Letter to Don Javier Sicilia from Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos

Letter to Don Javier Sicilia from Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos


April of 2011

“And to you, citizens, forty-nine children make you understand:

That in Mexico justice has recovered its sight,
But it only sees through the right eye and with bias.

That in this country that one madame is armless like Venus de Milo,
Though she is not beautiful, but grotesque.

And due to the aforementioned defects,
The scale she held is dragging and muddy.

That the sentiments which saw the birth of the Mexican nation
No longer live below the toga of that madame justice
Which, written here, is intentionally not capitalized.

And this is why, Mexicans, this winged squad convokes us:

To raise the palace of Justice with our own hands,
With our own love and with invariable truth.

To break down the walls built by the bosses
That cut off our eyes, hearts and mouths.

To fight until our final breath
And this becomes a country
That is a dignified passage of the peace that we won.”

Juan Carlos Mijangos Noh.

(Fragment of “49 Balloons”

In memory of the 49 children who died in the ABC Daycare of Hermosillo, Sonora.)

To: Javier Sicilia.

From: SupMarcos.

Brother and compañero:

Greetings to you from the indigenous men, women, children, and elders from the Zapatista Army for National Liberation (EZLN). The compañeras and compañeros of the Zapatista support bases have asked me to tell you the following:

During these especially painful moments for our country, we feel convoked by the clamor synthesized in your brave words, provoked by the pain from the vile murder of Juan Francisco Sicilia Ortega, Luis Antonio Romero Jaime, Julio César Romero Jaime, and Gabriel Alejo Escalera, and in your call for a National March for Justice and Against Impunity to leave May 5, 2011 from Cuernavaca, Morelos and arrive Sunday May 8, 2011 to the zocalo of Mexico City.

Although it is our sincere desire to march at your side in demand of justice for the victims of this war, it is not possible for us to go now to Cuernavaca or Mexico City.

However, in accord with our modest capabilities, and in the framework of the national day of action which convokes us, the indigenous Zapatistas will march in silence in the city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas on May 7, 2011, in exercise of our constitutional rights. Upon finishing the silent march, we will give our message in Spanish and in our original languages, after which we will return to our communities.

In our silent march we will carry banners and signs with messages of “Stop Calderón’s War,” “No More Blood,” and “We are fed up.”

We ask that you convey our words to the family members of the 49 boys and girls who died and the 70 others who were injured in the tragedy at the ABC Daycare in Hermosillo, Sonora; to the dignified Mothers of Ciudad Juarez; to the Baron and Reyes Salazar families from Chihuahua; to the families and friends of the victims of this arrogant war;  to the human rights defenders of citizens and immigrants; and to all of those convoked in the National March for Justice and Against Impunity.

In response to your call to name the innocent victims, today we are naming the boys and girls who died at the ABC daycare center in Hermosillo, Sonora, who still wait for justice:

María Magdalena Millán García
Andrea Nicole Figueroa
Emilia Fraijo Navarro
Valeria Muñoz Ramos
Sofía Martínez Robles
Fátima Sofía Moreno Escalante
Dafne Yesenia Blanco Losoya
Ruth Nahomi Madrid Pacheco
Denisse Alejandra Figueroa Ortiz
Lucía Guadalupe Carrillo Campos
Jazmín Pamela Tapia Ruiz
Camila Fuentes Cervera
Ana Paula Acosta Jiménez
Monserrat Granados Pérez
Pauleth Daniela Coronado Padilla
Ariadna Aragón Valenzuela
María Fernanda Miranda Hugues
Yoselín Valentina Tamayo Trujillo
Marian Ximena Hugues Mendoza
Nayeli Estefania González Daniel
Ximena Yanes Madrid
Yeseli Nahomi Baceli Meza
Ian Isaac Martínez Valle
Santiago Corona Carranza
Axel Abraham Angulo Cázares
Javier Ángel Merancio Valdez
Andrés Alonso García Duarte
Carlos Alán Santos Martínez
Martín Raymundo de la Cruz Armenta
Julio César Márquez Báez
Jesús Julián Valdez Rivera
Santiago de Jesús Zavala Lemas
Daniel Alberto Gayzueta Cabanillas
Xiunelth Emmanuel Rodríguez García
Aquiles Dreneth Hernández Márquez
Daniel Rafael Navarro Valenzuela
Juan Carlos Rodríguez Othón
Germán Paúl León Vázquez
Bryan Alexander Méndez García
Jesús Antonio Chambert López
Luis Denzel Durazo López
Daré Omar Valenzuela Contreras
Jonathan Jesús de los Reyes Luna
Emily Guadalupe Cevallos Badilla
Juan Israel Fernández Lara
Jorge Sebastián Carrillo González
Ximena Álvarez Cota
Daniela Guadalupe Reyes Carretas
Juan Carlos Rascón Holguín

We demand justice for them.

Because we know well that to name the dead is a way of not abandoning them, of not abandoning ourselves.

Don Javier:

Know that we are also making a call to our compañer@s in the Other Campaign in Mexico and in other countries to join the mobilization.

We will be attentive to what occurs in order to support in any way we can.

Alright then. Health to you and do not forget that you, all of you, are not alone.

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast,
Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
Mexico, April 2011

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