Editor’s Note: This communique speaks to the recent scheduling of the final hearing in the case of anarchist political prisoner Miguel Peralta Betanzos. Following the pattern of irregularities in the case, the court again broke their own laws, scheduling the final hearing in two months rather than within five days as the law states. This repeats the ongoing strategy of the court to maintain Miguel Peralta Betanzos and the other imprisoned compañeros of Eloxochitlán de Flores Magón, Oaxaca in prison without a conviction.
Communique from the CCRI-CG of EZLN.
This communique comes from the National Indigenous Congress and the Indigenous Government Council denouncing the harassment of Indigenous communities that have refused to allow the electoral process take place in their territories. This includes military helicopter flyers in Zapatista territory, misinformation being spread in the corporate media, and threats of repression in Indigenous communities of Michoacán and Jalisco.
The following text was published in Spanish by Comuna P’urépecha yesterday (June 29). A Facebook page dedicated to disseminating the history, knowledge, political education and struggles of the P’urépecha people1 in what is known as the Mexican state of Michoacán. So-called México is set to have presidential elections on July 1st, 2018.
The peasant rebels took up arms in 1994, and now number 300,000 in centres with their own doctors, teachers and currency, but rarely answer questions – until now.
Mexico: On Monday, February 12th, in the Miahuatlan federal road (Oaxaca), repeated shots from assault rifles hit the car where our brothers from the Indigenous people’s Rights Defense Committee (CODEDI) were driving, killing 3 comrades, two of them being underage. Who fired the guns, using weapons very similar to those of the ministerial police, did the dirty work for the governor Alejandro Murat and the businessmen who support him. The CODEDI delegation, headed by Abraham Ramirez Vazquez, was coming out of a meeting with state officials, when it was ambushed and was hit on the way back.
The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) took a surprising twist to their history back on 10 October 2016, one which could yet shape the future of Mexican politics. Together with the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), which they are integrated with, they announced their intention to nominate an indigenous woman as an independent candidate for the upcoming presidential election in 2018 – “an indigenous woman, a CNI delegate, who speaks her indigenous language and knows her culture”.
Updates on Mexican anarchist prisoners Abraham Cortés and Fernando Bárcenas. Abraham is released now and Fernando is out of isolation.
Image: Abraham Cortés.
Message from Subcomandante Moisés and the EZLN.
In early April, the state government of Hidalgo threatened to “start investigations” and take criminal actions against three militants who promote different community resistances in the region. Among them, is our brother and militante comrade Adrián Medina, criminalized in conjunction with Lorenzo Bautista and Armando Monter in many local media and newspapers to facilitate his detention or any repressive act directly against him.