From Oaxaca, México:
Pronouncement from Gustavo Esteva in support of the Sexta Bachajón
Week of Worldwide Action in Solidarity with the ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón from 4 to 10 December 2016
To the Compañeros of the Sexta from San Sebastián Bachajón
It is a time of danger. Everywhere. The nightmare is in reality, not in dreamland.
It is the time to maintain our resistance. And what we have learned in the past years is that the best way to resist is to build a new world. Saying “no” is not enough. At the same time we need to be open to all the new “yeses” that communities make each day.
The Worldwide Week for Bachajón is an expression of that new world. In all corners of the world we face formidable challenges, and to worry and keep up with the compas who have resisted for so many years might seem irrelevant. The aggressions they have faced cost the life of compañero Juan Vázquez Guzmán and threaten many others. Every day they deal with threats and betrayals, fending off the bad government’s harassment, intimidation and forced disappearances. But those challenges are not to be faced by those from above, those in the centres of oppressive power. The challenges we face are the ones between us, below. Together, intertwining arms, heads and hearts to make ourselves present in our struggles. Far from being insignificant, they are the ones that have real meaning.
From a corner of Oaxaca, we send the Bachajón compas a hug of solidarity. We want to accompany you. We can’t be very optimistic considering the storm, but we are full of hope. And hope is born in courageous hearts that don’t shirk adversity.
Today all of us, brothers and sisters, we will continue to give life to compa Juan Vázquez Guzmán.
Long live the struggle of San Sebastian Bachajón!