Fifth Update of the “5 Days of Worldwide Action for the Bachajón 5” Campaign

To our sisters and brothers of the Ejido of San Sebastian Bachajón:

To our Zapatista sisters and brothers:
To our compañer@s of The Other Campaign:
To our compañer@s of the Zezta Internazional:
To the adherents of the International Campaign in Defense of El Barrio
and our allies across the world:
To the civil society in Mexico and the world:

We would like to share with you the fifth update on the call to action for the “5 Days of Worldwide Action for the Bachajón 5” on April 1 – 5.

Receive embraces from Movement for Justice in El Barrio, The Other Campaign.

We want to inform you of our actions on the fifth day of the “5 Days of Worldwide Action for the Bachajón 5” campaign. On the fifth day of this campaign, April 5, 2011, members of The Other Campaign New York, Movement for Justice in El Barrio, realized a public forum that was attended by people who had little knowledge of the situation of the political prisoners from San Sebastián Bachajón. In this forum, several compañeros and compañeras of Movement for Justice in El Barrio presented an overview of this campaign. Following the overview, we presented the second video-message. We also screened a new video-message that was created and sent by the ejidatarios of Bachajón, members of The Other Campaign, that same evening especially for the humble people of East Harlem. In the video-message they expressed to us their joy for all the support this campaign for the five political prisoners, arrested for defending their lands and natural resources, has received from so many people from different countries around the world.

In addition, here in Harlem’s El Barrio, we were pleased to learn that their solidarity has served as a form of moral and energizing support for the prisoners, who are suffering awful conditions, lack proper food, and who are denied meals brought to them by their families. Knowing that our support did indeed reach them and the San Sebastián Bachajón community is truly a great pleasure.

After the video-message and discussion, we read a letter sent to us from the Prison Number 17 in Chiapas, where the political prisoners are held. In this letter, they give thanks for “the solidarity and support that you all have manifested from your respective places or countries for our release.” We received their embrace and energy, and responded to them as well: “Until victory, always. Land and freedom.”

Subsequently, we read another letter that the community of Bachajón had sent to us and presented a report with photographs of our occupation of the Mexican Consulate in New York to demand the liberation of the prisoners.

Lastly, participants spoke on the video-message, the indignation that this provoked in them, and of the importance of exposing the truth about what is happening in autonomous communities.

With this update we wish to also thank all the groups from different countries that responded to the convocation and protested during the five days for the five political prisoners of Bachajón in the following cities and countries: distinct groups from Mexico, India, South Africa, London, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, the Basque Country, Endinburgh, Barcelona, Dorset, Gasgow, Argentina, Madrid, France, Manchester, Lancaster, Exeter and New York.

And over there in Mexico, we want to tell you that this campaign was not the end of the resistance; it was merely the beginning. May we not rest until all of them are freed!


No to Neoliberal Displacement!

No to the Greed of the Transnationals Supported by Politicians!

From East Harlem:

We send you embraces of love and solidarity.

Movement for Justice in El Barrio
The Other Campaign New York

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