INFORMATION / COMMUNICATION
The central square in Oaxaca, along side the cathedral, has been an active
area for the dissemination of information and the expansion of "issues"
generated by "the awakening." Generally images and text are taped
to the outside wall of the cathedral, and in this instance a video was presented
using a battery operated vcr and television. The focus of this presentation
was women's rights.
(the film was from Cuban)
As you can tell from the photograph, the public takes time to consider the
issue, reading the text panels and staying to watch the film.
In San Cristobal the catherdal of "Tatic" (meaning "father"
in Tzotzil) Samuel Ruiz has been a steady source of information for the
puplic since the uprising on January 1st 1994. In early 1994 the press clippings
from La Jornada and Tiempo were presented on the interior walls of the cathedral;
by 1995 the outside walls were used to present the daily articles from various
news sources along with communiques from the Human Rights office and the
The cost of La Jornada is prohibitive for many individuals (just under $1.00
U.S. daily) so this public presentation enables all those who pass access
to the current issues, and positions of the EZLN. The local paper of San
Cristobal is Tiempo and it is less expensive but is not published daily.
The editor of Tiempo, Amado Avendano, is the "governor of the people"
for the state of Chiapas and is closely linked to the Zapatistas - the "elected"
governor is of the PRI party.
Political baladeer, Andres Constreras, signing to a crowd gathered under
the covered walkway in front of the government building on the square in
San Cristobal - October 12th 1995. The march had not yet begun, and there
was a steady rain outside as Constreras sang "El Juglar de los Caminos,"
"Dialogos de San Andreas," "El edil de Soyalo," along
with other works which delt with the coruption of the Salinas brothers and
[Audio: I plan on adding some of his music in this area soon.]
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