This week we will be reading chapters from Fire and the Word by Gloria Muñoz, and an interview with a YPJ anarchist fighter as a comparative study in armed struggles for autonomy in the present.
Fire and the Word tells the story of the Zapatista movement, from its clandestine birth in the jungle of Chiapas. Gloria Muñoz lived for years in remote Mayan villages and interviewed some of the group’s organizers. Their first-person accounts are woven throughout the text, along with reportage and contextual history. The result is a story composed of “the little pieces of mirrors and crystals that make up the various moments” (Subcomandante Marcos) of the Zapatistas’ years of open struggle.
We will look at this next to a YPJ anarchist fighter speaking about the defense of Serekaniye:
There was a very strong feeling of defense– that it was a fight to defend the land, a fight against fascism, a military struggle. It is a movement that is led by women. See that everything you had built, which has cost so much pain, at the level of organizing society, women … see how all this can be destroyed in two days … well, of course, the spirit didn’t stop, nobody rested. There was a strength and a courage, a courage, that if they did not come from the heart and the feeling of “enough!”, Serekaniye’s resistance could not have been the way it was, because everyone had reasons to run away, with the machinery of Turkey, the second largest NATO army, who can fight against this? Only history, the ideological conviction, the defense of the land, the defense of the struggle of women, can fight against all this.
Fire and the Word
The Fire and The Word- A History of The Zapatista MovementFINAL
Interview with Anarchist Fighter in YPJ