Mexico: Zapatistas Say Don’t Vote, Organize

By TeleSur 05/07/15

The social movement rejected claims that it supports spoiling ballots, but also denies that it supports the electoral process. The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) reject calling for an abstention of Mexico’s upcoming midterm summer elections, emphasizing instead the need for people in Mexico to organize.

“As the Zapatistas that we are, we do not call for not voting, nor for voting. As the Zapatistas that we are, we do what we do, all that can be done, that is to tell the people that they should organize to resist, to struggle, so as to have what they need,” said the group in Wednesday’s communique, read by Subcomandante Moises at the Critical Thinking Against the Capitalist Hydra Seminar in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas.

The indigenous social movement that rose up in arms in 1994 after the North American Free Trade Agreement was put into effect, denounced assertions made that they backed a growing campaign to boycott the state, federal and municipal elections on June 7.

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