“Who is Marcos?

Marcos is a gay in San Francisco,
a black person in South Africa,
Asian in Europe,
a Chicano in San Isidro,
an anarchist in Spain,
a Palestinian in Israel,

an indigenous person in the streets of San Cristobal,

a gang member in Neza,
arocker on campus,
a Jew in Germany,
an ombudsman in the Department of Defence,
a feminist in a political party,
a communist in the post-Cold War period,
a prisoner in Cintalapa,
a pacifist in Bosnia,
a Mapuche in the Andes,
a teacher in the National Confereration of Educational Workers,
an artist without a gallery or a portfolio,
a housewife in any neighbourhood in any city in any part of Mexico on a Saturday night,

a guerrilla at the end of the twentieth century,

a striker at CTM,
a sexist in the feminist movement,
a woman alone at the Metro station past 10pm,
a retired person standing around in the Zocalo,
a campesino without land,
an underground editor,
an unemployed worker,
a doctor with no office,
a non-conformist student,

a dissident against neoliberalism,
a writer without books or readers,
and a Zapatista in the Mexican Southeast.

Marcos is every untolerated, oppressed, exploited minority that is resisting
and saying YA BASTA, ‘Enough!’
He is every minority who is now beginning to speak
and every majority that must shut up and listen.
Everything that makes power and the good conscience of those in power unconfortable
– this is Marcos.”


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