(en) EZLN -September march to Mexico City

Lyn Gerry (redlyn@loop.com)
Tue, 26 Aug 1997 21:35:10 +0000

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The communique itself is at the end of this post. The earlier part of this post is as irreverent as the EZLN itself. (MP)

======================== Subject: Translation EZLN communique (8/23/97):


Ladies and gentlemen:

Recently we found out about the new dissonance of the ineffable office of the Governance Secretary. They say that the Zapatistas can march to Mexico City "if and when they present themselves without masks." Given that all we can say is:

Hijole!! If they only knew!!

Well then, I entrust the attached communique. The Zup (as pronounced by Yeniperr), always willing to cooperate in the work of the mass media, presents the following informative report about the new communique of the easyelen. The report follows the well-known technique of the "inverted pyramid" (which no one else seems to use) in order to facilitate the work and not cause problems, At the end, without extra cost, you will find the complete communique. You're welcome.


In a communique dated on the 22nd of this month, the alleged Zup made public the route to be followed by the representatives of the 1,111 villages which form the ranks of the EZLN. According to the rebel communique, the march will leave the state of Chiapas on September 9th (which is still surprising, because everyone supposed that the 1,111 were already in Mexico City and the announcement of the march was solely so that Ruiz Ferro could look ridiculous by offering the protection of his police), and after a farewell ceremony in San Cristobal de Las Casas, would walk to the Federal District through the states of Oaxaca, Puebla, and Morelos.

The insurgents state the dates in which they expect to be in Oaxaca, Puebla and Morelos and they say that they will arrive at the Zocalo of the capital on September 12.

The EZLN, as everyone knows, made its public appearance on January 1 of 1994, and since that date has dedicated itself to pestering the Supreme Government will all kinds of absurd ideas. A year ago, the easyelenists suspended the talks with the Supreme Government alleging they were unwilling to collaborate with the governmental farce. The Supreme Government protested vehemently, stating that all available theater space had already been rented.

The Zup, a handsome and enchanting guerrilla who says he is military chief of the Zapatistas, once again recurs to the mischievous and playful style which gives so much happiness and joy to the old and young, and inserts, without explanation, a few stories within the letter of presentation for the communiqui, etcetera. The jumbled tales are disconcerting to say the least and it is clear that the Zup uses the communiques as a pretext to offend with impunity the history of universal literature. What is true is that; the ineffable government intelligence services (if any are left) who are usually terribly bored in San Cristobal, are now very busy trying to decipher the meaning of this collection of stories called, TALES OF THE SEA HORSE (FOR THE SEA)


- The sea horse, as indicated by the name is a walking (or swimming) contradiction. So it should not surprise use that without askin much less getting permission, it has inserted itself into the dreams of the sea. The sea, as usual, has insomnia. So in order to secure sleep, the sea horse tells tales, tales like this one...


"The numbers in the 600's are quite envious. For example, it so happened one afternoon I overheard a discussion between 609, 665 and 637. The subject was, as usual, 616.

"He is so spoiled!" -609 said angrily, who could not forgive 616 because he always followed him. "He's hateful!" -637 almost screamed, who was jealous of 616 because he was always in front of him. "Intolerable!" -argued 665, who found the proportion of 616 hard to tolerate. "We must get rid of him!" -brayed the 687, who could not accept the fact that 616 added up to the mysterious "13" when you added up his digits.

They conspired these numbers 600's against the 616 (the rest of the 600's were too busy holding their place in the tale of the sea in order to participate in this tale), and they took the number 616 prisoner and banished him to the land of the 700 numbers.

That is why when the sea counts sea-horses in order to get to sleep, when it arrives at 615 it becomes confused and cannot continue. Therefore it goes quickly to sleep.

And the number 616? He was detected almost immediately by the repressive forces of the 700's. He was accused of being a destabilizing and incompatible force and condemned to dissolve 88 times until reaching his 7 of origin.

Tan, tan" [THE END].

Roman Numeral Two Tale: "The 100"

"No one would think it, but the 100's are much more complicated than the rest of the numbers. According to them they reflect good taste and exclusivity. "To be within the 100's" they say "is a sign of good taste and lineage". This arrogance is reflected in the daily behavior of the 100's. Number 101, for example, believes he is unique and original, he sees himself as alpha and omega. The rest share this sentiment. "After us, there is only the common folk" says the slogan of the "Club of the 100" which, as its number indicates only has 100 members.

Tan, Tan" [THE END] Roman Numeral Three Tale: "The 1"

"The number one is well known for being the most elusive of the numbers. And rightly so, I mean it is enough to know that when one has 1, one wants two.

Tan, Tan" [THE END]

Roman Numeral Four Tale: "The 200"

"The 200's are frankly numbers which tend to be aquatic. They have the irrefutable shape of a duck which since their beginning makes them a common sight floating on the dreams of the sea.

Tan, Tan" [THE END]

End of Tales.

Signature. Mark. =======================

communique of the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee General Command--Zapatista Army of National Liberation Mexico

August 22, 1997

To the people of Mexico:

The Zapatista Army of National Liberation, in order to demand the fulfillment of the San Andres agreements and against the militarization of the indigenous zones will march to the city of Mexico with 1,111 Zapatista communities.

This great Zapatista and indigenous march will take place in the month of September of this year, and its route to Mexico City will be the following:

September 8th-

Farewell ceremony to the EZLN delegation. This day, during the afternoon and in the city of San Cristobal de Las Casas, we will conduct a ceremony accompanied by the indigenous brothers and sisters of other political social, and non-governmental organizations of Chiapas, in order to formally deliver the representation of the EZLN to the men and women who will march to the City of Mexico.

September 9th-

Chiapas and Oaxaca. The march begins. During the early morning hours of the 9th, the motorized march will begin towards Mexico City. We will direct ourselves to the city of Juchitan, in the state of Oaxaca, where we will find our indigenous brothers and sisters who are Huaves, Chinantecos, Zapotecos, Zoques, Chontales and human rights, political, social, and non-governmental organizations as well in an action we will carry out together.

September 10th-

Oaxaca. From Juchitan we will continue to the capital of that state. In the city of Oaxaca we will carry out a political action at the monument to Emiliano Zapata. In the Plaza of the Danza [dance] of the city we will participate in an action together with Mazateco, Chicateco, Zapoteco, Mixteco, Chinantecos, Mixes indigenous people and human rights, political, social, and non-governmental organizations.

September 11th.-

Oaxaca, Puebla and Morelos. From the capital of Oaxaca, we will march to Huajuapan, in the same state. Here in Huajuapan we will be accompanied by Triqui, Mixteco and Zapoteco Indians as well as human rights, political, social, and non-governmental organizations.

September 12th.-

Morelos, and the Central Plaza [Zocalo] of Mexico City. This day we will follow the route taken by the troops of general Emiliano Zapata in 1914, and march until we arrive in the Federal District by Xochimilco and from there to the Central Plaza.

Brothers and Sisters of Mexico:

Throughout this march we will meet up with other contingents of indigenous brothers and sisters, with whom we will proceed towards Mexico city in order to demand the end to the militarization of the indigenous regions of the country, to protest for the lack of fulfillment of the San Andres agreements, and to demand, for everyone a Mexico with democracy, liberty and justice.

Shortly we will let you know the route our march will be following from Xochimilco to the Plaza, as well as the activities programmed for the 7 days in which we will remain in the capital of the Mexican Republic.

Democracy! Liberty! Justice!

>From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast
Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee General Command Zapatista Army of National Liberation August of 1997.

Translation by Cecilia Rodriguez

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