In Defense of History

In La Jornanda, I read a fascinating story. The night they took San Cristobal, the Zapatistas burned the municipal archives, the financial records, the land titles. The director of the historical archive negotiated with them: “You aren’t going to burn the historical archive. The papers there tell the history of the origin of the city. The history of the seventeenth-century campesino rebellions and the Tzeltal uprising are there.” The Zapatista committee met. Not only did they not burn it, they posted someone to guard it.

Paco Ignacio Taibo II,
“Zapatista! The Phoenix Rises” (March 28, 1994)

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