Rodríguez: Marcos - Listen to Each Other
Rodríguez: Marcos Asks the People to Listen to Each Other
April 17, 2006
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Today in the Narco News Bulletin a new report is in from Bertha Rodríguez Santos in Anencuilco, in the Mexican state of Morelos. Rodríguez uses Marcos' meeting with peasant farmers in this region, known for their historic connection to liberation theology, as a backdrop for a reflection on changing the role Subcomandante Marcos in the Mexican social movements.
"A profound feeling of connection between the local people and the Zapatista delegate of the commission promoting the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, Subcomandante Marcos, was expressed in these lands in which the noble and valiant spirit that guided the revolutionary struggle of General Emiliano Zapata Salazar can still be perceived among the peasant farmers and the people from below.
"The gestures of affection toward the Zapatista delegate occur after and despite the history that gave birth to this movement: the violence of the rich toward the peasantry, the repression, the blood, the suffering, the lives of those who have committed suicide because they no longer have any way to survive the economic crises, the lack of work and hunger, the brazen theft of their land; the stories cut short of those souls devoured by a system that has placed humanity on the edge of the abyss.
"The people make clear that a visit from Marcos to any part of the country is a special event, especially the forgotten people of the countryside. Marcos' words, far from the politicians' elaborate discourses, come out calmly, often with a large dose of humor, and break with the worn-out and empty language heard in the mass media. Not reading from any script, Marcos shares these words as if talking among friends. At other times, however, they are strong words charged with rebellion."
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