BAEZLN assembled at Caracol I (La Realidad), Chiapas, on 24 May (@Espoir Chiapas)
In a characteristically lengthy speech presented in the La Realidad caracol on 24 May before thousands of Zapatista support-bases (BAELZN) and sympathizers in homage to José Luis Solís López (“Galeano”), a BAEZLN who was murdered on 2 May in an attack on La Realidad as prosecuted by members of the Historical Independent Center of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos (CIOAC-H), Zapatista military chief and principal spokesperson Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos announces his “disappearance” and rebirth as Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano. The comments made by Marcos/Galeano are illuminating as always: he notes the “disappearance” of Marcos as reflecting the current state of the Zapatista movement, which no longer has need for his leadeship. He argues that rebellion and struggle do not require “leaders, caudillos, messiahs, or saviors”: instead, they only require “a bit of shame, some dignity, and much organization.” Besides remembering Solís López, Marcos/Galeano mentions several other dissidents and revolutionaries whose lives have been cut short of late by hegemonic power: Juan Vásquez Gómez (San Sebastian Bachajon, Chiapas), Comrade Kuy (Mexico City), Alexis Grigoropoulos (Athens, Greece), Wajih Wajdi al-Ramadi (Ramallah, Occupied Palestine), Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez (Oaxaca), Bety Cariño (Oaxaca), Jyri Jaakkola (Finnish, killed in Oaxaca), and countless undocumented Central American migrants who have been forcibly disappeared in Mexico en route to the U.S., among many others.
Perhaps most intriguingly, Marcos/Galeano also presents a justification of revolutionary violence in his address:
“And I should say this, given that I have requested the authorization of comrade Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés to do so:
Nothing of what we have achieved, whether for good or ill, could have been possible if the armed Zapatista forces for national liberation had not risen up against the bad government by exercising their right to legitimate violence: violence from below against the violence from above.
We are warriors and as such we know what our role is and when our moment has come.”
Tags: Alexis Grigoropoulos, Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez, Bety Cariño, Caracol I, Central American migrants, CIOAC-H, Comrade Kuy, EZLN, forcibly disappeared, Galeano, José Luis Solís López, Juan Vásquez Gómez, Jyri Jaakkola, La Realidad, Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos, Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés, Wajih Wajdi al-Ramadi