EZLN: 2 communiques re: Mexico City trip

Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN
Translated by irlandesa


Zapatista Army of National Liberation.

January 7, 2001.

TO the national and international press:

Ladies and Gentlemen:

The first of the information is off concerning our delegation's trip to Mexico City. We'll be leaving on February 25, because we're looking into whether we might drop in at Cancu'n. I mean, so we can get rid of a little of the paleness which the mountain gifts us with. We were going to include Tabasco in the itinerary, but, with so many interims coming and going, we'd certainly get lost.

What happened recently in Zinacanta'n (PRD vs. PRI) and in Chenalho' (PRI vs. PRI) (in both cases, incidentally, not one zapatista participated) demonstrates that the PRI continues to have many enemies. The main one is the PRI itself. And, if you don't believe me, pop into the State Congress of Chiapas. And then they were amazed that they lost the elections.

We know that Fox said it wasn't necessary for us to go to Mexico City, but, if we had to, we could go without ski-masks. We are very sorry: we are indeed going to go to Mexico City, and we are indeed going to wear ski-masks.

Organize, that is indeed going to be "a close shave".

What does not make us laugh is the bit about there being fewer than 10,000 soldiers in the Southeast military zone. Either Fox doesn't know how to count, or he's trying to be slick. Incidentally, note the federal army's following "contributions" to peace: they doubled the number of troops in the barracks at Cuxulja' and Roberto Barrios, they are continuing their checkpoints there, and they reinstalled the one at Amparo Agua Tinta.

Vale. Salud and, if you know how to count, how many times has Fox said contradictory things about Chiapas?

>From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
Mexico, January of 2001.



Communique' from the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee - General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.

January 6, 2001.

To the People of Mexico:
To the Peoples and Governments of the World: To the National Indigenous Congress:

Brothers and Sisters:

The EZLN is releasing publicly the first information about its delegation's trip to the Federal District:

First. - The zapatista delegation will leave from San Cristo'bal de Las Casas, Chiapas, on February 25, 2001. The trip will be made by land.

Second. - During its travels to Mexico City, the zapatista delegation will cross through the lands of the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo, Quere'taro, Michoaca'n, the State of Mexico and Morelos.

Third. - During the journey, the zapatista delegation will make a stop at the place, and on the date on which, the Third National Indigenous Congress is being held, in order to participate in their work.

Fourth. - During the journey, the zapatista delegation will hold joint events with the CNI and civil society. The programs will be made public in due time.

Fifth. - The EZLN calculates that its delegation will arrive in Mexico City on March 6, 2001.

Sixth. - The EZLN will shortly be announcing more details of this mobilization, such as: the geographic points of the trip, places where it will be spending the night and joint activities with the CNI and civil society.


>From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
Mexico, January of 2001.

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