Communiqué from the CCRI-CG of EZLN
Zapatista National Liberation Army
To the People of Mexico:
To the People and Governments of the World:
To the Free, Alternative, Autonomous, or whatever they’re called Media:
To the National and International Sixth:
To the National Indigenous Congress and the Indigenous Governing Council:
To the National and International Press:
July 17th, 2018.
Since yesterday and during today, the media has been running a story backed by statements from Mister Alejandro Solalinde (who presents himself as a presbyter, priest, clergyman or however its said, Christian, Catholic, Roman Apostolic) about an alleged approach between the EZLN and Mister Andrés Manuel López Obrador and that “the EZLN already agreed to have a first dialogue” (textual words by Mister Solalinde). [An example of a media report is published below, following this communiqué.]
About this lie the EZLN declares:
First: The CCRI-CG of EZLN, the political, organizational and military directorate of the EZLN, hasn’t agreed to a first dialogue with anyone. As is well known by whoever has even minimum knowledge of the EZLN and its ways, a matter like this would have been made public well in advance.
Second: EZLN hasn’t received from Mister Solalinde anything but lies, insults, libel and racist and sexist comments, by assuming just like it was done during the days of Salinismo and Zedillismo, that we are poor ignorant indigenous manipulated by the -quoting his own words- “Caxlanes (outsiders) who administer Zapatismo” that don’t allow us to look down and kneel to the man who Solalinde considers the new savior.
Third: We understand Solalinde’s need to be in the spotlight and his demand for our submissiveness, but he is wrong about the EZLN’s Zapatismo. Not only he is wrong about that. We don’t know much about it, but it seems like one of the commandments of the church that Mister Solalinde supposedly serves, which goes: “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor, and you won’t lie.”
Fourth: As anyone who knows Mexican Law would be aware, Mister Andrés Manuel López Obrador is not the President of Mexico, and he is not even President Elect. To become “President Elect” the Electoral Tribunal Of The Federal Judicial Branch needs to emit a declaration about it; afterwards the House of Representatives has to issue an edict on the Official Federal Gazette where it communicates to the population that now there is a President Elect. And according to those same laws, he is not a President in Office until he swears on the day of December 1st, 2018. By the way, according to the new Electoral Reform, he won’t rule for 6 years, but for 2 months less than that, unless the constitution is reformed and re-election becomes allowed.
Fifth: If the team of Mister Andrés Manuel López Obrador behaves as if they are the government its because that’s what the great businessmen made them believe (via YouTube, which must be a guarantee of veracity), Trump’s Administration (via its pharaonic visit), and the great media conglomerates, and its understandable; but maybe its not convenient to let everyone know their willingness towards breaking the law under the protection of a supposed “full car” (which is what PRI did during their long reign).
Sixth: The EZLN already had the bitter experience of accepting communication with a mister who afterwards was declared President Elect. We refer to Mister Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León, who took advantage of the initial contact to plan the annihilation of the Zapatista leadership of back then. The person who operated such betrayal, Mister Esteban Moctezuma Barragán, its now one of the ones proposed to form part of the government that supposedly should take power on December 1st, 2018, and not anytime before. Now, we ignore if Mister Solalinde pretends to replace Mister Moctezuma Barragán in the same role he performed under Zedillo.
Seventh: It is not our business, but it is bad enough that those who call themselves “the true change” start off with lies, libel and threats. They already did it with the Pope, now with the EZLN. They are repeating the “customs and habits” of those whom they say they ousted from the government.
Eight: As it has been public knowledge from at least 16 years now, the EZLN hasn’t held any dialogue with the Federal Government after the indigenous counter-reform. Not with Fox after 2001, nor Calderón or Peña Nieto. Our goodwill for dialogue has always been received with lies, libel and betrayal. If you would be so kind, please lend Mister Solalinde some press clippings and books that tell about this in detail, cause he is doing just as those before him.
Ninth and Last: If we are “sectarian, marginal and radical;” if we are “isolated” and “alone;” if we are “outdated;” if we don’t represent anything or anyone; then why don’t they let us alone in peace and just continue celebrating their “triumph”? Why don’t they instead prepare better -and without lies- for those 5 years and 10 months they will be in the Federal Government? And organize yourselves, because even to fight for a bone (or crumbs) and to receive recognition from money it helps to be organized.
We Zapatistas? Well, we’ll keep on going on what we’ve been for the last almost 25 years:
Resistance and rebelliousness!
Because freedom can’t be awarded as a hand out, or as a human or divine favor; it’s won through struggle.
That is all.
From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast,
By the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee-General Command of the Zapatista National Liberation Army
Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés. (100% Mexican, 100% native of the Tzeltal language (or “indigenous Tzeltal” to Mister Solalinde), and 100% Zapatista).
Mexico, July 2018.
AMLO sends letter to the EZLN inviting it to dialogue
By: Elio Henríquez
San Cristóbal De Las Casas, Chiapas
The priest Alejandro Solalinde affirmed that he would deliver a letter to the Zapatista National Liberation Army (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) from president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, in which he expresses to the rebel group his willingness to dialogue.
“It’s an invitation from the president-elect to dialogue; we don’t know the where, when and how, they would have to agree on that without my participation,” he said in an interview.
He added that: the attitude of the EZLN is no longer useful” because “it no longer corresponds to the new era that we are beginning with president-elect López Obrador. They have to open up.
“We have a first approach tomorrow, the EZLN already accepted having the first dialogue, and tomorrow I will deliver the letter that expresses that the willingness is had to dialogue,” he stated and added that said meeting will be in this city, although he did not specify who would participate in the interview. “The president-elect’s willingness exists to maintain a dialogue with the Zapatista commanders. We are going to deliver the letter tomorrow (Tuesday) and we are going to chat with them. That is not secret, everything has to be transparent,” he emphasized.
He explained that one of the rebel group’s contributions is “having opened our eyes and awakened our consciences, and having become an anti-systemic organism; the problem is that now the attitude that they have is no longer useful.”
Solalinde came to this city to present the book Revelaciones de un misionero, mi vida itinerante (Revelations of a missionary, my itinerant life), which he co-wrote with the journalist Karla María Gutiérrez, and which is about the life of the priest, founder of the Hermanos en el Camino shelter, based in Ixtepec, Oaxaca.
During the presentation of the book, Solalinde stated that the current epoch is one “crucial for Mexico, because more than 30 million people opted in favor of change, but that is not a question of parties, which are left behind.”
Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee