Chiapas: a communique and two letters from the EZLN

Movilización zapatista, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, 21 de diciembre de 201 (@SIPAZ)

On 30 December 2012, shortly before the 19th anniversary of its 1994 insurrection, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) released a communique and two letters, one of them directed “to whom it may concern above” and another to Luis H. Alvárez (PAN), former coordinator for the Peace Dialogue in Chiapas and former official in the Department for the Development of Indigenous People.

In these new documents, the EZLN strongly criticizes the different political parties, the federal government (both the former one and the new one, with its president and new cabinet officials), the state and municipal governments, saying that they had all failed in their attempt to resolve indigenous problems.The communique also announces a new series of actions on its part: “IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS THE EZLN, BY MEANS OF ITS SIXTH AND INTERNATIONAL COMMISSIONS, WILL MAKE KNOWN A SERIES OF INITIATIVES, PEACEFUL AND CIVIL, TO CONTINUE COLLABORATING WITH OTHER INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN MEXICO AND THROUGHOUT THE CONTINENT AND ALL THOSE IN MEXICO AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WHO RESIST AND STRUGGLE FROM BELOW AND TO THE LEFT.”

For more information (in Spanish):

EL EZLN ANUNCIA SUS PASOS SIGUIENTES. Comunicado del 30 de diciembre del 2012

Carta dirigida “A quién corresponda allá arriba” “No los conocemos” (29 de diciembre de 2012)

Carta a Luis Héctor Álvarez Álvarez (30 de diciembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Reactions by state and federal governments to the Zapatista mobilization of 21 December (27 Decemer 2012)

Chiapas: Tens of thousands of Zapatistas mobilize themselves in 5 cities in Chiapas (27 December 2012)

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