Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 9 Num. 05

("Quid coniuratio est?")


[La Jornada, 9/1/96. Translation by Conspiracy Nation. Prepared statement by FAC-MLN, El Frente Amplio por la Construccion del Movimiento para la Liberacion Nacional.]

Mexico -- The organizations and individuals joined together as FAC-MLN (El Frente Amplio por la Construccion del Movimiento para la Liberacion Nacional) denounces the declarations made by government sub-secretary Arturo Nunez Jimenez, which constitute full proof of the witch hunt which the government is carrying out against the groups which are developing a democratic alternative within the legal limits contained in our Constitution.

The government wants to put a stop to dissent and social protest, caused by its own anti-populist politics, by increasing the repression against our organizations and their members through use of massive and selective detention, persecution, "disappearances" and jailings of activists, whom they brutally torture in order to drag out from them "confessions" which make them appear responsible for the current unrest in Mexico.

The Secretary of Government tendentiously tries to link diverse entities of the FAC-MLN with the Popular Army of the Revolution (EPR, Ejercito Popular Revolucionario) in order to hide that those uniquely and truly responsible for the popular discontent and for the causes which have given birth to these armed groups is the government itself, which through its neo-liberal economic policies has plunged Mexico into the most profound crisis in its history.

There is now a campaign by the government to distort, twist, and mis-represent our national political reality in order to confuse public opinion so as to justify its criminal and repressive politics.

The existence of armed dissident movements in Mexico is the result of misery, inequality, injustice, impunity, corruption, lack of democracy and collapse of the rule of law which prevails in our nation and for which the only one responsible is the government itself. But this government, rather than offering a solution, instead increases repression and blames some of our groups for the situation, pointing to them as "radicals" and "subversives" and as being behind armed dissidents such as the EPR.

We ask: Is it radical to exercise the political liberties and rights contained in our Constitution? Is it radical to fight to achieve a better quality of life and livelihood for our people? Is it radical to want to end the misery, injustice, and oppression with which the government has tried to oppose us? Is it radical to fight to make valid a true rule of law in our country? Is it radical to fight for liberty, justice, and democracy? Is it radical to demand work, better pay, and that our children will have a dignified life, education, health and well-being? Is it radical to oppose our people being massacred, persecuted, jailed, tortured and assassinated, by fighting to obtain better economic and social conditions? Is it radical to demonstrate our protest and dissent against the anti-populist politics and sub-human conditions to which the government has submitted us?

We think not. To deny a people its right to live is to deny them their right to demonstrate and to fight to make real their passion for justice, democracy and liberty. This is not just unjust, it is criminal. We are not about to abandon our passions, nor to abandon our struggle to achieve them. We will continue to make use of the rights conferred upon us by our Constitution, demonstrating in the streets, before our people, and denouncing the government as the only one responsible for the situation in which we are living and for any violence suffered by our groups or their members.

We denounce before the national and international community the government repression and its police and military institutions being used against the people. The government will not be able to silence our voices nor halt our struggle to make real our constitutional rights.

We demand that the government put an end to the armed conflict which exists in Mexico by redressing the causes which gave it birth and not by increasing the militarization of our country, nor increasing repression and massacre against our people as it is now doing.

We call upon the people of Mexico, the political and social organizations, the political parties, the human rights organizations, to help show our repudiation of the political violence of this regime which is contrary to the interests of our people. The government wants to annul and to drown in blood our right to struggle for a life with liberty, equality, justice and democracy.

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