In March, the son of Mexico’s prize-winning poet, Javier Sicilia, was found murdered. The poet’s response was two-fold: one final poem and two feet on the ground. Sicilia has led several marches now, from his home in Cuernavaca to President Calderón’s door in Mexico City. The poet’s followers chant ¡Hasta la madre!–enough already.
Sicilia is currently leading a march called La Caravana Nacional Ciudadana por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad, or The National Citizens’ Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity. It began on the 4th of June in Sicilia’s home city of Cuernavaca and then set forth upon “la Ruta del Terror”: Cuernavaca to Mexico City to Toluca, Morelia, Guadalajara, León, San Luis Potosí, Zacatecas, Durango, Saltillo, Monterrey, Torreón, Camargo, Chihuahua, and ending on June 10th in the city called “most visible face of the national destruction” of Mexico, Ciudad Juarez.
Saturday night, La Caravana por Paz came through Morelia. The photographs below are images of the march to the city center, followed by speeches in front of Michoacán’s seat of government.
Many of the speeches voiced solidarity with the indigenous community of Cherán, which is facing off with the criminal organization that has disappeared members of the community and murdered others (see my earlier post on Grassroots Resistance Movements). A representative from Cherán was welcomed to the podium by the chant “No estan solos”–you are not alone.
But the hero of the night was the grief-stricken poet Sicilia.
El mundo ya no es digno de la palabra
Nos la ahogaron adentro
Como te (asfixiaron),
Como te desgarraron a ti los pulmones
Y el dolor no se me aparta sólo queda un mundo
Por el silencio de los justos
Sólo por tu silencio y por mi silencio, Juanelo
The world today is not worthy of the word
That they drowned within us
As they did you (asphyxiated)
As they tore from you your lungs
And the pain does not leave me
A world is silenced
By the silence of the just
By your silence and by my silence, Juanelo