On June 20th, “Squadron 421” arrived at the Bay of Bayona, Galicia, in the Spanish State aboard La Montaña. On June 22nd, after 47 days crossing the Atlantic, the seven EZLN delegates landed in the European country amid a reception that included activists, artists, support groups of the Zapatista movement in that country, among others.
Upon their arrival they were received by a group of people with banners and some boats “with compas from rebellious Europe” who went to greet them. In addition, the Spanish Civil Guard went to “La Montaña” to do “routine checks.”
In the “Llegamos” communiqué it stated: “The European sky cries, moved. Its tears are confused with those that moisten the cheeks – tanned by the sun, sea, anguish and adrenaline – of the intrepid 421 Squadron. In their steps, in their glances, in their heartbeats, the Mayan peoples – so the legend will say – crossed the Atlantic in 50 days and nights, in its long and rugged journey through life.”
The collectives said they were grateful to the EZLN for sharing their reality, their daily lives, their struggles, the search for a life with dignity, their pains but also their joys and because “they showed us that to build a different reality, we have to dream big.”
“It is cold outside, but inside, in the geography of the heart, something like a feeling warms the soul. In the mountains of southeastern Mexico, the sun smiles and the first notes of a cumbia come out joyfully from the sound system”, wrote Subcommander Galeano.
For more information in Spanish:
Llegamos (Enlace Zapatista, 20 de junio de 2021)
EZLN llegó a Galicia: qué hay detrás de su arribo a tierras europeas (Infobae, 21 de junio de 2021)
Llega a España el “Escuadrón 421” del EZLN (El Universal, 20 de junio de 2021)
Escuadrón 421 arriba a bordo de ‘La Montaña’ a Galicia, España (La Jornada, 20 de junio de 2021)
Transmisión en vivo – Desembarque zapatista (Desinformémonos, 22 de junio de 2021)
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