by Carlos Soledad* The state of Chiapas has become powder keg. On September 11, for example, members of the paramilitary organization ORCAO kidnapped the Zapatistas Sebastián Núñez Pérez and José Antonio Sánchez Juárez, autonomous authorities of the Good Government Council of Patria Nueva. The Zapatistas asserted in a communiqué that: If the conflict did not […]
“The first stage of the Journey for Life called by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation ended in Madrid, with the return of the second delegation — La Extemporanea, who traversed, as if weaving a vast spiderweb, three zones of the territory with teams of listening and the word.”
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.
Luís Hernandez Navarro describes the true scope of the Zapatisa maritime delegations meeting with the outlaws and insubordinates of the European continent. For, “there is among them, albeit incipient, a jointly-created global destiny.”
In Rojava and in Zapatista Chiapas, emancipatory alternatives of a new kind are being built. They are not the only ones, there are others with their own ways and times. A new history is being built and we must learn to listen to it.