Sunday, May 07, 2006

EZLN Declares "Red Alert"

The Mexican government has unleashed another wave of violence and repression against supporters of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN). This past week, Mexican police arrested several pro-Zapatista journalists working for NarcoNews.com during a immigrants rights protest on May Day. On May 3rd, after a group of poor flower vendors set up stands in a market in Texcoco, police beat and arrested seven of them. The citizens of San Salvador Atenco, a historically autonomous and leftist city, responded to the brutality by blocking off the highways surrounding the city. Vicente Fox sent in more than 3,000 soldiers and police to Atenco, who have now arrested at least 400 protesters. Besides arresting dissenters, police have also been involved in the rape of five women and the murder of a 14 year old boy in Atenco.

Zapatista leader Subcomandante Marcos has called for EZLN supporters to flock to Atenco to support workers' rights and political prisoners there. Marcos himself has focused his efforts on freeing Atenco and the political prisoners being held there. "You are not alone," Marcos said, "We will continue carrying out mobilizations across the country until all the political prisoners are freed."