Chiapas, Mexico, December 27, 2017
The EZLN classified the crime this evening, especially femicide, as part of the Mexican reality, in which the dead no longer have names and pass to being numbers. The capitalist system has converted violent death into natural death, the Chiapas rebels denounced in the voice of Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano, inside the evening session of the first day of the “ConCiencias por la Humanidad” (“ConSciences for Humanity) festival with the theme “Sciences versus the wall,” in the CIDECI-UniTierra, of San Cristóbal de Las Casas.
How many murdered women do you need to ask why is this happening, the Zapatista spokesperson asked. “Capitalism is crime made system,” the Subcomandante pointed out, who also remembered the poet Juan Bañuelos, when he denounced the Acteal Massacre of 20 years ago. Before it was Acteal, now it’s Chalchihuitán and Chenalhó, “the governments put up candidates and the peoples put up the deaths,” Galeano indicated in reference to the conflict between those two neighbor municipalities that currently have thousands of displaced indigenous peoples.
With respect to the spokesperson of the Indigenous Government Council (Concejo Indígena de Gobierno, CIG-CNI) Marichuy and councilwoman Lupita of Acteal, the insurgent mentioned that organized and rebel women, mothers, daughters and grandmothers are the ones that walk and talk about “this crime called Mexico.” “Their proposal isn’t to gather signatures, it’s to join together pains and rages,” sub Galeano pointed out, with respect to the tour of the CIG and its spokesperson through Mexican territory, to make its proposal known and to be able to contend in the next presidential elections.
The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) renewed its criminal persistence with its behavior. The PRI always needs a terrifying crime as part of its project, remembered the late Sub Marcos, with respect to the murder and forced disappearance of the teachers college students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. The families of the students don’t surrender and they persist in their demand for truth and justice, the Zapatista recognized. There is no longer the State, only a gang criminals protected in a “Homeland Security Law,” Galeano asserted.
For their part, Doctors Ramón Carrillo and Luis Suárez denounced how with capitalism patients are seen as merchandise, and diseases are just administered for their greater profit. There is negation of the sociological causality, ignored by the strictly biological vision that the health system prioritizes, they added. The biomedical model is outdated, reductionist and exclusionary, evidenced the researchers, who invited breaking with capitalist domination over medicine, returning it to its human character. “May there be doctors, so that there are no sick people,” they invited.
The physicist Nelson Ravelo questioned in front of the dehumanization in which we live: Would another science have to exist, and who would be responsible for constructing it? Doctor Alejandra Arafat, expressed from a videoconference that we dedicate ourselves or not to research, to be thinking and critical subjects, “the one who questions, bothers,” the researcher asserted and invited seeking that the benefit of the knowledge that as a species has been accumulated over time is for everyone.
Dr. Ana Luz Garza gave a detailed explanation on the evolution of geophysics from Eratosthenes to the present and about the importance of knowledge of the land for the care of natural resources. Dr. Salvatore Engel–Di Mauro, presented the theme: towards a science of soils coherent with collective struggles, from below and to the left. That is taking into account thousands of years of knowledge, as in agriculture, since there isn’t much difference between the knowledge of “formal” science and the local knowledge, which are complementary.
Originally Published in Spanish by: Pozol Colectivo
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee