some very sad news–rampART Social Centre was evicted at 5:30am on Thursday 15th October by 45 police, bailiffs and a priest (!).
After over 5 years and many eviction scares it has finally happened… 3 people and a dog were inside when police attempted to chainsaw the door. They also had climbers going up to the roof conjuring up memories of the raid during the G20 in April. Police have been blocking the entrance to all three roads leading to the social centre with vans and their bodies. They are handing out a piece of paper with a telephone number to call to get belongings out of the building.
If you are able to help move or store stuff please contact the rampART collective – firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming events to be relocated (if possible)–more details on this later.
thanks and we’ll be in touch soon,
The Rampart Collective
// FRIDAY 16TH OCTOBER, 8PM, NON COMMERCIAL HOUSE //
Screening of A MASSACRE FORETOLD re-located to Non-Commercial House
Because of the eviction of Rampart yesterday, tonight’s Chiapas solidarity screening and meeting (originally scheduled at Rampart) will take place at Non Commercial House at 165 Commercial Street. The event will start at 8, not 7, to allow people to find the new location.
Screening of A MASSACRE FORETOLD
Followed by MENTIRAS
The massacre of Acteal, Mexico, 1997, in which 45 unarmed Tzotzil Indians were murdered, most of them women and children displaced from their communities by violence, at the hands of paramilitaries trained and armed by State forces, is one of the most brutal episodes of the government’s counterinsurgency strategy in Chiapas since the uprising of the Zapatista Army in 1994.
None of the intellectual authors were ever tried. In August this year, Mexico’s Supreme Court set 20 of the material perpetrators free (the liberation of the rest is imminent), alleging not their innocence, but procedural irregularities in the original indictment.
There has been international outrage at this new flaunting of impunity. Yet documents and information have recently emerged to point directly at those responsible, including the then President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo, providing elements for a redoubled demand for justice.
We believe that this is the moment to join our voices and strength in order to demand the reopening of the investigation of the case, backed up by international courts, as this is a State crime. The screenings of the film and discussions are premiminary steps towards our planned demonstration on the Day of the Dead (2 Nov), coordinated with other cities and Mexico City.
Contacts: Adriana Díaz Enciso, email@example.com
Rita Lida Pérez Valencia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lorna Scott Fox, email@example.com
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