Conversations with Daniel Troconis from Maracaibo
Black Chronicles are a series of interviews conducted to different anarchists currently living in Venezuela, narrating all the struggles that they face living in one of the few socialist regimes of the 21st century. These interviews deal with the everyday lives of men and women and highlight the precarious situations to which they have been subjected.
In this edition we interview Daniel Troconis, a libertarian colleague from Maracaibp, collaborator with El Libertario and also a musician in the bands Doña Maldad and Mar de Rabia. He will be discussing topics like being a father and an antiauthoritarian in the current state of Venezuela
- Let’s start with a common topic amongst all Venezuelans…Have you ever been robbed? Are you part of the crime statistics?
First of all hello everybody, thank you Rodolfo for conducting this interview and I congratulate your initiative of alternative journalistic documentation…Uff of course, I have been robbed since they stole my watch when I was 13 years old; I never used that watch again and lately they have stolen things from my home. Therefore, I would imagine that I do belong to the crime statistics.
- How is the whole health situation in Zulia? Are the CDI health centres working?
Well we are going through a very hard time, almost pandemic…What can I tell you? My father died in a village from a heart attack, they moved him to 2 CDI’s that were closed at the time. When we arrived to the hospital of the Villa del Rosario (a village near Zulia) it was already too late. Not long ago my son suffered an asthma crisis and they gave him breathing therapies, however the utter state of precariousness is undeniable.
- Is it difficult to combine activism with being a father?
Well I think it depends on the occasion. My son is 8 years old and I bring him to all the manifestations against the Arco Minero and against the exploitation of coal in the mountains of Perijá. I think that if we are both involved, we are together. I’d say that the task of being a parent in this country has become another form of activism.
- How can we educate and strive for liberation?
We live in constant reflection, especially with the whole dismantling of the culture imposed on us for so many years. In Venezuela the last decade has become even stronger through media manipulation towards cultural hegemony, similar to the one during Chavismo. Therefore, we have fought to dismantle capitalism, along with the lies and official narrative. The education that we provide our children must be truly libertarian and transformed to break away from religious fanaticism and politics, and directed towards equal and collective societies.
- Not many people remember this but you were always a campaigner against extractivism since the era of CRAMA (Radical Collective Blue Morfo) during 2004. How do you see the evolution of the anti-extractivist struggle? Are the same oppressors still responsible?
Thanks for acknowledging and remembering our previous initiatives that mark today’s struggle. Many colleagues still meet up and from the very beginning we never forgot El Libertario’s motto (No Revolution is financed by Multinationals). It is just like one of the songs from our band Doña Maldad: “The battle is not to grow, there is no future with their guides and the basis is rejected. From above it isn’t possible and downwards it is simply impossible…the same oppressors of always”
- How is the issue of wind energy going in la Guajira? Are you aware of the Military District number 1 and the militarization of that region?
In regards to the wind park energy, according to what I have heard in the meetings of the Ecologist Front, corruption stole the money destined for this project, and in la Guajira some of the parts of the wind towers are already rusting. I am not aware of the Military District number 1, but I imagine that Francisco Arias Cárdenas and his “Milicombo”, as they are referred to in Zulia. We must reject all shitty, absurd, parasitical and abnormal military.
- How do you see the alternative music scene in Zulia?
Nowadays the bands that are still active in the music scene keep performing a lot believing in the necessity of creating an active scene. Recently bands are making an effort to compose, rehearse, record, edit and distribute their music and organize their own concerts. Now more than ever the ethics of “Do it yourself” have become a necessity. DIY has been the evolution of the Punk, Metal Grind and Trash Crust scenes in Zulia. You are all invited to having a good time in our events prepared with lots of care and passion.
- Do you buy regulated food or go to other markets and sources? How is the issue of scarcity?
I don’t queue a lot because I simply can’t. I have to work and when I get the chance to buy something regulated I take advantage of it. Indeed, we are all condemned to working and being paid with money that has no worth to buy highly valued products for the private food chains and a government responsible for all of this shit.
- Have your water and electricity been rationed? With this unbearable heat in Zulia has the rock tradition of wearing only black clothing ended?
Yes, my water and electricity are rationed…There is no climate that will ever defeat rock traditions: we will always wear black!
- Speaking of wearing black: How was the bike camp in the river Socuy? How is the cyclist movement in Maracaibo?
It was a great initiative of the collective Ciclovías Maracaibo. It organized walks and routes that coexist with the people of the river Socuy by doing some activities like cine forums that deal with the importance of water and explain why we oppose extractivist politics, like the exploitation of natural energy resources…The cyclist movement in Maracaibo is now also leaving the city to search for new paths, always manifesting the importance of the use of bicycles as a lifestyle, as an alternative towards the culture of clean energies and the best option to turn off the car and use a bicycle.
- After performing with Doña Maldad across South-America and Euope…Why go back to your homeland?
One always comes back after going out experimenting…Maracaibo for Doña Maldad is like a reunion, whilst Jorge lives in Bogotá, from Maracaibo Hornocity we compose new songs for the band. The essence of the band is created from the same place, here we live within our inspirations and in the streets side by side. In any moment we will go out and perform again.
- How is the mood in Zulia? Where are we heading towards?
There is a lot of optimism and hope that things will change, but also ignorance and a lot of indifference and apathy. I hate a world full of apathy, a dead and stupid society that obeys its master, god and fears, what the means of communication impose…Direct to the catastrophe! Like The Varukers said: “no masters, no slaves”
- Now more than ever do believe that it is beneficial to evaluate anarchist ideas in Venezuela?
It is favourable and accurate. I have realized that the youth always have had that necessity of investigating their own conducts, and anarchism is the biggest expression of order, as order doesn’t exist, so all young people search and identify with a rebellious libertarian idea. This learning environment will be everlasting, but we must destroy all of these egocentric cultures based on sexism and absurd power of valuing the individual through his bank account and other goods. After destroying the patriarchal system, false family, religion, tradition, States, governments and military, we can start to shape a new horizontal collective based on mutual support and self-sufficiency, health and anarchy!
- To end, what do you recommend to young people?
To believe in theirselves and hold on tightly to positive thoughts, attitudes that generate social changes. After chaos there will be a reawakening!
Written by Rodolfo Montes de Oca (firstname.lastname@example.org), Cronicas Negras
Translated by Pietro Kuyath (email@example.com)