Cancun Dispatch: 9/10

Ritual Suicide

| September 2003


CANCUN CITY, MEXICO -- Kyoung Hae Lee is dead. I don't yet know his story, only that he came with the Korean workers' contingent. I videoed them forming up in the march, carrying their proud banners, beating their drums and bells. They marched up at the front, with the campesinos and the other workers. When the march reached the police barricade, they split off, marched up to the fence, and Kyoung Hae Lee took his own life, stabbing himself in the heart in an act of ritual suicide.

But let me begin in the morning, as we wake and prepare for the campesino march. "I don't know what to wear," Andy says. "I don't know if I'm dressing for a nine-kilometer march in the hot sun, or a police battle."