This communiqué comes from the imprisoned Indigenous organizing group, the Voice of Indigenous Resistance, and marks the 23rd anniversary of the San Andrés Accords with a commitment to continue the struggle for true justice. The original in Spanish was published by the working group, No Estamos Todxs, and can be found here.
Cereso No. 5 San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
February 16th, 2019
Indigenous prisoners in struggle, the organization, the Voice of Indigenous Resistance, adherents of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the EZLN
To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
To the National and International Civil Society
To the National and International Media
To the National and International Sixth
To the National Indigenous Congress
To the Human Rights and Non-governmental Organizations
To the Network Against Repression and for Solidarity
To the Independent Organizations
To the People of Mexico and the World
This is a reality that we have been able to survive. With bad rulers, who for centuries have lied to us. They even make solemn promises. But it is pure nonsense, as their words are carried away by the wind. They are pure vanities. The San Andrés Accords is a clear example—agreements regarding our Indigenous rights and cultures. The Federal government of Mexico signed these accords with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation on February 16, 1996. And up to this date, the 23rd anniversary of the San Andrés Accords, these agreements have never been fulfilled. The bad government only seeks its own interests at the expense of the well-being of the Mexican people. For this reason compañeros and compañeras, we want to reinforce the point that change takes place through struggle. We will not wait so that the new government gives us what we want. It is necessary that we invite more Mexican people to continue organizing and through struggle we will achieve true change. With the construction of an Indigenous council in Mexico, campesino and worker, we will be able to put an end forever to the bad governments. That is, the bad governments that have governed with threats, with the blood of innocent people. We will not tire of demanding true justice. We will continue the resistance until obtaining what the Mexican people long to have: work, land, shelter, food, health, education, independent, freedom, democracy, justice and peace.
At the same time, we invite all of the state, national and international independent organizations to continue demanding true justice and freedom for all the political prisoners, those in struggle and of consciousness, throughout the world.
Uniting the voices and forces of the Mexican people, we will achieve true justice.
Adrian Gomez Jimenez
Alfredo Gomez Lopez
Juan de la Cruz Ruiz