Constitutional Recognition of the Rights and Culture of Latifundists and Racists


Zapatista Army of National Liberation. Mexico.
April 29, 2001.

To the National and International Press.
Ladies and Gentlemen:

The communique' is off. So the "unholy trinity" (which, as its name indicates, is made up of four: Diego, Jackson, Chucho and Bartlett) have been up to their old tricks in the Senate? The war in Chiapas doesn't matter to them? Of course it matters! That's why they drew up this reform. Because that way they ensure that the war doesn't end, that the soldiers continue with their dirty dealings in Chiapas, that the zapatistas remain clandestine, and that the indigenous continue to be subjected to charity and contempt. It can now be seen that it wasn't a problem of "details." If that reform deserves any name it's that of the "Constitutional Recognition of the Rights and Culture of Latifundists and Racists." And how about Fox applauding the legislative mockery? Of course, since he sponsored it.

They want to turn the March of Indigenous Dignity into a defeat, but the only defeat they're ensuring is that of their future, or don't they remember?

Yes, we already know what's coming: a great media campaign about the "zapatista intransigence," an increase in military and police pressure, reactivation of paramilitary groups, offensives, etcetera. We've already seen this film, and the denouement is well-known (ask Se~or Zedillo).

Vale. Salud and know that it's not over for us.

>From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.

Mexico, April of 2001.


Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN ______________________ Translated by irlandesa

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