“This country is in mourning and if it isn’t it should be.” This is how the dialogue and tribute table “On the road to imagination and writing” began, which was held this weekend by the writers Margo Glantz Y Gabriela Jauregui in the framework of the fourteenth edition of the Book and Rose Festivalwhich took place in person at the UNAM University Cultural Center.

Before starting the table, Jauregui considered it necessary to appoint Debanhi, Ireland, Irma, Breeze, Ingrid and “and all those that are missing”, and, without jumping to the subject, he inserted in this context his appreciation of the work of Glantz, an author, he said, who has declared that “power is exercised, fundamentally against the body”.

“What more radical and disobedient way of expressing resistance from our trench, which is writing, than writing from the body, with the body and for the body, which is what Margo does in all her texts, from her novels to her rehearsals”, he referred and later added: “in a country of death, like ours, Margo’s writing is vital, desiring, throbbing, and sometimes that vitality, in the face of so much death, becomes obscenity, the obscenity of life resisting to the death”.

For its part, Margo Glantz lamented: “it is not possible for us to live in a country where a prosecutor hides fundamental things so that a girl like the one who died days ago cannot be found. It is terrible that when looking for a body she finds numerous female bodies in the same place. It is terrible that someone cannot go out at night because she is a woman, because of how she dresses, because she went out alone or because she drank, for whatever it is, and is attacked and martyred, raped and murdered”.

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The author of genealogies and ” suggested that every day, all people write the names of the disappeared persons through social networks, “as was done in Argentina, with the disappeared of the dirty war”, he said, “because we are losing female bodies of a truly monstrous way, with no chance, it seems, of this getting any better. And to start this meeting without talking about this would seem to me to be an insult to all women (…) there are not enough words, we do not have words to understand what is happening, we do not have words to lament, to describe, to understand why what is happening what’s going on”.

“As a country we should feel ashamed”: Javier Sicilia

“This is not a country, it is a mass grave with a national anthem.” The phrase is not new, it is carried on their banners by young women, searcher mothers and relatives of disappeared persons and victims of femicide throughout the country, but it seems less and less like a hyperbole in the face of the most atrocious cases of violence, impunity, simulation and indifference of the authorities responsible for guaranteeing public safety in the country.

A few days ago, in the context of the severe news about the discovery of the body of the young Debanhi Escobar in a cistern at the Nueva Castilla Motel, in Nuevo León, that phrase reaffirmed its unfortunate logic.

The subject was also addressed in the framework of the Book and Rose Festivalin the conversationresistance to violence” Come in Jacobo Dayancoordinator of the Nelson Mandela Chair in Human Rights in the Arts, and the poet and activist Xavier Sicily.

Javier Sicily, poet. Photo EE: Courtesy Culture UNAM

“As a country, we should feel ashamed. The seeking mothers come out with their body and some rods, the most primitive technique to be able to detect a pit, stick a rod where they say there may be a pit and smell them. If they smell of death, it is the unmistakable smell that something is there, terrible. They have learned forensic techniques as they have been able, because nothing else can be intervened in a grave like that”, he declared. Sicily.

For 11 years, the poet Elena Poniatowska added in the Forum, “the country had been named after a grave, like a great horrendous cemetery that later returned to darkness again. The problem is that the official narrative continues to prevail. That is to say, 11 years ago Calderón said: ‘they are killing each other’. The same is said today. The narrative that is put back on the table from the State is not a matter of the people, it is a matter of a corrupt State and I would say of a nation already with its moral skeleton very gnawed ”.

The unsustainable environment in the country, he reflected, is generated by a vision in which the media co-participate, addressing issues of violence as partial agendas without understanding the systemic origin.

This, he analyzed, “has to do with another form of new-style totalitarianism. Before, the totalitarianisms, the illegal capitals underpinned the ideological argument. Now it is not like that, the ideological argument is what supports what is hidden as the bottom of the iceberg, which is organized crime. There is a new form of State collusion, but now subject to criminal proceedings”.

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