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(en) Translation of Feb. 9th EZLN communique

From "Shannon Young" <shannony77@hotmail.com>
Date Fri, 11 Feb 2000 04:27:41 -0500


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To the people of Mexico:
To the people and governments of the world:

Brothers and sisters:

     On the 9th of February of the present year, a multitude of Mexican men 
and women united their voices and steps to protest the paramilitary 
occupation of the Autonomous National University of Mexico [UNAM], to demand 
freedom for all of the imprisoned students, and to demand the renewal of 
dialogue.
     As Zapatistas, we are united with this mobilization and we have some 
words to say:

First. Once again, the government of Ernesto Zedillo has reponded with the 
use of force to the legitimate demands of a group of Mexican men and women. 
Today the jails fill up with social fighters. Hundreds of young university 
students have been taken prisoner in clear violation of the law, common 
sense and reason. UNAM has been converted into military barracks.

Second. The month of February is already a symbol of government: In February 
of 1995, it betrayed, as it has today with UNAM, the will to engage in 
dialogue. In February of 1996, it faked its agreement to end the war in 
southeastern Mexico. In February of 1997, it did not recognize its own 
signiture and refused to fufill the pact on the table in San Andres with the 
Zapatista Army of National Liberation [EZLN]. In February of 2000, it takes 
refuge in its usual argument of blows and jail.. Zedillist Februarys consist 
of simulation, treason, repressive blows, and jailings as State policy.

Third. The protests have not created hope. No one can speak of democracy, of 
liberty, or of justice in this country while students fill the jails and not 
the classrooms, while paramilitaries occupy schools, while dialogue becomes 
sarcasm, and there is no truth beyond violence.

Fourth. In the popular reactions are things that stick out; among them, the 
serene courage of the currently imprisoned students, the combative support 
of parents that have not only not abandoned their children, but who have 
shown themselves to be dignified and strong, and the swift reaction of the 
political and social organizations of the left and progressive intellectuals 
who, leaving their differences aside, have come together to demand that the 
injustice be repaired.

Fifth. Faced with just popular indignation, the government responded with 
the pretence of diffusing the mobilizations, freeing some students, keeping 
prisoners those who it deems "less popular".

Sixth. As Zapatistas, we have made our own and join in the call of the 
country's progressive forces, starting today, to mount a continuous campaign 
of peaceful mobilizations throughout the country, demanding freedom for all 
of the imprisoned students, the evacuation of the federal police from the 
schools, the renewal of dialogue, the halting of fascist policies, and the 
rejection of the national right. Against the aggression towards the national 
university, we begin a national mobilization.

Seventh. This is not a moment for silence. It is not a moment for 
immobility. It is not the moment for cynicism. It is not a downhearted 
moment. This is not the moment of desparation or defeat.

It is time for the word to be mobilized. It is the time for unity. It is the 
time of hope and of the fight for...

Democracy!

Liberty!

Justice!

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

Subcomandante insurgente Marcos.

Mexico, February of 2000.


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