Statement from Zapatistas Online Group
June 30, 2000

To the World,

July 2nd will see the latest round of presidential elections in Mexico. For 71 years the Partido de Revolucion Institucional has ruled Mexico by means of fraud, repression and corruption. The outcome of this election is the most critical in modern Mexican history if the nation is to truly become democratic and shed its decades of poverty and violence.

The North American Free Trade Agreement signed by The USA, Canada and Mexico and implemented in 1994 has done nothing positive for Mexico except enrich a very few leading players. Mexico has not lived up to its commitments within the treaty in regards to Democratization, Human Rights, Labor Laws and Environmental preservation and restoration. After more than six years with the treaty the time has come for serious review of its content and results, especially in light of the massive fraud and the potential for large scale civic unrest depending on the results of the election. Current President Zedillo was recently quoted as saying that there would be unrest if Labastida, the ruling party candidate, does not win by a large margin. The Mexican Bolsa and the Peso plunged in value on Zedillo's manipulative words resulting in a climate of fear.

It was an attempt to coerce the fear vote and keep the PRI in power.

Corruption and NAFTA are the perfect marriage. Mexicans and other North Americans must demand fair elections in Mexico. Evidence of massive fraud has already risen to the surface through the use of vote buying and intimidation. The race is very close now so if the results are not accepted by the the opposition party's candidates we must demand an immediate review of the terms of NAFTA and the suspension of free trade aspects of the treaty as they relate to Mexico.

Meanwhile, in the Mexican state of Chiapas the violence and military buildup continues. Analysts from many international organizations have recently condemned the militarization and escalating instances of human rights abuse by the military against the native Mayan people. Low Intensity War is a constant pressure on the states three million residents, over half Mayans. The probability of major confrontations after the July second elections is real if not overshadowed by the uncertainty surrounding Chiapas States own elections in August.

Mexico is at a major crossroads. The choices are simple, Peace or War. A vote for the ruling party is a vote for war, oppression, repression, corruption, stagnation, environmental destruction and an end to culture of the largest Native American group in the western hemisphere, the Maya.

Stop the PRI, review NAFTA and support the Maya of Chiapas and their rainforest homeland.

Thank you for your support,
Zapatistas Online.

Conflict in Chiapas: Understanding the Modern Mayan World
by Worth H. Weller, Ben Weller (Photographer), Julia Weller (Photographer)
$16.95, Paperback, March 1, 2000
Rebellion in Chiapas : An Historical Reader
by John Womack (Editor)
$14.36, Paperback , March 1999
Voices from Exile : Violence and Survival in Modern Maya History
by Victor Montejo
$18.17, Hardcover, October 1999
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