Subcomandate Marcos, EZLN: We Don’t Know You?


Zapatista National Liberation Army


December 29, 2012.

To Whom It May Concern Up There Above:

They think that they are in the winning party… so that, besides being traitors, they are idiots. Tyrion Lannister in A Song of Ice and Fire. Volume II: “Clash of Kings.” George R.R. Martin.

” —A reader lives a thousand lives before dying —John said—; one who never reads lives only one,” Jojen Reed in A Song of Ice and Fire. Volume V: “Dance of Dragons.” George R.R. Martin. (Jojen Reed will appear in the third season of the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” Thomas Brodie-Sangster will interpret the character. Note contributed by Marquitos Spoil).

—If anyone draws a bull’s eye on their chest —Tyrion said after sitting down and drinking a sip of wine— he has to be conscious of the fact that sooner or later they are going to launch arrows at him.

—We all need to make fun of ourselves from time to time, Lord Mormont —Tyrion replied shrugging his shoulders—. Otherwise, we start to take ourselves too seriously. Tyrion Lannister with the commanders of the Night’s Watch. In “A Song of Ice and Fire,” Volume I: “Game of Thrones.”

“An end to the handsome men / it’s better being ugly but tasty / than being handsome and driveling” Botellita de Jerez.

Ladies and Gentlemen?

When we saw the note we thought that it was a December 28 joke, but we saw that it is dated the 24th of the same month.

So, we don’t know you? Hmm… hmm… let’s see:

Enrique Peña Nieto. Wasn’t he born in Atlacomulco, State of Mexico? Is he not related to Alfredo Del Mazo and Arturo “long hands” Montiel?

Is he not the one who decided, colluded with the PRD municipal government of Texcoco, the dislodging of the flower vendors and the apprehension of the leader of the Peoples Front in Defense of Land, Ignacio del Valle, in May 2006?

Is he not the one who launched his bulldog and criminal, Wilfrido Robledo Madrid, to attack the town of San Salvador Atenco and ordered his police to sexually assault women? Is he not the intellectual murderer of Javier Cortés and Alexis Benhumea? Was it not the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation that determined that the 3 levels of government (note: federal government: PAN; state government: PRI; municipal government: PRD) did indeed incur grave violations of the population’s individual rights?

Is he not the one who tragically ridiculed the case of the little girl Paulette, better known as “the case of the mattress murderer?”

Is he not the one who bragged about the police violence in San Salvador Atenco with an arrogant attitude, forgetting that he was in front of critical youth and not a television set, from his command post located in the Ibero’s bathroom, ordered slandering dissenters and thus detonated the student/youth movement later known as #yosoy132?

Is he not the one who, as his first act of government, now collusion with the PRD government of Mexico City (DF), ordered the repression against the December 1, 2012 demonstrations, which resulted in the arrest, torture and incarceration of innocent people?

Is he not the one who does not read well, even with the teleprompter that still accompanies him, even with the July 1, 2012 media coup?

Is he not the one that now wants to hide behind the skirts of alleged kin of the repeatedly deceased, as if from he’s dealing with crummy telenovela (soap opera)?

Hey, and now that we’re talking about the telenovelas, what will the fashion be for the next six years? I mean, with Echeverría it was the guayabera; with López Portillo, aguas frescas; with De la Madrid, the grey rat; with Salinas de Gortari, Prozac; with Zedillo, the bad jokes; with Fox, the wisecracks; with Calderón, the blood… and with Peña Nieto? ”True love?” Wooo… for sure!

Okay, sorry, we continue with our ignorance:

Emilio Chuayffet Chemor. Was he not Enrique Peña Nieto’s boss and “teacher?” Was he not Secretary of the Interior (Gobernación) with Ernesto Zedillo? Is he not the drunkard that, in 1996, told the Cocopa that the federal government accepted its legal initiative and later withdrew it while hung over? Was he not one of those intellectual authors responsible for the Acteal Massacre in December 1997? Was he not the one that wanted to impose the “flirty pompadours” fashion among PRI members and the only one that seconded him was his then pupil Enrique Peña Nieto?

Pedro Joaquin Coldwell. Was he not the government’s peace commissioner in Chiapas when the Acteal Massacre occurred who remained silent and continued to get paid by doing nothing?

Rosario Robles Berlanga. Was she not the head of the Mexico City government for the PRD? Did she not boast about the repression that her police undertook several times against young students during the UNAM strike in 1999-2000? Is she not the one, while presiding over the PRD, who sold out her party in every way? Is she not the one now in charge of the fight against the corporatism of the Bejaranos in Mexico City and throughout the republic?

Alfonso Navarrete Prida – Was he not the first who covered up the organized crime score-settling that resulted in the murder of Enrique Salinas de Gortari (psss, you guys don’t really get along, do you?) and then exonerated Arturo “long hands” Montiel?

Miguel Angel Osorio Chong. Was he not accused of diverting government funds to the PRI? Didn’t the PGR [Attorney General’s Office] open  the criminal investigation PGR/SIEDO/UEIDORPIFAM/185/2010 to investigate his ties to the “Los Zetas” criminal organization? (Ah, a change of strategy in the fight against drug trafficking?)

(Oops, I see now that one of the brothers of the undersecretary of Migration, Population, and Religious Affairs in the Interior Ministry, which Mr. Osorio Chong heads, has not one but several criminal investigations (pending). Several of them have the stamp “closed due to death of the accused,” then another stamp “was never dead,” and then another “well it turns out he is really dead” and so … um … 18 times. The last stamp “there goes the condemned” is dated on December 21, 2012, and a handwritten note says: “pending activation, await instructions from CSG.” … hmm … what would those initials stand for? Did they change the abbreviation for the Attorney General’s Office from PGR? Anyway, let the guy from Tampico know, ok?).

Ok sure, you all will tell me that these people are not in charge, but in reality it is Carlos Salinas de Gortari who dictates what Enrique Peña Nieto does (ah, what would become of this country if the teleprompter were not invented?).

Ok, ok, ok. Carlos Salinas de Gortari. Is he not the one who plundered like no other the national wealth during his administration? (Yes, I know they are all thieves, but let’s say there are amateurs and professionals). Is he not the one who devastated the Mexican countryside with the reforms to the Constitution’s Article 27? Is he not the one whose New Years toast we ruined in the dawn of 1994? Is he not the one who saw his dictatorial dreams shattered by wooden rifles? Is he not the one who ordered the assassination of Luis Donaldo Colosio Murrieta? Is he not the one who looked ridiculous with his hunger strike in 1995? Or the one who, on December 21, frantically asked for the red phone: “What did they say, what did they say?” And who felt a chill in his back when they told him: “nothing, they are in absolute silence?”

Are you all not the ones who have always chosen violence over dialogue?

The ones who always use force when there is no reason?

The ones who pioneered corruption and contempt in all the political parties?

Are you all not those who have refused to comply with the San Andrés Accords that would mean the constitutional recognition of indigenous rights and culture, and an end to evictions disguised as mining, water, dams, resorts, roads, and subdivisions?

Are you not the ones who, along with your friends in the political class, resemble those security advisers in large buildings, trying to convince the tenants of the middle floors, and high penthouse, that there is no danger while you dynamite the lower floors, the ground floor and the basement? By the way, does anyone believe them?

You, who have killed me so many times, declared me dead, extinct, defunct, deceased, disappeared, beaten, defeated, surrendered, bought, annihilated, do you think anyone will believe you when I truly, like in love, am delivered body and soul to death and am just a little bit more earth on this globe?

If you have answered “no” to any of the questions, then you are right: we do not know you.***

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast,

Subcomandante Marcos.

Mexico, December 2012.

P.S. To reiterate – I know you already know, but it’s convenient that you remember: we’re not afraid. Oh, and we’re not the only ones.


1. – If he asks for money or projects from any of the 3 levels of government, HE IS NOT ZAPATISTA.

2. – If he establishes a direct line of communication without announcing it publicly beforehand, HE IS NOT ZAPATISTA.

3. – If he asks to speak or speak directly with any of the three levels of government without announcing it publicly beforehand, HE IS NOT ZAPATISTA.

4. – If he wants an elevated position, appointment, honors, awards, etc., HE IS NOT ZAPATISTA.

5. – If he is afraid, HE IS NOT ZAPATISTA.

6. – If he sells out, surrenders or gives up, HE IS NOT ZAPATISTA.

7. – If he takes himself very seriously, HE IS NOT ZAPATISTA.

8. – If he does not cause chills when being seen, HE IS NOT ZAPATISTA

9. – If he does not give the impression that he says more with silence then HE IS NOT ZAPATISTA.

10. – If he is a ghost of those that vanish, HE IS NOT ZAPATISTA.

P.S. APOLOGIES. – Oh, I know you expected something more serious and formal. But isn’t the style and tone of this “proof of life” letter better than a photo or video? And it’s even signed.

P.P.S. I LEAVE YOU WITH A HAIKU WRITTEN BY MARIO BENEDETTI TO SUPMARCOS: “I do not want to see you / for the rest of the year / or till Tuesday.”


Originally Published in Spanish by Enlace Zapatista

English Translation: Chiapas Support Committee

December 29, 2012

En español:


*** Translator’s Note: The title of this letter is a response to the federal government’s statement: “You don’t know us yet; don’t anticipate.” That statement was made by Interior Minister Osorio Chong in response to the December 21, 2012 communiqué directed at the new (PRI) federal government.

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