Zapatista Army for National Liberation
May 8, 2014
To the Compañeras and Compañeros of the Sixth:
To tell you the truth, the communiqué was all ready. It was succinct, clear, precise, how communiqués should be. But…well…maybe later.
For now the meeting with the compañeros and compañeras bases of support of the community of La Realidad is about to begin.
We have known the tone and the emotion with which they speak for a long time: pain and rage.
So it occurs to me that a communiqué will not adequately reflect this.
Or at least not fully.
True, maybe a letter won’t do so either, but at least the words that follow are an attempt, even if they are only a pale reflection.
It was pain and rage that made us challenge everything and everyone 20 years ago.
And it is pain and rage that now again makes us lace up our boots, put on our uniforms, strap on our guns, and cover our faces.
And that leads me to don the old and tattered hat, the one with three red five-pointed stars.
It is pain and rage that has brought us to Reality (La Realidad).