México City | Desinformémonos Marijose, a 39-year-old Tojolabal, will be the first Zapatista to disembark in Europe next June. The EZLN presents her as a she-him-they delegate, that is, the first trans Zapatista to be an official part of a delegation. With she-him travels a message of openness and inclusion. “She-he speaks Spanish fluently. She-he knows how to read and write… Maritime experience: canoe and boat. She-he prepared for six months to be a delegate. She-he volunteers to travel by boat to Europe. She-he has been designated as the first Zapatista to disembark and, with that, begin the invasion… ok, the visit to Europe,” Subcomandante Galeano explained in a statement today.
The delegation is also made up of two female commanders, two male commanders, a member of the “tercios compas” [“comrade thirds”] who will be the communication team, an education promoter, a member of one of the Good Government Boards and an education trainer. The delegation’s languages are Tzotzil, Tzeltal, Tojolabal, Chol.
This “maritime fraction of the delegation” bears the name of 421 (four women, two men and one other), and is already quartered in the so-called “Zapatista Maritime-Terrestrial Training Center”, located in the Comandanta Ramona Seedbed, Tzotz Choj zone.
“It was not easy. Rather, it has been tortuous. To reach this calendar, we had to face objections, advice, discouragement, calls to think about it and prudence, frank sabotage, lies, foul-mouthed, detailed accounts of difficulties, gossip and insolence, and a phrase repeated with disgust: ‘that what they want to do is very difficult, if not impossible.’ And, of course, telling us, ordering us, what we should and should not do. All this, on this and the other side of the ocean,” the Zapatistas pointed out.
The maritime fraction is made up of:
Lupita. 19 years. Mexican by birth. Tzotzil from the Highlands of Chiapas. Volunteer to travel by boat to Europe. She will serve as the Tercia Compa on the sea crossing.
Carolina. 26 years. Mexican by birth. Originally Tzotzil from the Highlands of Chiapas, now a Tzeltal of the Lacandón jungle. She is currently a Comandanta in the Zapatista political-organizational leadership.
Ximena. 25 years. Mexican by birth. Cho´ol from the north of Chiapas. She speaks her native language, Cho’ol, and Castile fluently. She has been a youth coordinator and is currently a Comandanta in the Zapatista political-organizational leadership.
Yuli. 37 years. She will turn 38 years old in May at sea. Originally from the Tojolabal jungle on the border, now a Tzeltal from the Lacandón jungle. She has been an education promoter, an education trainer (they prepare education promoters) and a local collective coordinator.
Bernal. 57 years. Tojolabal from the border jungle area. He speaks his native language, Tojolabal, and Castile fluently. He has been a militiaman, a local leader, a teacher at the Zapatista little school and a member of the Junta de Buen Gobierno.
Darius. 47 years. Cho´ol from the north of Chiapas. He speaks his native language, Cho’ol, and Castile fluently. He can read and write. He has been a militiaman, a local responsable (person in charge), a regional responsable and is currently a Commander in the Zapatista political-organizational leadership.
Marijosé. 39 years. Tojolabal from the border jungle area. She-he speaks Spanish fluently. She-he has been a militia member, a health promoter, an education promoter and an education trainer.
Translated by the Chiapas Support Committee.
Published originally by Desinformémonos in Spanish on April 17, 2021, here:
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