The EZLN’s indigenous squad returns to Mexico after bringing a message of inequality to Europe

The EZLN’s indigenous squad returns to Mexico after bringing a message of inequality to Europe

EZLN Squad returns to Mexico after touring cities in Europe.

Photo: Carlos Ramírez / EFE

Squadron 421, a group of indigenous Mexican Zapatistas, returned to Mexican territory after four months of spreading its message of fight against inequality in Europe.

The members of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) arrived this Saturday at the International Airport of Mexico City, where they did not give statements to the media, but representatives of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and the Indigenous Government Council (CIG) were already waiting for them. ).

The objective of the trip was for the work of the Zapatistas to “transcend” in “various towns”, Filiberto Margarito Juan, representative of the Otomí community in Mexico City and councilor of the CNI and the CIG, told Efe.

“It has to transcend in other international countries to plant seeds, gather more comrades in struggle, in residence, in their towns and in their communities,” said the indigenous leader, originally from the center of the country.

Since May 2, Squadron 421 undertook a sea voyage to carry “the entrusted seed” for their peoples in the fight against “inequality derived from the capitalist economic and social system” and after more than 50 days of travel they began a tour of different cities in Europe.

After their return, various indigenous peoples have announced a new contingent, called “La Extemporánea”, which will be made up of some 140 representatives who will leave Mexico City for Vienna, Austria, to meet with their colleagues to continue the work.

The indigenous people are looking for comrades in struggle, but also to create awareness in rich countries about foreign “invasions”, both the historical ones from centuries ago, as well as the current ones represented by companies.

“It is very difficult for (the mentality) to change from one day to the next, that’s why there is the organization, the resistance of the collectives, that they have to organize themselves, that they have to join forces so that they turn to see us,” he said. Margarito Juan.

The trip has gained relevance because this year the Government of Mexico commemorates 500 years of indigenous resistance, as it has renamed the anniversary of the conquest of Hernán Cortés, in addition to 200 years of the consummation of independence.

The president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, accused Spain this Saturday of “arrogance” for not responding to his request to offer an apology to the indigenous peoples of the country for “the repression that existed, the mass murders, the extermination” of the conquest.

The indigenous people have agreed to point out the abuses of the “foreign invasion”, but they have also questioned the López Obrador government for promoting megaprojects in its territory, such as the Mayan Train, the Dos Bocas refinery and the new airports in the southeast.

“The Government says that the poor are first, but it is to harm us, take away our lands, we are really going to fight and look for other organizations,” concluded Margarito Juan.

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