The Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) opened its participation in the seminar “The walls of capital and the cracks on the left” in Chiapas, with a “Fuck Trump” in the native languages of the women commanders on the Sixth Commission. “We Zapatistas are like an hourglass,” Subcomandante Galeano shared, since they see the time that has passed to try to understand what’s coming, the Chiapan insurgent added, who also remembered poets like Juan Bañuelos and Pablo Neruda.
How is it that we are now confronting those that exploit us, asked Subcomandante Moisés, who gave a detailed explanation of what the grandparents have told him about how they were exploited and how they organized to liberate themselves. “We were punished until being faint and dizzy,” but as a group they decided to leave the plantations (haciendas), Moisés remembered.
“Capitalism wants to convert the world into fincas. Peña is no longer the one that governs, he is an overseer at the service of capitalism,” Sup Moisés emphasized, and he added that the legislators didn’t approve the federal administration’s so-called structural reforms, but rather “their boss – capitalism.” To the latter, the Mexican, Guatemalan, Costa Rican and Haitian fincas exist to this very day, the insurgent Chiapan exemplified, at the same time that he questioned the indigenous and non indigenous: why do capitalists change how they exploit and we don’t change the way we fight?
In his second talk of the evening Sub Galeano mentioned that the deceased Sub Marcos remembered that former Cuban president, Fidel Castro, when he reproached former President Kennedy in a speech for telling another country what regime to have, which seemed absurd to him. It showed that he had no concept of respect for the sovereignty of peoples. Galeano also said that the same thing is happening now with Donald Trump.
Fidel Castro was the Maradona of international politics, said Sub Galeano, because he will never forgive the goals that the powers scored. “If they couldn’t kill him when he was alive, much less can they now that he’s dead,” the Zapatista spokesperson added. In this first work group the former rector of the UNAM, Don Pablo González Casanova, who will give his presentation on Saturday, April 15, accompanied the Chiapas rebels.
Tomorrow, April 13, starting at 4 pm the seminar will hear from Gilberto López y Rivas, Tom Hansen and Sergio Rodríguez Lascano. Later, at 7 pm, Arturo Anguiano, Carlos Aguirre Rojas and the Sixth Commission of the EZLN will share their word.
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Originally Published in Spanish by Pozol Colectivo
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee