Words from the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee-General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation, January 1, 2018.
24th Anniversary of the beginning of the war against oblivion.
GOOD EVENING, GOOD MORNING:
COMPAÑEROS, COMPAÑERAS WHO ARE ZAPATISTA BASES OF SUPPORT.
COMPAÑEROS, COMPAÑERAS WHO ARE LOCAL AND REGIONAL AUTHORITIES IN THE THREE LEVELS OF AUTONOMOUS GOVERNMENT.
COMPAÑEROS AND COMPAÑERAS WHO ARE PROMOTORES AND PROMOTORAS IN THE DIFFERENT AREAS OF WORK.
COMPAÑEROS, COMPAÑERAS WHO ARE MILICIANAS AND MILICIANOS.
COMPAÑEROS, COMPAÑERAS WHO ARE INSURGENTAS AND INSURGENTES, WHEREVER YOU MAY BE.
COMPAÑEROS, COMPAÑERAS OF THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SIXTH.
COMPAÑEROS, COMPAÑERAS OF THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS CONGRESS.
COMPAÑEROS, COMPAÑERAS OF THE INDIGENOUS GOVERNING COUNCIL AND ITS SPOKESWOMAN, MARIA DE JESUS PATRICIO MARTINEZ, WHEREVER YOU’RE LISTENING FROM.
BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF ALL THE ORIGINARY PEOPLES OF THE WORLD WHO ARE LISTENING TO US.
SCIENTIST BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO ACCOMPANY US FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES.
BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF MEXICO, AMERICA, AND THE WORLD WHO ARE ACCOMPANYING US TODAY OR LISTENING TO US FROM WHEREVER YOU MAY BE.
BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF THE FREE, ALTERNATIVE, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PRESS.
Today, January 1, 2018, we are here to celebrate the 24th anniversary of our armed uprising against the bad government and the neoliberal capitalist system which are the causes of all manner of death and destruction.
Just as other originary peoples, for more than 520 years we have been subjugated through exploitation, marginalization, humiliation, neglect, oblivion, and the dispossession of our lands and natural resources throughout the Mexican territory.
That’s why on January 1, 1994, we said ¡YA BASTA!, ENOUGH!—enough of living with so much injustice and death. We let the people of Mexico and the world know our demands for Democracy, Freedom, and Justice for all. We demanded land, work, dignified housing, food, health, education, independence, democracy, freedom, justice, and peace.
Now violence is everywhere, and it kills women and children, elders and youth, and even mother nature falls victim to it.
That’s why we say that our struggle is a struggle for life, for a dignified life.
And capitalism is a system of violent death, of destruction, of exploitation, of theft, of contempt.
That is what we originary peoples and the great majority of the inhabitants of this country Mexico and all over the world are lacking.