June 13, 2000.
To the People of Mexico:
To the Peoples and Governments of the World:
Brothers and Sisters:
Regarding the incident which took place in the municipality of El Bosque, Chiapas, in which 7 Public Security police officers died, the EZLN declares:
First. - According to the information, the attack was carried out using the tactics of drug traffickers, paramilitaries or soldiers. The use of the "coup de grace" is frequent among these armed groups. The attack took place in an area that is full of government troops (army and police), where it is very difficult for an armed group to be mobilized without being detected and without the complicity of the authorities. The group of assailants had privileged information concerning the movements and number of the ambushed persons. This information could only have been obtained by government persons or by those close to them.
Second. - The EZLN is investigating, in order to clarify the identity and motives of the group of assailants. Everything points to those persons who carried out the attack having been from the government (or under the auspices of the government), since they would thus have a pretext for increasing militarization in Chiapas, and for justifying an attack against zapatista communities or against the EZLN. It should be noted that this incident will increase the climate of instability which the official candidate has threatened will prevail if he does not win.
Third. - Clear provocation or not, this violent incident is still an argument for increasing the military presence throughout the state, even in areas which are very far from the scene of the attack. Over the last few hours, government barracks have been more heavily reinforced in Guadalupe Tepeyac in Las Margaritas, Cuxulja' in Ocosingo, Cate' in El Bosque, the municipal seats of Simojovel and El Bosque. Similarly, the number of artillery aircraft, and their low overflights in Los Altos, Selva and Northern areas, have also increased.
Fourth. - The EZLN denies any responsibility for this act, and calls on the public to not allow themselves to be deceived. As we have more information, we will release it publicly.
>From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
By the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee -
General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.
Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
Mexico, June of 2000.