As one Maya era draws to an end, and thousands of Zapatistas silently re-emerge from the dark of night to peacefully occupy the town squares of Chiapas, Subcomandante Marcos of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation released a defiant communiqué from the depths of the Lacandon jungle.
Thousands of Maya followers of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) marched, masked but unarmed, on the towns of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Ocosingo, Las Margaritas, Palenque and Altamirano, in Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas, marking the turning of the Maya calendar Dec. 21.
The largest march was in Ocosingo, on the edge of the Lacandon Selva, the rebels’ jungle stronghold, with 6,000 arriving at dawn for a silent procession through the town’s center. A mass silent vigil of thousands of Zapatistas in the town’s central square continues at press time, despite unseasonable rain. There were no speakers, and no visible leaders present. The EZLN is expected to release a communique for the occasion.
The group’s last communique was in May 2011, proclaiming solidarity with the poet Javier Sicilia and his movement against Mexico’s Drug War militarization. The EZLN’s spokesman Subcommandante Marcos also issued a presonally signed statement on the then-upcoming Mexican elections later last year. (CNN Mexico, W Radio, APRO, Dec. 21)
Communique Link here.
Reposted from Climate Connections