Thursday, June 01, 2006

Caminante no hay camino, se hace el camino al andar...

Caminante, son tus huellas
el camino, y nada mas;
Caminante, no hay camino;
se hace el camino al andar.
Al andar se hace camino
Y al volver la vista atras
se ve la senda que nunca
se ha de volver a pisar.
Caminante, no hay camino,
si no estelas en la mar.

Yo amo a Jesús, que nos dijo:
Cielo y tierra pasarán.
Cuando cielo y tierra pasen
mi palabra quedará.
¿Cuál fue, Jesús, tu palabra?
¿Amor? ¿Perdón? ¿Caridad?
Todas tus palabras fueron
una palabra: Velad.

Todo pasa y todo queda,
pero lo nuestro es pasar,
pasar haciendo caminos,
caminos sobre la mar.

Antonio Machado y Ruiz. Proverbios y Cantares. (July 26, 1875 – February 22, 1939)

Walker, your footsteps
are the road, and nothing more.
Walker, there is no road,
the road is made by walking.
Walking you make the road,
and turning to look behind
you see the path you never
again will step upon.
Walker, there is no road,
only foam trails on the sea.

(Border of a Dream: Selected Poems of Antonio Machado, translated by Willis Barnstone)

I am amazed of how Machado's words are so much alive today than ever. Who didn't dream awake with Joan Manuel Serrat's interpretation of Machado's work?. Anyway, today, June 1st, 2006, is not Antonio Machado or Joan Manuel Serrat the ones who are making the road as they walk on it, but is a group of 3 brave Venezuelans who are writting history for future generations. They started a walk that lasted several days from Koblenz, Germany to Brussels, Belgium in order to call the attention to the European government in reference to the Venezuelan electoral problem. Click here to see the distance that these brave patriots are walking (not sure if this is the route, but this is the distance: 294 Km - approx. 183 Miles). This is what they (we) are asking for.

Today, they have arrived to Brussels and are in their way to making their mission accomplished by meeting with representatives of several European Union parties. Congratulations!

More information related to the walking, and the Venezuelan electoral problem:

* La Lista (The list). "...people that appear in the infamous Tascon list have been denied basic civil rights including being fired of their civil servants jobs because they exerted their constitutional right, or were denied a passport, a subsidized housing credit, etc, etc... Just because they requested a recall election on Chavez. And quite often pressure was put on relatives even if they did not signed up. For example PDVSA jobs are denied to you if your spouse appears in the list, or even if a close relative appears (it all seems to depend on the zeal of the recruiter but I have been told that even if you get inside "background" checks do not stop). No matter what the silly slogan says "PDVSA ahora es de todos" (PDVSA now belongs to all). Basically those like me who stamped their signature in 2003 are now forever second class citizens in Venezuela. The world needs to know how democracy and human rights are trampled in Venezuela." From Daniel's blog.

* Patricia's blog. (As far as I know, she was the one who came with the idea of walking to Brussels).

About the walkers:

Patricia Wegenast. Don't know too much about her but she is an anti-chavez activist on the german community. This is her original blog (In German).

Alek Boyd. His blog is one of the best in the planet regarding information about Hugo Chavez's administration. He has been a champion of exposing the chavismo's corruption and human rights abuses. In spite of the menaces against him and others like him. A lot of news.

Mohammed Mehri. His son was killed on an anti-government march on April 11, 2002. After that event, he stopped being a regular citizen dissapointed by Chavez administration and became an anti-chavez public activist.


This is a translation from German to Spanish from a newspress that the German Newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (, dedicated to the 3 walkers of freedom.

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