'Nevermore a Mexico without us'
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They stole our fruit,
they cut off our branches,
they burnt our trunks,
but they could not kill our roots.

The indigenous people have their own deep-rooted cultural heritage through which they experience the basis of life itself. These conditions provide hope for life, both for mankind and for the nature of which Man is so integral a part. For five hundred years unscrupulous forces have waged war against our people. They have forced access to our resources and they have stolen our  spiritual values. They have attempted to subdue, bribe, or extirpate whole populations. They have trampled justice into the dust, and they have introduced legislation in order to justify their injustice. For more than five hundred years our people have fought against this injustice. In the course of time millions of brave people have lost their lives in the fight to create a better world for our children. And the fight continues to claim its victims.

This fight for freedom now requires a new impetus to bring us out of the darkness in which we have been enveloped for so long. Once again the sun majestically rises into sight, giving new life to Mother Earth, to our people, and to all the people of the Earth. From the depths of the virgin forests and the darkness of the mountains can be heard the voices of the oppressed –  demanding justice, freedom and democracy for all our people. Despite the many murders perpetrated against a defenceless population, we still feel the dead walking by our side, their voices blending with ours, their hearts beating in our breasts.

The San Andrés agreements of February 1996, signed by the federal government and the EZLN, strongly emphasised the need to create a new relationship between the State of Mexico, the national community, and the indigenous population. Unfortunately, as we approach the millennium, the government continues to go back on its word, and instead commits new atrocities against our people. On 22 December 1997, paramilitaries massacred 45 martyrs in the village of Acteal in Chiapas. Men, women and children were murdered while they prayed for peace. Together with the many other thousands of victims of the brutal power of money, they will give us new strength in our march forwards.

No Mexico without our involvement!
Mexico needs its indigenous people
Mexico – no longer without our participation!
Mexico for the people – all its people!

Congreso Nacional Indígena


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    Categories: 1999: The Pillar of Shame in Mexico | Happenings and Art Installations | 1996-?: The Pillar of Shame
    Themes: Criticism of governments | Indigenous peoples | Massacres
    Sculptures: Pillar of Shame
    Type: Inscriptions
    Dates: 1999 | 18th April 1999 | 29th April 1999 | 1st May 1999 | 12th May 1999
    Locations: Acteal, Chiapas, Mexico | La Realidad, Lacandona jungle, Mexico | Chapultepec park, Mexico city, Mexico | Zócalo, Mexico city, Mexico | San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico
    Co-operators and Helpers: Amado Avendaño, governor in rebellion | Bishop Samuel Ruiz | Carlos Rodrigo F. Sáenz | CIEPAC | Claudio Cifuentes | Colette Markus | Daniel Markus | Danish Embassy in Mexico | Finn Damgård Andersen | Fray Ba - Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas | FZLN - Frente Zapatista de Liberación Nacional | Gómez Hernández Eliseo | Gloria Rico | Guy Markus | Internationalt Forum (Mayo) | Julie Greve Nielsen | Kasper Markus | Luca Martinelli | Mette Lindgren Christophersen | Niller Madsen | Ofelia Medina | Robert Etches | Silvie Cifuentes | Sofus Markus | Tinku (Mikkel og Doris) | Town Hall of México DF
    Partners: CLETA (Centro Libre de Experimentación Teatral y Artística) | CNI (Consejo Nacional Indígena) | Enrique Cisneros, CLETA | Las Abejas en Acteal
    Related Persons and Entities: Government of Mexico, 1999 | Immigration Office in San Cristóbal
    Sponsors: BUPL | DeTrey Dentsply AG, Schweiz | Fredsfonden | Funch Fonden | Gelsted/Kirk/Scherfig fonden | Kultursekretariatet i Odense Kommune | Lysgaard Fonden | Socialpædagogernes Landsforbund / National Federation of Social Educators | Socialpædagogernes Landsforbund i Vejle | Vedstaarup Lerfabrik A/S