From England: About Juan Vázquez Guzmán of Bachajón and Ayotzinapa
“Second Annual Commemoration in El Barrio, New York
In Memory Of Juan Vázquez Guzmán”
On 23rd April, 2015, family members of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students visited Movement for Justice in El Barrio in New York. During this special meeting, they commemorated together the beloved compa Juan Vázquez Guzmán, community leader, spokesperson and activist from the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón.
During this commemoration in New York in honour of Juan Vázquez Guzmán, the Dorset Chiapas Solidarity Group and the Committee of the True Word for South-West England also sent their word by means of the following letter:
To the family and friends of Juan Vázquez Guzmán
To the adherents to the Sixth Declaration from the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón
To the families and friends of the 43 disappeared students of Ayotzinapa
To the members of Movement for Justice in El Barrio
Compañeras and Compañeros
We send you our warmest and most affectionate greetings from the United Kingdom as you gather together in homage to honour our fallen compañero Juan Vázquez Guzmán.
Our thoughts will be with you all this evening, as the memory of Juan brings us all together and helps to unite our different struggles. We will hold alongside you a small act of homage. Your continuing resistances are an inspiration to us, and we know that you will give strength and hope to each other as you bring your memories together and renew your commitment to walking the path towards dignity, freedom and justice, as compañero Juan has taught us.
It is now two years since Juan was cruelly assassinated, but his memory and example remain with us, a light of hope and dignity accompanying our struggles. His words were true and honest, his passion and dedication in defence of human rights and our mother earth were tireless, and his love for his people, their lands and territory will have no end. He gave his life for this struggle and he will always continue to inspire his sisters and brothers as their dignified resistance continues.
To the compañeras and compañeros from the ejido San Sebastián Bachajónwe in our small and humble way offer you our continuing solidarity, and will remain alert as to what happens in your territory. We energetically condemn the repression and harassment you face day after day. The assassination of Juan has not been resolved, you have once again been dispossessed of your recuperated lands, your regional headquarters has been burned down, and your amparo has been denied. We know that all this is the work of the bad government and their lackeys who seek to dispossess you from your heritage. We know also that truth and justice are on your side, along with national and international solidarity, and that the struggle will never end.
To the compañeras and compañeros the families and friends of the disappeared students of Ayotzinapa, we thank you for not giving up your search for the live presentation of your sons and for making Mexico and the world aware of the true situation in your country Mexico. People all over the world are supporting you and we welcome the forthcoming visit of three of your compañeros to London, during their European tour. Tonight we all share and unite in our pain and our rage and our struggles and our memory.
To the compañeras and compañeros of Movement for Justice in El Barrio, we warmly congratulate you on the completion of ten years of dignified struggle against neoliberal displacement in the heart of the neoliberal monster. We thank you also for the wonderful example of fellowship and companionship that has developed between yourselves and the ejidatarios of Bachajon, nourished by the memory of our beloved brother.
They tried to bury Juan Vázquez Guzmán but he was a seed which has sprouted and now grows and flourishes. There will be many Juans, because those who give their lives for the land do not die but live on in every act of freedom and rebellion. Juan Vázquez Guzmán lives, and continues to care for the mother earth, the natural world, and his people, and to give strength and spirit to their resistance. Hasta siempre compañero.
Juan Vázquez Guzmán lives! The San Sebastián Bachajón struggle continues!
We send you an embrace of companionship
Dorset Chiapas Solidarity Group
Committee of the True Word for South-West England
23rd April, 2015