Brazilian movement takes inspiration from Zapatistas | ROAR Magazine

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The autonomous movement that spearheaded the Brazilian protests took direct inspiration from the horizontal model of Mexico’s Zapatista communities.

By Tatiana Farah. Translated from Portuguese by Tamara van der Putten.

“Abajo y a la izquierda está el corazón” — “the heart lies below and to the left”. This sentence by Subcomandante Marcos of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) in Mexico was used in an opening speech by the Free Fare Movement (MPL), which initiated protests across Brazil by forcing a drop in public transport fares. “Below” refers to the marginalized groups and minorities, which MPL calls “the bottom”, and “the left” refers to the anti-capitalist discourse. Formed by students of the University of São Paulo (USP) and by workers from the periphery, the movement defines itself as anti-capitalist, non-partisan, peaceful, autonomous and horizontal.

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1 thought on “Brazilian movement takes inspiration from Zapatistas | ROAR Magazine

  1. Reblogged this on The Connectivist and commented:
    Turkey, Brazil, Bulgaria…… The young middle class and creative class are fed up with the systems they live in and want to rebuild work, life and community. P2P networks and cooperatives are way to go.
    jaap van till, connectivist

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