History is Not For Sale

Yesterday, at the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH), during an inermission at the roundtable - To Whom Does the Cultural Heritage Belong? - in which law specialist, Francisco Arturo Schroeder, and linguist, Raymundo Mier, participated, the following letter was read, sent by Subcomandante Marcos, who was responding to a note from the General Council of Representatives of the ENAH. A group of anthropology students, who had gone to Chiapas as part of the National Coordinating Group of Students, took the note to the Selva.

June 7, 1999.

To: The General Council of Representatives -
National School of Anthropology and History

From: Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
CCRI-CG of the EZLN.

Brothers and sisters:

We received your letter (undated), wherein you speak of the struggle which different sectors of the ENAH are conducting in defense of the national cultural and historical heritage.

We studied the materials which you were kind enough to send us, concerning the legislative proposal that is attempting to privatize the history of our country. History is not for sale, and we join with you in the struggle to defend it.

I am sending you a proposal, through a group of students, for some activities that could be realized in order to publicize the problem we are confronting, and in order to call more persons and sectors to the mobilization, who will, most certainly, be interested in defending history from the danger of those who want to privatize it. We also want to ask you to extend our greetings, solidarity and unity to the brothers and sisters, the manual, technical and academic workers of the ENAH, and to the workers' unions of the ENAH. Hopefully, we will all be able to meet one day (students, manual, administrative, technical, academic, research, restoration and zapatista workers), so that we may exchange experiences and aspirations. The invitation for you to come remains open, for whenever you may want to do so, just let us know ahead of time, so that we can build the hotel.

Meanwhile, be sure in the knowledge that you can count on us in this struggle. Not just because you have reason and dignity on your side, but also because, if it can be said of any, then the one you are heading is a struggle of all.

And thus it is official: the EZLN joins with the CGR-ENAH, in order to say to everyone that we will not allow the sale of our country's historical and cultural heritage.

Vale. Salud and may, this time, the grey of the dollar not triumph.

>From the mountains of the Mexican southeast.
Subcomandante insurgente Marcos.

Originally published in Spanish by La Jornada
Translated by irlandesa
La Jornada
Friday, June 11, 1999.

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