February of 2001.
To the People of Mexico:
To the Peoples and Governments of the World:
Brothers and Sisters:
The Zapatista Army of National Liberation has realized that, at this stage, they need the help of a social activist, someone who has devoted his entire life to transforming the living conditions of the Mexican poor, someone who has already suffered persecution and imprisonment for the zapatista cause, someone whose virtues include personal disinterest and honesty.
The EZLN knows that Fernando Yanez Munoz, the architect, is the person who embodies these characteristics, and he has been asked to help us directly in the current initiative. Yanez, despite the fact that he is threatened with an arrest warrant, accused of being part of the EZLN leadership, has decided to accept and to, along with us, run the risks involved in the struggle for the recognition of Indian rights.
For this reason, Yanez the architect will be accompanying the zapatista delegation during their march to the federal district in the capacity of the EZLN's special guest.
The architect Fernando Yanez Munoz will be the person in charge of acting as an intermediary between the zapatista delegation and the deputies and senators who, individually or as a group, accept our invitation to engage in dialogue concerning the constitutional recognition of indigenous rights and culture. He will also act as an intermediary with the leadership of the different Mexican political parties who wish to engage in dialogue with us.
We are, therefore, welcoming him and letting him know that it is an honor for us to have people of his human stature by our side.
>From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee
- General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.
Mexico, February of 2001.
Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN ______________________ Translated by irlandesa