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(en) Mexico, Zapatista communique's Dec 20-22, 2000

From Chiapaslink <chiapaslink@yahoo.com>
Date Sun, 31 Dec 2000 06:46:16 -0500 (EST)


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#1 CCRI Communique Dec 20, Nothing has changed,
paramilitaries remain intact 3 years after Acteal
massacre

#2 CCRI Communique Dec 20, Zapatistas displaced by
paramilitaries in Chilo'n

#3 Subcommandante Marcos on Amador Hernandez troop
withdrawal, Dec 22

#4 CCRI Communique Dec 22, Victory to Zapatistas of
Amador Hernandez &Call for international mobilisation
to achieve withdrawal of army from 6 positions,
release of Zapatista prisoners, constitutional
recognition of San Andres Accords

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#1

Communique' from the Clandestine Revolutionary
Indigenous Committee -
General Command of the Zapatista Army of National
Liberation.
Mexico.

December 20, 2000.

To the People of Mexico:
To the Peoples and Governments of the World:

Brothers and Sisters:

On this December 22 it will have been 3 years since
the Acteal killings. 
On that day, 3 years ago, 45 children, women, men and
old ones, all
indigenous, were massacred by a paramilitary group of
Ernesto Zedillo's
government. 

Those intellectually responsible for this crime
against humanity continue
to go unpunished.  The dirty war which made it
possible continues.  The
counterinsurgency doctrine which inspired it 
continues still.  The
paramilitary structure which carried it out remains
untouched.  The
military protection of the assassins continues.

Despite what the lavish government publicity campaign
says, nothing has
changed.  There is nothing in place in Chiapas which
would ensure that
Acteal will not be repeated.

For Acteal to be finally put in our country's past, it
is necessary for the
truly guilty ones to be punished, it is necessary for
the warlike viewpoint
to be finally abandoned and for there to be a serious
commitment to the
political path.  It is necessary that the paramilitary
groups be
dismantled, it is necessary for the foundations of
dialogue to be set
through the signals which were demanded.

The EZLN is calling on political, social and
non-governmental
organizations, on intellectuals and artists, on
religious men and women, on
all honest persons in Mexico and the world, to
mobilize in demanding an end
to the policies which made Acteal possible and the
fulfillment of the 3
signals which were demanded for the renewal of
dialogue.

Democracy!
Liberty!
Justice!

>From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
By the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee
-
General Command of the Zapatista Army of National
Liberation.

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
Mexico,  December of 2000.

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#2

Communique' from the Clandestine Revolutionary
Indigenous Committee -
General Command of the Zapatista Army of National
Liberation.
Mexico.

December 20, 2000.

To the People of Mexico:
To the Peoples and Governments of the World:

Brothers and Sisters:

First. -  Today, December 20, 2000, in the indigenous
community of Santa Fe
El Duraznal, municipality of Chilo'n, Chiapas, nine
zapatista support base
families had to displace to the mountains.  An
undetermined number of PRI
militants - among whom were some paramilitaries -
arrived in that community
at around 6 PM intending to repeat the Acteal
killings.  They forced
zapatista men, women, children and old ones to
withdraw to the mountains,
abandoning their few belongings.  The nine zapatista
families are still
living out in the open, while the village continues to
be in the power of
the paramilitaries.

Second. -  Up to this moment, the government has done
nothing to control
the paramilitaries, who have moved, now, from threats
to actions.  With
acts such as this, the Chiapas PRI is reaffirming its
decision to continue
resorting to violence in order to make up for their
lack of legitimacy.

Third. -  Neither dialogue nor peace will be a reality
in Chiapas as long
as the paramilitary groups remain uncontrolled.  The
attitude of patient
waiting and peaceful resistance which the zapatista
support bases have
maintained must be respected.

Democracy!
Liberty!
Justice!

>From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
By the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee
-
General Command of the Zapatista Army of National
Liberation.

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
Mexico,  December of 2000. 


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#3

Zapatista Army of National Liberation.
Mexico.

December 22, 2000.

TO the National and International Press:

Ladies and Gentlemen:

The communique' is off concerning the recent troop
withdrawal.

While, when the soldiers arrived, they did so
furtively, they are now
withdrawing with a great public show.  If peace does,
in fact, arrive, it
does not matter to us that that they present as
zapatistas those who are
not (the ones from Aric), and the ones who waged the
dirty war (the
military) as great promoters of peace.  It is the
syndrome of the
chameleon, who navigates according to how the media
winds are blowing.

Vale.  Salud, and may the end of the year also be the
end of despair.

>From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
Mexico, December of 2000.

P.S. - Durito says he is going to change his name.  It
will no longer be
"Don Durito of the Lacandona," but "Durito dot com." 
He says he's riding
the wave of "business excellence" now.

Dialectic (or Self-Contradictory) P.S. . -  Where
Durito says always no,
none of that "dot com," "nor excellence," nor
"business."  He said that
during times of travel, what is needed is a sailor. 
La Mar agrees.  I'm
looking for seasickness pills.

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#4

Communique' from the Clandestine Revolutionary
Indigenous Committee -
General Command of the Zapatista Army of National
Liberation,
Mexico.

December 22, 2000.

To the People of Mexico:

To the Peoples and Governments of the World:

Brothers and Sisters:

Today, during the morning, the federal Army withdrew
from the position
which it had been maintaining in the community of
Amador Herna'ndez since
August of 1999.  On the same day, Se~or Vicente Fox
announced the abolition
of the expropriation decree, declared by Zedillo's
government, which
stripped the indigenous of Amador Herna'ndez of their
lands in order to
build a military base there.

Since the first day that the federal soldiers
illegally and illegitimately
occupied indigenous lands in Amador Herna'ndez,
zapatista support bases from
there and from neighboring towns have been maintaining
a sit-in in front of
the military camp, demanding their withdrawal.

Zapatista men, women, children and old ones protested
every day, never
abandoning their demands.  Without regard to the cold,
the heat, hunger,
illness and exhaustion, the zapatistas confronted
federal authoritarianism
with no arms other than their dignity, their
rebellion, their ingenuity and
their creativity.  Thinking that the zapatistas would
end up growing tired
of protesting, resign themselves to seeing their lands
occupied and return
to their houses, the soldiers used all the resources
they had in order to
discourage the protest.  It was in vain.  Every
morning they found out that
the zapatistas were still there.

It was here, in Amador Herna'ndez, where the zapatista
air force saw its
first action.  In order to counter the deafening noise
with which the
soldiers tried to silence their protests, the
zapatistas "bombarded" the
federal barracks with hundreds of little airplanes.

The zapatista support bases demonstrated their
ingenuity and creativity in
peaceful resistance in other ways as well.  Dozens of
men and women from
Mexico and from the world accompanied them in their
resistance for various
time periods.

Without any motivation other than that of
demonstrating their dissent
against an injustice, people mobilized, from various
parts of Mexico and
the world, in support of the demand for the withdrawal
of the federal army
from the invaded lands.  Along with the zapatista
indigenous, these persons
shared hunger, the cold or heat, sleeplessness and
exhaustion, but also
conviction for a just cause.

Now that the soldiers have today finally withdrawn
from that position, we
should recognize those zapatista indigenous men and
women who stayed firm
and dignified, as well as those who accompanied them
personally, or with
mobilizations in this peaceful resistance, for more
than a year.

The victory represented by the army's withdrawal from
this place belongs to
the zapatista indigenous and to national and
international civil society,
who never left them by themselves.

In another matter, this withdrawal from one of the
seven positions,
demanded by the EZLN, is a good signal, and a first
and important step on
the path to the renewal of dialogue.  Still remaining
are the other 6
positions, the release of the prisoners and the
constitutional recognition
of indigenous rights and culture.

Vicente Fox's government has nothing to fear.  As
persons close to them,
and who know us, will most certainly tell them, we
zapatistas do keep our
word.  If the three signals which were demanded are
carried out, there will
be dialogue.  The EZLN will respond in kind to a
serious and real
willingness for dialogue and peace.

Finally, we are calling on national and international
civil society to
mobilize and, as the military withdrawal from Amador
Herna'ndez was
achieved, to achieve the other 6 positions, the
release of the zapatista
prisoners and the constitutional recognition of
indigenous rights and
culture.

Democracy!
Liberty!
Justice!

>From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
By the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee
-
General Command of the Zapatista Army of National
Liberation.

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
Mexico,  December of 2000.



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