The obstacles of the supreme government and its ignorant, foolish and racist bureaucracy are outrageous. You might think that it is only bureaucracy, that you have the bad luck to run into someone who thinks he has power because he is behind a window, a desk, an office. But no, it is also something else, and it could be synthesized as follows: racism
As the planet’s richest look to technology to “Jump Ship,” the Zapatista Voyage for Life is a committment to stay. If, in the discovery of America, we find the beginnings of capitalism, this voyage, in the opposite sense of the one made more than 500 years ago, will help to connect the struggles for life, those that build worlds with peace, justice, dignity, freedom and democracy. In the old world the horizon is now in sight.
Since the beginning of calendar of the insurrection, the image of the boat has been a central part of the metaphors in the Zapatista narrative. It is a curious irony that a political-military force territorially nestled in the jungles and mountains of Chiapas, hundreds of kilometers from the sea, resorts to the boat as a symbol of its emancipatory project.
The Zapatista Army of National Liberation began a journey across the sea that goes in the opposite direction to that which the colonizers made 500 years ago. With the maritime delegation Squadron 421 they send messages of learning from their struggle and their history of building self-determination. This is an account of the farewell voyage, until they set sail.