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Zapatistas Announce Red Alert

Zapatistas Announce Red Alert, Suspend Activities of La Otra Campaña

EZLN announces new red alert

by jlaw Wednesday, May. 03, 2006 at 7:34 PM

Zapatistas Announce Red Alert, Suspend Activities of La Otra Campaña

As of the afternoon of May 3, Subcommandante Marcos of the EZLN (National Zapatista Army of Liberation) announced during a public act in Mexico City a new red alert and closure of Zapatista caracoles and suspension of activities of La Otra Campaña, which has now become a struggle to support the people of Texcoco, who for the past two days have been experiencing severe government repression.

Marcos called for regional coordinators throughout the country of Mexico to organize themselves in solidarity with Texcoco.

Wednesday morning, flower vendors from People in Defense of the Land Front (Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra) occupying a space in the Texcoco market were brutally repressed by state police. While defending their space in the market in Mexico state, a 14 year-old boy died and more than forty people were arrested.

“The municipal president wants to evict these people because he thinks their market leaves the area dirty and he wants to put a commercial center, a Wal-mart in Texcoco,” Marcos said before thousands of people during a public rally in Tlatelolco.

The peasant flower venders have been resisting eviction for weeks. The area they use has been eyed by local authorities for a new commercial center. As part of the People in Defense of the Land, the flower venders have been joined by people in struggle from Atenco, a municipal adjacent to Texcoco . In 2002, the people of Atenco successfully resisted the construction of a national airport on their land with machetes and popular organization.

America del Valle a member of People in Defense of the Land spoke before the crowd.

“The reason of this aggression is something that they repeat every day; it is for the crime of reclaiming one piece of land to sell products that we produce from our land: nopales, verduras, flowers,” she said.

She announced the demands of the movement: liberation of arrested individuals and return of the market space.

“We will see who is really with la Otra. Here we will see if this is true of la Otra; if it is not only speeches but if its solidarity and urgent action.”

Marcos announced meetings after the rally to coordinate actions for Thursday, which will begin at 8 a.m.

“The Zapatistas are, today, Texcoco. We are going to be alert to their demands. Closure of streets, highways, flyering, painting, protests. We respect their decisions, we will arrive to where they tell us to go,” Marcos said.

Contact your local Mexican consulate and demand justice for the people of Texcoco:

http://www.travelguru.net/html/consulates/mexico.html

for more information on Atenco:

http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/mexico/comment/airportAUG02.html

http://www.nadir.org/nadir/initiativ/agp/free/mexico/2002/0713groups_protest.htm

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May 4 2006 12:27

Rock and Roll, motherfuckers. black bloc red n black star black bloc .

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May 4 2006 13:15

Err its kinda shit really.

I mean if the Mexican army is going to start the war again all it means is that zapatistas and other indigenous of chiapas are going to die.

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May 4 2006 13:25

They are backing up to defend their people. Not trying to say it's 'cool' or some shit, they are doing the right thing, there has to be a populist/mexican mvt., with them, of course, That would be rock and roll.

We'll see , i'll pass on the pessimism this innings.

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May 4 2006 18:00

ohshit!

who's out there? Which uk solidarity grps have ppl there? Kiptik? Chiapaslink?

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May 4 2006 18:40

I doubt very much there will a military assault on Chiapas. It would be suicide for the parties in the election here, and would galvanise support for the EZLN around Mexico spreading the struggle exactly in the manner the other campaign intends. At the moment there a lot of struggles in mexico (the miners, autonomous unions, peasant and indigenous groups etc). Much of the population is distracted by the election and the hope of getting Obrador in. An assault on the EZLN would cause huge problems imo.

The govt will (and is) attacking dissent however. They shot two miners, attacking the group mentioned above etc. This is yet to transorm into a generalised or major offensive though.

My guess is that the red alert is more to deal with isolated or oppurtunist attacks on the periphery and on sympathetic groups.

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May 4 2006 21:12

residents chasing the police out of San Salvador Atenco

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4974116.stm

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EZLN calls a Red Alert

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19:30 Subcomandante Marcos announced today that he has declared a ‘red

alert’ in the Autonomous Municipalities of Chiapas (MAREZ) due to the

conflict between peasants and State forces in the State of Mexico, in the center of the country [Salvador Atenco to be exact]

‘We are declaring ourselves on ‘red alert’’, said Marcos during a public event in the Plaza of Three Cultures, in Mexico City and he said that, ‘from this moment on an alternative command structure is in place in case anything were to happen to me.’

The Zapatista Leader declared this after learning of clashes today between the community of Salvador Atenco and police, clashes that have left 42 people injured, at least three of them critically [as of 20:45 Reforma newspaper had posted that two had in fact died as a result of the attacks]

The Zapatista army of National Liberation, who has received numerous

signs of support from the population of San Salvador de Atenco, has for a number of years controlled a series of autonomous municipalities [whose centers] they refer to as Caracoles.

Marcos declared, ‘we are Atencos,’ with reference to the population of

Salvador de Atenco which has for the last several years mounted a number of campaigns of resistance [most specifically against a government sponsored airport]

‘From this moment on we are canceling all our scheduled events and we will instead dedicate ourselves, to the extent it is needed, to meeting the needs of the people of Atenco,’ said Marcos, whom after his speech ducked into an apartment in the Tlatelolco area in the northern part of Mexico City.

Moises: EZLN calls for International Support

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Zapatista Army of National Liberation

May 3, 2006

Compa~eros and Compa~eras around the World:

This is Insurgent Lt. Col. Moise's speaking to you,

Today we have entered into a Red Alert.

Our companeras and companeros from Texcoco near San Salvador Atenco

(State of Me'xico) were attacked. This is a place where our companero

Subcomandante Marcos has just visited.

We are calling for a national and international mobilization against

the government of Vicente Fox for April 4th beginning at 8 in the

morning in front of Mexican embassies.

Up to this point we do not know how many dead and injured there might

have been because our brothers and sisters from Atenco were confronted

by the forces of the bad government and they defended themselves.

Stay tuned companeros and companeras.

We will be in contact when necessary.

Zapatista Red Alert: The Other Mexico on the Verge of an Explosion from Below

The Story Behind the Zapatista Red Alert as the Other Campaign Arrives at Zero Hour

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By Bertha Rodri'guez Santos and Al Giordano

The Other Journalism with the Other Campaign in Mexico City

May 3, 2006

NarcoNews

MEXICO CITY: From his first statements early this morning on Mexico City's historic Alameda, Zapatista Insurgent Subcomandante Marcos was clearly informed about - and visibly bothered by - the police riot underway in the nearby city of Texcoco, where 800 heavily armed riot cops stormed the local flower growers' market in the dawn's early light, leading to a violent nationally televised standoff between the firearms of above and the worktools of below. By the afternoon - after "Delegate Zero" travelled through downtown Mexico City by foot, by subway and by motorcycle, through its most working-class neighborhoods, listening to the grievances of the people - he exploded in the Plaza of the Three Cultures: The Zapatistas have gone on Red Alert, the Other Campaign is suspended, and Marcos is heading to the scene of the crime to confront the Mexican State.

"To the death, if that's what it takes," as he said two days ago during a mass meeting in front of the national palace.

And now, the Red Alert.

The first clue came at 10 a.m. During a gathering with "sexual dissidents" - gays, lesbians, transvestites and sexual workers who have adhered to the Zapatista "Other Campaign" - on the historic central park of this metropolis known as La Alameda Marcos referred to the police raid underway in Texcoco:

"If those above think that they are going to continue repressing us, they are mistaken. The Other Campaign is not just a movement of words. It is also a movement of action." He announced that meeting with campaign adherents in downtown Mexico slated for six o'clock would be suspended to deal with the conflict underway, less than an hour from Mexico City.

After all, the compa~eros and compa~eras in the line of fire in Texcoco were the Other Campaign adherents of San Salvador Atenco, where, in 2001 and 2002, they chased out the federal government with machete swords and defeated an international airport imposed on their farmlands. These are men and women that Marcos visited on April 25 and 26 and urged to come to the aid of their neighbors; to show the rest of Mexico how to stand up for, and win, its rights and autonomy. This morning the men and women of Atenco went to nearby Texcoco and, together with the local people, drove out the invading police. The government response: to send more police, and thus what the TV news called a riot (in fact, a police riot) ensued.

Later, around noon, during a meeting with workers in Mexico City's largest marketplace of La Merced, after listening to the complaints of the shopkeepers and others about how the governments - national, state and local - are trying to destroy the Mexican market to make room for Wal-Mart and similar shopping malls and supermarkets, Marcos again referred to the battle underway nearby, "the attack on the small businesspeople of Texcoco, because they are ugly, because they are dirty, and if we scratch the surface we will find a municipal mayor that wants to put a Wal-Mart there. They know that the shopkeepers there sell the better product, that is better than a damn tomato that looks nice but is made of plastic like the ones sold in a supermarket."

All afternoon long, as don Marcos of la Selva found himself in the deepest corners of the concrete jungla of Mexico City, the country's two national TV stations - the duopoly of Televisa and TV Azteca - broadcast, live, horrid scenes of violence, teargas, blood and death from the market and highway of Texcoco. At various points during the live broadcasts, women armed with machete swords forced the TV "reporters" to stop their distortions, at one point chasing a previously macho - but suddenly terrified, as he gazed at the sharpened swords of the women - Televisa reporter down stairs as the camera went dark.

At almost six o'clock, an hour away, the Zapatista Caravan, now at the Plaza of Three Cultures in Tlalteloco, received a phone call that a young boy had been assassinated by police in Texcoco. In a speech that will live in history from a plaza where, on October 2, 1968, more than a thousand young Mexicans were assassinated by the federal army for the crime of having demonstrated peacefully against a dictatorship of a government, Marcos spoke with rage and coherence. It was as if the dead themselves spoke through the voice of the spokesman of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN, in its Spanish initials):

"Years ago, here in the Plaza of the Three Cultures, there was a massacre. The government said that the army was attacked.. Today the media, including the radio, don't ask what the public security forces are doing in San Salvador Atenco."

He called upon all the Other Campaign adherents to organize "blockades" of highways and streets, and other actions, beginning at 8 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, May 4.

He announced that the guerrilla troops of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation were now on Red Alert; that the Good Government Councils of Chiapas were closed for tomorrow; that the events of the Other Campaign were cancelled until this situation is resolved; and he offered, if the people of San Salvador Atenco ask, to come physically to their aid tomorrow.

Nobody doubts that the people of Atenco will call him - and the rest of the Other Campaign - into battle.

In the Plaza of the Three Cultures - where the dead still speak – Insurgent Subcomandante Marcos called, again, for a "civil and peaceful" rebellion, starting tomorrow, Wednesday, the Fourth of May.

The following day, the Fifth - El Cinco de Mayo - Mexico celebrates its

victory against French colonialists. (And Narco News - our reporters today released from jail after two long nights behind bars in Oaxaca, but still seeking justice for the crime of the Mexican State and the U.S. Embassy against press freedom - now calls for a demonstration on Friday, Cinco de Mayo, in New York City, at 12:30 p.m., at the Mexican Consulate in New York City, 27 East 39th Street -be there and let the world media capital know that Mexico is still a dictatorship ruling with violence and repression.)

Thunderclouds are clapping above the central region of Mexico tonight, and from below, too. It's a Red Alert. What happens from here on out is up to people like you, and maybe you, too.

To be continued.

Marcos calling for mobilization

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Companeros and companeras,

A few moments ago we were watching and listening to the media and the

manipulation of what was happening, the informational manipulation about what was occurring [in Atenco]. We listened to the commentators on Television Azteca imploring that law be restored, that the military enter to restore order and end what was taking place there. We also listened to the indignation of the viewers who sent letters to the station stating that the commentators pleading for greater public force were idiots.

Years ago here, in the Plaza of Three Cultures [Tlatelolco] there was a

massacre and in response to this the government claimed that the army had been attacked. And much time passed until someone asked what the army had been doing at a student meeting in the first place. And now over those same means of communication, including radio, it does not occur to reporters to ask what the public forces were doing in San Salvador Atenco. And what they were doing there was enforcing this alliance that was made between the PRD and the PRI in order to oust a few flower vendors because the municipal president of Texcoco thinks they deface the city; because he wants to put a shopping center there, a Wal-Mart in Texcoco and the small merchants bother him and because the PRD aligned there with the PRI at the state level and with the PAN at the national level, and now they will have to be accountable for this death.

As the 6th Commission of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation,

signatory to the Other Campaign, we are asking, soliciting respectfully the regional and sub-regional coordinators throughout the entire country to execute actions and mobilizations in support of the Frente de Los Pueblos en Defensa de La Tierra [Salvador Atenco] beginning at 0800, eight in the morning tomorrow, the fourth of May, 2006.

As the Sixth Commission we are declaring a red alert. The troops of the

Zapatista Army of National Liberation have already been declared under red alert and from that point onwards the Caracoles and Autonomous Zapatista Rebel Municipalities will be closed. Beginning at that moment, from that moment on, the new chain of command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation will be in place. Whatever may happen to me, there is now someone else in place to make decisions. We don't know about everyone else, but today, we, the Zapatistas, are Atenco!

We are going to be attentive to their demands. We call for the holding of meetings by sector, by region, as you all see fit. As the Sixth Commission we are canceling all of our participation in programmed activities and we are waiting for the cue from the Frente de Los Pueblos en Defensa de La Tierra. If it needs our presence there, we will go there. If not, we will participate directly in the actions that you all program tomorrow beginning at 0800, eight in the morning.

Close the highways, close the streets, fly, paint, whatever occurs to you, in a civil and peaceful manner. Atenco cannot be left all to itself. We will not cease these actions and this situation until the companeros of the Frente de Los Pueblos en Defensa de La Tierra indicate so to us.

We are not going to pay attention to any piece of information that doesn't arrive directly from them. For us, they, those who comprise the Frente de Los Pueblos en Defensa de La Tierra are the Other campaign in those lands. We will respect their decisions. We will go wherever they tell us to go. They have been clear in their demands: immediate liberation of those detained and total withdrawal of the government forces that are invading their lands.

This is our message companeros and companeras. Not only for the Other

Campaign in this Other Mexico, in this Other Mexico City that is rising up.

It is our message to the Other Campaign in the entire country. From Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Campeche, until the two Baja Californias, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon. From the north to the south, from the east to the west so that the Other Campaign echoes in Atenco and let there be justice for those that have fallen!! Thank you companeros, thank you companeras.

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May 4 2006 23:36
David in Atlanta wrote:
While defending their space in the market in Mexico state, a 14 year-old boy died and more than forty people were arrested.

Um it should be noted that the boy was actually killed by what is being carefully described as 'collateral damage' - that being, not by the police, but by the rioters. Something which I think is important to note, considering Marcos is using it as one of the reasons to rally everyone, and maybe it isn't so simple as 'the people are being oppressed, let's get everyone behind a Red Alert'. It's much more complicated than that.

More later as info on this comes in.

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While defending their space in the market in Mexico state, a 14 year-old boy died and more than forty people were arrested.

Um it should be noted that the boy was actually killed by what is being carefully described as 'collateral damage' - that being, not by the police, but by the rioters. Something which I think is important to note, considering Marcos is using it as one of the reasons to rally everyone, and maybe it isn't so simple as 'the people are being oppressed, let's get everyone behind a Red Alert'. It's much more complicated than that.

More later as info on this comes in.

Thats not what Mexico indymedia and movement sources close to the scene are saying. In fact La Jornada in Mexico City says the boy was killed by impact of a tear gas shell.

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2006/05/04/003n1pol.php

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May 5 2006 01:25

Nope, it was more likely a 'firecracker' or similar device (think molotov) let off by the rioters.

I won't confirm this just yet - basically that IS what it is said, I'm waiting for formal confirmation from a very valid source who shall remain nameless for now..

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May 5 2006 03:35

From an article received via a translator..

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...el pecho por un objeto que le causó la muerte instantánea. Al practicarle la autopsia, subrayó, se comprobó que se trató de un petardo y no de un cartucho de gas lacrimógeno..

Roughly (and my Spanish is not so good) '...he was struck in the chest by an object that caused him instantaneous death. Whilst doing the autopsy, (it was) emphasised and confirmed that it was a firecracker and not a tear gas cartridge..'

I'll back this up with proper links and translations soon, as they arrive.

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May 5 2006 05:46

Admins: this should be a feature and blog like France. seriously. It will have to be, it's going to blow up.

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aketus wrote:
From an article received via a translator..
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...el pecho por un objeto que le causó la muerte instantánea. Al practicarle la autopsia, subrayó, se comprobó que se trató de un petardo y no de un cartucho de gas lacrimógeno..

Roughly (and my Spanish is not so good) '...he was struck in the chest by an object that caused him instantaneous death. Whilst doing the autopsy, (it was) emphasised and confirmed that it was a firecracker and not a tear gas cartridge..'

I'll back this up with proper links and translations soon, as they arrive.

According to the doctor who signed the death certificate, we're both wrong. Javier was not killed by either a teargas shell or a firecracker. He was shot.

http://www.cronica.com.mx/nota.php?idc=239578

El Universal said yesterday that a "firecracker" was the cause of death but aren't repeating the claim today

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Admins: this should be a feature and blog like France. seriously. It will have to be, it's going to blow up.

Hmmm. I´m not sure it will. (not wanting to dampen anyone´s enthusiasm).

This is not the first incident like this.

Its only a few months since another town "mutinied" and threw the police out.

As i´ve mentioned before there are quite a few zapatist/magonist inspired struggle for automous communities too. These often come into conflict with the police/military.

Will these incidents become a generalised revolt?

I don´t think so....yet.

Mexico is a big country. The media (with the partial exception of La Jornada) is in the pocket of the establishement. many things happen that we never hear about it its much too late. The current revolt is not even on the front page of many newspapers here. Here in DF there is not yet any atmosphere or undercurrents that suggest the current evenst are provoking a crisis.

However, if I´m wrong (which i might be embarrassed ) I´ll keep y'all informed as to what´s happening in DF.

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May 5 2006 13:53
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Admins: this should be a feature and blog like France. seriously. It will have to be, it's going to blow up.

if people want to do it we'll set one up! just PM one of us

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May 5 2006 14:23

As john says - if people are interested - get togther a couple of people who will produce content and we will handle the tech side for you.

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May 5 2006 14:38

I'd be willing to contribute my Spanish skills (?) after my course finishes on the 15th. Which seems to me to be an adequate timeframe in which to see how major these events are. I'd need a bit of help though.

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May 5 2006 14:49

I`m happy to write firsthand reports from Mexico City - if anything happens here!

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May 5 2006 17:51

Yes, I am 'optimistic' but this comes on the heels of Mayday of course...I have wanted to see proof of Solidarity by the industrial proletariat with the Zapatista in greater Mexico, I think we are seeing it. The thing is they needd all the help the can get, They were slated to visit the US and that couldn't happen, you know. I'm not qualified to write for the blog nor do I have time but i think you'll find it necessary.

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May 5 2006 19:51

I'm happy to help, I've got my eyes posted on almost every english source on latin american news.

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May 5 2006 19:54

Aketus is also well versed in these things.

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May 5 2006 20:07

More repression

http://www.narconews.com/Issue41/article1768.html

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To All Adherents to the Sixth Declaration and to the Other Campaign:

To Delegate Zero

To the Mexican People

Brothers and Sisters:

This afternoon, May 4th, 2006, at about 7:00 in the evening, our friend in struggle, and treasurer of the autonomous town council, Faustino Acevedo Bailon, was assassinated. He was on his way to his house to get his luggage, before leaving for the 4th National Indigenous Congress, that would be taking place May 5th and 6th, in the state of Mexico.

According to his family members, the assassins were waiting for him close to his home, where they began shooting at him when he arrived. In the confrontation, there was a struggle during which Faustino, who was already injured, was able to get the gun away from one of the assassins, using it to injure him. (The injured man was later taken to the Civic Hospital in Salina Cruz).

There are claims that the assassin and Faustino both fell to the ground, as did the weapon, but that the other assassin began to shoot at Faustino. This second man later took off running, and at this time, there is no information about him or his whereabouts.

We are putting out a call to all Other Campaign adherents asking for your help, support, and participation so that we can stay united in this struggle against the repression and harassment by our incompetent government.

Sincerely,

Popular Autonomous Town Council

Zapotec, Blaseña Civic Resistance

San Blas Atempa, Oaxaca. México

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will take a stab at translating stuff after monday if you like, necesito la práctica

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May 7 2006 13:19

Well...?

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May 7 2006 14:48

Hmmm well this does look like something we could set up a news feature for, like these:

http://libcom.org/news/article.php/broadway-market-cafe-occupation-2005-6

http://libcom.org/news/article.php?story=belfast-postal-workers-strike-2006

If someone writes a brief intro like those have, say 500 words, with a couple of links, we'll keep that as a home page and as people post more news on it we'll add links to that feature home page. I think it's best we keep stuff on news for the mean time, and only set up a separate blog if the story rate is too high (for example the CPE blog had many stories a day).

But translations, and reports from you coyote would be excellent!

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May 7 2006 15:48

Pues John, como ya he dicho, mi curso terminara el lunes, 15 de mayo. Queria a ayudar ahora, pero no puedo. Hay otros (Sorry, GT, Coyote etc) que puedan. Donde estan los espanoles? Manu Garcia etc?

Que hacen los uniones mexicanos?

*Esperando para el ICC a decir que los uniones estan destruyendo la lucha* grin

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May 7 2006 18:45

lol compañero alan

creo que el ICC asalta' los syndicatos en una semana o cuando los syndicatos llaman para una huelga.

BTW- Hablo español pero mis verbos estan en formas no correcta alguno del tiempo.

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May 7 2006 21:09

grin

Si hablemos en espanol, podamos asaltar todos de los anarquistas (y los izquierda comunistas, claro) estupidos! wink

*Bromando*

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May 7 2006 23:16

¡por supuesto!

Con español nosotros podremos asaltar todas personas de "irzquierda de capital" incluyendo estas comunistas izquierdas. ¡Entonces, nuestro revolución sera' puro!

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May 7 2006 23:31

Mas puro que los calzoncillos del Papa!

Estamos los revolucionarios verdades! Todas de las otras estan mentirosos!