SUBCOMANDANTE MARCOS REAPPEARS AT THE HOMAGE TO GALEANO IN LA REALIDAD
** Thousands participated in the ceremony; more data was given about the murder of the Votán
** Moisés reiterated that the EZLN’s struggle is peaceful: “If they provoke, we don’t”
From the Editors
The Internet portals of dozens of media and digital radios related to Zapatismo reported yesterday that Subcomandante Marcos was present, together with the other chiefs of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN), among them Subcomandante Moisés and Comandante Tacho, in the esplanade of the Tojolabal community La Realidad, municipio of Las Margaritas, during a homage to the teacher José Luis Solís López, Galeano.
Before thousands of sympathizers coming from various states and different countries, many of them graduates of the “escuelas zapatistas,” (Zapatista Schools) Marcos and the EZLN’s other chiefs approached the scenario on horseback, wearing –like all the other milicianos that stood guard– an eye patch, over the traditional hood, a red ribbon on the left side and a black one –a sign of mourning– on the right. Sup Marcos was also wearing a black glove with bones painted in white and a machete instead of his traditional rifle.
A few moments later, medias like Radio Zapote, Radio Pozol or Chiapas Paralelo circulated a photograph through the social networks.
Galeano, a leader of the Zapatistas bases that was assassinated with blows and shots on May 2 by groups related to the Green and Institutional Revolutionary (PRI) parties, and armed men from the Independent Central of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos Historic (CIOAC-H), they denounce.
Thousands of milicianos and social bases from the five Zapatista Caracoles and authorities of the Good Government Juntas went to the ceremony in his memory. Only community and alternative communications media were admitted. According to what was advertised in the call, published days before, the media of the commercial press were not invited nor would they be received.
At the moment of his first appearance, after years of absence in the EZLN’s official acts –during which also proliferated all kinds of rumors about sicknesses–, the historic spokesperson of Zapatismo only greeted “the independent, autonomous or however you say it media” and advised that in the future there would be an Internet network so that they would be able to publish their information. He indicated that the ceremony would start “after sunset.”
Subcomandante Moisés spoke next. He provided new data about the circumstances of the assassination of Galeano, teacher and leader to whom the Zapatistas bases now grant the level of a Votán. He pointed out that among the reports they have, and that they had previously denounced about how Solís López was ambushed, surrounded, beaten and shot, there were woman involved. He said that they know whom it was “that struck him with a machete and that dragged the body.”
The Juntas and the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center accuse members of the CIOAC-H –that share territory en La Realidad with Zapatista bases–, members of the PRI and the Green Party as authors of the aggression, in which another 15 residents were injured.
In a previous communiqué, the EZLN maintained that the attack was “planned with anticipation, militarily organized and carried out with treachery, premeditation and advantage.” The bulletin, signed by Marcos, denounces that the aggression is inscribed “in a climate created and encouraged from above.”
In that same text, the rebel chief expressed that pain and rage are “what make us now wear boots again, put on our uniforms, wear our pistol and cover our face.” The assassination of Galeano provoked that the EZLN would cancel a gathering planned as homage to the recently deceased philosopher Luis Villoro, foreseen for the end of this month.
Moisés concluded his message asking that the adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle (Sexta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona) not forget that “our struggle is civilian and peaceful.” According to the media referred to above, he urged: “using the rage against the system and not against these people with a bad head and that don’t think, who only want to comply with orders of the bad government.” He concluded: “If they provoke, well they are the ones that do it, we don’t. We are strugglers.”
After that brief presentation, the commanders withdrew. There was no more information coming from La Realidad during the rest of day. The digital radios Pozol and Frecuencia libre of Chiapas, Tlayuda and Autonomía Rebelde of Oaxaca, K Huelga, Regeneración and Zapote of DF and Zapateando of Veracruz linked with each other to transmit the event in La Realidad.
Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada
Translation: Chiapas Support Committee
Sunday, May 25, 2014