Thu, 26 July 2007
96Kbps mp3 (14.2MB) Stereo 00:20:48 mins.
(Spanish Language version
- work on English language voice-over is under way).
(The narration sounds good, even if you don't understand Spanish!)
Sub Commandante Marcos banters with a crowd of enthralled children as he tells a political parable based around the story of a farting rock that travels the world with the help of the children of the Zapatista Autonomous School.A delightful sideline to the 6th Zapatista 'InterGalactica' Congress, with international guests and visitors from all over the world in consultation with representatives from peasant communities in the Zapatista 'Liberated Zones' in Chiapas, in southern Mexico.
Community Radio Station 2NimFM has the good fortune to be in touch with Julie Webb. Julie is an independent freelance journalist who has been sending sound files including these exclusive sessions with the Zapatista leader, Sub-Commandante Marcos, to 2NimFM via the internet within hours of them taking place.
This particular session is a gem. Marcos is famous in Mexico for his political fables, parables and allegories that are influenced by the decades he spent as a guerilla living clandestinely with the peasant communities of the Lacandon jungles of Chiapas, near the Guatemalan border.
[Perhaps his most famous creation is Durito - . Durito (which is also Spanish for "tough little guy") is a dung beatle, versed in Hegelian philosophy, who Marcos caught stealing his tobacco one day. Durito gives Marcos lots of advice on Mexican and International politics, although Durito occasionally becomes impassioned and Quixotically rides out to be a champion for social justice on a tame tortoise called 'Pegasus'. The tales of Durito can be found at http://www.actlab.utexas.edu/~zapatistas/sim.html]