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(en) Czech, afed.cz: MDI in Chiapas [machine translation]

Date Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:23:20 +0200

A Look at the First International Political, Artistic, Sports and Cultural Encounter of Fighting Women ---- Last year, from 8 to 10 March, Morelia was the first international meeting of struggling women. It was a unique event and an opportunity for women to meet from all over the world and the opportunity to learn more about not only the fighting women in the autonomous territories of the mountains of south-eastern Mexico. The main goal was to meet all " women who fight, defy and rebel against chauvinism and the patriarchal state ." The event aroused an unexpected response, so organizers who did not have any experience of organizing a similar event had to deal with a large number of visitors who were finally between 5 and 9thousands (the exact number is not known), although they counted around five hundred women to visit. The meeting was strictly guarded so that no one could reach the camp within three days. In front of the main entrance, a smaller men's alternative to the festival was held, and men and women from all over the world, together with Zapatista and children, helped keep a safe area for all women who shared their experiences of fighting in zapatistic territory.

The program of the whole festival was overwhelming. The participants had the opportunity to move between the many areas where a very diverse program took place from morning to night. In the center of the campus where the opening and closing events took place, football, volleyball and basketball tournaments were held concurrently with artistic performances, meditation and yoga classes, gender violence workshops, screen printing workshops, menstrual bowls, alternative medicine, cyberfeminism, abortion , sharing experiences of fighting in different parts of the world or lectures. The meeting was also attended by Marichuy, the first presidential candidate elected by the National Indigenous Congress to the elections that took place in the autumn of last year. The heroines of the festival were the festival organizers themselves who shared their experiences with a twenty-five-year struggle not only against the Mexican government,Death of the Patriarchate! "

Although the euphoria of the first international meeting was great and during the final speech, women from all over the world agreed to meet again , recently on the Internetrevealed the expression of Zapatista women about their decision to cancel this year's meeting. The main reasons are the plans of the Mexican government, headed by the new President Obrador, to get to the poorest parts of Mexico where the Zapatistas are located, to get the industry and facilitate tourism through the so-called Mayan Railroad. Zapatistky must now focus on the struggle for the survival and retention of Zapatista autonomous territories, as the threat appears to be more than realistic. In their statement, they say it is time to defend their freedom, and they call on other women to organize similar gatherings similar to those of last year in their struggles. And if anyone asks why he does not take part in forgetting, we have to tell him that " zapatistic women are fighting in their part of the world for their freedom ."

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