Press release of May 14Danish Sculptor Held Back in Chiapas, Mexico
Jens Galsciot arrived in Mexico on 16 April to set up the 8 metres high sculpture as a contribution to an international festival of popular culture.
The sculpture is a sort of Nobel Prize of the Atrocities. About once a year a Pillar is set up somewhere in the world to mark a severe encroachment against the humanity. The first sculpture was erected in Hong Kong 1997 to denounce the crackdown of the democracy movement on the Tiananmen square in Beijing 1989.
The Mexican Pillar of Shame had its debut in the biggest park of the capital on 17 April to mark the International Day against Impunity. Subsequently, in connection with the 1 May demonstration, the sculpture was displayed for three days on the Zócalo in front of the Federal Parliament as an overt denunciation of the Governments handling of the conflict with the indigenous peoples.
On the gathering between then zapatistas and the civil society 7-10 May in the aguascalientes (autonomous community) of La Realidad delegates from the CNI (Congreso Nacional Indígena, an umbrella body of all indigenous peoples of Mexico) decided to adopt the Pillar of Shame as a symbol of encroachments against the indigenous peoples. On the same gathering that the Pillar of Shame be erected permanently in the village of Acteal, where one of the most outrageous atrocities against the indigenous peoples occurred on 22 December 1997.
The inhabitants of Acteal had arranged a welcome ceremony for the Pillar of Shame and the visitants. The families of the victims had gathered in front of the by candlelight illuminated memorial chapel for the 45 martyrs who personally greeted the visitants. Throughout the day there were plenty of cultural activities such as speaks, music, and theatre delivered by a local band and the visitors. More than 500 Indians from nearby villages had arrived to applaud and witness the emotional event of setting up the Pillar, which now rises monumentally at the entrance of Acteal.
At this moment Jens Galschiot is waiting in San Cristobal to be interrogated by the Mexican authorities of his activities in Mexico with a serious risk of being expelled from the country because of interference in Mexican internal affairs.
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