Published by Pozol Colectivo
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
Numerous buses and long lines of delegates from the national Indigenous Congress (CNI), gathered today at the Cideci-Unitierra, at the start of registration for the Constitutive Assembly for the Indigenous Government Council (CIG), whose spokesperson will be a candidate in the 2018 presidential elections in Mexico.
With the slogan “it’s time for the voice of the peoples,” members of the original peoples for the CIG’s constitutive assembly, after having consulted on the proposal in each one of their communities in Mexican geography and after having been approved by their members.
Representatives of the Cucapa and Kumiai people arrived from Baja California; Chol, Maya, Tzeltal and Castellano from Campeche; Castellano, Chol, Mam, Tojolabal, Tzeltal, Tzotzil, Lacandón and Zoque from Chiapas; Raramuri from Chihuahua, Nahua from Mexico City; Nahua from Colima; Wixarika from Durango; Chichimeca from Guanajuato; Afro-Mexican, Mephaa, Nahua, Amuzgo and Ñu Savi from Guerrero; Nahua from Hidalgo; representatives of the Coca, Nahua, Tepehuano and Wixarika peoples from Jalisco; Matlatzinca, Nahua, Otomí-Ñatho, Otomí-Ñañhú from the State of Mexico; Mazahua, Nahua, Otomi and Purépecha from Michoacan; Nahua of Morelos; delegates from the Nayéri and Wixarika peoples of Nayarit; the Chinantecos, Cuicateco, Ikoots, Mazateco, Mixe, Ñu Savi, Triqui, Binniza, Chontal and Zoque from Oaxaca; the Nahuas and Totonaco from Puebla; the Otomí-Ñañhú from Querétaro; the Mayas of Quintana Roo, the Castellanos and Nahua of San Luis Potosi, representatives of the Mayo People of Sinaloa; the Guarijio, Mayo, Seri, Tohono and Yaqui of Sonora; the Chol, Chontal and Zoque from Tabasco; the Nahuas, Otomí-Ñuhú, Popoluca, Sayulteco, Tepehua and Totonaco from Veracruz; the Mayas from Yucatan; and the resident migrant peoples in Guadalajara and in the Valley of Mexico.
For tomorrow, May 27, they foresee the inauguration and installation of the Constitutive Assembly of the Indigenous Government Council for Mexico, as well as workshops with the following axes:
1) Proposals and strategies of the Indigenous Government Council;
2) Functioning and Organization of the Indigenous Government Council;
3) Linkage of the Indigenous Government Council with other sectors of civil society; and,
4) Naming of the Spokesperson of the Indigenous Government Council.
Translators Note: Espoir Chiapas, an online publication of French solidarity folks, reported that there were thousands of people attending.
Originally Published in Spanish by Pozol Colectivo
Friday, May 26, 2017
Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee