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Subject: En;Marcos on various and sundry
Translated by irlandesa

La Jornada
Monday, December 30, 2002.

Zapatista Army of National Liberation

December 29, 2002.

To Whom It May Concern:

Greetings.  Yes, the cold and rain are encircling us in their embrace, and
not even a bonfire made up of all the criticisms they have sent me (us) can
manage to even moderately warm one up.  It must be because most of them are
so mediocre.

Of course, they are varied and sundry.  Some are making great efforts to get
us to apologize.  And not for any purported sympathy towards ETA (which
anyone with a modicum of vision and shame knows is nonexistent, either in
theory or in practice).  No.  What they want is for us to apologize for
having got off the subject in which THEY have pigeonholed us, to wit:  the
zapatistas can, and should, speak only about the indigenous question.  We
are banned from any other subject, national or international.  And, since we
got off (got off?) the indigenous issue in the last seven letters, we
should, ergo, apologize to the neo-commissars of "good manners."  The only
thing that remains for them to tell us, in the same arrogant and scolding
tone, is to not put our elbows on the table and to not  belch in the
presence of his majesty.

And, indeed, we should apologize after all.  But not to them, not to the
little king, not to Aznar or to Felipillo (to Garzo'n, but only if he wins
the debate).  If apologies must be made to anyone it is to the noble people
of Navarre, who, through an error when the letter - which has provoked so
much enthusiasm among Mexican and Hispanic intellectuals - was being
transcribed, were left out of the Basque people.  And so, to the people of
Navarre, our sincere apologies:  Navarre is Basque.  Gora Nafarroa!  Gora
Euzkera!  Gora Iparralde!  Gora Hegoalde!

Not all of them are like that, nor is that all of them.  Because it is only
fair to say:  not all Mexican intellectuals are busily engaged in patting
themselves on the back and congratulating each other ("I even sent a copy of
my column to Felipe.  I'm sure he'll be putting me on the list of candidates
for the Prince of Asturias prize.  Yes?  Sure, but my etceteras against the
masked one of cotton seemed quite superior to me...").  No, some people do
indeed realize what is going on around them, and they know, just like that,
by turning that corner, resentment and despair begin to mount.   They know
that terror (that of above and that of below) feeds on that combination.
They know that when that happens, there will be no declaration of war, nor
communique's, nor twee and/or melodramatic letters, nor anyone to scold for
being badly educated or disrespectful.

Ah, the intellectuals of Power!  Always striving to understand and absolve
those of above and to judge and condemn those of below.

But there are intellectuals in Mexico and the Iberian peninsula who avoid
the traps set by Power.  Just like the United States intellectuals who
courageously denounce Bush's insane bellicosity, even though they are
accused of sympathizing with Bin Laden.  Or the Israelis who refuse to
support the massacres perpetrated by their country's army, without that
meaning support for the actions of the Palestinians.

Of course, in the troubled waters of the moment (how many comandantes have
left me!), the scoldings and calls to behave well (all useless) by
intellectuals and columnists, the Mexican government has been injecting
itself, and now it's trying to dislocate several villages which, driven by
war and poverty, have found themselves forced to settle in the so-called
Montes Azules.  And there, also, they are not all them, nor are they all
that there are.

For example, there are some 160 zapatistas living in the new town called 12
de Diciembre (a clearly subversive name).  Their history has not merited any
letters in support of good manners.  They are from the village of Salina
Cruz.  On November 2, 2000, militants from that organization called MOCRI
assassinated Manuel Me'ndez Sa'nchez and Gloria Me'ndez Sa'nchez.  They
ambushed them, shot them and, when they were already dead, they hacked them
with machetes.

The motive?  At that time the MOCRI leaders were engaged in a torrid romance
with El Croquetas Albores, and they were a part of that failed Zedillo
strategy of buying consciences.  Manuel and Gloria were, are, zapatistas
and, as such, they were promoting resistance.  Using the argument of words,
Gloria and Manuel convinced the community to resist and to not accept
government charity.  That went against the MOCRI leaders' economic premises,
and they gave their support to the assassination.  THE MOCRI people also
threatened the rest of the zapatistas in the same style which the government
used for the recent "peaceful dislocation," which merited so much coverage
in the Mexican press:  either you stop being zapatistas or you'll meet the
same fate as Manuel and Gloria did.

The compa~eros and compa~eras preferred being displaced to letting
themselves be shot by MOCRI and thus be party to one of so many histories of
confrontations between indigenous.  The crime will not go unpunished.  And
it will not be by enforcing Talion's Law [an eye for an eye], nor by using
the "humanitarian" methods of the Chiapas government.  Justice will be
served, but with wisdom and in calm.  Perhaps it will also serve to teach
Garzo'n that terror is not defeated by that other terror which hides behind
laws and judges, which tortures prisoners and which makes ideas illegal.

12 de Diciembre is not the only zapatista village being threatened with
dislocation (I am not going to mention the names of those that are
zapatista, so as not to uncover those which are not zapatista), but all the
zapatistas who are in the same predicament are there, not because they lack
land or take morbid pleasure in destroying the Selva, but because they have
found themselves forced to leave everything so as not to swell the ranks of
the silence with which the Power and the intellectuals bury the misfortune
and deaths of the Mexican indigenous.

We have spoken with the representatives of those zapatista villages and with
the authorities of the Autonomous Municipalities to which they belong.  They
have communicated to us their decision to stay there, even at the cost of
their own lives, as long as the zapatista demands are not met.

We have replied to them that we completely support them.

And so it is good that everyone know in advance:  in the case of the
zapatista villages, there will be no "peaceful dislocation."

Returning to the sudden proliferation of experts on the Basque question, I
don't know why they are getting so upset:  the persons in question (except
Garzo'n) haven't been affected in the least.  As for the king, for example,
I just saw a recent photograph, and he still has the same face.  Aznar,
despite the postscript he got from the Prestige, continues braying with
marked enthusiasm.  And Felipillo, well, he did get angry, he gagged the
Iberian press and mobilized all his homeboys in this Mexican Republic, which
would be a monarchy if it were not for a few of this country's

Even so, I ask forgiveness from all those intellectuals who are enthusiasts
of the Spanish crown (and of their literary prizes).  I did not wish to be
lacking in respect for his majesty or anything like that.  What I, in fact,
wanted to say, to put it, more than anything, in Spanish terms, is that I
don't give a damn about the monarchy.

Because know that for us there are no worldly kings other than those in a
deck of cards (Spanish, to be more precise), nor any queens other than those
who, from time to time, rob us of our sleep with barely a glance and then
leave us.

But fine, given that they have been allowed to ramble on about the EZLN's
unlikely sympathy for terrorism, here are some other subjects for them
(conveniently disguised as questions):

Why does the EZLN want to begin its so-called march through Europe (Ah!  So
it's a European march?) in the Spanish state and not, for example, in Italy,
where there are many imprisoned and free zapatistas (almost as many of both
as there are in Mexico)?  Why did the zapatistas choose such a difficult and
complicated subject as the Basque one, about which there has been a
complicit and widespread silence in order to avoid the accusation of  being

Is the EZLN going to try and refute Fox's statements in the European
Parliament that there is peace in Mexico?

Doesn't the EZLN know that in Europe, and in the world, the right is the
government, and it is more belligerent than ever?

Why is the EZLN trying to exhaust the peaceful path to a resolution of the
war, instead of rushing the World Trade Center with a horse (we only have
paper airplanes) loaded with explosives and in that way provide the
columnists with a topic on the zapatista "sympathies" for Al Qaeda's

When it visits France, will the EZLN attend one of the presentations of
Zorro', el Zapato, which the children from the poor barrios are presenting
under heroic conditions?  Will the EZLN speak with Chirac and Le Pen or with
those Sans Papiers?  Will they revisit the Latin Quarter?  Will they go to
Place Pigalle?

Will the EZLN be wearing proper clothing for withstanding the inclement
weather in the Nordic countries, in Switzerland, in Holland, in Belgium, in
Germany?  Will they visit rebel Greece?  Will they make gestures of elegant
contempt at the monarchs of Sweden, thus losing the opportunity for a Nobel

Does the EZLN assume that their cayucos will be able to satisfactorily cross
the English Channel and disembark in Great Britain, thus emulating "D" Day,
but in reverse?  Will they go to Ireland to pay homage to the San Patricio

In sum, they are subjects which still fall in the category of the

There are more, but this letter is already turning out to be quite long, and
the postscripts are yet to come.

Right then, last but not least, the purpose of this letter is to wish you a
Happy New Year.

And, as everyone knows, one will be happy if one does not stop fighting for
what one believes in.

Vale.  Salud and, as you can now see, there are globalizations and

>From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos

December of 2002.

PS WRAPPED UP AS A GIFT:  Following its custom of serving its kind
clientele, the Recurring Postscript recommends to its readers the following
gifts for - joining in the intellectual enthusiasm for the crown - the
upcoming King's Day, January 6:  for little king Juan Carlos, a laxative
(they exist in various forms);  for Pepillo Aznar, a flute;  for Felipillo
(that dark object of desire who is fought over by (a)Nexos and Letras
Vencidas), a protection order (for the unlikely day in which Spanish justice
calls him to account for sponsoring the terrorist group GAL).

with the monarchy!  Long live the Workers Committees!  Down with returned
Francos!  Viva republican Spain!  Viva the International Brigade!  Viva
Spain!  Gora Euskera!  Gora Zapata!  Viva life!  Death to death!  Long live
the ghosts that will again walk Europe!

PS FOR BERLUSCONI:  Don't laugh, because you're next.  Remember that "all
roads lead to Rome."

ILLEGAL PS:   It would appear that we insist on not respecting the laws of
good behavior.  The only Law which deserves our respect is the musical group
of the same name (I even think it's Chilean), and that only when they're
accompanied by the Mexican Ely Guerra in the song titled El duelo, and, if
not, then not even that law.

PS WHICH INSISTS ON GETTING OFF TOPIC:   Argentina is still generous.
Previously they gave the world Che, now they're giving an entire world
action plan.  Because that "Everyone out!" is not just a slogan.  Viva the
Argentine rebellion!

LATIN AMERICAN PS:   Respect for the sovereignty of Venezuela!

MASOCHISTIC PS:   Keep beating us!  More journalistic punches!  Like that!
More!  Oh!  Yes!  More!  More!  Oh my god!  Ahhh!  (Mmh, I love it when you
get angry).


Subject: En;ez:Zapatista call for action
From: chiapas {AT} eco.utexas.edu

To All Friends of Chiapas:

We are forwarding a document which we received from San Cristobal. Among
other things, it calls upon international civil society to speak out
andmobilize against the pending eviction of more communities from the Montes
Azules and the Lacandon Community. The first eviction took place on
Thursday, December 19 in a tiny hamlet called Arroyo San Pablo (aka Lucio

Cabanas). According to press reports, the environmental prosecutor from
Profepa went into the community with arrest warrants in hand and offered the
residents a choice between going to a shelter in Comitan or going to prison.
They chose the shelter. Eight more communities, some Zapatista, are on the
government's hit list for prompt eviction. Fox is assessing the possible
fall out from another eviction now.One rational for the timing of these
operations is that civil society Is busy with holiday travel, family, etc
and cannot mobilize itself.

Let's fool them. Fax a letter to Fox and company now!

Chiapas Support Committee





San Cristo'bal de Las Casas, Chiapas.December 17, 2002

The civil organizations signed below express our great concern for the
risked reactivation of the armed conflict in the state. By diverse means, we
have come to find out about the imminent police and military operation that
the federal government, in coordination with the state government, have
decided to carry out in the following days in the Biosphere Reserve of

Montes Azules (RBMA), with the purpose of evicting and executing penal
action against the inhabitants of 9 settlements: Arroyo Aguilar (located in
the Lacantu'n Reserve), Sol Parai'so (Las Ruinas), 8 de febrero, Nuevo
Limar,Nuevo Pichucalco, Nuevo San Andre's, Nuevo Salvador Allende, Nuevo San
Rafael, Arroyo San Pablo. The realization of this police and military

action will once again put at risk peace in the region and in the
country,releasing with it results that no one can prevent.The position of
the federal and state government to urge the eviction Of indigenous
communities inside of the RBMA under the pretext of Implementing ecological
policies ignore the structural reasons that have brought Hundreds of
families to build a life within the RBMA and disregards the Interrelation
between the indigenous population and their ecological surroundings, as well
as their right to decide about their territory and take into their own hands
the ecological situation, as established in Convention 169 of the ILO. And
even graver still is the governmenti's intention to ignore the causes -still
present- of the conflict with the EZLN.We are not unaware of the necessity
to preserve the natural resources Of this important region of the country;
but neither are we ignorant of The existence of powerful economic interests,
nationally and

internationally,feigning scientific concerns to be able to exploit the
natural resources; be they mineral, hydrocarbonic, genetic, and hydrologic
within the Biosphere,excluding the decisions of the indigenous
communities.The `official document' that developed the steps and conditions
Necessary for the realization of the evictions mentions that it will be

With support of the navy. Yesterday the newspaper La Jornada reported on the
military movements by air and land in the area of Margaritas,
Comita'n,Maravilla, Tenejapa, without a doubt these speak of the military
Character of this supposed action to protect the natural reserve. This
document Also mentions the necessity to create a climate of public opinion
in favor of the eviction operation, in which stands out the need to maintain
the rule

of law and the protection of natural resources as part of the national
patrimony. With respect to this, it is enough to see the last declarations
of the government officials at the federal and state level that confirm the
official decision made and whose plan is already in progress.

The actions that are foreseen against the indigenous population of Montes
Azules give rise to many questions; What is the intention behind the Federal
and state government when realizing this type of police and military Action
when supposedly dialoguing at the environmental table? Or is it that This
provocation and the closing of political spaces promoted at the government's
own request is the way to make the supposed Rule of Law valid? Which Rule of
Law are we talking about and who does it protect when just months ago the
constitutional recognition of the rights of the indigenous peoples was once
again denied? How are the defense of territory and national sovereignty
understood by the government? Who is it defended from? From its own original
inhabitants? Is it with these types of actions that the conditions
arecreated to reactivate the peace process?

We make a call to: The federal and state governments:

* Make a real and complete commitment to generate the conditions for
peace,attending to the structural causes that generate armed conflict.

* Respect the right of the indigenous communities to decide the forms of
protection and defense of the natural resources that exist in the territory
they inhabit, based on that established in Convention 169 of the ILO, and
under the recognition and acceptance on the part of the State.

* Review and suspend the grants to exploit wood and other natural

resources to private national and international companies.

* Make public the advances, reports and proposals that are being

carried out at the environmental table.

National Congress:

* To take the responsibility as one of the powers of the State and prevent
that the constitutional reforms continue to promote the pillage of the
resources of the nation, deny the rights of the indigenous peoples of the
nation and everyday put our national sovereignty at risk.

To national and international civil society:

* Speak out and mobilize against these military and police acts that violate
the right of indigenous peoples to decide about their territory and put more
obstacles to the possibility of reactivating the peace process in

Fray Pedro Lorenzo de La Nada Human Rights Center, Fray Bartolome' de Las
Casas Human Rights Center, CIDECI Las Casas, EDUPAZ, CAPISE,
CORECO,COLEM,CIEPAC, Serapaz, Enlace, Capacitacio'n y Comunicacio'n,
AC,Coordinadoras Regionales de Chiapas de la Sociedad Civil en Resistencia
de: Los Altos,Marque's de Comillas, Norte Selva, Fronteriza, Costa, Centro y
Frontera, DESMI, Enlace Civil, Miguel Agusti'n Pro Jua'rez Human Rights


Presidencia de la Repu'blica. SecretarI`a de Gobernacio'n.

Presidente de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos. Secretario de Gobernacio'n.

Lic. Vicente Fox Quesada. Lic. Santiago Creel Miranda

Palacio Nacional Bucareli 99, 1er Piso.

C.P. 06067 Col Jua'rez. C.P. 06699.

Me'xico. D.F. Me'xico. D.F.

Tel: 01 55/ 55 40 30 42 Tel. 01 55/ 55 57 11 41; 55 92 05 84

Fax: 01 55/ 55 40 37 13 Fax: 01 55/ 55 46 53 50; 57 05 54 65; 55 66 02 45

Pablo Salazar Mendiguchi'a

Gobernador Constitucional del Estado de Chiapas

Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas

Av. Central y Primera Oriente

Colonia Centro, C.P. 29009

Tuxtla Gutie'rrez, Chiapas, Me'xico.

Tel. (961) 61 21 093

Fax. (961) 61 20 917

Procuraduri'a General de la Repu'blica.

Procurador General de la Repu'blica.

Gral. Rafael Macedo de la Concha.

Avenida Reforma, esquina Violeta 75

C.P. 06300. Me'xico. D.F.

Tel. 01 55/ 53 46 01 08; 53 46 01 09; 53 46 01 66

Fax: 01 55/ 53 46 09 04; 53 46 09 06

Secretari'a de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT)

Secretario de Medio Ambiente

Lic. Victor Lichtinger Waifman

Anillo Perife'rico no. 4209 Fracc. Jardines de la Monta~a

Delegacio'n Tlalpa'n, CP 14210

Me'xico, D.F.

Fax 56 28 06 43 y 562806 44

Procuraduri'a Federal de Proteccio'n al Ambiente (PROFEPA)

Procurador de PROFEPA

Camino al Ajusco 200, Col Jardines de la Monta~a

Delegacio'n Tlalpa'n, CP 14210

Me'xico, D.F.

Comisio'n Nacional de Derechos Humanos.

Presidente de la CNDH.

Dr. Jose' Luis Soberanes Ferna'ndez.

Perife'rico Sur 3469

Col San Jero'nimo Lidice.

Del Magdalena Contreras. C.P. 10200

Me'xico. D.F.

Tel: 01 55/ 56 81 81 25; 56 68 49 98

Fax: 01 55/ 56 68 52 29; 56 83 35 65

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