Thursday, January 1, 2009
World Festival of Dignified Rage
Zapatista Woman from jordi's Flikr site
As part of the 15th anniversary of the Zapatista (EZLN) uprising, a Festival of Dignified Rage began Dec. 26 and continues into January.
Thanks to the folks at KABOBfest for translating this interesting, informative and inspiring article!
The concerned world citizens who have come together for this "international encounter of critique and creativity of rebellious rage" explore creative solutions to counter the “'four wheels of capitalism' (exploitation, dispossession, repression, and disregard)."
I thought that this is critique of the functioning of neoliberal capitalism is so pertinent, especially as it speaks to the root source of the suffering of the Gazan people.
"In this context, the organizations, collectives, and individual participants in the World Festival of Dignified Rage yesterday condemned “the horrific massacre perpetuated by the Israeli army against the civilian population in the Gaza Strip, which has resulted in hundreds of people dead, wounded, the majority of which are civilians.”
They stated: “This crime represents a dangerous rise in the permanent holocaust against the Palestinian people,” with “the world’s silence serving as complicit, hypocritical, and shameful.” What is considered to be “Israel’s largest aerial attack in the past 40 years,” is realized through F-16 Apache helicopters provided by the United States.
This, “while world leaders criticize the ‘provocations’ of the Palestinian government of Hamas and limit themselves in questioning the disproportionate use of force” by Israel. “The ferociousness of this slaughter has provoked the ire of hundreds of thousands of people who are marching and protesting through many parts of the world. We express our dignified rage against this genocidal attack.”