“Worldwide Echo in Support of the Zapatistas:
Freedom and Justice for San Marcos Avilés and Francisco Sántiz López”
Greetings to you all from Movement for Justice in El Barrio, the Other Campaign New York.
In view of the seriousness of the latest acts of hostility and aggression in the community of San Marcos Avilés, the Zapatista support bases (BAZ) have urged us to share this report with you:
FIRST: We report that, at this very moment, a NEW FULL DISPLACEMENT of the BAZ community of San Marcos Avilés is being planned, to be carried out within the next few days by local party supporters, members of the ‘attack group’ that has plagued the BAZ of San Marcos since 2010. The party supporters are meeting in extraordinary closed assemblies to discuss these matters.
With arrogance and hatred, they have made public this violent plan of displacement. At the same time, according to information sent from San Marcos Avilés, it is reported that these party supporters are trying to get more people from the communities of Panteló, Corralito, and La Providencia to help them carry out the displacement. Furthermore, they have boasted that they feel very capable of doing this, as the candidate Leonardo Guirao Aguilar (PVEM) won the recent local elections in the Municipality of Chilón, and the PRI won at the federal level.
Here we publish the names of the members of this ‘attack group’, according to the reports, and their respective political affiliations:
• Lorenzo Ruiz Gómez of the PVEM; Vicente Ruiz López of the PRI; José Cruz Hernández of the PRI; Manuel Díaz Ruiz of the PVEM; Carmelino Hernández Hernández of the PRI; Ernesto López Núñez, Ejidal Commissioner, of the PRI; Manuel Vázquez Gómez, Security Board, of the PRI; Aristeo Núñez Ruiz of the PRI; Alejandro Núñez Ruiz of the PRI.
Recently, in addition to the announcement of the plan for displacement, there has been a worrying increase in abuse, destruction of flowers and crops, and theft in the community. As a result of these acts of aggression, the BAZ do not have enough food for this year.
These reports confirm once again what we have always known, that these attacks are part of the plan of extermination which has been carried out since 1994 against the indigenous Zapatista population. Today it is more urgent than ever to disseminate the truth about the situation in San Marcos Avilés, the repression from the bad government, and the dignified resistance of all the Zapatistas.
SECOND: We report that many people from around the world have already joined our worldwide campaign, forming "Committees of the True Word" in their respective communities. A direct result of this is that we now have content on the San Marcos Avilés website in NINE LANGUAGES! : Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, German, Bulgarian, Japanese, Italian, and Greek.
We will continue updating this site with information and translations as regularly as possible. The site is available here:
http://sanmarcosaviles.wordpress.com/ in Spanish
http://sanmarcosavilesen.wordpress.com/ in English
In addition, the video message from the Zapatistas of San Marcos Avilés has already had more than 20 thousand views. We thank you all for having shared this among your social networks and contacts. We have to keep spreading the word!
You can see the video message here:
Well, compas, that is all for now. We will keep you informed.
LONG LIVE THE BAZ OF SAN MARCOS AVILÉS!
LONG LIVE THE EZLN!
We send combative hugs from El Barrio, New York.
Movement for Justice in El Barrio
The Other Campaign New York