From Eduardo Galeano
to Dauno Tótoro and Emiliano Thibaut
I don't write introductions, however this text perhaps might
do to be included in your book. It was written several months
and continues to state what I believe in.
In Chiapas, the masked ones
unmask the centers of power. And not only the local power, which
is in the hands of destroyers of forests and exploiters of people.
The Zapatista rebellion has been disrobing this power which
reigns over all of Mexico, a power of whose worst customs show
that women and ballot boxes are there to be violated, and that
politics consist off stealing the horseshoes off of galloping
The echoes of Chiapas reach
much further than the region and the kingdom of Marcos, the
spokesperson, has said that he his Zapatista in Mexico, and
also gay in San Francisco, black in South Africa, Muslim in
Europe, Chicano in the US, Palestinian in Israel, a Jew in Germany,
a Pacifist in Bosnia, a woman on her own on any subway after
ten at night, A peasant without land in any country of the world,
and a worker without a job in any city. In a very dear letter,
the 'sub-commander' in remembering his old friend Antonio, recounts
that the old Antonio opined that each one is as small as the
fears that are held and as large as the chosen enemy.
In that, I believe, resides
the greatness of this campesino movement, which has sprung up
in a place that has never been newsworthy for the public opinion
makers: their cries have a world wide resonance, because it
expresses a passion for justice and a spirit of solidarity that
defies the almighty system that has taken over, with impunity,
the entire planet. Their defiance is based with bravery on facts,
and with a humor in their words, courage and light heartiness,
two things which we are sorely missing.
The world is subject to
a vast and invisible dictatorship. According to which injustice
does not exist. Poverty, for instance, which torments so many
and which is multiplying, is not the result of injustice, but
the just punishment that inefficiency deserves. And if injustice
does not exist, the passion for justice is condemned as terrorism
or disqualified as mere nostalgia. And what with solidarity?
What does not have a price, has no value: solidarity has never
been quoted for less value on world markets. Charity is better
thought off, but until now, as far as I know, the superpower
of the world has not offered a Ministry of Economy to Mother
Theresa of Calcutta.
The supergovernment: governments
are governed by a bunch of pirates, elected In no election.
They decided the fortunes of humanity and dictate moral codes.
Instead of a hook, they have a computer for a hand, and on their
shoulder the carry a technocrat instead of a parrot. They dominate
the seven seas of high finance and international commerce, where
those that speculate will navigate while those that produce
drown. From there, they distribute hunger and indigestion on
a world scale, and on a world scale they order around those
that give orders, and are vigilant of those that are ordered.
Television, which transmits their orders, calls world peace
or international equilibrium, a world that is resigned.
But the human condition
has an obstinate tendency to bad behavior. Where it is least
expected, a rebellion springs up and dignity is brought forth.
In the mountains of Chiapas, for example. During a long time
the Mayan Indians remained silent. Mayan culture is one of patience,
it knows how to wait. Now, how many people speak through their
mouths? The Zapatistas are in Chiapas, but they are everywhere.
They are not many, but they have a lot of spontaneous ambassadors.
As no one names their ambassadors, no one can fire them. As
no one pays them, no one can count them, or buy them out.
Eduardo Galeano, 1996.
", Text by Dauno Tótoro T, and
Photgraphies by Emiliano Thibaut, Liberarte, Argentina, 1996
Thibaut can be reached
Photography Exhibition by Angeles Torrejón