Last week Miguel López, an art critic and cultural agitator from
Political Bodies/Political Emotions by Miguel López
Last Saturday, a group of students and gay activists, various integrants of the Lima Homosexual Movement (Movimiento Homosexual de Lima/MHOL) took part in the action ‘Kisses against Homophobia’ on the Cathedral steps in front of the Plaza de Armas. An activity organised for the forth time in
Nevertheless, the courageous and poetic performance (that tried to demonstrate in public what is apparently ‘permitted’ in private) was savagely repressed by a group of police who beat the activists, to the point of abusively driving them out of the central square by hitting and shoving them, without any explanation whatsoever.
Such brutality deserves our maximum repudiation and we demand sanctions against the aggressors. That the police should aggressively violate such a pacifist action is a sign that insubordinate emotions and bodies are still vehicles that are too dangerous for a political order that hopes to dominate everything. And where our total liberty is also the most dangerous dynamite.
To go out armed with kisses is also to fight against the discrimination and the prejudice that they want to impose uselessly with blows and kicks. Today more than ever love in its multiple forms is a space of living resistance.