By: Elio Henríquez
San Cristóbal De Las Casas, Chiapas
The Zapatista delegation called the 421st Squadron, made up of four women, two men and, as described by the Zapatistas, “unoa otroa” (one non-binary person), descendants of the Native Maya peoples, left on Monday morning for Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, from where it will set sail for Europe in the ship named La Montaña.
The retinue departed from the Comandanta Ramona Seedbed Caracol, in the official municipality of Altamirano, where leaders and support bases of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) said goodbye to them.
Subcomandante Galeano reported, in a communiqué titled The Route of Ixchel, that “on May 3, 2021, from Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico, La Montaña will set sail to cross the Atlantic, on a journey that has lots of challenge and no reproach. In the sixth month of the calendar, it will have in sight the coasts of the port of Vigo (Ciudad Olívica), Pontevedra, in the autonomous community of Galicia, in the Spanish State.”
He added that: “if we can’t disembark, be it due to Covid-19, immigration, French discrimination, chauvinism, or that we ended up at the wrong port or the wrong host, we are prepared,” he said.
He continued: “We’re ready to wait there in front of the European Coasts, and will unfold a large banner that says ‘Wake Up!’. We’ll wait there to see if anyone reads the message and then, wait a little longer to see if anyone wakes up; and a little while longer to see if anyone responds.”
Expressed that: “if the Europe of below doesn’t want or isn’t able to welcome us, then, we have four canoes (Cayucos), each with their own oars and we will undertake the return. “Of course, it will take awhile until we once again glimpse the shores of the house of Ixchel,” goddess of the moon.
Meanwhile, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba) and the International Service for Peace (Sipaz) announced that they will physically accompany the convoy of the EZLN’s maritime delegation as observers, which left this Monday for Isla Mujeres, in the state of Quintana Roo.