All contact with the colony was cut off at Noon Earth Standard Time. There were reports from ISN of heavy fighting outside the capital city and armed skirmishes within the city. Troops from Syria Planum were ordered to reinforce Solis Planum and outlying regions.
The government was overthrown by guerillas who had emigrated from Earth to Mars over the preceding century using heavy weapons stolen from a reserve military base in what was described as a "daring midnight raid". A proclamation demanding independence for the Mars colony was issued. If not met, they promised that "the sand will run red with Earther blood". Much of these events were reported from the Olympus Mons relay station by Derek Mobotabwe.