We Don’t Know You? EZLN Communiqué December 29, 2012

January 2, 2013

“You think that you are on the winning side…And so, in addition to traitors, you’re idiots.” 
Tyrion Lannister in the Song of Ice and Fire, Part II: Game of Thrones. George R.R. Martin.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before dying,” said Jojen“He who never reads lives only one.” 
Jojen Reed in the Song of Ice and Fire, Part V: “Dance of Dragons” George R.R. Martin. (Jojen Reed will appear in the third season of the HBO series “Games of Thrones”.  His character will be played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster. Note supplied by Marquitos Spoil).

“If someone draws a bulls-eye on their chest,” said Tyrion after sitting down and taking a sip of wine, “they should be aware that sooner or later someone will shoot arrows at them.”

“All of us need to be made fun of once in awhile, Lord Mormont,” replied Tyrion shrugging his shoulders. “If not, we begin to take ourselves too seriously.”
Tyrion Lannister with the leaders of the Night’s Watch in the Song of Ice and Fire, Part I: “Game of Thrones.”

“Out with the handsome/ better ugly and delicious/ than handsome and stupid”
Botellita de Jerez [Mexican Rock Band]

 

Ladies and Gentlemen?

When we saw the article we thought it was a prank for the 28th of December,[1][2] but we see that it is dated the 24th of the same month.

So we don’t know you yet? Hmm… hmm… let’s see:

Enrique Peña Nieto. Wasn’t he born in Atlacomulco, in Mexico State? Isn’t he the relative of Alfredo Del Mazo and Arturo “long hands” Montiel?

Is it not he who ordered, in collusion with the PRD municipal government of Texcoco, the eviction of flower venders and the arrest of the leader of the People’s Front in Defense of the Land, Ignacio del Valle, in May of 2006?

Is it not he who ordered his junkyard dog, Wilfrido Robledo Madrid to attack the town of San Salvador Atenco and order his police to sexually assault the women? Is he not the intellectual murderer of Javier Cortés and Alexis Benhumea? Was it not the Supreme Court of the Nation that determined that the three levels of government (note: federal government: PAN; state government: PRI; municipal government: PRD) did in fact commit grave violations against the individual rights of the population?

Is he not the one that made tragically ridiculous the case of the little girl, Paulette, a case better known as “the case of the murderous mattress?”

Is he not the one who praised himself for initiating the police violence in San Salvador Atenco and with his prideful attitude, forgetting that he was in front of critical young people and not a television set and from his position of rule in the bathroom of the Ibero [University Iberoamericana], ordered the slander of the nonconforming students, thus giving rise to the student-youth movement that would become known as #yosoy132?

Is it not he who, as his first act of government and in collusion with the PRD government of Mexico City, ordered the repression of the protesters on December 1st of this year that resulted in the torture and incarceration of innocents?

Is it not he who has read poorly the teleprompter that has accompanied him even before the media coup d’etat on July 1, 2012?

It is not he who now wants to hide behind the skirts of the alleged relatives of the repeatedly deceased, as if this were all a bad soap opera?

Oh and listen, now that we’re on the topic of soap operas, what will be the trend of this six-year term? I mean, with Echeverría it was the guayaberas; with López Portillo the fresh juices; with De la Madrid the gray rat; with Salinas de Gortari, prozac; with Zedillo, the bad jokes; with Fox the wisecracks; with Calderón, blood… and with Peña Nieto? “True loves?” Ooooh… what a joke

Anyway, sorry, let’s continue with our not-knowing:

Emilio Chuayffet Chemor. Was he not Enrique Peña Nieto’s boss and “teacher”? Was he not Secretary of State under Ernesto Zedillo?  Is he not the little drunk that, in 1996, told the Cocopa that the federal government accepted its initiative for law, and then, in his hangover, retracted it? Was he not one of the intellectual authors of the Acteal massacre in December 1997? Was it not he who wanted to impose the fashion of the “flirtatious hair-dos” between priístas, with his only supporter being his then-pupil Enrique Peña Nieto?

Pedro Joaquín Coldwell. Was he not government commissioner for peace in Chiapas when the Acteal massacre occurred, and who kept quiet and continued receiving a salary in return for doing nothing?

Rosario Robles Berlanga. Was she not head of government in Mexico City for the PRD? Did she not take pride in the repression that her police launched multiple times against the students of the UNAM during the strike of 1999-2000? Was she not the one who, at the head of the PRD, sold, in all senses of the word, her party? Is she not now in charge of fighting the Bejaranos for corporatism in Mexico City and throughout the republic?

Alfonso Navarrete Prida. Was he not the one who first covered up organized crime’s “balancing of accounts” that resulted in the murder of Enrique Salinas de Gortari (pssst, you guys don’t get along at all, right?) and later exonerated Arturo “long hands” Montiel?

Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong. Was he not accused of rerouting government funds to the PRI? Was it not against him that the attorney general (PGR) opened a preliminary investigation  (PGR/SIEDO/UEIDORPIFAM/185/2010) for having links to the criminal organization “Los Zetas”? (Ah, is there a change in the strategy for combating narcotrafficking?)

(Oops, I’m seeing now that one of the brothers of the Subsecretary of Migration, Population, and Religious Issues, of the Secretary of State under Mr. Osorio Chong,[3] has not one but multiple preliminary investigations—various of these with the stamp “cancelled because of the death of the witness,” and then another stamp “he’s not dead after all,” and then another “it turns out he is indeed good and dead,” and so on… hmm…18 times. The last stamp, “turns out the bastard is still out there somewhere” is from December 21, 2012, with a handwritten note that says, “pending activation, wait for instruction from CSG.” …hmm… what do those initials stand for? Did they change the name of the PGR? Somebody should tell the tampiqueño, no?

Of course, you all will tell me that these people are not in charge, that in reality it is Carlos Salinas de Gortari who dictates to Enrique Peña Nieto what he should do (ah! What would have become of this country had the teleprompter not been invented? )

Ok, ok, ok. Carlos Salinas de Gortari. Is it not he who looted like none other the wealth of the nation during his rule? (yes, I know they are all thieves, but there are amateurs and there are professionals). Is it not he who devastated the Mexican countryside with his reforms to Article 27 of the Constitution? Was it he whose New Year’s toast we soured in the early morning of 1994? Was it not he who saw his dictatorial dreams destroyed by a few wooden rifles? Was it not he who ordered the assassination of Luis Donaldo Colosio Murrieta? Was it not he who, this past December 21, picked up the emergency line and asked frenetically: “what are they saying? What are they saying?” and who felt a chill down his spine when he received the answer, “nothing, they’re in total silence.”

All of you, are you not those who have always opted for violence over dialogue?

Are you not those who always rely on force when you are wrong?

Are you not those who have made a school of corruption and vileness in all of the political parties?

Are you not those who have refused to honor the San Andrés Accords that would have meant constitutional recognition of indigenous rights and culture and that would have put an end to the displacement masked as mining, aqueducts, dams, tourism, highways, and subdivisions?

Are you not the ones who, with your compañer@s in the political class, look like those security advisors that, in large buildings, try to convince the tenants of the middle, upper, and penthouse floors that they are not in danger as the lower floors and the basement are being dynamited? I mean, does anyone believe you?

You all, who so many times have killed me, declared me dead, extinct, defunct, finished, cadavered, disappeared, defeated, surrendered, given up, bought off, annihilated, do you think that anyone will believe you when its actually true that, as in love, in body and soul I deliver myself to death and become just a little bit more earth in the earth?

If you have responded “no” to any of these questions, then you’re right, we don’t know you.

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast
Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
Mexico, December 2012.

 

P.S. THAT REPEATS – I know you already know this, but it’s important that you remember it: we aren’t scared of you. Ah, and we’re not the only ones.
P.S. WHICH, GENEROUSLY, OFFERS TO THE BAD GOVERNMENTS A 10-STEP MANUAL (note: it’s easy reading, don’t be alarmed), TO IDENTIFY A ZAPATISTA AND HOW TO KNOW OR NOT IF ONE “HAS CONTACTS WITH THE EZLN”:

1.- If he or she asks for money or projects from any of the three levels of government, NOT A ZAPATISTA.

2.- If he or she establishes a line of communication without previously announcing it publically, NOT A ZAPATISTA.

3.- If he or she speaks or asks to speak directly with any of the 3 levels of government without first publically announcing this intention, NOT A ZAPATISTA.

4.- If he or she wants a job, title, homage, award, etc., NOT A ZAPATISTA.

5.- If he or she is scared, NOT A ZAPATISTA.

6.- If he or she sells out, surrenders, or gives up, NOT A ZAPATISTA.

7.- If he or she takes him or herself very seriously, NOT A ZAPATISTA.

8.- If he or she does not provoke chills on sight, NOT A ZAPATISTA,

9.- If he or she does not give the impression that he or she says more with what he or she keeps quiet, NOT A ZAPATISTA.

10.- If he or she is a ghost of those that have disappeared, NOT A ZAPATISTA.

P.S. THAT APOLOGIZES.- Oh, I know you expected something more serious and formal. But, isn’t the tone and style of this missive better “proof of life” than a photo, a video, or even an autograph?

THE P.S. THAT DELIVERS A HAIKU FROM MARIO BENDETTI TO SUPMARCOS: “I don’t want to see you / for the rest of the year / that is, until Tuesday.

[This communiqué is meant to be read along with the music “Que se acaban los guapos” by Botellita de Jerez]

 



[1] On December 23th 2012, in response to the EZLN’s silent march that took place on December 21, 2012 the new PRI Secretary of State Miguel Osorio Chong made a public statement to the effect that the EZLN was getting ahead of itself because they “did not yet know” the nature of the new administration (see La Jornada, December 24th 2012 “Todavía No Nos Conocen”).

[2] December 28th, Dia de los inocentes, is similar to April Fools Day in the Anglophone world.

[3] The subsecretary of migration is Paloma Vicente Guillén, sister of Rafael Sebastian Guillén (referred to here as “el tampiqueño”) whom the Mexican government alleged in 1996 to be the identity of Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.




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