The Popes visit and political statements

January 17, 1999.

To the national and international press:

Ladies and gentlemen:

The communique concerning the Consultation went out to Mexicans in other countries and also calling for an international demonstration for the excluded of the world.

Pope John Paul II is coming now, and they are using up the makeup and cosmetics at the Department of Government and Los Pinos. The face they should be hiding is that of the war in Chiapas, a war which also claims victims in the Catholic Church. Zedillo and Labastida have problems: How to hide from the Pope the fact that the 45 indigenous they ordered assassinated were praying for peace when they were executed? How to hide the churches that the "Peace and Justice" paramilitaries keep closed? How to cover up the churches transformed into barracks by the Federal Army? What cosmetic can hide the harassment campaign that they followed against Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia, so that he would resign from the CONAI and leave the Catholic Church outside the mediation work? What mask can silence the statements by the Federal Army General who, with a tzeltal translation of the "Gospel According to Saint Mark [Marcos]" in his hand, "demonstrated" the Catholic Church's ties to the "transgressors of the law" (or, rather, us, the zapatistas)?

And the teachers imprisoned for demanding their rights? And the militarization in Oaxaca, Guerrero, Chiapas, Veracruz, Jalisco and the Huasteca? And the international observers expelled from the country? And the popular discontent over the economic policies? And the bankrupt businesses?

They snap their fingers and find nothing that can block these truths.

They make crosses and beg: "Please let him not make political statements!"

|Salud, and: is it not in the Gospel where it says "The truth will set you free"?

>From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
Mexico, January 1999.

P.S. HESITATING IN FRONT OF THE MENU. - Between the Sinaloa chilorio and the mole poblano: which is the appetizer and which is the main course?

Cybernetic P.S. - The web page for the consultation is:

Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN ____________________ Translated by irlandesa

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