lunes, julio 03, 2006

Zapatistas March on Election Day

This is a pretty decent recount of what went on in Mexico City when thousands of supporters of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the EZLN marched to tell Mexico and the world that the democratic process is far from legitimate.

All what Mexicans achieve with their vote is to replace a totalitarian baboon for a new one. It doesn't matter if the candidate says that his a right winger, a centrist or a left winger; all they do is to rape the Mexican society, steal as much money as they can and become puppets for whoever it is that occupies the White House.

This is an article published at Northern Territory News:

Zapatista marchers protest vote

by Alexandre Peyrille in Mexico
03jul06

THOUSANDS of people, led by masked Zapatista leader "Subcommandante" Marcos, took to the streets of Mexico City overnight, claiming the elections that were under way did not offer a real solution in a country where millions live in poverty.

"Our ideas of justice and liberty are bigger than the ballot boxes," the protesters chanted as they marched to Mexico City's historic downtown Zocalo square, where hundreds of people lined up to vote.

Some 71 million Mexicans were called to cast ballots overnight in an election that will determine whether the Latin American country will maintain a conservative course or elect a leftist president.

"We want to demonstrate that there is an alternative to the ballot box," said Maria Fernandez, a militant of the Zapatista movement, which rose up in arms in the impoverished southern state of Chiapas in on January 1, 1994. The insurgency left 150 people dead before a ceasefire was declared 12 days later fighting.

The small but well publicised guerrilla army has now essentially become a political movement that regroups several indigenous and peasant organisations as well radical leftist militants.

"We are tired and outraged by this political circus. We don't want to legitimize the electoral process by taking part," said Ms Fernandez, as thousands of demonstrators swayed to a fast drumbeat.

The march was led by the iconic "Subcomandante" Marcos, clad in army fatigues, smoking a pipe and wearing his trademark black ski mask.

On January 1, Marcos led a so-called "other campaign," touring Mexico in a bid to launch a radical alternative to the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), which he claims has betrayed leftist ideals and does not truly represent impoverished Mexicans who make up about half the 103 million population.

Since March he has been in San Salvador Atenco to show solidarity with social movements who engaged in violent clashes with police in the small town just east of Mexico City.

The protests led to the scrapping of plans to build a new international airport in 2001. Two months ago, demonstrators protesting a crackdown on street vendors, again clashed with security forces. Two people died, several others were injured and dozens were arrested.

Demonstrators on Sunday demanded the release of about 20 protesters who are still in detention.

In San Salvador Atenco, a handful of militants staged a small protest Sunday, but drew little attention from voters.

"I want the government to resolve the issues through dialogue and stop the violence," Ema Esponoza, 54, said after she cast her ballot in the small town, adding that she expected the same of the organizers of the protests that ended in bloody clashes with police.

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