Letter from Insurgent Subcommander Marcos

To the people of the United States of America:Brothers and Sisters,I make use of the opportunity the North American press gives me in order to send this message to you, the people of the United States of America.Mexico and the United States: 20 years before...The end of the XX century already announces what the XI century will be. All over the world rebellions that differ in origin and intensity, in ideologies and proposals remind us that there are aspirations beyond political and economic systems. That there are aspirations that belong to human beings which elevate them above plants, beasts and, not a few times, above themselves. Since January first of 1994, there exists in Mexico an insurrection which is primarily indigenous. The characteristics of this rebellion make it original. It is difficult to find a historic reference in the haggard walk of the people of the world which is comparable. The principal characteristic of this rebellion is that it seeks a voice. Having exhausted all legal means of enabling that voice, indigenous Mexicans had to use the voice of guns in order to be heard. We rose up in arms. This is how we pulled away the veil of falsehood and hypocrisy which covered our soil. We rose up with old and decrepit weapons The Mexican government responded with all its might, with the best and most advanced of its military technology. The government of the United States supported the military response. Months later, the economic crisis of Mexico, the crisis which never disappeared ended up by gnawing through the last coat of the falsehood that hid it. And one man the one to whom the US government gave its unconditional support was presented as an example of a leader of the modern world. He is now repudiated by millions of Mexicans. The government of the United States has made not a few mistakes in its foreign policy. When this has happened. it has been a mistake about the man it supports. History has many examples. During the first half of this decade, the United States government made a mistake upon supporting one man in Mexico, Carlos Salinas de Gortari. He made a mistake when he signed NAFTA, which didn't have the support of the majority of the American people, and which brought with it a summary execution order against indigenous Mexicans. When we rose up in arms at dawn of 1994, we did not do it for power or by foreign command: we did it simply to be heard, to say "we are here." The Mexican government, our government, had forgotten us and we were condemned to a genocide without bullets or bombs. We would be destroyed with the silent death of disease, of penury, of abandonment. The US government was an accomplice of the Mexican government in this genocide. With the signature NAFTA, the government of the United States of America gave its approval and welcome to the assassination of millions of Mexicans. Did the American people know? Did they know that their government signed agreements for mass murder in Mexico? Did the people of the United States know that their government supported one criminal? That man is gone. We are still here. Our demands have not been resolved and our weapons continue to say "we are here" to the new government, to the people of Mexico, to the people and governments of the world. We waited with patience so that the new government would listen and pay attention. Somewhere in dark circles of power in the United States somebody decided that the worst threat for the United States of America is the armed indigenous people of the Mexican Southeast. From the darkness the order came: "Exterminate them!" They put a price on our brown skin, our culture, our word but above all, our rebelliousness. The government of the United States decided, one more time, to support one man, who continued the politics of falsehood of his predecessor, who denied democracy, freedom and, justice to the people of Mexico. Billions of dollars were facilitated to this man and to his government. Without the approval of the people of the United States, an enormous loan without precedent in history, was conferred to the government of Mexico. Not in order to improve the conditions of life, not in order to establish democracy in the political life of the country, not in order to promote economic growth with factories and productive projects. This money only served speculation, corruption, the annihilation of a group of rebels, primarily indigenous, badly armed, fed, and equipped yet worthy, rebellious and very human. So much money in order to finance a lie can only be explained by the existence of fear. But what does the government of the U.S. fear? The truth? The realization by the people of the United States that their tax money supports the oldest dictatorship of the modern world? that their taxes pay for the persecution and the death of the indigenous Mexican? What do the American people fear? Our wooden rifles, bare feet, broken bodies, our language and culture? Must the people of the United States of America fear our shout which demands democracy, liberty and justice? Are these not the three truths in the foundation of the United States of America? Are democracy, liberty, and justice not rights which belong to every human being? Haw many millions of dollars vindicate the right to deny human beings the freedom of thought which animate words and actions, the right to give and receive that which Justice earns, to democratically elect their own government and choose a collective direction? The people of the United States should fear however the money, the modern weaponry, and the sophisticated technology of drug trafficking. They should fear the complicity of governments with drug trafficking They should fear the consequences of a party dictatorship in Mexico They should fear the violence which is irrevocably produced then democracy, liberty, and justice do not exist. Today the government of the United States, the one which once prided itself the promotion of democracy throughout the world, gives primary support to a dictatorship born at the beginning of the century, and determined to end the century with the same lie which has governed against the win of the people of Mexico. Sooner or later, in spite of the support of the government of the United States, in spite of the millions of dollars, the tons of lies, the dictatorship which darkens the horizon of Mexico will be erased. The people of Mexico will find the means by which to achieve the democracy, liberty and justice which belongs to them, by historic right.Americans: There have been numerous and intense attacks by politicians in the United States against the Mexican nation. Their analysis points out the stupidity and corruption of the Mexican government, attributes which have grown in the shadow of the support of the North American government. They identify these problems with the people who live under the Mexican flag. They are wrong. Mexico is not the same thing as its government. Mexico is a nation with aspirations of sovereignty and independence, and in order to achieve this it must free itself of a dictatorship and raise the universal of democracy, liberty, and Justice. By fomenting racism, fear and insecurity, various politicians in the United States offer economic aid to the Mexican government in order that it control the violence which erupts as a result of the misery produced by the economic situation. They want to thicken the absurd walls which supposedly will prevent the search for life which leads millions of Mexicans to cross the northern border. The best wall against massive immigration to the United States is a democratic, free and just regime in Mexico. If Mexicans could find on their own soil what is denied to them today, they would not be forced to seek work in other counties. Continued support of a Party-State dictatorship, no matter the man or the party, will only secure an uncertain and anxious future for the people of the United States. Support for the people of Mexico and their aspirations for democracy, liberty and justice, will give an honorable place in history to the people of the United States, and to their human condition. Today in 1995 after 20 years and tens of thousands of dead and wounded the North American government acknowledges its mistakes in Vietnam. Once again, in 1995 the US government is becoming involved in the war of the Mexican government against the Zapatista people by providing military equipment, advisers, covert actions, electronic spying, financing, diplomatic support and the activities of the Central Intelligence Agency. This is an unjust war, one doomed to failure because of its patron the Mexican government. It is not necessary to wait for the year 2015 before acknowledging the mistake of continued involvement in this unjust war, it is possible to stop and not repeat the mistakes of history. It is time for the people of the United States to fulfill their historic obligation to their neighbor to the South. History will be relentless, so it is the people of Mexico who must be supported in their fight for democracy, it is democracy and progress which must be supported and not a dictatorship. Good health and long life to the people of the United States of America. From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast,Insurgent Subcommander Marcos

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