[News] Zapatistas Back Indigenous Woman to Run for Mexico's Presidency
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Zapatistas Back Indigenous Woman to Run for Mexico's Presidency
May 28, 2017
Hundreds of Indigenous representatives at the National Indigenous
Congress from all across Mexico elected a prominent Indigenous leader
Sunday as their independent candidate for the upcoming presidential
elections in Mexico due in 2018.
Maria de Jesus Patricio “Marichui” Martinez will be backed by the
Zapatista Army of National Liberation, known by it's Spanish acronym
EZLN, in a break
from more than two decades of the rebel group's rejecting the Mexican
state and its electoral politics. Among the EZLN delegates present were
Subcommandantes Mosies and Galeano — formerly known as Marcos — and
Coming from the Nahua community of Tuxpan, in the state of Jalisco,
Patricio Martinez is a traditional doctor in her community, founder of
the health center Calli Tecolhuacateca Tochan in 1992 and a long-time
leader in the Indigenous movement.
The convention and consultations, which began Friday and concluded
Sunday, also included delegates from 32 states, for a total of 848
delegates from 58 Mexican Indigenous communities and was held in San
Cristobal de las Casas in the southeastern state of Chiapas.
The assembly formed and also appointed counselors to its Indigenous
Government Council, with Patricio Martinez as their spokesperson. The
goals of the presidential campaign include organizing in every corner of
the country and making the Indigenous Government Council a
The members debated proposals and strategies of the council, as well as
its organization and networking with other sectors of the civil society,
with the participation of 296 international observers, including
representatives of the Apache community from the United States and the
Mam community from Guatemala.
The Zapatistas came into the international scene after attacking several
military installations in Mexico on Jan. 1, 1994, launching an
Indigenous struggle against NAFTA and conditions in Mexico. The movement
has seen victories, but also considerable challenges, including intense
repression and criminalization of the struggle at the hands of the
Mexican state, private landowners, and paramilitary forces.
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