Chiapas: Zapatistas mark Maya calendar change

December 21 2012. Source: WW4 Report

Photo: ROAR Mag

Photo: ROAR Mag

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.

Photo: ROAR Mag

Photo: ROAR Mag

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 MexicoW RadioAPRO, Dec. 21)

More photos and video here.

Communique below. Link here.


21 December 2012

To whom it may concern


It is the sound of their world collapsing.

It is that of ours rising anew.

The day that was the day, used to be night.

And night will be the day, that will be the day.




From the Mountains of the Mexican Southeast.

On behalf of the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee — General Command of the EZLN

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos

Mexico, December 2012

Translated by Leonidas Oikonomakis