EZLN and CNI: From the Tempest

Federal Police opened fire on protesting teachers on June 19 in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca.

Federal Police opened fire on protesting teachers on June 19 in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca. There are at least 8 dead, around 100 injured (including both police and civilians) and many more arrested.

Joint Comunicado of the National Indigenous Congress and the EZLN about the cowardly police attack against the National Coordinator of Education Workers and the Indigenous community of Nochixtlán, Oaxaca

June 20, 2016

To the People of Mexico:

To the Peoples of the World:

Faced with the cowardly repressive attack that the teachers and the community suffered in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, -with which the Mexican State reminds us that this is a war against everyone-; the peoples, nations and tribes that make up the National Indigenous Congress and the Zapatista Nacional Liberation Army, we say to all the dignified teachers that you are not alone; that we know that right and truth are on your side; that the collective dignity with which your resistance speaks is unbreakable and that it is the principal weapon of those of us below.

We repudiate the repressive escalation with which they seek to impose on the whole country the capitalist neoliberal reform that they call “educational,” principally in the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero and Michoacán.  With threats, persecution, blows, unjust incarceration and now murders they want to bend the dignity of the teachers in rebellion.

We call to our peoples and to civil society in general to be with the teachers that resist at all times, to recognize them, because the violence to dispossess them of basic labor rights for the purpose of making education private, is a reflection of the violence with which they are evicting the native peoples, the campesino and urban peoples.

Those in power that are consumed with passion decided that education, health, the indigenous and campesino territories, and even peace and security, are merchandise for those who are able to pay for it; that rights are not rights but rather products and services that are snatched away, dispossessed, destroyed, are negotiated according to what big capital dictates.  And they seek to impose this aberration in a bloody way; murdering and disappearing our compañeros, sending our spokespersons to high security prisons, making torture shameless governmental marketing and, with help from the paid communications media, equating the bravest of Mexican society, in other words those who fight, don’t surrender, don’t sell out and don’t give up, with the criminals.

We demand the cessation of the repression against the teachers in struggle and immediate and unconditional liberation of ALL political prisoners.

We invite all the peoples of the fields and the cities to be attentive and in solidarity with the teachers’ struggle, to organize autonomously to be informed and alert before this storm that falls upon everyone, knowing that a storm, besides tempest and chaos, also fertilizes the land from which a new world is always born.

From the mountains, fields, valleys, canyons and barrios of the native peoples, nations and tribes of Mexico

Never more a Mexico Without Us!

National Indigenous Congress – Zapatista National Liberation Army Mexico, June 20, 2016


Originally Published in Spanish by Enlace Zapatista



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