(en) Marcos on Tupac Amaru & May Day

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Thu, 08 May 1997 13:48:27 +0000


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moonlight@igc.apc.org wrote:

Zapatista Army of National Liberation

To the National and International Press.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Here goes a letter for a powerful Priista politician. No, I'm not talking about Zedillo, but about Fidel Velazquez. We are well, some days ago we heard by radio the news of the military assault on the Japanese Embassy in Peru. The great international Power decided upon a new crime in Latin- American lands and ordered the assassination of the rebels of Tupac Amaru (who, let us not forget, was negotiating with the government of Fujimori a solution to the crisis) and one of the personages who had been detained. You will all recall that there was a search for a resolution to the problem without violence. But the military went in accompanied by gunfire. "Clean operation", said the news programs. And they described Fujimori as smiling and happy. And, way above him, the supranational powers, which had given the order for annihilation also, smiled. For months, the Peruvian government pretended to negotiate in order to find a peaceful solution. In reality it only searched for the precise moment to strike. That is how they are, the Power and its neoliberal governments, they pretend to dialogue and negotiate, when in reality they only seek the opportunity to exert their violence.

This new tragic episode for Latin America is an international blow to the path of dialogue and negotiation as a viable means of resolving conflicts.

Fujimori and his bosses hurry to smile. The consent for Zedillo was also hurried. But a lot of history remains to be written.

And to think they have told us we should wait, not for an attack, but for the compliance to the agreements that were signed by the government.

>From the Japanese embassy, oops; from the mountains of
the Mexican Southeast.

The Sup who is so afraid he got diarrhea.

Mexico, April 25th of 1997.

P.S. WHICH ADDS ITSELF, V-E-E-E-RY TERRIFIED, TO THE CONSENT. Making regalia of the fear which characterizes us (and on account of that "don't get paralyzed", orders have gone out to recuperate all the "beepers" carried by the indigenous people of the zone, we have cancelled all subscriptions to our satellite service, and a mole, which had been making tunnels under the orchard of Don Abel, is at this moment being severely interrogated. At any rate, the denouement was apparent; history, tired of walking, repeats itself.

P.S.S. WHICH UNFURLS ITS BANNER IN THE MARCH.

Happy May First to all Mexican workers! Unhappy one to those who live at their expense!

Mister Velazquez:

They say they are saying you will die soon. Before that happens, I want to take the opportunity to write these few lines. They're not a wish that you recover, or that you die (like the death you wished on us repeatedly). I write to remind you, to make memory. You see how much this country and those who live in it lack in history and memory these days.

They say they are saying that you are 97 years old, that you were born with the 20th Century. "And you will die as it does" I say. Almost 100 years. There are probably many things which you have seen and heard: the beginning of the Mexican revolution, the assassinations of the Generals Emiliano Zapata and Francisco Villa, the Constitution of 1917, the birth of what would later, today, be the organized crime transformed into political party, the Institutional Revolutionary [Party], and the birth of official control of the labor movement. Afterwards there was the long dictatorship which renewed and readjusted itself every political term, the one with the PRI in the government. Maybe you only remember how in 1946, you replaced Lombardo Toledano in the leadership of the Workers Central of Mexico (CTM).

Mister Velazquez, how many attempts at rebellion against that historic absurdity which is the party-state system did your eyes observe? How many repressions and betrayals to those movements did you participate in directly? How many times did you order, in the more than half a century at the head of the CTM, that workers who wanted democracy, liberty and justice be beaten, kidnapped and murdered? How many times did you buy consciences and loyalties? How many times did you sell yourself? Yeah, I agree, there were probably so many during all that time that no one could have kept count. Maybe your conscience. But, do you still have one? No, I'm not referring to the one you pretended to have during your "Monday conferences". I'm talking about that conscience which knows what is right and what is wrong, that conscience which has to do with principles. Are you bored with this diatribe about morality and human ethics? True, I'd better change the subject.

I could use these few lines, for example, for reminding you what the brutal neoliberal war has produced for your principal enemies; the workers. For example, I could talk about the destruction of the historic victories of Mexican workers, the decline of the real wage, the loss of employment, the attacks on collective contracts, the reactionary reforms to the Federal Labor Law, the blows to the IMSS [Mexican Social Security System] and Infonavit [Public services], the elimination of subsidies for items of popular consumption, the criminal liberalization of prices. In sum, all that which is the so-called "technological modernization" which has occurred since Miguel de La Madrid [president in mid 70's], throughout Carlos Salinas de Gortari's term, and up to today, with the stupidity of Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon.

I could give you some facts, and point out, as an example, that the daily sustenance requirements, which in 1987 could be purchased with 8 hours and 36 minutes of labor, in January of 1997 now require 25 hours and 13 minutes of labor in order to purchase the same. Perhaps you don't remember, Mr. Velazquez, but the day only has 24 hours (even with daylight savings time). Since the political system which you represent has been capable of everything, except the ability to change the length of the day, this means that workers must, if they still have a job, survive with less that one third of what is minimally necessary to survive.

I could remind you that the political economy which you have supported has increased the lay-offs, has closed sources of employment, has made the company unions even more undemocratic, and has increased the use of intransigence and repression as the labor policy of the Mexican government. In sum, I would say that all this has caused the Mexican worker's movement ("the MOM" we used to call it in the days of urban clandestinity) to pass into a phase of resistance.

But I will not remind you, nor will I remind you that the scheduled review of contracts, instead of being a lever for improving labor conditions, have [translation ends]

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