Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Red Alert

I'll translate this shortly. Without comment.

EFE
May 3, 2006

El líder zapatista, "Subcomandante Marcos", anunció hoy que decretó una "alerta roja" en los municipios rebeldes de Chiapas a partir de mañana debido al conflicto entre campesinos y policías en el Estado de México, centro del país. "Nos estamos declarando en alerta roja", dijo Marcos en un acto político en la Plaza de la Tres Culturas, en Ciudad de México, y señaló que "a partir de este momento está funcionado ya un mando alterno por si algo me pasa". El líder zapatista hizo esta declaración tras conocer un choque hoy entre campesinos de San Salvador Atenco y policías, que ha dejado hasta el momento al menos 42 heridos, tres de ellos graves. El Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN), que ha recibido expresiones de apoyo de los pobladores de San Salvador Atenco, controla desde hace varios años municipios en el sureño estado de Chiapas a los que llamada "caracoles". Marcos aseguró que "en el EZLN somos 'atencos'", en relación a los pobladores de San Salvador Atenco que desde 2002 han realizado varios movimientos de resistencia. "Desde este momento cancelamos los eventos programados y vamos a asistir en caso de que se necesite a la comunidad de Atenco", dijo Marcos, quien después de su acto público entró a un departamento de la zona de Tlatelolco, norte de la capital mexicana.

11 comments:

irlandesa said...

As this wire service report has been credited both to EFE and to Notimex, I might wait for a direct communication before translation.

Basically it references words said to have been spoken today by Delegado Zero in reponse to events in Atenco - events which continued to escalate and led to several deaths, many wounded, several kidnapped and the detention of Ignacio del Valle, among others.

It is stated that Delegado Zero declared a Red Alert in the rebel communities in light of these events.

irlandesa said...

Francisco Reséndiz
El Universal
Ciudad de México
Miércoles 3 de mayo de 2006

21:01 En medio de agresiones e insultos contra periodistas de diversos medios de comunicación, unos 200 simpatizantes del EZLN se manifestaron esta noche frente a la sede Secretaría de Gobernación, para exigir la libertad de Ignacio del Valle y otras 50 personas detenidas durante los hechos violentos de hoy en Texcoco.

Asimismo, sentenciaron que a partir de este momento radicalizarán sus marchas y movilizaciones hasta, dijeron, lograr que las policías estatal y federal preventivas abandonen la zona en conflicto.


Los simpatizantes de la llamada “la otra campaña” del Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional gritaban consignas contra el presidente Vicente Fox y el gobernador mexiquense Enrique Peña Nieto, a quienes acusaron de "represores" y "asesinos".


Ahí, en las inmediaciones de la Secretaría de Gobernación, insultaron e increparon a reporteros de EL UNIVERSAL, Radio 13, La Prensa, Notimex, Acir, Radio Capital y de diversas cadenas de televisión.


Agredieron a un reportero de Radio Red que recién había llegado al cruce de Bucareli y Atenas a bordo de una motocicleta, a quien increparon y escupieron en la cara luego de quererlo golpear con un palo a través de las vallas metálicas. De inmediato el comunicador se retiró del lugar para evitar otra agresión.


Los inconformes, principalmente estudiantes del Politécnico y de la UNAM, junto con integrantes de la Unión de Vecinos y Damnificados 19 de Septiembre, también agredieron a oficiales de la Policía Federal Preventiva. Luego de 30 minutos se retiraron del lugar.

irlandesa said...

Oh my goodness.

Well, I find that the report was more or less correct. You can find Delegado Zero's words - in Spanish - posted in our Library.

Speaking of words, I have none. I believe I should allow the events, and the words, of the day speak for themselves.

As far as the Red Alert is concerned, yes. The caracoles and the MAREZ are now officially closed. Una lástima.

irlandesa said...

I should add that I was just treated to an hour's worth of live and taped visuals on today's events which fully confirmed my decision to say nothing.

Anonymous said...

Querida Irl y las salonistas,

I too watched last night an hour of rioting, among which included a group of "revolutionaries" kicking a policeman to, as it appeared, his death. I watched Marcos (and listened to it on the EZLN website) calling for a red alert and demonstrations today from all corners. Well. As you all likely know, red alerts with the EZLN are rare and serious matters. And then I learned the unfortunate death of the boy - the body upon which Marcos wishes to rally the troups - was killed by one of the incendiaries thrown by the crowd. So then, by friendly fire.

The night before last in this salon so graciously provide by you, I questioned whether Zapatismo had reached the limit of its imagination for change as the direction and flavor as the discourse coming from Marcos has tended toward distinctly Marxist/class warfarish of late. I asked whether apparent program meant that Zapatismo has become about gathering followers for class warfare. It gives me pain to say now that, yes, that's exactly what it looks like. I can't see how Marcos's leap into this developing fray could be construed as anything other than a cynical attempt to start the revolution via class warfare. And the drums are being beaten by the likes of the "authentic" journalists, while on the EZLN website, the adherents pledge their readiness and support. The mindlessness of all of this is truly appalling.

I have supported the Zapatistas since mid-1995 in various ways. I believed in them all these years, in both vision and means. And I tell you now, I believe the stated principles of the Zapatistas are being subverted by a small group of hardliners, of which now include Marcos.

This is an error much worse than the mis-step that was the ETA debaucle. This is betrayal of the worst sort, one that undercuts all that has come before and renders the EZLN into something it has never been: trite, predatory, and irrelevant.

Sadly,
A.

Anonymous said...

Friday's schedule of protests North of the Border, from Narco News:

- NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Mexican Consulate
12:30 p.m.
27 East 39th Street, Manhattan
between Park and Madison Avenues, in Manhattan’s affluent midtown.
(According to the Consulate’s own website, “If you take the subway train 4, 5 or 6, you can walk to the Consulate from the Grand Central Terminal station, on 42nd Street and Madison Avenue.”)

- LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Mexican Consulate
8:00 a.m.,
2401 West 6th Street, Los Angeles

- HOUSTON, TEXAS

Mexican Consulate
9:00 a.m.
4507 San Jacinto St., Houston

- BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Mexican Consulate
4:00pm
20 Park Plaza, Boston

- SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

Mexican Consulate
12:30 p.m.
532 Folsom St. (between 2nd St. & Essex)
BART: Take Montgomery St. Exit, From Market St:Right on 2nd-Right on Folsom

irlandesa said...

Oh, thank you, NarcoNews!!!

We shall be pendiente.

aketus said...

Apparently, and typically, La Jornada reported that the child was hit by a tear gas shell rather than some sort of civilian projectile... rather interesting 'minor detail' that could shed light on a bigger understanding of all this, methinks

irlandesa said...

Given that one of the drearier parts of my day involves reading every single outlet, it has at least been interesting to see how each and every one of them has used - and may most of their souls burn in hell - this circumstance to further their own agenda.

In the case of LJ, it was all about state mismanagement, the need for new blood, the coming of [their] new Messiah, AMLO, of course.

aketus said...

Of course! And as you say, they don't seem to be the only one doing so
:/

irlandesa said...

And this evening the visuals were equally stomach churning, of course, as the other side took its turn. This time nightsticks instead of jackboots, aimed, as far as I could see, mostly to groin and head rather than to head and groin.

One of the things that has always impressed me so much about witless rage and violence is how highly effective it is for reaching one's goals. Always.