“El día 1 de enero del año 94 … / On January 1st, 1994 …”

On my way to the metro yesterday, I ran into this rhymed writing on the wall outside of Tortería Mexicana at calle León in Madrid, invoking the spirit of the Zapatista struggle:

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“El día 1 de enero del año 94 se levantaron en Chiapas los indi@s por el maltrato / 500 años robad@s, olvidad@s, torturad@s, hasta que dijeron “¡basta!”, y ahora los llaman alzad@s / Tenían muy poco armamento y muy pocos detonantes pero tenían la conciencia y el corazón por delante / Viva la virgen zapatista de Guadalupe, viva México libre e indígena.  Abajo el neoliberalismo y su rechingada madre“.

“On January 1st, 1994, the indigenous peoples in Chiapas rose up against mistreatment / Robbed, forgotten, tortured for 500 years, one day they said “enough!” and now they call them rebels / They had very few weapons and very few explosives but they did have a conscience and a heart / Long live the Zapatista virgin of Guadalupe, long live Mexico, free and indigenous.  Down with neoliberalism, go to hell.”  Indeed.

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Calle León, Madrid, 5/9/2014.

 

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