Mountain Liberation Front Declaration
The mountains that are liberated from MLF are holy mountains that for hundreds of years experience restrictions similar to those of humans. Their liberation is a reminder of the primordial right to move freely on this planet. Anyone who wishes to liberate more mountains based on the values of freedom of movement, equal rights and solidarity is allowed to use the name of MLF for their action.
“If the prophet doesn’t go to the mountain, the mountain will go to the prophet.”
Part 1, Machapuchare
Machapuchare (6993m) is a Himalayan mountain situated in north-central Nepal. She has never been climbed to the summit because she has been declared sacred mountain. Machapuchare was liberated because, just like most of the Nepali people, she is not allowed to travel around the world because authorities do not approve her visa. In order for her to get a visa she needs full bank account, permanent employment and other bureaucracy. Her freedom is a reminder to that humans cannot be described by surnames, numbers, nationalities and bank accounts.
Part 2, Athos
Athos, (2030m) is situated in North Greece. It is also called Agio Oros – the Holy Mountain, because it has been known as a place of retreat and healing since 4th century AD. In 1046 a byzantine emperor formed a prohibition for women to enter the peninsula of the mountain. Since then, no woman can access the 336km2 of land that runs by and belongs to greek Orthodox church. Athos was liberated because he isn’t allowed to refuse the strict monastic life that others imposed on him. His freedom is a reminder that holiness and sacredness are not issues of the body but of the spirit.