Currently buzzing through the political channels in Mexico is a rumor that the EZLN were behind the kidnapping of Mexican politician and billionaire Fernández de Cevallos, who disappeared May 14 from his La Cabaña ranch near San Clemente, Querétaro. De Cevallos was released after his family paid a $30 million ransom. An article in Mexico Weekly establishes that even the government denies any EZLN involvement, and a letter just published by Enlace Zapatista and circulated by Schools for Chiapas gives the response of those close to the EZLN and the Otra Campaña. That letter follows:
(This document was originally posted in Spanish on the Enlace Zapatista page and is translated into English by Schools for Chiapas.)
On January 1, 2011 some National and International newspapers began to circulate a story, based on a note received by the Spanish news agency EFE from “a faithful member of the insurgent forces of the EZLN”, which attributed responsibility for the kidnapping of Diego Fernandez de Cevallos to the EZLN. The confused story spread by the Spanish news agency also accused several collectives of the Other Campaign of being co-conspirators of the aforementioned kidnaping, and cited various web pages and old communications, in public circulation and available to all on the web, as places to seek evidence for this accusation against the Zapatistas.
Well ok, the “communication” made its way to the inbox of our web-page in its complete form and, one way or another, it also arrived in the hands of different journalists who reported and published it. Suffice to say, the letter on which the story is based should make it completely obvious to any reader that linking the origin of the letter to the EZLN is impossible. Come on! Inconsistencies abound throughout the document and it is clear that whoever wrote it was seeking prominence, generating confusion and serving the interests of power.
The Other Campaign is a civil, pacifist and political movement. It has been this way since it’s inception and it has moved and acted as such throughout these long years. It has never resorted to kidnappings to obtain resources nor to make political statements.
Similarly, it is well known that the EZLN has demonstrated, in its’ history and practices throughout 27 years, from its inception until this day, it does not carry out kidnappings. It is against their principals. For this reason, the EZLN has neither the development nor the organizational structure nor the physical infrastructure to undertake these types of actions. From the year 1994 when the Zapatistas declared a cease fire, in order to give an opportunity to construct a just and dignified peace, they have kept their word. This can not be said about the Mexican government that has politically, economically, and militarily attacked from the 1st of January in ’94 until this day.
Because of this, it is clear, and once again we reiterate, that neither the EZLN nor the Other Campaign carry out kidnappings. Neither the EZLN nor the Other Campaign kidnaped Diego Fernandez de Cevallos.
If anyone sympathizes with or considers kidnapping politically correct, they have no place in the Other Campaign. The “Warrior Ballam” as he calls himself and to whom we have already referred has already had his 15 minutes of fame. Some reporters reprinted fragments of his writings and placed them on their front pages. You can enjoy them. In the meantime, the communities of Zapatista indigenous suffer a new increase in aggressions as a result of this type of opportunistic political incident. This is the true danger brothers and sisters; we will continue to be vigilant regarding this new provocation against our Zapatista companions.
Por Enlace zapatista, Javier Elorriaga, Sergio Rodríguez Lascano.
México, a 2 de enero del 2011.