Galeano: The left is drunk and doesn’t see the fraud coming

In a 2017 image, Members of the Caracol of La Garrucha prepare to receive the presidential candidate Marichuy.

By: Elio Henríquez

San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas

Subcomandante Galeano, of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN), asserted that the institutional left: “is so drunk celebrating a victory that it still doesn’t have in hand, that it doesn’t realize where the fraud is coming from and doesn’t have a plan B.”

He added that with the acceptance of Margarita Zavala and of Jaime Rodríguez El Bronco as independent presidential candidates, “they are marking where the fraud is going.”

“The INE, an employment agency”

During the first session of the round table “Looks, listens, words: prohibited thinking?” that is being held in this city, he said that the result of the mobilization of the Indigenous Gobierno Council (CIG, its initials in Spanish) and its spokesperson María de Jesús Patricio Martínez, Marichuy, to collect the number of signatures that would permit her to participate as an independent presidential candidate,” exhibited the National Electoral Institute (INE) for what it is: an employment agency and a political talent scout, and if you are decent you cannot enter.”

Subcomandante Galeano added that, at the same time, the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation “is for endorsing or correcting the INE’s blunders. In the discretion of that body, the institute committed the miscue of not inserting a El Bronco (as a candidate), and the tribunal resolved it.”

He assured that the EZLN’s prognosis “was that the required number of signatures were not reached” –more than 800,000– for the registry of her candidacy; “our calculation was upwards of 100,000, concentrated in the center of the country.” Finally, the electoral institute validated 266, 395 signatures in her favor.

Seated together with Marichuy and other members of the Zapatista command, as well as with Mercedes Olivera, Márgara Millán and Sylvia Marcos, participants in the gathering, he underscored: “Another thing that we saw that you did in that mess, is that you pointed out to everyone where the fraud is going.”

Galeano stated that Marichuy’s tour with the proposals of the CIG and the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) “not only did not legitimate the political system, but rather undressed it and showed it for what it is, with more effectiveness than a seedbed,” it also caused the schizophrenia of the political class to be exhibited.”


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee




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