Marcos' words when he met with us in Magdalena, Sonora, just south of Tucson
'They think that they will only poison O’odham and Navajo land. They are going to poison everything and they are going to destroy it.' -- Marcos
Marcos' words seem prophetic now, 15 years later. This week, COVID cases increased 30 percent in the Navajo area, Indian Health Service reports. Also, a large number of activists have contracted the virus in the past six weeks. Meanwhile, a new illness with flu-like symptoms is now causing sickness along the Arizona border. -- Censored News.
Remembering Marcos' words, Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham, said today, "A powerful statement by the Otra Compana and an honor to welcome the Zapatistas elders and spokespeople to O'odham lands, in what is now called Sonora."Subcomandante Marcos
What happened is that in our land, our chiefs – I am a Subcomandante, because I am not the chief – my chiefs are men and women like Doña Ofelia, like Don José, 100 percent indigenous. And it fell on me – together with other compañeros – to do other work.
We were already dead and we were called upon to become warriors, according to our legend. And as we were dead, we became what we are: shadows. And in a strict sense we are that: “shadow’s warriors or warriors of the shadows.”