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Zapatista Caravan Feb. 25 - March 6

Narco News 2001

NOTE: This page contains a translation of the January 7, 2001 communiqué announcing the date and other details of the Zapatista Caravan to Mexico City, to begin on February 25th. Detailed and updated information is now available at the unofficial English language Caravan info page:

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Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN
Translated by irlandesa on the Chiapas-L list


Zapatista Army of National Liberation.

January 7, 2001.

TO the national and international press:

Ladies and Gentlemen:

The first of the information is off concerning our delegation's trip to
Mexico City. We'll be leaving on February 25, because we're looking into
whether we might drop in at Cancún. I mean, so we can get rid of a little
of the paleness which the mountain gifts us with. We were going to include
Tabasco in the itinerary, but, with so many interims coming and going, we'd
certainly get lost.

What happened recently in Zinacantán (PRD vs. PRI) and in Chenalhó (PRI vs.
PRI) (in both cases, incidentally, not one zapatista participated)
demonstrates that the PRI continues to have many enemies. The main one is
the PRI itself. And, if you don't believe me, pop into the State Congress
of Chiapas. And then they were amazed that they lost the elections.

We know that Fox said it wasn't necessary for us to go to Mexico City, but,
if we had to, we could go without ski-masks. We are very sorry: we are
indeed going to go to Mexico City, and we are indeed going to wear

Organize, that is indeed going to be "a close shave".

What does not make us laugh is the bit about there being fewer than 10,000
soldiers in the Southeast military zone. Either Fox doesn't know how to
count, or he's trying to be slick. Incidentally, note the federal army's
following "contributions" to peace: they doubled the number of troops in
the barracks at Cuxuljá and Roberto Barrios, they are continuing their
checkpoints there, and they reinstalled the one at Amparo Agua Tinta.

Vale. Salud and, if you know how to count, how many times has Fox said
contradictory things about Chiapas?

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.


Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
Mexico, January of 2001.



Communiqué from the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee -
General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.

January 6, 2001.

To the People of Mexico:
To the Peoples and Governments of the World:
To the National Indigenous Congress:

Brothers and Sisters:

The EZLN is releasing publicly the first information about its delegation's
trip to the Federal District:

First. - The zapatista delegation will leave from San Cristóbal de Las
Casas, Chiapas, on February 25, 2001. The trip will be made by land.

Second. - During its travels to Mexico City, the zapatista delegation will
cross through the lands of the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz,
Tlaxcala, Hidalgo, Querétaro, Michoacán, the State of Mexico and Morelos.

Third. - During the journey, the zapatista delegation will make a stop at
the place, and on the date on which, the Third National Indigenous Congress
is being held, in order to participate in their work.

Fourth. - During the journey, the zapatista delegation will hold joint
events with the CNI and civil society. The programs will be made public in
due time.

Fifth. - The EZLN calculates that its delegation will arrive in Mexico
City on March 6, 2001.

Sixth. - The EZLN will shortly be announcing more details of this
mobilization, such as: the geographic points of the trip, places where it
will be spending the night and joint activities with the CNI and civil


From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.


Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
Mexico, January of 2001.


On to Mexico City! On to New York!