Faced with the crisis, the EZLN announces go to elections, in a historical fact – Lucrecia Fernandez

The National Indigenous Mexican Congress (CNI) decided that “it was time to attack, to go on the offensive” and announced that it will participate in the presidential elections of 2018 represented by an indigenous woman. The CNI, which is part of the Zapatista Army National of Liberation (EZLN) declared itself in permanent assembly and made the proclamation in a joint statement entitled “Let retiemble land at their centers.”

In the National Indigenous Congress, which took place from 9 to 14 October at the Cideci-Unitierra in this city, they did 27 complaints of attacks, abuses and violations in various Mexican indigenous communities. For the CNI and the EZLN “is the time of rebel dignity, to build a new nation and to all people, to strengthen the power down and anti-capitalist left, and the moment for they pay the blame for the pain of the people of this multicolored Mexico “.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the National Indigenous Congress and the strong resistance of peoples, nations and tribes originating in this country, brought together representatives of Amuzgo, Binni-zaá, Chinanteco, Chol, Chontal de Oaxaca, Coca, Náyeri, Cuicateco, Kumiai, Lacandón, Matlazinca, Maya, Mayo, Mazahua, Mazateco, Mixe, Mixteco, Nahua, Ñahñu, Ñathô, Popoluca, Purépecha, Rarámuri, Tlapaneco, Tojolabal, Totonaco, Triqui, Tzeltal, Tsotsil, Wixárika, Yaqui, Zoque, Chontal de Tabasco, as well as our Aymara, Catalán, Mam, Nasa, Quiché and Tacaná brothers and sisters.

“Once again recognized the intensification of the dispossession and repression that have not stopped in the 524 years since the powerful began a war aimed at exterminating those who are of the earth; as their children we have not allowed for their destruction and death, meant to serve capitalist ambition which knows no end other than destruction itself. That resistance, the struggle to continue constructing life, today takes the form of words, learning, and agreements.” says the whole CNI and the EZLN statement.

“We declare ourselves in permanent assembly as we carry out this consultation, in each of our geographies, territories, and paths, on the accord of the Fifth CNI to name an Indigenous Governing Council whose will would be manifest by an indigenous woman, a CNI delegate, as an independent candidate to the presidency of the country under the name of the National Indigenous Congress and the Zapatista Army for National Liberation in the electoral process of 2018.” says the joint document.

They confirmed that their struggle is not for power, its for call the native peoples and civil society to organize to stop the capitalist destruction, strengthened in our resistance and rebellion, “in the defense of the life of every person, each family, group, community or neighborhood. To build peace and justice rehilándonos, from below, from where we are. ”

This would be the first time in its 22-year history that the Zapatistas aspire to public office. In different and repeatedly they had expressed against participating in elections. The Zapatistas repeatedly denounced electoral fraud that hit Mexico as well as corruption in the political parties themselves. Subcomandante Marcos himself has spoken out against the current President Enrique Peña Nieto and against the opponent Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Although they never called to boycott an election, yes indicated that one of the main problems facing the country was the party system. Now it has a long way to accompany and analyze this process in a Mexico plunged into violence, corruption, and murder, where the state is one of the main culprits and accomplices.

Lucrecia Fernandez; journalist from Argentine