(en) Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos' letter to Emiliano Zapa

Lyn Gerry (linjin@tao.ca)
Mon, 14 Apr 1997 07:36:11 pst


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Date: Sun, 13 Apr 1997 21:12:51 -0700 (PDT) From: MichaelP <papadop@peak.org> Subject: Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos' letter to Emiliano Zapata

@@ Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos recorded a letter to Emiliano Zapata, which was played back on audiotape to the indigenous Zapatista communities in the jungles and highlands of Chiapas during the cermonies to remember Zapata on April 10th, and was later published on April 12th in the Mexico City daily La Jornada.

The letter, addressing Zapata as the "Maximum Leader of the EZLN", informs Don Emiliano that "Just as the time when you called to struggle for land and liberty, today the Mexican lands are handed over to the rich foreigners. As was the case then, today the governments pass laws to legitimize the robbery of land. As then, those who refuse to the rich foreigners. As was the case then, today the governments pass laws to legitimize the robbery of land. As then, those who refuse to accept the injustices are persecuted, imprisoned, and killed. But as then, my General, there are right men and women who are not being silenced and who struggle and organize in order to demand land and liberty. For this, I write to you, Don Emiliano, so that you may know that we are here...."

"As during your time, Don Emiliano, the governments have wanted to trick us. They talk and they talk, and they don't fulfill anything, except the massacres of campesinos. They sign papers over and over again, and nothing becomes reality, except explusions and persecution against the indigenous peoples."

"And now you see," continues Marcos, "the campesinos continue without land, the indigenous peoples are still forgotten, the bad governments continue, the rich keep getting fatter, and, yes, the campesino rebellions continue. And they will continue, my General, because without land and liberty there is no peace. rebellions continue. And they will continue, my General, because without land and liberty there is no peace.

"Now the governments go on saying that there is no war, because the law says that there is no war. But there is a war, my General, and that is why we are your army, because before, the war was just from there to here, and now it will also be from here to there.. And if they want to kill campesinos, then governments will also have to die...."

"Finally", concludes Marcos, "I tell you Don Emiliano, so that you may enjoy a bit of laughter, that those bad governments we have still believe they were able to assassinate you on that April afternoon in 1919. They don't realize that you didn't die, that you simply became us, and thus you went into hiding and appeared in us and in all of the landless campesinos, in all of the forgotten indigenous peoples. So you see, my General, how forgetful are these governments. They forget the most important, that which you and we know well, Don Emiliano: that Zapata lives, and the struggle continues." ______________________________________________________

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