Rebuttal Re: Zedillo's Record

To Mr Abellard, "Le Monde" journalist,

It seems that until today, July 8th, no one has picked up the incredible summary description you make of Ernesto Zedillo's presidency (December 1994 - November 2000) in Le Monde's 5th of July edition. I haven't read any correction to the false information which this newspaper has published under your signature:
"Under Mr Zedillo's mandate, the process of modification of the economy and its sociology has accelerated with the signing of the free trade treaty (NAFTA) by Mexico, the USA and Canada."

NAFTA was signed in 1992 and began on January 1st, 1994, date chosen by the EZLN for the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas for this very reason.

It was Salinas who negotiated and signed NAFTA, it was him who was in power on the 1st of January 1994. Zedillo was not even his designated successor since this man was assassinated in 1994, which is what gave Zedillo the technocrat his chance.

You mention the part played by Zedillo's predecessors, "who, despite themselves, prepared the ground with neoliberal policies which they employed". What are we to understand? That the neoliberal policies of narco-president Salinas (his brother Raul has been sentenced to 50 years in jail not long ago) brought democracy to Mexico?

Mexico is still a long way from democracy, and ex-stalinist Jorge Casta~eda, to whom you frequently refer, who is today Fox's main advisor, also doesn't have it in his possession.

You are the worthy successor of Mr de la Grange, keep on writing anything; it is not a matter of mistakes but of systematic disinformation, such as when you wrote in this same newspaper, on June 26th, 1997, that the EZLN and its "on-line commandant Marcos" had about 200 to 300 armed men in Chiapas. Where did you get this information? How do you explain that 300 armed men can, six and a half year after their uprising, continue to resist a military encirclement estimated at 70000 soldiers?

It's several thousand women and men who revolted in Chiapas on January 1st, 1994. It's several tens of thousand women and men who are organised in the 38 rebel autonomous Zapatista communities which they have created since.

Zedillo, whose legacy you describe, is the one who betrayed the dialog and the truce of February 9th, 1995, by vainly attempting to arrest or kill the Zapatista commandants. He has reneged on the agreements signed by his government in February 1996. His administration is responsible for at least four massacres: Aguas Blancas and El Charco in Guerrero, El Bosque and Acteal in Chiapas, which caused the resignation of his minister of the Interior and his Chiapas governor.

The "Comite' de solidarite' avec les peuples du Chiapas en lutte" do not draw the same balancesheet as you do at the end of Zedillo's 6 years. Keep on making us laugh Mr Abellard, we don't often have the opportunity of doing so.

[Loose translation - JJJ]

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