To the People of Mexico:
To the Peoples and Governments of the World:
Brothers and Sisters:
On this December 22 it will have been 3 years since the Acteal killings. On that day, 3 years ago, 45 children, women, men and old ones, all indigenous, were massacred by a paramilitary group of Ernesto Zedillo's government.
Those intellectually responsible for this crime against humanity continue to go unpunished. The dirty war which made it possible continues. The counterinsurgency doctrine which inspired it continues still. The paramilitary structure which carried it out remains untouched. The military protection of the assassins continues.
Despite what the lavish government publicity campaign says, nothing has changed. There is nothing in place in Chiapas which would ensure that Acteal will not be repeated.
For Acteal to be finally put in our country's past, it is necessary for the truly guilty ones to be punished, it is necessary for the warlike viewpoint to be finally abandoned and for there to be a serious commitment to the political path. It is necessary that the paramilitary groups be dismantled, it is necessary for the foundations of dialogue to be set through the signals which were demanded.
The EZLN is calling on political, social and non-governmental organizations, on intellectuals and artists, on religious men and women, on all honest persons in Mexico and the world, to mobilize in demanding an end to the policies which made Acteal possible and the fulfillment of the 3 signals which were demanded for the renewal of dialogue.
>From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
By the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee
- General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.
Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
Mexico, December of 2000.
Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN
_______________________ Translated by irlandesa