Juan Manuel Sandoval und Diego Sandoval Ávila
Codex von Ayotzinapa, 2014
Memorial to the unlawful acts committed against subordinates and in particular against the indigenous populations of Neo-New Spain by Viceroy Enrique Peña Nieto [= Mexican President in 2014].
- Submission of gold, silver and other strategically important minerals to the empires of North America and Europe by resettling of whole villages and murdering their leaders, but also by contaminating the water and Mother Earth.
- Reintroduction of slavery through labour law reform.
- Submission of the deposits of black bitumen to forces with equally black intentions.
- Creation of a new unit of bailiffs and a neo-inquisition to arrest and dispose of heretics opposed to these measures.
- Use of pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican ceremonial practices such as flaying (Xipe Totec [= Aztec spring god, often depicted covered with the skin of a human sacrifice brought to him]), to terrorise resistant communities, as in the case of the pupils of the Calmecac [= Aztec school for nobles] of Ayotzinapa.
- Resumption of “flower wars” [= Aztec form of warfare used to generate prisoners for sacrifice to the gods worshipped in the Main Temple] to take prisoners such as the 43 Eagle and Jaguar warriors [= Aztec elite warriors] of the Calmecac [= school for noble Aztec students] of Ayotzinapa, who are currently hostages of the despotic Viceroy [= President Enrique Peña Nieto].
The disappearance of these warriors has awakened the consciousness of all peoples to fight and resist these illegal acts and to liberate Neo-New Spain from neo-colonial rule.
The anthropologist Juan Manuel Sandoval of the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City and his son Diego, a visual artist, drew the Ayotzinapa Codex together with children in the tradition of pre-Hispanic pictorial manuscripts. Since 2015 it has been exhibited once a month in the museum to commemorate the alleged murder of 43 indigenous students from Ayotzinapa by the police and drug cartels and to demand the investigation of this state-organised crime. On 26/27 September 2014, they were on their way to Mexico City for a commemorative demonstration in memory of the brutal suppression of the 1968 student protests by the police and army. The narrative of the codex links the description of pre-Hispanic, colonial and current cruel acts of injustice. The last page shows demonstrators against neo-colonial conditions with protest shouts in the form of pre-Hispanic ‘scrolls’ (volutes).
The original of this banner, which was also used in demonstrations, was presented in 2018 to the group Mothers and Fathers of Ayotzinapa, who every month publicly demand the clarification of the disappearance of the students.
Juan Manuel Sandoval Palacios/ Diego Sandoval Ávila
Codex von Ayotzinapa, 2014