Chiapas: EZLN “On the Way to Europe”

In a communiqué published on April 10th, Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés explained how the Zapatistas’ trip to Europe will take place this summer.

Brothers, sisters, and compañer@s:

On April 10th, 2021, the compañer@s who make up the first delegation of our Journey for LifeThe European Chapter, gathered together at the “Semillero Comandanta Ramona” to begin their voyage across the ocean.

During a small ceremony held in accordance with our customs and practices, the delegation received the mandate of the Zapatista people to carry our thought far and wide, that is, to share what is in our hearts. Our delegates carry with them a big heart, not just to embrace those on the European continent who are in rebellion and resistance, but also to listen and learn from their histories, geographies, calendars, and ways of being.

This first group will remain in quarantine for 15 days, isolated in the Semillero to make sure that no one is infected with COVID-19 and also so that they can prepare themselves for the time that it will take to cross the ocean. During these two weeks, they will be living in a replica of the boat that was built in the Semillero for that purpose.

On April 26th, 2021, they will leave for a port in the Mexican Republic, arriving no later than April 30th, and board the boat that we have named “The Mountain.” For two or three days and nights, they will remain on board the boat, and on May 3rd, 2021, the day of Santa Cruz, Chan Santa Cruz, “The Mountain” will set sail with our companer@s toward the coast of Europe on a journey estimated to take six to eight weeks. They are expected to land on the European coast during the second half of June, 2021.

Beginning on April 15th, 2021, our companer@s who are bases of support from 12 different Zapatistas municipalities will hold activities to see off the Zapatista delegation that will travel across land and water to that geography called “Europe.”

During this part of what we have called the “Journey for Life, The European Chapter,” the Zapatista delegates will meet with those who have invited us to discuss our shared histories, pain, rage, successes, and failures. Up until now, we have received and accepted invitations from the following places:

Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Catalonia, Sardinia, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Slovenia, Spain, France, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Basque Country, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey.

Starting on that day, Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano will be publishing a series of texts in which we will share who makes up the Zapatista maritime delegation, the work that they have done, some of the problems that they have faced, and so on.

In conclusion: we are on the way to Europe.

That’s all for now.

For more information from SIPAZ:

International/National/Chiapas: EZLN Releases Communiqué “A DECLARATION…FOR LIFE”(January 7, 2021)

Internacional/Nacional/Chiapas: EZLN saca nuevo comunicado “Segunda Parte: LA CANTINA.” (December 30, 2020)

Chiapas: EZLN Issues Communiqué on Preparations to Travel to Europe (December 29, 2020)
Chiapas: EZLN Announces Journey to Five Continents “To Find What Makes Us Equals”(October 7, 2020)

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