Zapatistas Decide to Do Away with Subcomandante Marcos

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Written by Orsetta Bellani, Translated by Danica Jorden
Photo by Tim Russo. Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos rides horseback and salutes the Zapatista support base members in La Realidad during an homage to fallen compañero - Galeano - killed in a paramilitary attack against Zapatista members in La Realidad on May 2, 2014.  Thousands gathered in La Realidad to show there digna rabia, dignified rage, demand justice and an end to the on-going violence directed towards Zapatista indigenous communities in Chiapas.  The May 2nd attack was the first such attack directly in a Zapatista Caracol - Cultural Center of Resistance and Autonomous Governance.  SupMarcos made his final speech as spokesperson for the EZLN and announced that he was being relieved of duty, bringing an end a character that had become a "distraction" to the movement.A light mist was falling in Selva Lacandona on the night of May 24, 2014. More than 2,000 Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) base supporters, dozens of the organization’s militants, members of the free media, and some 800 members of the Sexta (EZLN sympathizers) filled the basketball court at the Caracol of La Realidad, where the Autonomous Zapatista Government is headquartered.

They were sure that Subcomandante Marcos would mount the stage, where a table with two chairs and a microphone had been placed. They were expecting a speech about José Luis Solís López, better known as Galeano, the head EZLN base supporter assassinated on May 2 at the Caracol of La Realidad by members of the Historic Independent Agricultural Workers and Campesinos Central (CIOAC-H) – an organization the Zapatistas call “paramilitary” – of the National Action Party (PAN) and the Green…

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