March 1, 2001.
To the People of Mexico:
To the Peoples and Governments of the World:
Today, March 1, 2001, the March for Indigenous Dignity suffered an automobile accident enroute from El Tephe' (Hidalgo) to Quere'taro, at San Juan del Ri'o (Quere'taro).
After running over two Federal Highway Police officers and damaging several vehicles, a bus crashed into one of the vehicles belonging to the Zapatista Information Center (CIZ - Mobile), which was pushed into the rear of the bus in which our delegation was travelling.
Four women from civil society who are working in the Zapatista Information Center were injured, with various cuts and bruises, as a result of this impact.
In addition, during the accident, Federal Highway Police Officer Carlos Marti'nez Pe'rez was run over. He subsequently died as a result of the injuries he received.
First. - The EZLN is awaiting the relevant investigations in order to determine whether it was an accident or an attack.
Second. - The EZLN states that Officer Carlos Marti'nez Pe'rez was at that moment escorting the zapatista march, demonstrating respect at all times for the zapatista delegation's vehicle and for those travelling in it.
Third. - The EZLN sincerely regrets the death of Officer Marti'nez Pe'rez.
>From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee
- General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.
Mexico, March of 2001.
Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN _____________________ Translated by irlandesa