To the People of Mexico:
To the Peoples and Governments of the World:
Brothers and Sisters:
First. - Today, December 20, 2000, in the indigenous community of Santa Fe El Duraznal, municipality of Chilo'n, Chiapas, nine zapatista support base families had to displace to the mountains. An undetermined number of PRI militants - among whom were some paramilitaries - arrived in that community at around 6 PM intending to repeat the Acteal killings. They forced zapatista men, women, children and old ones to withdraw to the mountains, abandoning their few belongings. The nine zapatista families are still living out in the open, while the village continues to be in the power of the paramilitaries.
Second. - Up to this moment, the government has done nothing to control the paramilitaries, who have moved, now, from threats to actions. With acts such as this, the Chiapas PRI is reaffirming its decision to continue resorting to violence in order to make up for their lack of legitimacy.
Third. - Neither dialogue nor peace will be a reality in Chiapas as long as the paramilitary groups remain uncontrolled. The attitude of patient waiting and peaceful resistance which the zapatista support bases have maintained must be respected.
>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.
December of 2000.
Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN
Translated by irlandesa