Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee—General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation
March 16, 2020
To the people of Mexico:
To the peoples of the world:
To the National Indigenous Congress—Indigenous Governing Council:
To the Sixth in Mexico and abroad:
To the Networks of Resistance and Rebellion:
Sisters, brothers, hermanoas:
Compañeros, compañeras, compañeroas:
We write to inform you that:
Given the serious and scientifically proven risk to human life presented by COVID-19 or “Coronavirus”;
Given the frivolous irresponsibility and lack of seriousness shown by
the bad governments and the political class in its entirety who are
using this serious humanitarian problem to attack each other instead of
taking the necessary measures to confront a
life-threatening virus which endangers all regardless of nationality,
gender, race, language, religion, political affiliation, social class,
Given the lack of accurate and timely information about the spread
and severity of the virus and the lack of a coherent plan to confront
Given that our commitment as Zapatistas is to struggle for life;
We have decided the following:
First: We declare a red alert in all of our communities, towns, barrios, and Zapatista organizational bodies.
Second: To the Juntas de Buen Gobierno [Good Government
Councils] and the Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities in Rebellion, we
recommend the full and immediate closure of the
Caracoles and Centers of Resistance and Rebellion.
Third: To the bases of support and the entire Zapatista
organizational structure, we recommend adherence to the series of
recommendations and special hygiene measures which will be distributed
in all Zapatista communities, towns, and
Fourth: Given the total absence of the bad governments, we strongly urge everyone [todos, todas, todoas]
in Mexico and around the world to follow the necessary
scientifically-based sanitary measures that will allow us to survive
Fifth: We call on you to sustain the struggle against femicides and
violence against women, to continue the struggle in defense of territory
and Mother Earth, to maintain the struggle for the disappeared,
murdered, and imprisoned, and to hold high the flag
of the struggle for humanity.
Sixth: We call on all not to lose human contact, but rather to temporarily change our forms of relating as
compañeras, compañeros, compañeroas, sisters, brothers, and hermanoas.
The word, the listening ear, and the heart have many ways—paths,
calendars, and geographies—in and on which to meet. This struggle for
life can be one of them.
From the mountains of Southeastern Mexico,
For the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee—General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation,
Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés.
Mexico, March of 2020.