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(en) land and freedom.gr: Squadron 421 (The Zapatista Naval Delegation) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 10 May 2021 10:57:04 +0300


The diary; A dawn of the fourth month. Geography? The mountains of southeastern Mexico. A sudden silence is imposed on the crickets, the sporadic and distant barking of the dogs, the echo of the marimba music. Here, in the bowels of the hills, something sounds more like a whisper than a snore. If we were not where we are, one might think that the whisper is a murmur of the high seas. Not the waves crashing on the shore, on the beach, on the steep cliffs with the irregular ravines. No, it's something else, something more. And then... a long complaint and a sudden, short vibration. ---- The mountain rises. She picks up the skirt, shyly, a little. Not effortlessly, he takes his feet off the ground. He takes the first step with a pain gesture. Now, the soles of this small mountain, so far away from maps, tourist destinations and disasters, are cursing. But here there is a complicity, so an anachronistic rain washes his feet and, with mud, heals his wounds.

"Watch out daughter (sm: the mountain is female in Spanish)", Ceiba's mother tells him[i]. "Courage," says the huapac[ii], as if speaking to himself. The tapacamino bird leads it. "In the east," my friend, "in the east," he says to the mountain, jumping from side to side.

Wearing trees, birds and stones, the mountain walks. And in the process, men, women, those who are neither one nor the other, sleepy boys and girls are caught in the edges of his skirt. They climb on his blouse, crown the ends of his breasts, continue to his shoulders, and now reaching his hair they wake up.

To the east, the sun, which has just risen on the horizon, stops for a moment its stubborn and daily round. It seemed to him that he saw a mountain, crowned with people, walking. But apart from the sun and the few gray clouds forgotten by the night, no one here seems to be surprised.

"That's how it was written," says the strong Antonio, as he sharpens the double-edged sword, and Doña Juanita agrees with a sigh.

The fire smells of coffee and roasted corn. A button is heard on community radio. The lyrics speak of an incredible legend: a mountain sailing against the current of history.
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Seven people, seven Zapatistas, make up the naval section of the delegation that will visit Europe. Four are women, two are men and nine are different. 4,2,1. Squadron 421 has already camped at the so-called "Zapatista Maritime-Land Training Center", located in the Comandanta Ramona Bed, in the Tsotz Choj zone.

It was not easy. It was rather torturous. To get to this particular diary, we had to deal with objections, advice, discouragement, calls for moderation and wisdom, clear sabotage, lies, rudeness, a detailed list of difficulties, gossip and insults, and a phrase repeated to the point of disgust: it is very difficult, if not impossible. " And, of course, to tell us, to order us, what we should and should not do. All this on both sides of the ocean.

Of course, in addition to these, there are the obstacles of the supreme government and its ignorant, stupid and racist bureaucracy.

But I will talk about all this on another occasion. Now I have to tell you a little bit about our wonderful naval delegation.

The 4 women, the two men and the unequal alien are human beings. We did a Turing Test, with some modifications, which I considered appropriate, to rule out that some of them or all of them are some kind of cyber-organism, that is, a robot capable of dancing Sapito's buttons by making mistakes. steps. Indeed, the seven beings belong to the human race.

The seven were born on a continent called "America," and the fact that they share pain and anger with other Indigenous peoples on this side of the ocean makes them Latin Americans. They are also born Mexicans, descendants of indigenous Mayan peoples, according to the assurances of their families, neighbors and acquaintances. He is also a Zapatista with documents certified by the autonomous municipalities and the Councils of Good Governance. They are not charged with crimes and have not been sentenced. They live, work, get sick, heal, love, stop loving, laugh, cry, remember, forget, play, get serious, take notes, find excuses, in short, live in the mountains of Southeastern Mexico, Chiapas, Mexico, Latin America, Planet Earth and so on.

In addition, the 7 volunteered to make the voyage by sea - something that does not cause much excitement to the wide range of Zapatistas of all ages. Which is to say, to put it bluntly, that no one wanted to travel by ship. How much did the horror campaign launched by Esperanza and the entire Defensa Zapatista company, which is concentrated in the famous algorithm: "everything @ will die miserable", contribute to this? I do not know. But the fact that we beat social media, including whatsapp, even though there was no technological advantage (without even the rural mobile phone brand), prompted me to put my little stone - a grain of beach sand.

So, moved by my liking in the company of Defensa Zapatista, I asked SubMoy for permission to speak to the delegation that, amid screams, squeaks and childish laughter, was preparing for the invasion that is not invasion... well, okay, yes it is , but it is, say, consensual. Something like sado-masochistic internationalism, which of course will not be favored by orthodoxy - a vanguard, which, as it should be, is so far ahead of the masses that no one can see it.

I appeared at the meeting and, with my best tragic expression, I told them horrible things about the high seas: the endless "gossip", the monotonous vastness of the horizon, the poor corn diet, no popcorn and - horror! - no sauce Valentina, the incarceration with other people for a few weeks - with whom, in the first hours, you exchange smiles and cares and a little later look that kills. I also described in great detail terrible storms and unknown threats. I referred to Kraken and, due to a literary aftertaste, told them about a giant white whale that, in a rage, was looking for someone to grab his leg, which would deprive the victim of a decent role even in the slowest cumbia. It was useless. And I must confess to you,

So not only 7, nor 10, nor 15 were recorded, but over 20! Even little Veronica, three years old, was written when she heard the story of the killer whale. Yes, incomprehensible. But if you meet her (the little one, not the whale) you will feel sorry for her. The whale, that is, Moby Dick, you will feel sorry for.

So why only 7? Okay, I could talk to you about the 7 points of the horizon (front, back, one side, the other side, the center, the top and the bottom), the 7 first gods that gave birth to the world, and go saying. But the truth is that apart from symbols and allegories, the number is due to the fact that the majority has not yet obtained a passport and is still struggling to do so. I will talk to you about this later.

Okay, but you're definitely not interested in these problems. What you want is to know who will sail the "Mountain-la Montana", cross the Atlantic Ocean and invade... er ... they will visit, I mean, Europe. So here I put their photos and a very short biography:

Lupita: 19 years old. Born in Mexico. Tzotzil from the Altos (Chiapas) of Chiapas. She speaks her mother tongue, ?zotzil (chotsil), and Castilian fluently. He knows how to read and write. She was a local youth coordinator, a regional youth coordinator and a local collective labor manager. Music she likes: pop, romantic, button, ballads, electronic, rap, hip hop, Andean music, Chinese music, revolutionary songs, classical music, 80s rock (so they said), mariatsi, traditional village music ... and reggaeton (author's note: if this is not "a world that can fit many worlds", then I do not know what it is. End of note). Favorite colors: black, red, cherry and brown. Experience at sea: when she was little she traveled by boat. It took six months to prepare for the mission. Volunteer to travel by ship to Europe. During the crossing, it will work as Tercia Compa[iii].

Carolina: 26 years old. Born in Mexico. Originally from Tzotzil in the Altos (Chiapas) of Chiapas, now Tzeltal in the Lacandona jungle. She speaks her native language, tzotzil, as well as tzeltal and Castilian, fluently. He knows how to read and write. Unmarried mother of a 6-year-old girl. Her mother helps her take care of the child. She was the coordinator of "as women we are" and a student of veterinary seminars. Today she is a Commander in the organizational-political Zapatista administration. Music she likes: pop, romance, cumbias, 80's rock (so they said), grupras[iv]and revolutionary songs. Favorite colors: cream, black and cherry. Experience at sea: once traveled by boat. It took six months to prepare for the mission. She volunteers for boat trips to Europe.

(Ximena) Hymena: 25 years old. Born in Mexico. ChoŽol, north of Chiapas. She speaks her native language, choŽol and Castilian, fluently. He knows how to read and write. Single mother of a six year old girl. Her mother helps her take care of the child. She was a youth coordinator and now she is a Commander in the organizational-political Zapatista administration. Music she likes: cumbias, tropical, romantic, revolutionary, 80s rock (so they said), electronic and rancheras. Favorite colors: purple, black and red. Experience at sea: He once traveled by boat. He prepared for six months to participate in the mission. Volunteer on the boat trip to Europe. Second in command of the naval mission, after Darío (Dario).

Yuli: 37 years old. It will be 38, in May, mid-ocean. Hailing from Tojolabal in the Selva Fronteriza region, now Tzeltal in the Lacandona jungle. He speaks Castilian fluently. He knows how to read and write. She is the mother of two creatures: a 12-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy. Her partner supports her by taking care of their children. Her partner is tzeltal, so they fall in love, fight and fall in love again in Castilian. She was an education officer, instructor (preparing the education officers) and coordinator of the local collective. Music she likes: romantic, grupras, cumbias, vallenato[v], rock, revolutionary songs, pop, tropical, rancheras, rock of the 80s (so they said), marimba. Favorite colors: black, brown and red. Zero experience at sea. It took six months to prepare for the mission. Volunteer for boat travel in Europe.

Bernal: 57 years old. Tojolabal from the Selva Fronteriza region. He speaks his native language, tojolabal and Castilian fluently. He knows how to read and write. Father of 11 children: The eldest is 30 years old and the youngest 6. His family helps him take care of the children. He was a militiaman, a local leader, a teacher in the Zapatista small school[vi]and a member of the Good Governance Council. Music he likes: rancheras, cumbias, huichol music, revolutionary and marimba. Favorite colors: blue, black, gray and brown. Experience at sea: dugout and boat. It took six months to prepare for the mission. Volunteer for boat travel in Europe.

Darío: 47 years old. ChoŽol (north of Chiapas). He speaks his native language, choŽol and Castilian fluently. Father of three children: one 22 years old, the other 9 and the youngest 3. The boy and the girl will travel with their mother to Europe, by air, in July. He was a militiaman, a local leader, a regional leader and now he is a Commander in the organizational-political Zapatista administration. Music he likes: rancheras by Bertín (Bertin) and Lalo (Lalo), tropical, marimba, local and revolutionary music. Favorite colors: black and gray. Experience at sea: dugout. It takes six months to prepare for the shipment. Volunteer for boat travel in Europe. He will be the coordinator of the Zapatista naval delegation.

Marijose: 39 years old. Tojolabal from the Selva Fronteriza region. He speaks Castilian fluently. He knows how to read and write. He was a militiaman, health and education officer and educator. Music he likes: cumbias, romantic, rancheras, pop, electronic, 80's rock (so they said), maribba, revolutionary. Favorite colors: black, blue and red. Experience at sea: dugout and boat. It takes six months to prepare for the shipment. She is a volunteer for boat travel in Europe. He has been designated as the first Zapatista to disembark and with that the invasion will begin... okay, the visit to Europe.
- * -
So the first foot that will step on European soil (if they let us disembark, of course) will not belong to a man or a woman. It will belong to one another.

What the late SupMarcos would describe as: "slap with a black sock all over the heteropatriarchal left", it was decided, that is, the person who will disembark first, to be Marijose.

As soon as she sets foot on European soil and recovers from nausea, Marijosé will scream:

"Surrender to pale faces of the hetero-patriarchy who are persecuting the different!"

Nah, I'm kidding! But wouldn't it be nice to say that?

No, when she steps on the ground, Comrade Marijosé will say in an official voice:

In the name of women, children, men, the elderly and of course the other Zapatista, I declare that the name of this land, which the natives call "Europe", will henceforth be called SLUMIL KŽAJXEMKŽ OP, which means, "Unruly Land" or "Land that is not surrendered, not a little soul". And so it will be known by locals and foreigners, as long as there is someone here who does not give up, does not sell out, does not submit ".

I confirm.

SupGaleano

April 2021.

(To be continued...)

https://landandfreedom.gr/el/diethni/381-moira-421-i-zapatistiki-naftiki-antiprosopeia
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