To The Peoples of the World
With the true words of the men, women and children of this Autonomous Municipality, in order to make known the violent incidents suffered by our people, through an attack by paran militaries. Now there are those who have been made victims of threats and who have been left injured by those who always seek to destroy reason, truth, hope, dignity. We are speaking to you in order to denounce the movements of paramilitaries from the town of San Antonio Escobar, with acts of provocation and homocide attempts.
Today, July 31, starting very early, at 7:00 AM, 40 armed paramilitaries, with sharp objects and handguns, undertook a movement from their town of San Antonio Escobar, passing through another 4 communities, the town of October 6, the Santa Rita Ejido and La Culebra Ejido until they reached Sival Ejido. They were transported in two stolen Nissan vehicles.
During their travels, at 9:00 AM and before they reached Sival, the paramilitaries tried to capture a compañero who is an Authority of this Autonomous Municipio, but the comañero managed to escape. And so the paramilitaries continued on until they reached Sival, in order to ask for the state police and the federal Army.
During the paramilitaries‚ return trip from Sival to San Antonio Escobar, they went on to attack the compañeros of La Culebra Ejido with machetes, while they were working on building the peoples‚ house. Seven EZLN bases of support members from La Culebra were injured.
These paramilitaries from San Antonio Escobar are organized and coordinating with paramilitaries from Nueva Palestina, Busilja, Cintalapa and Santo Domingo. They are all under the coordination of, and receiving support from, the military barracks at Cintalapa, with protection from the bad government. They are the ones who are organizing the expulsion from the Montes Azules.
This is our word, so that you may be made aware of these incidents which bring us pain, but we shall continue building the dignified and true life of our people with LIBERTY, JUSTICE AND DEMOCRACY.
Autonomous Council [signature and seal]
Originally Published in Spanish by Enlace Civil, A.C. Thursday, August 1, 2002