EZLN corroborates support for parents of the 43 normalistas
By: Isaín Mandujano
OVENTIK, Chiapas. (proceso.com.mx) – Subcomandante Galeano, spokesperson and military chief of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación, EZLN), ratified today its backing and support for the parents of the 43 Ayotzinapa disappeared: “Don’t fear being left alone by those who have never been with you. Don’t fear being abandoned by those who only seek to use you and then forget you.”
At today’s beginning of the Seminar “Critical Thought Versus the Capitalist Hydra,” Galeano elaborated on the support and affection of the Zapatistas for the parents of the disappeared, after listening to Bertha Nava Ramírez, mother of Julio César Ramírez Nava, who came from the state of Guerrero together with her husband Tomás Ramírez, to bring the representation of those who seek their 43 disappeared.
Bertha Nava, mother of one of the youths who died that night of September 26, said that although she had in front of her the body of her son to whom she could give a burial, her pain doesn’t stop because she still hopes for the return of her son that went away to study at the Rural Raúl Isidro Burgos Teachers College.
On the stage, together with the writers Adolfo Gilly, Juan Villoro and the Zapatista commanders, Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés and Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano, Nava exclaimed: “I ask you to help us, that you don’t leave us alone to demand the appearance with life of our young men, because it was the State, there is no doubt about that.”
“The government didn’t have a reason to do that barbarity. If what they wanted was the Teachers College we would have given it to them with pleasure, but there was no need to do what they did, disappear our young men. We are missing 43; 43 empty chairs are in the school. Their compañeros also look for them and wait for them,” she said with tears before an equally moved crowd.
“We are dying every day of our lives. While I am alive I will continue looking for them until I die. I ask you from the bottom of my heart to be with us, and that you say you are supporting us, because we don’t have anywhere else to take shelter, because the day that you leave the government will do what it wants with us,” she said looking at those with masks.
“The government has already attempted it, they have sent their federal forces, their soldiers and their riot police to attack us but we are not afraid, because there are 43 lives at stake. If the government says that they already killed them, they owe us proof of that,” she pointed out.
“If in reality they already killed them then show us their bodies, because you are not going to deceive us with a few little bones. They say that they burned them, but how were they able to get so much firewood and from where did they get the tyres for burning the bodies? In that place Cocula where they say that they burned them weeds and plants are being born, if they had burned so many bodies there the grass would still impede the growth of weeds. That place is growing green again,” she indicated.
“They don’t fool us. To us, the PGR is a liar because it has only delivered lies to us, pure lies,” Nava said.
She said that in her life she never thought that she could come to love another person’s son, but no, now the pain has united her to all the mothers and all the fathers and they ask that they return their snatched away sons.
In the same way, Hilda Hernandez and Mario González, parents of César Manuel González Hernández, one of the 43 disappeared youths, spoke via a video that they sent which was shown to the crowd. Both asked for the total support of the Zapatistas to be able to continue in this struggle to see their children once again.
“I didn’t understand the Zapatistas’ struggle against the bad government until this happened to us,” Hilda Hernández said, who was holding the photo of her son on her legs.
The father indicated that now more than ever they require the support of all the social and political movements, like the Zapatistas, in order to confront this tragedy that has now gone on for more than seven months.
Because of that, Subcomandante Galeano dedicated his first words to ratify the EZLN’s support for all the Ayotzinapa parents and all those that look for their children in the whole country.
“It is our struggle although small, something we have learned in all this time, to be and to accompany many other struggles,” Galeano affirmed.
“And your struggle is also ours,” he told them.
He explained that although there are those who remain foreign and distant from the struggle that they have undertaken, “the majority of the world and in our country, brothers and sisters of Ayotzinapa, are like you.”
“Anyone that sympathizes with your struggle and/or identifies with your rage is like you. The majority have not gone out to march, have not shouted slogans, they have not said that you are not alone, have not done it plain and simple because they have not been able to do it. But they are surely with you.”
“Don’t pine away because those who were at your side left after having completed their part or because they realized that they would not able to complete it,” he added.
He said that one of the hoaxes from above is convincing those below that long struggles only wear you out and they don’t gain anything; because what terrorizes those above are the rage and anger of those below.
Galeano indicated that the Zapatistas are attentive now not only to their rage, but also to the pain of the Ayotzinapa parents.
“And don’t worry! Your struggle doesn’t depend on the number of people in your demonstration nor on you becoming the theme of the moment in the social networks.
“There will be people who tell you other things, they will tell you that it’s more important to be with them and that it’s more important for such and such a political party or you are going to find your disappeared. You now see that there are parties that offer everything: sandwiches, buckets, backpacks, or passes to the movies,” Galeano said.
He indicated that hope is the necessity with which more is gained and is trafficked up there above.
He narrated that many years ago the Zapatistas were not marching or chanting slogans, until the indigenous came out of their communities on that October 12, 1992.
“The statue of the conquistador fell. A few months later, in January 1994, we went out into the cities, this time we weren’t carrying bows and arrows; we were carrying guns and bullets. We rose up in order to govern ourselves, not so that others would govern,” he added.
And so, 20 years later in Zapatista land, the people govern and the government obeys.
“Don’t be afraid to be alone because of those who have never been with you. Don’t fear being abandoned because they only seek to use you and later forget about you,” Galeano told them.
Originally Published in Spanish by Proceso.com.mx
Translation: Chiapas Support Committee
Monday, May 4, 2015