Sylvia Marcos: About Juan Vázquez Guzmán of Bachajón and Ayotzinapa

"Second Annual Commemoration in El Barrio, New York

in Memory of Juan Vázquez Guzmán"

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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 feminist writer Sylvia Marcos from Mexico also sent her word by means of the following letter:

Letter/Message from the Mexican feminist writer Sylvia Marcos

Juan Vasquez Guzman was assassinated and Bachajon remains under siege.

Other resistances burst into the calendars and geographies.

The compañeros from San Sebastián Bachajon are attacked defending their territory from the greedy clutches of capital which wants to take over the ownership of the waterfalls of Agua Azul, of this territory owned by indigenous ejidatarios, to transform into pseudo-ecological tourist centres, with luxury hotels. They want to dispossess the ejidatarios and also to exploit their geographical area to extract biofuels.

This is why they killed compañero Juan Vasquez, because he was the great defender of his territory.

They want to invade and transform these lands to extract resources of all kinds and benefit big business and their accomplices in corrupt governments.

The state and federal police continue to illegally occupy the territory.

But … Juan Vasquez lives on in the struggle which goes on and on.

I now greet the compañeros from Ayotzinapa, the parents with absent children, stolen, disappeared, who are joining their struggle with the struggle of Movement for Justice in El Barrio in New York.

The orphans of the tragedy of Ayotzinapa are not alone, in their stubborn pursuit of their beloved lost children in landfill sites in the Mexican State of Guerrero, they meet with other struggles and voices in solidarity which accompany them giving homage to the 43 disappeared.

It is terrible and marvellous that poor people aspiring to be teachers have become the best professors through the power of pain turned into dignified rage.

So that Mexico and the world can wake up and ask and question, and be accompanied.

In this ruthless war of capital against those from below, the following meet in resistance now, here, together making an echo amplifying their own history: the family and absent compañeros of Ayotzinapa, the migrants of Movement for Justice in El Barrio from New York, with the common landholders and villagers of San Sebastián Bachajon who suffered the unpunished assassination of the distinguished defender from that territory, Juan Vasquez.

The resistances and rebellions are joined together, they amplify one another, they intensify each other, they strengthen one another and we unite ourselves in them with the Zapatista heart that is ours.

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