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December 27, 2015

Public proclamation on the Popular Citizens’ Constitutional Power in San Cristóbal

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Public proclamation on the Popular Citizens’ Constitutional Power in San Cristóbal

 

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Public proclamation in San Cristóbal of the Popular Citizens’ Constitutional Power (@SIPAZ)

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On 5 December, more than 15,000 people, the majority of them indigenous, as well as representatives from seven countries in Central and South America, marched and held a rally in San Cristóbal de Las Casas to proclaim the Popular Citizens’ Constitutional Power. This initiative seeks to establish the basis for a new political Constitution in Mexico, which would refound the nation and lead to a new social contract.

Raúl Vera López, former assistant bishop of San Cristóbal de Las Casas and present bishop of Saltillo, Coahuila, led the event at which the indigenous protestors gave him a command scepter. The bishop acknowledged that the Zapatista uprising of 1994 represented the “ferment” of a new constitutional power, but that at present “it is not just our Mayan brothers and sisters who seek a new social contract, but rather all Mexicans.” He asserted that “we do not want this deviation of power whereby the authority we delegate to a government becomes perverse, placing our resources and lands in the hands of multinational corporations and their home governments and states. Instead, these must be placed at the service of all Mexicans who want peace with justice and development with dignity.”

The Council of the Popular Citizens’ Constitutional Power in Chiapas stressed that “today is a historic day that will be remembered throughout Chiapas and Mexico, because the presence of thousands of people is a clear demonstration that the people have recognized how disastrous our living conditions are, and have armed themselves with valour and dignity, taking on the responsibility of transforming this reality.”

 

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/12/26/chiapas-public-proclamation-on-the-popular-citizens-constitutional-power-in-san-cristobal/

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