IMMEDIATE FREEDOM TO THE MEXICAN STUDENTS OF THE UNAM

For a great international campaign in solidarity with the Mexican students and their General Council of Strike

Report from PTS Partido de Trabajadores por el Socialismo from Argentina Trotskyist Faction - Estrategia Internacional 7-02-00

On Sunday 6 of February at dawn, more than 2500 troops of the Preventive Federal Police of Mexico entered raided into the University City of the UNAM to evict the buildings that for more than nine months have been occupied by the strikers (paristas) who are organized in their General Council of Strike (CGH) and maintain a heroic strike against the introduction of fees and defending free education. The forced eviction was supported by the police of the Federal District, directed by CuauhtŽmoc C‡rdenas«s PRD- Partido de la Revoluci—n Democr‡tica- that guarded the university premises.

This is the answer that the governments like those of Zedillo and their party the PRI -Partido Revolucionario Institucional, gives to those that corageously fight back the plans imposed by the IMF and the World Bank. This demonstrates that, like the CGH has denounced, the fraudulent plebiscite orchestrated by the Rector Juan Ram—n De la Fuente was not more than a cover up of the rŽgime that was preparing to launch the repression to try to smash the strike.

This is the "dialogue" that the PRI and the opponents of the PAN -Partido Autonomista Nacional- and the PRD proposed. The Trotskyist Faction and its Mexican section, the Liga de Trabajadores por el Socialismo (League of Workers for Socialism) have sustained that both the PRI and the PRD tried to use the plebiscite to impel to a sector of the students opposed to the strike (antiparistas) to take over the facilities breaking up the resistance of the CGH.

When this maneuver failed, they mounted the provocation of the Preparatory 3, imprisoning to more than 300 "paristas". This anticipated the outcome of last Sunday, when the police broke into the University City. In total there are more than one thousand in prison , political prisoners of the governemnt. Among them, dozens of LTS comrades (sister organisation of the PTS) and members of Contra Corriente (Against the Current), the university grouping that LTS members form along with independent students' activists. This repression has shocked the country, that from Puebla to Yucatan has demonstrated demanding the immediate release of all the prisoners.

A demonstration headed by the parents of the prisoners was held in Mexico City with more than 15.000 participants, among them students of the Instituto PolitŽcnico, the UAM (Univeridad Aut—noma Metropolitana) and social and union organizations. The pressure of the students, the parents and workers is of such a magnitude that it has forced the very C‡rdenas' PRD that isolated and tried to boycott the strike, to take a stance in favour of the freedom for the detainees.

The heroic students' strike of the UNAM is a great example for all those that reject the policies of destruction of public education and all the plans of the IMF and the World Bank that attack the workers. The CGH is a great example of the students' democratic fighting self-organization, one that neither the parties of the rŽgime neither the union bureaucracy (the "charros") want to be extended, since it constitutes a great example for the whole labor movement.

If they were to adopt the democratic proceedings of the CGH, that would corner the bureaucrats that are accustomed to betray all of the fights of the workers negotiating with the government and the bosses behind workers' backs. The Argentine Partido de Trabajadores por el Socialismo -PTS- along with Trotkyist Faction, call to the left parties, the unions, student and social organizations, human rights activists to build a great international campaign for the immediate release of all the jailed students, building students and workers' Committees of Solidarity, carrying out marches and pickets in front of the Mexican embassies around the world, along with other measures of solidarity to help with all our forces to the immediate liberation of the students. In Argentina, the PTS has already launched this campaign, and last Sunday picketed the Mexican embassy in Buenos Aires in the wake of the police raid. The Mexican LTS is actively participating in all the demonstrations, pickets, etc demanding the release of our jailed brothers and sisters.

RELEASE ALL THE JAILED STUDENTS IN MEXICO! DROP ALL CHARGES AGAINST THEM! VICTORY FOR THE STRIKE OF THE UNAM! LONG LIVE THE HEROIC CGH! THE FEDERAL POLICE OUT OF THE UNAM!

In comradeship PTS Partido de Trabajadores por el Socialismo from Argentina Trotskyist Faction - Estrategia Internacional 7-02-00