RvsR: Three years later Juan Vázquez Guzmán lives!
To the compañeras and compañeros of Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle:
To the family of Juan Vázquez Guzmán:
Compañeras and compañeros:
Please receive a fraternal and collective embrace from the Network against Repression and for Solidarity. We want you to know through these words that our compañero Juan Vázquez Guzmán is still present in our struggles, in our steps and in our hearts.
The image of Juan represents all that is signified by the rebellion and resistance of the dignified Tzeltal people who decided to organize to defend their land, their territory, their memory, and their history, so that their life will not be a legacy of despair, but instead their heritage continues to be the struggle for freedom and for justice.
Freedom and justice are more than just two simple words, they are values filled with the life in community, the collective work and the strength of the women of San Sebastián Bachajón. With their hands, their toil and their sweat they have been fuelling the possibility and the necessity to continue in the construction of another world.
The pains that you carry and you bring are many. What calls us together today is the life of Juan Vázquez, yesterday it was Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano, tomorrow it will be our political prisoner compañeros, but it will always be the need to continue towards the horizon of the world which we long for and deserve.
Compañeras and compañeros of Bachajón, we do not forget your pains, they are ours too. Nor do we forget your struggle, which for years you have fought in order to make life something where you get up every morning with your only concern that of returning to work, to the milpa, to the stove, to school, to rest, to love, so that resistance and rebellion can continue to flourish in your community, which is the only way to have a dignified life.
We have no doubt that in the north of the state of Chiapas the Tseltal seeds of San Sebastián Bachajón will continue to grow down below, your roots like your hearts are strong, your fruits like your gaze continuing to illuminate the darkness of the storm in which we live. One of those seeds is called Juan Vázquez Guzmán.
These are the seeds and fruits that will enable Emilio Jiménez Gómez, Esteban Gómez Jiménez and Santiago Moreno Pérez to return to their community; where memory is not only a date to commemorate, but also an act of elemental justice.
So freedom and justice will not come from above, from those who have been our tormentors, they will come as a result of our daily struggle in community.
If the capitalist hydra seeks to put an end to life on the planet, this then is our main battle in this war: to continue weaving life, bonds of solidarity, paths of freedom where we, the peoples and organized communities, will decide the course of our lives.
Juan Vázquez Guzmán lives!
Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano lives!
Freedom for political prisoners!
Liberty and Justice for San Sebastián Bachajón!
Against dispossession and repression:
Network against Repression and for Solidarity (RvsR)