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Zapatistas and elections

The Zapatistas have announced  plans to support an Indigenous woman candidate in the 2018 Mexican presidential elections.

 

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We confirm that our struggle is not for power, we do not seek it...a campaign for the presidency that is not interested in gaining the power of the presidency ...the goal of an electoral campaign is not to take control of existing government institutions; rather, it is to use the election as a pretext for popular organizing from below. ...Their candidate will not be a candidate in the traditional sense; she will be the spokesperson for a national Indigenous governing council organized outside the institutions of the Mexican state....

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/38169-zapatistas-and-indigenous-congr...

http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2016/10/18/may-the-earth-tremble-at-i...

 

Not quite recognising the importance of capturing state power to abolish the state...but getting there...

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the Earth, and I am a citizen of the World." - Eugene V. Debs

alanjjohnstone
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An update from the NYT

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/26/world/americas/mexico-zapatista-subco...

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the Earth, and I am a citizen of the World." - Eugene V. Debs

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