EZLN Communiques

A selection of statements issued by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation and by Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos, Chiapas, Mexico. This listing is complete for the period from the start of 1995 as far as I can tell to 2002.

Zapatistas on horses

AMC [placename] = Autonomous Municipal Councils

CCRI = Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee

FZLN = Zapatista Front of National Liberation

CH = from Cerro Hueco prisoners

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History of a Zapatista Village
The history of this place forms a quick summation of the history of the Chiapas indigenous. And, in some parts, of all the indigenous of the Mexican southeast, not just of the zapatistas.

Words of the EZLN from the Indigenous organizations and Indian peoples meeting in Chiapas
On Saturday, August 13 in the Community of Javier Hernández, Mexico the Second Preparation Meeting for the Other Campaign took place

Marcos on responses to the 6th declaration
A Penguin in the Selva Lacandona
Macos of the EZLN responds to some of the responses they have received to the text of the 6th declaration. He goes on to ask what impact all the international and national solidarity has had on the children who have grown up during the Zapatista rebellion

The reasons for the Red Alert
EZLN reveal that the reason for the Red Alert is to allow a consulta to take place on the future direction of the organisation. During a previous consulta the army attacked them so this is a precautionary measure.

A letter of explanation...and/or, perhaps, farewell
A letter from Marcos
Marcos summarises the work of the Zapatistas to date and the betrayal of the peace deal by all the political parties. He says the results of the Consulta process should soon be known. "Now we shall decide whether we are going to do something else, and we will make the results public at the proper time. We are now making clear - in order to end the speculations - that this "other thing" does not entail any offensive military action on our part. We are not, on our part, planning nor discussing reinitiating offensive military combat."

Zapatista Red Alert declared in Chiapas
Zapatistas preparing to go underground once more, requesting peace observers to leave the communities, closing carocols and Goood Government Councils. This appears to be preparation for war!

Zapatistas can survive a decapatation attack
Communique from EZLN saying that they have put the structures in place which would allow the organisation to survice even if the government or its paramilitaries eliminate "some or all of its publicly known current leadership."

6th Declaration of the Selva Lacandona (English)


Help for Zapatista villages in Montes Azules
The EZLN has therefore agreed, with the express consent of their residents, to reconcentrate some of the zapatista villages in that region, so that they can thus be taken in by the Good Government Junta of the selva border region.

The Speed of Dreams
If the false arguments that the war against Iraq was a war "against terrorism" have collapsed, the real reasons are now emerging, more than a year after Hussein's statue was pulled down, aided by the tanks of the US war, and a euphoric Bush erected another one to himself declaring an end to the war

A Message from Marcos - August 2004
Marcos breaks the silence with new communiques detailing what the Zapatistas have been up to

Two Flaws - August 2004
There are two mistakes which seem to have persisted in Zapatista political work: the place of women, on the one hand, and, on the other, the relationship between the political-military structure and the autonomous governments.

Three Shoulders August 2004
So we rose up in arms one first day of January in the year of 1994Éin order to seek another shoulder which would help us walk, that is, to exist.

Four Fallacies about the Good Government Juntas - August 2004
These were brandished by intellectuals of the right, judges, legislators and officials in order to oppose the San Andrés Accords, and the putting into practice of those accords with the creation of the caracoles and the Good Government Juntas

Five Decisions of Good Government - August
Marcos details the first year of the Good Government Juntas in which some internal accords were formalized and new decisions were defined

Six Advances - August
This is what the zapatista peoples are doing. They're not waiting for the government to give them charity and speeches. They are working to improve their living conditions, and they are achieving that.

Seven Days in Zapatista Territory - August
A snapshot of what is happening on the ground

Enter Durito - August
And so, when no one is expecting it (including me), a beetle appears on the screen (or on the paper) with the following speech:







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