolucionario Indígena-Comandancia General
del
Ejército Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional.
Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
México, in the sixth month of the year 2005
“Una religion que te dice que solo hay que mirar hacia arriba y que en
la vida terrenal todo es bajeza y ruindad que no debe ser mirado con
atencion es la mejor garantía para que tropieces a cada paso y te
rompas los dientes y el alma contra las piedras rotundamente
terrenales”. Roque Dalton
“A religion that tells you there’s only pie in the sky and all earthly
life is lousy and vicious and that you shouldn’t be too concerned is
the best guarantee you’ll stumble at every step and break your teeth
and soul against absolutely earthly rocks.” Roque Dalton

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