Statement from the Imprisoned Organizing Group, the Indigenous Voice of Resistance, Regarding the Change in Presidential Power (Chiapas, Mexico)

This communiqué comes from members of the Indigenous imprisoned organizing group, The Indigenous Voice of Resistance. It speaks to the necessity of organization and struggle from below and to the left as the only way to produce real change in society. The original communiqué in Spanish was published by the working group, No Estamos Todxs, and can be found here.

To the Public Opinion

To the Media

To the National and International Sixth

To the Civil Society

To the People of Mexico and the World

Communiqué from the organization, the Indigenous Voice of Resistance, adherents of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the EZLN. Imprisoned in prison number 5 in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.

As the Indigenous Voice of Resistance, we are aware of the political campaigning and the promises made by candidates for presidency of the republic, with the intention of winning more followers. According to the polls, it was predicted that Andrés Manuel López Obrador would win, for which the Mexican people were very happy because they believed his promises.

We know, as Subcommander Moises has said, the owners of the plantations are the same, only the foreman has changed. The owner of the circus is the same, only the protagonists and the art of juggling have changed. As such, the spectators have been captured in ecstasy and astonished.

Many believe in the promises and strategies of AMLO. This has been clear in the news and comments from the Mexican people. But the words of Andrés Manuel are vain, as he has already walked back on his word regarding the Plan Maya and the Indigenous peoples.

They promise and promise, but now that they have power, their words and promises are carried away by the wind. The people are disappointed because they thought the new administration was from the left. But as authentic social fighters of the left, we have the conviction that change does not come from above, but from below and to the left. The Indigenous Voice of Resistance will continue struggling from the left, as adherents of the Sixth Declaration, walking together with the Zapatistas. This is the best way. There is no other pathway, which produces real change.

On the other hand, we call on Andrés Manuel López Obrador to fulfill his promises regarding the Plan Maya and the Indigenous peoples because he made a promise to the Mexican people and is thus indebted to them.

We also disapprove of the soon to be ex-governor of Chiapas, Manuel Velasco Cuello, because he is a master thief who will leave Chiapas with a public debt of more than 18,000 million pesos. We are tired of so many anomalies from the bad governments and we do not want the same history to be repeated. We want justice. We don’t want any more corruption and discrimination against the Mexican people.

Enough already of dishonest and corrupt presidents!

To the Mexican people, we insist that real change comes from below and to the left. We thus must continue organizing ourselves to achieve true change.

Never more a Mexico without us!

From prison number 5, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

As the organization, the Indigenous Voice in Resistance, we send a combative salute to the compañerxs of Mexico and the world that are struggling, resisting and fighting against the bad governments.


The organization, the Indigenous Voice of Resistance

Uniting our voices and the force of the Mexican people, we will achieve true justice.

Adrián Gómez Jiménez

Alfredo Gómez López

Juan de la Cruz Ruiz