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Posted by ricardo dominguez on February 02, 1997 at 17:37:38:

Rabinal Achi/ZapatistaPortAction


President Zedillo's e-mail:




After three difficult years of armed resistance the Zapatistas' process of
seeking a political solution for the conflict between them and the Mexican
federal government has been stalled to the breaking point. This crisis is
the end of the second set of negotiations. The renewal of negotiations
necessarily requires a significant change in the approach of the Mexican

Indigenous people in Mexico, because of their political system, their
culture, and their relationship to the land are an "abomination" to the
predominant economic policies in the world today. Their very existence is
intolerable to an economic system whose driving force are exorbitant profits.

Thus should the federal government put into the law the San Andres
Agreements, it will begin to contradict the neoliberal policies which are
now shaping the Mexican reality. For this reason alone, it is necessary to
exert a higher level of international pressure than there has been, if there
is to be any possibility of progress towards a political solution.

The National Commission for Democracy in Mexico is asking those of you
who have had the wisdom and humanity to recognize the significance of this
conflict for the people of the United States to help undertake a series of
actions. Given the indigenous rights and culture agreements' critical
importance to the indigenous movement within Mexico and internationally, we
particularly seek the participation of indigenous communities,
organizations and leaders in the following:

1. Participate in a concerted national demonstration at every Mexican
consulate possible on January 31st to February 6,1997. On that day also deluge the Mexican
government with faxes and email messages to their Web pages. We want to
let the Mexican government know that we demand a political solution to the conflict.
A list of every Mexican consulate in the United States and their contact
information is available through NCDM's national office.

2. Because the national media long ago decided that the situation in
Chiapas, Mexico was a "non-issue", we ask that all who can, organize and
carry out actions in the local and/or alternative media. These can include
letters to the editor, teach-ins, public forums, etc., which can make the
general public aware of the nature of the crisis in Mexico. This is an
important means by which we can counteract the strategy of isolation which
is so important to the success of a low-intensity war. Cecilia Rodriguez, the
official representative of the Zapatistas in the United States, is available for
interviews, and can be reached through NCDM's national office.

3. Circulate and collect signatures on a letter of support to the Zapatistas and send
them to NCDM by February 6th. On February 9th of 1997,
the second anniversary of the betrayal of the dialogue process by the
Mexican government took place. On that day, we hope to publish a letter of
continued support and solidarity to the base communities of the EZLN and
the people of Mexico.

We have the greatest hopes that together we may help open the possibility of
a new world for us all.

For more information contact:
National Commission for Democracy in Mexico


Rabinal Achi/ZapatistaPortAction

Produced by Ricardo Dominguez and Ron Rocco.

A composite work weaving a history of the Zapatista's use of netwars,invisible theater and the emergence of so called speed-democracies with text, graphics, sound bits in an enactment of the Rabinal-Achi, a Mayan classic of highland Guatemala.

Tuesdays: January 28, February 4, February 11, February 18, February 25, March 4
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Web Site:

SOFTWARE: RealAudio plugin, Pseudo Chat, and CUSeeMe.

With technical assistance from Dan Melmid and Pseudo Studios. Readings by Ricardo Dominguez, Galinsky and Ron Rocco. With design help from Zhang ga, and
The Thingnyc.

Updates on Chiapas by the National Commission for Democracy in Mexico.

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